Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How to Write a Bestseller - MASTER POST | Camp NaNoWriMo

It's Camp NaNoWriMo tomorrow and for some folk around the world it has already begun. For example, my friend from Japan, Yuuki, has already passed the 30k mark at 3 in the morning. Bless her soul.
I, however, haven't started yet. Hopefully everyone has got a ton of notes to hand ready for when midnight strikes, and if you haven't then maybe you have made a mental note of what you're doing. Or, like me, you're pantsing it. I've done countless blog posts about pantsing your way through NaNo and Camp is only different because you get an extra day in April. I've also done countless posts on how to write more, but this is a new and updated post with software links, helpful guides on other pages, and a collection of all my other NaNoWriMo posts. Without further adeiu, let the games begin!

My NaNoWriMo Posts

Yes, I am an egotist. That is why my personal posts are at the top of my beautiful post. These links provide small articles from my blog that should be able to help you with whatever you're working on.
  • Scrivener (free trial, $40, half price for NaNoWriMo winners iOSx & Windows)  |  My review   |   Scrivener is a software for writers that has a simple word processor, planning and research, all in one helpful digital "binder".
  • FreeMind mind mapping software  |  This is a free, simple software that lets you mindmap with ease and also it allows you to convert to print-friendly .PDF files if you would prefer having actual copies of what you've mapped.
  • yWriter  |  Review  |  This is a free, simple software made for writers. Not the best, but made by an author.
  • Focus Writer (P.S: please only use the link I have provided. You can get this from Softonic but it will install useless programs. I am not using an affiliate code or anything)  |  Review  |  This is a powerful, and very simple, writing tool. All you can do is write, but it's simple and streamlined without the need for useless buttons. Also has changeable themes.
  • Write or Die! (online free, cheap download)  | Review at PC World  |  Simple, powerful, effective. The desktop version of write or die allows for epic word wars with other WoD users!
  • ILYS Writer  |  Review at Tending Words  |  Online software for writing - cannot use backspace or edit what you've wrote until you've hit the word goal.

General writing tips

Want some extra help? Look no further. This is divided into general help and then into genres and my own tips for you. 

Online guides and articles

Sorry for not including other genres, but they generally aren't as popular as the above. If you want me to scour my resources for awesome posts on any other genres, let me know!

My tips on writing

Writing is terribly hard. The only tip I can offer you is to write what you want. Don't write for an audience, and don't think nobody else will like what you do. Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fanfiction, so don't ever think that you're alone. If you want to write a story about dragons with a teenage cast, BUT include sex and torture, go for it. It might not sell well, but does it matter? Writing is fun. Writing is for you, it shouldn't be commercialised unless you really need it to be.

Inspiration

These links are ALL on Tumblr, so if you don't want porn popping up on your dash, go to Tumblr and make sure you have all your privacy settings set correctly. Thanks. You might see that there are numbers in brackets. They are for different things within the genres. For example, 1 for fantasy is elves. 2 is forests.

Inspiration for...

  • ...fantasy (1) (2) (3)
  • ...young adult (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • ...horror (1) (2) (3
  • ...landscapes and buildings(1) (2) (3) (4)
  • ...romance (1) (2) (3 -warning, LGBT)
  • ...sci-fi (1) (2) (3)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all the links! Camp is almost over now but many of them will still be useful. I want to go look at the tumblr links in particular. :)

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