Contemplating NaNoWriMo | The Friday Article

Originally posted on The Life of A Thinker:

Liam, who blogs at The Life of a Thinker, has announced two pieces of news on his blog today.

His latest post, entitled Contemplating NaNoWriMo, sees the return of his journalistic posts – particularly that of The Friday Article, as well as a possible hint at another try at doing NaNoWriMo this year.

Liam said: “I’ve always liked the idea of NaNoWriMo. Getting an idea, holding on to it for a month and writing 50,000 words at the end of it!”

He then added: “But whether or not I do it this year is dependant on other commitments and whether I have an idea to use!”

The blogger has recently posted about his latest book idea on his blog, and it is believed that it is this idea that Liam will pursue should he do NaNoWriMo this year.


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Being a Writer= 10% writing and 90% everything else!

Originally posted on A Writer's Life For Me.:

When I started this blog my main goal was to be honest, I wanted to record this journey and be truthful about how it was going and how I felt about it. This is one of those posts :D

So, over the past few days I’ve been in a bit of a weird head space!

I love writing and I’m very lucky to be able to dedicate all of my time to it as my full time career.

But when I thought about it, I’m not dedicating my full time to it. I write for around 1.5-2 hours a day, five days a week and though that’s a lot more than most people get the chance to do, it’s still not enough for me.

Most of my workday is spent doing social media.

Now, I’ve gone on about my inability to make proper use of social media before :D I’m…

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What’s in a Character’s Name? Part 2

Originally posted on Writers' Rumpus:

By Alison Potoma

What’s in a Character’s Name? Part 1 focused on the etymology and origins of names.  In Part 2, let’s consider 5 things to think about when naming characters for your story…

Opposites Attract

I am currently reading Book 5 of the Game of Thrones series, but will admit I had to start Book 1 at least five times. Mainly, because of the plethora of names presented in the first fifty pages, and how many of them were so similar. I am happy to say I’ve got it all worked out now. Mostly.

Be aware of the way names look and sound on the page. If the names look very similar, or have overwhelming assonance, the reader may be momentarily distracted by trying to figure out who is speaking. The same goes for main characters whose names all start with the same letter. It is amazing how names…

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Publishing Companies vs. Self-Publishing

Originally posted on Writing Student in the Real World:

Life Update:

I feel like I haven’t posted in forever, but honestly, not much happens in the summer after you graduate (also, just realized it isn’t actually summer anymore…). Anyway, it all changed last week: I got a permanent job! And its title doesn’t end in “-ess” or “assistant,” which is kind of rare for a recent English graduate. However, it doesn’t start until December, so I’m happy I still have my temp job –which was supposed to last two months, and is now going on six (the moral of the story is: apply for a temp job right after you graduate –your bank account will thank you).

Previously, I briefly mentioned some pretentious friends of mine who were putting down office work, specifically in the government. I think it should be noted that both of those people older than me and neither one has graduated. So, I’m feeling pretty…

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Confessions of a NaNoWriMo Virgin

Originally posted on Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons:

by Lillian Csernica on October 14, 2014

Yes, it’s true.  As chaotic as my life is, as crowded as my days are, I have indeed signed up for NaNoWriMo.

Why, you ask?  Why do I intend to put myself through the hardcore boot camp of daily word count production?  Two reasons.

ONE:  Today I finished editing Sword Master, Flower Maiden.  I still have to run it by my agent, but I think I am very close to declaring this book FINISHED!

TWO:  NaNoWriMo is a great way to jump start Book 2 in the trilogy, which I have given the working title Garden of Lies.

1700 words per day, every one of the 30 days in November.  That’s about seven pages per day.  When I’m in good form, I can write five pages in 90 minutes.  I’m going to be logging my daily word count…

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NaNo and the Red Pen

Originally posted on Kendra Lyris:

November is a month of extremes in my life.  On the one hand, I absolutely love Fall in Maryland.  When people ask me how I could possibly have moved from California and actually stayed in Maryland, I refer to Fall.  My dad mentioned to me yesterday that the vineyards are all changing color in Sonoma Valley.  This is a glorious sight: rows upon rows of deep red grape vines pin stripe the rolling hills.  In spring, it is the opposite. The vines are green and the ground between them bursts to life with yellow mustard flowers.  These are beautiful sights.  However, they are also the only real indication of change in seasons that Northern California sees.  In Maryland, the diversity of color and the incredible changes in weather mark every change in season with a bright flag.  Now, it is Fall.

November is also the month when facial hair is…

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2014

Originally posted on H.M. Brooks Writes:

Are you all excited for November? For those of you who don’t do NaNoWriMo, too bad for you; because I sure am excited! For the motivated Wrimos out there, how are things coming along? If you’d like, please answer the following questions in the comments or write your own blog post. I simply love this kind of talk. :)

1. How long has your story idea been haunting your mind?

I got the original story idea in March… or February.

2. What writing software do you use?

I use Scrivener and highly recommend it to anyone. It is totally worth it.

3. How much do you plan ahead of time?

I have forty-seven basic scenes. I know how it’s going to end — which is good, but I am always up for surprises along the way.

4. What’s the hardest part of the planning process?

I worry whether I have enough…

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