How to Write a Novel in Three Months, Sarina-Style (Episode 352)

How to Write a Novel in Three Months, Sarina-Style (Episode 352)

Hey all! Today Sarina brings you a fun but tricky topic: how to write a novel in three months. 

Should you do it? Maybe. It depends on the book. Not every book can or should be written in 90 days. 

But if you’re game to try, Sarina gives you: 

4 things you need to know about the book before you start

5 tips for writing scenes more quickly

3 things to try when you’re stuck

Links from the Pod

The Astronaut and The Star, Jen Comfort

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, Rachel Aaron


Becca Syme’s Quitcast and her book Dear Writer, You Need to Quit

If you love a good writing retreat—especially one that comes with good solid coaching and the chance to meet others who are working on similar projects—here’s one to check out. This fall, three Author Accelerator certified book coaches are offering Mainely Memoir, a retreat for women writers in historic Biddeford, Maine, held over three days in the gorgeous Maine woods in September, with one-on-one coaching both before and after the retreat. It’s the perfect opportunity to give yourself the gift of time and focus so that you can make real progress on your memoir this year. Find out more at

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Registration costs $69 for 12 live, interactive sessions, delivering 15 hours of learning. For more information and to register, see: theiij.com All sessions will be recorded and available to view for one month after the conference.

The IIJ is a new organization whose mission is the financial and emotional sustainability of journalists of color. Everyone is welcome at the IIJ’s public programs, like the conference, although some future opportunities will be limited to BIPOC freelancers.

Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.