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Freshest Scene First!

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Today I have decided to change my NaNoWriMo writing strategy. I suppose better now on the second day than on the 24th otherwise that may mess everything up.

Every year as I scramble to make the word count (and for the most part fail spectacurly) because I write the novel from the beginning and by the time I get to a scene that has been rolling around my head for the past x amount of time its gone! That is why this year I have decided to focus on the scenes but not necessarily in order. As I write the scene and move onto the next I will obviously leave out the part that glues the two together in order to make the story flow.

Sounds stupid, I am quite aware, but keep reading! Just let me explain before you throw a writing/typing/storytelling device at me!

When I get the dreaded NaNoWriMo writers block that would normally take ages for me to get over (when I obviously do not have agest since this has to be done in 30 days) I will go back and begin the task of putting the scenes together as one would do when sewing a whole bunch of patch work squares to make a quilt. See what I am getting at? I’ll still be getting words and it will be productive. The idea is that I will be able to come up with new scenes and ideas as I sew everything up.

Today I worked out one of the last scenes of my novel. Don’t give me that look!

Many years ago, when I was still in highschool, one of my very awesome band teachers once told the class that in order to make the song amazing you work from the last note first. Well since I don’t play my flute as much and I am no longer in band (thank god) I figured I would put that advice to good use else where.

The scene I wrote is basically about a thousand words where my main character (still unnamed by the way; if you have any name ideas send my way!) finally discovers who the warlock is that she has been trying to find.

Hope all your NaNo Novels are coming along great. Have you guys found any plotholes yet?

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Bring it on, November. Bring it on!

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2013 NaNoWriMo has been the years in the making.

I never knew it though.

The moment of *AHA!* had been at my favourite table, beneath my favourite poster, in my favorit library while I was working on homework (half heartedly at best).

(My homework was a cataloguing assignment for one of my classes)

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands (explore your dreams)”

This quote, originally from Neil Gaiman (author of Coraline and Stardust), has sparked the world rumble for this years NaNoWriMo novel.

After staring at the poster, which features the Sandman holding a book that has books flying from inside of it, it got me wondering: What would happen if you could not dream? Would it be possible to regain the ability to dream? If it is how would I go about it and who would I talk to?

These are the questions which led me to the semi-basis for my novel planning. Then I thought up my first plot twist: what happened if I could not read OR dream? How would I go about getting through school, life, be able to decide on a career? What would cause me to be unable to read?

So I started texting my bestie and together we started to answer some of the questions. One of the things that was decided, well she coaxed me into doing because her ideas are always awesome, that there would be a bit more romance than I had anticipated in the beginning when I was mulling this idea over at the library.

Its quite satifying to see, with the help of her, that my NaNoWriMo novel will be getting up off its unstable word wings way before November. I even went online to my pintrest account to search NaNoWriMo and found some amazing character profile sheets as well as plotting materials that are almost like cue cards. The plotting materials even give examples of how to use them which I love. I absolutely wish that I could go back and link all those wonderful sources but my recomendation is:

  1. If you have a pintrest account: Search on pintrest “NaNoWriMo” and EVERYTHING will pop up there, remember to explore all the articles from the blogs since they do have wonderful links themselves.
  2. Just search on google “NaNoWriMo” “Pintrest” and you should find some links
  3. Try searching on NaNoWriMo without the account and see what you can get.

I really loved searching on there. When I get around to it I will link up my pintrest account to my blog and you can go through there to find the lovely resources that I had found earlier yesterday evening.

What are your favourite resources for NaNoWriMo? How do YOU plan out your novel? Are you going to be competing this year? Remember you can add me on NaNoWriMo (Moonlight Raven) and we can be writing buddies.

xx Emerald Munchkin xx

Blocking the Words

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Some days I just have no inspiration to write; even a simple blog post.

Other days I just have so much inspiration that half of its gone before I am able to record or write it down.

Then there are the days when everything that I write is plain shit and shouldn’t have even been composed.

I hate writer’s block. I absolutely hate the state with every writing fiber in my body.

It throws me off of my game badly.

It makes me grumpy.

Most of all it makes me feel guilty because I am unable to provide entertainment for my readers both here and where I post my writing. I know most people that I have talked to say that I should write for myself first and foremost, which I do, but in all honesty having response from readers is another huge factor. When I don’t get any response from the audience how am I supposed to know if I have done a good job? Or if I have just done a plain shit job at whatever I have been writing?

It isn’t like I can go to my friends, hand them a rough draft, and request nicely that they give me honest feedback. They are my FRIENDS; of course they are going to tell me what they know I want to hear (“Ohh, I really liked it.” or “This is fantasic! I know someday you are going to get published.”) Perhaps some of what they say is the truth. Generally though they are just sugar coating it. In the end I have written a chapter or a scene and left it to “marinate” along with the other countless sequences until I feel that I can go over it with a fine-tooth literary comb.

Just some thoughts on where I am now in my writing adventures. It would be lovely if I one day become a published author but for now that is just a dream.