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Inspired by…

…Lewis Carroll!

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898): English writer, mathematician & photographer

I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.

~ Lewis Carroll

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I loved Lewis Carroll as a child! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland were a firm favourite of mine. When I was 10 years old, I was involved in a school production of this well-known tale, in which I played the part of Alice. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

The idea that a hidden world of talking animals, and ridiculous characters could be find down a rabbit hole, or through a mirror, sent my imagination into overdrive. Even today, I can still easily fall into Wonderland, and enjoy the absurdness of it all.

I am always a fan of escapism and fantasy, which these tales deliver by the bucket load. The simple words of wisdom and common sense, in a world which at face-value seems devoid of both, is (to me) an example of exceptional story-telling.

Useful Info…

…about Camp NaNoWriMo!

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As mentioned in my previous post, this month I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo.

Camp is brought to you by the hosts of November’s regular NaNoWriMo, which you can find out more about by clicking here.

I’d heard of the November challenge before, but had never been in a position to participate. I only recently found out about the 2 Camps, which run through the Spring/Summer months. You can visit Camp website and see what the fuss is about here.

April is the first Camp. The goals are much more flexible than the regular 50,000 words that November requires. You can set your goal based on the number of hours, pages, lines, and words you mean to complete. This means that people can get involved who are still in the planning stages (like me), or perhaps are done with their drafting, and have moved onto the editing part of the process.

You can create/join a private cabin if you know other campers already, or you get assigned one in March. This can be random, or you can set your preferences to be put with others who have similar interests/goals. Luckily for me I was able to join a cabin with a group of amazing writerly people from one of the Facebook writer groups I’m part of.

In the cabin, you can see each other’s project stats, chat about your writing process, give/receive encouragement and motivation, talk about your ideas, and whatever else you want!

So far I’m enjoying it. It’s been hard, and I’m a little behind due to health stuffs, but I’ve found that by being accountable to Camp, and to my cabin-mates (?), I’m more likely to push myself to do something on my WIP, just so I don’t feel bad when I see how much progress they’re all making!

I’m not sure if you can sign up for this month’s camp, now that we’re a week into it already, but you could still have a look around the site here and sign up for the next camp in Summer! I’ll do an Update post later in the month to hopefully make myself more accountable on here too…. 🙂

In the meantime, happy writing Campers!

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Update…

…for March 2017.

So, it’s April. This year is going by far too fast for my liking. Can you believe we are already a quarter of the way through this year?

March was a bit of a hit-and-miss month for me. I had a few health things going on, and some crazy tablets with apocalyptic side-effects.

I was still able to get some things done though, and am happy with my progress. I did not get to the point where I was ready to start my first draft for Camp NaNoWriMo this month, but I’m not going to cry about it.

For March I have:

  1. Participated in a number of Twitter hashtag games
  2. Hit 2500 Twitter followers
  3. Completed detailed character profiles for all major characters
  4. Completed character arcs for main POV characters
  5. Completed a provisional chapter/scene overview for book 1
  6. Researched talisman/relic ideas for the MC’s Quest
  7. Done a basic outline based on 3 Act Structure
  8. Re-styled this Blog
  9. Come up with a blog post schedule for the next 3 months
  10. Hit 50 Blog followers 🙂

Not bad all things considered!

This month is going to be busy, and hopefully more productive, as I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time. It’s only day 3, but so far – so good. I’ve not quite got in the groove of setting a time each day to work on my WIP yet, but I’ve managed to meet my daily goals.

For April, I’m hoping to finish my planning, complete Camp NaNoWriMo, continue building my Blog and Twitter platforms, and try to get something done on my Secondary Project.

I’ll do a Useful Info post on Camp NaNoWriMo for those of you who may not know what it is, and will keep you updated on my progress 🙂

Happy writing to one and all, and here’s to a fabulous April!

Useful Info…

…on Noteworthy Blogs and Websites!

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This week in my ‘useful websites’ thread, I’m going to introduce you to a site which focuses more on the editing part of story-telling, although there are some very helpful posts on writing too.

Today I bring to you the writerly awesomeness that is Kidlit! This site, for writers of children’s literature, is run by the amazing Mary Kole, who you can (and should) follow on Twitter here.

Mary’s years as an editor mean she approaches the craft of storytelling from a different angle. Kidlit mainly offers advice to the writer who has already completed their first draft, and is interested in getting down to business, and making the book into a best-seller.

There are sections about Publishing, getting an Agent, Revising and Editing, Query Letters, as well as actual Writing. Mary also offers specific advice for writers of Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult fiction. I also recommend checking out the Resources for Writers page.

If you haven’t already had a look at Kidlit why not head over there now? Have a browse through her advice, and if you really want your work to shine, you can use her freelance editorial services too. Her feedback on the first few pages of my WIP were massively helpful!

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Inspired by…

…Philip Pullman!

Philip Pullman (1946) – English writer

What is worth having is worth working for.

~Philip Pullman

 

Philip Pullman was another author I discovered in my High School library. I first came across his Sally Lockhart series when I was about 12. I completely fell in love with her. Also, this was the first time that I can actually remember crying over a book (although I won’t tell you why, because *spoilers*).

I later discovered his Dark Materials trilogy, and again fell in love with these vibrant, flawed characters. I loved the idea of Dust, and Other Worlds, and was completely obsessed with trying to figure out what my Daemon would be! This is also the only series where I actually prefer the second book to the first.

I loved the detail he was able to get across of what was really a very complicated narrative. So many worlds, characters, and points of view (POV)! Pullman’s books didn’t just offer a form of escapism, or an emotional attachment – they also made me think. These series’ were both considerably darker than anything I had read before, and opened my eyes, and mind to the fact that the world is not always a safe place.

I’m looking forward to the next installment that has been recently announced for future release, which I believe gives more insight into Dust!

Useful Info…

…about Noteworthy Blogs and Websites!

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This week we’re diving back into the ‘useful websites’ thread, with a quick look at another brilliant site, which has been beyond helpful on this writing journey of mine.

Today’s pick is the fabulous Helping Writers become Authors by K.M. Weiland, who you can (and should) follow on Twitter here.

Katie writes both fiction and non-fiction, and uses her website to assist fellow writers who want to improve at their craft. She also has a wide range of amazingly useful resources (some free, some paid) that are well worth a look-in.

I am currently using her thread on Character Arcs to give my story greater breadth, depth and strength. I would seriously recommend you check it out, regardless of which stage of the writing process you’re currently at – she breaks it down in to easily digestible sections, and offers a wealth of information that I have not found anywhere else.

This site is huge, and there are hidden nuggets of writerly awesomeness around every corner! If you haven’t already, definitely head on over to Helping Writers become Authors and have a look for yourself.

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Inspired by…

…Tamora Pierce!

Tamora Pierce (1954) – American Writer of MG/YA Fantasy

Every now and then I like to do as I’m told, just to confuse people.

~Tamora Pierce

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Tamora Pierce is one of my all time favourite authors. I first stumbled across her books in my high school library, at the tender age of 11. I believe it was the Song of the Lioness series I read first, quickly followed by the Circle of Magic books.

These are stories that I can read time and again, and never get tired of. I love the characters, I love the worlds she creates, I love the adventures and conflicts. I love how her heroines and heroes are flawed, and often stubborn. I love the mix of magic and nature, and am pretty sure it was her work which first inspired my current WIP.

The idea that a girl could do anything a boy could, struck a nerve with me. Previously, stories had always seemed to reinforce gender stereotypes, and as a girl who had been raised surrounded by boys, I struggled to accept this idea. I loved how strong her heroines were – they were warriors! Magicians! Powerful sorceresses who were able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their male counterparts! They stood up for what they believed in, they learned from their mistakes, and were not forced to chose between being true to who they were, and falling in love.

If my stories can inspire just one young girl, in the way that Tamora Pierce inspired me, I will consider myself a success.