NaNoWriMo Prep #3

We are already at the halfway point of October, aka NaNoWriMo prep month, which is absolutely insane. I really need to get a move on with my story and what I have planned for it, because the rest of this month will go by in the blink of an eye. Today, I will be sharing some helpful tips when it comes to world building and really solidifying whatever you have created in your head, and I hope you enjoy!

Things to Keep in Mind When World Building:

  • When building a fantasy or sci-fi world, base everything around at least one real thing – Worlds in the fantasy and sci-fi genres can get pretty crazy sometimes, and while you do have the freedom to create whatever you want, it has to somewhat make sense. Just base everything around one common and understood fact, and the rest will make sense!
  • Add your own twist – It is fine to have a world that is similar to others like the Harry Potter world or the Percy Jackson world, but add your own elements to make it unique and your own. Yes, we all love a good wizarding world, but sometimes we get tired of reading the same stories over and over again so make sure to make it your own!
  • Know the Facts – You can’t build a good world without knowing the facts. Know the history of your world, and why it is the way it is, even if your readers are not going to read about that part of it at all. You have to understand it before they can!

“Relax, not every page has to be a masterpiece.” – Unknown

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann

“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” – Stephen King

That is it for this quick NaNoWriMo prep post on world building and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

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It has been quite a few years since I have read The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and I forgot how much I enjoyed it! Everything from the story line to the setting (because London in the 1800s!) to the characters, it is all great. Even though I was originally planning on only rereading the first book, I think I will end up continuing with the rest of the trilogy. I also really would like to reread The Selection by Kiera Cass, because I am in the need of light, fluffy and addictive read and The Selection is the perfect option.

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NaNoWriMo is arriving at a rapid speed and I still haven’t decided on an idea yet! I have a few ideas swirling around in my head, but I need to dedicate a few hours to really think about what I want to write and then plan it out. November is going to be a busy month between school, volunteering and NaNoWriMo, but hopefully I will be able to achieve 50k words! Next week is my writing conference though, so hopefully I will learn a lot of new things and get inspired to write for NaNoWriMo. Last year I took a lot away from this conference so I am excited to see how it goes this year!

That is all for my quick reading and writing update, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Fantasy Recommendations for Fall/Winter!

NaNoWriMo Prep #2

 

It is week 2 of NaNoWriMo prep month! Hopefully you have an idea of what you are going to write about in November, or at least have a few ideas. Today I will be giving some insights on characters and will be ending off the blog post with a few motivational tips and tricks so I hope you enjoy 🙂

Characters~

Characters are such an important factor in any story, because when someone reads your story they look for something or someone to connect to. Usually what they connect to is one of your characters, whether it is how they look, act, what they enjoy or hate, or even just something they have experienced. It is also important that you connect with your characters and understand them because otherwise your characters will fall kind of flat! Anyways, here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating characters.

  • Flaws – Even though though this should be an obvious one, we have to remember that since nobody in this world is perfect, neither is a character in your world. Whether it is them biting their nails to stubs, always forgetting their keys or being late to everything, they need to have some flaws. It is also good to have physical flaws because nobody looks perfect either! Maybe they are a teenager who has acne or someone who has a scar on their lip from a fishing accident. Whatever it is just give them some sort of flaw that makes them like you or me!
  • Uniqueness – What makes them different? Readers don’t want to read about a character they have read about a million times so change it up! You don’t have to have a super massive difference that makes every single one of your characters extremely different from one another, but for a few consider what makes them “special”.
  • Diversity – This is a huge one because we need more diversity in books! We need characters of all races, sexual orientations, genders, etc, etc. Everyone needs to be represented in books so remember that when you are writing! Not only does it help more people connect with your book, but it also is more realistic.

Motivation~

Remember to have fun creating your story and world! It should be fun and exciting because you are creating something from nothing which is truly amazing.

If you feel as if you are lacking in motivation, some tips I have for you is to check out some TED Talk videos! There are some really inspiring and amazing talks with authors like Amy Tan, and they talk about creativity and where story ideas come from. I had to listen to a few for my Creative Writing class and I really enjoyed them. Below are a few links from ones I personally enjoyed 🙂

https://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius

https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_tan_on_creativity

https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

That is all for this NaNoWriMo Prep #2 and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep #1

It is October! Which not only means fall, warm drinks and Halloween, but also prep month for NaNoWriMo. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about when I say “NaNoWriMo” then check out a blog post I wrote last week called “NaNoWriMo”. Anyways, in this blog post I will be taking about getting that idea for your story. Since I did an entire posts on writing prompts last week, I won’t give too many today but if you are in need of some inspiration check out that post!

The Idea

All stories begin with a single idea. It may not be a good idea at first and it probably is a very simple idea, but it is an idea that gets us excited and our creative mind whirling. Ideas come from all around too! They can come to us in a long walk, or in the shower, or even from another story. The point is, is that if you look around long enough something will eventually come to you. When I have some trouble coming up with an idea, I like to hit up Pinterest and check out there writing prompts because I always leave with a spark of an idea!

Here is a summary of what I said in some key points, because these key points will be essential when coming up with “the idea”:

  • Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere
  • Doing an activity where your mind is allowed to wander helps provoke ideas (a walk, a shower, etc)
  • Don’t be afraid to look at other stories for inspiration! (Just don’t completely copy someone else’s idea…)

Remember though, not every idea is a good idea, so if you think you found the “magic” idea and it doesn’t work out…don’t be too hard on yourself! There is an endless supply of ideas for stories, and you have only just begun to scratch the surface whether you have never written a story in your life, or have written a hundred.

Motivation

Whether you have just started planning your story, or are close to the end of writing it, motivation is something every writer struggles with. Even if you absolutely love your idea and your story and your characters, it doesn’t mean you have your doubts at time. For every prep post I do, I will add a little motivation section towards the end, to remind you to just keep writing! I will be including some inspirational quotes, as well as some tips and tricks to stay motivated.

You only fail if you stop writing – Ray Bradbury 

I’m not a very good writer, but I am an excellent rewriter – James Michener 

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on – Louis L’Amour 

That is all for my first NaNoWriMo prep blog and I hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for my upcoming prep posts and also check out my last blog post: 25 Inspirational Writing Prompts!

 

 

25 Inspiring Writing Prompts!

Who doesn’t love a few writing prompts to get their story gears moving and whirling in their brain? I love using writing prompts to get story ideas, or just use them to freewrite and get out of a writing rut. So here are a few to inspire and motivate you to get writing!

(By the way…these are all prompts taken from Pinterest so I do NOT take credit for them!)

  1. No one expected an angel to set the world on fire.
  2. Write a myth explaining lightning or thunder.
  3. The princess had many charms, but looks had never been one of them.
  4. The human mind is truly the scariest thing of all.
  5. A damsel in distress who is really the villain of the story.
  6. The prophecy was written in sharpie on the wall of a gas station bathroom.
  7. “I accept dollars, euros, sterling silver, broken hearts, and secrets.”
  8. She added a charm to her bracelet for every life she took.
  9. Can you kill a monster without becoming one?
  10. Use the lyrics of your favourite song to write a story.
  11. Write a story without letting the reader know if the main character is the “good guy” or the “bad guy”.
  12. Write a myth about what an eclipse means.
  13. He found the journal on the train.
  14. You are a “dream bender”, a psychic who can change people’s dreams.
  15. Mirrors are doors to other dimensions.
  16. “It’s hard to have a heart when you have stopped so many others.”
  17. “Who were you? – before they broke your heart?”
  18. In my free time, I sank ships.
  19. He could see her face in his dreams but he couldn’t remember meeting her.
  20. It can take a very long time to realize you are immortal.
  21. Magic isn’t a cure…it’s a curse.
  22. An ancient spell book has been stolen.
  23. Hell isn’t a place. It’s a state of mind.
  24. Sunburns are painful, but moonburns are worse.
  25. The evil queens are princesses that were never saved…

Those are a few writing prompts and hopefully this will also help you fuel some ideas for NaNoWriMo which is right around the corner! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo!

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NaNoWriMo is approaching!!!

If you didn’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and takes place in November every year. Basically, it motivates writers to write a full book (more like first draft honestly) of 50k words in 30 days. It is really fun and this will be my 3rd time participating and I cannot wait! I achieved the 50k words my first year, but was super busy last year so I didn’t get a chance to. This year though, I am determined to win and couldn’t be more excited. It will be a long and difficult journey, but that is why I will be uploading blog posts of motivation and tips throughout November to help you, and also myself! I will also be uploading prep posts throughout October, similar to what I did for Camp NaNoWriMo. Anyways, if you have never heard of this or if you are still not sure if you want to participate and are a writer, I encourage you to participate even if you are not positive you can reach the goal of 50k. It is a fun journey where you learn more about yourself as a writer and learn what works best for you.

That is all for this blog post and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

Reading/Writing Update!

I have so far had quite a productive week for reading and am very happy with what I have managed to complete! So this week, I finally finished the very, very long book that I have been reading since November and that is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! I absolutely loved re reading this book and it was so much fun to continue living in the Harry Potter world again. In about a week or so, I am planning on picking up the 6th book (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and giving it a read so I am also pumped for that. I also am half way through The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, and as always I am really liking it. I don’t think it is my favourite but definitely one of the better ones!

Anyways, for writing I have done absolutely nothing…Like at all. I am so disappointed but I am still going through some sort of weird writer’s block and it is killing me! I did get a new idea yesterday that I am actually excited about though so I am hoping that is my way out of this terrible writer’s block. I am planning on doing some writing this weekend and since NaNoWriMo is over, I kind of feel a pressure lifted off my shoulders. Not that I actually wrote anything for NaNoWriMo, but yeah. Anyway, I hope you all had success in writing or reading, or both!

That is all for my quick reading and writing update and I hope you enjoyed!

Reading and Writing Goals

So as I mentioned before, I am participating in NaNoWriMo and it has just been downhill since day 1! I have been extremely busy with work and school which means no time for writing and barely enough time for reading. I have luckily, managed to write 10,000 words but I just want to restart what I have written, forget about the pressure of NaNoWriMo and just start fresh. I have to write a story for my English class so after that, I am planning on writing out a story that I have been thinking of for a while and I am super excited to get it down in words! I’ve been wanting to write a complete novel for a while because I usually stick to short stories so we shall see how this goes. Basically my writing goal for the rest of November is too write as much as I can which can hopefully be a bit more than 10,000 words…hopefully that isn’t too much to ask.

Reading wise I actually haven’t been doing too bad. This month I have already completed 2 books and am almost halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I have been reading it for like over 2 weeks now but as I sad, I’ve been busy but I also want to savour all of its perfection and make it last a long time considering I only have 2 books left to re read in this series. Although, I would like to finish this novel by the end of November but while I am reading that I also want to start reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead so I might start that as well this weekend…

Anyways those are some of my writing and reading goals for the rest of November and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last post: Top 5 Contemporary Books!

NaNoWriMo and Reading Update!

So I haven’t written anything for NaNoWriMo this week…I am so mad at myself for not finding the time to actually sit down and write this week but just so much has been going on! I’m not going to give up though, I can write 10,000 in 2 days, right? Anyways, I am going to try and catch up as much as I can this weekend and I am going to try my hardest to write everyday.

For reading, I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I am about 100 pages in. Again, haven’t had much time for reading either because I’ve been crazy busy but I’m trying. I also tried reading The Last Star by Rick Yancy but I really wasn’t feeling it so I put it down and maybe I’ll pick it up again in a few months. I also tried reading The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and this is my first Jandy Nelson book ever but I didn’t really find the story that interesting and I got bored reading it. I still want to give I’ll Give You the Sun a try though because I have heard nothing but great things! Anyways, this week was an epic reading and writing fail so I am hoping I will be able to pick things back up this weekend, so fingers crossed.

That’s all for my NaNoWriMo and Reading Update and I hope you enjoyed it 🙂

November Talk 2016

November is going to be a fabulous month for reading, writing and movies and I cannot wait to start talking about all of it! I’ll be sharing my most anticipated book and movie releases of the month along with my plan for NaNoWriMo!

BOOKS:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – Nicola Yoon’s books are just so easy and fun to read so I cannot wait to read her new one! The Sun is Also a Star is about a girl named Natasha who is very into science and facts and Daniel who is a dreamer and poet. One day on the crowded streets of New York City, they bump into each other and fall in love. But the thing is Natasha is only hours away from being deported back to Jamaica. This storyline just sounds super intriguing and I am so excited to finally read it. (Nov 1)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – This may be my most anticipated releases= for this month because anything Marissa Meyer is amazing. Her previous series, The Lunar Chronicles, was so unique and awesome so I cannot wait to get my hands on her new book! Heartless follows the backstory of the Queen of Hearts and shows us why she is the way she is. If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will. (Nov 8)

MOVIES:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov 18)

Moana (Nov 23)

NANOWRIMO:

So as I have mentioned this numerous times and made numerous blog posts…but I am participating in NaNoWriMo for my second time this year and I couldn’t be more excited. NaNoWriMo is a great event that pushes you to write a novel (50,000) words in only 1 month and many actually complete this. For my story, I am leaning towards the epic fantasy genre and am very excited to get my ideas on paper and see where they lead me. While I made quite a few NaNoWriMo prepping posts I actually don’t do much planning myself other than characters and major plot points because that’s just works best for me. Anyways I wish anyone participating the best of luck and happy writing!