10 Tips for Surviving Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo (at least April Camp NaNoWriMo) is even crazier than actual NaNoWriMo.

You know why? Because NaNoWriMo is in November. Soccer is over, school is dragging, it isn’t Christmas yet, and you’re just trudging through life like a tree. (What? I stand by that metaphor …) You want something exciting to happen, and if it’s anything, NaNo is exciting.

April, however? I don’t know about you, but by April, my brain is exhausted. It just doesn’t want to do anything anymore. (Hence, the hiatus we’re currently experiencing.)

As you can see, surviving Camp NaNoWriMo is indeed a daring feat. So, here are ten things you can do to make it through the grueling event without passing out. (And yes, only about half of these are serious …)

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Tips for Reading

Hi guys! I decided it’d be fun to write a random post today. I know most of you love reading, so this will be right up your alley. Tips about eating! No, wait … reading. Sorry. I’m sick, so I haven’t eaten much today, and eating makes me sick, but I keep thinking there must be something appetizing out there …

Reading is hard. I know, ’cause I have 267 books I want to read (probably over three hundred if I were to add books I want to read just because they’re classics). Will I ever get through all those books? Probably not. I really am going to go through my to-read list on Goodreads someday and delete a good half of them.

But you know how addictive to-read lists can get … you add one, and then you add another, and then you add twenty more, and before you know it you have … *calculates* … twenty-two books on your to-read list. 😄

Anyway, on to the post!

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When You Feel Like Giving Up

Hullo old chaps! Long time, no see! What’s cookin’ with you? Speaking of cooking, I made cookies yesterday, and they were yummy but slimy. Don’t ask. I think I put too much … oh, who am I kidding? I have no idea what when into those things!

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This is my pitiful attempt at a professional, inspirational post. Let us note that I suck at inspiration. Seriously, I am really bad at it. I’m like, “Just get over yourself and do something!” However, I’ve been told that my methods of inspiration at a little rough. So … bear with me.

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Some day in your writing life, you will feel like just giving up.

Usually this is during your first draft – known as ‘writer’s block’ – or while revising  – known as ‘editor’s horror’ (No, I did not just make that up … well, yes, I did, but it’s gonna be a thing someday! You wait and see!).

Perhaps you’ve felt like giving up in the past or feel like giving up now. If not, trust me, some day you will want to give up.

Why will you? How can you avoid it? Have I ever experienced any of this? Find out by reading on … or, you know, you could leave now … and then you’ll never know …

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Plotting Crash Course: The Day Before NaNo and Dares

Okay, let me start out this post with saying I will only be posting sporadically throughout November.

I plan to give you a general update one a week – I’m thinking Mondays or Thursdays. I’m also planning to reblog the two posts I’ll be making on Send the Light (we finally got organized thanks to the efforts of the wonderful Lainey!) during this coming month. Other than that, I’m not planning anything else. I can’t waste time writing blog posts when I’ve got 1,700 words to write every day!

As far as Reveries Reviews, I don’t know. I need to review a lot of books, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get the reviews out during November. I know I’m not going to read much if at all during November, so. I feel incredibly guilty … so many books to review …

Now, before I go on to ramble talk about the coming November, I’m going to give you a quick update to let you know how I accomplished October’s dares, although October isn’t quite over yet … 😉

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Beautiful Books, #1

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I didn’t know about this because I … I just didn’t, but around this time every year, Sky and Cait take a break from Beautiful People and do Beautiful Books instead to celebrate NaNo.

I figure this is a good idea for me to do now, as I’ve been getting the basics of At Her Fingertips assembled in my head, starting the pre-outlining (what?! The more perfectionistic you are, the more outlining you need to do to even finish a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad first draft!), etc.

After all, I’ve got tons and tons of little details … and sometimes it’s a good time just to take a step back and say, “Okay. We’ve examined every tree as thoroughly as any golden retriever. Time to take a step back and look at the forest. Like a border collie.” What? Border collies are scientifically proven big-picture thinkers! Okay, I just made that up …

So … here are the questions. 🙂

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Set-Up for the Plotting Crash Course

(WARNING: Spoilers for The Dressmaker’s Secret. May also be minor spoilers for Ivy Introspective. And possibly for At Her Fingertips, though I’m doing the best I can to make sure they stay out! If you see one that shocks you, give me a good yelling at.)

A few things you ought to know before you start reading:

  1. I don’t know what I’m talking about.
  2. I do realize this isn’t the right day for this post.
  3. I’m immensely proud of myself for my achievements. Ignore me if I sound egotistical; Adele and I are working on it.

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Excited? I know I am! 🙂

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace for Intelligent People (Part 1)

Hi y’all!

Well, CutePolarBear, who comments here often, has asked me to write a post about Createspace.

She just wanted some basic info, but … yeah, I’m gonna go overboard. It’s part of my personality, okay? When I was little, I always, always kept going instead of leaving well-enough alone. You can see this in anything I painted when I was little … 😄

Anyway, today I’m going to give you a step-by-step guide to publishing novels on Creatspace! 🙂

First, you’re going to want to know what Createspace is.

Createspace is an Amazon company. It’s a self-publishing platform which allows authors to get their novels published the way they want with relatively little cost to themselves. All I’ve paid has basically been in ordering myself copies. They take a percentage of the money for each copy sold, but you aren’t really paying anything there (and you’re making a small profit for each book you sold; more on that in part two).

I stole this from their front page:

How could it be clearer? You’re in control here. This is your book! You can choose to do it for free or get in touch with their publishing experts. I’ve never done the latter, so this post will be about the ‘start a title for free’ method. 🙂

(Note: if you have any questions, please comment! I’m sometimes very bad at explaining things!)

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