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Sometimes my plot lines are so convoluted, I get calls from friends at 3 am saying; you SOB, you'll never pull this one off.

- Clive Cussler

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There are three more days until the start of NaNoWriMo, Nano Writers! Today we continue drawing out a map of events for our story and see what our antagonist has planned... )

Tomorrow we'll review the road map for our story and offer some final words before the real trip begins! In three days! Until then, keep writing!
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I better make the plot good. I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and have
a big turning point in the middle, as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.


- Mark Haddon

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There are four more days until the start of NaNoWriMo, Nano Writers! Yesterday we began to draw out a road map for our story beginning with the place that the story starts and someplace that our protagonist absolutely needs to get to. Today we look ahead and map out some roadblocks and detours... )

Tomorrow we'll see what the story's antagonist is up to... until then, keep writing!
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The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire.

- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

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There are five more days until the start of NaNoWriMo, Nano Writers! This gives us plenty of time to talk about... you know... the "p" word (hint: it rhymes with "lot"). The poor p-word has gotten a lot of bad press in recent years, taking heat equally from both the vocal pantster party member and the grow-it-organically artiste... But for our Fast Start version, we're going to do this by making up a road_map... )

Tomorrow, we'll add more detail to our road maps as we sketch in the first roadblock. Until then keep writing, Nano Writers!
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To be prepared is half the victory.

- Miguel De Cervantes

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Are_You? )
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The greater difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.


- Epicurus

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What storms will your character survive? )
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It’s that “aha!” moment when a writer thinks up something that completely
captures his imagination, and he must see how it unfurls and concludes.


- Karen S. Wiesner, on Story Sparks

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So Nano Writer, what gets you fired_up? )

And a quick reminder: this Sunday (October 11) is the last day to post your cover artwork [ here ] to be eligible for the Cover Up! contest!
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Judge not the play before the play is done: Her plot hath many changes; every day Speaks a new scene; the last act crowns the play.

- Francis Quarles


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It's Day 27 for Nano Writers's Let's Build a World. Read over - Plot Hooks - from Stephanie Bryant's 30 Days of Worldbuilding. Notebooks ready? Then let's tackle today's exercise )
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If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

- Confucius


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It's Day 21 for Nano Writers's Let's Build a World. Read over - Flora and Fauna - from Stephanie Bryant's 30 Days of Worldbuilding. Crack open those notebooks and check out today's exercise )
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A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is-full of surprises.

- Isaac Bashevis Singer


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It's Day 20 for Nano Writers's Let's Build a World. Read over - Plot Hook Day - from Stephanie Bryant's 30 Days of Worldbuilding. Time for your notebooks and today's exercise )
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The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

- Eden Phillpotts


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It's Day 16 for Nano Writers's Let's Build a World. Read over - More Speculation - from Stephanie Bryant's 30 Days of Worldbuilding. Let's open up those notebooks and read today's exercise )
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He fishes well who uses a golden hook.

- Latin Proverb


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It's Day 13 for Nano Writers's Let's Build a World. Read over: Plot Hooks and the Speculative Element from Stephanie Bryant's 30 Days of Worldbuilding. Time to get out your notes from yesterday and read today's exercise )
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If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.

- William Hazlitt


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It's Day 12 for Nano Writers's Let's Build a World. Read over Day 12: What If from Stephanie Bryant's 30 Days of Worldbuilding. Time to get out your notebook and consider today's exercise )
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I don't usually outline a book before I start, but I do have a general sense of where I'm going with the story. I'll often write short paragraphs describing each of the characters: their vocations, ages, appearances, and personalities. I also create a calendar for the period in which the story is to take place, with boxes for each date of the month. This way, I can avoid such things as having someone in two places at once, which almost happened in one of my Nero Wolfe books!

Robert Goldsborough (Fade to Black, Silver Spire)



from: "The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists - Insider Secrets from Top Writers" by Andrew McAleer
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With apologies to The Bard, how about it, Nano Writer? Are you what one might colloquially call a "panster" and write your novel "by the seat of your pants"? Or are you more of an "OP" - an Outline Person?

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Not sure? To help you decide what fits better, why not try this quiz? )

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