First off, to my fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving! It's my fave time of year and my fave holiday--a time to be thankful for all that we have. A time to give to those who don't have as much. And a time to cram in those remaining chapters for your NaNoWriMo project!
How's it coming along? I'm still way behind, but with some unexpected turn of events this past week, I'm lucky if I get to write at all... so no worries. It's like I told a fellow writer the other day who was worried about her lack of word count... You know what happens if you lose NaNo? Nothing. Know what happens if you win? Nothing.
No big deal.
I'm chugging along with my WIP and really starting to get into the characters' brains now. It feels great... so sometimes I think maybe writing sporadically isn't so bad after all. The marinating of characters and plot is a very good thing. :)
Here are few items I've been keeping in mind from the hero checklist found in Blake Snyder's Save the Cat:
* Is your hero's goal clearly stated in the set up? Is it obvious? Make sure it's spoken aloud and/or reinstated in action
* Do clues of what to do next just come to your hero, or does he/she seek them out? If it all happens too easily, something's wrong. Destiny can't be handed to him/her. He/she must work for it every step.
* Everything your hero does has to spring from the burning desire to achieve the goal.
* Do other characters tell your hero what to do, or does you hero tell them? The others should be looking to your hero for answers, not the other way around. Make your hero active in the game.
Pretty basic stuff, but they're so easily forgotten sometimes. #guilty
There's a fun and easy De Ja Vu blogfest happening on Dec. 16 and all you have to do is repost one of your fave posts. I love no-brainers like these. Less work for the overworked. ;) Click on pic below to sign up or for more info.
I'm looking forward to spending time with family over the next few days. Also, I turn 38 on Black Friday, but I won't be out shopping ... I'll be at home with the loves of my life putting up the tree and decorating for the holidays. Busting out the holiday cheer !
I'll see you all back in a few days. And to each and every one of you who visits my blog and comments and shares, I'm so grateful to you and so glad to have found real friends in this vast corner of the universe called cyberspace. Thanks for including me in your lives.
What are you thankful for? Any big plans over the next few days? I love hearing from you ...