Social Media for Writers

I’ve found this excellent web page to help writers to make the most of social media networks to promote themselves and their work, looking at each of the big websites and how writers can use them to their advantage. You can have a read of it here:

It doesn’t include ALL the  different social media websites, like Google+, in the main article but have a look in the comments where  Google+ is discussed and all the websites are compared.


One Page Synopsis

If like me you have problems writing one page synopsis’, then this might be of help.

Amanda Patterson, of Writers Write, has produced this info graphic to help people write them:

Source: How to Write a One Page Synopsis by Amanda Patterson,

This does reference the Basic Plot Structure, available here: I know I definitely need to use this since I am horrible at writing synopsis’ and I hope this helps others.

NaNoWriMo Word Count Updates Day 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

Okay, I know I haven’t been putting updates up but quite frankly, I was hoping to have at least caught up by now but it just isn’t happening. Before I continue, here are my word counts for the last few days:

Day 15:  19,872 words

Day 16: 21,345 words

Day 17: 22,293 words

Day 18: 24,152 words

Day 19: 26,338 words

Day 20: 27,134 words

Over the last few days, I have had a character rebellion (as usual) which led to me having a romance sub plot, which should have been just an element of the main plot and the main plot, well… My character has gone from being a teacher with two teaching contracts at the local schools to being an associate lecturer at a new university college for the island setting and it turns out she has a big interest in the legend of the island. That legend has become part of the story… in theory.

I also have another story running in my head . It’s probably just a short story related to a previous NaNo (November 2011) which was also a university class story. I haven’t actually gone back to it since as it needs major editing and the story needs a complete overhaul but I think I am definitely going to get the short written. It’s annoying me and I really need to at least get something written on the story.

I also find myself procrastinating by watching a walk through of Sly 2: Band of Thieves on YouTube.

The fact is, I don’t think I am going to complete this November. I’m not quitting but I am having reservations about doing this session. Let’s face it. November isn’t the best month in the world for me to be writing!

So yeah, that’s how things are going… Not the best.


Unprepared and Don’t Care – Prepping for NaNoWriMo

In the past I have had stuff at somewhere near planned, a clear idea of plot, characters, locations, etc. but this year, well, the idea is there, the plot kind of, 2 characters at least somewhere near developed, the location is about as vague as it possibly can be (in other words, I need to do A LOT of world building!), I have no idea where my novel sits in terms of genre really (apart from its fantasy with social commentary) and in general, I really need to crack on with getting this at least halfway planned.


The Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society

It’s just a little over two weeks until NaNoWriMo begins. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying.

There are things to do.

Finish the fall cleaning.

Get as much of the menu-planning and grocery shopping for November done before the month begins as is possible.

Reiterate to family and friends again and again and again that all of my weekends between from October 26-December 7 are booked already.

And despite the fact that almost all of the dates, times, and venues we need for the local regional events (oh, btw, Michelle and I are Municipal Liaisons for NaNoWriMo) have been confirmed, and I know what story I’ll be writing, I still feel woefully unprepared.

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National Poetry Day, October 3rd

As well as posting an A-Z list for sick book lovers, The Guardian has also posted an article about National Poetry Day, which is today! Have a local at the article here.

National Poetry Day is the celebration of the art of writing poetry and pushing the belief that poetry is for everyone, everywhere. I am atrocious at writing poems, especially when it comes to making it rhyme but, in a related art (in my opinion), I am all right at writing song lyrics, or so I have been told.

I should probably start trying to write poetry again as I believe that it is a skill that requires a great amount of finesse and skill to craft a well-written poem, even more so than other types of writing. I also think that the skill of poetry writing is important to the high fantasy genre, a type of writing I seem to have fallen into writing as of late. JRR Tolkien, who is famous for his love of words and great epic poems, used them to great effect in all of his work in Middle Earth. His work is considered the benchmark which every other book in the genre is held to.

I actually think I definitely should practise writing poems as a precaution as it seems I could potentially be writing in the high fantasy genre for NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, in November.

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 23 & 24

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Yep, this month has gone completely to pot.

I like to write Digimon Fan Fiction featuring Wizardmon.

I have gotten so fed up with my novel (BAD SIGN! VERY BAD SIGN!) that I have all but given up and decided to write a Digimon fan fiction instead. I’ve discussed before how, when I am bored and need to write, I will write Digimon fan fiction. None of it is very good and a majority never gets finished but for me, I’m writing and it keeps me happy. I will also be adding the word count from it to my wc for NaNo. Yes, I know it’s not in the spirit of the event but quite frankly, I started this month planning to rebel, moved to a different story, lowered my word count from the original 50 thousand and now working on something else.

As I said, this month has gone to pot.

(Picture: Wizardmon by ~DigimonGif)

I have today got a couple of books from the library that I have waited for since the start of this month to help me actually write the novel. Granted, I will probably end up jumping around the timeline and writing a lot of things in note form but if it helps, it helps…right?

The 23rd I got no words written, mainly because of the issues I have had with the novel and the word I have written yesterday (and a few I have written which have gone on to today’s word count) were from the Digimon fan fiction. If I am being honest, I think this month is going to be a flop but I am not quitting. I am at least going to try to continue writing everyday, even if only a little.

Day 23: 24,986 words

Day 24: 25,185 words.

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 22

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So yesterday, I only just managed to get my word count for the day in spite of the fact that my brain was sparking an idea for a story due to me looking up my university’s academic dress. Well, that plus my mind is still a bit bored of this novel… Not a particularly good time…

When I was writing for NaNo, I’ve ended up abusing my poor locked up character by having her be forceful showered with a hose (think Shawshank Redemption) before being sexually assaulted and being abused as she’s taken back to her cell. So yeah, rather grim.

I would just like to quickly say that this is all fiction naturally and I know the ICC and the Convention of Human Rights would prevent this behaviour and I’m not saying this does happen in real life!

But yeah, that was about the extent of what I wrote yesterday. Not much.

I still have to do today’s writing but I’ve been a bit busy, not least of all because I found myself getting roped in to babysit my nephews. Only reason I am managing to write this is because we have got the older one of my nephews watching Wizard of Oz and I’ve been able to move to my bedroom to write and get a bit of peace and quiet. Can’t see it lasting but I am just grateful for the time I do have now.

Word Count: 24,986 words