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(In)NaNoWriMo! [Oct. 19th, 2010|04:14 pm]
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    One year and one month later, and it looks like I always end up back on LJ in the Fall. I'm not going to pretend like I'll update regularly, but I've got a use for LJ for the next month and a bit. I'm going to give (Inter)National Novel Writing Month a shot.

    I've got a lot to get done before November in order to make sure my desk is clean -- not to mention finishing my Halloween RPG campaign for the end of the month -- and I'm adding to that with a short reading list to poke through in the next week and a bit. Preparing for NaNoWriMo, I'll be looking at:

    How Fiction Works by James Wood
    Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway and Elizabeth Stuckey-French
    The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
    How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
    The Little, Brown Handbook by A Bunch of Editors

    They're not all worth a read cover to cover the way I'm going through How Fiction Works now, but hopefully I'll at least have the time to focus on the parts most pertinent to me.
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[User Picture]From: inthelemonlight
2010-10-23 01:56 am (UTC)

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w00t. My advice is just to find a storyline/set of characters/whatever that you find so darn compelling that you can't stop writing about them. I accidentally wrote a novel last year for that reason.