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31 Oct tessaviolet:


cmonteith:




Hey everyone! As NaNoWriMo approaches, and the month of November itself, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a masterpost of tips, techniques, and preparation exercises. I did not make any of the content listed below myself, so credit goes directly to the respective content creators. Happy writing, and remember- keep your head up. It’s not about quality, it’s about finishing. You got this. Good luck.


NANOWRIMO ADVICE:
10 Tips from the Writing Box
Five Things I Wish I’d Known Going Into My First NaNoWriMo
Pre-NaNoWriMo Tips
October 31st Planning Advice
How To: Write a Novel in 30 Days
How To: Start Your Novel
7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers
Is Your Novel Working?
Story Idea Generator
How To: Reach Your NaNoWriMo Goal
Staying Motivated
GENERAL WRITING TIPS:
Developing a Well Paced Novel
How To: Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
The Opening Hook
How To: Write a Novel
Effectively Outlining Your Plot
Developing Your Style
Novel Outlining 101
9 Simple Writing Habits
Dialogue Writing
Busting Your Writing Rut
CHARACTER BUILDING:
Name Generator
Name Playground
Behind the Name
Characterization Tips
Character Chart
Seven Common Character Types
Advice for Writing Specific Characters 
Pre-Writing Characters
Main Character Tropes
Creating a Likeable Character
The Universal Mary Sue Test
Myers Briggs Personality Test
100 Positive Traits
Character Development Exercises
Eight Bad Characters
Using Mental Illness in Your Writing
Family Tree Designer
123 Character Flaws
Writing Realistic Platonic Male Friendships
Writing Intriguing Male and Female Characters
Writing POCs
Writing Sexuality
Writing Primary Characters
Writing Secondary Characters
PLOT & CONFLICT: 
How To: Write Without a Plot
36 Dramatic Situations
Tips for Writing a Compelling Plot
Plot Development
The Art of Foreshadowing
Plotting Without Fears
What is Conflict?
Conflict Test
5 Tips for Writing an Effective Plot Twist
How To: Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes
25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep
Plot Bank
The ABCs (and Ds and Es) of Plot Development
12 Things to Keep in Mind When Writing an Ending
Various Plot Resources


THIS MAKES ME EXCITED FOR EVERYONE DOING NANAWRIMO.

tessaviolet:

cmonteith:

Hey everyone! As NaNoWriMo approaches, and the month of November itself, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a masterpost of tips, techniques, and preparation exercises. I did not make any of the content listed below myself, so credit goes directly to the respective content creators. Happy writing, and remember- keep your head up. It’s not about quality, it’s about finishing. You got this. Good luck.

NANOWRIMO ADVICE:

GENERAL WRITING TIPS:

CHARACTER BUILDING:

PLOT & CONFLICT: 

THIS MAKES ME EXCITED FOR EVERYONE DOING NANAWRIMO.

(Source: leodcaprio)

31 Oct millionsmillions:

"For Americans who have plowed through [Alice] Munro’s Selected Stories and are looking for a broader taste of Canadian literature — or CanLit, as it is called here — I offer a partial and admittedly idiosyncratic ‘Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Literature.’”
- Beyond Alice Munro: A Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Lit

millionsmillions:

"For Americans who have plowed through [Alice] Munro’s Selected Stories and are looking for a broader taste of Canadian literature — or CanLit, as it is called here — I offer a partial and admittedly idiosyncratic ‘Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Literature.’”

- Beyond Alice Munro: A Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Lit

31 Oct iowish:

I am just a little bit scared.

iowish:

I am just a little bit scared.

31 Oct beatonna:

beatonna:

HALLOWEEN QUIZ
1.  How can you tell if the unknown party guest is the Devil?- He has cloven feet - He turned the television on to MTV (grandma was right!)- He’s all like “hey baby, I’m burnin’ up here cause you’re so hot and I’m Satan”- He’s checking out your copy of the Malleus Maleficarum all casual like it’s not weird2.  Who was Jack the Ripper, really?- The Earl of Toffee, heir to Her Majesty’s cabbages- Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the lead pipe- Moriarty, damn his eyes! He’s the Napoleon of crime!- El Chupacabra 3.  How can I tell thou art a witch?- For thou hast cavorted with Satan in a sexy way- Because I could really use thy farmland if thou happened to be a witch- For the milk has gone sour and I understand science not- For thou won’t consent to a simple drowning test, the premise “offends thy good sense”4.  Before Jack o’ Lanterns, Celtic cultures used: - The carved heads of your enemies- Bog sacrifice of your enemies- Oatmeal in the shape of a face (of your enemies)- Jack o’ turnips5.  Which Malevolent Old Woman Spirit from Japan is the scariest?- Cackling old woman- Old woman bleeding from the eyes- Floating head of weeping old woman- Old woman inquiring about your marital status 6.  What is the only thing that can kill a werewolf?- Silver bulletin- Strychnine - Rock n’ roll- Pile driver7.  Should we pick up this spectral hitchhiker?- Only if he will share his weed- No way, they’re jerks! You give them a ride and then they vanish without saying thanks- Only if they’re doing that thing where you stick your leg out- I don’t trust those spectral hitchhikers, they’re all the same, but I’m not racist or anything8.  Trick or:- Treacle- Train- Tits- El Chupacabra9.  If you say “Bloody Mary” three times, what will you see in the mirror?- The Virgin Mary (this answer is blasphemous, circle only if you are willing to go to confession immediately)- “Bawdy Mary?” this spell is broken- A bartender who heard you the first time- A scorching hot hag (if you’re into hags)10. What do the zombies want?- Brains- Brians
Please circle your answers in blood (obviously) and submit your papers via séance

I reblogged a link to this quiz I made last year, but deleted it, this is better!  The whole darn thing.
Happy Halloween!

beatonna:

beatonna:

HALLOWEEN QUIZ


1.  How can you tell if the unknown party guest is the Devil?
- He has cloven feet
- He turned the television on to MTV (grandma was right!)
- He’s all like “hey baby, I’m burnin’ up here cause you’re so hot and I’m Satan”
- He’s checking out your copy of the Malleus Maleficarum all casual like it’s not weird

2.  Who was Jack the Ripper, really?
- The Earl of Toffee, heir to Her Majesty’s cabbages
- Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the lead pipe
- Moriarty, damn his eyes! He’s the Napoleon of crime!
- El Chupacabra

3.  How can I tell thou art a witch?
- For thou hast cavorted with Satan in a sexy way
- Because I could really use thy farmland if thou happened to be a witch
- For the milk has gone sour and I understand science not
- For thou won’t consent to a simple drowning test, the premise “offends thy good sense”

4.  Before Jack o’ Lanterns, Celtic cultures used:
- The carved heads of your enemies
- Bog sacrifice of your enemies
- Oatmeal in the shape of a face (of your enemies)
- Jack o’ turnips

5.  Which Malevolent Old Woman Spirit from Japan is the scariest?
- Cackling old woman
- Old woman bleeding from the eyes
- Floating head of weeping old woman
- Old woman inquiring about your marital status

6.  What is the only thing that can kill a werewolf?
- Silver bulletin
- Strychnine
- Rock n’ roll
- Pile driver

7.  Should we pick up this spectral hitchhiker?
- Only if he will share his weed
- No way, they’re jerks! You give them a ride and then they vanish without saying thanks
- Only if they’re doing that thing where you stick your leg out
- I don’t trust those spectral hitchhikers, they’re all the same, but I’m not racist or anything

8.  Trick or:
- Treacle
- Train
- Tits
- El Chupacabra

9.  If you say “Bloody Mary” three times, what will you see in the mirror?
- The Virgin Mary (this answer is blasphemous, circle only if you are willing to go to confession immediately)
- “Bawdy Mary?” this spell is broken
- A bartender who heard you the first time
- A scorching hot hag (if you’re into hags)

10. What do the zombies want?
- Brains
- Brians

Please circle your answers in blood (obviously) and submit your papers via séance

I reblogged a link to this quiz I made last year, but deleted it, this is better!  The whole darn thing.

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct theparisreview:

“Never before has the zoom button been so useful: letting us see the very fibers of her paper scraps, the subtle bleed of ink from one side of a page onto another, the creases of bindings and page folds.”
Casey N. Cep on the recently launched Emily Dickinson Archive.

theparisreview:

“Never before has the zoom button been so useful: letting us see the very fibers of her paper scraps, the subtle bleed of ink from one side of a page onto another, the creases of bindings and page folds.”

Casey N. Cep on the recently launched Emily Dickinson Archive.

31 Oct

2spookywritingtips:

nanowrimo

more like nanocrymo

(Source: gr8writingtips)

30 Oct

(Source: 42books)

30 Oct

landonftm:

turtletotem:

My blog needs some cats in sweaters.

Jackson Definitely needs a sweater. 

(Source: meowingtoncat)

30 Oct

nouvellabooks:

Would NOT want to meet Bone Didion in a dark alley.

30 Oct

Five things to do before NaNoWriMo starts

amandaonwriting:

When I read Anthony Ehler’s post about NaNoWriMo my first thought was, ‘Oh yes, those crazy people.’ But since then the idea has taken hold. I have seriously started considering it. It does put you under pressure, but for someone who has procrastination issues a deadline does wonders. 

I’ve done the math:

  • 50 000 words divided by 21 working days = 2 380 words per day (Working Monday to Friday)
  • 50 000 words divided by 30 days = 1 667 words per day (Working every day)

It can be done. The whole idea is just to write, but I find it hard to let go and not know where I am heading. Some people can write like that. I can’t. So here are some things I am doing before the 1st of November to get me going. It’ll be my first NaNoWriMo, so I have no idea if it will help.

  1. I need to figure out who the protagonist and the antagonist are
  2. I need to know what is going to happen to them
  3. I need to know where my story starts
  4. I need to know what kind of story I am telling
  5. I need to write a rough story timeline

None of this is cast in stone. I write it down in the beginning so that I have something to refer back to when I get lost. I am happy to ignore these if what I am writing is magically working without it, but they will get me going and they may get me back on track. It seems I am going to be one of those crazy people after all. I’ll let you know if it works. 

by Mia Botha