Blog of the Month – The Hack Novelist

This month I would like to highlight The Hack Novelist. Recently I started exploring blogs written by aspiring writers and this one has had me in chuckles ever since I discovered it.

Summary of the blog

The Hack Novelist exists to document one writer’s journey as he writes, edits, and markets his first novel.

Why I like the blog

Each posts starts off by chronicling how many pages he’s edited or written that day, which he says helps him to stay accountable (love that). And then sprinkled throughout each post are humorous stories woven together with wonderfully written prose that capture his success and/or stress throughout his writing and editing experience.

I love his “About Me” page which refers to his readers as “Dear Loyal Reader,” a theme that follows throughout the blog and is quite charming. It makes the blog feel personal.

He constantly apologizes in a hilarious manner for his writing, which to me is actually fabulous. I find his style and his posts interestingly crafted together with an amazing story-telling aspect that actually does give you great bits of information on how he’s feeling about his place in the writing world at that moment.

Posts that spoke to me

8 Pages and an Editing Crane Kick: crack me up, in this post, Hack writes a letter to Mr. Miyagi (from the Karate Kid movie series) to outline his distaste for the editing process he’s currently undertaken on his recently finished novel.

8 Pages and the Conference Call: a hilarious post less about writing and more about life. I nearly died laughing reading it since it was something I could totally see myself writing. Obviously he ran into someone at the coffee shop who was obnoxious and inconsiderate and I loved Hack’s letter to him.

2 Pages and a Lil’ Mornin’ Learnin’: this is one of those posts that makes you feel like his writing is so personal, and written just for you. And then he adds this hilarious list of blogging best practices. Loved it and totally cracked me up.

Be sure to check out The Hack Novelist – a very humorous and delightful blog all about the joys (and not so joyous) aspects of being an author. It’s definitely a worthwhile, fun visit and I guarantee, you’ll keep going back for more.



  1. OMG, I read his About and almost pee’d myself. I’ve added his to my “subscribe list”

    Oh, if my own “About” page could be so amusing…I really need to rewrite it

    • LOL! I know, eh?! I thought the exact same thing! Loved it! Not only did it crack me up but it made me feel instantly connected and wanting more. I’ve been a total Hack Addict ever since. I think I’ll sign up for the subscription as well. Enjoy….

  2. Dear Hartford,

    Hack here.

    Just wanted to say thanks for featuring my blog today! I’m truly honored. However, I sincerely hope exposure to my writing does not cause any lasting physical and/or emotional harm to your readership.

    Just in case, please accept my preemptive heartfelt apology along with my gratitude.



    • You are most welcome – it was my pleasure. I absolutely love your blog and your style of writing. My readers are lovely, down-to-earth, warm, delightful souls so I think we are both safe from their wrath – I have no doubt they’ll enjoy your blog as much as I do.

  3. yes, it’s a great blog!


  1. […] of all, thanks to Natalie Hartford for featuring The Hack Novelist as her pick for Blog of the Month. Pretty freaking cool and […]

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