NaNoWriMo 2012 – Update

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I have written complete profiles for the characters of my NaNo novel, including their favourite foods, drinks and colours. They might not be relevant to the story but I think that it’s important to know your characters’ traits inside and outside, especially when writing for a crazy event such as NaNo where you are under time and word constraints.
I’ve decided to use loose-leaf folio paper to write my novel in. This is so I don’t have to worry about running out of or wasting paper because of the pre-set number of pages. I may add more pages as appropriate. I have designed the cover of the makeshift novel and written the dedication as well. I keep the novel in my folder that I take to school every day.
The working title of my novel is “Friendships”. This is the first word of the entire title. The story is based on the plot of the fan fiction that I wrote several years ago. I have yet to fix the tiny holes but will do so before November.
How is your preparation for NaNoWriMo going? And, if you aren’t participating, what’s keeping you from it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Last Few Pages

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I’ve heard on Notebook Stories that a lot of notebook addicts don’t like using up the last few pages of their books with the most common reason being that they’re eager to “move on” to a new notebook.

I like to use up the last pages of a notebook because it gives me a lot of satisfaction to finally finish something that I’ve used for a long time and which contains a lot of love and care. I was also brought up to not waste anything.

Do you use up the last pages of a notebook or move on to use a new book?

New Update

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I’m terribly-sorry for neglecting this blog. I decided to go on a vacation and everything went downhill from there.

On the other hand I have a ton of posts ready to be published. The problem is that I’m unable to find my phone’s USB cable which will enable me to transfer photos for a post. I’ll start posting again as soon as I find it.

Thanks for staying tuned.

New Purchases

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I really shouldn’t be trusted with money and stationery shops.

Plotting against Free-writing – No; I Am Not Evil

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Plotting is the heart of writing a story. But there are two methods: Free-writing, where one writes with only a basic plot, with probably one sentence to summarise the whole story; and writing a detailed plot so that the story doesn’t go too far astray.

People who free-write their stories will say that it’s not fun to write when everything is already planned out. The plotters want to be able to remember everything that they want to write in case they forget a small but significant part of the story, like the names of secondary characters or how a particular scene plays out.

I consider myself to be a plotter because I usually have a very-detailed plot of my stories before I start writing. Even with such a plot I almost-always forget to include one point. It’s like I offer myself options on what to write, and this in itself is a freedom.

How do you write stories? Do you plot or just jump right in? You may leave a response below.

Black and Blue – A Bruised Post

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My two favourite ink colours are black and blue. Not only are they acceptable in almost-all of situations (especially black), they are also my favourite colours. Coloured pens give me a kind of anxiety and nervousness that I don’t need while I’m writing.

Initially I had an amount of distrust for pens in primary school as they’re permanent and more-expensive than pencils. If I were to make mistakes while writing then I would have the cross them out, making the paper look unsightly. But soon after that I accepted them because I’d be using them for school for years.

I usually use black pens because they’re more-universal. But I recently bought a box of blue gel pens of my favourite brand, Snowman, to get a change of scenery. I love blue because it reminds me of water and the ocean.

What are your favourite colours to write with? Do you like standard or unusual colours, and why? Leave your answer in the comments below.

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If this thing can emulate the feeling of the metal tip of a pen scratching against paper, then count me in!

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When it comes to typing vs. writing longhand, preferences vary widely. Some people feel that typing is the more efficient way to get the words flowing. Others, on the other hand, still feel that there’s nothing quite like good old pen and paper.

This dispute may very well come to an end with the release of NoteSlate — an e-paper tablet that lets you write, sketch, diagram, or doodle to your heart’s content.

It has a whopping 180 hours of battery life and saves all your scribblings via a mini-USB port and an SD card slot, all for $99. And with it comes the Notes Late network that lets you add a whole bunch of extensions to make you even more productive. The are even optional upgrades for wi-fi and mp3 playback, plus future upgrades to view PDF files and incorporate text recognition.

Oh, and did I tell you it…

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