Writing Tips: Dealing with Negative Criticism

Writing Tips Negative CriticismNow, I’m not talking about constructive criticism.  Constructive criticism is when someone tells you something that could be fixed about your story in order to benefit both you as a writer, and your story.  I love constructive crit.  It helps me grow as a writer, and teaches me things about my writing that I might not have noticed right away myself.  It’s useful!  Negative criticism is something else entirely… Continue reading

20k Update!

My internet at school’s been pretty slow, so excuse the lack of updating!  I plan to write a couple of posts about negative criticism, and how to handle hating a character that you’re writing, in the coming days, so stay tuned for that!  For now, please enjoy my next 10,000 words, and remember that if you’re interested in reading my updates daily, you can find them on tumblr! Continue reading

Writing Tip: Help! My Plot’s Running Away!

Writing Tips Runaway PlotToday when I was writing, I noticed something.  Jeremy was not doing what I wanted him to, and all of a sudden he was talking to some college girl who I didn’t even know was going to be a character (She was just an extra at a cafe!) and it was starting to freak me out.

I’d been planning this story on and off since last January, and now, suddenly, everything’s taking off into left field.  My plot is running away! Continue reading

I reached 10k today!

Well, 10,001 to be exact.  I was thinking, that every 10,000 words, I’ll post my progress here.  If you want to read my daily progress, you can on tumblr.  How are you novels coming along?  I hope you’re all doing well!  Expect some more informational posts on how to keep yourself going, and some tricks I’ve learned later in the week!  Keep it up!

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NaNoWriMo Tips from a Newbie! Day One

Tea and candy corn are super important for WriMo.

While I take a break from my wrimoing to watch Elementary (It’s no BBC Sherlock, but, hey) I decided to drop in to give you guys some tips that I’ve figured out after my first day of NaNoWriMo!

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NaNoWriMo Checklist

With there only being three and a half hours left (for me, anyway) of freedom before you hunker down and become a full time member of Hermits United, you need to make sure you have your ducks in a row!  So, here’s some things to check on before you start writing tomorrow:

  • Is your world defined?  How about your character’s home country?  His house? Setting is super important to creating a realistic story!
  • Is your main character ready to be put to the test?  Does he have friends, family, or companions?  It’s pretty easy to forget that you can’t have a story with just one person, so make sure your character’s sidekicks are ready to go, too!
  • Is your plot coherent and cohesive?  Other people are going to be reading this, and they need to be able to understand what’s going on.  Just because it makes sense in your head, doesn’t mean it will right away on paper.
  • Have you picked what style of writing you’re going to be using? Formal vs. colloquial, first-person vs. third…  If you’re having trouble, here’s a quick exercise to try:
    • Write the first 250 words of your novel in first-person, than again in third.  Write it with a funny tone, a casual tone, and a formal tone.  Test out your options and have your friends vote on the one they like best.
  • Buy a tiny notebook!  You’re not going to be at your laptop 24/7 (as much as you like to think you are) so, get a notebook and a pen to carry around with you at all times.  That way, if inspiration strikes, you have a way to record it!
  • Make sure your laptop, and Microsoft Word are all up to date.  The last thing you want is to lose your progress.
    • To avoid this, consider writing in Google Drive!  It saves your progress automatically, and you can share what you’ve written just by sending a link.
  • Be sure to have plenty of your favorite coffee, tea, and snacks around the house! You’re going to need them!

The countdown begins!  Good luck to everyone!

Writing Tip: Write what you know?

A tip that a lot of writing teachers and professors give is to write what you know.  By writing what you know, you don’t risk confusing yourself, or coming across a topic that you know nothing about.  People assume that “writing what you know,” means that you have to have experienced it personally.  But, let’s get real for a second.  Do you really think that authors always write about what they know?  Or, perhaps, is the world taking this tip a bit to literally?  Something tells me that J.K. didn’t know about what life as a young wizard-boy was like any more than you or I.  Where do you draw the line? Continue reading