April Camp NaNoWriMo Starts in 2 Days

Hey friends,

We have Camp NaNoWriMo starting on Wednesday.

Camp NaNoWriMo

Since it’s Camp, you can choose your word count goal. I’m going for 25,000 because I discovered in both July and November of last year that I just tried to get words down, instead of caring about quality.

So my real goal for this round of camp is:

quality-over-quantity

I’m hoping to get a good chunk of Sapphyre written and possibly get Topaas draft 2 started (beyond the plotting of course).

I will stay accountable to you in my bi-weekly posts, relaying my word count and also if I feel that there is quality to what I’m writing.

Good luck with Camp!

WD

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The Importance of Setting

Setting is crucial to a story and if your story is in the wrong setting it won’t seem to work out as well.

In Topaas, the setting is similar to the countryside of Scotland:

Scotland

Sapphyre takes place on estates like one would find in Regency England.

England

Emryld (book 3) takes place on a ship.

Ship

These settings all play an important role in their subsequent stories, so as I was thinking about my Mirrors trilogy yesterday I wondered what the setting would be. The ideas I had didn’t seem to fit.

Then a new idea came and I’m ready to roll with it. My stories take place in a world parallel to our own so the country that the setting of Mirrors will be based on is Russia with the stories taking place in the cities.

Russia

I’m excited to learn more about Russian culture and see how I can make that a part of the stories 🙂

What fun settings have you found for your stories?

WD

The Language of the Fan

In writing Regency Fantasy, one of the things that I am currently researching is the language of the fan. There are some fun things that you can say to someone through a fan and it’s been fun trying to see how my characters can use a fan to express their emotions.

Here’s a fun clip from The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement where Mia learns the art of the fan.

It’s fun to learn these different arts to give more depth to a story.

So gentlemen, if a young lady twirls her fan in either hand, she’s not interested. However if she just carries it in her left hand she wants to get to know you 🙂

So when you want to find something fun like that to add to a story, do your research and you could find some interesting things.

WD

Funny Friends :)

I have some of the best writing buddies.

Honestly I think it’s important for a writer to have at least one good friend that they can talk about their work with.

Yesterday I was chatting with my friend Andrea and decided to share a funny idea that I had for a scene. She’s the type of friend that rolls with anything funny that I share with her.

She also knows my characters’ personalities so she knows possible funny ways that a specific character might respond to that situation.

One that she sent me made me laugh so hard that I couldn’t breathe.

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Good friends can do that for you and help you find even more ways to explore a character.

Have fun 🙂

WD

A Great Program for Plotting

Happy Monday everyone 🙂

So some of you may be aware of this but I am not much of a plotter. I’m a pantser and it’s recently caused some issues for me.

I am by no means saying that being a pantser is bad. I’ve completed the first drafts of five or six books that way.

Now that I’m on the second draft of Book 1, which is called Topaas, I realized I needed to do some serious plotting because this new draft needed a major plot overhaul.

PlottingButton

My problem?

No idea where to start or what way I should plot.

Then I came across a post on tumblr that showed some apps and programs for writers.

The one I want to talk about is Hiveword. It’s a free online program where you log in and you can store ideas for scenes, characters, settings, items of importance, plotlines, and chapters.

Now if that’s not what I needed I don’t know what is. If you need help with plotting check out http://hiveword.com. It could be a great resource for you.

Have fun writing!

WD

The Perfect Songs

So last night as I was working on Book 2 I had an experience that made me chuckle.

I’ve mentioned in the past about certain songs influencing me and that I have a playlist for my books.

Last night, I had the playlist on shuffle while I wrote and as I wrote about my main character at a ball, faking smiles, this song came on.

The beginning part made me laugh. That’s why this song ended up on my playlist. The circumstances in the song fit those in my book.

It’s fun when you can find songs that describe your characters or their situations.

What songs have you found that influence you?

Until next time!

WD

Excitement and Bounciness

Okay so I’m in a really good mood this morning :). The ideas for how to fix plot problems in Book 1 for the second draft are flowing!

So many ideas.

So much to write.

I want to write them down and do a little dance haha.

I’m lucky that I get to write when I’m not busy at my day job or these hours until I get off work would be torture.

Time to get writing!

Enjoy your day and get the ideas flowing 😀

WD