Sunday, 31 July 2011 14:43

About Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It)

Write-A-ThonIf you’ve ever wanted to write a book—and 80% of Americans have that dream on their bucket list—Write-A-Thon is your go-to guide for getting your book done fast and painlessly.

During National Novel Writing Month in November, more than 200,000 people write a 50,000-word novel. Now you can write your book fast—fiction, nonfiction, or memoir—anytime you want.

Write-A-Thon is designed to support anyone who wants to write a book but does not have the time, background, or knowledge to write a book fast. The life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools presented in Write-A-Thon are based on ideas from narative therapy and psychology, inspiration from the world of marathon running, the author’s work as a writing coach, and the author’s personal experience of writing books fast.

Rochelle Melander, author of Write-A-Thon, has been writing fast since graduate school. She wrote her master’s thesis in one year, while taking all the coursework for the degree, teaching, working odd jobs, and trying to have a life. In the past 15 years, she’s written and published nine books, more than a hundred articles, and many resources. Nearly every book was completed in less than three months, several in as little time as six weeks, and one in just nine days. Write-A-Thon was written during 2009’s National Novel Writing Month—in just 26 days.

Write-A-Thon is divided into three sections: Training, Write-a-thon, and Recovery. Each section includes an introduction and a series of short essays with practical tips, tools, and encouragement to help you incorporate the techniques into your own life. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography that provides additional writing help for readers on topics such as editing, grammar, and the publication process.

Advance praise for Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It)

Like the best coaches, Rochelle Y. Melander will strengthen your creative muscles, get your writerly heart pounding, and show you you're capable of way more than you've ever imagined. Write-a-Thon will help you go the distance with your book.
—Gayle Brandeis, author, teacher, and activist, author of My Life with the Lincolns and Delta Girls,

"What I love about Rochelle's message in her book - is to WRITE. That is the magic formula, plain and simple. But where to start? No worries. She offers easy-to-understand tips and tools to get you rolling. If you've ever dreamed of starting (and completing) a writing project, this is the time to do it. But this book and get going!"
- Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of and author of the novels Waking Up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing

Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) gives you the information, inspiration and tools you need to write a good book in less than a month. Want to know the secret to writing successfully? You're holding it.
—Donna Gephart, award-winning children's book author, wrote Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen (Delacorte Press/Random House) in 29 days.

It doesn't matter whether you're just starting to write, or if you've been writing for years —this book is one of the best resources you'll ever find. Ever. Rochelle Melander preps you for writing a book in 26 days, but you'll want to savor this book and refer to it often. A life coach as well as writing teacher, Melander infuses the text with so many ideas, exercises, as well as energy that you'll never again look at writing the same way. I know I won't. If you're serious about the craft, you need this book.
—Libby Fischer Hellmann, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE

Rochelle Melander, who has been heroically helping writers in all stages for years, has written one of the best guides for writers I have ever read. Write-A-Thon is wise, user-friendly, witty, breathtakingly thorough, and fun. Whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, Melander, herself an accomplished author, eases the way with profound and playful exercises, and insights that land like light suddenly illuminating a pitch-dark tunnel. If you want to write a book in a month, or if you just want to become a better writer and communicator, this book will be a great friend to you. My son, who is heading to college, was reading this book over my shoulder and asked for a copy to take with him. I believe Write-A-Thon will take its place beside such classics as Beth Joselow’s Writing without the Muse and Diane Thiel’s Writing Your Rhythm. Enjoy Melander’s great company, and share it with people you care about.
—Robert McDowell, author of the bestselling Poetry as Spiritual Practice: Reading, Writing, and Using Poetry in Your Daily Rituals, Aspirations, and Intentions, and the forthcoming The More We Get Together: The Sexual and Spiritual Language of Love. (

If you’re like four out of five people, you dream of writing a book—and your biggest excuse for not having done so already is lack of time. If this sounds like you, you need Rochelle Melander’s new book, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It), which provides simple yet effective strategies for planning, writing and recovering from writing a book (at least the draft of it) in less than a month’s time. Loaded with exercises, motivational quotes, and real-life examples, her book doesn’t just explain how she is so productive—she shows you how to do it, too. As a runner, I especially enjoyed the  marathon analogy she employs throughout the book. Sure, a marathon sounds insurmountable at first, even for seasoned runners—but with preparation, training, and practice, most runners can complete one. The same is true of would-be authors—whether you’ve been writing for years or are just getting started, you can write a book in a month with Melander’s Write-A-Thon as your guide. Motivating, insightful, and fun to read, you’ll keep this book handy for years.
—Kelly James-Enger, author of books including Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer’s Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books

Write-a-thon is the tool every writer has been waiting for. Whether a professional or a wanna-be writer, you will find the practical help, the inspiration, and the kick in the pants to get writing. This book is more than a book—it's a whole a new life built out of words.
—Jane Rubietta, award-winning author and international speaker, author of Come Along: Journey to a More Intimate Faith,

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for aspiring writers is not committing to the writing process. They end up focusing on all the wrong things, when what they really need to do is sit down and write. In Write-a-Thon, Rochelle Melander knocks down excuses for not writing and sets out a detailed plan for turning your idea into a book. The key is that she shows how to do it in less than a month—not the years that so many writers seem to think it will take. You can bet that Write-a-Thon is going to be on my required reading list for new writers!”
—Jennifer Lawler, author of Dojo Wisdom for Writers,

This book is filled with the energy, knowledge and tips from an established author who has not only written a book in a month, she also held me accountable to write a book in a month, too! I couldn’t have written or published Creating Your Best Life in record time without her prodding, accountability and good humor in a difficult situation. This book will help everyone to finally write that book that is lurking in their brain and trying to get out!
—Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, author of Creating Your Best Life,

If you ever said you want to write a novel or memoir, but came up with dozens of excuses why you couldn’t, read Write-a-Thon!  This “how to” book, full of practical advice, writing prompts and lessons, positive energy, and “no excuses” attitude, banishes self doubt at every turn. Melander is a friendly, entertaining, fully engaged, and smart guide to hold your hand and lead you through 26 days toward completion of the first draft of your masterpiece.
—Sue William Silverman, author of Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to

Rochelle Melander has given aspiring writers hope: hope that creating a book is not only possible but that it can be done in an incredibly short time frame. If you have been waiting for the ‘perfect moment’ to begin your writing project, this book will help you stop chasing excuses and start putting words on the page.
—Jennifer Manske Fenske, author of The Wide Smiles of Girls,

Write-A-Thon is your no-excuses guide to getting that dream book finished. Each lesson builds upon the last, helping you to grow as a writer. Write-A-Thon is like having your own personal coach sitting on your shoulder, guiding you through the process of writing a book. I wish I had a book like this when I first embarked on my writing journey. —Kimberly Llewellyn The Quest for the Holy Veil - Berkley - aka "the Wedding Writer"

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