nanowrimo

Attempting to Prevent Stupidity from Overuling my Common Sense.

I’ll be honest, I’m feeling left out.

Everyone I know, for the most part,Β is getting all psyched up for NaNoWriMo.

Everyone, but me.

I’m a prep, on scholarship, and sponsored, meaning my grades are beyond important. If I get one D in the year my scholarship money goes away, and even a C is risking it.

So there is absolutely no possible way I can do NaNo this year.

*cough* unless I wake up at 1AM on Nov 1st and do something stupid *cough*

However, I’ll be here (when I can spare the time) for moral/mental support.

I can’t wait to hear of everyone’s NaNo adventures this year! Because I am absolutely NOT going to wake up at 1 AM on Nov 1st and do something stupid!

Right, Common Sense?

*sound of distant laughter*

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And So It Begins…

Today, thousands of people have disappeared from reality.
No, don’t panic! They’ll be fine.
Well, in 30 days they’ll be fine… for now, do all you can to avoid them. The person you once knew so well is gone, forget them! Their minds are in another world, and their bodies are but shells that remain stuck in this measured time.
If you encounter anyone who bears a laptop or a notebook in the next few days, and you see them writing or typing or staring off into space, DO NOT TOUCH THEM!
Leave them alone, do not even SPEAK to them!
If interaction is called for, give them chocolate and/or coffee, say what you must, and then run!
If you can, wait until Thanksgiving for any conversation.
It is the one day of this challenging time that draws these creatures from their dens of crumbled paper and dim laptops.

That is the best and simplest advice for any outsiders.

But I am not naive enough to think that outsiders only need advice…
So, for ye who are about to embark on this grand adventure, I have collected a certain number of monsters which you will encounter, and whom you must slay to claim your 50,000 word prize.

The first monster you will face will be one or a dozen (probably a dozen) small and cute bunny rabbits. Beware of them! They are the plot bunnies. They will be the children of the bunny that started you on this epic quest. Some of these bunnies will offer you nice little plot devices and characters for your novel. Some that is, but not all. Beware! There are some that dress in rabbits’ fur, but are demons bunnies. They will attempt to lure you away from the story you’ve begun, and change your entire plot, bringing it crashing to pieces around you.
Beware of plot bunnies.

The next monster you are likely to encounter is a dark knight astride a two headed horse. He is the Sir Word-Ego. He will tease you and taunt you about your word counts. He will make you write more and more until you get a whole week ahead! Then he will smile and nod, and say to you, “good job! Now you can stop writing for a week you’re so ahead!”
Woe to those who heed his honey words!
If one stops writing in November for more then a day, then one will never finish.

After Sir Word-Ego you will come to a great stone bridge. It will be guarded by three trolls, the most bothersome creatures you’ve met. They are the Author Trolls. They guard the bridges that cross the Chasm of Middle. The Chasm of Middle is a great canyon, a rift in the noveler’s world. It crosses right at the epic climax in every author’s stories. Crossing it means you are sure to finish. T
he Trolls are there to make sure you don’t.
They dance about you and taunt you, pointing at the great array of bridges that stretch up and down the rift.
“Look and see! look and see!” they crow and giggle like children. “Those are the real authors’ bridges! They are great! You are not! They are great! You are not!”
These trolls love to plant doubt and fear in a writer’s mind. They compare them to Tolkien and Chesterton and Robert Louis Stevenson.
If you give into the trolls taunting, you will never cross the Chasm of Middle, and your story will be a lonely orphan.

Assuming you make it past the Trolls, you will then face the final beast. The Sevens. They are the final week of your challenge, and will plague you, urging you to write faster, then slower; they’ll beg you to skip school and chores.
Some of the sevens can be nice, and will encourage you. Most will delight in causing you stress that makes you crash and burn and fail.

What a lot of monsters right?

Don’t worry!
If you just follow these Five steps you’ll do fine.

1. Write.
2. Go about your daily life as much as possible
3. Write.
4. Don’t listen to trolls or other monsters who try to convince you that there is no point to your writing.
5. Write

Good luck!
May NaNoWriMo begin!!!

A Challenge

I am assigning myself a challenge.

Every day for a week I am going to write 1k words. This will be a kind of warm up for NaNo, and help me get my word count juices flowing.

It will also give me a solid start on my novel to build off of during November, but shhhh… don’t tell anyone I’m cheating. πŸ˜‰

Of course, those 7k word WILL NOT count towards my 50k. They’ll just be bonus words in my novel.

Alright, that is all.

Remember, NaNo starts in 7 days!!!

Who all is participating?

Link me to your NaNo pages if you want me as a writing buddy, if I’m not already. πŸ™‚

NaNoWriMo Approaches!

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It is official!!!!

They have updated the NaNoWriMo site, and I’m all ready to go!

Mostly…

To be honest, I haven’t been to excited for NaNo this year. It’s like all my enthusiasm was just drained from my by the evil Anti-Wrimo Goblin (ooohhh… I must remember that creature!). I only just reclaimed my thirst for writing a novel in 30 days on Friday, when I reversed a previous decision.

I will NOT be starting a new novel.

I will be finishing a previous one that I have been working on for at least two camps and one NaNo. I Have been working on this for about two years now and am finally ready to complete the FINAL (Read: Fourth) Draft.

This will entail redrawing maps, redoing character sketches, and rewriting approximately 2/3 of the book.

With so much work, I will be cheating just a little by starting some of the revisions in the coming weeks prior to November 1st. I feel this will be necessary to give me a solid foundation for the work in November, so I’m not constantly changing things, and will have a solid idea of how to end this book.

I will not count any writing prior to November 1st in my official word count!

I will write the full 50,000 words in 30 days!

I pledge to you all here today that on November 30th I will complete NaNo with these two words.

The End.

Please help me keep to this.

To help keep myself motivated I will be posting updates on my revision process. You don’t HAVE to read them, just comment a positive encouragement πŸ™‚

Countdown to NaNo

It is at long last September, and we all know what that means.

Back to School, the start of autumn, and Pumpkins.

But what a few people don’t realize is that, to some, September signals more then just school and Work.

It means writing.

In September, things start rolling, and the realization hits you like a ton of bricks.
NaNoWriMo is only two months away.

What’s NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month of course!

The month were thousands of people throw away there lives, their work, their social lives to become hermits with one goal in mind.
To write a 50,000 novel in 30 days.
It is the month were writers everywhere turn into coffee-addicted, baggy-eyed, sleep deprived zombies.

This will be my Third NaNo, and my second on what is considered the “Adult site”.

I am so excited!

This year, I am working on what some people might have originally called a Frozen rip off.
It is now a totally different story, as I’ve spent the holiday weekend (Three cheers for meaningless federal holidays!) working on story building. I’ve given my land a name, a history (a rather bloody one I’ll admit… but there has to be at least one war!) and a mystic people.
I have the best villain I have ever created, an odd assembly of characters, and a peddler I have just invented.

So, in the spirit of the Writing season, I have decided to share my NaNo Countdown to-do list with you all.

Brainstorm: You can’t have a story without a plot. You can’t have a plot without an idea. You can’t have an idea without brainstorming. Tip, brainstorming is always best when done during an actual storm.

Become a Professor in History: You have a story, now write the history that leads up to it. How did your villain become a villain? How did the earthquake start? How did the King get his magic sword? Basically, write a prequel to the story you haven’t even written yet.

World Build: This is fun! Get your construction hats people! It’s time to build castles, and lakes, and mountains, and forests, and magical creatures that kill by licking your ear… and after that, you get to name them! I love naming things! Naming things is cool πŸ™‚

Become Di Vinci: Now that you have your world, make it real. Take a pencil and paper and sketch what the squirrels look like, what the everyday people where, what your main character is wearing to the gala, and how in your world a boat is constructed from meteorite.

Write Short Stories: You have your story, you have your history, and you have your kingdom. Now, take events from your history and write short stories. These short stories will help you decide what kind of writing style you want to use for you novel.
They will also give you a peek at the emotional state of your characters at the beginning of your novel, and help prevent cheating (i.e. starting your novel before November) πŸ™‚

Become a Cat: Not literally, but in the sense that you don’t do anything. Don’t even look at your pictures, and short stories, or name charts, nothing! For the last 3 days before NaNo, forget you even have a story to write.

Then… November 1st!!! Party time!!! Pull out those pens, paper, laptops, coffee mugs, and paper plates!

Time to write!!!

*Looks at Calendar*

Well… in two months anyway…

Happy Prepping!

Heroes and Villains: Part One

Heroes

As November creeps ever closer, I find myself wondering what story I shall be working on next in the annual event known as NaNoWriMo.

That in turn has lead me to reexamine characters, and heroes and villains in general.

What makes a hero and what makes a villain?

Well, heroes are the ones who save the day right? They defeat the bad guys, they survive the battle… they’re the winners!

And the villains, well, they are the ones who obviously destroy everything. They are evil, and only want money or power, and don’t care about anybody but themselves!

But in today’s world, and the literature of this generation, is that always the case?

Mostly, yes. However, in some books, it isn’t quite that easy.

So many people are blurring the lines in stories, it is always getting a little harder to tell who is the hero, and who is the villain.

I mean, it’s always obvious who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist.
But is the protagonist a hero?

Now, according to merriem-Webster dictionary a hero is the following.

Hero

: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities

: a person who is greatly admired

: the chief male character in a story, play, movie, etc.
plural heβ€’roes

Full Definition of HERO

1
a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage

2
a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work
b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement

Katniss Everdeen is the protagonist in the Hunger Games, but is she a hero?
Tris is the protagonist of Divergent, but is she a hero?
Bella, Jacob, and Edward are the protagonists of Twilight, but are they heroes?
Eragon is the protagonist of the Inheritance Cycle, but is he a hero?

In many ways, yes, at least some of these characters are heroes.

But think about it.

A hero, in the eyes of a children, is Superman saving the world from Luther. A hero is the Doctor, sacrificing himself to save whole planets. A hero is St. Joan of Arc riding into battle to save France.
Heroes are people who rise to the occasion when they find themselves in impossible situations. They sacrifice so much, with so little thanks in return. Heroes give up everything, save everybody (well, almost everybody) and sometimes, they don’t have any reason to.
The Doctor doesn’t have to keep saving earth time and again. it’s not his home planet.
Batman doesn’t have to save Gotham.
And Joan of Arc didn’t have to ride off to crown the Dauphin.
But they DID, or still DO!

That, in my personal opinion, is what makes a hero.
Someone who gives up everything to save someone or something when they have no real reason to at all.
A hero.

Disclaimer: I am not saying I don’t think Katniss, Tris, and Eragon aren’t heroes in their own right. Those are three of my most favorite characters ever, I was just using them as examples, and asking you to rethink over what ever position you held them in.
For Twilight characters, there is absolutely no question. ;-P

This post was about the modern day book heroes to make a point.
Leave a comment bellow on who your all-time favorite heroes are.
They may end up listed in a another post sometime πŸ˜‰