November is, you guessed it, National Novel Writing Month!

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Hey guys, so this year was my first year doing Nanowrimo and I think, so far, it’s been going pretty well for me. I just hit 60,000 words which was my goal and then I decided to do the impossible. Are you ready for it? Are you really ready for it? (drumroll) 75,000 words!!!

But yeah, I really hope I can do this and I have 12 more days to go sooooooooo…. yeah, I hope this works out.

Anyway, I want to know how everyone else is doing on their Nanowrimo projects this year because, I don’t know, but I really love November now. So if you are reading this and participating in Nanowrimo, let me know how you’re doing in the comments! And I know I should be writing instead of posting this but, oh well.

Here are the faces that Wrimo’s across the world make while working on their project.

When you get an idea for a killer plot twist.
When you get an idea for a killer plot twist.
We've all been there.
We’ve all been there.

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When one of your characters dies. Let me just say this, it happened to me and, I was crying. :'(
When one of your characters dies. Let me just say this, it happened to me and, I was crying. đŸ˜„

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This does tend to happen sometimes but just remember this one rule, sit down and write whether you have motivation and ideas or not. They will either come to you, or at least you will have written something.
This does tend to happen sometimes but just remember this one rule, sit down and write whether you have motivation and ideas or not. They will either come to you, or at least you will have written something.
Um... yeah. Sometimes you can steal other people's ideas on accident. And that's okay! You just have to add your own spin to it and make sure it's not TOO obvious. Because, who's guilty of this? THIS GIRL!!
Um… yeah. Sometimes you can steal other people’s ideas on accident. And that’s okay! You just have to add your own spin to it and make sure it’s not TOO obvious. Because, who’s guilty of this? THIS GIRL!!
Oh yes, this has happened to me in both books. My previous one and my Nanowrimo one.
Oh yes, this has happened to me in both books. My previous one and my Nanowrimo one.
Writers are very distracted people.
Writers are very distracted people.
yeah, Nanowrimo or as I call it, #nosleepNovember
yeah, Nanowrimo or as I call it, #nosleepNovember

Those are only a few of the many Wrimos have made. I don’t know if I’m just insane (or maybe other writers actually do this) but when my characters whimper and groan, I whimper and groan and copy their facial expressions. It’s weird. Just saying. You don’t want to be next to me while I’m writing a scene where my characters are getting hurt. You just don’t want to.

So, to all those Wrimos out there, don’t give up! You can write the thing! Your novel is worth it! Who knows? One day, your novel might change someone’s life. I believe in your story.

So good luck with your novel and for all the crazy writers out there who are attempting to write a novel in a month say it with me. I resolve to boldly go where no other novelist has gone before. To 50,000, and beyond!

A Writer’s Joy

Many simple things give writers pleasure. At least, they seem simple to some. But they can be very fulfilling when writers experience them.

1. Notebooks, paper, pens, pencils. Never underestimate a pen and paper. Ink is really just a thousand landscapes and people waiting to leak through the tip onto the page which gives them a home. The written word is a beautiful and powerful thing, capable of influencing and changing hundreds of lives. When writers are around such objects they feel the need to own all of them.

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2. Seeing pictures that remind you of your stories. Whether it’s one of your characters or a scene, writers love finding their creations in the real world. It is just amazing.

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(Scrolling down page on Pinterest) Stop and stare at the screen happily because I JUST FOUND MY CHARACTER!!

3. Seeing a person or place in real life that reminds you of your stories. This is even better than a picture! It’s so exciting!

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AHHHHHHH!! IT’S MY CHARACTER!!!

4. When your characters, out of the blue, willingly share secret details about themselves. It is incredible and things start fitting together. (warning, if this happens you may start smiling like an idiot and may even start talking to yourself. It’s incredible)

Yes!
Yes!

5. When you get inspiration on a part you have been stuck on for awhile. Total relief moment.

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Admit it, we’ve all been there.

6. When you are talking to a friend and the friend says something like “Yeah, so and so happened the other day and it made me think of your character”. At least for me, it is wonderful to know that someone other than myself is thinking about my characters.

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7. When a friend starts forming an attachment to one of your characters. It is amazing to know all the work you put into that book has paid off and that your characters are likable.

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When you are talking about doing something bad to a character with your friend.

8. When someone reads your book and approves of it.

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Awwwww, look at the cute hamster. Sorry let’s get back on track here.

9. When two characters that you’ve been wanting to get together or are together do something cute. This is a total Eeeeeeeeeeee! moment and you burst out smiling like an idiot and do a little squirm like ‘He’s so adorable and romantic’!

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Eeeeeeeee! They’re holding hands! ❀

10. When you find a song that perfectly fits your story.

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So yeah, those are some joys of being a writer.

Nanowrimo and Writer’s Block

Some of you may already know but this month is Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo stands for National Writing Month and the goal is to complete a novel and reach your word count within the month of November.

This is my first year doing Nanowrimo and I have a bit of writer’s block. 😞 Let me tell you writer’s block isn’t fun. It makes you want to do this

Come on words!
Come on words!

Uhggg…. writer’s block. You’d think it would be easy for people who enjoy writing to write. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. So let me offer five tips on how to overcome writer’s block.

1. Take a break. If you find yourself staring at that computer screen and you can’t think of the next word or the thought of sitting in that chair any longer makes you want to scream take a break. Go for a walk, clear your head, then return. Maybe this will help.

2. Write a fanfic on your story. It will get you back to the roots and make you remember why you started the story in the first place.

3. Is there a point in the story where things started to go wrong? Go back and see if you can find what went wrong. Maybe you made one of your characters do something they didn’t really want to do. Maybe you’ve ignored one of them for too long (it’s happened to me). Maybe the story really ended ten pages back.

4. One of the tips I’ve heard many times is just start writing. Anything. Open up a blank document (or get a fresh sheet of paper) and just start writing. It could be a list of the things that happened to you that day or a bunch of random facts about something you like. Just let any random words flow out onto the paper. Who knows? You might find a gem in those bunch of sentences.

5. Read. Read, read, read. It will help you see how published writers put their books together. You will be able to study character development and how stories should flow. And it might give you ideas for your own book in the process.

So there you are! I wish you the best of luck overcoming your writer’s block. Whether it’s for Nanowrimo or not. And remember…9f54f14e47b293a2920d10c645153b01

Good luck!! 🙂

In which we discuss Bucky Barnes. Spoiler Alert!

Hey guys, so for my first post I will discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you have not seen the movie and don’t want to see spoilers don’t continue reading because this post contains them.

 

 

So, one of my favorite characters is Bucky (James Buchanan) Barnes.

Come on Bucky, smile
Come on Bucky, smile

Some people might say he is a villain but that is not entirely true because he was forced into being the Winter Soldier. He had no idea what he was doing. In the end, he saved Steve’s life because the real Bucky was still in there somewhere.

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Steve believed there was still good in him. He would never give up his best friend. He’s with him, till the end of the line.

All in all, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next Captain America movie. It should be great!

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Oh, one more thing…

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LOOK!! HE’S SMILING!!!!