NaNo2010 > Character Roundup

We inch ever-closer to creating an honest-to-goodness for-really-real outline. But we’re not quite there yet. Let’s get to know not only your protagonist and antagonist, but also your supporting cast. The Exercise Grab your favorite brainstorming equipment (pen and paper for me) and let’s get started. Begin with your protagonist. If you’ve been following along…

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NaNo2010 > Everyone’s a Hero

A Change of Plans I’m learning a ton about planning a book from this post series. For example, I’d intended today’s post to be “Working on Plot A” but when I sat down to start brainstorming, I realized I couldn’t get very far at all without knowing my antagonist a little better. Let’s spend some…

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Sketchthings

Out with the old and in with the new. Old sketchbook is now retired, and Syrana reminded me that I’d doodled out an elegant inebriated elephant for her but never scanned it in, so I took the time to scan in a few unfinished sketches that never quite made it all the way to being…

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NaNo2010 > Preliminary Outline

Outlining This week we are going to begin outlining. Don’t worry, this isn’t the scary outline. If any outline can be said to be scary, it’ll come much later. This week’s outline is a loose preliminary outline. It’s job is to give us a picture of our story as it is RIGHT NOW – both…

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On Worldbuilding And Infodumps

The Request Via twitter, Krizzlybear requested a NaNo2010 post focused more directly on worldbuilding than my Worldbuilding 1 and Worldbuilding 2 posts. Specifically, he requested more information on : range of chronology relevancy of world events character genealogy local vs world history Different Levels of Worldbuilding I thought about what I might say on these…

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Hiding Book Buying Links

I read a blog article recently (sadly, I did not save the link) wherein the blogger was advising authors with websites on a point that the blogger felt was dreadfully obvious. If I want to buy your book, said the blogger, do not hide the means to do so from me. How would I feel…

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Recent Art > Koala and Platypus

Time to go back and gather up all the art I’ve done since the last art post here. I haven’t been coloring anything, but I’ve been having a lot of fun just inking and taking random requests for subject matter from twitter. @Mallara was not the only person to request a koala bear (I think…

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Mr. Moore > Making a Tami Breakfast

Breakfast Every morning, Mr. Moore gets up at an ungodly hour. Why does he do this? Is it because he has to be up at that hour? No. Is it because he’s a morning person? No. Is it because he’s secretly a spy and the wee hours of the morning are the only time that…

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NaNo2010 > The Bad Guys

Bouncing Yes, we’re bouncing from plots to characters. We’ll do that a lot. All of the elements of your story should come together in such a way that you can’t imagine removing one piece and replacing it with another. If you have a story set in a dystopian future, it should change every other aspect…

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