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Writing Superheroes and Villains

I wanted to ask about writing superheroes, how do you first go about balancing their powers out and finding equal villains for them to go against? -cluewhite

What a wonderful question! I’m really going to enjoy answering this one and hopefully our followers might be able to share their own opinions (hint hint). 

When creating a superhero there are a few things to consider:

  • What gives them their superpower (special spider, iron suit, the fact they are a god).
  • What their superpower is and its limitations. (All superheroes have limitations- think of Batman!).
  • What is their weakness. (Small knifes? Hahaha I made a funny.)
  • Who knows their weakness?
  • How does their personality contribute to their superhero status? Do they deserve to be a superhero?
  • Best question: Are they a superhero by choice?

These are just some questions I would consider to start developing this character. Superheroes are normal characters, they deserve the same amount of character development and they need to be rounded characters. You also need to really consider their motives. Are they driven by revenge? Or simply because they want to make a difference?

So your superhero can have any power they want, but it needs to have a limitation. If this character is unbeatable then there is no point in your story. Also, your reader will struggle to empathise with your character if they aren’t challenged and if there isn’t a struggle to succeed. 

So lets talk about villains! Now, what you need to think about to start with is why are they enemies? Is it because your superhero knows this character and wants to stop them? Is it because your superhero has suffered at this villains hands? Or does the superhero want to act for the good of the people? 

I’m going to mention some villains here so you can catch my drift a bit more.

  • Obediah Stane (Ironman) - knew Tony and was motivated by greed. Tony fought him because he felt like it was his fault, he had created this ‘monster’.
  • Lizard (The Amazing Spiderman)- Peter felt responsible for the Lizard thing as he had given him the formula. 
  • The Joker- (Batman) had no real motive, he just liked chaos. Batman fought him because it was the right thing to do, to save Gotham.
  • Loki (Thor and Avengers)- Loki was motivated for revenge. Thor fights him because he is his brother and he feels responsible for him.

You can see a trend here with comic book superheroes. The superhero is normally motivated to fight the villain because he knows him, feels partly responsible or less common he just wants to fight them. 

Of course this means nothing, you can do whatever you want with your superhero. But it is interesting to consider the relationship between these two central characters and how well they know the other. 

So, making them equal.

You don’t have to make them equal, not at all. A common trend seems to be that one party is the brawn and the other the brain. What I think is more interesting though is when both characters are equally brilliant. It then is more a battle of tactics to win.

To make an equal villain develop them like you did your superhero. Consider what makes them powerful, what gives them the power. Their own weaknesses and strengths. 

Give them both strengths and weaknesses and they should start to balance themselves out. Or they could just be equally as powerful and it is their personality that determines who wins. 

Writing about superheroes

How to write a great villain

How to make a scary villain 

I hope this has helped you! If not, hit us up again. (We don’t bite- much). Followers, as always feel free to chip in.

-S

Anonymous asked: Skipping hours, days, months, WHATEVER amount of time in existence can be very difficult for me sometimes… I’m afraid it gets too sudden, for example, and I just can’t find the correct moment or words for that. Do you have some advice on the matter?

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Unfortunately, there are no good links for writing time lapses (which irritates me to no end. Links are the epitome of good examples). 

Hmm… here’s an example of my own writing of a couple-hour/over night time lapse because I’m not sure how to answer this. If followers have suggestions, please let this Anon know.  -H

** This is about 2 years old or so. It’s one of the endings I thought I’d have in my book but I have since discarded it. **

Keep reading

Gunshot/Stab wounds in fantasy and sci-fi

Anonymous asked you: Do you have anything on gunshot (assault, pistols, snipers) wounds, stab wounds, or stitching? I’m writing both sci-fi and fantasy stories, so the stab wounds can really be caused by anything from small pocket knife to a rapier.

Hi! Great question. I have answered this once and then tumblr decided to delete it, so here we go again!

Getting a handle on guns

A summary of how people die and don’t die in a sword fight

Useful resource for realistic killing wounds

Pathology: Knife wounds

A stitch in time: Medical sutures now and in history

Surgical suture

Stitches, wounds and lacerations

I’ve kick started your research for you with the above links. I think for the wounds and types of weapons you will have to a lot more research into the damage a weapon can do and the likely result of an injury.

I would take a look at rehabilitation time for injuries as well if you want it to be quite realistic. This will differ upon type of wound, depth of injury and placement. 

For stitches I wasn’t sure if you wanted modern/future/past so I’ve got you some past treatments and the ones used nowadays. For a futuristic approach I would look at research that is ongoing at the moment and look for ways that medicine could be improved or changes. For example maybe instead of stitches or staples they use a laser to shut a wound.

Hope this helps!

-S


anonymous asked:

Hello, I have been on a very long break from writing, for well over a year now. As I entered into my last year of high school I got too busy to even think about it. But now I've graduated, and I really want to get into writing again before uni. But I have NO IDEA how to start again. Any advice for someone trying to break a long-term writing dry spell? Thanks :)

Step 1:  Sit down at your computer (or notebook) and give it a good long stare.

Step 2:  Remind it that everything you put on the page belongs wholly to you.  You are the master.  Tell it that you cannot be intimidated by anything you create because it’s YOUR creation and you have the power.  Say it out loud - especially if you’re unsure.  Your computer (or notebook) will not be able to tell if you are lying and will begin to cooperate.

Step 3:  Start small.  Write little things that can’t intimidate you or scare you away.  Proceed to write whatever beautiful prose or randomly-generated garbledygook you wish to write.  Write it even if it feels weird.  It’ll get you in the habit, and your bigger projects will thank you for it later.

Step 4:  Do this every day.  Write a bit and, if you want, show it to a friend or two.  Having people ready and waiting to receive the table scraps of your grand work read your writing can help motivate you to continue.

Step 5:  Water the plant until it grows.  Keep growing it.  Do not stop watering it.  Remember, your writing is a beautiful small poppy seed that wants love and will wither away sadly without your devotion.

You have your friends, your family, your activities, your studies, the weather outside your window, your favorite shows.  Your writing has only you.  Love it every day.

Godspeed, Anon! 

– Senga

avonvanhassel  asked:

What would be your advice on making writing 'grittier'?

There seems to be some disagreement on what makes a story “gritty.” When pulling up gritty book lists on Goodreads, the majority tend to be dark, disturbing stories that may give readers an unsettling feeling because they are getting enjoyment out of something so unpleasant. I read two different takes on what makes fiction gritty, and they each offered a unique perspective.  

Gritty Stories, What Are They?

This writer suggests that a gritty story features a resilient, ambitious, and passionate protagonist, and that doom and gloom are mere “decorations.” Also written here is that gritty fiction doesn’t shy away from harsh truths.

What Makes a Novel Gritty and Dark?

While the previous viewpoint suggested gritty writing was about characterization, this writer believes gritty fiction is more about the tone you use to describe events. Any plot can be gritty if the author approaches it with that intention.

For me, when I think of fiction as being gritty, it has to do with tact. It’s fiction that is brutally honest. A hero may not win the war (at least not without major casualties), and sad, unfulfilling endings may be the unfortunate result. If that’s the case, it pegs the question - why would we read fiction that leaves us hopeless and sad? I think no matter how gritty a story seems, we try to find the good in the character’s harsh circumstances. If the protagonist loses their best friend, we try to think about what the protagonist still has left to hold onto, or we consider that the deceased no longer suffers. It challenges our pessimistic instincts to find the good in the darkest of times. 

Okay, that was a bit more philosophical than I intended, but I think the key to making writing gritty depends on your idea of gritty. Is it dark? Is it honest? Is it about passion, determination, fervor? What books have you read that make you want to write gritty fiction? I would start there and think about what those books have in common. 

-R

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I was wondering if you'd have any tips on writing mute characters. Thanks in advance!

Writing mute characters forces you to focus on body language and actions. There’s also the option of using sign language, which is a relatively unused mechanism in mainstream fiction, which you can either describe (if you know sign language) or establish that what you put in speech marks is actually said in that way.  If you’ve decided against using sign language, the best thing to do is concentrate on showing your reader what certain things mean. Speech isn’t our only form of communication, in fact it constitutes a surprisingly small percentage of what we do to communicate with other people. Research body language extensively and look at non-verbal forms of communication (gestures, personalised signs, signalong, sign language, PECS, TaSSeLs [Tactile Signing for Sensory Learners], etc.). It’s vital that you remember to involve personal relationships as much as you do formal systems that we all recognise. The longer we spend with people, the more they understand us, whether we speak or not.  This is another situation where you’re actually just looking at communication, the rest of the character is intrinsically the same as the rest. A mute person needs precisely the same kind of time and devotion you’d give to other characters, you just need to try to understand how the experience of being unable to speak affects them. Be sensitive to the issues that they’re facing in the time period you’re writing about (this will take some research on your part).  With the technical aspect of writing, teach your reader what each non-verbal cue means as you go, then by the time you come to the important scenes, the physical responses of your character will show their feelings and responses for them.  You really need to avoid the (frankly insulting) pattern of having another character who can miraculously understand the thoughts of their mute companion. Some people do have translators, but in fiction, the problem is that you wind up effectively conveying what the mute person wants to say, but through another character. That character then takes on a dual persona rather than the mute person having defined themselves as a person in their own right. You must ensure that they have their own identity, and the only way you can do that is by letting them get on with it.  I received a question on my own blog about showing ‘quiet’ characters’ responses and I think it might be useful here. So, click here -> http://houseoffantasists.tumblr.com/post/59521718705/a-question-of-action and hopefully it’ll be useful when it comes to technical writing.  Hope that’s useful.  -House of Fantasists

anonymous asked:

Any advise for writers who got started late, a lot of writers I see usually started in their teens or earlier. I'm in my 20s and just getting into writing and sometimes I feel behind.

Short version: just write.

Longer version: Everyone comes into their own at different points in life – this is as true for writing as it is for any endeavor. You may feel as though you’re playing ‘catch up’ to some people, but the truth is that everyone is always playing that game with any new undertaking, everyday. We all start somewhere, and whether you’re beginning the path as a writer at 16 or 46, the only way to get started is just to do it, and not judge your progress on someone else’s.

I mean, can you imagine being 26 and deciding you want to be a composer and comparing your progress at that point to Mozart? It’s an extreme example, but it highlights how you shouldn’t judge your starting point by someone with more experience. 

Additionally, it’s a common used phrase to not judge your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel – meaning you shouldn’t judge your individual progress on a journey by looking at what other people have accomplished at a completely different point in their personal timeline, especially knowing that all you’re getting is the accomplishment, not all the work it took to get there.

If you want to write, write. If you have stories in you, tell them. It doesn’t matter what age you are.

Hope this helps!

- O

larz3n  asked:

Do you have any advice for someone who's been writing for a couple years but is starting to lose confidence in their writing/ability to improve their writing?

Hey, larz3n!  Something that always helps me is to think of my creativity and writing as cyclical, like seasons.  There are naturally going to be periods of time where you don’t produce as much or don’t feel capable of improving.  Instead of worrying over it, remember that all living things need rest sometimes, and sometimes for writers that need for rest ends up looking like self-doubt and lack of productivity.  That’s ok.  It could be that you are simply in a season of hibernation right now, and that your “groove” will come back to you in its own time, if you let it.

I’ve been where you are quite often, especially with art.  I love to draw and design my own characters for my stories, but I frequently feel like I’m making no progress and when I look back over what I’ve done, I even feel like I’m worse than I used to be.  What I’ve learned is that usually, when I’m pessimistic about my art, it’s because I’m noticing mistakes and inaccuracies that I wasn’t able to notice before.  That means my eye is actually getting better, not worse, and sometimes it just takes a bit for my hands to catch up to where my brain is.

Improving your writing - or any skill, really - is a long-term journey, not just something you have or don’t have at any given time.  Just relax and have faith in yourself, and keep trying a little bit every day if you can.  Build good writing habits so that you become used to practicing even when you’re not motivated, and eventually what you produce through those habits will help build a stronger foundation for the skills you want.

Good luck, friend!

– Senga

anonymous asked:

Hey! I was wondering if you could give me some tips on how to start writing. I never know how to start a story and I'm still a beginner, so I was wondering if you could help me :)

I’ll do my best! 

If you are struggling with getting started with your story then it might help you to start planning. We have quite a few resources on starting planning and this is normally a good place to start.

I find it hard to start writing without any planning as it makes it (IMO) quite a terrifying experience. If you already have an idea where your story is beginning and who your characters are it makes the process of starting to write a lot simpler.

Resources for planning:

Our tag

How to make a plan

Beginning a story

How do you plan a novel

Getting Started

Using notebooks

Keeping this in mind will also help you get started: Your first draft will SUCK. Other people may think it’s fine but you will probably hate parts of your writing- this is normally and perfectly fine. Your first draft is a work in progress, you are never sure where the characters are going to go or what the twists are going to be. The second time around you can plan for these kinds of things and it means your writing will make more sense.

If starting an entire novel sounds a little scary to you why not try some short stories or flash fiction. Prompts are quite good for this.

Check out the prompts tag on tumblr or these people:

Writeworld Blocks

Yeahwrite

I hope this helps you a little bit,

-S 

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We sure can! 

As many of us know, suddenly is an adverb that means ”quickly and without warning; unexpectedly”.  Adverbs being adverbs, there are right and wrong ways to use any and all adverbs. 

So before we jump into our main point, let’s have a little lesson on using adverbs. 

Adverbs

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. The adverbs that we are all familiar with and are taught in elementary English to identify are words that end with -ly, however, some adverbs (always, here, there) don’t end in -ly. 

The most common misuse of an adverb I see is the use of the adverb “badly”. 

Bad is always an adjective and should be used to describe a noun, while badly should always be used to modify a verb.

Examples:

1. The sisters felt badly bad when they realized they had left their brother out of the planning.

2.She feels bad badly because her fingers were burned. 

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 Now let’s talk about “suddenly”. 


It’s a common opinion that your writing is much stronger without the use of the adverb “suddenly”. Often it is thought to be redundant and commonplace, and usually unneeded. 

If the word is used properly, however, it can be helpful to describe scenes for your character. 

Example:


“What do you mean John slept with Mary?” Janie asked, suddenly aware of all of the people that were looking at them.

Suddenly should be used where the suddenness of the situation isn’t apparent. Characters can definitely suddenly feel things if you don’t build it up to your reader beforehand (“I suddenly felt weak”). 

It can also be used for natural disasters (just going off the question for this) and the like as long as it is believable. Earthquakes can suddenly happen, but wildfires usually have a predetermining action (such as lightening or people). 

In conclusion, “suddenly" is an adverb that as long as it’s used appropriately in the situation, it doesn’t detract from the situation at hand and slow the reader down.

If there are any other questions, please send them to the inbox and I will continue to update this post as they come!

-H

anonymous asked:

So I've got a character in my story who's in a coma for a few weeks following a car accident; any ideas on how to write this accurately?

How Comas Work - yet another great SYSK podcast

How Comas Work - the article the podcast is primarily based on (the podcast has more information though as they do outside research as well)

These are obviously my favorite sources, but if anyone has anything else to share, feel free! -T

anonymous asked:

I recently found out my dream of going back to school again isn't going to happen. I feel like my dreams are crushed. I was going to get a degree in English and Creative Writing so I can get writing gigs and make money while working on becoming a published author. I want to write. I don't care what as long as I can write. I want to make money in what I love. Is there a way to make it in the writing world without the degree? Is there a way to still make money writing? Please help. I'm destroyed.

First thing: take a deep breath. This isn’t the end of the world. Not even close.

Second: You absolutely do not need a degree to make money writing. Neil Gaiman agrees with me! 

Honestly, going to school for those things helps, of course, but it isn’t necessary by any means. You can become a better writer without college in the same way you can learn math without going to public school. There are a million ways to learn - the fact that you (presumably) follow this writing blog when our sole intention is to help other writers become better at the craft is a damn good start. 

30 Types of Freelance Writing Jobs and How to Get Them

How to Make Your First $100 as a Freelance Writer

Writing Jobs and How to Break Into the Industry

Good luck, pal. -T

believe that because titles cannot be copyrighted, you are fine to use titles of books or movies in your novel. Quotes or appearances of characters is not so fine. I provided a list at the bottom of various topics on copyright and trademark infringement that will pertain to both your questions, and FAQs on fair use and public domain. And I hope our followers with legal expertise will chime in as well. 

Having said that, I would be careful how you use contemporary pop culture in your fiction. When things are popular in a given moment, it is difficult to predict how long it will stay popular, and if it fades, your work can become extremely dated. I have nothing against John Green or Rainbow Rowell, but they are both very “now” authors. If you were to use classic authors like Austen or Hemingway, or J.R.R. Tolkien - those have shown they can stand the test of time. And personally, I think J.K. Rowling has claimed that status considering her last HP book was published 7 years ago (last film 3 years ago), and the HP popularity has remained persistent despite many other popular fantasy and sci-fi series that have come out since.

There is no cut and dry rule of what makes a work “dated,” and this is certainly my own opinion and not necessarily a rule of writing. But just consider your choices carefully, regardless if it’s a popular book, movie, or band. Now, here are those links I promised:

Public Domain FAQ

Fair Use FAQ

When Do You Need to Secure Permissions?

Copyright in Fictional Characters

So You Want to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel?

Can I Mention Brand Name Products in My Fiction?

Can You Use Celebrity Names in Fiction?

-R

anonymous asked:

i'm trying to write a romcom story but this genre is quite new to me and there's supposed to be a bit of an action in it too. do you have any advice on how to write this genre or how to describe an action scene without the words being too straight forward?

I love a good romcom, they can cause tears of laughter and tears of sadness within the span of a couple of pages. 

Romcom writing secrets

Elements of a romcom

Writing a Romantic Comedy

5 tips for writing a romcom

Chick lit is more commonly used to describe light hearted books about women, normally dealing with love. Romcom is more of a film term. 

Interview with Sophie Kinsella about chick lit

Writing action scenes

Everything we have on romance

Everything we have on action scenes

-S

anonymous asked:

Holo, do you have some references for writing a hitman? (or a mercenary... I think it might help), because I read "Hit Man a Technical Manual for Independent Contractors" by Rex Feral, but I feel it was too basic and can't find something else more detailed. Anyway, thanks for being such a cool blog.

anonymous asked:

Would you all happen to have any information on Bounty Hunters and/or Hit Men? Please and thank you.

A Bounty Hunter is someone who captures fugitives for a monetary reward known as a bounty. Examples of bounty hunters in media include Duane “Dog” Chapman (seriously, watch Dog the Bounty Hunter, since he’s actually real) King Schultz in Django Unchained, and Boba Fett from Star Wars. Yes, Boba Fett’s a bad guy, but he’s still capturing fugitives (Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca) for money. Bounty hunting requires anything from just permission from bail bondsmen all the way up to licenses and uniforms, and is banned altogether in some US states and anywhere that isn’t the US. Outside the US, there are Citizens Arrests, but you don’t get paid.

Oh, and if you injure the fugitive in question, you’re in trouble. Bounty hunters don’t have the same legal protection as cops do. The whole ‘wanted, dead or alive’ kind of died the same time the Old west did.

Mercenaries are, according the the Geneva Convention, as follows.

A mercenary is any person who:

(a) is especially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;

(b) does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities;

© is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party;

(d) is neither a national of a Party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;

(e) is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and

(f) has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.

So basically, a mercenary is a person who gets paid a lot of money to do the same job as a soldier.

Contrast a Private Military Contractor, who aren’t mercenaries, honest guv, we’re definitely not selling ourselves as soldiers for hire.

What’s the difference? Well, we don’t actually go into warzones and shoot people.

PMCs avoid being mercenaries by not doing b) as stated above.

And finally, Hitmen.

A Hitman (which is a gender neutral term according to the dictionary definition) is a person who is hired to kill another person. So if I gave my best mate £20 to drop kick my ex off a roof, he’d be a Hitman. Not a very good one, but a Hitman he would be. If I somehow tracked down a professional (who does hits for the Mafia) and gave him $10 million to bump off Obama, he’d also be a Hitman. Mafia hitmen, more commonly known as Enforcers, are usually the professional ones. Look up Murder Inc. to see how they work.

A lot of Hitmen have day jobs. These aren’t the top end professionals, but people like Glennon Engleman, who was a dentist, do kill people for money.

According to a few sources, they tend to be diagnosed as sociopaths, meaning they can kill without remorse.

Sorry I couldn’t be of more help in actually writing them.

-C

anonymous asked:

I have a basic outline planned out. The problem is, my antagonist. I don't really have one, other than society itself. It's a bit of a 1% vs the 99% type of story. I can justify the reasoning for the huge gap between the classes, and will come up with a good enough initial villain/reason why society is set up this way. However, is it good enough for this lifestyle to prevail simply because the "Haves" don't want to give their lifestyle up? They'd rather remain the "Capital" just cuz they can?

Your antagonist doesn’t need to be an actual physical human being. 

7 Types of Narrative Conflict:

  • person vs. fate/god
  • person vs. self
  • person vs. person
  • person vs. society
  • person vs. nature
  • person vs. supernatural
  • person vs. technology

There are many books which utilize main conflicts other than person vs. person - The Hunger Games (technology), Jaws (nature), The House on Mango Street (self), etc. 

Many novels fit into more than one of these categories - Fahrenheit 451, for example, has a main arc that is arguably both person vs. society and person vs. technology, with subplots including person vs. person and person vs. self (if you’re talking to me about this book, that is the main conflict, but that is a conversation for another day.) Crush by Richard Siken is divided into 3 parts: man vs. man, man vs. god, and god themselves. 

Anyway, the point is it’s definitely possible to write a good, plausible story without a person as the main antagonist. 

Good luck! -T

anonymous asked:

What advice do you have for new/amateur writers?

This is my personal advice so, grain of salt because we have to each choose what works best for us. However, these tips are pretty straightforward for anyone who wants to write (and is generally applicable to the creative arts as a whole):

- Read. Read until you think your brain will explode. Read everything you can get your hands on. Figure out what you like and don’t like and analyze why. Give things a chance, but don’t be afraid to abandon a story if you can pinpoint why it isn’t working for you. Challenge yourself with reading subjects that mystify and concern you. Read.

- Set up some type of writing schedule. It doesn’t have to be all day every day. It can be ten minutes every day. Thirty minutes every other day. Whatever works for you. The key is discipline. If you want to create, you have to dedicate the time to it and practice. Practice as much as you can. If you can’t come up with ideas, scribble nonsense. Write lists. The words will come when the discipline is in place.

- Always keep something on your person to write on/with. Your phone or a tablet. A notebook and pen. A crayon and construction paper. Whatever works for you — just keep something at hand.

- Try not to get too bogged down with what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ be writing. Just write. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, but also don’t allow yourself to get penned in by one style or format or subject or genre of writing. Fanfic makes you happy? Write it. Long strings of dialogue really get you going? Pontificate for days. The more you write what you like, the easier it will be to write some of the things you find challenging as you go on — it’s a mixture of discipline and self-reward. Write what you like now, and make yourself do the difficult, less-engaging-to-you parts later.

- Don’t give up. If you’re dedicated to becoming a writer (or artist or musician or performer), you have a very difficult life ahead. It is not an easy calling to follow. It’s just not. The more you accept that when you start, the better your mindset will be when faced with seemingly endless setbacks later in your journey. If this is what you really want, then you have to commit to it, discipline yourself to do it, and never stop learning and growing.


Hope this helps!

- O

anonymous asked:

Hey, I was wondering if you had any tips for first-time NaNoWriMo participants? November isn't waiting for anyone and 50,000 words is hard to spit out.

Prepare. It seems daunting, and it is. You need to do what you can in advance to prepare for that fact. Stock up on comfort snacks and drinks. Set up/find a good writing place… or five. If you’re a planner, get as much outlining done as you can in the next few weeks. If you’re not a planner, at least get down a few notes on your overall plan.

Silence your inner editor. If you’ve never had to do this before, practice a bit this month. Try sitting down and writing for twenty minutes without stopping. Don’t edit what you wrote while writing it. Don’t edit after writing it. Just write for twenty minutes, then stop and walk away. When you get into NaNo you need to do this every time you start writing.

Don’t be afraid to productively procrastinate. Join forums on the site. Engage in discussions. Go to write-ins if you have them in your area. One of the huge draws of NaNoWriMo is the community. You are not alone on this journey. There are resources and people having each one of your experiences every day. Read the pep talks. When you get overwhelmed, go engage with others. Exchange frustrations, then challenge one another to a word war or set up a writing date.

Don’t fear the word count. Well, fear it a little bit. Fear can help motivate sometimes, but it can also overwhelm. It is entirely possible to write 50,000 words in a month. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and a shift in your goals and lifestyle to achieve it. However, whether you reach that goal and ‘win’ or not, the most important thing is dedicating yourself to a month of engaging in your craft, working on your goals, and just effing writing. Anything you end up with at the end of the month is more that you had going into it. This is not Yoda school. There is a try, and trying is what truly matters.

Hope this helps!

- O