Of course, that title isn't to insinuate that once you write something during November, you can never take it back. (Gods forbid, because I can't imagine any of my stories staying there. Ugh.) But no, this is one of the other "rules" of NaNoWriMo that I've found people have the hardest time doing: not editing. … Continue reading NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Written in Stone
So now that we've talking about building a character, let's chat a little about your setting. There's really two pieces to this that I've seen: the world you've built, and how you introduce that world to your readers. These are two of the places that I've struggled the most in my writing, so a lot … Continue reading NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Wait, Where Are We?
I've used that title for so many things over the years, and I'm never going to get tired of it. The origin is a Kurt Vonnegut story by the same name, about a man with little personality of his own but when he's given a part in a play, he becomes utterly immersed into the … Continue reading NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Who Am I This Time?
One of the first things anyone will likely tell you about NaNoWriMo is the title of the book Chris Baty wrote specifically for the preparation time: No Plot, No Problem! It's the core of what gets pushed about the National Novel Writing Month, that you can walk in with absolutely nothing and you can still … Continue reading NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Pants vs. Plot
Well, it's almost October, which means you know what's coming. I will never apologize for that. Every year, this is what I think of. I am unrepentant. But it's true, November is coming and I have no idea what I'm doing for the month. What I'm thinking, however, is that I'm going to use October … Continue reading Trying to Plan for the Future