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returnsandreturns · 8 hours ago
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i'm flitting around between projects and have made just enough tweaks that the first 100 or so pages of my bdsm romance novel have a roughly consistent plot. the rest has to be entirely overhauled. but i put them in a pdf because they're pretty cute and also the sex scenes are like ten pages long.
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vestalvirginia · 12 hours ago
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I reiterate: I want to write a story based on the Oresteia so bad
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kitties-and-studies · 18 hours ago
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Progress:
I haven't written anything in so long, but I wrote a piece of poetry for my boyfriend yesterday and now I'm working on "Amiya" again, finally.
I wrote so much today - granted, it's an addition to a snippet I wrote of book 2 and I'm still on book 1, but it's better than nothing.
1,281 words and counting.
Content warning for the passage below: Contains allusion to a character’s Eating Disorder
Here's a passage I just wrote:
“Her forearm is so small. It feels almost breakable. I can almost wrap my hand all the way around it, and the realization rattles me. 'She's just in shock. She's terrified and she doesn't know what to do. Someone's out to kill her, or me, or both of us and that's why she's lost her appetite.' I think to myself, but I know even as I think the words, that it's not the full truth. But how can I broach the topic of her disorder without making it worse? "I know. Amiya, just stay behind me, okay? Trust me." Leila says softly, patting my hand in a reassuring gesture, but all I can focus on is the ice in her touch and how she's withering away right in front of me.  'I can't lose you. Not now. Not when I've just found you again.' I think to myself, but all I do is nod and stand behind her, my shield already breaking in two before she even opens the door.”
I love being back with Amiya and Tillian, especially where this next book takes place, because it's so different from the first one. The first one is more centered around mystery and espionage and hidden truths, whereas this second book is more around finding answers, murder because Leiliana is an assassin, and finding out how the other half lives and works.
I’m so glad I got out of my writer’s block and I’m actively putting words down on paper, and trying to get back into my characters perspectives because Amiya and Leiliana, and even the supporting characters like Tillian and Selena, and Reyna, are so complex and I really love the themes and the story that I’m crafting.
That’s it for now. I’m gonna get back to writing. 
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iloveyou-itllpass · a day ago
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some writing prompts*
*starred are ones based on my own writing so pls don’t steal without credit if ur gonna post/publish anywhere thank u mwah happy writing :)
1. you punched my dad/sibling/vague shitty relative and are calling to apologise but i’m probably happier than i should be that you did *
2. i can’t play piano without seeing you in that summer house in italy, your head bowed in front of the draped window while you played a chopin piece with tears on your cheeks *
3. she didn’t tell you she loved you until she was dead. what do you do with that now?
4. the bus stop scene of fleabag
5. you gave me a note/postcard ten years ago, and it’s just fallen out of a book i forgot i had *
6. you find a cat you don’t know asleep on your doorstep the morning after a night of rain, so you take them in and look after them. you put out an ad to try and find the owner, but when they show up, something tells you not to return the cat.
7. you leave your job as an apothecary to work at a betting shop that’s a front for an all-female razor gang *
8. i like to go swimming in the stream in the forest sometimes, but recently i’ve started noticing something sitting on the bank watching me. whenever i come up to the surface, they’re gone, but there’s glittery fragments of light in the air where they just were *
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becomingkatie · a day ago
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Tried to write on the deck with Theo yesterday but he was more excited to escape and get brought back over and over until I gave up and we went inside. My other favorite place to write is in bed in the guest bedroom. I rarely work there for my actual job, but when it comes to writing it immediately gets me in the zone somehow.
And! Tonight I finished my scene list! A major step in the outlining process. It’s almost a prototype draft, at 7k words, with the high points of each scene. This weekend I’ll flesh it out more and then next week I’ll be doing edits on the prototype to save me some edits on the full draft down the line. I’m just getting so excited as it’s starting to come together!
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nathanielthecurious · a day ago
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finals week is academic nanowrimo... i wrote 2 3000-word research papers in like 6 days
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torchbluelegacy · a day ago
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Too much or too little? How much description will work for you?
https://jessemmy.com/?p=247
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egodominustuus · 2 days ago
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Writing Tips Alphabet Series – A is for… Accountability.
Writing Tips Alphabet Series – A is for… Accountability.
ac·count·a·bil·i·ty/əˌkoun(t)əˈbilədē/Learn to pronouncenoun the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.”their lack of accountability has corroded public respect” I know that I’ve talked about this a few times, but I feel like I have a little more experience in this now that I’ve completed MilWordy. I can tell you that it wasn’t the drive to get to a million words that got me…
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hazelmcnellis · 3 days ago
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Fundstück: "Now What months" zum (Camp) NaNoWriMo
Ich habe letztens über das Camp NaNoWriMo gesprochen und darüber, worum es beim sog. "National Novel Writing Month" geht (zum Beitrag geht es hier entlang: LINK). Heute möchte ich euch eine andere, praktische Ressource vorstellen, die mit den Monaten des Schreibens einhergehen kann - die "Now What"-Monate!
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Was sind "Now What"-Monate?
Für wen bieten sie sich an?
Wie nutze ich sie am besten?
Fazit
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1. Was sind "Now What"-Monate?
Wer den NaNoWriMo kennt, weiß, dass der November jedes Jahr dem Romanschreiben vorbestimmt ist. Dann sollen 50k Wörter mindestens innerhalb von 30 Tagen zu einem Grundgerüst heranwachsen.
Aber die Arbeit eines/einer Schriftsteller/in endet bekanntlich nicht mit dem Wörtchen Ende unter einer Rohfassung. Damit ein Manuskript zu einer ausgereiften und spannenden Geschichte werden kann, bedarf es immer der Überarbeitung. Und da kommen die "Now What"-Monate ins Spiel!
Viele Autoren und Autorinnen raten dazu, eine unbearbeitete Erstfassung einige Zeit "ruhen" zu lassen, bevor sie erneut beachtet und bearbeitet wird. Das sehen die Gründer vom NaNoWriMo offenbar genauso. Die klassischen Now-What-Monate sind für die Monate Januar und Februar angesetzt - denn im Dezember soll das Projekt erstmal ruhen und die emotionale und gedankliche Bindung des Schreibenden zum Geschriebenen gelockert werden.
Der Januar und Februar soll dann genutzt werden, um die Überarbeitung der Rohfassung voranzutreiben. Dazu existieren diverse Ressourcen online:
NaNoWriMo-Page zu den "Now What months"
Offizieller Revision Guide (PDF) zu den "Now What"-Monaten, den ihr euch auch direkt von der offiziellen NaNo-Seite herunterladen könnt (von dort stammt auch meine Verlinkung, btw).
2. Für wen bieten sie sich an?
Wer profitiert von den Ressourcen, die der NaNoWriMo und seine Gründer anbieten? In erster Linie sind das natürlich die Teilnehmer vom NaNoWriMo (alternativ: Camp NaNoWriMo im April bzw. Juli, dann verschieben sich die "Now What months" entsprechend nach hinten im Kalender).
Aber die Möglichkeiten zur Überarbeitung sind bekanntlich zahlreich und die Methoden, Persönlichkeiten der Schriftsteller/-innen ebenfalls. Dementsprechend eignen sich diese Monate mitsamt der Ressourcen eigentlich für sämtliche Autoren und Autorinnen, die zuvor eine Rohfassung zu Papier gebracht haben, finde ich. Speziell der PDF-Guide kann als erste Anleitung genutzt werden, wenn man so gar keine Idee hat, wo anzufangen ist.
Ich persönlich habe die (im Übrigen durchaus empfehlenswerten und hilfreichen) Now What Ressourcen auch schon mehr oder weniger für eigene Projekte genutzt - und sei es nur, um eine ungefähre Planungsgrundlage zur Hand zu haben. ^.^ In welchem Ausmaß die bereitgestellten Infos verwendet werden, bleibt ja zum Glück jedem/jeder selbst überlassen. ^_^
3. Wie nutze ich sie am besten?
Nun stellt sich aber noch die Frage, wie sich die Ressourcen für die eigene Überarbeitung verwenden lassen? Der oben verlinkte Guide bietet bereits eine Fülle an hilfreichen Tipps, um die Überarbeitung nicht ganz so plan- und orientierungslos zu schaffen.
Ich gebe zu, ich selbst bin da eher chaotisch veranlagt und lasse mich allzu oft von meinem Bauchgefühl leiten. Das bringt zwar einen ziemlich natürlichen Flow mit sich, aber eben auch eine Menge Nachteile - allen voran Zeitverlust, der sich eigentlich mit ein bisschen mehr Organisation und Struktur vermeiden ließe.
Aus diesem Grund bin ich da ganz auf der Seite der NaNoWriMo-Gründer, die in den Ressourcen vor allem einen Zeitplan vorschlagen, um sich nicht zu verzetteln und endlos zu überarbeiten.
Dazu setzen sich Schriftsteller/-innen ein Datum als fixes Ziel und brechen dann die Arbeitsstunden darauf herunter. Zum Beispiel kann nicht jede/r täglich an dem Manuskript arbeiten (*hallo reallife!*). Oder es lassen sich am Tag nur 30 Minuten für das eigene Projekt abzwacken.
Dann hilft eine tägliche Planung und Protokollierung des Erreichten (Kontrolle/Überwachung könnte man dieses Vorgehen auch nennen), um sich selbst zu disziplinieren und an die großen Ziele und Wünsche zu erinnern. Die geraten in der Hektik des Alltags nämlich schnell in Vergessenheit, wenn man nicht immer mal wieder an sie und das eigene "warum" denkt. Mir persönlich hilft es, mich vom "großen Ganzen" zu den kleinen Details und Feinheiten durchzuarbeiten.
Das heißt, erst schaue ich auf den durchgängigen roten Faden der Geschichte. Dann auf die Charaktere und deren Motivation. Zuletzt widme ich mich (meistens zumindest; d.h. wenn ich mich zwischendurch nicht verzettel und ins Chaos abdrifte, lol) der Feinstruktur, also dem Stil, der Wortwahl, Grammatik und Rechtschreibung, etc.
4. Fazit
Der heutige Beitrag hat euch hoffentlich einen groben Eindruck vermitteln können, warum der NaNoWriMo so viel mehr für die Teilnehmenden bereithält. Schließlich ist ein Buch bzw. eine Geschichte letztlich nur so gut wie seine vorangegange Überarbeitung (btw, Talent ist längst nicht alles, Handwerk macht viel mehr aus; das sollte wohl inzwischen hinlänglich bekannt sein, nehme ich an...(•¯ ∀ ¯•)).
Der Onlineauftritt des NaNoWriMo ist also keineswegs "nur" zu den Hauptevents im April, Juli und November eine hilfreiche Motivationsstütze für (meistens unerfahrene) Autoren/Autorinnen. Vielmehr können Schriftsteller/innen einen großen Teil des Jahres wertvolle Impulse von dort erhalten.
Anm.: Die einzige Voraussetzung ist das Verstehen der englischen Sprache, da sämtliche Inhalte nur in englisch vorliegen. V(^-^)V
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prettywaste · 4 days ago
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i will update my nanowrimo word count as soon as i write ten words, thank you. it’s called self care
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ansar4012 · 4 days ago
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Sneak peak of my book
Sneak peak of my book
I have been writing, a story for one month, and I began my journey on NaNoWriMo in April. You can read some chapters of it. But it needs some changes, which you can help with.We need a character for the main character, and you can give him a name on the comment. I have just him called (h), and the friend is called (**), for now. (the best suggestion for a good name, will get be named in the…
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doctoraliceharvey · 4 days ago
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Note to self: put the previous drafts of the novel in a binder to make working on the new draft a lot easier.
I’d do it now but my hole punch is packed up. We’ll see if my patience wears out sooner or later 😂
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badwasabi · 4 days ago
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Writing advice: Opening lines
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Panic erupted in the narrow confines of the bus as the suspiciously ill man suddenly sneezed—his shirt ripping with a pair of black batwings erupting out of his back.
This is the first line. First off, we have the reaction before the stimulus. Then we have the 'editorialization' (narrow confines, suspiciously sick) without backup. Then we have misuse of '-inging' words, and more bad chronology.
(I feel a lot of people misuse them when they should be using "-ed" words instead, because they're describing separate actions, not ongoing ones. This is not 'official' writing advice, AFAIK.)
How would I do it?
The man with the red eyes and runny nose was a pariah from the second he stepped on.
Nobody sat near him. Nobody even wanted to walk by him. And when he got a familiar look on his face, several of the bus's other passengers cringed away, hoping against hope to be out of the splash zone.
They expected his sneeze. That part was perfectly normal.
The black batwings erupting from his back? Not so much.
For obvious reasons, there was a certain amount of panic.
In this case, I tried to create interest in what was happening to the sick guy, and maybe create empathy in anyone who's ever had to avoid some weird person on public transit. Or been that weird person through no fault of their own. It also creates a misdirect. The audience expects the sneeze, not the wings.
I understand the appeal of a cold open, but your skill level needs to be up to it.
Details have been changed to protect the guilty.
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topoet · 5 days ago
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Picture Perfect 67
Picture Perfect 67 Dan went up to the work lab on the third floor. He pulled up Teresa’s photos & focused on two of them. The one of her with Stoney and the one of his sister Linda with Kevin. They had been taken with Teresa’s camera. He could recall that little Kodak of hers. For such a crap camera it took okay pictures. The shots had been taken within a short time of each other around the same…
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nanowrimo · 5 days ago
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Reclaiming My Life by Writing a Novel
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Sarah Hughes is a NaNoWriMo Winner and someone who's turned a series of hard knocks into fuel for her writer's forge. Sarah shares an inspirational turning point in her life and how NaNoWriMo helped to facilitate a spiritual renewal at a time of great personal upheaval.
Last summer, I did the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Cutting toxicity out of your life sounds like it should be easy and simple, but that’s rarely the case. It can be difficult and scary—especially when the toxicity is coming from someone who is supposed to love and support you no matter what. In July 2020, I cut contact with my mother. That is when a new chapter of my life began.
Writing a novel had always been on my radar, but I always felt like it was too lofty of a goal for me. It sounded like something other people do. I grew up being constantly worn down about my dreams and goals to the point where I stopped making them. Each year as November approached, NaNoWriMo would light a spark in the back of my mind. I always put it out. I didn’t think my ideas were good enough and I definitely didn’t think I was capable of writing 50,000 words in just 30 days.
2020 was different. I found myself in the fall of 2020 starting my life anew. I was finally free from the control and manipulation I had lived under my whole life, and at 25 years old I was just starting to figure out who I was as a person. This was both frightening and exhilarating. November rolled around at the perfect time. Finally, I was ready to write my novel.
I jumped into November cautiously optimistic for what the month might teach me. I worried I wouldn’t be “good enough” or that I would burn out and quit halfway through. But those things didn’t happen. I found an incredible community of writers who welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I belonged—a feeling that was new to me. I was eager to write every day, be it early in the morning or late at night. Some days the words flowed as easily as breathing; other days each word was a struggle. I told myself it would be okay if I didn’t finish. Just attempting was something to be proud of. Much to my surprise, November 30th came and I wrote my 50,000th word. My story morphed from its original plot of contemporary fiction/romance into a sci-fi saga about time travelers that I had so much fun writing.
“I felt empowered and like I could truly do anything.”
My novel was nowhere near ready for anyone else to read, but that didn’t matter to me. All that mattered was that I had my mind set on doing something and I actually did it. Taking the scary step of cutting my mother out of my life showed me that I am in control of my own life. Participating in—and winning—NaNoWriMo was an exercise in proving it. I felt empowered and like I could truly do anything. Writing my novel helped me heal from my trauma, as is writing this very article. I will continue using my love of writing as a tool to connect with others who have experienced trauma. I will forever be grateful to NaNoWriMo for helping me on my journey towards reclaiming my life.
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Sarah Hughes is a Louisiana-born writer and member of the LGBT+ community with a lifelong love of poetry and fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found canoeing and kayaking, reading tarot cards, or trying out new cooking recipes. She currently lives on the coast of Alabama with her husband and three cats. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @sarahjadewrites
Top image licensed under Creative Commons from James Jordan on Flickr.
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Concept sketch of "The Pick Up Artist".
Resides in "The Final Straw" Inn in Dharthvale, she is one of two travellers who stumbled upon the city through sheer chance. Has a habit of picking up fair maidens - both figuratively and literally!
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tipofthedigitalbrush · 6 days ago
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To celebrate 1k on here, I opened another sideblog that directly imitates this blog, but is for writing. For all of my writing buds, if you want resources or advice or memes about writing go to @mykeyboardandspite :)
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