Preptober 2021 | the NaNoWriMo survival kit!

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and this weekend, I will be preparing for a month of writing furiously! Having participated in NaNoWriMo pretty consistently since 2012, it is helpful to somewhat plan ahead into the month: and preparing a survival kit can help you reach day 30 with most sanity intact.

But what exactly is a survival kit? The NaNo survival kit doesn’t have to be an actual kit, as though some of the things I’ll suggest below are physical items, it can be entirely digital too.

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Preptober 2021 | To plot or to pants?

There are many articles out there about how to plan, from a skeleton draft to the Snowflake method. But an extra question you have to ask yourself, especially when taking on NaNoWriMo, is how much to plan as we roll towards the end of the month.

There are, broadly, three types of planner: a plotter; a pantser; and a plantser.

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Preptober 2021 | 5 tips to develop your characters

Some writers begin their novel planning with a plot; some begin with a character. Either way, the protagonists, antagonists, side characters, and even the background ones are all crucial to your novel and knowing your characters can make or break a readable, engaging story.

I made a mistake when I began writing my last novel: I didn’t get to know my protagonist like a friend. I knew who she was, her background, and her motives, but I didn’t actually know her. I ended up having to pause in my writing and develop her characterisation, because otherwise she simply felt too flat.

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Preptober 2021 | How to brainstorm an idea for your book!

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I once read an article that said if you have to spend X amount of hours on a book, you should include the thinking time within that time. Obviously, there comes a point where you really do have to start writing or else there’s no point saying “I want to write a book,” but I think this is a worthwhile consideration. With my previous novel, I spent hours upon hours brainstorming and thinking and daydreaming without writing a single word – and my novel was definitely stronger for it.

Technically, therefore, I feel that NaNoWriMo has already begun. The moment you commit to writing that book, you are taking part in the event itself. From that very first brainstorm, whether its in the notes app of your phone, scribbled on the back of a napkin, or carefully inked into a brand new notebook, you have taken those first steps to be a writer.

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Should You Have a Writing Routine? | NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Most successful writers have some sort of writing routine. Stephen King religiously writes six pages a day; Haruki Murakami rises at 4am and works for five or six hours before running 10k in the afternoon; Ernest Hemingway also wrote at first light every morning; and Ray Bradbury challenged all writers to write one short story every single week.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 | Those Dreaded First Words

NaNoWriMo is a 30-day caffeine-fuelled event where writers all over the world endeavour to write 50,000 words of a novel. It sounds terrifying, but it’s also fun – and you can join here!

Those dreaded first words

It may be the second day of NaNoWriMo 2018, but I know that there are plenty of people all over the world who have yet to put a word on a page. And if that’s you – hello!

Firstly: it’s okay to not have started yet! Some people are super busy, and starting NaNo on a Thursday is a difficult time for some! Don’t worry if you’re seeing your buddies’ counts soar and yours are remaining at 0, or you’re struggling to catch up. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2018 | Those Dreaded First Words”

How To Make A Mini-Zine Electronically | FREE Template!

So over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing about zines: inspiration for them, and why you should write them. The latter post included an extra little bit about how to make zines, but I realised that a lot of people reading this would be writers, and therefore want to make the zines electronically. In all due respect to my stupidity, only two out of the four I made for Mini-Zine March were done electronically. The other two were hand drawn/written (and was super rewarding in the latter part!). However, my electronic ones came out very well so I’m a happy rabbit.

Anyway; how to make zines electronically is what this is all about. For this, you need three things: a laptop, computer, tablet, or something equally acceptable. A printer is required (well, you could put it into just PDF format, but printing it is the point!). And you need Microsoft Word. (And, uh, your brain might be helpful. <3)  Continue reading “How To Make A Mini-Zine Electronically | FREE Template!”

Finding Inspiration for ZINES!

Next week, human beings, I have a post coming for you: Why You Should Write Mini Zines. However, this time around, I am going to be talking about how to find inspiration for them.

“But Hannah,” you cry, “wouldn’t it make sense for this to come after the post about why we should write zines in the first place?” Well, yes. But no. Because once you read on, the idea will (hopefully) be rocking around your head all week and you might even Google it before you read my next blog post! (Shame on you.)  Continue reading “Finding Inspiration for ZINES!”