by Gabrielle L. NaNoWriMo is one of the biggest challenges a writer can face. Setting a goal and trying your hardest to complete it within only 1 month is so challenging! But, as tough as NaNoWriMo is, the final result is priceless; your very own novel. I have done 3 NaNoWriMo’s so far, and I … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Finish Strong!
"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." -Don Wilder and Bill Rechin Today, you are no longer just a student, a teacher, a parent, or a child. Today, you are a novelist! We've had lots of fun planning our characters and our plot lines over the past few weeks. We know … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Day 1
At this point, just sit down and start pounding out the real first draft of the novel. You will be astounded at how fast the story flies out of your fingers at this stage. I have seen writers triple their fiction writing speed overnight, while producing better quality first drafts than they usually produce on … Continue reading Snowflake Method Step Ten
(Optional. I don't do this step anymore.) Switch back to your word processor and begin writing a narrative description of the story. Take each line of the spreadsheet and expand it to a multi-paragraph description of the scene. Put in any cool lines of dialogue you think of, and sketch out the essential conflict of … Continue reading Snowflake Method Step Nine
There are a couple of things you can do to make that traumatic first draft easier. The first thing to do is to take that four-page synopsis and make a list of all the scenes that you'll need to turn the story into a novel. And the easiest way to make that list is . … Continue reading Snowflake Method Step Eight
Expand your character descriptions into full-fledged character charts detailing everything there is to know about each character. The standard stuff such as birthdate, description, history, motivation, goal, etc. Most importantly, how will this character change by the end of the novel? This is an expansion of your work in step (3), and it will teach … Continue reading Snowflake Method Step Seven
By now, you have a solid story and several story-threads, one for each character. Now expand the one-page plot synopsis of the novel to a four-page synopsis. Basically, you will again be expanding each paragraph from step (4) into a full page. This is a lot of fun, because you are figuring out the high-level … Continue reading Snowflake Method Step Six