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21 More Days Til NaNoWriMo

It’s coming, folks. Like a freight train. It’s unavoidable!

Well, okay, it really is avoidable. You don’t have to participate. But darn it, it’s just FUN.

Naturally, I’m talking about that November insanity inducing awesomeness, NaNoWriMo.

I’m busily working on my WIP, hoping to slay a huge chunk of it next month. I may not hit the 50k goal, but whatever number I reach, I’ll beĀ  that much closer to the end of my novel. Thus it = win.

We were chatting on the Writer’s Huddle (membership is open for like two more days if you’re interested) about the rules. Many of us view them more as guidelines, than rules. *slaps on an eyepatch* Arrrrr!

I say, don’t get stressed about it. While it’s a GREAT exercise for helping to build writing stamina and discipline (remember, 21 days is all it takes to make a habit), it shouldn’t make you dread writing. That totally defeats the purpose.

With that in mind, I’m sure that any of you out there who are planning to participate are just as intent on preparing yourselves as I am.

So here are some of the resources that I’m using.

How to Write Faster – This is designed for blogs, but it totally applies to anything else!

2,000 to 10,000 Words a Day – I am so not there yet, but I aim to be someday. Also, Rachel has expanded all of her techniques into a short book that is available on Amazon. It is on my list of MUST HAVES.

Holly Lisle – Pretty much anything this woman teaches about writing is pure gold for me. Your mileage may vary.

Daydreaming – Surprisingly effective!

Brandon Sanderson’s Lectures – I have much love for this site. It ranks with cupcakes.

Becca Weston – totally nails it in this post!

Scrivener – It is amazing. Quite possibly the best money I’ve spent on software (this includes games!).

Do you have favourite NaNo prep tools? Share them in the comments.

Also, check back. I’ll be posting my progress through the entire month of November. If you want me to cheer you on, just let me know!

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The Vampire Diaries

View the details here.

This is by no means a new show. So why am I reviewing it? Cause it’s AWESOME.

And because, being in it’s thirdish season now, my curse can’t possibly kill it. Thank goodness!

I haven’t read the books, they are on my “to read” list. If LJ Smith did half as good a job as the show’s writers, I know I’ll love them.

So what’s so great about The Vampire Diaries? Isn’t it just a lot of teen angst and the whole girl-falls-for-sexy-vampire schtick that Twilight brought us?

Actually, no.

There’s a lot to be learned about writing from TVD.

Becca calls the writing blistering. And she’s right. The pace they set is so fast, you shouldn’t blink. This is what makes it for me. There’s no time to get bored and wish they’d just have the characters talk to each other already, cause it’s beyond stupid that they haven’t cleared up X issue yet. Because real people would have already talked about issue X. That doesn’t happen in this show. It’s downright blissful.

One of my biggest pet peeves in any show, movie, or book is when the characters are embroiled in the midst of some ridiculous situation that could be so easily resolved if they’d only take 30 damn seconds to communicate. I love TVD because the characters do communicate. Elena doesn’t just sit back and twiddle her thumbs and wait for the big strong man to come and explain to her what he thinks she should know. Heck, no! She goes out and researches and confronts people, demanding answers to the events that are affecting her life.

YOU GO GIRL! Take some control!

There’s tension in the show that isn’t contrived through lame, cop-out means.

Beyond that, the acting is great and not cheesy. The story is (as aforementioned) compelling. And Ian Somerhalder is dreamy.

It’s a win all the way around. If you haven’t seen it yet, put aside the it’s-a-teenage-soap-opera stigma and watch it. It’s on Netflix. Go, I think you’ll really enjoy it.