NaNoWriMo Special – What now?

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NaNo is over.

The rush is over.

The forced writing is over.

And the divine inspiration and mad sprints are over.

What remains might be a sense of accomplishment and… exhaustion.

That’s totally okay. Acknowledge both. Celebrate. Get some rest.

But what comes next?

Thing is, in November, you built up momentum. You learned that you can write, even if it gets rough. You WROTE.

And that’s a good thing to carry over into December and beyond.

So don’t stop writing.

Write less, yes. Edit more, yes.

But stay with your story and make it beautiful. Polish the rough edges, fill in the parts that got left out due to NaNo speed requirements. Take a deeper look at your world, and find out more about your characters and NPCs.

Keep going, at a pace that also allows some recovery and reorientation.

But definitely keep going.

Here’s some tapping on that.

Even though I’m so exhausted now that Nano is done, and I did get a lot of writing in, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now choose to keep going at a level that’s more sustainable.

Even though it was so exhausting to write so much and to push myself every day, I’m still totally okay, and I now choose to keep working on my story and really finish and polish it at a pace that’s good for me.

Even though I rushed through the story, just to get NaNo done, and I know there is so much more to it than I have, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to explore that world and polish the story.

Your Turn:
How do you feel about your NaNo experience?
What do you love most about your story?
What would you like to do with it?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Please share in a comment!

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PPS: This blog will go on a little break during December. I’ll be back with a new big topic in January to keep supporting you in your journey as author.

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NaNoWriMo Special – The Showdown

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We’re in the last week of NaNoWriMo, and it is time for the showdown.

You’ve been writing for three weeks now. You have gone through hell and heaven both while dealing with your story. You gained a lot of experience.

And so have your characters.

You have grown during this journey. You have overcome challenges, you’ve vanquished plot holes, you have slogged through inspirational deserts, and you have been flying high on your imagination.

So have your characters.

But now, it all comes down to the finishing line. The villains are lined up. The plot lines are weaving together.  The secrets have been found out. The story holds its breath.

Showdown.

The final challenge: Thanksgiving.

But just like your characters, there is nothing you can do now to escape your fate. You have to accept your challenge and ride that dragon to the very end.

So gather everything you have learned. Gather your characters. Gather your plot lines. And get into the fight.

Let the story have it!

Seven more days of NaNo, and you can do it!

This story will almost write itself now that you have everything lined up. You know your characters and your villains. You know their strengths and their weaknesses. You know what they love and what they hate. You know what they want and need.

You already know that ending you want.

Let that writer brain of your rip.

And the showdown will be glorious.

Here’s some tapping to help you do it.

Even though this story has become scary to write and I really don’t know how I’ll bring all the plot lines together, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now allow inspiration to happen.

Even though the story has gathered so much momentum that I feel out of control, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now give myself permission to get it all sorted in an amazing way.

Even though I feel stressed and excited and overwhelmed with writing this last part of the story, showdown and everything, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I now give my amazing writing brain permission to sort it all out.

Your Turn:
What’s your genre?
What’s the most common kind of showdown in it?
How can you tweak that to fit your story?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Please share in a comment!

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NaNoWriMo Special – The Bad Guys

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Last week we talked about characters in general, but this week, we’ll talk about a special kind of character: the villain.

The bad guy or gal. The nasty person that’s in our hero’s way.

And it’s so easy to fall into those common supervillain tropes and make the villain cardboard nasty, stupid and psychotic. Here’s a good resource of things your villain should avoid: Peter’s Evil Overlord List (Oldie but Goodie).

But if you really think about it, the villain is simply another character. He or she simply happen to oppose our good, handsome or beautiful lead.

Imagine one of those “playgrounds” for miniature roleplaying, set up on a table you can walk around.

You can see the terrain, all the individual pieces of an army sorted and planted into their places, the orks, trolls, humans, maybe battlemachines. You’re standing on the side of the yellow ones, and you admire the smart battleline and how well they are arranged to take advantage of the hill on one side of the table. Yes, this lady knows her stuff.

That’s your hero.

Now step around to the blue side. Take a good look at how this player arranged his pieces. Are they really less well placed? Is there really no strategy behind them? Actually, this player might have made even better use of his heavy battlemachines, and he has already taken the hill. He’s clever, you realize.

That’s your villain.

He is also doing his best.

You see, these two players know what they are doing. They have practiced for years. They are looking forward to a long, entertaining game of wits, luck and strategy.

Just as your reader does.

Make your villain a person, with a personal background, things he or she wants, hates or fears. These people love and hate just as a hero does. They are like the other side of a coin – similar but different. And definitely in the story together.

And if you manage to develop a soft spot for your villain, you’re right on target. That will make them real.

Here’s some tapping to help you with your villain.

Even if I don’t even want to think about the bad guy, I just need him in the game to make life hard for the hero, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I’m open to giving my villain a motivation and a goal so my readers can understand him better.

Even though I want to go all overboard with the bad lady and her evil ways, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I can now choose to understand why she is the way she is, and make her real for my readers.

Even though it’s so much fun to create over-the-top villains and make them worse than Blofeld, I’m totally okay the way I am, and I can now choose to give my hero a worthy opponent to satisfy my readers.

Your Turn:
Who’s your favorite bad guy?
What do you like about him or her?
What happened while you were tapping?
And finally – what are you creating right now?
Please share in a comment!

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Saturday Writing Prompt

Who you’re gonna call?

Only you can tell this story.

What will it be?

cell phone, demon, speech bubble

Who will the Demon call?

If you want to share the story that came out of this prompt, head on over to my Facebook Group. You’ll find even more inspiration, and lots of support for writers:
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NaNoWriMo Special – Characters

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Today is Day 10 of NaNoWriMo.

That means you should be at ~16,000 words, and that is already pretty deep inside your story. In fact, you should be clearly beyond the introduction of your characters and stuff should be happening to them, fast and furious.

Have you thought about your characters?

What makes them tick?
What is their biggest fear and their biggest joy?
What was the worst day in their lives?
What do they dream of for the future?

If you can answer these questions, you already know a lot about them.

And if you know those answers, you know some of the challenges they must face.

But why challenge the characters? Continue reading

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Saturday Writing Prompt

Hmmmmmmm.

A book. And eye and a house.

What could be going on here?

Only you can tell the story!

Book, Eye, House

I wonder what’s in that book…

If you want to share the story that came out of this prompt, head on over to my Facebook Group. You’ll find even more inspiration, and lots of support for writers:
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NaNoWriMo Special – No Plot! Arghhh!

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When NaNoWriMo took off, Chris Baty, who instigated it, wrote a book called “No Plot, No Problem”. In fact, it is lying on my desk right now.

Now, most authors fall somewhere on the spectrum that has plotters on one and pantsers (flying by the seat of your pants) on the other. Most likely, there is a normal distribution on that spectrum, meaning that most writers plot somewhat and pants their writing somewhat.

But this post is not about defining where you are on that spectrum, nor will I choose sides. Every writers creates their own method and style of writing, and develops it into a process.

That’s how it goes. None is better than the other, but one might fit you better than the other.

NaNo is an awesome way to find out.

But I still have no plot! Continue reading

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Saturday Writing Prompt

A turtle and masks?

What’s going on here that rocks the world?

Only you can tell that story.

turtle, masks, world

All over the World?

If you want to share the story that came out of this prompt, head on over to my Facebook Group. You’ll find even more inspiration, and lots of support for writers:
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NaNoWriMo Special – Introduction

National Novel Writing Month

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In 1999 a bunch of young men had a weird idea: Can we write a novel in just a single month?

They knew it was a silly idea. They had no experience in writing. No classes. No clue. No plot.

The only definition: It had to have 50,000 words.

But they did it anyway. They loved books, they loved the idea of being a novelist – and so they just went and did it, and almost by accident, started a worldwide movement.

By now, NaNoWriMo is a huge event, with millions of participants.

The first time around, they did it in July. And of 21 participants, six crossed the finishing line.

All discovered a lot about themselves and writing. Continue reading

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Saturday Writing Prompt

Where did that Scarab come from?

What does its presence mean?

Only you can tell the story.

fountain, torch, scarab

Why the Scarab?

If you want to share the story that came out of this prompt, head on over to my Facebook Group. You’ll find even more inspiration, and lots of support for writers:
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