NANOWRIMO Survival Kit

NANOWRIMO Survival Kit

It’s almost that time of the year again: National Novel Writing Month, known to non-writers as November, where we silly writers attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

I’m not sure yet if I’ll be participating this November, but there can never be too many goodies for those who do. I put together a little Survival Kit checklist to help you get through the month!

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Why you need a story bible

Why You Need A Story Bible

There are post-its all over your house, you’ve got roughly fifty notebooks with half of this scene in here and this profile in there, a dozen apps open on your computer, and various binders or stacks of loose papers with sketches and print-outs and hand-drawn maps on this shelf and that shelf.

Yet, whenever you want to find that one piece of information or fact-check the sentence you just wrote, you have no idea which of your many sources of notes to look in or if this version of that character is more up-to-date than that version.

If this is you, then it’s probably time to set yourself up with a story bible.

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Your Life Depends On It Wallpaper for iPad

Your Life Depends On It Wallpaper for iPad

This is a motivational wallpaper for your iPad. Write like your life depends on it!

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My Research Process

If you’re a true beginning writer, you’ll have very little notion of where to start or how you can get from an idea to a full concept you can write about.

Even if you’ve been at this game for a long time, it can still feel overwhelming to sit down at your computer with intent to write or build a world only to realise that you have no idea where to even begin.

I remember spending hours searching for tutorials and examples from other writers for various things, from “how to get started” to “how to organise notes”. It’s frustrating to realise you’re pretty much on your own.

You have to figure out what works for you and that will involve a lot of trial and error as you test approaches and discard the ones that just don’t inspire you or don’t lead you anywhere except into dead ends.

So if the research process is so subjective, why are we here? Why did I bother writing a post just to say “I can’t help you”?

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How to use Auto Text Complete in Liquid Story Binder

How to use the Auto Text Complete tool in Liquid Story Binder

 

Denahih Jhiah. Ishidah Tahnih. Azhela Qhashiil. Epheni Qhaarqhiin Tiqhomh.

As you can imagine, writing out such strange names can be a chore, even if you don’t suffer from Frequent Typo Syndrome. Stopping to check how a city name is spelled or if it’s “i before e” can really slow your writing — or kill your muse dead right where you sit.

Getting it right doesn’t matter for the first draft. But there’s a neater way. A better way. A brilliant way: Liquid Story Binder’s built-in Auto Text Complete tool.

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June 2017 WriMo Free Printable

June WriMo 2017

It’s been a while since I released a freebie for tracking your NANOWRIMO word count. Since Camp is just around the corner again, here’s a mini booklet for your Happy Planner!

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How to create a gallery in Liquid Story Binder

How to create a gallery in Liquid Story Binder

In previous tutorials, I’ve shown you how to create both a standard dossier and a custom template. I’ve also explained how to import images to attach to the dossiers you’ve made.

This week, I’m going to show you how to create and attach an entire gallery of them!

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How to add an image to a dossier in Liquid Story Binder

How to add images in Liquid Story Binder

If you’re like me and need images to inspire you and help you describe your characters, then it’s really handy to have those images attached to your character profiles so you don’t have to keep flipping between apps to look something up.

Liquid Story Binder XE lets you do this within the dossier — and, even better, you can have entire galleries of images attached, too!

Please be aware of plagiarism and copyright laws. It’s one thing to use art as inspiration (e.g. “I like how that creature moves”), but it’s entirely another to copy an artist or writer’s work verbatim.

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How to create dossier templates in Liquid Story Binder

How to create dossier templates in Liquid Story Binder

I once talked about how you could easily create a character sheet — or location, creature, or species profiles — using Liquid Story Binder XE’s (LSB) dossier tool.

LSB has several templates already built-in, but they might not suit you if you prefer longer profiles or like to save vertical space (like me), so now I’m going to teach you how to create your own.

You’ll first need to read LSB: Character Dossiers to learn how to create basic dossiers. From there, things get a tiny bit more complicated.

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Top 3 name generators

Top 3 Name Generators for Writers

Given how important names can be, it’s little wonder they’re so difficult to create.

I don’t normally have trouble with titles or the names of my main characters (they usually just jump out of my skull and bite me on the nose), but it’s a pain in the butt to generate a dozen or a hundred or a hundred dozen names for places and things — especially when you’re trying to write.

Thankfully, some kind souls have taken it upon themselves to provide databases full of names you can assign to your characters, places, critters, and factions, even if they’re only temporary placeholders.

These are my Top 3.

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