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

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Writer's Digest Books, Jan 28, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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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 novel-writing system without the intimidation factor. Book in a Month shows you how to:

  • Set realistic goals and monitor your progress
  • Manage your time so that your writing life has room to flourish
  • Select a story topic that will continue to inspire you throughout the writing process
  • Quickly outline your entire story so that you have a clear idea of how your plot and characters are going to develop before you start writing
  • Draft each act of your story by focusing on specific turning points
  • Keep track of the areas you want to revise without losing your momentum in the middle of your story
  • Relax and have fun–you are, after all, doing something you love
So 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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User Review  - jenayax -

This book is wonderful to organize a story or book youre writing. It outlines everything for you and makes the writing process easier and more fun. I would buy one for each story I write its that good. Read full review


The Five Secrets of Biam
Time Management
Setting and Keeping Goals
The Book in a Month System
The Outline and Act I
Act II Part 1
Act II Part 2
Worksheet Index

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About the author (2008)

Victoria Schmidt ( and is the author of Story Structure Architect and 45 Master Characters. She is a graduate from the prestigious film program at UCLA, holds a master's degree in writing from Loyola Marymount University and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in traditional psychology. She is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Women in Film LA, The National Writer's Union, and Romance Writers of America.

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