Tuesday, October 28, 2014

National Novel Writing Month!

Nathan Bransford - Everything you need for NaNoWriMo

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 09:00 AM PDT
Na-No! *Clap Clap*

Wri-Mo! *Clap Clap*

Na-No! *Clap Clap*

Wri-Mo! *Clap Clap*

Yes, it's that time of year! Time for tens of thousands intrepid souls to ignore friends, family and pumpkin spice everything in order to write themselves a novel.

National Novel Writing Month!!

Some of you might be writing your first novel, some of you might be writing your tenth, but it will be a great experience for everybody.

Here are some resources that might help.

First and most importantly, all of my very best writing tips are contained in my guide to writing a novel: How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Ultimate Novel You Will Love Forever. The great James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner, said these kind words:
"In his 47 brilliant rules, Nathan Bransford has nailed everything I've always wanted to tell people about writing a book but never knew how. Wonderfully thought out with lots of practical examples, this is a must-read for anyone brave enough to try their hand at a novel. It's also a great review for experienced writers. Highly recommended."
Check it out!

However, if you prefer your advice for free you have also come to the right place! Here are some posts that will help you along the way:

How to write a novel (overview)
How to choose an idea for a novel
How to get started writing a novel
How to find a writing style that works for you
How to get over writer's block
Make sure your characters have goals and obstacles
All about conflict
Seven keys to writing good dialogue
What makes a great setting
Do you have a plot?
Five ways to stay motivated
The solution to every writing problem that has ever existed
Writing Advice Database

Good luck!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Writing Assignment- Bringing out fear as vehicle for plot.

My newest novel embroils me. The characters are as real to me as my children. 

I worry about them, want to make sure they are happy and moving forward. Then I realize the only way to get my readers to feel this impassioned is to run them into some obstacles. 

It is time to pick some inciting instances, crash them emotionally into a wall and see how they resolve it. 

This is basic plot exploration.

It feels like I am throwing a toddler up into a tall tree. 
It feels dangerous. 
It feels cruel. 
With all things fear based, I am enjoying every second of the fear.

I am inviting you to embrace the fear. It is what opens the creative gates more than any emotion.

Go forth and fall in love with your characters, them shred them to bits.

 Writing exercise:

Woman walks up to a tall tree. She hears a noise and looks up. There is a toddler in the branches. How did it get there? What does she do?

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”

I will show you the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative. Sign up today for next Wednesday's class at 6:00 at www.teribayus.com