The Gallery Dear Admissions Committee Members: I wish to write you about someone who has applied to become one of your newest recruits, to protect and serve the Milky Way Galaxy with honour, graciousness, and a level of selflessness that you will NOT see anywhere else, I guarantee. I will be sharing a piece out…

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She watched the acorn fall slowly down the tree from one of the topmost branches of the giant old oak. The withered old tree barely ever produced many leaves, but was always able to create a multitude of fun lit hatted nuts as her MoSi had always called after them. Buri-Jaan would be calling her…

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This is the final (for now, don’t worry! CampNaNo is in the spring!) NaNo Prep article. Hopefully the past few weeks has been helpful for you to flush out your characters, and get some fantastic storyline going. The following comes with a disclaimer: I DID NOT WRITE THESE word prompts/sprints, but I can tell you…

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We’ve barely scratched the surface of the wonderful areas you can delve into with your writing, but since we’re now only 5 days away from the start of NaNo, I’m gonna do the right thing and give you all the pdf’s in one place. Tomorrow, I’m going to put up a selection of Writing Prompts/Sprints…

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Word Webs There are several different types of webs you can create that will help you connect your plot pieces together, and allow you to see other possible connections as well. Let’s look a few different styles. The Wheel The Web – notice how the pieces inter connect and join well with one another? This…

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It’s all in the details. Seriously, the more you can describe in a short sequence, the better. Not that everyone doesn’t enjoy hearing about battlements, and the type of poison you are dipping arrows in and so forth, but I’m talking about setting the scene to start with. I’ll give you a for instance, to…

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Know your audience This might seem like a given right from the start, but there are a few specific areas that need to be addressed in order to ensure that your audience is the one you set out to write for, knowing that others can and likely will be reading it (even just for critique)….

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Depth of Character: Character Focus (protagonist/antagonist) NOTE: YOU DO NOT have to have a “hero/villain” in your story. This is only if you decide you want to have them. And yes, I’m adding a new creation of Antivillain because it’s important that people are able to have characters who are complex. The depth of your…

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Plotting Plots Today’s focus is going to be starting to develop an actual story that gels together. Working off the principal that you’re no a ‘pantser’ but are a ‘planner’, we’re going to need to suss out some finer details. We’re gonna KISS it all up as much as possible, but this one might be…

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Pantser or Planner: Which is better for you? Are you the type of writer who can get any old idea and bang out 1000 words or more with no worries at all, or are you the type who needs to ruminate on ideas for a fortnight and hope that when you put pen to paper/fingers…

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