Just a quick note, you can find writing prompts for every day in the month of May here.
This entry‘s been sitting in my Google Reader for days. I keep browsing by it, it keeps triggering ideas, and I mark it unread so that I can come across it again and trigger new ones later when I browse by it again. Because it’s been a surprisingly effective prompt for me, I thought others could use it too. So there you are.
I had to brag a little. I purchased a Blue Snowflake microphone last week and it just arrived. I made a couple of test recordings on it and found the quality to be very superb to the previous (and cheap) USB microphone I’d been using. Now I can do podcasts again, woohoo!
Now I have to come up with notes for my next episode. Oh boy!
If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know my penchant for writing processes such as The Snowflake Method. I always have my ear close to the ground, listening for other variations of this theme, as I’m not convinced that The Snowflake Method in particular is as applicable to the genre of novel that I write, as effective as it is for action and adventure novels. I still seek the “perfect” method for me.
This is an intriguing format, a checklist of various elements for one’s story. A cursory glance gives one a very clear mental image of the needed details of one’s story regardless of genre, and that makes me look upon this positively.
Because this particular writing method comes from a book tailored for those who might attempt such a project as NaNoWriMo (another favorite and oft-mentioned event for me), I’m rather interested in acquiring the book as well. You might find a used (and cheap!) version available on Amazon, if you’re also intrigued.
Well, I don’t know about you folks, but I’ve had quite the eventful year. Stuff happened, things occurred, women slammed and doors screamed in the dark and stormy nights… I’m getting a little silly there.
Anyhoo, I’m continuing to search for a good (as in, not terrible) microphone that I can use for future podcasting, thinking of topics for future episodes, and already brainstorming a few ideas for the next NaNoWriMo, among other writing projects. There’ll be more on that with the new year. I picked up a new electronic doodad, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, a 7″ wifi-only tablet running Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Other than the lack of cellular access (I’d like to access useful things like maps while away from a wifi bubble, for example), I’m quite happy and besotted by this device, and I’ll probably be relying more heavily on that for writery things than the iPad in the coming year, especially if I can find a suitable bluetooth keyboard and cover combo for this smaller device.
I’ve just finished up my annual seasonal employment, and am looking for a more permanent position to help pay for subsequent electronic doodads, and a few other material things I feel would make life more enjoyable.
I started this entry not to babble about myself, but to impart a quote that I found recently that I’ve found true not only in writing works of fiction, but reading the blogs and other words of everyday people through social media networks like Facebook or Tumblr. It behooves everyone to keep these words in mind whether you’re talking about coworkers, acquaintances, or distant relatives, or even friends in your closest social circle, loved ones, or family members.
A character is never a whole person, but just those parts of him that fit the story or the piece of writing. So the act of selection is the writer’s first step in delineating character. From what does he select? From a whole mass of what Bernard DeVoto used to call, somewhat clinically, “placental material.” He must know an enormous amount more about each of his characters than he will ever use directly—childhood, family background, religion, schooling, health, wealth, sexuality, reading, tastes, hobbies—an endless questionnaire for the writer to fill out. For example, the writer knows that people speak, and therefore his characters will describe themselves indirectly when they talk. Clothing is a means of characterization. In short, each character has a style of his own in everything he does. These need not all be listed, but the writer should have a sure grasp of them. If he has, his characters will, within the book, read like people.
tl;dr Don’t assume that everything you see is all that there is. And don’t feel it’s necessary to go into excruciating detail regarding a character’s traits or quirks that don’t have something to do specifically with your story.
Hey folks! I’m elbow-deep in my end-of-year retail gig, so I haven’t had a lot of time to update this goofy thing with anything of substance. However, I do keep up on the various writing blogs I follow, and this morning I have a couple of neat links that tie in with the end of the year.
First, check out the stats of this year’s NaNoWriMo international participation. Almost a third of a million people signed up for this year’s event. 11% of those who participated “won” by completing 50,000 words. My city of Portland clocked in behind only 10 other cities for whom NaNoWriMo was more popular than here. London and New York grabbed the top slots in those categories. There aren’t many stats represented, but if you are a participant and have set a region in your profile, you can view your area’s specifics through the dashboard. So cool.
Also, we’re heading into the end of the year. Holidailies is in full swing, and there’s still time to participate. Everyone participating in this event vows to write one entry every day during the month of December. There are a lot of entries that have to do with December, the major holidays that occur therein, and more general entries about either winter or summer, depending on which hemisphere one is writing from.
Even if you don’t participate in that, most bloggers enjoy an end-of-year recap of some sort, and so I offer this page of blog entry ideas. There’s a yearly survey that people I know participate in as well.
So whether you’ve decided to continue plowing ahead in your NaNo novel, participate in an annual survey, or choose to simply sit back and read for a change, may your writerly pursuits prove fruitful, entertaining, and worthwhile! Me, I’m going to see about organizing next year’s pre-, post-, and mid-NaNoWriMo entries.