Wednesday, October 30, 2013
NaNoWriMo is for everyone who thinks they have a book in them trying to get out. It doesn't matter if you write every day and have multiple series published, or are just thinking this is something you might like to try.
The main website give you a way to track your progress, to connect with other participants and it even has pep talks from other writers.
I like participating in NaNo because writing can so often be solitary, and when you check in every day with your word count and to see what others are up to, it feels like you are all in this together. And you are.
So, give it a try. Write that novel you've always wanted to write.
And if you sign up. Look me up. I'm there as ChristineKM.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
I’ve done it myself. What if an alien decides to attend college on Earth? What if a wizard ended up in a garage sale? (that one went in a different direction than I had planned) What if a meteor shower hid something else? (Hmm, I tend to use that one a lot).
Science fiction tends to rely on a number of ‘what if’s as basic. What if faster than light travel existed? (And FTL communication is possible). What if psi powers do exist? (That ‘what if’ started off in science fiction when I first started reading it, but now it seems to have migrated into fantasy.) What if there are other lifeforms in the universe?
Not only is ‘what if’ a good way to start the idea behind a story, it’s also a good way to continue or add threats or twists. Lois McMaster Bujold, for example, has her "worst-possible-thing guideline" (Sidelines: Talks and Essays, 2013) - i.e., "what is the worst possible thing I could do to this character?" For some YA and children's stories, this could be rephrased as "what is the most embarrassing thing I could do to this character?"
What are some 'What if?' triggers that you have used as a writer or enjoyed as a reader?
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
And what does this have to do with writing?
The kids team up in groups of about six and have to come up with the "story" for their room in the haunted house. Last year the overall them
e was Circus - so within that they needed to create and decorate and figure out a way to scare the customers.
This year the theme is "expect the unexpected". So each team is going to have to come up with something for their room based on that parameter.
But isn't that simply great story telling. Expect the unexpected.
What is going to happen next? What does the reader expect is going to happen next? Do something different. Keep them guessing, keep them wanting more, don't let the story telling become complacent.
Expect the Unexpected. And maybe throw in some creepy clowns to really get things going.