A pep talk if you’re losing motivation for NaNoWriMo \\ NaNo Update #2

Hello!

Week two of NaNoWriMo! This week wasn’t as successful, and has lead to an existential crisis or two, but I’ve made it.

…Which leads us to today’s topic. A pep talk. Maybe I should have saved it for later in the month but I really needed it, so I figured one of you might as well.

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How to come up with a good first sentence \\ NaNo Update #1

Hello!

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for my NaNo update. It’s only been three days, but I have been writing every day.

But I also wanted to provide some help to those of you who might be struggling. So first I’ll give you a quick WIP update and then we’ll discuss how to write that first sentence.

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Curious Writer Questions \\ casual pre-NaNo writing post

Hello!

I had a different post planned for today, but then I read this blog post by Elizabeth, which was inspired by Cait, who was inspired by Rebecca and I got inspired.

I don’t know if this is an actual “tag” but it looked like a lot of fun, and I loved reading both Elizabeth’s and Cait’s posts (I love when they talk about anything writing tbh) so I decided this was a pretty casual post before NaNo.

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How to get yourself to write \\ tips for those of us who lack motivation but have a lot of ideas

Hello!

So I have a problem or five. I have plenty of writing ideas, outlines and characters…but a lack of motivation.

Maybe motivation isn’t the the right word – basically, I want to write but can’t seem to force myself to do it. And it’s (almost) literally been the death of me.

Luckily, I’ve found a few ways around it.

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Running to Battle Music \\ writing playlist

Hello!

I always listen to music while I’m writing. If I can’t, then I can’t concentrate. And certain genres and bands make me feel different things – I connect them to specific scenes.

(I hope I don’t sound crazy here 😂 🤷🏻‍♀️)

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of music that makes me imagine a running-to-battle scene (which is different than a battle\fighting scene).

So here’s my running-to-battle playlist!

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Melora: WIP Updates – Characters, Aesthetics and a Pansexual Witch \\ part one

Hello!

If you’re new, I’ve been working on a novel since… January? More like June if we’re going with when I actually started to write it down.

But anyway, I have a novel! And it’s a diverse fantasy! And I have been consistently writing in it for a little while, so why not take you along with me?

But we can make this fun for the both of us – tell me about one of your projects! And if you’re interested in sticking around, you should update us on your novel every time I post one of these!

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Using a Pen Name: pros, cons and finding the right name \\ Writing with Marrill 003

I use a pen name if you didn’t know.

I have since I started my original blog if any of you remember that, and I changed names a few times before finally finding the right one and I’ve been using it for about two years. At this point, Marrill is as much my name as my real one.

But it took a long time to get there! Like I said, I went through other names, none of which stuck. So today’s post is about how to choose a writers name and the pros and cons of using one.

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Your WIP in Gifs Tag \\ basically getting to share my excitement about my own ideas

This tag could not have come at a better time!

I was just thinking about different ways to talk about my most-recent writing project. Mainly because I finally had a break-through and this world is coming together! Finally, everything is lining up and it’s making me giddy. 

I’m calling it Melora, for now (because book titles are hard and no one warned me).

 

Thank you to the people who tagged me! Savannah from The Book Prophet & Elizabeth from Redgal Musings! Both of these ladies have really awesome blogs and I highly suggest you check out their WIP posts! 😉  

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How to Find the Right Character Names \\ Writing with Marrill 002

A character’s name can literally make or break a story.

Of course, a good name can’t guarantee you have a decent story, but a bad name could make a reader want to throw your book into Tartarus.

No pressure or anything.

I also know that it can be hard to write about a character that you can’t find a proper name for. So today my post is about…

A) Some tips for finding a good name and B) a few pieces of advice as to how to not annoy the reader. Both of these are essential (in my very unprofessional opinion).

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How to find the right Point Of View (POV) \\ Writing with Marrill 001

Hello Book Ravens! 

Starting a story is hard. There’s no way to really get around it; in order to write a story, you have to start somewhere. Including, but not limited to, finding the right point of view.

I know a lot of my writer friends don’t stress about this – they usually choose which POV they prefer – but for me, it’s an essential part of the story and not so easy to figure it out.

I’m assuming some of you agree, so I have for you all a list of different POV options and how to decide which fits your story juuuuust write (get it? Write? Like right?).

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