Saturday, December 19
Tuesday, December 8
I'm looking forward to working more on my NaNo novel but even more excited to get back to a few children's book series that I've had on the back burner.
Have you tried this challenge or a
Saturday, December 5
If you are viewing this in IE you probably won't be able to see my linkbar. Sorry, I will be fixing it soon.
I'm running out to watch a mind numbing movie and destress before I come back ;) -C
Tuesday, December 1
What would I do differently?
If I do the same genre I'll have much already done but even if it isn't I'll know what basics to start with.
Geography, History, Language, Food, Customs, Clothing, Transportation, etc :)
Instead of just filling out a questionnaire I'll spend more time visualizing the characters and imagining how they would react to situations.
Scheduled Time to Write.
- Go to Write-Ins. That way I'm not home to get distracted by anything and everything.
- Do more Word Wars.
- Warn people to stay away from me.
- Cut back on superfluous activities. I did cut back on TV & Movies but... distractions can be so much fun!
Would you do it again and if so would you change anything? Share below!
Tuesday, November 24
Sadly, unless I write 5,000 words a day for the rest of the month I won't see confetti, hear the cheering, have my characters breath a sigh of relief.
Are you nearing your goal? I've seen so many hit their goal early and kept going. I'm cheering for you and confetti throwing even if my characters are sighing wistfully. I find it really inspiring to see others, many with much tighter schedules than mine really put their all into this challenge and win.
That is one thing that keeps me going when I'd otherwise put my notebook (yes, I'm still doing it mostly by hand-about 15,000 of the 20,000 so far) under my bed, in the closet or an empty vase. Another one is the characters themselves. They really want their story told even if it is full of errors, cliche's, improbable plot twists and larges gaps that only more research can fill.
If I don't make it to 50,000 I won't have a pity party but be proud at how far I've come... I'm beginning to sound like a Hallmark card aren't I?
So if you are down to the wire or way below it like me, don't give up but "just keep writing, writing, writing"...
*just in case I confused you, I am not a man.
Thursday, November 12
Sunday, November 8
So this will be my lesson for the week:
Backup your story. Back it up, back it up.
I'm fortuate that it wasn't my story and was a small post. Otherwise I'd be very upset right now. Okay here is my weekly NaNoWrimo review.
After 7 days I am behind schedule but not devastatingly. I wrote every night at work and had a good start. There were a few hiccups, I got real ones too, but I'm finishing the week with a smile on my face.
If I get stressed I'm looking at my fellow nanoers as inspiration. Some hit the 50,000 mark on day three! So if I get down to only a few days to go I'll ask myself what they would do. Then I'd lock myself in my room and ignore the telephone. Oh wait, I already do that!
I'm writing in a notebook at work and then recopying it into yWriter when I get home. I'm noticing two things; I'm doing a teeny tiny but of self-editing and I'm using time when I could be writing NEW words.
Things I learned from this week
- My characters are doing what they want and I'm learning more about them
- I'm getting more familiar with yWriter
- I like getting nano gifts (a Wonder Woman notebook-sweet)
- I'll copy my notebook notes over once a week and spend the rest of the time on new words
- Participate in Word Wars. With friends & maybe on Twitter
- Set aside time for research or fact finding.
Saturday, October 31
This past week I've been sick, fighting with a blogger theme and trying to stay on top of my schoolwork. Do I feel ready for tonight? Not really, but there is no holding back time and I'm ready to embark on another adventure.
Oh yeah, my last adventure was trying to change a flat tire in Lynn Woods.
My biggest challenge of the moment is to find a way to smuggle a cream puff with no one the wiser.
Tuesday, October 20
I won't be able to fiddle around with widgets, hacks or color schemes while trying to write a novel!
Since joining the Problogger Community I've been reading a host of new blogs and was excited to see a few who have done the contest in the past or are planning to do it next month. Links are to posts tagged nanowrimo and their nano profiles when available.
Are you part of the Problogger Community and NaNoWriMo? Drop your links in the comments and I'll add you.
Signed up for 2009:
Tracy O'Connor on NaNo
Santacruz on NaNo
Zombie Skittles on NaNo
Oh, and me :)
Have you made a nano list? Share it below.
Tuesday, October 13
Even so, Barnes and Noble did have one case on guides, personal experiences and specialized per genre. The other case was mainly filled by dictionaries in a assortment of sizes. There were so many titles that I walked out empty handed not sure which I should get first. I did take a few pictures to remind myself of a few that peeked my interest.
Have you ever read any of the above? Would you recommend it to your easily confused mother or dog? Or is there a book you feel that every storyteller should have?
Tuesday, October 6
by Lynne Truss
I bought this just last week when I stumbled upon Derby Street Books in Salem, Ma. Hopefully it will help my sentence structure.
by Carol Whiteley
Picked this one up on vacation at my favorite used book store. I read about screenwriting on the plane trip home but don’t think that is what I’ll be referring to right now.
by Phyliss Whitney
DictionariesProlific author’s approach to novel writing.
ThesaurusSome old, some new. I still have my first dictionary that my best friend growing up gave me. I probably still need to look up words in it too.
My brain jumps to certain words repeatedly and a thesaurus helps me to change it up.
Friday, October 2
Have a great weekend and start stretching your fingers!
Tuesday, September 29
Tuesday, September 22
Posts for your perusal.
The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words: Copyblogger
40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar & Punctuation: Dumb Little Man
Blogs to browse.
The Grammar Phobia Blog
How do you feel about alliteration? ;)
Saturday, September 12
My posting schedule will remain the same, it's just time for me to be more efficient.
While I recharge my
I think I'll go out in the yard and nap in the sun, I mean write.
Do you have any large projects in November? Other than NaNoWriMo naturally.
Friday, September 4
yWriter5 was easy to download. I got it right from Simon Haynes SpaceJock site. Not only is he a writer but a programmer as well. I almost got distracted when I saw all the goodies on his site but since I'm so organized I remembered what I went there for... eventually. Here's a list of some of his other projects. They range from Mp3 players to timers and more.
Alright, back to yWriter.
Easy to download
Wizard to help you get first project setup
Lots of tips, a pdf getting started guide and more
Keeps all scenes, outlines, character sketches even location and item descriptions all together
My favorite is the daily word worksheet to help you hit your goal
Free (although donations are accepted)
On a computer (for those who use more than one you can run this on a flash drive)
Deciding on what story to work on first
Tuesday, September 1
As I begin to delve into research for my NaNoWriMo project I find doubts quietly creeping up.
- Will I have enough time to write?
- Will I be able to craft a story or will it be just a jumble or words?
- Why did I have to pick a romance, can I really right a conceivable love story?
I don't sound very convincing do I!
What about you? Are you nervous about making the deadline? I noticed on the forums a few days ago a list of links to similar challenges that take place throughout the year and while I don't want to use it as an excuse at least I know I can always try again in January.
Friday, August 28
Hover over links to see where they’re from!
Free Character Workshop
The Character Workshop
Main Character Outline
Minor Character Sketch
Graphs from Paid Site
Pdf from NaNoFiMO
I found this page on Charlotte Dillon’s site chock-full of Character building resources. Keep in mind that it doesn’t look like it’s been updated since 2000 so many of the links are broken. What is there is worth the look.
Ever get stumped on naming your main character or all those secondary ones? I do. I used to use a fictional character name book for idea. Baby name books are good too. Here are a few sites where you can get some great ideas.
There are so many sites online that it’s easy to lose track of time. In fact, I have to cut myself off now and go back to baby name books, otherwise I’ll be adding pirates to my story where they just wouldn’t fit!
Tuesday, August 25
Regency romances from the funny to melodramatic are one of the most prolific settings for historical romances. Regencies come in all shapes and sizes; pirates, spies, country living, Russian royalty and the heady swirl of upper crust society are just a few examples of what you may encounter.
Written during the time period they are named after and right up to today, some of the most drooled over heroes (Darcy, anyone) and memorable villains populate this genre.
Photo Credit: churl on Flickr
Rather than wing it, which is my natural inclination, I began browsing the forums at NaNoWriMo, read other blogs and their experiences and got quick ideas via twitter.
I’m focusing on four areas to help my writing process.
I’ll write about each topic and share tips & tricks I stumble across on this crazy challenge. More than likely I’ll be asking more questions than answering!
Friday, August 21
Photo Credit: Old Shoe Woman on Flickr
Since this is my first year attempting National Novel month I’m very curious how others have gone about picking what story to write.
If you are like me I have an idea box (okay maybe two) that has scraps of paper with story ideas, pictures or anything that strikes my writing fancy. I also have notebooks full of stories (mostly unfinished) that have accumulated over the years. Lately, I’ve gravitated towards picture books, sans the pictures but writing a 50,000 word picture book seems inconceivable to me.
I found an old quest-like fairy tale, but again doubt it’ll make 50,000 words so I continued sifting through all my ideas but couldn’t decide.
Have you randomly hit upon an idea for NaNoWriMo or has it been simmering in a tiny section of your brain?
In my case, I had dreams three nights in a row. Each night showed a little bit of potential and after much brainstorming (i.e.. daydreaming) I found a way to interconnect all of them, yes I am a sucker for series and I settled on one to work on. Did I mention they were all regency romances?
”Oh la sir” may pop into your mind as well as mine. We can talk about my chosen genre later, right now I’m curious about you.
So what’s your idea for this year? Still looking though your idea box? Leave a comment below or send a tweet to @cmckane.
Next: Regency Romances! What’s so special about them?
Thursday, August 20
Hello! I'm C. This year I decided to test my sanity to the limit by signing up for NaNoWrimMo.
50,000 words in one month.
Four college classes a week.
Four nights of work a week.
A disorganized mind and desk.
Research my heart out.
Outline, Character sketches, and the like.
2,000 words a day.
Enjoy every second!
Since I am already playing catch up on my fictional character blog I'm only committing to posting here two days a week; Tuesday and Friday. That way I'll be able to spend more time on writing!
Just a warning to any who happen to stumble across my quest; I ramble, I rant and generally make no sense which I blame on lack of sleep.
What about after NaNoWriMo is over and sanity returns?
Naturally work on the mess that is my first draft of a novel!
Add your link to Twitter, your blog or profile on NaNoWriMo's website.
I'll be using @cmckane for writing updates but you can also find me @opinionatedant. My profile and this blog!
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Have you done the novel writing challenge before? What was your experience like? Any tips for new people (me) and seasoned challengers alike? Leave a comment below!
Next Post tomorrow: Picking my story. How did you pick yours?