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Camp Coming to a Close

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming to a close for me at the end of this week. If you’re still doing it, you still have another week to catch up with your word counts, so keep going!

I’m at about 45000 words right now, so only 5k more to go for my 50k goal. My project is a hodge-podge of scenes and chapters of old and new ideas alike. I’ve been having fun either way, so I’m counting all of this as a win.

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I’m hoping everyone else is just as pleased with their progress on their latest creative projects!

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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Home

 

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What’s Your Motivation?

Motivation comes in all sorts of forms.

Perhaps you admire a trait in someone close to you, so that motivates you to emulate that trait. Maybe you’re competitive by nature and wish to keep up with the rest of the world. Your motivation can come from a tight-knit group of people you love, people who support you, and you don’t want to let them down.

Or maybe your motivation is spite.

When I first started entertaining the idea of writing as more than a hobby, I did a little research, trying to find author websites and figuring out what made them tick, what made them continue to put words on paper (or the computer screen). There was one website by an author that put up articles not only for grammar usage and outlining tips, but also personal posts about her writing days and journey. The article that has stuck with me the most out of all these years detailed how everyone should have one good enemy.

Not friend. Enemy.

This author, at one point, had quit her job with the blessing of her family to pursue her writing dream. It didn’t pan out, not right away. She ended up needing to get another job, one with far less prospects and perks than her previous one, and she was assaulted with her family saying, “Well, we really didn’t think it was going to happen, but at least you know now, right?”

They tried to be supportive, of course, in their wayward way, but the author’s husband (soon to be ex-husband, actually) was reportedly really nasty about the entire situation, despite his initial support. Instead of being apologetic and going right back to her day job, the author continued to write.

And wrote, and wrote, and wrote amid the job changes, the divorce, the struggles with money, all so she could eventually get published, look her ex in the eye and say, “I told you I would do it.”

So, if you’re looking for some motivation, spite can be a great help in the long wrong. Do it so you can prove them all wrong.

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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Home

 

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“Have a Prompt!” Saturday #104

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Posted by on July 15, 2017 in Prompts

 

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Posted by on July 12, 2017 in Home

 

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See the World Differently

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“Have a Prompt!” Saturday #103

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Posted by on July 8, 2017 in Prompts

 

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Miscommunication

You know what trope is not my favorite? Miscommunication.

To be fair, miscommunication usually gives way to conflict which in turn gives way to a story. Conflict is obviously needed for a story to happen, but I feel as if miscommunication is used far too often to help the conflict along.

Seeing opportunities in stories where the characters could solve so many problems by just talking to each other — rather than keeping quiet to “protect the others” or to “not burden anyone else” — just really bothers me.

Honestly, I’m probably guilty of this too, but I try to subvert the trope as well. Instead of having characters hide information for the good of the rest of the group, writers could have the forgetful characters have the information, or have the character always get interrupted when they’re trying to share the info. I’ve also had a character who just had different ways of prioritizing information and, thus, thought that the information didn’t need sharing.

What overused, or not, tropes do you dislike in stories? How do you avoid or twist them around?

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2017 in Home

 

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