Oct. 9th, 2012

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Are you unsure if Sprinting is for you?
Do you need a refresher on how to sprint?
Well, Saturday, Oct. 13 is the perfect day to get that refresher, or learn for sure.

I'll (Sarah) be hosting "Warm Up Sprints" for a 3-hour block. Every ten minutes, you'll be given a prompt, and you write using that prompt. You don't have to use what's in the prompt exactly, but use it to inspire some creativity and get those muscles moving!

The prompts will be sentences, a single word, a phrase. Who knows?

So, on Oct. 13 (Saturday!!), from 3pm to 6pm Eastern, the chatroom will be open and sprints will be running!
I hope to see you there!!
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Are you unsure if Sprinting is for you?
Do you need a refresher on how to sprint?
Well, Saturday, Oct. 13 is the perfect day to get that refresher, or learn for sure.

I'll (Sarah) be hosting "Warm Up Sprints" for a 3-hour block. Every ten minutes, you'll be given a prompt, and you write using that prompt. You don't have to use what's in the prompt exactly, but use it to inspire some creativity and get those muscles moving!

The prompts will be sentences, a single word, a phrase. Who knows?

So, on Oct. 13 (Saturday!!), from 3pm to 6pm Eastern, the chatroom will be open and sprints will be running!
I hope to see you there!!
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Late ... because I was out of town and then running around all day.
Still ♥ me, right? :D

Today’s Link: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/articles/character_questionnaire.php

I love character questionnaires. You can find at least a dozen different kinds on the internet and in books. So it’s always possible to find one that will ask the right question to make your character “speak” to you. My gaming group always uses a 146 question character questionnaire. But the site where I found it requires membership to get it, so it wouldn’t be a particularly useful link for people with no need for other D&D gaming tools and information. And besides, my link has 300 questions (more is better), separated into sections, and available without membership. For my prewriting, I’ll answer the first section of questions for my female main character.

Give a two or three word description of yourself.
Strong, determined, inquisitive
Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, nom de plume?
Rin. I decided that Wren really fit, even though I wanted to stay away from the bird name thing. So this is my compromise.
What is your full birth name?
Erin Miranda Conway
Where do you live?
Kansas City Metro Area (Lenexa)
Why do you live there?
That’s where her caretaker lives. As far as she knows, he’s lived there his entire life.
What is your citizenship status?
Natural born citizen.
What is your most obvious blessing or strength?
Rin has always been stronger and faster than her peers.
What do you perceive as your greatest strength?
Her ability to never give up.
What is your most obvious flaw or weakness?
Once she gets her mind on something, she’s hard to distract, which has gotten her into trouble more than once.
What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?
She gets easily obsessed, making it hard to concentrate on other things she needs to be doing.
Was there any event or cause of these weaknesses?
Growing up, she often had to help her caretaker with his “project” in the basement. She was only allowed to do whatever task he assigned her and she would be punished if her attention wavered.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/30-days-of-prewriting-day-7/

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Late ... because I was out of town and then running around all day.
Still ♥ me, right? :D

Today’s Link: http://www.roleplayingtips.com/articles/character_questionnaire.php

I love character questionnaires. You can find at least a dozen different kinds on the internet and in books. So it’s always possible to find one that will ask the right question to make your character “speak” to you. My gaming group always uses a 146 question character questionnaire. But the site where I found it requires membership to get it, so it wouldn’t be a particularly useful link for people with no need for other D&D gaming tools and information. And besides, my link has 300 questions (more is better), separated into sections, and available without membership. For my prewriting, I’ll answer the first section of questions for my female main character.

Give a two or three word description of yourself.
Strong, determined, inquisitive
Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, nom de plume?
Rin. I decided that Wren really fit, even though I wanted to stay away from the bird name thing. So this is my compromise.
What is your full birth name?
Erin Miranda Conway
Where do you live?
Kansas City Metro Area (Lenexa)
Why do you live there?
That’s where her caretaker lives. As far as she knows, he’s lived there his entire life.
What is your citizenship status?
Natural born citizen.
What is your most obvious blessing or strength?
Rin has always been stronger and faster than her peers.
What do you perceive as your greatest strength?
Her ability to never give up.
What is your most obvious flaw or weakness?
Once she gets her mind on something, she’s hard to distract, which has gotten her into trouble more than once.
What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?
She gets easily obsessed, making it hard to concentrate on other things she needs to be doing.
Was there any event or cause of these weaknesses?
Growing up, she often had to help her caretaker with his “project” in the basement. She was only allowed to do whatever task he assigned her and she would be punished if her attention wavered.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/30-days-of-prewriting-day-7/

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Today’s Link: http://www.fictionfactor.com/characters.html

Today’s link is multiple links in one. A whole section of articles about creating characters. If you plan to write a novel with a small cast of characters, there’s something there for that. If you have a larger cast of characters, there’s something there for that, too. There’s an article in case you still need character names (and I still need a few), an article for creating a great and memorable villain. There’s even a section for creating non-human characters. So if you’re still working out the bugs in you characters, you should be able to find what you need here. Tomorrow, we move on to plot.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/30-days-of-prewriting-day-8/

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Today’s Link: http://www.fictionfactor.com/characters.html

Today’s link is multiple links in one. A whole section of articles about creating characters. If you plan to write a novel with a small cast of characters, there’s something there for that. If you have a larger cast of characters, there’s something there for that, too. There’s an article in case you still need character names (and I still need a few), an article for creating a great and memorable villain. There’s even a section for creating non-human characters. So if you’re still working out the bugs in you characters, you should be able to find what you need here. Tomorrow, we move on to plot.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/30-days-of-prewriting-day-8/

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And now we're all caught up!!

Today’s Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirty-Six_Dramatic_Situations

There comes a point when getting to know your characters isn’t all that useful anymore. Something has to happen to them in order to get the story moving. That’s where plot comes in. There are plenty of plots out there and even taking one that someone else has done doesn’t mean that your novel can’t be fresh. Look at how many times Cinderella has been redone and re-imagined. So don’t be afraid to write a new take on Little Red Riding Hood if that’s what strikes you. But in case that doesn’t, there are Georges Polti’s Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. I linked to the Wikipedia page, which lists them all out, but if you need more explanation for any of them, there’s a link at the bottom of the page for the full text of his work at Internet Archive.

Thirty-six is also not a definitive number. The Tennessee Screenwriting Association came up with twenty. And I know of another site that has 32 RPG Plots, which is pretty great, but focuses on plots that work well in roleplaying games, so they might not all be the greatest for a novel. But you never know where inspiration will come from.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/30-days-of-prewriting-day-9/

sarahcb1208: (bring it)
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And now we're all caught up!!

Today’s Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thirty-Six_Dramatic_Situations

There comes a point when getting to know your characters isn’t all that useful anymore. Something has to happen to them in order to get the story moving. That’s where plot comes in. There are plenty of plots out there and even taking one that someone else has done doesn’t mean that your novel can’t be fresh. Look at how many times Cinderella has been redone and re-imagined. So don’t be afraid to write a new take on Little Red Riding Hood if that’s what strikes you. But in case that doesn’t, there are Georges Polti’s Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations. I linked to the Wikipedia page, which lists them all out, but if you need more explanation for any of them, there’s a link at the bottom of the page for the full text of his work at Internet Archive.

Thirty-six is also not a definitive number. The Tennessee Screenwriting Association came up with twenty. And I know of another site that has 32 RPG Plots, which is pretty great, but focuses on plots that work well in roleplaying games, so they might not all be the greatest for a novel. But you never know where inspiration will come from.

From: http://maidenfine.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/30-days-of-prewriting-day-9/

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