?&! is for WTF!?

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So the A to Z Blog Challenge is technically over. You should still check out the challenge and all those participating at their site.

But today is also Friday, and Friday is my normal post day, so I thought I’d end with a wrap up of the month. Besides, it’s fun to be able to say “Punctuation is for WTF!?” when I read my blog title. Punctuation is very important after all. We don’t want to get our clauses confused!

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Z is for Zero

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Yes, Z is for Zero.

Zero Excuses!

Zero missed post!

Zero missed blogs marked (WR) for writing!

Zero regrets!

And lots of zeros on my word count too!

I haven’t talked about it much because I’ve been doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge, but I’ve also been doing Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I managed to write lots of blog posts, get them all posted on time, and write most of a novel this month. Go me! Continue reading

Y is for Young Writers’ Program

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The Young Writers Program is a truly amazing thing sponsored by National Novel Writing Month.

Every year, NaNoWriMo provides hundreds of classrooms with the tools and supplies they need for the students to participate in the NaNoWriMo challenge in November.

The goal for young writers is the same as for everyone else: write a complete novel in the 30 days of November. For them, the word count isn’t as important, they can pick their own goal, but it doesn’t keep any of them from writing the full 50,000 words.

Classrooms from elementary school all the way through to universities participate in the event with more classrooms joining every year. Continue reading

X is for X Marks the Spot

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X is a hard letter to find writing words for. Some writing friends came up with a few more, but this was the first idea I had for X and I like it.

So X Marks the Spot.

And that’s all about treasure and treasure hunts. And when you get down to it most, if not all stories, can be broken down in terms of a treasure hunt (kind of like all stories are a journey of some kind, physical or otherwise).

Treasure hunts have a few key pieces. There’s the treasure, the map, and the journey to get to the treasure. I’ll go over how each one is useful for conceptualizing your plot. Continue reading

W is for Writing

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Writing is quite possibly the most important thing in my life.

Writing serves so many purposes in my life. It’s a hobby, a dream, and maybe one day a career. Writing is cheaper than therapy. It functions as an escape, a way to analyze, and a means to organize. Writing is part of my work, part of my fun, and part of my interactions with others. Continue reading

V is for Visuals

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Visuals are a very important part of storytelling. When you’re only using the written word to tell that story, they become even more important. A writer has to give the reader the visuals they need to see the story unfolding.

This idea works closely with the “show don’t tell” principle. Show your characters’ actions and ticks in order to visually cue to your readers what emotions they are feeling or what they plan to do in a situation. Let your readers see the room as your character enters, let them notice what the character notices and see what they see. Continue reading

U is for Uniqueness

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There are lots of things that I love about uniqueness, and lots of things I love that are unique. This goes for everything out there, not just writing, but today, I’ll look at some of the writing related uniqueness that I love.

In writing there are a lot of things that are better when they are unique. Character, details, plot, and setting combinations being one of the big ones. Continue reading

T is for Titles

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Titles, like covers, are a very important part of the book selling process.

Some authors come up with their title first, and then build a book around it. I’m not that good. I write the book, and often revise it all the way to completion, before I settle on a title.

To be honest, titles are something I struggle with. I tend to come up with dozens before I find one I like. I have as much trouble with chapter titles as I do book titles. For some books, I’ve had so much trouble with chapter titles that I just gave up and didn’t use any. Books have to have a title though. Continue reading

S is for Series

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I have this incredibly useful tendency to write really long pieces. That means I tend to plan more to write a series than I do a standalone novel. Even when I do plan a standalone, it usually develops prequels and sequels anyway.

There are two ways to approach a series. Either each book can stand on its own or each book needs to be read in order. There are a few exceptions, there always are. Some combine the two even, having sets of books that need to be read in order but others that can be read on their own. Continue reading

R is for Readers

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Readers are the most important part of being an author. If no one is reading your work, then why are you writing it?

Don’t get me wrong, I know there is intrinsic value in the writing itself. I’ve even said that it’s cheaper than therapy, and I really do mean that. I use writing to cope with events in my life that might drive others to a therapist or at least a friend or family member that can take on that role. But that part of things aside, readers are the whole point. Continue reading