Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Your Tough-Love Writing Resources

So, you've made the decision to write the novel you've always wanted to write but never thought you could.  The Adventures of Hottie McHookerpants are going to make their way out of your head and onto the page.  You're excited.  You're pumped.  And it's only 1,667 words per day!

It sounds so easy, doesn't it?  Unfortunately, what seems like a walk in the park on November 1st may not be so easy by November 7th. Here are some great resources to keep the creative juices flowing - and your nose to the grindstone.

Chuck Wendig
On his site, Terrible Minds, Wendig gives writing advice that manages to be both whimsical and merciless. Not only does he help you find your motivation - and choke it into submission - but also he pulls no punches and has no time for your bullshit excuses. More to the point, he doesn't let you have time for them. I discovered this site via Lilith Saintcrow's Twitter feed. Considering she's one of my favorite authors, if she's down with his advice I figured it had to be good stuff. And it is. (I also picked up his novella Shotgun Gravy the other day and it's excellent. Buy it.)

Jim Butcher
This is an older set of posts and it's livejournal so it looks very 90s but this is some really great how-to for getting organized. Your generic plot outline for Hottie's adventures are great, but do you have a character profile for her? What do you really know about her two love interests, Harold Wolfowicz and Chomp R. Sanguinary? Do you know how Hottie is getting from her day job as a librarian to her climactic war with three hundred thousand orcs? Butcher's method for plotting out characters and story arcs will help you get her there, orcs and all.

Jane Espenson
Why is a television writer on this list?  Because she busts her butt writing every day because its her job. She's also kind enough to kick your butt into gear along with her own. Follow her on Twitter for writing sprints and encouragement.

These are just a few of the people who give great writing advice or encouragement, the stuff that can help get you ready for the long haul and whup you back onto the wagon when you fall off.  Who helps you get your NaNoWriMo groove on?

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1 comment:

  1. I've recently discovered Chuck Wendig too and I must agree. (Side note - have you seen the cover for Blackbirds? It's pretty darn good.)

    WHat keeps me going? A couple of things: writing buddies (and luckily I have more this year), the word count graph - I must stay on track!, and if I win I get to buy the winner's t-shirt (I know, I could buy it anyways, but this way it means something to me, I earned it).