My grandad was a smart man. One day he took me clothes shopping in a charity shop to buy what other people had thrown away. "Look after the pennies," he always said, "and the pounds will look after themselves." He was right. I shop nowhere else, and now I'm rich. I wrote this inspired by [...]
This is so true 🙂 You need to prepare for NaNoWriMo, even if you're not the one writing. Source: The Stages Of National Novel Writing Month
I like the idea of this in principle, but some of the things that they ask you to adopt are incredibly detailed… To me, it would just feel like I was writing somebody else’s story and that would feel wrong.
The idea of adopting a first line is something like that is enough to get the creative juices flowing.
A character is something that I would never be able to adopt, or give away, because I spend a lot of time building up that character and I know everything about them. However, it is in each to their own kind of idea.
I came across a section in the Nanowrimo forums titled Adoption Society. Under this category were many adoptable story parts. It’s meant to help writers who need some inspiration or ideas. It had everything from Adopt An Opening Line to Adopt An Antagonist. There were threads for plots, setting, creatures, back story, dying words, magic systems, titles, names, characteristics, etc.
What I’m wondering is would you find them helpful? There are several different ways to see this:
- Are these threads simply prompts or would you feel like you’re stealing an idea?
- Can they inspire or would it be restricting?
- If you wrote a great story using one would you be thankful or feel guilty?
- Would you prefer the entries to be detailed or vague?
For me it depends. If the adoptable part isn’t very detailed than it’s exactly like looking up writing prompts. If it’s very detailed then not only…
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Do I make it anywhere near any of these I wonder? I started my story so late that somebody suggested I put in a prologue, LOL! What are your views on when you should start? Source: 5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book | Dan Alatorre - AUTHOR
Andrew just looked at his teacher, Miss Temple, with an aghast expression on his face. There had to be some mistake, because surely he had misheard her question. What she had just, or what he thought she had just said, was absolutely impossible. There was no way that a person could remember an event that [...]
Handy little list to keep referring to. It can be very difficult to describe a piece of body language or emotion while writing… your character could end up doing the same thing repeatedly, which could annoy your reader!
I find one of the most talked about topics in writing is “show don’t tell”. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I try not to I still do, and I also find myself repeating words or not describing actions well.
I stumbled on this list of body language for us to keep near us while writing.
he lowered his head
she hung her head
she bowed her head
he covered his eyes with a hand
she pressed her hands to her cheeks
she raised her chin
he lifted his chin
her hands squeezed into fists
his hands tightened into fists
she clenched her fists
she balled her fists
he unclenched his fists
her arms remained at her sides
she gave a half shrug
he lifted his shoulder in a half shrug
she gave a dismissive wave of her hand
she raised a hand in greeting
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I don't know about you guys, but I can see these signs within myself, and my day-to-day life. Chuck me a comment if you agree with any of these, or want to add anything. » 6 Signs You’re a Good Writer (You Just Don’t Know It Yet).
I use Scrivener, but have used yWriter. Yes, Scrivener is complicated, but, I am getting there. Anyone use anything else? The Best Writing Software: Our Top Six.
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