NaNoWriMo is Here!

Have you started your novel yet? You know, that one you’ve always wanted to write. That idea for a story that’s rattling around in the back of your head? Well today’s the day! Join a ton of crazy, fun people from around the world in this challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can learn more about it, and/or sign up HERE to keep track of your progress and be part of the nanowrimo.org community. And here’s a handy chart to keep track of the daily word count goal. Print one to fill in your word progress the old school way. Happy Writing!

Dr Who nano 2018 word count chart

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Writing Tip: Take It Home – Victoria Bastedo

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Victoria Bastedo

Another great writing tip shared by FVP Featured Author, Victoria Bastedo:

All characters need a home. It’s like meeting a new friend at work or at church. You may laugh in the hallways or at break time, but after a while the friendship doesn’t progress until you take that person home. It’s that way in a lot of shows on television too, as well as in love stories; meeting the family for the first time means something.

So give your characters a home, even if your story is set (as my current one is) on a spaceship. On the Enterprise in Star Trek we saw Spock at home in his quarters, playing a lute. In Middle Earth our hobbits returned to their hole in Bag End.

If you see a thriller where the spy only lives his life in hotel rooms and Moneypenny is his deepest relationship, there may be some excitement and fancy gadgetry, but there’s not a lot of personal connection.

Even if the home is oppressive at the beginning of the story and the goal is to get away from it, bring your characters to a home worth having by the end. Building that house makes a richer story.

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