NaNo Bootcamp Day 6: The Core of the Character

Ahh, character. Characters are the lifeblood of the story. They are the chicken at the center of the Turducken that is your story. I actually had to Google the proper order of the Turducken. You’re welcome. Many writers are so fixated on the plot and the worldbuilding...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 5: What’s My Motivation?

Previously, on NaNo Bootcamp…the angels got the phone box! Sam and Dean had brotherly angst! Walt and Jesse made meth! And we talked about goals. (Also, I watch a lot of TV.) Anyway. We’re still digging into the pre-story stuff. As I mentioned several days...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 4: Goooooooooooal

Self-help gurus have been saying it for years. You’ve gotta have goals. If you don’t have a goal, you’re standing still, watching life go by and waiting for things to happen. Your characters are no different. If they don’t have goals, they’re just passive cardboard...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 3: One-Liners – Not Just For Comedians

There is a question I dread above all others when I’m writing something new. “What’s your book about?” It makes me want to do this: “Well, there’s this other world. And then the guns go PEW PEW and there’s some romance and a hot guy with a leather jacket and a mirror...

NaNo Bootcamp Day 2: Brainstorming

If you’ve decided to plunge into the untamed wilderness of writing a novel, then you probably have already given some thought to the book you’d like to write. Maybe it’s in the random ideas that spring into your head while you’re trying to sleep and staring at...