#NaNoPrep Week 4: Ready for Liftoff

This is the last post and the final Friday before November begins. I know I’m excited deep down, but panic is slowly taking over and pulling me to the dark side. I actually had no idea how to end this series and that horrible, evil thing called doubt is gnawing at me so much that I almost decided to give this post a skip. Yup, this is a bad case. Why are there no Patronus charms for keeping doubt at bay for writers? Cribbing aside, I have very little advice to offer for what I wanted to cover today. I need it as badly (even more, maybe) as you do. So, this is going to be a list pointing to prep resources I have read, liked and will implement someday. (Not entirely unoriginal though, because I can’t resist putting a few words in.)

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#NaNoPrep Week 3: Flex Your Writing Muscles

The third week flew by and the daunting task of NaNoWriMo feels ominously close now. The old NaNoWriMo groups are active again and most writers are talking about taking part in it. There’s an even bigger pool of advice this year – everyone from veterans to newbies seem to be tweeting and blogging about it. However, most of them seem to be addressing only outlining or aspects of planning. In this post, I’m going to direct you to something a lot of people tend to neglect.

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#NaNoPrep Week 2: Be a Plantser

The second week of October is nearing its end and the NaNoWriMo madness is gathering steam. Did you attend the live webinar yesterday? I had to miss a comfortable night’s sleep for that one. But no matter, because I woke up to a holiday, which means I can catch up on the lost hours of sleep.

You might have noticed a few changes to the site this time if you’re a veteran or get thoroughly confused if you’re new around these parts. Today I’ll be taking you through the two schools of writing – the “planner” and “pantser”. But this post will mainly focus on the best of both worlds – how to be a “plantser”.

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#NaNoPrep Week 1: Don’t Panic

October is finally here! For many readers of my blog, it means fall and that Halloween is around the corner. For me and others in my country, it’s time to fill up on a year’s worth of sweets during Navaratri (translation: nine nights) and buy a ton of new stuff (thanks to Amazon, Flipkart and what not). But for several writers across the world, it means that the madness of NaNoWriMo is that much closer.

I’ve done NaNo twice before, but succeeded only once. I also don’t have any published work in my writing résumé, so if you’re thinking that I’ve no business giving out advice, you’re probably right. I’m also not doing this because that’s what most writing blogs are doing right now. This series of posts is as much for me as it is for my readers. I want it to chronicle my preparation and if others do benefit from this, nothing would give me more joy.

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A Good Antagonist

Every fairytale needs a
good old-fashioned villain
.” – Jim
Moriarty in Sherlock (The Reichenbach Fall)

Whether you were taught to fear the power of Sauron and his Ring, or
intimidated by Hannibal Lecter’s character, you can’t deny that the servants of
evil are the cornerstone of any story. It is a universally acknowledged truth
that poorly constructed villains fail to grip the reader’s attention. In this
post, I’d like to outline what every well-written antagonist must possess.
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