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ACWAN Schedule for NaNoWriMo
ACWAN Schedule for NaNoWriMo
(Anybody Can Write a Novel schedule for National Novel Writing Month)

Though I have never participated in NaNoWriMo, I have completed a novel by its standards in a month. It is a fun challenge, which in my experience requires a lot of planning. Though some people may just be able to write freestyle, I know that I need a schedule to keep up with it all. So. I’ve created a template schedule for those wishing to participate in NaNoWriMo this year (and in years to come). Of course, feel free to tweak or ignore this schedule completely; it is just a tool for your use. For each day, follow the link, read the article, and complete the given exercises. By the time you finish every exercise, you will have a complete first draft.
Day 1: Prewriting
-Choos
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11 Tips for Writing an Autobiographical Story
11 Tips for Writing an Autobiographical Story
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 7 “Autobiographical"

Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0



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"It is long ere we discover how rich we are. Our history, we are sure, is quite tame: we have nothing to write, nothing to infer. But our wiser years still run back to the despised recollections of childhood, and always we are fishing up some wonderful article out of that pond; until, by and by, we begin to su
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9 Tips for Understanding Originality in Stories
9 Tips for Understanding Originality in Stories
Chapter 8 “From Story to Art” – Section 7 “Originality"
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0

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6 Tips for Creating Character Motivation
6 Tips for Creating Character Motivation
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0

Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 12 “Motivation”

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“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”
-Plato
I've found that character motivation seems to categorize people into two groups—those for who it comes naturally and those who nee
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Input on my First Novel
Hey Writing Peeps!
Today's post is a little unusual because it is not a tutorial, nor does it have anything to do with Anybody Can Write a Novel. I'm writing this because, for the first time, I have a solid feeling that I am about to write the last draft of my first novel. I've had multiple people look at it, received encouraging feedback, and so I feel that it is time. But before I begin revising my final draft, I would like to get input from you. I have posted the first chapter of my novel, as it currently stands. It contains the main event that launches the story and features the primary protagonist. From this chapter, the story will go back in time, before the birth of the protagonist, so that the reader can gain a full understanding of the situation that the characters find themselves in and learn about the nature of the world. 
What I need is feedback. Unlike the chapters I've been posting as examples for my tutorial series (Atticus and Blake's Buddycop Adventure), I wo
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12 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction
12 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction
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Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 6 “Historical Fiction”

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10 Tips on Writing Stories for Young People
10 Tips on Writing Stories for Young People
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0
Chapter 2 “Genres” – Section 6 “YA/Children”

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“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. […] They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth.”
-E.B. White
A lon
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9 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block
9 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block
Anybody Can Write a Novel Version 2.0
Chapter 1 “Beginning to Write” – Section 3 “Writer's Block”

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
—Mark Twain
Sometimes we f
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6 Tips for Creating an Antivillain
6 Tips for Creating an Anti-villain
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Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 3.2 “Anti-villains”

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Adrian Veidt:
“I know I've struggled across the backs of murdered innocents to save humanity … but someone had to take the weight of that awful necessary crime [...]”
Jon Osterman:
“[..] I understand, without condoning … or condemning.&
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8 Tips for Creating a Villain
8 Tips for Creating a Villain
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Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 3.1 “Villains”




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"The lights burn blue. It is now dead midnight.
Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh.
What do I fear? Myself? There’s none else by.
Richard loves Richard; that is, I am I.
Is there a murderer here? No. Yes, I am.
Th
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Chapter 5 Exercises for ABBCA
GreenBat Tutorials Chapter 5 Exercises

For Atticus and Blake's Buddy-cop Adventure
Write-a-Novel Exercise 5.1
Go through the list of characters we started in the last tutorial, and mark down what story roles that each character fills.
Plot Premises
Protagonists
Officer Atticus Warner, blackbear, member of the Fourth Wall Border Patrol
Blake Parker, self-proclaimed anarchist and definitely not a narcissist.
Antagonist
New Blake, a perfected clone of the original (open to better names)
Sub-protagonists
None
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7 Tips for Creating an Antihero
7 Tips for Creating an Antihero
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Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 2.2 “Antiheroes


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"I'm drawn to the classic antihero, the guy who's probably made a bunch of mistakes and really has the capacity to go either way. That's the most interesting type of character for me to watch, to see what decisions they'll make. There's a lot of gray area there f
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Workshop: Outlining and Premise for ABBCA

Atticus and Blake's Buddy-cop Adventure

(An Entry for the Workshop: “Outlining and Premise”)
 
Please note that this story is a work of comedy, and is supposed to be almost like a cartoon. For that reason you will see a lot of cop-movie cliches. I want them there as I plan to use each of them in a rather satirical way for a reason that fits the plot. In fact, I would be happy to hear any more ideas for additional cop-movie cliches I can add to it.
Your First Task
As mentioned above, plot premises are very important, not just so you can relate the story concept to your reader, but also, so you know what each path each character is going to take in their journey.  You'll start off by making a list of your characters (protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters) and then create a p
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9 Tips for Creating a Heroic Protagonist
9 Tips for Creating a Heroic Protagonist



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Chapter 5 “Characters” – Section 2.1 “Heroes

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"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
-Christopher Reeve
Within the realm of Protagonists, the main characters who drive your plot forward, there is a type that stands out
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Workshop Entry - Prep Work
“Atticus and Blake's Buddy-cop Adventure”
Timeline and World Map
(An Entry for the Workshop: “Prep Work”)
Your First Task
is to create a full timeline for your world. It should include all the events that need to take place prior to the start of the novel in order for your plot to happen. In case you're a little confused, JosephBlakeParker has a tutorial journal on the topic.
Introduction
So the time-line in my story will actually be a bit wonky and confusing. It starts off in what I will temporarily call “Alternate Earth 1.” This world has quite a bit of development to it, which is explained in anot
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4 Tips for Attaining Realism in Fiction
4 Tips for Attaining Realism in Fiction
Chapter 8 “From Story to Art” – Section 6 “Realism"
Anybody Can Write a Novel 2.0

“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
-Tom Clancy

When I was in college, I had a professor who explained to me the virtue of embellishing a story when telling it to others for the sake of entertainment. He explained that when you tell someone something that happens to you, it will always be more dull than it was when you were actually there. And since the purpose of telling someone a story like that is their own personal enjoyment, it is important to embellish it enough so that they feel the same things that you felt when t
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Joseph Blake Parker
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I'm a writer interested in writing on the topics of YA Horror, Fantasy, Suspense, and Science Fiction. I also dabble in cooking, poetry, and reviews. At the moment, I am working on four Young Adult novels, and a step-by-step instructional guide so that ANYBODY can write a novel. I hope to publish my first novel in the coming year.

I grew up between Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Alabama, USA. Went to school in Tulsa OK, and got my Double Bachelor Degree in Writing (with a concentration in Literature) and Spanish.

Almost everything I post here will have to do with teaching what I've learned over the years about writing and editing. I hope you all enjoy.
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Hello my Writing Peeps!

As you may have noticed, we're coming to a close on our tutorial segment on plot-points. After the next two tutorials, which will finish up this segment, we are going to be looking at some all-new material that I have been studying, working on, and thinking about. I think you will find it interesting, fun, and helpful to your writing. 

In the meantime, I am planning on republishing my list of Youtube Channels that can help writers with their craft. Of course, I want to make the explanations better and the tutorial more professional, but I would also like to include more recommended channels and perhaps even double or triple the length of the list! 

That is where you come in. If you know of any channels that help you with your writing, please suggest them in the comments or via a private note. I'll look at all videos recommended. Anyone whose video makes the list will receive a mention and a special thanks in the tutorial. 

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions,

Blake
  • Listening to: The Anorexic Olsen Twin
  • Reading: Stephen King's "It"
  • Watching: Assassination Classroom
  • Playing: Civilization V
  • Eating: Crackers
  • Drinking: Coffee ... this will never change.

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