Beginning Nanowrimo!

Novels, Writing: The Process
This post is a little bit late but welcome to November first, the beginning of this year's National Novel Writing Month. Today I'd like to encourage you to spend as much time writing as you possibly can. Try to do more than just reach your daily goal-aim for the stars, to surpass the day's or even the week's goal. My goal for today is 15, 000 words, but I'm a little bit of an overachiever. Make your goal something that you are comfortable trying to achieve but that you know will stretch your abilities. Finally, I've decided that I'm going to try to incorporate a new word from the Word-A-Day Newsletter in my novel every day. Try using this word today: Noisome (NOI-suhm) Meaning: 1. Offensive, especially to the sense…
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Why Should You Try Nanowrimo?

Novels, Workshops
Are you still debating taking up the great noveling challenge that is Nanowrimo? If so, I'm here to tell you why you should attempt to write a 50, 000 word work of fiction next month. 1. Challenge It's always important to challenge yourself. That's how you grow as a person and as a writer. You might not think you can write 50, 000 words in a month or even 10, 000 words in a month, but you'll never know unless you try. You'll never surpass your expectations if you never challenge yourself. And until you've done it, you'll never know what it feels like to validate your word count on November 30th with ten minutes left. Thousands of people have written their first books with Nanowrimo. Some of these people…
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Culture 101

Workshops, Writing
Today's exercise is designed to help you give the culture you're working on depth and realism. There are many different levels of culture building, things like language, religion, history, law, and social custom. Today's post is divided into sections: reading recommendations, religion, and law. Reading Recommendations Before you start this exercise, if you have a spare half hour, check out these rants by limyaael: ~Language Rant 1 ~Religion Rant 1 ~Medieval Societies Religion You probably already have a vague idea or two of your kingdom's religion(s), but today we're going to make up a fact sheet and establish some basic information about it. If there are multiple very separate religions, create a fact sheet for each. If there are sects, don't bother; we'll deal with sects on a later day.…
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Welcome to October First!

Novels, Workshops, Writing, Writing: The Process
Well, folks, it's October first, that time of year again. What's so special about October first here at Fictional Worlds? Well, it's time to officially begin preparing for Nanowrimo, and it's time to start this year's Nano Prep writing workshop. For those of you who aren't participating in Nanowrimo, it's still a great way to start building a novel, and I hope you'll stick around. For this year's workshop you need to already have a basic idea for your book-an idea of what kind of world you're working in, an idea of who your characters are, and a vague idea of your plot-but when I say basic, I really mean basic. While last year's workshop was designed more for the epic fantasy novel, this workshop is meant for books focused…
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