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NaNoWriMo Starts in 8 days. . .

It is just over a week before NaNoWriMo starts I am working on notes. . . I am working on memoir. . . I know I am rebelling because they prefer fictional pieces. However I know I am going on with a new chapter in my life, and I am using NaNoWriMo as therapy this year. A memoir is a collection of events or memories. . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoir

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I need closure on a lot of elements on my life. I am not sure if I will publish this piece or not, but if I find something interesting, I plan to post it. I also plan to do crafts and such, so I am will try my best to get 1667 to 2000 words a day.

I want to be read to move on by January 1st, 2016.

Just write

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Random Lists for Writer’s block

Here are a few of my own lists. . . from my blog https://rebekahwolveire.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/writers-block-exercise/
(It can help your own muse to make up your own lists. You can even use characters you are already writing with. You can also make the list as small a 3 (use a 6 die and divided by 2), other dice include 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, and 100 or Percent) You can get dice sets at cheap at $4 to 21 for the pound o Dice on http://www.amazon.com
Random Characters

1. Poor person living in a box (roll odds or man and evens for a woman)
2. Crazy Cat Lady (roll a 20 die to see how many cats she has. . . re-roll if you get 5 or lower: needs to be over 5)
3. Store Clerk who is in love with a married customer
4. Base it off the weirdest person you know
5. Gold Digger
6. A good cop working in a station of corrupt cops
7. A pizza delivery person who is allergic to pepperoni
8. Untalented person who is in an art school
9. A hyper kid (use 12 die for age) stuck in a quiet room
10. Business person wanting a family but has no time
11. The pool person who uses sex to gain secrets about married people in the neighborhood
12. A clueless CEO who is lucky enough to keep their business
13. Cat man (half man/half cat)
14. Rebel teenager who has everyone believing they are smart
15. A struggling cook in a rigged reality TV show
16. A person who is convicted of a crime that they never did
17. Geek at a (Comic/Anime) Convention
18. Sugar Mama/Papa figuring out that they are being used
19. A “rat” trying to get information (Roll of a 4 die to see how successful 1. very bad/failing; 2. Unexpected events; 3. got basic facts, but not enough; 4. Got all information)
20. A person doesn’t know that they are. . . (Roll a Die 6: 1. Mutant; 2. Witch; 3. Vampire; 4. Werewolf; 5. Villain; 6. Super Hero)

Random Reasons for a Conflict

1. Friends betrayal: Lies, gossip, and mistrust
2. Cheating
3. Playing with a Chemistry kit
4. Voodoo gone wrong
5. Web of Lies
6. Dealing with confused thieves
7. Fighting
8. Being Possessed/Haunted
9. Political Debate
10. Religious War
11. Intolerance
12. Corrupt power
13. A disease that is taking over the world
14. Solar Flares
15. Zombies
16. A love triangle
17. Magic vs. Science
18. A hidden trader
19. Urban legends becoming real
20. Seven deadly sins (Roll 8: 1. Lust; 2. Laziness; 3. Pride; 4. Anger; 5. Gluttony; 6. Envy; 7.Greed and then re-roll if you get an 8)

Random Places

1. Beach
2. City
3. Grocery Store
4. House (roll a 8 die for rooms 1. Living room; 2. Master bedroom; 3. Guest room; 4. Bathroom; 5. Kitchen; 6. Den; 7. Basement; 8. Attic)
5. Other Planet
6. Airport
7. Bank
8. Mall (Roll 8 die: 1. Gothic; 2. Preppy clothes store; 3. Candle store; 4. Movie/Music store; 5. Video game store; 6. Appliance store; 7.Bath Store; 8.Pet Store)
9. Restaurant (Roll 10 die: 1.Italian; 2. Frances; 3. Asian; 4. Buffet; 5. Steak House; 6. Seafood; 7. Fast Food; 8. Diner; 9. Pizza Parlor; 10 Spanish etc )
10. Junkyard
11. Park
12. Lake
13. Spa
14. On a Cruise ship
15. Casino
16. Bad motel room
17. Public pool
18. An Amusement Park
19. Pawn Shop
20. Produce Market

Random enemy

1. Gossiping Best friend
2. Million Scientist with no common sense
3. Three Mindless Thugs
4. Mob Boss
5. Bratty Teenager
6. Lying Politician
7. Corrupt cop
8. Confused Lawyer
9. Money hungry doctor
10. “Poor” Judge
11. A man who believes he has lost it all
12. Psycho killer
13. Neurotic Rapist
14. Alien (outer-space/ another country)
15. Contagious Cook
16. Paranoid parent
17. Alcoholic in denial
18. Disbelieving Pastor/Priest
19. Lazy teacher
20. An ignored teen

Random Powers

1. Invisibility
2. Telekinesis
3. Telepathic
4. Flight
5. Charm/simple mind control
6. Super strength
7. Super Speed
8. Sonic Voice
9. Hard Skeleton
10. Communication/Commanding animals
11. Changing Physical forms
12. breathing Under Water
13. Cat Eyes: seeing at night
14. Physical control with voice
15. Empathic: share pleasure or pain with others
16. Flexibility
17. Mass-mind control
18. Powers of the Elements (roll 4 die: 1. Water; 2. Air; 3. Fire; 4. Earth)
19. Omega-power All knowing
20. Mixed powers (roll twice and mix power together)

Random Weakness

1. Illness (Roll 8 die: 1. Contagious; 2. Mental; 3. Disease; 4. Plague; 5. Cancer; 6. Cold; 7. Allergy; 8. Infection.)
2. Curse
3. Clumsiness
4. Blindness (Roll percent die for how much)
5. Deafness (Roll percent die for how much)
6. Missing a limb
7. Inappropriate
8. Shy
9. Clueless
10. Too smart for your own good
11. Flighty
12. Hates outdoors
13. Falls asleep at random times
14. Pena-phobic (fears everything)
15. Egotistical
16. Obsessed
17. Unpopular
18. Insecure
19. Stuck in a fantasy world
20. Driven by many personalities

Random Side(kick) Characters

1. Blind sous chef
2. Old person who tells confusing stories
3. A writer/artist who steals all of their ideas
4. An opinionated loud-mouth catalyst
5. An ill neighborhood
6. Anal retentive Cleaner
7. Obsessive coupon lady
8. Inflexible dancer
9. The crazy uncle
10. The man who does nothing
11. Anime writers who eats cold ramen to get inspired
12. a helper monkey
13. a drunken sibling
14. a video gamer who will not leave the house until all of the achievements are accomplished
15. A people pleaser with cranky roommates
16. An artist who has different personalities
17. Opposite roommates/Twins
18. Chaotic Offender/Organized Planner
19. A couch potato that cannot stand what is on TV
20. A curious kid that follows trouble

NaNoWriMo Break

NaNoWriMo Break

I am about 6K behind, with NaNoWriMo, but I plan to really buckle down this week.  I love it when my characters and muses work on a scene that isn’t even in the original outline. (It gives me a bigger word count and adds to the story. )
For those who are struggling with their muses and/or character . . . sometime just going with their flow is the best bet.

I have been filling out surveys/interviews. . . I enjoy extra promotions. Here are a few interviews I was in . . .

Links to several Interviews

http://kelworthfiles.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/nano-spotlight-talking-to-writer-rebekah-wolveire/

http://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/here-is-my-interview-with-rebekah-wolveire/

http://www.heidinicolebird.com/2013/11/nanowrimo-spotlight-rebekah-wolveire.html

 

Promoting a fellow author: Heidi Nicole Bird

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Through the Paper Wall, the beloved middle grade fantasy by Heidi Nicole Bird is now available as an audio book! Brought to life by the talented vocal artist Andy Mack, this fantastic story becomes even more magical. Download your copy today by visiting Audible.com or iTunes! To celebrate, the Kindle version of Through the Paper Wall is now available for only $.99, for a limited time only. To make it even better, if you own the Kindle version you can get the Audible download for only $1.99! (Please incorporate these links into the above statement!) http://andymackvoice.com/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/through-paper-wall-unabridged/id674652420

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Synopsis: Things haven’t been the same between Jesse and Dad since Mom died, and now Jesse’s worst fears are coming true. Not only has he been forced to move across the country, but Dad is also flirting like crazy with his new girlfriend. In an attempt to get away from the two lovebirds, Jesse starts to explore his new house and what he finds changes everything. Hidden in Jesse’s basement is a room the adults can’t see, and leading from the room is a massive tunnel. That’s not the only weird thing about Jesse’s new house, though. It’s also tagged with all sorts of rumors. Could the house actually be haunted like some people think?

With the help of his new friend Jake, Jesse soon discovers the truth, and they find themselves in a situation that is way out of their control. Ambyth, an eternal city of teenagers, is anything but a safe place for Jesse and Jake to be. Together they must overcome the evil that Jesse’s house has been hiding for decades, and they have to do it before time runs out.

5-star Reviews: “Imaginative, beautiful, brilliant, engaging. From the first page of this book, I was hooked, and was very sad to soon be finding myself on the last page. While the story is a fantastic fantasy, the reader finds themselves learning a lesson after the book is over.” – N. Wells “It took me to a magical place in my mind; one of mystery, imagination, and wonder, yet had the touching side of real-life struggles that a lot of people have to deal with. Even though the main character is quite young, I found myself identifying with his frustration, pain, love, and realization.” – Jade M. Phillips, author of MER “Even though it is geared towards YA I think a person can appreciate the message at any age. It is a reminder that life is fragile and we should be thankful for whatever we have.” – Brenda Perlin, author of Home Wrecker “When I started reading the book I was immediately impressed by the way her words brought life to her characters. They were well crafted and believable, their interactions natural. The story captures the frustration of a young adult who’s life seems out of control and does a marvelous job of showing us how his feelings change as the book progresses.” – Daniel Wang

Want the story in another format? Through the Paper Wall can be found in various other formats by visiting the following links:

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UK Audible: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-the-Paper-Wall-Unabridged/dp/B00DYXFQ9A/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1379691744&sr=1-2

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Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781481093811

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Itunes ebook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/through-the-paper-wall/id619423758?mt=11

Heidi Nicole Bird has been writing for as long as she can remember and it is her favorite thing in the world. Heidi is a regular NaNoWriMo participant and is mostly a young adult fantasy writer, but also likes to write juvenile fiction and other genres. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University and she looks forward to exploring the genre of historical fiction. Heidi lives in Utah with her family and four dogs, and loves working as both a writer and an Archival Digitization Specialist for Ancestry.com. To learn more visit www.heidinicolebird.com

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Things I’ve learned as a Writer Part 1

Things I’ve learned as a Writer Part 1

 

1.    Be flexible. Sometimes your characters and/or muses will take you to places that were not on the plot but add something extra to the story.

2.    Be patient. Writing a novel takes time. (Roman wasn’t built overnight and neither was any polished novel.)

3.    Be persistent. I have never had a novel written overnight. I learned that I had to push myself day after day to make sure I got something on the page. (I love what I do, but there are times that a sunny day looks better than finishing that scene or chapter. I usually make sure I finish it and then enjoy a reward.)
4.    My first draft was never a polished gem. 99% of the time I will not write perfectly the first time. (I have never seen an author ever publish their first draft.)

5.    My inner writer and inner editor are different pieces of me. My inner writer is usually messy, but needs to get the story out. She likes to work any time after noon and likes to party on the weekend.
The inner editor is neat, strives for order. She loves to organize and works in the early morning like 5am and be done by 2pm, 4 at the latest. She appreciates a good night sleep. (She is cranky when she sees a grammar error or word she missed.)

6.    I made time to write. I don’t usually push myself for a word count (unless it was NaNoWriMo). I was happy just to get words on a screen or paper. It really does add up. I calculated all of the words on one of my flash drive and I was over a million.

7.    Reading is a necessary for writing. This is especially true if one wants to be main-streamed published. I read to know format, how to write decent dialog, and to understand what the difference between tell vs. show.

8.    Word count does count. Publishers look at word count. (I heard that anything under 80,000 words is considered a novella. Novels are considered 80,000 words and up with an average novel between 85,000 and 100,000 words.) Many editors will charge by the word.

9.    Internet can be a bigger distraction than a help. I writing sprints (where you give yourself a time: 20 minutes, 45 minutes or even an hour and you just write.) However sometime I got distracted on the internet or when I sprint on facebook. (I have muted facebook sounds or turned off the internet just so I can get writing done.)
Facebook games are a horrible temptation for me.

10. Taking a break can be a good thing. I have been pressured to get thing done by a deadline and that can be stressful. Sometimes a half an hour or an hour break can help the brain process.

Aside

Beta Reader lessons

 

I had around 50 beta readers. Some would say that it was too many readers, but by September 1st, I had only gotten about 10 messages back with feedback. I had also gotten a few extra messages from those who knew the 1st was coming, but that they hadn’t finished and needed more time. I was fine with that.  I wasn’t online on the first as I had monthly errands to do, so I had given my readers an extra week.

I knew when I decided to have readers that at least 1/4th would lose interest, 1/4th would have something happen in their lives, and at least 1/4th would need extra time. I believe that at least 10% would just forget.
 I was pretty surprised that 40% answered back on the 1st or before.

 

I have gotten some pretty good, useable feedback. There have been many suggestions that I am already trying to add and/or change to my novel now.

I am very grateful that so many read the novel and gave their feedback.

 

Things I have learned from beta readers. . .

 

You need to have flexibility. You never know when life is going to give you and /or your beta readers challenges / obstacles. This can push them away from the novel. If you have a deadline then you simply need to cut those who have not given you feedback.

(Parentheses) are frown upon. I had some parentheses on a few of my lines. I had questions while editing the second times, and I forgot to go back. They distract the readers. I know I use them on my blogs. . . do they distract anyone reading my blogs? Please let me know.

Do not get offended by the feedback. Every one has their own opinion or angle. I read all feedback. I may not agree with it, but sometimes I someone needs to tell me when something doesn’t make sense in my work.  

It’s not over—not by a long shot. I still need to edit. It never stops. Writing is art, and I believe that true art is never done.

Can’t write. . . use a prompt.

My muses have been on vacation and this writer’s block has just really gotten to me. I know when I have writer’s block, I really do rely on prompts. Well, here are few prompts . . . maybe they can help someone get out of their writing slump.

 

Prompts

 

  1. Worst Birthday ever (can be real or fictional)
  2. You were bit. . . now what? (You must say what you were bit by and what happens next)
  3. Death by boredom
  4. Seeing your favorite band
  5. List 5 things you believe in
  6. Describe how you dance (even if it is just in the kitchen when you cook or in the shower)
  7. Make a soundtrack for your life right now
  8. Describe your favorite season without tell anyone what it is
  9. An average day
  10. What would your ideal world be like?