Saturday, November 1, 2014

nanowrimo 2014

From the NaNoWriMo site:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
I wasn't sure if I'd be participating this year, but my current outline is looking good to go, so I'm diving in headfirst. That first rough draft is my least favorite part of the noveling process, so NaNoWriMo is exactly the sort of thing I need to get it churned out.

Also, can I just say how much I love this year's participant icons & banners?

Be sure to check out the website for more info and to sign up. Best of luck to my fellow participants!

Friday, October 31, 2014

reads: oct 2014

one | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater 

two | The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa 

three The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa 

four | Unbreakable (The Legion #1) by Kami Garcia 

five | Unmarked (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia 

sixThe Collector by Nora Roberts


adult: 2
   2 romance (1 contemporary, 1 paranormal)

ya: 5
   1 fantasy (contemporary)
   2 paranormal
   2 post-apocalypse (paranormal)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 oct 2014

3 memories

  • running: easing back into running, trying to be patient and enjoy the process. i tend to push myself too hard too quickly, which leads to burnout and injuries.
  • renting ridiculous movies: the spousebot & i have been hitting up our nearby redbox a lot this month. at first i felt pressured to keep up with the latest and greatest, but realized i just wanted to get whatever looks entertaining. zombie eel slugs! aliens vs. dinosaurs!
  • starting a new project: deep in the outlining phase and contemplating using it as a nanowrimo project.

2 obsessions

  • pumpkin everything: i've been experimenting with pumpkin soup, pumpkin smoothies, and pumpkin latte recipes at home. next up: pumpkin curry
  • new running shoes: i picked up two new pairs. 1) Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14, and 2) ASICS GT-1000 3

1 looking forward to

  • Halloween: the spousebot & I have a tradition of watching the nightmare before christmas together on halloween. we snuggle up, eat all the good candy, & take turns passing out to trick-or-treaters. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

[my writing life] gamify my writing: word sprints & dice

To refresh my writing brain and learn new skills, I've been reading a lot of craft books and scoping out author blogs. I'll be sharing some of my favorites soon. Today, I want to share another way to gamify writing.

This week: Word Sprint Dice

Standard word sprints entail choosing an amount of time (ten minutes, twenty minutes, etc.) and writing nonstop, typically using a timer.

To add a dash of the excitement, I combined timed word sprints with dice rolls. 

Here's a sampler from the Spousebot's collection. Mixed sets can be bought in game shops, your local comic book store, or online. (I love this pink set!) You probably have some six-siders already at home from board games.

A few ideas:
  1. Roll one die, write for that number of minutes. 
  2. Roll one die, multiply by 10 or 100, write that many words. (Ex: Rolling a 6 = 600 words)
  3. Roll two dice, the first being the number of minutes, the second being the word count goal. (Ex: In the picture below, I'd write for 16 minutes, with the goal being 400 words)
  4. Roll two dice, the first being the minutes you sprint, the second being the minutes you break. (Ex: In the picture below, I'd sprint for 16 minutes and then take a 4 minute break)
  5. Create a list of scene ideas. (Ex: Guy walks in with a gun; Lead character reveals a secret) Use the dice to randomly choose which one to use.

For timers, I love the one on my phone, which I usually combine with the Final Fantasy Victory Fanfare, or my trusty R2D2 kitchen timer

Happy sprinting!

Gamify My Writing
two | word sprint dice
three | TBD

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

[my writing life] gamify my writing: word sprint cards

Every time I start a new writing project, I'm back at square one. Maybe because it's been months since the last time. It's a long process for each step: brainstorming, outlining, drafting, editing, editing again, submitting. By the time I circle back around it feels like: Okay, here we go. ...How do I do this again?

I'm taking the time to refresh on the basics and learn new things. One new thing I wanted to try was gamifying my drafting. Drafting is my least favorite stage of the process. I quickly start feeling discouraged and dragged down by it. I wanted to experiment with ways to make it more of a fun challenge.

This week: Word Sprint Cards

I got this idea while admiring the way people keep track of their fitness goals on Pinterest. Some use marbles and jars, or clothespins on string, to count pounds lost. Others use popsicle sticks to get through daily exercise reps. It seemed like a fun way to mix things up, and gives a physical and visual method to tracking goals. (Plus: art project!)

I used what I had, but you could use just about anything. I varied my sprints between 10 and 15 minutes. If I completed them all, it would add up to 4 hours. 

If you make these yourself, please share a photo with me. Happy sprinting!

Gamify My Writing
one | word sprint cards
three | TBD


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