- By Victoria Lynn Schmidt

Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days

  • Title: Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
  • Author: Victoria Lynn Schmidt
  • ISBN: 9781582974866
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Spiral-bound
  • Book in a Month The Fool Proof System for Writing a Novel in Days What Can You Accomplish in Days If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month With a structured plan and a focused goal

    What Can You Accomplish in 30 Days If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses, could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month With a structured plan and a focused goal, yes, you can Using a combination of flexible weekly schedules, focused instruction, and detailed worksheets, author Victoria Schmidt leads you through a proven 30 day novelWhat Can You Accomplish in 30 Days If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses, could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month With a structured plan and a focused goal, yes, you can Using a combination of flexible weekly schedules, focused instruction, and detailed worksheets, author Victoria Schmidt leads you through a proven 30 day novel writing system without the intimidation factor Book in a Month shows you how to Set realistic goals and monitor your progressManage your time so that your writing life has room to flourishSelect a story topic that will continue to inspire you throughout the writing processQuickly outline your entire story so that you have a clear idea of how your plot and characters are going to develop before you start writingDraft each act of your story by focusing on specific turning pointsKeep track of the areas you want to revise without losing your momentum in the middle of your storyRelax and have fun you are, after all, doing something you loveSo what are you waiting for If you ve been putting off your book project, let Book in a Month be your guide and find out just how much you can accomplish.

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    1. To be honest, I'm not sure how helpful "Book in a Month" would be if a writer follows it down to the teeth. Speaking from experience, I didn't follow it strictly on the day to day activities it prompted me to do. I would often do two to three days worth of plotting/planning from the book in one single day, just in 20 minute bites of time. And noting that Schmidt relies on three act structure (which some of my stories do not follow) that might be something worth noting for people who may or may n [...]

    2. If Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem! is for budding "pantsers," I'd say this book is decent for budding outliners looking to speed through a first draft. Schmidt offers a crash course in three-act structure as part of her plan, and the print version of the book is actually a spiral workbook for you to fill out as you develop your story. (She encourages you to buy a new copy of the book for every book you write. Heh heh of course.)I think I might have found this book very appealing during my earl [...]

    3. I personally believe that to write a book in 30 days borders on insanity, I enjoy reading the different methodologies for accomplishing this Herculean feat. Of all the books I've perused, this one remains my favorite. Schmidt's approach requires a systematic way of approaching one's writing. As you move through her book, you fill out various forms (which you can download off of the Writer's Digest website) to create a template for your novel. She explains there reason behind each template and ho [...]

    4. Totally loved this book. I'm normally very wary about books on writing. I've picked up a few out of curiosity and have ended up with an overwhelming desire to tear their pages out and flush them down the toilet, or set them on fire, all while screaming "Don't tell me what to do!" I'm definitely one of the ones who feels like very "structured" classes on writing take away from the creative process. I don't like being told HOW to do things. This is probably a character flaw of mine. I'm working on [...]

    5. It wasn't a bad book - it gave a few good pointers on finishing a novel within 30 days. The worksheets are interesting, but it drives the potential author into a formulaic approach to writing. Also, it may be a good resource for new authors, but I didn't gain much value from the daily exercises.

    6. Wow. This book has actually been a quite useful time management tool for writing fiction, and I'm only 2/3 of the way through it. Great for those prone to procrastination and in need of encouragement. I managed to complete a 54 page rough draft in a month and a half.

    7. This is a workbook. It has explanation of a system of structuring and then writing a novel in 30 days that really works.Of the five publications (books) I've had published, I wrote all five on this system of novel building, writing, and revising. In every case, with no exception, the novels I've written using this book (workbook) ALL WERE PUBLISHED FROM THIS FIRST DRAFT I GENERATED USING BIAM. BIAM, Book In A Month: Day 1, 2, 3, 30, are begun with a brief two or three pages of instruction, usual [...]

    8. BOOK IN A MONTH - Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt is an excellent tool for writers. Out of the several dozen books I have on writing craft and promotion; it’s got to be one of the best. Why? All of the ideas aren’t necessarily new (examples – hero vs. villain; plot/ subplot; three act structure; short story arc; draft, edit and revise). What’s great about it: take your novel idea off the procrastination shelf, open this toolkit and sit down. Complete your first draft. No excuses [...]

    9. I love this book. I've written about three novels. Though some people might find it formulaic, I've got a good deal out of the structure. You can also pick and choose which exercises you'd like to do, but the great part about the book is that you WILL write that novel you've been putting off!

    10. This is a great book. I own a copy and use it as a reference. It's great at helping you set goals and find plot holes. I learned some great writing techniques to help me get the story flowing. Still, I feel compelled to mention, not all books can be written in a month. The BIAM process was written and is used by a career fiction writer who writes formulaic books. With that being said, if you are writing a romance novel there are certain rules you must follow. When you follow all those rules, you [...]

    11. Before I start my review, I'll be straight up: I did not end up writing a book successfully in 30 days, BUT! That's no fault of the BIAM system. Knowing how big demands at my work were, I wasn't expecting to finish a full out novel. I have done it in the past with Nanowrimo and it takes a lot of time, which I sadly don't have. Why use this book then? Well, I was hoping it would help me draft a novel idea I had and help me get some words on the paper. With that I'd say I was successful. My bigges [...]

    12. The book is decent, but not entirely for me. Parts of it are ones I will snag for my plotting methods, but probably not the book as a whole. I don't like how the author suggests readers buy a new copy of the book for every project. I get where she's coming from, as this will make it a mobile writing system, but it's rather greedy and entirely unnecessary. You can make your own copies of the worksheets with pens, paper, and a notebook/binder (about $5, rather than $15 and up for physical book) an [...]

    13. Not sure if I like this book. I definitely learned some things, so it wasn't a complete waste of time but it didn't help me write a book in 30 days. The worksheets are more of a distraction from writing than a tool for getting a draft done.

    14. This gave me everything I needed to tackle (and WIN!) my first Nanowrimo, with a story that has since been developed into a full novel. Worked for me!

    15. I'm going to rate this a 4 with the caveat that if I really write a book from 01Mar-30Mar, then I come back and give it a 5, but if I don't it will lose a star to 3. :PI was surprised by how much of this book dwelt on self-esteem, and the resistance that writers give themselves in self-sabotage. So I was impressed. This isn't a tick off the box, you have to write exactly this much daily, it was a take care of yourself, but also realize that you need to take some baby steps before you change your [...]

    16. I feel that this book will help me with editing or making the outline of a book that I've written to help fix it then it would to actually write it in 30 days. I'm a seat of the pants writer.

    17. There are some really helpful nuggets of information in this book. I enjoyed reading it and made lots of notes, which to me is always a good sign that its content is useful. I then tried to put its advice into practice during NaNoWriMo, and realised that there were a few sections where the author listed actions that you should do on a particular day (or gave headings to fill in on a worksheet) but then didn't actually explain what those activities meant, or suggest any examples. So sometimes it [...]

    18. A friend of mine picked this book up and handed it to me to look at after I told her I had read a similar 30 day novel writing book so that I could compare them. There is no direct comparison, though. While they both deal with outlining in some fashion, I think the approach in this book is much more usable, especially to a writer who is new to outlining or who prefers to be a "pantser". And, of course, you really only need to use whichever items make sense for you, even though the daily exercise [...]

    19. As an aspiring writer, I have been looking for resources that will help me organize my time and my ideas in order to produce a finished manuscript. I think I have finally found it in this book. While not every single exercise fits my book idea, the overall structure of how to get from the first page to the last page will be very useful. I was most impressed by the first third of the book that aims to eliminate the resistance that I know I, as a first time novel writer, deal with every day. After [...]

    20. This was an easy-to-follow, step by step guide to writing fast, which brings to mind NaNoWriMo and could be used for that purpose. Although it’s designed to be followed as you’re writing, I think it’s just as helpful to read it before the month you decide to write your novel. I did notice that she mentions ‘foreshadowing’ events in your work quite a bit, which I feel can be double-edged sword depending on the kind of writing you want to do. In some ways you may want to drop hints, but [...]

    21. Schmidt lays out how to write a book in just one month. The bad news is that you likely can't start the book on day one of your bookwriting month. Instead, you'll want to spend the month outlining and fleshing out the story before you begin your book-writing month. That said, Schmidt does have a day-by-day worksheet layout (you can find the worksheets online for free) so that you just might be able to write the book--or at least parts of it--within a month.Lots of help, and Schmidt has an online [...]

    22. Currently, I am using this book to write my first draft. I'm sure my first draft will be awful but I will spend months, maybe years, editing in hiding. I love the format of this book since I thrive on list and structure to get anything done. If you like to have a project organized to completion try this book. However, if you just want to write like a mad person, and that may work too, then stay way from this book.

    23. If you are a Polly Planner, BIAM has a plethora of worksheets to satisfy your obsession. The first portion of the book was full of "you can do it!" platitudes (I bought the book, already. I obviously think I can do it.) The remainder is an exercise extravaganza to brainstorm outlines. Great reminders/advice of what makes a story great from an experienced writer. PDF's of the worksheets are available online, but thorough explanations are in the book.

    24. This is an excellent book to help you get your notes and thoughts organized to write a book. Even if you don't get through writing the book on 30 days, you will be so much better organized and ready to produce your masterpiece. I am going through my first attempt write a rough draft of a novel in one month. I am in week one, but things are going well, and I'm almost one-fourth done.

    25. 2.5 StarsI liked No Plot, No Problem better. This one is not as motivational and the pages you are supposed to write your progress and ideals on are very small. I may or may not use it in the future. This book is for when you're ready to write. You have all three ACTS written out to give you a guideline and you know which genre you are writing in and in which voice you are going to write.

    26. I think this is a fabulous book with valuable information and worksheets. However, I wouldn't use it to complete a book in a month. So much time is spent reading and completing the worksheets that it really isn't feasible to write unless you have completely ditched all of your other responsibilities for the month. But the information alone was exceptionally useful.

    27. I tried to use this book as an outline device the month before NaNoWriMo, but the set up works that you start writing amidst plotting. I still have a lot of trouble with detailed plotting anyway, and most of my "novels" turn into short stories. Perhaps this book is something of an extreme workout, something that I can work up to.

    28. It was alright with some good ideas thrown in. I prefer some of the other "30 day" writing challenge books I've read. This one felt too heavy on outlining and motivation.Also, I really did not like the format of the majority of the worksheets. For the most part, the space to write in felt too confined and some of them were feeling repetitive.

    29. It lays out everything you'll need for NaNoWriMo, although the draft will be as rough as it can be, at least it will be complete and ready for revising. She has a yahoo group that gives daily prompts and support to complete it.

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