5 Tips for NaNoWriMo: Getting Started



Nathan Bransford is an author and former publishing professional. Today, he offers five tips to getting your novel started. (This post is adapted from How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever.)

Writing a novel is hard. So hard, in fact, that some people are intimidated by how large the task looms. But do not fear! You can do this. Here are 5 tips for getting started:

NUMBER ONE: Think of an idea you love enough to neglect everything else you enjoy in life.

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Today it was our city’s Big Read. We learned all about the 1920s. I had five different stations and each group shared an iPad. Students had to rotate to the different stations in the library and answer essential questions as well as utilize technology effectively. I also included book resources and lots of visuals. Their teacher and I even dressed up - it was a lot of fun and the kids really seemed to enjoy it.





I’ve been in a romance mood lately, so here’s a list of seven young adult romances with multicultural characters. Let us know what some of your favorite romances have been that are by or about people of color!

  1. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
  2. The Girl of His Dreams by Amir Abrams
  3. A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury
  4. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
  5. A Missing Peace by Beth Fred
  6. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  7. A Match Made in Heaven written by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Xian Nu Studio & Yuko Ota

We love this roundup of young adult romances with multicultural characters and bet some of our swoonworthy manuscripts have some multicultural characters, too. Start reading now.

I love that they put these together!