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.

  1. The NaNoWriMo Forums. This is always a staple for me, even when it isn’t November or April or July. I can’t count the number of times I’ve recommended writers to check out this community, whether they participate in the marathon or not (that’s a different post altogether). It’s even more helpful if you register an account (which is free), but not completely necessary. I’ve lurked successfully without needing to sign in. But because it’s a message board, you can find close to anything writing related here. From editing questions, to comparing notes on outlining, to getting research about what the effects are of water on train rails (I’m serious). People are extremely polite and come from all over the world – so if you have a very specific question to ask, make an account and post! The forums are active all year, but during the marathoning months (April, July, and November) you can expect a lot more activity.

My tip: Don’t miss out on Critique, Feedback, & Novel Swaps, Plot Doctoring, Appellation Station, or Worldbuilding subforums!

  1. Scrivener. What a doozy. Alright, if you’re a writer on the internet and haven’t heard about Scrivener by now, I don’t where you’ve been. Probably knee deep in Microsoft Word or something. Scrivener is a writing program where you can be as anal about your writing as you want. Or the opposite – it’s a decent word processor as well. Most people use it to edit what they already have, but I’m a little different and use it for NaNoWriMo almost exclusively (starting to see a pattern with FFF recommendations). I even made a tutorial on Youtube about how to use it for NaNo back in 2012.

My tip: If you win NaNoWriMo, winners get a promo code for a discount. It can be used on multiple devices, and in my opinion worth every penny.

  1. I abhor most labels, because I feel like they are arbitrary and a waste of time for a species who constantly redefine themselves like most humans do. But damn – am I a pluviophile! RainyMood is my safe haven living in a sunny, southern coastal city. White noise is scientifically proven to help with creativity, and rain is the organic white noise generator!

My tip: Sounds great with some classical or ambient EDM in the background.

  1. This infographic about injecting emotion into your writing. By Natasha Lester, author of A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald. I saw it a few weeks ago circling tumblr and immediately reblogged it. I’m absolutely shit at writing emotion in scenes, and without editing all my characters come across like they’re cardboard cutouts. But this simple What-Why-How method has been helping me lately, I hope it helps you too!

My tip: Check out the rest of Natasha Lester’s post for even more great character insights.

  1. The Bookshelf Muse’s Emotion Thesaurus. I found this thesaurus back when it was on blogspot, and have kept it bookmarked throughout the years. This is a (sample) of entries of emotions, which you can replace with physical actions to make the description in your writing really pack a wallop. Fun to browse even when you’re not editing, you never know what you’ll remember.

My tip: Buy their book! It has a ton more than what the above link provides – and then some.

I hope you enjoyed my first Five F!@#ing Fab post and that you found something helpful. What did you end up bookmarking?

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