Kelly Creighton

There is a saying that everyone has at least one novel in them. I believe this is true. Ideas are not hard to come by; every day we are bombarded with real-life stories that would make wonderful fiction. There’s just that slight matter of getting the idea in your head down on paper. There may seem to be some kind of magic formula to this, especially when we hear about books that have taken less than a month to write; it sends a message to aspiring writers that it must be easy, or easy for certain authors. We start to look at reasons why it won’t be quite so simple for us. The fact is that everyone has a busy life: career, family, responsibilities – and we don’t even know the half of it! Fiction writing must be one of the only things left in the world that there isn’t a shortcut for.

Writing a book is tedious work. So why not rip the band aid off fast? Every November sees people from all over the world write a novel in a month; the challenge is called NaNoWriMo. You can follow …