BEDS Day 25 – Outlining VS Not Outlining

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Do you outline or not?

For me, it was always pantsing! I never outline. I never knew what was going to happen from point A to point Z. This usually caused stress and a mad-dash for the finish line at the end of Nanowrimo. I do most of my writing during November, at least in the past.

But now, I have learned the true benefit of outlining. That’s not to say, if you pants and things work well for you, then by all means, keep up the awesome job!

But for me, I started with three characters who were going to be my main characters and then I researched Character Sheets and I printed out a set for each of my three main characters. Working through those sheets, I found out things that pantsing would never have led me figure out.

Now, going into Nanowrimo, I will have a good bit of information about my characters.

After the character sheets, I found some plot outlining sheets. My plot always seems to lose steam and fall flat during the middle.

My next thing will be to create a sheet with every scene I could possibly use in the story. Some might not get used but they are there if I need them and for Nanowrimo, I will most likely write all of them and then cut what isn’t needed come December and January.

What do you do for novel planning? Do you do extensive outlines or do you pants the entire thing?

Let me know in the comments section below!


BEDS Day 24 – Character Interviews

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Have you ever been stuck on how to create a character? Or did you start writing and realize that you didn’t know enough about your characters?

I have recently found that I like using interview questions and act as if I am actually sitting down and interviewing my characters.

Two sites that I have found with some good questions to ask your characters are:

Do you ever interview your characters and see what you can come up with to make them more deeply fleshed out?

Let me know down in the comments section below.

BEDS Day 23 – Nanowrimo Resources

Blog Every Day in September – Nanowrimo Resources

What are your favorite resources to have at hand for NanoWriMo?

NanoWriMo Calendars

On the outside of my Nanowrimo bible, I have a calendar. I’ve found a lot of calendars online. They might be from years past but I figure, there is always 30 days in November, so any calendar will work! I mostly use the calendars with different quotes or motivation sayings on them.

Doing a simple Bing Image search can get you a good number of calendars to use for Nanowrimo.

Word Count Trackers

Another resource I use are online trackers. One site I checkout is Svenja Gosen’s page. There are some amazingly done trackers. Some are based on themes.

There are Yearly trackers as well as ones specifically set up for Nanowrimo.

NanoWriMo Pep Talks

Pep talks can always come in handy. Most are from professional writers who are offering encouragement to keep moving forward towards completing your novel or short story.

The official Nanowrimo website has a page dedicated completely to Pep Talks.

Youtube is also a great resource for Nanowrimo Pep Talks. Check out a simple search for people offering up inspiration and encouragement.

What are you favorite Nanowrimo resources? Let me know in the comments section below.

BEDS Day 22 – NanoWriMo Survival Kit

Blog Every Day in September – NanoWriMo Survival Kit

Do you have a survival kit for National Novel Writing Month? Do you have a stash of your favorite tea or coffee somewhere where no one else will find it?

For me, my survival kit this year hasn’t been created yet. But I usually have a stash of tea, coffee and chocolates. I also stock up on some small notebooks to be able to take them with me.

One day in October, during Preptember, I will be gathering all of my survival kit together and I will be posting photos as well.

Stay tuned for some interesting #preptember post!

What is in your NanoWriMo Survival Kit?

Let me know in the comments section below.

BEDS Day 21 – WebComic!

Blog Every Day in September – WebComic Promotion!

A good friend of mine, Arden Power (@ArdenPowell) has a new webcomic premiering with the first 5 pages going live on October 4th!

The first thing that you will notice about her webcomic is the color choice. She uses color combinations that make you feel as if you have just stepped into a fairy tale.

One thing that catches my eye is the elegant, historical feel of the comic. I feel like I am stepping into an ornate ball room with the band playing and people dancing. I feel like I should be eating finger sandwiches and sipping tea while reading.

Can’t wait for the 4th for the premiere!

If you are interested in some other works by Arden, check out her tumblr account at

BEDS Day 20 – Favorite Writing Book

What is your favorite book on the craft of novel writing?

For me, it would have to be ‘Beyond The Words‘ by Bonnie Goldberg.

Her’s was one of the first creative writing books that I ever read. I loved the sections on percolation the most. It talks about even if you are not putting words on paper, you are thinking about your characters, scenes, settings, and such. You don’t have to be putting actually words down to be writing and norishing your writerly self.

Your writerly self is also another good topic in the book. It talks about taking time to get your writing self in working order just as you would your everyday, regular self.

I always keep her book on my desk or near my bed. It’s usually always in reach.

What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?

Let me know in the comments section below!

BEDS Day 19 – Get Lost!

Do you ever feel like you’re in a slump?

I know I have. My advice, get lost!

Go out and just start walking or driving and see where you end up. Go somewhere you have never been before. It could be a new bookstore or coffee shop that you never knew existed. It could be a museum or a new library.

Libraries are fun because you can find a new book to read but you can also find a new place to write as well. I love finding older, darker libraries that have cold air running through them and quiet, out of the way places to sit and read or write.

So, my advice if you’re in a slump, GET LOST! See what new and exciting places you can find!

What’s a place that you found recently that you never knew existed?

Let me know in the comments section below!