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2011 Writing Goals: Final Check in

Wow! Can you believe 2011 is almost over? Where did the year go? I hope this has been a productive year for everyone and you accomplished everything you set out to do. And that is basically the point of this little post, just to wrap everything up for 2011. How did you do on your 2011 writing goals? What successes did you have and what were some things you discovered you needed to improve? Did you find yourself falling into some of the same writing “traps” as years past or were you able to navigate through the obstacles effectively? How did your writing (and reading) go for the year 2011? Please feel free to share anything else that you particularly enjoyed about the year.

Plotter or Pantser

Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”?

The basic definitions:

  • “Pantsers” write by the seat of their pants. Most times, they know certain points of their plot, usually the important ones, but just write as the story comes to them.
  • “Plotters” outline. They outline everything before they begin. They outline so they know exactly where they need to go. And they usually know all points that need to be covered.

Some people swear by one way or another while others tend to fall somewhere in the middle. So, where do you fall? Are you a “plotter”, “pantser” or a little bit of both? Or does it depend on the story, plot and characters that make you one way or another?
 



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Every writer has periods of self doubt or writing periods where things just may not be easy. The words don't flow, the plot has become a bit trickier because your characters do what they want, when they want. (We've all been there, yes? lol) I came across this list on Twitter, and there were some that I really love so I wanted to share it. As the title of this post states, these are just 25 simple mantras.

25 Simple Mantras

Also, if you have any mantras/affirmations/positive thoughts that you say that you'd like to share, feel free to do it in a comment and I'll add it to this post! :)

Enjoy.

Novel writing and Story Bible

It's one week until NaNo begins. Again, I'm really excited lol. But I just wanted to throw out a few links to help plan your novel and hopefully make those 50k come smoothly and easily. These aren't just tips for NaNo though. So, hopefully, they'll be able to help all of us from beginning (when we're unsure if it's even anything) to the end when we finally decide we want to take the jump and dive into the story :).

5 Steps to Writing a Novel

The Story Bible


Enjoy :)

NaNoWriMo 2011

Just wanted to know how many people are participating this year? I know I've seen on Twitter a few of you are, but for the people I don't follow.

I'm writing original fiction this year. (Technically, I wrote original fiction last year, but for the purposes of being able to finish, I pictured Taylor and Zac as the male characters, ha!) And, I'm really excited about it. I just added another piece to my outline...and that increased my excitement level.

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. If you're not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it's the novel writing challenge of writing 50,000 words from November 1 to November 30 (11:59:59). It's really quite fun. So, if you want to know more, go to the site NaNoWriMo and look around. It begins one week from today, so if you're not considering it then join the rest of the crazies us!  :)

Why I Write

October 20 is National Day on Writing. Several companies/organizations have teamed up and asked the question why do you write. They are accepting submissions. I just thought this was pretty neat and wanted to share/pass it along in case anyone didn't see it. (It pretty much flooded my Twitter feed yesterday.)

Here's the link: Why I Write

October Check In

I was going to do this last month, but I completely forgot. Oops :/ The end of the year is quickly approaching and I just wanted to touch base with everyone to see the progress we’ve been making toward our writing goals. I did a post similar to this in June. Have things gotten better or worse since then? If you were having success, have you found yourself slowing down or losing motivation? If you were struggling, do you feel like you’re starting to break through and gain new motivation?

It seems the Hanfic world is starting to boom again and, honestly, I love it! :D



Say, speak and ask

"One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions." -- Salman Rushdie


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Reading Recommendations

Since the community has been slow recently I thought I’d do something a little different. I currently have works in progress, as I’m sure other people do to, but I know some people just aren’t motivated to write and want something to read. I thought it’d be something different if people gave their own recommendations for good reads. (Not saying if a writer or story isn’t on this list it’s a bad read.) I know a lot of what is posted to the site seems to cater to writers. So this can get everyone involved. Bethany (shewasred) has compiled a list of stories that are considered to be the most famous in around the fandom that can be found here if you want to read some Hanfic classics. Just scroll to the bottom and it's under Hall of Fame. This isn’t necessarily a “classics” list, just a list of personal favorites from different readers. It doesn’t matter what genre your recommendations for each one as long as it’s your personal favorite. And hopefully someone else will find a gem on the list too. You don't have to fill out every bullet point. If you don't have a favorite under one then you don't have a favorite. No biggie.

Just fill in blanks, leave it in a comment and try to provide a link for the story you’re recommending. I’ll add your name and them either to this post or make another one for easier access depending on how many entries there I actually get. And if you want to provide answers, but you aren’t comfortable doing it in this format then you can send me an LJ message or e-mail and I’ll provide your answers that way.


• Favorite completed fic
• Favorite work in progress
• Favorite “old school” story
• Favorite “new” story (2009 to present)
• Favorite series
• Favorite story with Isaac as the lead
• Favorite story with Taylor as the lead
• Favorite story with Zac as the lead
• Favorite story that’s on hiatus or “abandoned” (For the sake of being consistent we’ll classify this as a story that hasn’t been updated in over a year and one that the author has specifically mentioned that won’t be updated for a while or ever again.)
• Favorite drabble, short story or one shot
• Shameless plug (You don’t have to list one, but this is a story you’ve written that you’d most likely recommend to someone who may be interested in your writing or just your personal favorite story…in case that needed explanation, lol.)
• Any other good reads that wasn’t listed above

Start writing








“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L'Amour





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Just write

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.” -- Will Shetterly

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Self-Trust

“Self-trust is the first secret of success” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Self Doubt

Everything is writable about if you have the ongoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt. -- Sylvia Plath

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Quote

Characters that sometimes betray, cheat, and otherwise make poor decisions appear more realistic and are riveting to read.




I'm not sure who quoted this, but I liked it nonetheless. (If you know please feel free to share.) I think you see more humanity and relatability in a character who doesn't get it right every single time. But, it also makes you root and hope for them too. And, if you can't hope for a character chances are you won't be interested in the book either. Anyway, feel free to share your thoughts as well :).

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Go with your gut...

If it pleases you and you can write at all, it’s gonna please somebody else. -- Charlaine Harris

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Save me, save me!

We all love our characters. Why would we write about them if we didn’t find them intriguing and captivating, right? But, with as much as we love our characters and consider them our babies, there are times when you feel the need to protect them from the harms and dangers of the world they live in, whether they are emotional or physical? And if so, how often do you find yourself fighting with where your characters need to go versus the need to protect them? If not, are you transitions from turmoil or chaos to healing and peace as smooth and easy to write and justify?

The story lies within you...


“If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” -- Toni Morrison



I just really liked this quote and thought it was a good one to start off with. But, I think I would even expand that to characters as well, which I know kind of go hand in hand. Sometimes a good story idea can go wrong with the wrong characters or poor character execution (just my opinion). I know sometimes as writers/readers we think of things that we may not feel capable of writing or making the story good/compelling. But, if you thought it up then it is possible, no?

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June writing Check In

It is June 15th. And although we’re still days away from it being the midway point of the year, I thought we’d go ahead and do the mid-year check in. I don’t know about you, but this year has already gone by fast for me. (In a week and a half, I’ll be 27! EEK!) Anyway, so the year is moving swiftly along, I was curious as to how everyone has been doing on working toward their goals. I know sometimes during the summer, things pick up for most people for various reasons.

So, let us know how you’re doing. Are you making progress, slowly checking things off? Do you feel stuck or at a complete stand still? Has real life kinda gotten in the way of your creative process or is it just a lack of inspiration? Do you just have no desire to write? Have you lost your love for Hanfic in general?

Activity

I realize that updates and posts have been lacking on my part. The entire reason I started this community was to be a place of activity or a place that at least fosters some productivity. And even if things slow in the community, something would always be going on here. It’s hard to do that when I barely post anything. With working two jobs, being in school fulltime, and trying to spend as much time with my husband before he deployed, it was kinda hard to do that. But, I will say that my schedule is going to free up soon so hopefully beginning in the next couple weeks, updates will be coming at minimum once a week. I hope to get some things finalized in the few days to a week or next week at the very latest. I’m supposed to have family visit for the Fourth of July so it may not pick up until after that. In which case, I hope to “see” more of you all around :).

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It's Love. L-O-V-E


There are stereotypes with anything and the different genre's of hanfic are no exception. Stereotypes only work because there is some form of truth to them, right? (or at least that's what they say.) Anyway, this weeks question kinda deals with that and the topic of love.

When you think of a het story do you automatically think of all the stereotypes that come along with that? Same for slash and cest? Does it seem people frown on romance or love being an obvious theme when at the heart of all (or most) stories is love?

Short and sweet, right? :)


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