An Ode To NaNoWriMo

God, it’s so beautiful.

Ah NaNoWriMo, how I love you! Let me count the ways.

1. NaNoWriMo is in November. For the entire month. That’s 1/12 of the year!

2. NaNoWriMo has other months for writing. There is Camp NaNoWriMo, which runs during May and July.

3. You can adjust your word count. Thank god. I could never write 50,000 words in 1 months.

4. Motivation. When I know that someone or something is keeping track of my writing, I work harder so I don’t feel embarrassed, like I didn’t do anything.

5. Pep talks. NaNoWriMo literally sends you a pep talk written by a famous author every week to keep you going.

6. Their logo is a shield. A SHIELD, PEOPLE. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL.

7. You will have no excuse not to do it, because 300,000 other people are. So you can finally start that book.

8. You can finally write down one of those randomly awesome book ideas you get in the shower or something.

9. When you are on your computer writing your novel, and someone asks you what you are doing, you can just say casually “Oh, just writing the next great novel. Did I mention I’m going to do it in a month?”

10. It’s absolutely free. And absolutely awesome.


How To Write A Best-Selling Novel According To The Internet

I have long dreamed of writing a successful, popular novel. (Haven’t we all?) So, just like many people in the rest of the world do to find information, I turned to Google. I know Google is the best search engine for me. After all, I did once take that Bing vs. Google test. You can find everything there. For instance, if you wanted to know how to build an atomic bomb, you could find that on Google. Seriously. Look up “How to build a bomb”. First result. They say “With a few parts from a hardware store and some know-how, it is possible to build a weapon of mass destruction. Well, as long as you can find a few pounds of plutonium on Ebay to fuel it.” I quote.

It turns out that many, many people have written, read, and contemplated what makes a book successful. The general consensus seems to be that as everyone appears to have a different view of success, everyone has a different idea on what makes books successful. They will also have different ideas on how to gauge the success of a book. Then, they will also have different ways to read the numbers, and interpret the numbers, well, I think you get it. Everyone has tried, and, as it seems, ultimately  failed, to explain the factors of a book’s success.

When I looked this up, apparently scientists had found the secret to writing a best selling novel, with an 84% success rate! (At least, accorrding to I must admit, I checked it out. See? Now you don’t have to do any of the work! Anyway, if you are just dreaming about writing the next bestseller, make sure to include lots of ands, buts, nouns, adjectives, as well as words with “thought processes”, such as remembered. Be sure to avoid too many verbs and verbs.

Another website claims that it’s all in the publicity. And when they say publicity, they really mean it. This is taking it to the next level. According to The Altantic, you can’t just write a story. You literally have to become a story. Bringing to mind the saying, there’s no bad publicity, this site suggests gaining, then losing 100+ pounds, or give away 5,000 or something of your books. (It worked for one author, apparently.) Those are the less shocking ones. If you really want to bring out the crazy, the guys at the Atlantic suggest this. It’s delicious. You have to read it word for word. “Find a cure for—oh, for heaven’s sake, do we have to do everything? You, the author, can do at least identify potentially curable diseases for yourself.” Why not? Hey, you wrote a book. Surely you can also cure cancer or something! That’s not even the craziest they have to offer. If you really want to get “out there”, they suggest getting arrested. Seriously. They are confident you can get arrested. After all, “if every prison buys your book, it will be a bestseller!”

Personally, I think the best advice comes from Forbes. That is, write a series, and keep your charcter alive. That’s kinda important.

P.S. If you really want to read the articles, links are below.



The Growing Trend In Graphic Novels

Unless you live in a hole in the ground, you probably have head at least something about the growing trend that is Graphic Novels. It’s hard to understand why they are so popular. is it because there are fewer words and more pictures, therefore making it easier to read? Are the pictures more pleasing to the eye? Personally, I think it’s due to the fact that they simply are easier to connect to. Graphic novels are able to talk about awkward things like nothing else.

Take Raina Telgemeier’s books Smile and Drama. In Smile, a girl suffers a tragic orthodontic accident and loses her two front teeth, dooming her to a tragic adolescence of teeth problems. Almost every teen has to get braces, and none of them are happy about it. (If you were happy about getting braces, please let me know, and I can send you a medal, of stupidity or something.) Unfortunatly, no one ever explains what getting braces is like. You remain pitifully uneducated until you are strapped into the operating chair. The book also deals with stuff like crushes, and friends who don’t really like you. It is a pure embodiment of middle school life.

One of my personal pet peeves is having people lie to you about how much something will hurt.

The second book is based on a completely different character, in a completely different location. In this book, a girl becomes friends with these two boys, who are both really cute. It turns out that one of them is gay, and the other one may or may not be. We don’t know yet. But the problem is, Callie (the main character) can’t decide if she likes her old crush, or the maybe-maybe-not gay one. And what if he is gay?

Callie also has to manage the set for her school’s play. And there’s even more trouble in that direction. I love how this book is so down to earth. I felt like I was back at school again. The books also connected with teens today. I don’t think anyone wants to explain what it is like to have a crush, or not know if someone likes you, or have a crush on a gay guy. That’s why we need books like these.

Another author that I think does a really great job is Faith Erin Hicks. I love her books, especially Superhero Girl. I find they really get a point across, and they are really funny as well.

Recently, I just read Zombies Crossing, a book about a girl named Joss with a freakish love of Zombies and England. Her zombie knowledge comes in handy when there is a sudden zombie apocalypse. Two of my other favorite boos by her are Brain Camp and Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong. Although, now that I think about it, these books are probaly not appropriate for children under, let’s say 10-12. Your choice.

I’ve met a lot of people who don’t really like grpahic novels, but they never really gave them a chance. These aren’t your mama’s comics. Head on down to the library.

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