Resources for Novel Writers


As we gear up for the 40th Annual 3-Day Novel Contest, we wanted to share some helpful resources that you may wish to browse as you begin planning your novel and getting ready for the contest weekend.
 
 

Is this your first time writing a novel? Here are some tip lists that may get you heading in the right direction.

  • “Writing Fiction: 7 Steps To Write Your First Novel” by Joanna Penn on The Creative Penn.
  • “How to Write a Novel: 7 Tips Everyone Can Use” by Chuck Sambuchino on Writer’s Digest.
  • “8 Ways to Outline a Novel” by Robbie Blair on Lit Reactor.
  • “10 Common Phrases and What You Can Use Instead” and more by Jennifer Frost on GrammarCheck.
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    Want to know how some of the world’s best writers get their work done?

  • “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction” by Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood and others on The Guardian.
  • “20 Writing Tips from Fiction Authors” on iUniverse.
  • “Tips from the Masters” on Gotham Writers.
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    Want to know about the 3-Day Novel Contest experience? Check out these articles and tips from past entrants.

  • “3-Day Novel Contest” by Justin C. Key on The Scribophile Blog.
  • “A Novel in Three Days” by Sean Di Lizio on The Millions.
  • “3-Day Novel” by Pat Dobie on Lucid Edit.
  • “Lessons Learned from the 3-Day Novel Contest” by Carrie Mumford on her website.
  • “A 3 Day Novel Contest Post-mortem: Thoughts After my 7th 3DNC” by Brenton Dickieson on A Pilgrim in Narnia.
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