To NaNo or Not to NaNo?

To NaNo or Not to NaNo?

We’re a fair way through October, and that means that NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. It’s something that I always want to do, but it’s not something that I always have time for. I am working this year, but something might happen that’ll mean I’m not in the mood for writing. But I’m trying to keep positive for now.

Last year I tried and once again failed. I’ve only managed to succeed once and only because I was just finishing something off. I’m kind of tired of just feeling like I can’t complete anything.

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Writing Fanfiction

I know I’ve spoken about fanfiction before. I talked about how important it is and how it’s something we should celebrate it. I wanted to do some sort of guide on how it can help writers and I’m still not going to do that. But I do want to talk about how writing fanfiction can affect what I’m reading.

So, I’m in a new fandom now. It’s been a few weeks now, but I’m still catching up on canon and reading fanfiction. It’s been pretty nice and I’m filled with ideas. Weirdly enough, I haven’t slipped into AU territory yet. And that’s kind of what’s affecting my reading.

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Write A Scene Challenge #1

Write A Scene Challenge #1

So this is a new thing that I’m trying out. It’s going to be completely unedited – aside from a quick read through. So please excuse any mistakes. If I do anything with this, it will be fixed later on.

The point of this is that I want to get back into writing. I have loads of ideas, but I’m just not writing them. The fact I don’t want to means they’re just not working for me. The fact I don’t know where to start suggests to me that I need to just…try out some stuff.

So, I posted a few polls on Twitter. And each poll would be a character or a location for a snippet of story. I’ll write a first draft of a scene and post it on the blog. If I’m happy with it, great, could be something to work on. If not then at least I’ve written something.

I’m posting this online so people can actually hold me accountable. I’ll probably do a few idea generation challenges and it should be fun.

Feel free to tell me what you think of the snippet. I don’t really need any constructive criticism as it really will just be a quick first draft to see if I can fall into a story. But I do wanna know if people like the characters or the world. As I could work with that for something…well, something I put more effort into.

The prompts I got this time were assassin, tavern and thief.

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The Faerie Door: What Do I Want to See From Fae Books?

The Faerie Door: What Do I Want to See From Fae Books?

It’s no secret that I love reading about the fae. It’s also no secret that I’m so picky about my fae books that I wind up disliking most of those I pick up. This doesn’t mean they’re bad books in my opinion, just that I want more from the fae in them.

And that’s my main problem.

So many of the fae books seem to use the same types of fae and the same sort of world-building. The fae as a species spread across so many different cultures. Yet we always basically see the same things, and honestly, I’m a lot bored.

Rather than just ranting about fae books. Which I honestly could. I thought I’d share a few things I’d like to see in books about the fae. Some of these are things I’ve definitely included in things I’ve started, but it might give you guys some ideas too!

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So You Want To Build a World? Worldbuilding Resources and Tips

So You Want To Build a World? Worldbuilding Resources and Tips

The moment I decided to write this post, I knew that it was going to be a massive one. I love worldbuilding. It’s probably one of my favourite aspects of both writing and roleplaying! The ability to create an entire world to play in, and then see how other people interact in it or want to help you improve it. From the obvious things like the planet and the countries to the more detailed areas like the people and their cultures, there’s so much that can be done. It’s both overwhelming and exciting.

I’ll admit, worldbuilding is something that comes easy to me. I’m not saying that to show off, but collecting resources for this post made me realise how easy I find it to just sit and daydream about worldbuilding. Then all of a sudden, I have notes upon notes of a whole pantheon of gods. True story. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t need resources or to research or anything like that. Research is so important, as is where you’re getting your inspiration from. And I’m hoping this post can help a little bit with that. We might be building a fictional world, but it’s still informed by what we know of the real world. In a workshop for Wired25 back in 2019, N.K Jemisin said:

Even though we’re telling stories about fiction…we’re trying to get the basic facts of science, the world and people right.”

N.K Jemisin, Wired25 – Full Video Here

And this statement couldn’t be truer. It’s not just that our worlds have to scientifically make sense, which they do, but it’s that the cultures and everything on them has to too. We get so many stories inspired by mythology and ancient cultures, but that makes sense because it means we have a starting point to work on. There’s no harm in that, and I’d even encourage it some extent. Just make sure to colour it with multiple aspects from that culture, not just a few obvious things that everyone knows. It’s also worth speaking to people from that culture too if you’re writing a modern one. You’ll want to avoid offensive and inaccurate tropes whilst making this new culture your own. The research is a necessary evil, but it’s one that can be inspirational too.

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Let’s Talk About Fanfiction – An Ode To the Wonders of Fanworks

Let’s Talk About Fanfiction – An Ode To the Wonders of Fanworks

Ironically enough, I actually planned on writing this post before there was all the discussion of fanfiction on Twitter the other day. Shame this post won’t be all that timely with my schedule. But fanfiction is something that I’ve loved reading and writing since I was eight years old and as both a writer and a reader. And its something that I feel like it’s important for me to actually talk about.

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Why Writers Should Roleplay

Why Writers Should Roleplay

It’s no secret that I love to roleplay. I’ve written posts on it before here and here but consider this a more up to date post. One of the things I’m determined to start blogging about more this year is writing. Not just my own, but tips and places that could help other people too.

For me, one of the things that have helped my writing grow steadily over the years is roleplay. It’s helped me in many different ways and I’ve learned that there are many different forms of roleplay. And I think they can all help in some way.

It’s not just writing every day that’ll help you improve, though that’s one way online roleplaying can help!

Whether you choose to LARP (live-action roleplay for those not in the loop), play DnD or some other form of tabletop campaign or write with friends online, roleplay can be a fun hobby that’s not only a creative way to use your brain but is a fun time-waster too.

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NaNoWriMo 2020: In Progress!

NaNoWriMo 2020: In Progress!

Ah, so I actually reached my second post about Nano. For a moment, I wasn’t sure I would.

The problem I’ve been having is that I’m just writing? Like, I don’t mean I’m spending all my time writing. Though, certainly a fair chunk of my days. But I mean I’ve still got no outline or plan. I have some ideas I’d like to see happen later on but nothing solid. So even if I was someone who could write out of order, I wouldn’t be able to do.

I’m just getting on my laptop, checking what I last wrote. And once Write or Die is open I just type and see what happens.

It’s a lot of fun but it’s also not something I’ve done so regularly in such a long while which is such a shame. I mean, I haven’t even really been rping so my brain is just kind of flaking out at times and I’m having some days where I’m not writing as much. But it’s okay. I’m on target. As I write this I’ve got just under 20k written. Which is a lot. I’ll have written a good bit more by the time this post goes up though, or at least I hope so, ha!

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Prep and Beginnings!

NaNoWriMo 2020: Prep and Beginnings!

Hello, Nanowrimo is here again and this time I’m going to succeed and try to blog it too!

Last year I declared I was going to do it then failed. I was busy on my coding course, even took the 1st off as I knew I’d do nothing on the 2nd with it being my birthday. And then I went back into the office and flopped.

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A Writing Declaration: Irish Faery Tale Edition

A Writing Declaration: Irish Faery Tale Edition

I’m pretty sure I’ve written one of these before.

It might have been on my old blog though. But it was a declaration to my intent to finish my first novel: Dreams of Fire.

I finished it a few years ago with the help of Nanowrimo and I’ve recently started to query it properly.

But that means that I want to be writing something else and I do have two other projects I can work on. But there’s one that owns my heart just a little bit more.

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