NanoBook_CoverFINALEvery November, writers around the globe participate in National Novel Writing Month, the yearly challenge to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

The experience and thrill of fast paced novel writing is both amazing fun and daunting at the same time. But in the exhilarating mad dash to the finish line, it’s often easy to forget the reason for writing a novel in the first place: to tell fun stories.

How do you progress from typist to storyteller? How do you create books that are original and fun to write?

From his unique perspective and experience with National Novel Writing Month, speculative fiction writer D. Anthony Brown explains how to find your voice in fiction writing. He explains what voice is, how fears and “critical voice” can stop writers cold, and the importance of attitude in storytelling.

Fiction writing does not have to be a grind, like a day job or a chore. Writing can, and should, be fun both in November and year-round!


The chapters will be posted one per day beginning September 15, and will remain available for free until the first week of December.


Chapter One: Walk Your Own Path

Chapter Two: Critical Voice

Chapter Three: Fear

Chapter Four: Attitude Is Important

Chapter Five: Perfection

Chapter Six: Read for Pleasure

Chapter Seven: Time & Speed

Chapter Eight: Smoke & Mirrors

Chapter Nine: Empathy

Chapter Ten: Barn Words

Chapter Eleven: Write Scenes

Chapter Twelve: Project Block

Chapter Thirteen: Work Ethic

Chapter Fourteen: Be a Rebel

Chapter Fifteen: Fun


Copyright © 2015: David Anthony Brown

Published by: Hermit Muse Publishing

Cover image by: Elena Vasilchenko/Dreamstime

Cover design by: D. Brown/Hermit Muse Publishing

This book is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

This book has not been reviewed by National Novel Writing Month. “National Novel Writing Month” and “NaNoWriMo” are trademarks.


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