4. It's always been this way
5. I know you did it
8. While the music was playing...
9. He smiled, hiding the way he really felt
13. Had I just gone mad, or did I really see that?
18. Just let it go
20. The little kid suddenly started screaming
25. She raised her voice
26. I'm serious
29. A dream I had last night
31. A grin
32. We both knew
36. Everyone was dancing, but no one noticed...
37. You can't make me
42. They kept running, though none of them knew...
44. 'When I grow up,' he said...
45. She was the only one
47. Badly written
48. Brand new
49. You ruined everything
50. No way out
51. A parade
52. A contest
54. There were three of them
it might work, but you still shouldn't do it. It's one thing for movies, where you can simply follow someone's action across the screens. In books, you want the closeness that only seeing the character fall on their face time times just to get it right once will bring.
The stumbling introduction - sometimes, your character stumbles into the wrong thing at the wrong time. Or the right thing at the right time, perhaps, but if you want a good story you should probably make sure it ends up worse for them than it would have otherwise.
Oh, sure, things
2. Stolen basket
3. Lovely ladies
4. Gathering mushrooms
5. Judgment of Paris
6. Bright Young People
7. What year is it?
8. Dancing shadows
9. The talk of the town
10. You shouldn't do that
11. I am far gone in age and decrepitude
12. A handful of keys
13. Motivational speaker
14. Who's that at the piano?
15. Tempus fugit
16. To our ancestors
17. Restoring the old ways
18. Premature obituary
19. We're all mad here
20. Just around the riverbend
21. Was that the human thing to do?
22. Vision of a kiss
23. Café in Athens
24. Primal therapy
25. Island angel
26. The jazz age
27. Red and black
29. Gotta do more, gotta be more
30. A pile of trash
32. The final manuscript
33. Figuratively or literally?
34. Third choice
35. Unwavering attention
36. Two actors
37. Why avoid the inevitable?
38. Water under the bridge
39. Pas de trois
41. Are you watching closely?
43. The hangman
44. Did they spare her?
46. Cold stone tiles
Writing is everywhere
I feel like writing is one of the most unseen and perhaps even most under appreciated forms of art these days. Writing is virtually everywhere, yet it's very much overlooked. People tend to think about writing as just the stuff you read in books, but what about blogs and journals? What about your favorite game, movie, show, or anime? What about your favorite comic? Would you even like your favorite character that much if it didn't come with that backstory that made you feel so much for it?
Yes, that's writing. All of it.
As for my own experience; I've always been fascinated by storytelling. I could watch and read anything, as long as it had a good plot and characters I could care about. I think the true skill of a writer is to make (nearly) everything
8. Torn photograph
9. Coffee stain
11. Plane ticket
15. Test result
17. Empty bottle
20. Loose floor tile
25. Party decoration
29. Ferris wheel
32. Measuring tape
34. Street stone
35. Glass of water
36. Wrapping paper
37. Dinner table
39. Swimming pool
47. Garden house
48. Pocket watch
51. Name tag
53. Cheese slicer
54. Bedside table
55. Wilted rose
56. Office chair
57. Hot chocolate
59. Registration form
60. 'Delete' key
67. Roof window
First and foremost, a draft is simply a version of a manuscript, and there will be many versions along the way to a finish novel ready for publication (or whatever other plans you have for it). The purpose of a first draft is to bring your story kicking and screaming into existence—nothing more. It has to exist before your story can be molded and perfected into its final form. You have to start somewhere, and you also need a blank canvas on which to discover your story, a place where anything is possible and anything can happen. You may have a vision in your head, but you don’t kn
Well, here’s the thing: story structure is the skeleton of a story. If you don’t build the structure first, you may very well end up with a blubberous blob of goo, a deformed mutant creature, or a story that falls down the moment a reader steps inside. Not really the outcome you’re hoping for. Not to mention the danger of falling into the quicksand of writer’s block halfway into your story because you r
(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
A lot of writers block cases come just from environment. For example, for a long time my computer was a desktop. Not very portable, right? Well, this meant that if I wanted to do any writing, I had to sit down in the same spot every time and write. I had to deal with the same environment, the same clutter, the same chair, the same sitting position, etc. This doesn't help! So consider your environment. (For suggestions that require moving elsewhere, use a laptop or a good old fashioned notebook with a pen or pencil)
Clean up your workspace. Organize it. Rearrange it. Make it different than last time you sat there.Light a candle or incense, or even freshen up your room with an air freshener. Go in another room. So
This was soon confirmed when one of the men threw another onto a table, sending crockery and mugs clattering everywhere, while the surrounding people began egging the two on.
"Over here," Nemi said, pulling him towards the barman, an ugly fellow with dark eyes and very little hair left. He leered at Nemi as they approached, and gave her a condescending snort when they were in front of him.
"Wha' ya want now, girl?" The man asked her, reaching down and beginning to clean out a glass in a dirty pail of water that he had set under the bar.
"Oh, nothing much," Nemi replied airily, gesturing
If you watch the blogs and various sites around the internet about writing, you've probably seen at least one list that details a few universal truths about writers, but they all pretty much boil down to several actual truths.
All writers write.
All writers procrastinate.
Writers don't actually write, because we spend all our time doing something else.
This probably explains why, in the dark hours of one of the very last days of NaNoWriMo, I'm sitting here writing this, when my NaNo is sitting in another window with a pathetic 31.8k words.
Will I finish by 11:59pm tomorrow? Probably not. Do I care? Not particularly, although I'm sure that there's probably some part of my brain, which has been hardwired in a certain way that will start seriously freaking out sometime around 5:00pm tomorrow night.
Why am I so far behind, you ask? Simple. I told myself that I was not going to do NaNo this year. I haven't written anything since Februa
It's almost November and you know what that means: NaNoWriMo!
Yes, it's that month when you, forsaken souls, take on the challenge of writing 50k words and in the process have the irresistible urges of head banging against a wall, smashing a keyboard or two, or calling it quits.
Now hold it right there, before you burn everything to the ground, take a deep breath. Stress, anxiety, meltdowns are rather common with NaNoWriMo, but fear not! We're here with some tips to help you breeze through November and hopefully, reach your goal.
Plan your month. You don't have to plan all of it, but at least get a grip of what you can and can't do as well as draft up some schedules, timelines, organize your time properly. You're gonna need those minutes
Track how you spend your time, see how much time you spend on social media. Approximately, you will need 2-3h of writing per day to get to your goal. So go, what
If you're reading this blog, I'm assuming you have a book in you—one that's not already on paper (or, let's be real, a hard drive). So the real question is:
Is NaNoWriMo the best way to make my book's first draft happen?
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNo(WriMo), is held every November. If you're not familiar with it, you can find a ton of resources at NaNoWriMo.org. In short, though, it's a marathon event: thirty days to write a book or complete a specific word count (the average seems to be 50,000).
One thing I want to be very very clear about:
Doing NaNo doesn't make you any more or less of a writer than not doing it.
Yes, you get a completion badge and even 50% off Scrivener. Yes, you get high fives for doing it. But that's not the goddamn point!
disclaimer: I am not Ron Swanson
The point of NaNo is to finish a book draft. And
His birth was one of the first things that Anwen remembered. The beginning of her life in memory began with the beginning of his. Idwal was her anchor.
Truth be told, she did not remember his actual birth. She had no real memory of him slipping into the world, inevitable and streaked with blood. She recalled the long, slow months of her mother's pregnancy. She remembered the growing, physical thing that held her separate from her mother, that pushed her away, an anthill growing day by day beneath her mother's clothes. As ominous as an anthill. As unwanted.
She remembered the careful explanations, the clearing out of the small room at the back of the house, the re-construction of the cot and the re-painting of each cylindrical dowel that made up the bars in white, gloss paint. She remembered thinking, what kind of creature has to be kept in a wooden cage?
And then that day That day when her mother became preoccupied, and poured out tea onto the breakfast cereal. A
Which brings us to the topic at hand: Prewriting in Stages. Also known as plotting like a Grim.
This week we're going to start with plot, because any story should be based on its plot; characters, setting and motivation should all work to advance the plot.
Obviously, you'll need a premise. This could be a theme you'd like to express in the story, or simply the outcome of a story. Either way, it's the most important part of the story. It's what your characters will be movin