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How to Write When You Aren’t in the Mood

How to Write When You Aren’t in the Mood | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

In honor of the first day of NaNoWriMo 2011 I’m blogging about something I’m sure none of my lovely writing friends need help with…at least, not on fantabulous Day 1 of a month devoted to writing:

 

How to write when you are in the mood to curl up in the comfy chair with your favorite four-legged pal and veg out and you absolutely, positively are NOT in the mood to write. Not even a grocery list, thank you very much. Not that I’ve ever been there. Much.

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25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo

25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year, then, that normal everyday men and women get a hankering for the taste of ink and misery, thus choosing to step into the arena to tangle with the NaNoWriMo beast.

 

Here, then, are 25 of my thoughts regarding this month-long pilgrimage into the mouth of the novel — peruse, digest, then discuss. Feel free to hit the comments and add your own thoughts to the tangle.

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NaNo Prep: Planning Your Novel’s Ending

NaNo Prep: Planning Your Novel’s Ending | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Getting to “The End” is pretty satisfying, both as a reader and a writer, but there’s also a lot of pressure. There are many things that need to happen--plots and subplots to wrap up, and those pesky character arcs to fulfill. And then there’s the whole “satisfying resolution” to worry about.

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NaNoWriMo: Bump the Mid-Month Slump | Fear of Writing

You jumped right into the NaNoWriMo full tilt midnight Halloween night, didn’t you? Your fingers raced across your keyboard building worlds, breathing life into characters and tangling them all into intricate plots. You roared ahead past five thousand words, ten thousand words and even twenty thousand words. However as you cooled your creative jets and eased into the next ten thousand something began to happen. Something bad.

 

You ran out of steam. More specifically, maybe you’re bored with your story, maybe the characters no longer appeal to you, maybe you are simply blocked. You have hit the deadly NaNoWriMo mid-month slump. How do you get out of it? Do you just give up? Toss what you have and start again? The answer is simple really. Just shake things up a bit. Or a lot.

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Planning a NaNoWriMo Novel

Planning a NaNoWriMo Novel | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

What’s the difference in a plot and a situation?

A situation is a single event, a strange combination of story elements. For example, there’s an annual contest called Stuck on a Truck. The idea is for selected people to put their hands on a truck and keep them there. The last one standing–and still stuck on that truck–will win the truck. It usually takes 100 hours for the last ones to drop out. That’s 4-5 days with no sleep.

 

It’s an interesting situation and one that I’d like to write about. But it’s not a plot.

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