National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) is an annual event people across the world participate in.
The goal: Write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th
NaNoWriMo is ambitious, but achievable with the right support and inspiration.
You should join Writing Academy's Challenge because Steve and Dani believe completing NaNoWriMo is an accomplishment worth more than just bragging rights.
Any student enrolled in the Writing Academy Challenge who completes 50,000 words by November 30th will receive a free, 30-minute personal consultation with Steve or Dani.
We can answer questions about your story's structure, specific challenges you're facing, help you come up with a publishing and marketing plan... whatever you want! For 30-minutes, we're all yours.
One student who finishes the challenge will win the grand prize: a complete critique, editing, and publishing package. Steve and Dani will guide you through the complete journey from rewrites to publication to marketing.
Critique ($1000 value)
Line Edits ($1000 value)
Phone Consultation ($200 value)
Editing ($800 value)
Publishing Assistance ($500 value)
Marketing Assistance ($500 value)
Total Value: $4000
In order to make sure everyone who participates gets our full attention, enrollment will be capped.
This is a different type of writing class than others you're enrolled in at Writing Academy. Each week, a new set of lessons and discussion areas will open up. We're all working against the same deadline (November 30th), so unlike our other courses, this isn't self-paced. This class is about inspiration and community.
You can watch the short video lessons as they become available, and rewatch them whenever you need inspiration during NaNoWriMo. In five minutes (or less) the lessons will reinforce core concepts and discuss specific techniques to keep your writing brain feeling fresh, while still leaving you plenty of time for writing.
The discussion areas will allow you to connect with other Writing Academy students (and us!) to share struggles, triumphs, and advice.
Enroll now to save your spot! You'll also get instant access to a set of lessons describing what you can do now to prepare for November, including:
Class begins Thursday October 25th.
Week 0: Prepare
This week is all about getting ready to start NaNoWriMo. You'll be far more successful if you go in with a plan. So, we'll go through a Novel Writing Bootcamp to refresh your memory and start your creative wheels turning.
WEEK 1: WRITE
This week you start writing! After a few days you'll get into the rhythm of daily (or almost daily) writing. Share your discoveries and observations with the rest of your classmates. This week's writing lessons will focus on the mechanics of your writing and help you develop a three-dimensional protagonist and antagonist.
WEEK 2: WRITE
Now that you're in the groove and cruising along, we'll talk about specific tips to elevate your writing. Miss any writing days? That's okay! Join us in the discussion area to see how other students handle life getting in the way of their writing.
WEEK 3: MORE WRITING
You're halfway there! Keep up the great work. This week we're focusing on creating conflict, which will propel your story forward and stave off writer's block. If you're in the US, there's a major holiday coming up. Join us in the discussion area to make a game plan for balancing family, festivities, and food with your writing goals.
WEEK 4: EVEN MORE WRITING
This is it! The home stretch. This week will provide a hefty dose of inspiration and encouragement to keep you going. Support one another in the discussion area.
WEEK 5: FINISH LINE
You've made it! A final burst of typing and you're across the 50,000 word mark! Congratulate one another and join us in the final lesson to make a plan for what comes next, now that you've achieved this huge milestone. We'll also talk about how our finishers can set up their free consultations with us in the coming weeks.
Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.
Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.
During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.
Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.