Everyone ready for NaNoWriMo? I won’t lie, I am super envious of all you NaNo Warriors. I love this event and the creativity that comes from it. How I wish I could join in the fun…but it’s not in the cards this year.
However, Becca and I want to support all of you who are leaping into the sleep-deprived & coffee-fueled madness of NaNo, so here are two deals you may not know about that can help you get those 50,000 words on the page.
A 2-Week Free Trial at One Stop for Writers
When you’re heading towards a month-long journey into a world of imaginative chaos, you want to make sure your writer’s backpack is well stocked. We know your gummy bears and pretzels supply is ready to go but what about the creative tools that will help you actually get those words written?
If you haven’t tried One Stop for Writers, now’s a great time to sign up. You can take some time to plan your protagonist in detail using the Character Builder. This hyper-intelligent tool allows you to dig deep into the personality, backstory, motivations, and fears so you know what makes them tick. Not only that, it will prompt you with character-specific ideas at each step. You’ll craft a powerful, unique character (like THIS ONE) in half the time, one strong enough to carry your story into reality.
Our Story Map, Timelines, and other structure tools can help you plan as much or as little as you need. And One Stop for Writers has the largest fiction-based description database available anywhere. You’ll never run out of ideas on what to write, that’s for sure.
The Emotion Thesaurus
Maybe you’ve heard buzz about The Emotion Thesaurus and are wondering why people get so excited about it. Well, our books are a bit unique in that they contain helpful brainstorming lists to ensure you never get stuck on what to write next. (Sounds sort of great for NaNoWriMo, right?)
The Emotion Thesaurus has been expanded into a 2nd edition that looks at 130 different emotions, listing the body language, thoughts, dialogue cues, and visceral sensations for each so you can also figure out exactly HOW to express your character’s emotion.
Showing the character’s emotion is a common stumbling block for writers, especially in the throes of NaNoWriMo when time is a factor. So rather than staring at the screen and struggling, open the book to the emotion your character is feeling and read through the lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations. Chances are this will trigger an idea that will send your fingers back to the keyboard so you don’t lose the flow.