Character All Star Edition

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Okay, I’ve done character interviews in the past. But for the first time ever, I’m having a character all-star edition a-la reunion style!

What do I mean by that? Well, if you like watching reality TV shows, then you’d know that after the season they usually have a reunion episode.

Today’s post is kind of like that. Except the reunion is with the characters from my work in progress novels, Harbingers of El Tinor, Nadia the Fire Witch, Dreaming of You and The Soul Traveler.

So….

How is everyone doing?

GREAT!

kim-james-dreaming-of-youKim: But will be better if you can move your ass a little. After Dreaming of You is my story right? Know you said no new stories but I can’t wait. Though I’d look forward to it more if you changed the guy you’ll have me shacking up with. Continue reading

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The Soul Traveler & Nadia the Fire Witch New Covers

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Now wait a minute…aren’t am I supposed to be on a blogging break?! So what am I doing posting and blogging today? It’s not Monday nor is it 8am, the usual blog post schedule.

Well, I’m just so excited and I wanted to share it with you. Thanks to the suggestions to my post for IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) on June 1st. I was able to update two of my work in progress stories on Wattpad with new covers! Continue reading

Story and Structure Resources to Help You Prep for NaNoWriMo

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Whether you’re a planner, a pantser or the combination of both, you’re all in prep mode this month. And there’s only 13 days left to November 1st to prep as much as we can.

And to help, here are some NaNoWriMo resources and recommendations. Regardless if you prefer to write by the seat of your pants (story). Or create an outline as your guide (structure).

Jami Gold (paranormal author) Worksheets for Writers (structure)

I recently stumbled across Jami Gold’s beat sheets and boy am I glad I did. It’s a great resource for NaNoWriMo as well as every stage of your writing. She even has a Romance beat sheet that’ll definitely come in handy for Dreaming of You.

Better Novel Project’s Obstacles on the Hero’s Journey (story & structure)

I stumbled on this post on Pinterest. If you’re ever confused about or get stuck with your story’s conflict, then you have to read this post. It looks at and explains the number of obstacles a hero, your main character, must face. Be sure to check out the Master Outline as well as How to Create a Remarkable Villain.

K.M. Weiland’s 100+ Questions to Help You Interview Your Characters (structure)

Knowing your characters inside and out will help move the plot forward. And help with the backstory. Even when not everything about them makes it into the story. You can also add questions of your own.

The Emotion’s Thesaurus -Descriptive Thesaurus Collection (story)

I stand by The Emotion’s Thesaurus. It helps to expand your descriptive writing of your character’s emotions and body language. If you have time and the budget, it’s a must have. I also suggest getting the rest of the thesaurus collection too.

James Scott Bell Write Your Novel From the Middle

When I first entered NaNoWriMo in 2013, I came up short 20k. Mostly because I lost steam and waffled in the middle. So my plan for this year is to start my story from the middle. And thankfully James Scott Bell wrote a book on how to do that. Best thing is, it doesn’t matter if you’re pantser, a plotter or between. It’s a short book consisting of nine chapters of Mr. Bell’s wisdom on writing a bestselling novel. I just ordered it last Friday and can’t wait to finish reading and applying what I learn.

Have any other great resources and recommendations to share? Have any tips to share for a successful NaNoWriMo? What guidebooks/workbooks will you be using for NaNoWriMo?

PS According to last week’s “Help Me Pick My Novel” poll, story #3 The Soul Traveler is in the lead at 60%. Story idea #2 Nadia and the Immortal Witch (sequel to work in progress) squeezed by in second. With story idea #1 Dreaming of You in last. I’m still unsure of which novel I’ll take on. But I have decided to use the following books to help write my NaNoWriMo 2015 novel!

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Help Me Pick My Novel For NaNoWriMo 2015!

NaNoWriMo 2015

Alright, I’ve made my decision and I’m throwing my pen in as second time participant in NaNoWriMo. I skipped out last year to take part in Nina Amir’s National Nonfiction Writing Month.

Only difference is, I immediately knew then what I wanted to draft into life and a beating heart. Which is currently on Wattpad with six chapters uploaded. Now, I have no idea because there are three story ideas to choose from.

I mentioned them briefly in my previous post, but today I want to give each a formal introduction. In hopes, you my readers, may able to help me come to a decision. I’m also including a poll at the end of this and the following posts until November 1st. Depending on my feelings and your votes, one of these three will be my NaNoWriMo 2015 novel. So allow me to formally introduce you to: Continue reading