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How to Start Off NaNoWriMo? Some Writing Advice From Snoopy

How to Start Off NaNoWriMo? Some Writing Advice From Snoopy

Hail and well met, NaNoers!  November has started at last.  I’d give you my word count, but alas, this post is pre-written and scheduled to post at 12:01 A.M. CST on November 1st.  By the time this posts, however, I’ll have been in November for five hours already!

To start off NaNoWriMo well, I figured I’d give you something to lift your hearts and bolster your first writing surge of the month.  Presenting…writing advice from Snoopy!

How do you start a novel?  Drag in your heavy, romantic briefcase and get out your typewriters.  Snoopy lets us know how real page-turners start: with the mystery of a fantastic beginning sentence.
Next, he lets us know that real writing is hard work.  And to get to 50,000 words by the end of the month, it’s going to take a LOT of hard work.  But we can get through it!
Also, Snoopy says, when presenting the beginning of your incredible work-in-progress to editors, make sure and be open to advice.  An open mind is always a good thing, so take the advice and make your story better.
In this one, Snoopy shows us how to write brilliant description: the strength is in the little details!
We all need editing, and Snoopy is no exception.  Edit as you go, but don’t get so caught up in the editing that you stop writing the story!
Snoopy also lets us in on the secret to emotional scenes.  Dialogue is key!
In the next few sections, Snoopy tells us how to react to critique after the story is finished, and what to do when you send in your story to the publishers.
Well, there you have it…the complete guide to writing your NaNoWriMo novel.  (Many thanks to Snoopy for offering to make a guest appearance on my blog.)
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Self Publishing

 

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The Editing Process

I think I’m beginning to know where to start now. How about you?

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To continue with the theme of editing this month I came across an excellent video on YouTube where writer David Farland gives a talk that describes his editing process.

Farland breaks his editing down into 6 separate processes/types of edit:

1. Triage
2. Voice Edit
3. Descriptive Edit
4. Shotgun
5. Syllabic
6. Line Edit

It’s a very interesting talk, and yes, it is long. So grab a coffee, your notebook and pen and enjoy. A lot of what he said made total sense to me, although the idea of editing my MS 6 times is a little daunting! Lol

I think I’m beginning to know where to start now. How about you?

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 in writing

 

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Writing For 100 Hours?

What’s this all about?

My name’s David Varela and I’m a writer. I’ve written films, plays, games, poems, global ad campaigns, and all sorts of other strange things – but now, for one week only, I’m taking requests. I’ll write what you tell me to. You can also watch my writing process in action – live, via webcam – and you’ll be able to see every keystroke as I type it on our website. For 100 hours, my every word is yours. I’m taking a vow of silence and I won’t have any private communications – no texts, no tweets, no emails. Every word is public domain. And everything I write is copyright-free.

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Are we all still here? Lol 😉

Could you write for 100 hours, straight? LIVE on a web cam?

Well that’s exactly what David Varela is doing, and in the process, raising money for charity. David is hoping to raise £3000 for The Arvon Foundation to go towards their work with children. They run writing schools to encourage children to write.

So David will be writing for 100 hours, with as few breaks and as little sleep as possible. If you donate, you can request a subject for him to write about.

Thanks to Hannah in my writing class for the heads up on this….absolutely amazing!

Please check out David’s Web Cam & Site which I can’t embed here, but what I can imbed is an interview David did recently about his challenge.

He must be absolutely shattered poor luv!

Would you ever consider a writing marathon? I wrote for…

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in writing

 

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