Character Name Kit: 10/26

Happy Week-Before-NaNoWriMo-Starts, Berries!

One of the most requested topics for help in the forums are character names; and I’d bet good money it skyrockets the week before November 1 as more and more Wrimos freak out about their impending doom. But never fear – here are some names for you to steal as some last minute character names.

(And because it’s NaNoWriMo season, you get eight!)

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Affirmations for NaNoWriMo

Happy #preptober, Wrimos! Plotters, how are your plots? Pantsers, are your pants secure? Good! NaNoWriMo is fifteen days away as of this post, and I don’t know about you but I am pumped! I became a municipal liaison for my region this year, so it’s kinda my job to be pumped (along with learning how to spell liaison; really, French, two i’s?).

If you don’t know what affirmations are, they are sentences you tell yourself, preferably in front of the mirror, as a sort of visualize the prize type of psychology that takes “The Little Engine That Could” and applies it to the real world.

And since November 1st is just around the corner, I thought I would collect some affirmations specifically for writers; and just for convenience sake, I also made them as graphics to be shared on Instagram and Twitter. If you follow me on either, they will also be posted there, but feel free to share these wherever!

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4 Ways To Get Through Camp NaNoWriMo

Good morning, campers! The sun is shining, the bug juice is flowing, and you’re Day 8 into writing your summer adventure. How’s it going?

If you’re anything like me, not so well. Despite the soothing crackling of the bonfire, despite the plot bunnies scampering from cabin to cabin, despite my main character waiting to do something, I just can’t seem to stay on goal.

Luckily for me (and you), I have the ultimate care package. The best part? They last through November, too.

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11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Doing NaNoWriMo

Like all my posts about NaNoWriMo, this one also applies to Camp NaNo as well. My first NaNoWriMo session was 2010; I had stumbled across it being mentioned on some social media site at the time in October, about two weeks before November. Needless to say I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare anything – my plot, my characters, my sanity.

My novel was about something I had always wanted to write about: low-Earth orbit space colonies. I had taken a space exploration class in college and learned all about how these things could theoretically be built. Of course, it was all juncture. But for a writer like me, “theoretically” is enough of an invitation. I had my setting.

And that was it! I think I found out about my character (a girl from the colonies) and the beginning of a plot (sneaks onto a missionary trip to nuclear-wasted Earth to give the humans living underground aid) two days before November. Maybe a love interest in one of the cave humans on Halloween night. I strung together scenes and flew by the seat of my pants. It was exciting to not know what would happen each day (or, in my case, night) I sat down at the computer. That first year was magical.

Since then, I’ve participated through 2014. Consider this post (and The Elephant Technique) as the start of many NaNo posts coming from my experiences. Since today is the start of Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d kick off the month with a quick list. The internet likes lists, right?

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Character Name Kit: March 2016

The Game of the Name

On some level this is most likely a selfish series; I tend to hoard names over the course of day-to-day life. A credit at the end of a movie, customers at work, the author of an online article. They’ve accumulated in my phone saved in notes, seared in my memory, or completely random. But the goal of this series is to keep all the names together in one place. But what ultimately is an act of selfishness will also end up helping you.

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The Elephant Technique

The Elephant Technique

Or How Not To Lose Your Momentum During NaNoWriMo (And Beyond!)

I do not take credit for the technique I’m about to show you. That belongs to Chris Baty, creator of National Novel-Writing Month and author of No Plot? No Problem! In this book, he does a much better job of describing the following, but hey you’re here now so you might as well keep reading.

The Elephant Technique is what you use during a very specific type of writing, where you’re just writing to clear your head, to get all the words out. It’s not pretty, it’s not concise, and most of all it’ll probably make your skin crawl to re-read it. But afterwards, you can say you have it down on paper – that story, that scene, that chapter that had been stuck in your head. And probably, you used this technique.

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Results May Vary: Dialogue

I can’t think of a more subjective topic for a post than showing how I do dialogue. Not just writing it, but also the planning, what I’ve found to feel right when I’m reading it. And like most things you’ll find on this blog, please take it with a grain of salt. I believe there’s always something to take away from all advice, as well as something to discard. Let’s get started.

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Five F!@#ing Favorites: March 2016

An Introduction – And Train Rails?

I decided I wanted to devote whole posts to useful junk I found on the internet – infographics, websites, apps – basically anything I liked and would use in the near future, if not already. None of these are going to be sponsored (why would you ask a brand new blog to sponsor anything?), but I suppose if the wind changes one day and I’m asked to, best believe I will be completely transparent about my opinions!

But for now, these are my honest-to-goodness, bookmark-worthy, reblogging gold.

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