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How To Write A Novel… or a Huge Paper (Ep. 30)

I read a lot of fiction, ranging from smaller Kurt Vonnegut books to massive, 2,200-page Brandon Sanderson trilogies.

As a fan, I’m enthralled with the worlds these authors create. As an aspiring author, however, I’m also stunned at how these writers can create such huge works. 

That’s exactly the question I ask my friend Brit McGinnis in this episode of the podcast. Brit is a self-published author with a 280-page urban fantasy novel called already out, and another book in the works. In addition to writing, she also works full-time!

I met Brit at the World Domination Summit in Portland back in July (yup, the same place I met Zach Sexton!) and immediately found out that we have very similar interests. We’re both anime fans, into entrepreneurship, and love writing. As a result, this is a pretty fun episode.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • Brit’s first novel
  • Junior League of Portland
  • Fearful Adventurer
  • Daily Zen List
  • Fucking Homepage
  • The Unaccomplished Lady
  • How did this get made?
  • Brit’s author page on Facebook
  • Connect with Brit on Twitter!
  • My whiteboard productivity system
  • College Info Geek on YouTube – New videos every week!

Resources of the Week:

  • The Tool: Cogi, an iPhone/Android app that lets you record lecture notes in a smart way – 
  • The Learning Resource: Get a globe! Yeah, I’m serious.

Listener Tip of the Week

This week’s listener tip comes from Rob Schrage. Check out the episode to hear his tip.

“Hey, I have a great tip too!” – you

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  • General college tips – learning, studying, productivity, etc
  • Jobs and internships
  • Money management

If you’d like your tip featured on the show, email it or tweet it to me!

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A couple great quotes from our conversation:

“Your first book is probably going to be your worst book, but you need to get it out there.” | Tweet This

“Consistency is better than doing work in bulk.” | Tweet This

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