Eleven days after posting this unofficial win, I admitted defeat.
Day 13 in the big brother house…
Sorry, wrong unreality show. Briefly, here’s an update and my learnings –
Over on my tumblr blog I just put up a post linking to resources I’m collating as NaNoWriMo helper posts – these come in two categories – the #NaNoPrep posts of October (which I’m still discovering); and the current #NaNoPeptalk posts being published.
I am taking any of these as I find them and reblogging or linking to them every day over November. To save you the time, here are the direct links to the tag searches, which will give you an index page of all these posts. You may find them useful for times when you get stuck.
Storybundle has 25 writing craft books available for $30 in honour of NaNo this year. These come in downloadable ebook formats, in two tiers. Pay the full or more price, and you get all 25. If you're like me and already have the second tier – available last year – just pay a little less to get the 2015 tier of books.
Get them here – https://storybundle.com/nano
It’s Friday morning my time – eta on NaNo: 40 hours away. With this looming month of torturous writing upon me, I have come to the slow understanding that my initial plans for writing during the challenge were scarpered a few weeks ago.
So, to achieve success, I’m rejigging those plans and objectives for the marathon. Because we own this, so we are at liberty to plan our own successes (possibly by cheating).
I’ve recently finished a wonderful online course teaching one method for structuring a heroine’s journey. The problem with female characters – and male characters who are following an internal transition arc – is that I find they often don’t fit well in the typical Hero’s Journey. But there’s a secondary issue here – a heroine’s journey isn’t as clear-cut as I perhaps wanted it to be.
Here are a couple of post links coming across my internet reading lately, and some thoughts towards these –
I finally got around to finishing off and publishing a huge masterlist of resources for outlining.
One of my favourite finds in netreads lately. Via David James Poissant –
Read the other 28 points at Glimmertrain here.
The NaNoWriMo website is now live for 2015.
As usual, I am half-passioned for NaNo this year. NaNo works for me, but for a lot of writers who join up, simply doesn’t. Maybe this year I won’t be successful in typing out 50K of words, but I’ll take the preparation work I’m doing currently and any words I do manage in the month as my elixir reward for my own mini-hero’s journey any day.
Good luck to you also, if you are participating this year.
For more prep talk – I’m collating all the best I am personally finding across the web, via the #nanoprep tag at Everything for Writers.