For the Daydreamers:
NaNoWriMo Links & Help
Yay!! It's NaNoWriMo time!! Or "National Novel Writing Month," for those of you new to the writing world.
Below, I've laid out a bunch of posts that might help you on your NaNo journey, and some posts that might help you after -- because of course, finishing NaNo is only step one!
Do not ever, ever, ever finish NaNoWriMo and assume you are done.
First of all, 50,000 words is not the actual length of a book unless it is middle grade. (Sightwitch, a novella, was 53,000 words, for example. Something Strange and Deadly was 93,000. Bloodwitch was 141,000.)
Second of all, everything you have written is likely terrible. Why do I say this? Because only a beginner would finish NaNoWriMo and assume their book is ready to be published or submitted to agents. And if you're a beginner, your first draft could probably use a lot of revising.
Even if you're not a beginner, your first draft will need a lot of revising. (But non-beginners already know this.)
So whatever you do, fight the urge to self-publish your NaNo novel. Fight the urge to send out query letters. You need to spend at least as much time as you spent writing the book on revising and editing. Period.
I don't say this to dishearten you, but instead to empower you. NaNoWriMo is step one. Step two is actually writing a book that is book-length. And step three is revising that book until it shines.
And I hope all the links below will help you reach that goal! 💪