The (Inevitable) Post About NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participant BannerIt’s October.  And you know what that means.  No, not Halloween.  It means we only have a few weeks before the biggest noveling event in the world begins.  

I’m going to assume that everyone knows what NaNoWriMo is, since you’re on a writing blog.   However, if you’re feeling rather clueless, you can find out more about it at the link.  nanowrimo.org/about

And, of course, I’ve already extensively planned my entire book, and am all ready to start a killer novel.  *laughs nervously*  No.  I told myself last year that everything would be planned out, down to the tiniest detail.  I was frantically planning on October 31, and I’m pretty sure I had only gotten to the first chapter by November 1.  It’s probably going to be the same this year.
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I Attempt a Rewrite

I found a notebook while cleaning my room recently.  (You find all sorts of things when you clean your room, don’t you?)  I was curious, and flipped the notebook open.  I started reading.  Then I remembered I wrote a story on a long car trip in that notebook when I was in fourth grade or somewhere around that age.  I got about a quarter a way through writing the story until I quit because it was basically a Magic Tree House book.  

I still regard it as my first major foray into writing, however.  (I don’t count the numerous fifteen sentence stories I wrote as a kindergartner.)

So, to see how far I’ve come, I decided to rewrite a portion of the story. Continue reading

Character Tag

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I saw this tag on loren’s blog, and decided to try it myself.  The rules are as followed:

  • write 30 character names on pieces of paper
  • fold them up and put them in a bowl or whatever
  • pick two slips of paper and decide between the two for each question

I tried to use well known characters, but there may be a few weird ones. Continue reading

My Biggest Pet Peeves in Romance

 

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Alrighty.  Those of you who know me in real life know that I’m not a hopeless romantic.  I’m not a anti-love person, I just have a lot of problems with the way it’s presented in media.  This post isn’t going to focus on that as much as the cliches I see over and over in books.  

This post could go on and on, but I’m going to focus on a few main areas.  The “Insert Love Interest So Readers will Read My Book” trend, and the “Love at First Sight,” and “Damsel In Distress” cliches. Continue reading

Exiles Blog Tour and Author Interview!!!

Guys, it’s here!  It’s here!  I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Ilyon Chronicles and I was so excited to participate in Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel’s blog tour!  This is the fourth book in her Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.  I reviewed the first book here a while back, so if you don’t know anything about it, check it out.

The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.  You can even snag the first book for .99 cents!!!

Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. (Did I mention that there’s a cool giveaway?) Continue reading