Camp NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. For those of you who have never heard of Camp Nano, it is essentially a virtual writer’s retreat that happens over the course of the month. Writer’s from all over the world set word count goals and spend the month trying to reach them. This will be my first time participating in Camp NaNo, and I am so excited to see how it goes. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to try out Camp NaNoWriMo as well as what I’ve done to prepare. If you, like me, have never participated before, I hope that you consider giving it a try. I mean really, what do you have to lose?
Archives for March 2016
I would first and foremost like to apologize for missing last week, HOWEVER, I do have something to make up for it. That’s right folks, I, Meg Sill, have burst out of my comfort zone. I have pushed beyond the bounds of sanity. I have made, my first ever vlog. (0_0 this face perfectly describes how I feel). This vlog is in response to a call for auditions put out by one of my favorite groups of writing vloggers, the YAWordNerds (I’ll rave about them more below). If you want to see my audition, you can check it out here. And as if broadcasting this isn’t crazy enough, I want to know what you think! That’s enough about that. Today, I want to turn your attention to those vloggers who are far more experienced and advanced than me. Watching writing vlogs is one of my favorite ways to gain information and tips on writing. It’s also a great way to get me in the head space to write. I encourage you to give it a try, and to help you get started, here is a list of my favorite writing vlogs. They are the vlogs that keep me coming back week after week, because I just can’t get enough!
I’ll be honest, this week I am incredibly busy (college, sigh)! Today I want to talk about something that has helped ease the pressure of my busy week, audiobooks! Again, I have to be honest, I had never listened to an audiobook before, and I was certain that I didn’t like them. The idea of someone else’s voice delivering a story instead of my own was daunting. I thought it would taint the experience in some way. Reading books, as I’m sure all of you know, is a very personal experience. For some reason, I felt that having someone narrate the story for me would be intrusive. Oh, how misguided I was! Listening to an audiobook, although it’s a very different experience from reading the book on your own, was equally enjoyable.
Hello, writers! So, I’m going to dive deeper into the first step I take when planning a writing project, that is the thought dump. Thought dumping is a step that many writers skip over, and those who do participate in it, often do not give it the emphasis it deserves. I find this an essential starting point for any piece of creative writing. As I described last week, the thought dump essentially consists of making a running list of ideas for your project. Everything and anything you think of should be written down right at the beginning so that it isn’t forgotten.