Oct. 6th, 2012

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Today’s Link: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/421243/how_to_prepare_for_nanow

Now that we’ve covered the basics of prewriting, it’s time to start getting into the nitty-gritty. Today’s link is to an article with information about preparing to NaNoWriMo. Down at the bottom, there are also links to other articles with similar information. Sometimes, I find that just reading about things that I can do to get ready gets my mind going in that direction.

Today, I plan to work on one of my 6 journalist questions. I’m going to focus on my whos. And not just who are my main characters. But who are my secondary characters. Who is the abusive caretaker? What led him to be the sadistic person that crosses the line and sends the girl running in the first place? What is his relationship to the people that left her in his care? What is his relationship to her? Who is the woman he keeps captive in the basement? What is her relationship to him and to the two girls in his care? Since she’s a superhero, why doesn’t she just break out? Why does she stay? Does he or someone else have something over her? Who are the other superheroes? Who can the main characters go to for help? What are the relationships between the others? How do those relationships change their attitudes toward the two teenagers?

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most character questionnaires will get even more in-depth, involving things like favorite colors, the names of their favorite pets, and computer passwords. Basically, you can never know too much about characters. Tomorrow, I’ll link to another character questionnaire that we generally use for roleplaying games. It’s 300 or so questions long and while not all questions will apply to a character in a novel (since it really is designed for fantasy characters), most questions only require a little bit of tweaking to be useful. Then, the next day, I have a link to another site that has more character creation information, from naming characters to making them memorable.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/30-days-of-prewriting-day-6/
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Today’s Link: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/421243/how_to_prepare_for_nanow

Now that we’ve covered the basics of prewriting, it’s time to start getting into the nitty-gritty. Today’s link is to an article with information about preparing to NaNoWriMo. Down at the bottom, there are also links to other articles with similar information. Sometimes, I find that just reading about things that I can do to get ready gets my mind going in that direction.

Today, I plan to work on one of my 6 journalist questions. I’m going to focus on my whos. And not just who are my main characters. But who are my secondary characters. Who is the abusive caretaker? What led him to be the sadistic person that crosses the line and sends the girl running in the first place? What is his relationship to the people that left her in his care? What is his relationship to her? Who is the woman he keeps captive in the basement? What is her relationship to him and to the two girls in his care? Since she’s a superhero, why doesn’t she just break out? Why does she stay? Does he or someone else have something over her? Who are the other superheroes? Who can the main characters go to for help? What are the relationships between the others? How do those relationships change their attitudes toward the two teenagers?

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most character questionnaires will get even more in-depth, involving things like favorite colors, the names of their favorite pets, and computer passwords. Basically, you can never know too much about characters. Tomorrow, I’ll link to another character questionnaire that we generally use for roleplaying games. It’s 300 or so questions long and while not all questions will apply to a character in a novel (since it really is designed for fantasy characters), most questions only require a little bit of tweaking to be useful. Then, the next day, I have a link to another site that has more character creation information, from naming characters to making them memorable.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/30-days-of-prewriting-day-6/
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Starting now, [livejournal.com profile] allyear_sprints is no longer using AIM to host our sprints, which will include this 2012 nano season. However we are hosting on the website chatzy.

Starting October 19th, we are going to require all users to register on chatzy.com to use our sprint website.

Here's why:

1. It's free! It will cost you nothing, not even your pride.
2. This will help keep spam down.
3. No one can steal your user name! Once you register, your name is yours as long as you want it.
4. Registering helps us control the troll population.
5. We will fully know how many members we help.

Registering is easy and can be completed in 2 steps.

1. Go to http://www.chatzy.com and sign up! You can use your email or facebook to create an account.
2. Log in and go to http://chatzy.com/writingsprints

That's it! You can do it anytime from now until October 19th or still come as a guest, however, once October 19th hits, we will require everyone to register before entering the room (and don't you want to be an early adopter?)

If you haven't checked out our new sprint room, come and check it out that weekend. And for all users who register between now and the end of that weekend, you will receive a special banner that states you're an early adopter. You used chatzy writing sprints before chatzy writing sprints were cool. Oh I'm appealing to the hipsters now. I can feel it.

If you have questions or concerns or wondering why All Year Sprints isn't doing the AIM thing anymore, just ask!
[identity profile] writingvixen.livejournal.com


Starting now, [livejournal.com profile] allyear_sprints is no longer using AIM to host our sprints, which will include this 2012 nano season. However we are hosting on the website chatzy.

Starting October 19th, we are going to require all users to register on chatzy.com to use our sprint website.

Here's why:

1. It's free! It will cost you nothing, not even your pride.
2. This will help keep spam down.
3. No one can steal your user name! Once you register, your name is yours as long as you want it.
4. Registering helps us control the troll population.
5. We will fully know how many members we help.

Registering is easy and can be completed in 2 steps.

1. Go to http://www.chatzy.com and sign up! You can use your email or facebook to create an account.
2. Log in and go to http://chatzy.com/writingsprints

That's it! You can do it anytime from now until October 19th or still come as a guest, however, once October 19th hits, we will require everyone to register before entering the room (and don't you want to be an early adopter?)

If you haven't checked out our new sprint room, come and check it out that weekend. And for all users who register between now and the end of that weekend, you will receive a special banner that states you're an early adopter. You used chatzy writing sprints before chatzy writing sprints were cool. Oh I'm appealing to the hipsters now. I can feel it.

If you have questions or concerns or wondering why All Year Sprints isn't doing the AIM thing anymore, just ask!
[identity profile] aurumsisters.livejournal.com
Join us tonight for a pre-NaNo workshop!!

We'll be here: http://us4.chatzy.com/writingsprints

Kitty will be hosting. :)
storyboardnight
[identity profile] aurumsisters.livejournal.com
Join us tonight for a pre-NaNo workshop!!

We'll be here: http://us4.chatzy.com/writingsprints

Kitty will be hosting. :)
storyboardnight

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