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NaNoWriMo Day 1: Unexpected Lessons.

The first day is done. Well, there’s plenty of daylight left but I powered through last night and got to my word count by about 4AM. It was nice to feel so motivated, so I kept telling myself that I could write this piece afterwards to document my experience, which got me to the end. You have to find ways of justifying the effort to yourself, especially if you have problems with motivation like me. We’re getting there.

I had the bare bones of my story in my mind and some scant notes, but I didn’t really know how I was going to flesh out the character development. So that was my goal going into it, using the narrative ideas I’d come up with as a vehicle to develop those ideas, I found that not knowing myself really helped me present those ideas to the reader in a cogent way, and by the end of the first 1680 words, I found that I knew who my protagonist was, what she cared about and developed her relationships with her parents.

It’s quite amazing what you can get done when you sit down, have a plan, and put the work in.

I hope this article format is interesting. If anyone has any questions or wants to talk about their NaNoWriMo experience, I’d be happy to start a dialogue.

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NaNoWriMo Prep: You Can Do It.

The month has gone by in a blur, our anticipation peaks as all the carefully collected and fleshed out notes (Ha!) are ready to come together to provide a much needed shove when we finally tick over to November first.

My technique has been to come up with an idea, write about two pages of notes, then let the rest of my ideas bounce around my head until I know exactly where I’m going with the story for the first few chapters. As a writer I’m definitely more of a “fly by the seat of my pants” type instead of meticulously planning everything out. When I get into the zone, I tend to just link the main plot points together with prose that tends to just flow out.

I don’t care about names, or the facts of my world, or even if I introduce a character only to forget about them five pages on. This thing is going to be about getting your thoughts onto the page any way you can. If you find yourself staring at the page for any extended amount of time, then stand up, get some fresh air, eat, do something different to bring you out of that frame of mind because you’ll soon feel defeated. If you do take a break, then be sure to come back to it in the same day or you’ll feel awful the next day with more to do and it won’t be long before you’ll hate the process.

If you get through the first week and you’ve hit most of your targets then you’ll feel fantastic and I think that is the point at which you’ll know if you’ve cracked it. But always remember your story, when you’re not writing, write notes about the plot points you’ve introduced and where they could go. You want to be able to look back on your novella and think “That’s pretty clever” at least once or twice.

You can do this. The biggest problem is finding free time. If anyone demands you leave your cave in the middle of writing, or tries to organise some event on a day you need to knuckle down and get some writing done, then either tell them that you’re trying to become the next best selling author or bring your laptop and be prepared to get dirty looks from some people as you sit in the cinema typing your manuscript.

Be the writer you want to be. Part-time writers are no writers at all. You need to sacrifice yourself to some degree to make this happen. And yes, I am mostly writing this for myself, I just hope it resonates with some of you, because I’m nervous and scared and hope it’s good. Even confident people struggle with stuff like this. You can do it though, I believe in you.

Author of “Emilia The Witch” for NaNoWriMo,

J.A.Steadman.

Inktober Continues: Week Three in Review

Another week has gone by in the blink of an eye and so we have arrived at my third review. This week my brain became scrambled quite early on! I have no idea how it happened, but I misread a prompt from my digital list and created a completely unneeded illustration. Though I felt extremely embarrassed at the time, it allowed me to create a piece to catch up with which I was really pleased.

 

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My favourite of my traditional Inktober pieces were two connected drawings. They were just silly pictures that were easy interpretations of the prompts but by golly gosh they were fun and (I think) very cute!

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This next picture is my favourite of the week! It felt a bit cheat-y and I loved it! Creating digital art is still very new to me and the little things make me giddy. So the prompt was twin witches and it wasn’t long before the idea of bookends came to mind and voila! I copied and flipped the sketch of one twin, so it was easy to then add details that made them different.

 

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So that was pretty much my week, filled with art and checking with J.A that I had read the prompts right.

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Tools used-

Pigma Micron pens, Sketchbook

ipad 12.9 inches, apple pencil and Procreate
Smidge, of Smidge Draws for CreatorConsortium.com

Inktober continues: Week Two in Review

Welcome back! It’s the end of the second week and with it brings another review. I’m sat here staring at very cute pigeons, thinking back over this week trying to remember what I got up to, but I just keep being distracted by the cuteness!

Right, they have flown the coup as it were, let’s get back to the business of ink. This week we had some interesting prompts, a couple that challenged me and a piece of fan art.

Most of my ideas this week came quite quickly except for “Cruel” which was mostly because I didn’t want to put my signature chatacter LB into a bad situation. But I connected it to “Whale” with a nice picture on the next day to help ease myself into drawing the bad one. I like how I drew both of these prompts, they were simple and more precise than I have been before.

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For the most recent piece I had to do some research into 1960’s Mod style. The problem I have with the internet, and even most books, is that there is so much misinformation, lies and mislabelled pictures. I never know what is right and correct and what is completely wrong. So I asked for help from J.A and he gave me the idea for this picture of a mod witch on a vespa. It’s not as dynamic as I’d like but that’s going to take practise!

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Last but not least we have the piece of fan art that I am really happy with! One of my favourite films is Kiki’s Delivery Service so when a prompt was Witch Fan Art I knew what I had to do! I really think that LB makes a good Kiki.

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So that’s it from me for another week. How are you getting on? Is it going well, badly, quickly? Do you wish it was over or would go on foreeeeever?

See you next week!

Tools used-

Sketchbook, Pigma Micron pens

Apple ipad Pro 12.9inches, Procreate and the apple pencil

Smidge, of Smidge Draws for CreatorConsortium.com