How is everyone? I missed you guys. *hugs followers*
Well, my partly-forced unplugging period has been very productive. I'm all rested and ready for National Novel Writing Month.
This year's a bit different for me in terms of support and community. Not only do I have my area's Nano group to write with, I've also joined the NaNoWriMo Warriors group on Facebook. It's a great resource for tip and encouragement, especially if, like me, you're a bit overwhelmed by the actual Nano forums.
But the biggest thing that's different this year is that my dad, who lives in another city, is also doing Nano. And HIS group has challenged MY group to a word war.
So in addition to having more friends to write with, I'm also locked in deadly combat with my father. Kind of like this...
For those of you who don't care about November's writing free-for-all, don't worry. I'm not going to bore you with constant word counts or rants.
(Okay, maybe a few rants.)
What I AM going to do in November is talk about writing in general and first drafts in particular. I'll share some first draft tips that have been helpful for me, and also do a series of posts on voice, which is kind of like the unicorn of writing.
More on that later.
In the meantime, here's my First Draft Survival Kit and an adorable picture of an orangutan from zooborns.com
Miriam's First Draft Survival Kit:
Laptop - no check (makes sad face)
Character Book - check
Blank Three-Act outline -check
Scene List- check
Character List- check
Setting List- check
Story Elements Brainstorming Page- check
Blank pages for notes- check
Tea (for evening write-ins)- check
To-go mug- check
Popcorn - check
Batteries for Dana- need
Dried cranberries for sekrit eating- need
Energy (not the drink, just energy in general) -need
Chocolate – Heck yes, I need that!
It's good to be back.
PS. If you are doing National Novel Writing Month, and you're registered on the website, come and be my writing buddy! The username is msforster.