Writing Wednesday: Preptober

Writing Wednesday: Preptober

Happy  Preptober!

What’s Preptober, you ask? Well it’s the best month in the whole year (October) and NaNoWriMo Prep time. Hence, Preptober!

It’s the time of year when those of us participating in NaNoWriMo start to brainstorm, to develop our ideas, to come up with Pinterest boards for inspiration (here’s mine).  If you’re a pantser, this might be all that you do, just come up with a vague idea for a story, the characters, etc.

If, like me, you like to plan a little bit more, Preptober is your best friend!

I love knowing my story’s premise before I start writing. Brainstorming is probably my favorite part of the planning process. I love how bits and pieces of things start to come together as I find connections.

Do you use a notebook, Word (Scrivener or Google Doc), or your phone to help you keep track of your growing ideas?

As you plan this October, you’re going to need a place to record your ideas (you don’t want to lose those. That’s the worst). So make sure you have a notebook or computer document of some sort where you can add to your story idea as you come up with more information. This is also helpful when you have many ideas and are trying to figure out which one you like the best (often that is the idea you have brainstormed the most about). Continue reading

What do you want to write for NaNoWriMo?

Do you want to participate in NaNoWriMo, but either don’t know which idea you want to use or you don’t know what to write about at all?

You aren’t alone. I didn’t figure out which story idea I wanted to go with until very late last week. If you’re feeling the pressure with NaNoWriMo a little over a week away, I hope that this post helps you come up with some ideas you can use and feel more confident.

Some people start the month of October, known to many as NaNo prep month, with a ton of ideas or one main idea. Others begin it with none at all.

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Getting Started for NaNoWriMo

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For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, begins on November 1st.

NaNoWriMo is a challege to writers, or people who want to be writers to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Yes, I know that sounds impossible. Who can actually complete a 50k word novel in 30 days? A superhero? A crazy person? Someone who does nothing but write non-stop for 30 days?

But the real answer is you.

Yes, you can write a novel in one month. Here’s how!

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My Writing Space

My Writing Space

Welcome to my writing space, the place in my home that is on any given day the most or least productive place that I spend my time. One of the most important tips I have for surviving NaNoWriMo is having a comfortable place to write with as few distractions as possible. So let’s take a look at mine!

Author Kami Garcia, has a great weekly blog post where she shows what’s on her desk that week. I would like to make that a once or twice monthly post to show you what I have and use in my writing space to keep me as productive as possible! Continue reading

Halfway Through NaNoWriMo 2015

Yesterday was November 15th! We’re halfway through the month and that also means that NaNoWriMo is half over. Woohoo, I’ve made it this far as have a bunch of people in my region. It makes me so happy to see my fellow writers succeed!

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. I’ve been scrambling to meet my word count every day, subbing almost every day, and last weekend I was crazy and thought I could do a craft show. Needless to say, last week I struggled a bit. But having done this a few times, it’s pretty expected that I will struggle during week 2. Continue reading

What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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Hello friends! Welcome to What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday. It’s been a while. I’m still trying to come up with a blogging and writing schedule that works around substitute teaching. This is a weekly feature (or it’s supposed to be) that is inspired by WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Another great feature is My Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Here’s what I’ve been reading…

I just finished…

Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond. The biggest thing that I loved about this book was seeing the circus life from the point of view of someone who loves and lives it.

And I also read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I adored this book. While the story of the boy/girl in a bubble is an old one, Yoon brought a fresh perspective and a unique voice to this story. I loved this book so much that I devoured the whole novel in less than 24 hours!

I’m currently reading…

Carry On by Rainbow RowellI feel like I’ve waited so long to read Carry On and when I saw it at the library last week I had to grab it. If you don’t know already, I’m pretty obsessed with Rainbow Rowell’s books and this book had the potential to be my favorite Rowell book yet!

What I’m reading next…

Landline by Rainbow RowellLandline by Rainbow Rowell. I picked this book up over the summer in a bargain books section (and was so stoked!) and haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I think I will need more Rainbow Rowell after finishing Carry On.  (This is not the cover I have, but I love this one!)

What I’m Writing…

TGGC has been slowing down for me a bit as I prepare for NaNoWriMo next month. I need a break from it and to play with new characters and a new world for a while, which I’m pretty excited for. But I would like to finish up chapters 21 and 22 of TGGC before October 31st, so I feel less guilty about doing NaNoWriMo.

I’m writing some posts for the next 10 days of NaNoWriMo prep as well, so stay tuned for those. This blog will be much busier in the coming months.

What are you reading and writing this week?

What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday

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Hello and welcome to What I’m Reading and Writing Wednesday, my spin on WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words and My Week in Books over at Lipsyy Lost and Found. This week I’m posting it a bit later in the day than usual, but that’s because I spent the morning subbing in a middle school.

So let’s chat about what I’m reading this week…

I just finished.

theassassinsbladeThe Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. I ended up really enjoying this book, especially the novellas that were a bit longer than the first two. I liked that each story led into the next one. It was awesome to see Sam Cortland (finally) even though I knew what happened to him. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 13

Week 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo is about to come to a close and I couldn’t be happier.

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Week 2 has always been the hardest for me. Especially during NaNoWriMo in November. The first week is usually so inspiring and full of words and new ideas. Week 2 is where I feel blah about my writing (in this case, revising) and tend to fall behind. Continue reading

Camp NaNoWriMo- Day 5

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Hello everyone! It’s day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo. Yesterday was independence Day in the states and today is my town’s celebration.

I hope that you’re all having a wonderful day, whether or not you’ve decided to take the day off from writing. Me, I am going to use as much of today as I can to get stuff done! I haven’t written anything yet today (I know, shame on me) but I am proud to say that I am already a quarter of my way to my initial goal of 10k words for the month.

Yes I know, 10k doesn’t seem like a lot, but in previous Camp NaNoWriMos I’ve set my goals too high and didn’t meet them. Back in March I wrote a blog post about Setting Managable Writing Goals. This is still important for me to remember, as when I set my goals too high (especially during Summer months when I am beyond busy) I don’t do well at all.

So this week I’ve been pretty darn productive. I’ve read, revised, and edited Chapter 5 of TGGC before sending it off to my lovely critique partners. Today I plan on getting a start on Chapter 6 and by the end of tomorrow I’m hoping to have it at least half way done.

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

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Photo from: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

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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