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WTF Am I Doing?

Just a quick little post to say that I posted an A Madness Most Discreet extra today. I’m calling it a ‘betweentake’ because it comes in ‘between’ part 1 and part 2 ;) It’s filthy, and terribly un-PC, but it’s almost twice the length of one of my normal chapters. If you look closely, you might get the chance to prompt the next AMMD betweentake as JasperLuver48 did this time around.

Now that I’ve done that, I’ve got a one shot to polish for the Halloween Fest and some betaing to do. I’m finding myself reluctant to start another writing project so close to NaNo, which is ridiculous because I have almost 3 weeks—that’s like 35k in NaNo terms ;)

Keep your Halloween Fest fics coming in. These will post between 11pm and midnight on the 31st of October so I’m scheduling them all as they come in because at midnight on the 31st I’ll be getting ready to start NaNoWriMo!

And I got an email today from AlwaysWriteWithYourHeart about the TwiSlash Library. She’s making a video and will be using some of my fic banners in it, so… yay!

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NaNo 11: Spreadsheets

Back into the planning for NaNo blogging :) Yes, I’ve been procrastinating. It’s what I do best ;)

Spreadsheets (more of a chart, really, because it’s hand drawn on two facing pages of the big red book, but an excel or Open Office Calc file would do the same job) are what I use to keep track of my threads (those subplots and not plotty enough to be subplot thingies I was talking about the other week). It’s your story at a glance, really. Everything on one (or two) page. And it forces you to not get all long winded about aspects of your plot, scenes and stuff (long winded goes elsewhere).

Depending on my story and how I’m outlining, I might break up the rows and columns by chapter, or I might break it up by day or by week. On the other axis goes the threads, which might be major events, subplots, tiny little things that need emphasis throughout the story.

Once again, I am repeating in my spreadsheet some of the stuff that I have in other parts of my outline, but it serves to emphasise the main points in my mind, and also sometimes you want to be able to see how everything fits together. The spreadsheet is one of my favourite ways to outline.

Yes, I stole the idea from JK Rowling. Her spreadsheet is below.

rowling_spreadsheet

Halloween Fest

Not long till you can submit your stories to the fest! You’ve got till 30th October to submit, so if you haven’t gone along to grab a prompt yet, do it now. Minimum word count is a drabble, and anyone can rattle one of those off easy peasy, so get involved!


The VampSlash Halloween Fest

So me and the girls at VampSlash are doing this thing.

There’s prompts, and you can even request a story. But you don’t have to do a request or fill a prompt. Very loose and easy and fun :)