What I Learned Doing NaNoWriMo

I participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time this year. NaNoWriMo takes place in November. It’s sort of a competition, but really more of a challenge. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There’s no “one” winner. Anyone who achieves that goal is a “winner.” The prizeContinue reading “What I Learned Doing NaNoWriMo”

Scenes, Pt. 3: POV, or POV, Pt. 4: Scene Level

Here on my writing journey and most recent trip down the research rabbit hole, two subjects have collided: Scenes and Point of View (POV)—proving just how difficult it can be to break the writing process up into discrete parts.  First, let me relieve some of you—if you’ve chosen to tell your story through a singleContinue reading “Scenes, Pt. 3: POV, or POV, Pt. 4: Scene Level”

POV, Pt. 3—How to Choose, Pt. 2

I thought I had it all figured out after my last post about choosing the right POV for my story. And then I listened to a Story Grid Editors Roundtable podcast that gave me even more to think about. It was both helpful and not. The podcast, “Bite Size Edition – Choosing Your POV,” byContinue reading “POV, Pt. 3—How to Choose, Pt. 2”

POV, Pt 2: How to Choose

So now that I’ve got a better understanding of what POV is and the different options, it’s time to decide whose POV to share. I don’t know this for sure, but I imagine that most authors already have some idea of who their main character is going to be. I guess it probably depends onContinue reading “POV, Pt 2: How to Choose”

Point of View, or Who’s Telling the Story?

The Point of View (POV) rabbit hole has a surprising number of offshoots: what POV is, pros and cons of each POV type, how to choose a POV character, and how to choose what kind of POV to use, and POV and verb tense. I had no idea this subject was going to be soContinue reading “Point of View, or Who’s Telling the Story?”

Writing: Scenes

I think I’m about ready to start writing the scenes in my novel. So before I actually tackle that momentous task, I thought I should take a trip down the rabbit hole to find out how scenes should be structured and what information I should figure out before I start writing. As usual, there areContinue reading “Writing: Scenes”

Writing: Subplots, Pt. 2—How to Integrate Them

So once I’ve decided on a subplot or two, how do I actually weave them into the story? This was the new question I was left with after my last post. The subplot rabbit hole revealed a few ways to do this.  According to Jenn at Herded Words, there are three main ways to addContinue reading “Writing: Subplots, Pt. 2—How to Integrate Them”

Writing: Subplots—Where to Find Them

I think I’ve pretty well nailed down my main plot (at least for now, who knows what will happen when I actually start writing it). So now I am looking at subplots because I have heard that a story without subplots can feel rather shallow and one dimensional, and if I’m going to go toContinue reading “Writing: Subplots—Where to Find Them”

Writing: Conflict and Antagonists, humph!

Conflict. HoooBoy! Conflict has given me some trouble. Not my understanding of what it is, but figuring out how to do it correctly, so that my story’s conflict would mean something more than just trouble for the protagonist.  As with so many things, my trip down the conflict rabbit hole taught me that there’s moreContinue reading “Writing: Conflict and Antagonists, humph!”

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