Camp NanoWriMo 2018 – Day 2

Day 1 WC – 219
Day 2 WC – Nothing Yet!

I didn’t spend nearly as much time on prepping for Camp as I had hoped. Depression and anxiety reared their ugly heads at the worst of times throughout March. I also spent a lot of time reading. I surpassed my yearly goal for my Goodreads Challenge! So that’s a plus!

But as for Camp, Day 1 started out sluggish. I only managed 219 words. I had a write-in I was planning to attend. I got all the way out there, 45 minutes from my house, only to find out that the place we were supposed to meet up at was closed due to the Easter holiday.

I wound up going to a couple book stores. After the disappointment of not being able to go to the write-in, I kind of floundered around town, procrastinating big time. I then wound up getting home late and sluggishly writing a couple hundreds words.

So far, today, I haven’t written a thing. I’m not happy with that. I’m not happy with it at all but it’s alright. I will be writing a little each day even if I don’t feel the spark of the flow that I need to knock out thousands of words.

But the words will come. They always do. They may not be perfect but that is okay too.

For now, I am going end this here and get Scrivener opened up and see where I’m at!

Happy Writing – Happy NanoWriMo! 🙂

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BEDS Day 28 – Favorite Book Series

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What is your favorite books series?

I’d have to say that my ultimate favorite would be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I grew up on the series. It was first published in 1997. I was only 10 at the time but I was hooked. The entire series is such a well crafted adventure. You can lose yourself in Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.

I remember first finding Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone at my school library and I was instantly taken to a magical world.

The characters were so easy to connect with. I was a school student and so were they. No I didn’t go to a school to learn to be a witch or a wizard but it was nice to be able to dream of a world like that.

What is your favorite book series?

Let me know in the comments section below.

BEDS Day 27 – Self-Run Promotions

Blog Every Day in September – Self Run Promotions

We are all in need of promotion as authors. Whether you’re writing a book or a web-based comic book, we all need to promote those endeavors.

So far, to promote my work or other’s work, I have three main locations.

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. WordPress

These three are great ways to promote. They are the most widely used social media networks but there are a lot more ways to promote as well.

Check out the 50 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Promote Your Book post online.

Do you have any ideas for ways of promoting your book?

Let me know in the comments section below.

BEDS Day 26 – Percolation

Blog Every Day in September – Percolation: Writing Before You Write!

Bonnie Goldberg’s book ‘Beyond The Words‘, talks about writing before you write, called percolation.

Some examples of percolation are thinking or daydreaming on your story or characters during your daily routine.

I do this quite a lot. I’ll be sitting in traffic and I’ll think about my characters sitting in traffic. How would they react to it? Would they be angry or would they act like it was no big deal?

Another example would be if you find an interesting name when going about your daily routine. Jot the name down and you could use it for a character one day.

What do you do to write before you write?

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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?

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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 http://sharkdraws.tumblr.com/.

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!