How I plan during Camp Nano+cute excerpts!

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Welcome back to my itsy bitsy corner of the web! Today’s post is going to be another Camp NaNoWriMo themed post! Nanowrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month (which is in November!) Camp Nano is in spring and encourages you to write! It’s really fun because you can have a cabin with your friends and new friends and have fun writing! So in today’s post, I am going to be showing you guys how I prep daily during NaNoWriMo!

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So the first thing I do is write the date and my word goal! This way I can look back at my goal later in the day.

 

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After that, I write down what I need to do. Such as where the plot is going, things I want to add into my story, stuff like that!

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Then I log in my Word Sprints and write down my goals for them!

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(sorry for messy handwriting btw!)

This is a really great way to keep track of your writing and daily goals.

It really helps me when I set daily goals because I feel like I write more than when I don’t set goals!

Now onto the excerpts!

Now, these are going to be pretty cringey and I probably need to edit more but yeah!

+ Pippa climbed out of bed. Her foot pierced into one of her brother’s Legos. “Ugh,” She grumbled under her breath. “LEO I TOLD YOU TO GET YOUR LEGOS OUT OF MY ROOM!” She screamed, a little louder than she meant too. She was getting a little frustrated. She woke up late, stepped on a dangerous object, she was sure the day would only get worse.
Pippa stumbled down the stairs, she was greeted by her two brothers. Leo and Arthur. They were almost like twins, two months apart and looked exactly the same. Plus they both were awfully mischievous. “What trick do you under your sleeves today?”
“Nothing!” Leo grinned. Leo’s full name was Leonardo and he was named after Leonardo Da Vinci ironically he didn’t have any artistic talent and his inventions never were for the better good, they usually lead to Pippa yelling at them.
Arthur, on the other hand, was obsessed with drawing. It was funny but Art actually kind of looked like Arthur, the cartoon anteater, with his circle glasses and yellow cardigan. 
“Sorry guys, I am really moody right now and would love if you guys could move out of the way so I can get something to eat-“
“YOU SHALL NOT PASS. “Arthur mimicked a deep voice.
“Lord of the Rings reference, Nice. But really, can you let me pass so I before I punch you guys.” Pippa smiled a bit.
The boys giggled. Pippa sighed, awaiting a prank or some sort of trick, but surprisingly nothing happened as she walked down into the kitchen. 

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 His trench coat was one of his most prized possessions. Not only was the long black coat comfy, but it was also quite charming and gave him a sophisticated air, which made him feel brilliant. His trench coat was almost like a child’s blankie, a special connection no one really understood. Trenchie (as Virgil liked to call it) was always there for him. There was never a day when Trenchie would let him down. “Come on Trenchie,” Virgil smiled to himself, “Let’s prove those bookkeepers wrong” And with that, Virgil left his humble abode, slamming the door behind him.

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+Virgil sat down at his desk trembling. Being a FictFinder was his life and now he was going to lose it just like everything else he loved. His Parents, His brother. He sighed and pulled out his binder. Nothing was even happening so why did the BookKeepers make such a big deal? Virgil was frustrated, angry and confused. Why was this happening to him? Who was doing this? Somedays he thought his life was a book itself and the bad things happened so that the readers wouldn’t be bored. Is it normal for your brother to die by falling into a pot of disappearance? Virgil sighed again. His brother was his best friend, and he always helped him. If Vincent was here right now he could probably get Virgil out of this mess.
Virgil’s phone beeped and he quickly pulled it out. It was a message from one of the BookKeepers. “Great.” He muttered, almost about to set down his phone and get back to doodling all over his case files, but something sparked in his brain. Maybe he should see what it said. Maybe if he paid more attention he would get to keep his job. Virgil picked up the phone and opened up the message.

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The boy began to walk off.
“Wait!”
The boy turned around, looking straight at her.
“i-I uh have a blog if you want to chat with me there. It’s called Bookish Pippa. Then you could maybe tell you more about yourself.” Pippa stammered. “-Only if you want!”
Virgil smiled softly, “I would love that. Bye Pippa.” He waved and walked down the road.
Pippa watched him slowly fade away into the city. Her heart was beating really fast and she felt as if she was dreaming. “Wow.” She gasped. She mounted back onto her bike. This was the first time anything romantic had ever happened to her. It was like a dream
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On the Virge: Thanks. Why are you up so late?
PipReads: Bad dreams. Wbu?
On the Virge: I don’t really sleep.
PipReads: Ah, that explains the eye bags
OnTheVirge: very funny
PipReads: What’s up with your name? OnTheVirge?
OnTheVirge: Well it’s kinda an inside joke I made with my brother. I was always just melodramatic and angry as a kid so my brother said on the virge instead of verge
PipReads: Aw that’s cute xD
OnTheVirge: Thanks… I guess?
Pippa was smiling very hard and she didn’t know exactly why.
PipReads: So how was the rest of your day?
OnTheVirge: It was actually horrible. I thought it was going to be good because I met you. But life doesn’t like to make me feel happy. SO right after we met, some random wind came and took away my book and I fell and it started to rain and now somehow I am internet famous and known by the world as a total joke and I have no idea how to get back to my world and this random guy let me stay at his house but he might be a killer.
PipReads: …
PipReads: Wow.
OnTheVirge: Yeah… I mean like my brother got dumped into some weird pot and disappeared, some evil crazy queen is trying to destroy me and I lost my only companion.
Pippa laughed, assuming he was joking. He must have been a huge fan of the BookKeepers. That was basically what happened to the character Virgil.
PipReads: YOu definitely are a BookKeepers fan. You don’t have to hide it I am a huge fan too!
OnTheVirge: ???
OnTheVirge: What even is that?
PipReads: You gotta be kidding me. Its a book series that you described your life after!
OntheVirge: ???
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OnTheVirge: I should probably be getting to sleep. I have a long day tomorrow…
Pippa smiled sadly, she didn’t want him to leave.
PipReads: Okay! I will talk to you tomorrow!
OnTheVirge: Sweet Dreams Pip!
Pippas cheeks warmed as she stared at the message. It was so cute!
PipReads: You too!
Pippa smiled and sat her phone back on her nightstand, dozing off to sleep and dreaming of the boy who had stolen her heart.

 

 

And those were the excerpts

PLEASE DO NOT STEAL ANY OF THIS.

this story Idea is something that I love so much PLEASE DO NOT STEAL

AGAIN please do not steal any of my work. If you do I will hunt you down and FITE you

Just kidding guys.

I WILL KILL YOU

with kindness, of course 😉

XD I am having a blast with these jokes.

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I hope these tips helped you if you are struggling to write your novel! They sure did help me! Thanks so much for reading!

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10 ways to bust writers’ block

The thing about being a creative person is that sometimes we aren’t very creative at all.

I am pretty sure everyone is scared to write after the storm of NaNoWriMo. I sure am. XD.  Many people debate writers block. Some people don’t think writer’s block is real but I do because I experience it a lot. Even right now. But fear no more here are some tips to help you! Also if you want an excuse to write, join abbys writing contest YOU COULD WIN AN AMAZON GIFT CARD and there’s some really cool writing prompts!

1. keep writing

The worse thing to do is to quit writing. Keep writing, even if it makes no sense. Write whatever thoughts are in your head, and if you have none, read my next tip below.

2. use writing prompts

Writing prompts are surprisingly helpful. Even if it has nothing to do with your story, it still keeps your writing and gets your creative juices flowing!

3. take a break

Run away with us for the summer, let’s go upstate! Heh sorry, just a little Hamilton reference XD But yes, just like Hamilton, you should take a break from writing. That way you won’t become frustrated.

4. listen to music

Music really helps. But it depends on the music you listen to. I recommend classical or chill music, not LOUD ROCK MUSIC THAT WILL STRESS YOU OUT!

5. Read some inspiring quotes

Quotes really help a lot. But don’t get too distracted, or you might find yourself browsing the web all day!

6. read a book

Read a book and you never know, maybe you’ll be inspired by the writing style or the characters.

7. have some tea

Tea is known to have a calming effect. Whenever you get ready to write, make some tea. There are some tea flavors that can lower stress.

8. force yourself to write

I know its hard but sometimes you just have to write. If you don’t then you won’t get anywhere.

9. talk to yourself

It sounds weird but it really helps

10. have fun

writing is supposed to be fun! Don’t let writers’ block get the best of you!

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Writing Wednesdays: Characters

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img_3664-2 and Welcome back to my blog!

I’m going to talk about how to make your story characters really come to life! Lets get started.

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1. Talk to your characters;

Talking to your characters may sound weird, but it really works! I talk to my characters all the time. Its fun and helps inspire you!

2. Pretend to be your character:

Try to talk in your characters voice. Live as if you were a certain character. Ask your siblings or friends if you can role-play, you can even role-play by yourself. Develop your characters style.

3. Interview your character;

Ask your character questions. Or let someone else ask your character questions

4. Pay attention to the people around you;

Look around everyday at people near by. Sometimes I even look at strangers and see what they are doing, that helps me develop a character and a story.

5. Be creative!

Being creative is not hard. Creative is scribbling random words onto a piece of paper. Creative is you writing a small poem. Creative is you having fun and trying to write! Have fun and don’t worry about messing up. Their is no wrong way to write! Everyone  has their own style. Be yourself and have fun!

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Why planning doesn’t work

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I remember staring at a piece of paper full of scribbles and notes. When will I ever start this novel? I had thought to myself. All my plans and ideas I had scribbled on the page were forgotten. So I clicked the button that said: Word 2013 and started typing about my random story characters. I ended up writing a nice short story. That was the first time I realized that planning doesn’t always work.

when you are writing a story, you need to have a plan. But when you over plan, the story process becomes more of a chore. For me, writing is harder when I plan and it’s easier when I come up with an idea and start writing.

Here are some alternatives to planning

Talk to your characters

Have you ever talked to your story characters? I have many times. When I talk to my character, I learn more about her/him. I imagine I’m the friend and they are having a normal conversation. It’s easy and fun to talk to them.

Write random stories about your characters

When writing, you don’t have to always stick with the story. Open up a new page and write a mini story about your character, and how the character handles a certain situation. Then, if you liked the story you can try to add it into you book.

 

Experiment with other ideas

When writing, try knew things with you charcters. Interveiw your character. Ask them questions. That will help you learn more about them, trust me, it helps.

 

I hope these tips help!

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What do you admire about other books? Do you have any other tips?

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