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27 October 2011 @ 08:53 pm
I have a plotting chat on AIM open called WritersQuillPlotting. I'll be in there until I get tired/at least until 12 or 1 AM EST depending on whether not anyone else joins me. If you need an invite, IM me at AWritersFantasy.

Come join me and help me not panic about NaNo we'll help each other plot!
25 October 2011 @ 07:58 pm
Where? WritersQuillPlotting on AIM
The purpose: To help each other out with our NaNo plots!
When? 8:00 PM EST to whenever I go to bed/whenever people disappear/whatever!
Who? Anyone and everyone participating in NaNo (and even those who aren't participating, if they wish. You do not have to be a member of this community to join in!).
Contact: AWritersFantasy on AIM if you have issues getting in/need or want an invite.

Hope to see you in there!
25 October 2011 @ 09:19 am
We have less than a week, guys! How goes your planning? Are you completely stuck and have no idea what to write (like me)? Let's use this post to help each other out.

I'm also thinking of maybe (most likely) opening a chat room up on AIM tonight for helping each other out with plotting/world building/whatever. Is anyone interested in that? If I end up doing it, it would be sometime after 6 PM eastern and would go until...I get tired/people completely disappear out of it (I have tomorrow off so I could technically stay up all night, I just don't know if I would be able to stay awake long enough).

So yeah. Need help figuring something out? Comment below and we'll see what we can do! Otherwise, let me know if you'd be interested in a plot help chat tonight.
19 October 2011 @ 12:47 pm
So, we're officially twelve days away from NaNo. Are you guys ready? Do you have a plot? Do you have characters? Or are you planning on winging it entirely? Do you have a basic idea yet?

Let's talk about NaNo, as a general discussion! Make friends, discuss your ideas, rant about how you're trying to decide something, whatever. Have fun!
01 October 2011 @ 01:09 am
A friend of mine gave me this (she got it from a friend of hers) when I was struggling with my Camp NaNo back in July/August and I figured I'd pass it on here for anyone who might want to use it. Have fun!

Here is a 30 day original story development challenge. It can be filled by prose or illustration or comic or even just script, whatever works for you and how you’ll be displaying the setting. Feel free to reveal as much or as little as you want.

Day 1 - A main protagonist, their bio.
Day 2 - A Main protagonist’s love interest(s), their bio(s).
Day 3 - A main protagonist’s best friend(s), their bio(s).
Day 4 - A main antagonist, their bio.
Day 5 - The place a character sleeps.
Day 6 - The place a character works/goes to school/hangs out whatever.
Day 7 - A major story location.
Day 8 - A character’s parent(s) or guardian
Day 9 - A minor antagonist.
Day 10 - Your character when they were young(er)
Day 11 - What kind of people show up in the background in your world?
Day 12 - How does a character comfort themself?
Day 13 - What kind of foods are popular in the setting?
Day 14 - What is a character’s biggest regret?
Day 15 - What are a character’s bad habits?
Day 16 - What was a character’s first romantic and/or sexual encounter like?
Day 17 - What are popular sports and hobbies in your setting?
Day 18 - What would your protagonist do if they saw your antagonist on the street?
Day 19 - What would your antagonist do if they saw your protagonist on the street?
Day 20 - Demonstrate a character and their best friend and/or love interest interacting as they most commonly do.
Day 21 - What is a character’s deepest desire?
Day 22 - What animals appear in your setting?
Day 23 - A unique place in your setting.
Day 24 - Where did you draw inspiration for the setting/story from?
Day 25 - A character’s proudest moment.
Day 26 - What special talents or abilities does a character have?
Day 27 - Describe/Illustrate is an average day to a character.
Day 28 - A character’s most embrassing moment.
Day 29 - Describe/illustrate an important thematic element.
Day 30 - Describe/Illustrate a major event in the setting’s history.
01 October 2011 @ 12:52 am
I was browsing the NaNoWriMo site and noticed a post in the sponsors section about PangurPad, which is basically online writing "software." If you are a NaNoWriMo participant (or I suppose if you have a NaNo account but aren't necessarily participating in it), you can get an account for free by using the numbers at the end of your NaNo profile's URL as the promo code. I played around a little bit and I like it. They have a timeline feature where you can move events around, they have a characters feature, a settings feature...some other neat stuff as well, like making it so that the only thing you see on the screen is your writing. Also, they have communities that you can join- one for NaNo, and then some for different genres and then one for discussing writing. I figured it'd be a neat thing to pass along to you guys. I'm JediKnightMuse on there as well.
22 September 2011 @ 10:32 pm

Today while I was in class/working at my work study job (library FTW!), I was trying to think about my NaNo. I have a list of basic ideas, of certain things I have in mind...but I'm trying to make decisions about some things, and found myself pretty much staring out into space, not really coming up with anything. I don't know if I was just trying to think about too hard or what. But I figured that since many of us are planning to participate in NaNo, we could try one of these posts.

Tell us about your current projects, whether it's for pre-NaNo or for NaNo itself, and what, if anything, you're currently struggling with for them.

Be sure to tell us any important information we'll need in order to help you, such as the genre and the basic idea, or any specific information about the main character that needs to be known, or...whatever. If you are not currently struggling with anything, feel free to comment to someone who is struggling to help them out.
13 September 2011 @ 08:43 pm

The above is a picture that I've chosen to represent the main character of my 2011 NaNo, Mageborn.
Tell me about your current characters, or if you have none then tell me about three of your favorite characters you've created. Tell me things like:
1. What is the plot they're involved in?
2. What type of world do they live in?
3. Who are their friends, enemies, etc?
4. Are they fairly recently created, or are they characters that you've been writing about for a long time?

or anything else you can think of!
11 September 2011 @ 11:05 pm
Sometime soon we plan on doing an official critiquing partner post (thanks yael_heiman for the idea!) with a form you can fill out to find exactly what you’re look for but before we do I wanted to see what was the best time for everyone.

When Do You Want the Post?

The sooner the better, I already have stuff I need critiqued!
Sometime soon, I don’t have anything I need critiqued but I’d like to get to know my partner before swapping my work.
Later, I probably won’t need someone until nanowrimo or after.
Whenever, anything works for me.
I don’t plan on signing up for a critiquing partner.
Open to: all, results viewable to: all

When Do You Want the Post?

<input ... > The sooner the better, I already have stuff I need critiqued!

<input ... > Sometime soon, I don’t have anything I need critiqued but I’d like to get to know my partner before swapping my work.
<input ... >Later, I probably won’t need someone until nanowrimo or after.
<input ... >Whenever, anything works for me.
<input ... >I don’t plan on signing up for a critiquing partner.

<input ... >
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09 September 2011 @ 11:37 pm
I have no idea how to introduce this topic. I’ve tried once already and it turned into this five-page beast that was too long for a quick-and-easy discussion piece. I’ve decided to just dumb it down and use good, old fashioned bullet points.
  • As someone who always has their inner-editor peaking over their shoulder, pointing out flaws in my own work or in others, I’ve been starting to notice that almost every author has a weakness. It’s harder to spot in published work where an editor has already come into play, but with fiction published online I always see that one thing that repeats itself chapter after chapter.
  • My weakness? First, I have the vocabulary of a five year old whenever I get into that ‘writing’ zone. For the life of me I can’t think of synonyms and it’s too troublesome to keep pulling out a thesaurus when I get really into a piece. What did I do to fix this? I searched google and eventually joined a site called vocabulary.com that teaches new words and tests to see if you’re really learning them. I try to go on for at least five minutes a day, if not more, and it actually does help to keep those ten dollars words at the front of my mind when I need them.
  • Problem number two: my characters are much too insightful/thoughtful. I’m an impatient writer; I want a reader to all I know about a character right away. Instead of waiting for the right moment to come along to introduce these traits though, I speed the process along. I’ve noticed that I can barely get three lines of dialogue down before my characters has a deep thought that segues into another deep thought until we’re so far off topic that even I have trouble finding out how I got there.I try so hard to make my characters as realistic as possible, and yet I can’t think of one day in my life when every conversation I had birthed an epiphany. What did I do to fix this? I took a visual approach, if I look at a chapter and all I see is bulky paragraph after bulky paragraph I assume something is wrong. Sometimes there’s not, but more often than not I find that I’ve started to go off topic and I can cut half the stuff that's been written.
What weakness have you noticed in your own writing? Have you found a solution to it or are you still searching?