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Yay! Camping has finally started! Woo hoo!

And guess what?! I’m already ahead! Not by much but still ahead!

Here are a few tips that I’ve found this year already or are leftover from last year’s NaNo:

    1. Don’t blog/surf online for fun/etc until you’ve at least matched where you are supposed to be for that day.
    2. Get ahead as much as possible when you are in the zone. You will need that stock up later in the month. I promise.
    3. If you don’t have an outline yet, take a break and put some of your writing time towards putting together at least a vague one. It will help you tremendously. And you’ll make up that time no doubt.
    4. IF you have an outline but get stuck somewhere, skip it! That’s what the outline is for! Write scenes out-of-order and whatever you have in your head at the moment. It will save you a lot of wasted “writing block” time.
    5. Similar to the last one, learn to use the brackets as ways to insert a thought like [and then they do something that gets them to the place where _____ happens]. Seriously, you will love yourself later on and either save yourself from writers blocks or even boring scenes.
    6. Other suggestions for brackets are things that you need to fix with characters or plot holes but don’t want to waste precious writing time on that stuff, such as [change Sam’s name to Jessica from this point forward], [go back and fix Chelsea’s back story so that she now has a sister] and [act as if Owen and Jadara haven’t met yet]. Just don’t put your entire story in brackets. That defeats the point of writing a story.
    7. If your morning allows for it, get some writing in before you take off for the day. It will boost your confidence knowing that you at least have a few (or more) words already under your belt for the day. I did that today and it felt great. :) You won’t regret it if you do but don’t go out of your way to try this if you aren’t a morning person.

Well hopefully my first round of tips is somewhat helpful for someone. Mainly just keep writing, if you come to a block, skip it or just write something else entirely until you get an idea. Good luck campers!

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Well, online anyway. :)

This June I will participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. It is a summer version of the regular NaNoWriMo in November. I will still be trying to complete a 50,000 word novel but the twist during the camp months (there is also an August camp) is the addition of cabins. Each cabin holds six writers to write together and encourage each other throughout the month. It’s a great idea for a camp like this. Online encouragement of people doing the same crazy thing that you are.

On a personal note, I am very ready to start writing. I’m hoping that this month goes better than my last attempt in November. I learned a lot of tricks then that I will be applying during camp. Only three days left.

So if you are camping along with me, good luck!

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Wow. A lot of big issues lately. It’s time for a slight break for a writing blog!

Yes, I am writing. Aside from blogs, I have started working on a new book. (For all of you asking, “what happened to that other book you were writing and excited about finishing about a year ago?” may answer is, “It’s still around. I’m just not ready to go back to that story line yet.”) So anyway, this new book of mine has a finished outline and quite a bit of background.

If you followed me around the time of NaNoWriMo 2011 you may remember me boasting about a writing program called Scrivener. (I posted about it here.) I had a trial version of the program specifically for NaNo and fell in love with the program almost instantly. Sadly though, the trial was over shortly after NaNo and I didn’t use my NaNo participation coupon (I didn’t win and receive the winner’s 50% off coupon, though 20% off is still good) in time to gt the discount. Still I debated getting Scrivener at its regular price ($40) because I thought it was worth that much.

My husband (oh yeah, by the way, I got married last month) suggested looking to see if there was any program that compared to Scrivener that was free or at least cheaper. After a bit of fighting it on my side (I had fallen in love with Scrivener, remember?) I gave in and started the search. Now given the title of this blog, you can probably figure out how that search went. It was long and very few things even came close. I found a lot of full screen, no distraction, writing programs that focused on typing without all the extra stuff. But I wanted Scrivener’s features.

So I kept looking.

I googled so many combinations of things and learned a lot about a lot of programs. But things kept coming up short. My husband figured I was being biased so he pulled out our other laptop to help me search. Luckily he had also used Scrivener so he knew what it was I liked about it. About the same time we both came across a promising program called Celtx. It was free and while I did some research first, he just downloaded it and started messing around with it. Celtx has a free version as well as a paid version,though it’s a lot cheaper than Scrivener. He liked the program right away and insisted I download it to the other laptop and just try it.

What I had of this story at this point was all mashed around in a Google Doc. Now, I love Google Docs – I like sharing documents with other people who can read them and comment on them or edit them along side of me. But it lacked the organizational extras of Scrivener. So I gave in, downloaded the free version of Celtx and started transferring stuff over. I hit a few annoying patches where the program wasn’t doing what I wanted it to or I didn’t know how to do something – and couldn’t find help. But it still holds a promising feel.

I haven’t looked at all the features yet to see if it’s enough to replace Scrivener. Right now I only have the outline and characters over in Celtx but that’s enough of the story that I may be stuck with it for now. I say “stuck with it” mostly joking. It does seem like a good program and I can probably learn to really like it. I’m just having a bit of trouble switching.

If anyone out there has tried Celtx and can giver their feedback or hints, I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you have tried both programs. Please leave comments if you can help me.

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Hey all you crazy fellow NaNo-ers out there.

Just thought I’d share something awesome with you. It’s a software called Scrivener. It’s an amazing system for story planning and first draft. All those little features you wish you could have in a basic word program at your fingertips or mouse point. And once you learn how to use the features it has, you won’t want to go back. If you want to try it out through NaNo, check out their extended NaNoWriMo trial here.

Now this writer needs to get back to her planning. Less than a week left!

~Author Faerie

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Oh crap!

Well, I did it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year.

What is NaNoWriMo? Google it! Actually no, I’ll sum it up for you: Starting November 1 at midnight, insane writers from all over challenge themselves to complete a 50,000-word novel before November 30 runs out.

My problem? I have no idea what I’m getting myself into! I have only a week left to figure out what I will be working on this next month! A week to decide, outline, gather coffee and stock up on extra sleep before the frenzy begins. What have I done? Someone help me.

~Author Faerie

PS Join me?

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I found this joke while reading along a fellow writer’s blog and thought I would share it with you readers and direct some traffic her way.

That’s all for now. See ya next time!
~Author Faerie

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A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX :

1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.

I did not write this but felt compelled to share it.
~Author Faerie

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