Month: October 2015

How to Finish Your NaNoWriMo Novel

“I won NaNoWriMo last year… but I didn’t actually finish the book.” Alas, this is the refrain repeated every October in NaNoWriMo chatrooms, forums, and writing groups the world over. And it’s all because of a little secret that no…

4-Act Story Structure

Like most writers, I’ve always had trouble writing the middle of any story. Back before I even knew what plotting was, I would start a story and write and write… and then hit a point where I had to stop because I would…

NaNoWriMo World Building Resources

So you’ve got the characters figured out and your plot nearly perfect for your NaNoWriMo project this year. So what do you do now? You can’t just twiddle your thumbs until November 1, can you? How about undertaking some moderate…

How to Pants like a Plotter

NaNoWriMo’s coming in two weeks, and many of us are facing one of the biggest dilemmas of writing: to plot or to ‘pants’? If this is the first time you’re hearing these terms, plotting simply refers to planning out the…

2015 NaNoWriMo Resources: Character

All the NaNoWriMo character development resources you need, all in one place. Finding Out Who Your Characters Are Marcel Proust’s 35 Questions to Ask Your Characters (The Write Practice) The Gotham Writers’ Character Questionnaire (Gotham Writer’s Workshop) Blank Character Sheet…

NaNoWriMo Plotting Resources

More in the NaNoWriMo Resources Series: NaNoWriMo Plotting Resources NaNoWriMo Character Resources NaNoWriMo World Building Resources (Coming Soon) NaNoWriMo Resources: World Building (Coming Soon) NaNoWriMo Resources: Inspiration (Coming Soon) NaNoWriMo Resources: Beating Writer’s Block (Coming Soon) The Writersaurus’ NaNoWriMo Board…

The Power of Writing 15 Minutes a Day

Tomorrow is the first day of October, the beginning of the hectic Oh-my-god-NaNoWriMo-is-only-31-days-away-better-start-planning!” season. Now, you know I’m all about NaNoWriMo and the frantic push to write 50,000 words in 30 days. But before we start with this year’s NaNoWriMo prep…