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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Why you should write at your own pace

Why you should write at your own pace

When I can write, my daily average is around 2,500 words (though I can easily hit 8-10,000 if I’m on a roll). I can keep up that pace for a month or two, just long enough to get a full draft out of NANOWRIMO, but then I might not write again for a year.

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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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How music playlists can help you write

How music can help you write

It seems like music playlists are big among writers. I’ve seen people spend inordinate amounts of time coming up with the perfect soundtrack for their characters, especially in the roleplaying world. It’s as inspiring to them as art and maps are to me.

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Why you should use placeholders

Why you should use placeholders

Here are some quotes from the first draft of the second book in my Guardians trilogy:

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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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5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo

5 things I learned from Nanowrimo

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll already know that I took part in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to write a novel this time (I’m still working on my Guardians trilogy that I started in 2011!) so instead I focused on simply writing every day using a handy prompt sheet by Eva Deverell.

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Just write! + freebie

Just write

It’s very easy to get bogged down or distracted by all the “fun” stuff that comes before the writing itself: drawing maps, designing worlds, developing characters, finding or making pretty art to inspire you or remind yourself what your characters look like…

The list of potential procrastinatory issues is endless and it can be very difficult to tell when you’re legitimately developing and planning the building blocks of a book versus when you’re dodging the actual job of writing.

I’ve had multiple conversations with my friend where I try to help him with his novel and my advice usually boils down to two little words:

Just write!

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Why originality matters (but also doesn’t)

Why originality matters but also doesn't

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of elves and dwarves and orcs and centaurs and mermaids and unicorns and vampires and — well, you get the idea.

Modern fantasy is saturated with them to the point where it seems like fantasy writers don’t even try to come up with anything new. (Why bother designing your own species and beasties, that each requires a description and a culture of some sort, if you can point your readers at an elf and call it done?)

Even the massively popular Harry Potter is chock full of creatures that Rowling ripped right out of someone else’s back pocket (with a little spin to call them her own).

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