So You Want to Write a Novel- Part 5: World Building

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With Camp NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I thought that I would continue my So You Want to Write a Novel series, to help me (and any of you who are doing it).

Setting is yet another necessary element of writing a novel.

If your setting doesn’t feel authentic (even if it’s made up), your book won’t feel as authentic. It won’t resonate with readers as much as you would like it to.

World building is essential to writing a novel. Authors should know a bit about their world and who lives in it before they start writing, even if they are pantsers.

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What I'm Reading and Writing Wednesday


Hey everyone, it’s Wednesday again and time to catch up with what I’m reading & writing this week. What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday is my spin on WWW Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Lipsyy also has a great, similar feature over on her blog called This Week in Books. Drop by and check them both out 🙂 .

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Books I'd Love to See as a Movie or TV Show

Books I'd Like to See as a Television Show or Movie

Last week, we found out that the Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi is going to be made into a TV show!

I loved this series, even though the first book was a little difficult for me to get into. The character development over the course of the trilogy was great and I think between the romance and action that it would make for a very interesting and entertaining television show. Congrats Tahereh.

This gets me thinking about some other books I’ve read since beginning Amanda’s Nose in a Book that would make for great movies or tv shows. So here’s my list. I’d love to hear what you think!

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Why You Should Do Camp NaNoWriMo.

1. It gets you writing.

I struggle getting anything accomplished without some kind of structure or goals set for myself. Camp NaNoWriMo, is a more relaxed version of NaNoWriMo that allows you to tune into your creative spirit and just go.

2. You can set your own goal.

Does the goal of 50k words seem a bit daunting to you, especially in the summer when there are so many other things going on? Fret not, you can choose your own goal for Camp NaNo. So if you’re a beginner and can only write a fraction of that, you can make your goal lower to make it more manageable. If you’re more experienced, you can set your goal higher than 50k.

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So You Want to Write a Novel- Part 4: Conflict

conflict - so you want to write a novel part 4

Took a little bit of a break yesterday, but we’re back today talking about what I think is the most important part of the puzzle to keep your story going and interesting. Conflict.

Truth be told, a story without some kind of conflict is no story at all. In fact it’s a snooze-fest for both the reader and the writer.

conflict- so you want to write a novel part 4Come on, you know you get a sick sense of pleasure when throwing terrible circumstances at your characters!

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So You Want to Write a Novel- Part 3: Characters

Characters- So You Want to Write a NovelWelcome back to So You Want to Write a Novel! So far we’ve talked about where we get ideas and the audience, genre, and whether to plan our novels.

Today we’re going to talk about characters, or the people you will have in your novel. If you’re like me, you have the characters of at least ten different novels running around your head all the time, asking “when will you write me.” That makes me sound pretty crazy, but they are all filed away in my notebook, and someday I will write about all of them.

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So You Want to Write a Novel- Part 2: Audience, Genre, and Planning vs. Pantsing

So You Want to Write a Novel- Part 2: Audience, Genre, & Planning vs. Pantsing

Hello & welcome to day 2 of my blog series So You Want to Write a Novel. Today we’re going to talk about a couple things that you should keep in mind before writing your novel (even if it develops and changes as you write).

Yesterday we talked about how and where we get our ideas. If you’d like to check that out, click here.

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So You Want to Write a Novel- Part 1: Getting Ideas- Brainstorm

Brainstorm- So You Want to Write a Novel- Getting Ideas

Since January, I’ve ran the Port City Writers Group at the Oswego Public Library here in Oswego, NY. We have quite an active little group with members ranging from newbies to published authors. A lot of the feedback I’ve gotten from the newer writers is that they want to write a novel, but are lost as to where to start. So that’s where this series comes in— each day during this next week I will be posting sections of my lesson “So You Want to Write a Novel (or Short Story)”. I figured that it would not only help them, who can have the information to look back on, but also might help some of you as well (especially if you are in the same boat as they are)… so let’s get down to it!!!

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