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Writer’s Block Tarot

Last year I had a small Kickstarter habit. I would frequently go on the Kickstarter app on my phone while I took the bus home. I loved scrolling through all the interesting and creative projects. I’d kid myself into thinking that this was inspiration for my writing. I’d pledge to ideas that I simply didn’t […]

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NaNoWriMo: Small prompts

I may have mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of prompts, but in NaNoWriMo I am a fan of arbitrary. Generally an arbitrary word count on a particular character or historical event or an arbitrary amount of time to write nonstop. I’m not great with writing nonstop unless I’m racing someone, but I […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: It’s About To Go Down

Here are links to all the planning stuff: Finding time Finding money Food stuffs Find your jams A Hoard of Inspiration Find Your Writing Posse Put together a work space (or a work space bag) Here are links to all the character resource guides: Getting Ready To Write The Other Resources for Writing Different Mental […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Setting Exercises

Setting in writing is a lot like editing in a movie: if it’s good, it will be part of the story without drawing the reader’s attention and help with the flow of the story. Below are some links to help kick-start writing about the setting(s) of your story. Melissa Donovan’s Fiction Writing Exercises For Developing […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Plot Exercises

I understand that Chris Baty (founder of NaNoWriMo) wrote a book called No Plot, No Problem. And since you’re writing 50,000 words in a month, maybe you don’t need a plot to start with and instead you’ll back into one. But as Edna Mode says, “I find luck favors the prepared, darling.” Below are a few […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Character Exercises

In my grandiose plan, I was going to write a character exercise or two and post them. But why invent a wheel, when I can mine the interwebs for already working wheels? Below are links to help create characters quickly as you don’t have months to spend with them prior to writing them. Chuck Wendig’s […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Resources for Writing A Characters With A Different Skin Color

Below are a few links to help you get started in writing a character of a different ethnicity or race (meaning skin tone). Please note that the links below will not give you everything you need to write about a character with this particular kind of different background, they are just places online to start. […]

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Resources for Writing Mental Wellnesses

Mental illness is often considered an invisible ailment because the symptoms of disorders like PTSD, depression, and anxiety aren’t outward facing like a limp, wheelchair, or hearing aid. This makes representation for people who deal with these hurdles every day important because you can’t tell if someone has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder by looking […]

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