'Seeking Aether' (experimental garment collection): InAisce FW 13/14 Men's Collection featuring South Sudanese refugee and former child soldier turned actor and model Ger Duany - video link
Ger Duany, you are amazing, sir. #7 is some kind of amazing villain waiting to be born.
WTF with people rocking this kind of clothing seriously. I’m pointing at you too nefowls! Some of these coats are so good. And his boots are like heaven.
Third one… Assassins Creed set in future instead of past.
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WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It begins on November 1st of every year and goes until 11:59 on November 30th. During this time, participants must write a novel that is at least 50,000 words.
If you win NaNoWriMo, you get some perks that are listed on the website each year. Examples include discounts on writing software, free downloads, and some free physical copies of your self published book.
There is also a related event called Camp NaNoWriMo. This is the same as NaNoWriMo, but with a few differences:
- Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in April and July.
- On the Camp NaNoWriMo website, you can be in “cabins" with other writers where you can chat and encourage each other to write.
- You can set your own word count goal for Camp NaNoWriMo.
FAQ ABOUT NANOWRIMO
Do I have to write a novel? Can I write an anthology of short stories?
While the original premise was to write a novel, you are free to write an anthology or short stories (or something similar) if you wish.
Does it have to be original fiction? Can I write fan fiction?
Again, the original premise was to write original fiction, but you can write fan fiction if you want.
Am I allowed to plan my story before November?
Yes! Writers are encouraged to prepare prior to NaNoWriMo.
Am I allowed to start writing my story before NaNoWriMo as long as I write an additional 50k words during November?
You’re supposed to start with a new story, but there’s no one to stop you from continuing an old story or even rewriting one.
Does my novel have to be 50,000 words, or can I go over?
You can definitely go over the word count.
PLANNING AND PREPARATION
If you’re prone to writer’s block, I highly recommend that you plan before you write:
- My Outlining and Planning Guide
- Name Generators for People, Places, and Things
- Naming Characters
- World Building
- Prepping For NaNoWriMo: The Outlining Stage
Otherwise, prepare mentally and physically for the challenge of writing a novel in a month. Plan out when you will write each day and for how long. Remember, you need at least 1667 words per day to reach the goal by the end of the month. Find a nice spot to write, have all your notes in order, and back up all your files. Here are some more tips and resources:
- My Preparation Advice
- Kris Noel’s Preparation Advice
- Create Your Own Writer’s Retreat
- Book Geek Confessions’ Prep Advice
One thing you need to avoid during NaNoWriMo is editing. If you edit while you’re trying to write, your writing will be slowed and you’ll fall behind. Just keep writing.
- Getting Started
- Writing the Beginning
- Writing the Middle
- Writing the End
- The Elephant Technique (for when you’re stuck with naming or describing something)
- Finishing Your Story
- Writing Playlists and Music
- Writer’s Block
- Writing Software and Websites
OTHER NANOWRIMO TIPS
- 10 NaNoWriMo Tips
- 20 Things You Should Know About NaNo
- NaNo Tips
- NaNoWriMo is Coming
- Writer’s Digest NaNoWriMo Tips
- Checklist for Nano
- Lots of NaNo Tips
- Word Count Widgets If You Don’t Like the NaNo Ones
AFTER NANO ENDS
So NaNoWriMo is over (or you’ve finished your novel) and now you have a rough draft of your manuscript. Here are some tips:
- Do not immediately send it to an agent or publisher. Tons of people start sending out their manuscripts right after NaNoWriMo and it’s a huge mistake because they’re not sending polished, ready-to-be-published manuscripts. They’re sending rough drafts they wrote quickly.
- Leave it alone before you start editing. Walk away from your manuscript and work on something else or take a break from writing. This break could be a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. It depends on you. Then start editing once you’re fresh again.
For more on editing and publishing, see my How to Write and Publish a Novel page.
This list is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergy, nobility, divination, and medieval…
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Hello there, writerly friend~ ♥︎
I know where you are coming from. Right now, before the story even begins— I can feel this certain pull when I think about my characters. it’s a strange sense of certainty, like the light of a torch inside of a dark tunnel. I don’t know where i am going, but I trust that the characters will take me there… and they always do.
The thing is, I didn’t start like this.
Back when I first started writing, I used to roll my eyes at the writers who claimed that they had no control over the story.
"Of course you have control! You are the one writing the story, just change what they say," Young Max said, rolling his eyes so hard they nearly fell out of their sockets.
It took me a while to understand that, (first off) all writers are different, but also that there seemed to be this unspoken truth that most writers had no control. It took me a long while to understand that. I used to plot like crazy. I used to think that I was the movie director, telling the actors what to do and shouting ‘CUT!’ when they screwed up a line.
Over time, though, I realized that I was not the director… but merely the camera-man. I am not calling the shots, I just show up every day at the same time, and the actors follow up on the script given to them by someone I have never met. Sure, sometimes I get a feeling for where things are going— but at the end of the day I am just the guy with the camera.
Now, I know what you must be thinking:
"Great, Max is going to tell me that I have to write, and practice, and wait until I am good enough to be able to ‘feel’ that pull or whatever he talked about,” said the Strawman, throwing his arms in the air like he truly did not care.
Nope. Although I think time and practice played a great part in this— I can tell you that the most important factor in learning to trust my characters was to…
It’s time for my catchphrase, everybody, at the count of 1-2-3:
GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THE STORY.
Seriously. The most important lesson is to learn to step aside and let the story go. You are the person with the camera. Your job is to record what is going on. Nothing else. Nothing more. You want your characters to shine? You want your characters to grow before your eyes? Get out of the way of the story. I want you to picture a movie set where the camera-man started yelling at the actors:
- "I am just not sure if anyone is going to take this story seriously."
- "I feel like this story has been told before."
- "I worry what people will think of me if they read this story."
I don’t know about you, but I would get a little fed up if my camera-man kept interrupting me in the middle of a scene.
Here’s what I want you to do, okay? I want you to keep writing. I want you to step aside and write. Go with the flow. Learn to trust your characters. You want them to behave like people? Then treat them like people. Simple as that c;
I hope this helps! If you, or any other writerly friends, have any questions, then make sure to send them my way.
Keep writing, writerly friend~ ♥︎
me: hey i’m kinda good at this writing thing
*reads other people’s writing*
me: i am a literary potato
Making something look normal or common is less about terminology or how you initially describe it and more about how you include it. If you want hover vehicles to be seen as a normal part of the world, show them in everyday situations: kids on their way to school who are racing each other on hoverboards, a hover-scooter lying on someone’s lawn while it recharges on a faded cord, special parking for hovercars built into the parking lots alongside bike racks/”normal” car spaces/etc. Only give it enough special treatment in description to make sure the audience knows what it is. Once it has been established, use it as a facet of the world rather than the center of attention. It’s a normal part of the world and does not get special attention anymore (or ever, depending on how you handle exposition).
As far as describing things, I have some links I think you will like:
- Scifi terms to use in your writing (courtesy of NASA!)
- 3 tips for watertight fantasy, scifi, and time travel stories
- 75 words every scifi fan should know
- 10 words scifi invented that we use today
- SF/F Writing
- Do’s and Don’t for SF/F
- Pitfalls of SF/F
- Scifi tag and technology tag
- Guide to writing scifi
- It’s made of SCIENCE
- 10 things every brand new creator of scifi should know
- 5 ways to kill (as in ruin) the description in your scifi novel
It’s actually really easy to be good at arguments and debates, especially if you’re in an rp setting and can make shit up. :D Here are some personal tips from me on how to construct an argument. Remember the PEA! Point, evidence, analysis. Before constructing any argument, try to know what your point is. Try to write a topic sentence, as concise as possible, like “The Avengers will kick the X-Men ass in a battle located in New York City”. Evidence! Try to have at least three pieces of evidence possible in order to back up your point, and always analyze this evidence afterwards. “Because The Avengers have Captain America” Evidence! “Who really has a nice ass and no one can beat his ass cause he has the best one, duh!” Analysis! “Because Wolverine will totally help the Avengers. As seen in graphic novel blah blah blah, Wolverine’s loyalty lies with the Avengers and not with the X-Men.” That’s basically how I would do it in any sort of essay writing slash pseudo debate scenario.
Here are some links to help you with constructing arguments:
- Constructing a Logical Argument
- 5 Ways to Win a Debate
- The Best Way to Win an argument
- Quick tips to winning debates
- Debate tips and tricks
- Top 10 tips on winning an argument
- How to win Arguments
- How to win every argument
- How to win an argument
Depending on how you want to play your character, there are a lot of ways to be persuasive. Your character can be more intellectual, coming up with good points to persuade someone to do good. Or, your character can be cunning and achieve it through subtle psychological hints and body language. For example, if you’re drinking with someone, every time that person laugh, by taking a drink you can make them associate the happy and free feeling of being drunk with you. So they naturally listen to you more. Obviously, that’s really sneaky, so it’s up to your character traits on whether that would be included. All persuasive characters have one thing in common and that’s confidence. So as the writer, you have to be confident in what your character’s motivations are. Be sure that you know why your character is persuading someone to do as such. Is it because they always want to be right? Or, is it because they are more manipulative?
Here are some links to help:
- Manipulation character tips
- The 21 principles of persuasion
- How to be persuasive
- Principles of persuasion
- How to speak with persuasively
- How to be persuasive and not get persuaded
And for playing someone more clever than you are, google helps. Really. I’m currently playing an electrical engineer and I have no idea how to even begin. But it’s always about the research. When a specific topic comes up like, building a tiny robot camera, I google how to build a robot camera. It’s legitimately all I do for every character. When I roleplay Hawkeye, I think I had thirty tabs open at one point telling me how to shoot an arrow and how to calculate wind direction affecting said arrow. So you know, bullshit a little bit, and google a little bit. Throw really long words at your roleplayer and it’s all good.
Here are some links:
- Kgillsrpc’ writing a witty character
- writing-questions-answered’s how to write a smart character
- Forum: how to create a smart character when you yourself aren’t smart
- How to write characters that are smarter than you are
Hope that helps!