NaNoWriMo Day #1

It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo! Are you writing yet?

 

NaNoWriMo Advice: Time management is where it’s at when you are a writer! Some of the best advice I’ve ever received was from another writer; try and create a space of time each and every day no matter how early or how late and write down a certain amount of words. This is called a Word Diet. I write 500 to 1,000 words each day, and for NaNo I plan to bump up to 1,000 to 2,000, but that is what works for me. Find a daily word count that works for you and that will help you reach your goal for this month!

 

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Meeting Next Week!

Harks and alarms! Greetings and Salutations, Scribblers!

 

Our next meeting is Thursday, November 6, 7-8pm EST.

 

During this meeting we will kick off NaNoWriMo. Don’t forget to email me your word count goal if you are participating.

If you’re not able to join us this week, I will send out information about the assignment.

 

 

Open Mic

Want to read some of your writing at this week’s meeting or have someone else read it?

Open Mic Requirements:

-Please send excerpts from your NaNoWriMo novels.

-You must email your piece by Wednesday, November 5.

-Your piece or excerpt should be 500 words or less.

-Pieces must be school appropriate.

-Pieces will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

 

Literature Chat

Do you want to share a book you’ve read or an author you love with the club? Maybe you read about a writing technique or idea that you’d like to share.

Literature Chat Requirements:

-You must be present to discuss your slide and have a mic to be able to speak to the group.

-You must create a powerpoint slide about what you’d like to share.

-You must email your piece by Wednesday, November 5.

-Your powerpoint should be limited to one slide.

-Topics must be school appropriate.

-Topics will be read on a first come, first served basis as time allows.

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you soon!

 

 

What is NaNoWriMo?

 

Remember you can set whatever word count goal you want. You can write 5,000 words, or 15,000 words, or 50,000. Send me your word count goals if you want to participate!

Writing Prompt!

Prompt from Rosalind: You and your character have something in common… you’re both writers! Your character has a short story due by the end of a week long period, but they have managed to wait till the night before. What will they write about, how will they get inspiration, how long will they be writing, how will they feel by the time the story is at last finished, will they finish at all?

 

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments!

Combination Lock Code: Writing Techniques by Cheyenne

“My writing’s bland. It’s missing something… Zest! No. Humor! Maybe. I have no idea what to put in here.” A lot of writers feel like this on a regular basis, and writer’s block never helps. However, there is a special combination code that all writers need to unlock a more knowledgeable rode to creativity. The combination lock code is: writing techniques.

Writing techniques, simply put, are methods writers use to convey messages within their stories. Some of these techniques include similes, metaphors, personification, colloquial language, and rhetorical questions. One of my favorite writing techniques has to be rhetorical questions. These questions are special because when asked, they aren’t expecting or requiring an answer, which has always felt like the perfect setup for a sarcastic retort or a heartbreaking cry that falls upon deaf ears.

Aside from rhetorical questions, another favorite of mine has to be colloquial language, and it is used when the author is intentionally trying to make the characters sound laid back and, sometimes, illiterate. To properly use this writing technique, writers join words together (such as “they’re” and “can’t”) to shorten the speech as much as possible, similar to what most people do with texts or Twitter messages.

A third favorite of mine is metaphor. They are the simile’s cousin. Instead of comparing things using “as” or “like,” metaphors actually take two things and compare them to give a deeper meaning or message to the sentence. A good example would be, “Depression can kill faster than a germ.”

There are many writing techniques at a writer’s disposal. Remember to never go overboard with the writing techniques. In other words, don’t try to be impressive and show off your knowledge to the point where nothing can make sense because you have too much going on. Take the time to experiment with each technique and allow yourself to become acquainted with them. For more information and brief examples on writing techniques, visit the link provided: http://www.ehow.com/info_7925939_list-writing-techniques.html

Writing Prompt!

Prompt from Tamar: Write from the point of view of a plate inside a dishwasher.

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments!

Fire by Marissa

Start by pulling him out of the fire, hoping that he will forget the smell. He was supposed to be an angel, but they took him from that light and turned him into something hungry. Something so hungry, that forgets what his hands are for when they aren’t shaking.

 

He will lose so much, and you will watch it happen because you had him first, and you would let the world break its own neck if it means keeping him.

 

Now, start by wiping the blood off of his chin, pretending to understand. Tell yourself, “I won’t leave you, I won’t leave…”, until you fall asleep and dream of a world without red or black.

 

After all, when is a monster no longer a monster? Oh, when you love it? Oh, when you and that creature share an existence?

 

Here are your upturned hands, give them to him and watch how he prays, like he is learning his first words.

 

Start again by pulling him out of another fire, and putting him back together with the pieces you find on the floor. There is so much to forgive, but you do not know how to forget.

 

When is a monster not a monster? Oh, when you are the reason it has become so mangled. Here is your humble offering, obliterated and broken in the mouth of his abandoned church. He has come back to stop the world from turning itself inside out, and you love him, you do, so you won’t let him.

 

Tell him that you will never know any better.

 

Pretend to understand why that isn’t good enough.

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Writing Prompt!

Prompt from Téa: Write about the amazing feeling of losing yourself in something you love.

 

Write for 10 minutes. Post your piece to comments.

Writing Camp by Tamar

Over the summer, I attended a Creative Writing Program in the Poconos. Three weeks of intensive writing … what could be better? I had a blast, and I also learned some great techniques for writing a successful novel. These tips have assisted me with the book that I’m working on, and I hope that they will help you as well!
Besides for characters and setting, one of the most important elements of a novel is a quest. What’s that, you may ask? A quest is a journey that your character will go on to discover either something physical, or something about themselves. A quest gives your story a certain “flow”.
There are five parts to creating a successful quest:
First, you must have a “quester”, which is the person who goes on the quest. Though lots of stories have the protagonist be the “quester”, there is no rule that says that more people can’t join along! In “The Hobbit”, for example, Bilbo goes on a quest with others. It’s up to you to decide how many and who should embark on this journey.
The second part of developing a quest is having somewhere to go! Where is your character going? What is their goal?
Next, your character has to face some challenges, or else your book is, well … boring. The average number of challenges in a quest is three, but you can definitely add more! The first challenge should be something that your character can easily overcome. It should be something they accomplish with ease, something that will boost their confidence and make them say, “Hey! Maybe I can do this!” Your second challenge should be a bit more difficult. The character should suffer some physical or emotional damage, but nothing drastic that prevents them from continuing on their quest. For example, if your character is fighting a dragon, you’ll want to give them a cut or have their shirt torn. The last challenge should be when the character achieves (or fails at!) their goal.
The fourth step, after your character reaches their goal, is to have them discover the real reason for their journey. They may have thought they were traveling for one purpose, but it will end up being another. For example, in the Divergent trilogy, Tris thinks she is going past the fence to save her people, but really, she ends up discovering the true meaning of self sacrifice. (And then she dies?! I still can’t get over that!)
Lastly, you’ll want to have redemption. The redemption is when your character redeems themselves, and moves on in life. It is the closing of your story. It brings your novel to a full circle.
I know it’s a lot to take in, so let’s review!
1)    Identify a “quester”.
2)    Decide where your “quester” is going.
3)    Create at least three challenges your “quester” will face.
4)    Reveal the real reason your character went on this journey.
5)    Redeem your character and close off the story.
I hope these tips are helpful!

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