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To Me – Really it will be OK. Stop Panicking.

18 Nov

Another pep talk to myself scheduled in advance.  It is the end of October as I write this and I know that by the time this posts I must be freaking out about NaNoWriMo.

Take a deep breath, stop obsessing about word count (I know you are!), and go take a walk.

Feel better now?  No?  Ok, read this and maybe it will help get your head screwed back on straight.  You can do it!

writing a first draft quote

The Fabulous People of NaNoWriMo

15 Nov

Minstrel (Tir Athair) Marissa AmesLast Wednesday I met author Marissa Ames who happened to show up at my writing group for some NaNoWriMo fun.

We did our NaNoWriMo thing, and busted out some wordcount between relaxed chatting and laughing.

She is a seriously cool person (not only does she write but she also paints and has her own urban farm!)

If you are looking for a new author checkout her website and book.  I haven’t read it yet, but will be starting it soon.  I’ll tell you how I like it once I finish, although I have some pretty high expectations after reading the short stories posted on her site and actually meeting her.

To Me – Don’t Panick

11 Nov

I’ve scheduled this post about a week in advance so that once NaNoWriMo is in full swing, and I’m panicking for whatever reason (behind? story gone astray? no plot? hate my characters?) I can remind myself of a few important things.

These are some of my writing weaknesses and wonderful little quotables to help push through them:

Quotable - Clive Barker - Writers Write Creative Blog

writing villains

Key to reader sympathy...need to keep this reminder for later.

Quotable - Leigh Brackett - Writers Write Creative Blog

 Create the tings you wish existed - writing

I’m not saying I’m behind but…

6 Nov

Nano is already stretching ahead of me and I’m about 5k words into my novel.  To be on track I should be somewhere around 10k today.

Depressing right?

WRONG.

I wrote 5k words in 5 days.  Holly molly am I impressed with myself!  So what if it isn’t enough to ‘win.’  It is writing and that is good.

Or instead of celebrating this accomplishment, we can make excuses for why I’m not on track like…

I apologize, however Princess Peach tried to kill me.

The excuse creator! Yes!!!

Adding Character Flaws to Enhance your Writing

1 Nov

DreampunkGeek: Adding Character Flaws to your writing

NaNoWriMo is here!!!!!!

I’m starting my writing off with a cast of characters that I’ve been thinking about for a couple of weeks and developing bits and pieces of their personalities.

If you really want to make your characters pop try adding flaws.  I found two very in depth lists below and chose about 2 flaws per character.  I used my handy dandy random number generator -i.e. my husband- to pick some that I would have been too nervous to choose ordinarily.

Character Flaw Index

Dark World RPG – Character Flaw List

One of my favorite characters turned into an alcoholic and child hater.  Ironically I think it strengthens his character instead of damaging it.  Now he has his own daemons to fight.

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