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REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (No Spoilers)

Well hello and welcome back. How was everyone’s Holiday? Mine was fantastic, and beside it being busy as hell and full of annoying yet lovable relatives, I very much enjoyed myself. LOL!

So I just finished reading DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by LAINI TAYLOR and I’ve just got to say Holy Heck! What a treat! More like double chocolate cake with hot fudge sauce and cold vanilla bean ice cream on the side (if that’s your kinda thing). I could barely put my nook down! I am now 1/4 of the way through its sequel. But back to the first book. Oh and here’s the book cover. Amazing as well!

To me DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is like a beautifully twisted modern-day fantasy of Romeo and Juliet with a magical feel that awakens your imaginations in ways you never knew possible and LAINI TAYLOR, Shakespear. Her words are like soft brush strokes that paint a masterpiece of in-depth emotions and heart-pounding suspense. They fizzle with the touch of pinwheel firecrackers and light-as-air snow flakes.

The beginning of the story begins in modern-day Prague, with two young art students who are living and struggling with normal life obstacles like any young college students out on their own. But Karou is nothing close to normal. She has a hazy and unreal past… and so many questions. Why the strange tattoos on her hands? Her friends wonder about the strange creatures she draws in her sketchbooks. What about her family and her past that she never talks about? And why are there black handprints marking doorways all around the city, and frankly, the world?

From there, in the “normal world”, LAINI TAYLOR smoothly un-lifts the veil and you find yourself in a woven web of the real world and a magical realm, chock full of wonder and mystery. The transition was so smooth, in fact, that the integrated fantasy was so much a reality for me it was unbelievable! The character’s are crisp and so real.

Karou, a girl with bright blue hair, and strange tattoos on her hands, is a very relatable character. And Akiva, the mysterious “man,” just makes you feel weak in the knees. My favorite character throughout though, is Brimstone. At first he puts an unknown fear in your heart, but you grow to love him, and honestly, I just want to hug the heck out of him.

To wrap it up, I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone, male or female, young or old, who still has magic in their heart and imagination in their mind. From 1-5, I give this book 5 STARS!

Get DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by LAINI TAYLOR here. It’s available on the nook, in paperback, hardcover, and audio book. Enjoy and happy reading!!

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WRITING INSPIRATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS OR ANYTIME

With the holidays right around the corner, and all that comes along with it, like get-togethers, drowning in waves of presents, brightly colored wrapping paper, bows and glitter, you may find it hard to stick go your normal writing regimen. I know I have. And that is why I’m putting together a post about writing inspiration and motivation. We will hear from three very talented authors and their inspirations. Where do you find yours? Is it going off to be alone and listening to music? Taking a walk? Chocolate?
Here are some of my personal faves:

1. Get comfortable and kick off your shoes! I know it may sound silly, but being barefoot helps me to relax and sluff off the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially during the holidays.(It also doesn’t hurt that I live in the desert where it’s 80-100 degrees most of the year!) So yes, here in the southwest, going barefoot is completely acceptable. So get comfy, and put on your coziest pair of pajama pants, kick off your shoes (or put on your fluffy bunny slippers, for those of you in colder climates) and get to writing!

2. Visualizing to music. I like to put on whatever music suits me at the moment (whether it be the classical Pachelbel’s Canon in D, or the hip-hop hit Let me Love you by Ne-YO.) I close my eyes and let the music take my imagination away, creating scenes of my novel in my head, like the trailer for a hit movie. It really is much cooler in you brain than it sounds! Haha! This is a great way to dream up new possible scenarios for your story. Warning: this can cause a goose bump effect.

3. Get some fresh air! After an all-day writing marathon (or even just a couple of hours), you just have to take a break. Leave your lap-top, pen and paper, and head outdoors or somewhere you can stretch your legs. I like to take a walk (well it’s really more like pacing up and down the street in front of my house where there is a gorgeous view of the mountains.) This is where I come up with some of my best ideas! As I walk, I take deep cleansing breaths-in between arguing plot points to myself. (My neighbors are probably like “there’s the crazy lady again, talking to herself.” LOL!)

And honestly, I feel more inspired to write during the holidays. I think it’s due to that warm fuzzy feeling created by all of the twinkling lights, warm fireplaces, and oh-so-good comfort foods. Unfortunately this is the busiest time of year for most people, and it can get a little hectic; all the more reason to come up with your own writing inspirations to help you get your creative juices flowing!

Now let’s hear from three amazing authors and learn about their writing inspirations and techniques.

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Mandy White, a horror/thriller novelist.

Mandy, why and when did you start writing?  I have always enjoyed writing, but was shy about showing my work. Five years ago I started working as a freelance content writer and graduated to novel-writing from there.

What are your writing inspirations? And what motivates you?  Any quiet time is good for inspiration, because I can escape into my head where the stories are. I work out a lot of story ideas while I’m walking my dog or driving.

Do you have a unique technique for writing motivation that someone may have never thought of? I do a lot of brainstorming while relaxing in a hot bath. I usually bring a pen and notebook with me and take notes whenever ideas come to me.

Oooh, a hot bath. That’s a great idea! Do you write during the holidays, and if so, how do you find time? I find writing is a good distraction from the stress of the holidays. We don’t have large family get-togethers, so our holiday season is reasonably sane. The best time for writing any time of year is early in the morning while the rest of the house is still asleep.

Quiet mornings are the best! Awesome ideas Mandy!

Her featured novel : Avenging Annabelle –  A Canadian thriller

Avenging Annabelle

A desperate father seeks justice after his daughter is abducted and he is wrongly accused of the crime. Meanwhile, a dangerous predator is still on the loose, already making plans to take his next victim. Annabelle appears in Jim’s dreams, showing him things – things he doesn’t want to see but must if he is to solve the mystery of her disappearance and have his vengeance on the one responsible.

Thank you so much Mandy White! Now, how can we get our hands on your book, Avenging AnnabelleAvenging Annabelle is currently enrolled in Kindle Select, so the e-book is exclusive to Kindle at the moment here. Paperback and hardcover editions can be purchased from Lulu.com here.

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Jolea M. Harrison, an epic/fantasy and science fiction writer.

Why and when did you start writing? At a very young age I decided I had stories to tell. There were these constant images going through my head and so I started writing down what was going on in them. These images, sometimes just a single one, evolve into novels if I let them.

What are your writing inspirations? What gets you in the mood to write?  Music inspires me to write, but I can’t listen to it when I’m writing. It’s too distracting, but if I get stuck in a scene I’ll turn on my iPod and listen to something new or music I haven’t listened to in a while. And movies – There will be times when I’m in a movie theater, watching the latest blockbuster and out of nowhere I’ll see something from the film that triggers my imagination and off I’ll go. The movie is forgotten. This can be extremely annoying…and expensive.

LOL! That can get expensive! Do you have a unique technique for writing motivation that someone may have never thought of? I live near Washington DC and go into town as often as I can and frequent the numerous art galleries there. One of my favorites is the Hirshhorn, as well as the Corcoran Gallery and the National Gallery of Art. These are places where quiet contemplation is encouraged, so I can sit in front of a sweeping masterpiece, I like landscapes, but sometimes portraits as well, and dream of what is happening and why. Nowadays I use my phone to jot down thoughts that come into my head. It’s great because no one looks at me oddly while I’m sitting there staring, when in fact, my mind is on another planet.

Wow! Art is a great idea for inspiration! Do you write during the holidays, and if so, how do you find time? I do some form of writing every day – whether it’s creation or editing or formatting – I’m usually immersed for some period of time in the creative process. Some may not think formatting especially creative, but coming up with the perfect look for your words qualifies in my mind. Writing is built into my daily schedule, so finding time for everything else becomes the problem. I still have to put up my Christmas decorations, and shop! I generally try to get all that done by Christmas Eve, lol.

Good luck on getting that Christmas shopping done, Jolea!

Her featured novel: Chosen – 1st book of the Guardians of the Word fantasy series

Chosen

Chosen is a fantasy adventure – location; Hell, Purgatory, the Demon’s Lair, and Hell is everything it’s cracked up to be. Dynan Telaerin finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, desperate to avoid the monsters and minions who want to eat his soul. Chosen is the first book of the series, The Guardians of the Word. The Chronicles are Chosen, Myth, Telepath, Legend, Union, Adept, Seer and King

Thank you so much! Now, where can we get your book, Chosen? You can pick up Chosen – a free digital e-book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble at these links: Amazon – here. Barnes and Noble here.

Thanks for having me on your blog! Your welcome Jolea Harrison!

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Mathieu Gallant, an open-minded multi-genre author, specializing in Science-Fiction and Apocalyptic and Horror.

Mathieu, why and when did you start writing? I’ve always been a writer at heart, but as chasing the dream of becoming a professional, I started about five years ago when I realized I might be able to finish the first draft of the book that would become Darkness Falls and When the Levee Breaks.

What are your writing inspirations? And what motivates you to write? I find inspiration in a dark, quiet room that allows me to really think deeply without interruptions. I think finding some time for quiet contemplation is a gift in the hustle and bustle of today’s wired world. I think more people should put time aside in their schedules to enjoy a bit of life unplugged.Also, I watch the news on TV, read news online and generally try to remain knowledgeable about the happenings in the world around me. I try to discuss the information I’ve gathered with others to get an idea of what people think about it.

Do you have a unique technique for writing motivation that someone may have never thought of?  I find using a writing journal is an extremely important aspect of my inspirations, for a few reasons. First, writing ideas down means I won’t forget them later on. Second, sometimes the act of brainstorming in a journal can be the catalyst for new ideas. Also, I find writing by hand is a great way to counter that dreaded bout of writer’s block. When using the journal for this purpose, don’t be afraid to write ANYTHING that comes to mind. Jot it all down because you never know when something important will come out. Resist the urge to self-censor and just let it all out. You won’t be sorry.

A writing journal is a fantastic idea! I think I may try that myself. Do you write during the holidays, and if so, how do you find time? I’ll write any time I get the urge, holidays or not. Lately it seems there’s a lot of competition for my attention, so late nights are best for me. I love sitting at the kitchen table with the lights off, staring out my back window at the lights of the city. There’s plenty of inspiration there.

Great stuff from Mathieu Gallant! His featured novel.

Darkness Falls from the Outage series. It’s a mix of sci-fi and apocalyptic. Here’s the blurb, straight from Amazon:

Darkness Falls is a frame novel, a story within a story. Primarily, it tells the story of one man, Robert Hendricks. We first meet him in 2179 onboard an alien star ship approaching Earth. He is the lone human on the ship and it will be the first time he sees his planet in over 150 years. He has been away so long, in fact, that Hendricks has very little in the way of actual memories of his home. The only thing he knows for sure is that his feelings about going back are far from positive. This is a problem for his extra-terrestrial hosts, the Gulran. The Gulran have a growing interest in this sector of the galaxy and Earth is vital to their plan. With Hendricks as an ambassador the Gulrani High Arbitor, Gorak, thinks the mission has a good chance of success. Without the human’s help, he’s not so sure. In order to ensure a positive outcome – but also to help his troubled friend – Gorak hypnotizes Hendricks and, through his recollections, travels back with him to the Earth of 2026. For Hendricks, the end begins with a total blackout of North America. It doesn’t take long for him to learn that the line between order and chaos is as thin as a stream of electrons flowing down a copper wire.

Thank you so much Mathieu! Now, how can we get our hands on your book Darkness Falls?  It can be downloaded at Amazon.com here. It’s also available in a few local bookstores in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The sequel to Darkness Falls, When the Levee Breaks, will be available soon after the new year.

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So now you’ve heard it from three amazing authors with really unique writing inspiration techniques; from relaxing in a hot bath to art gazing and keeping a writing journal. And don’t forget my favorite, kicking off your shoes! Haha!

If you have any other interesting methods of writing motivations and inspirations please leave a comment so others can take away that precious knowledge! Thanks for reading with us today and have a fantastic holiday!!

And may the power of words be with you!!
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CREATING A MAP FOR YOUR FANTASY NOVEL

An ongoing trend for fiction and fantasy novels is having a map for the reader to follow along with, just after the title page in the book. It is also very helpful for the author and the development of their fictional world.

When I first started writing my young adult fantasy novel, MER, I was like “A map seems way too difficult.” But I REALLY wanted one. And despite my inhibitions, I dove in head first. Hell or high-water I was going to have a map for my book, even if it meant handing my two-year-old a paper and crayons, and calling the scribbles my map. (Hey that’s not such a bead idea! Hahaha!)

I’m going to talk a little about my experience with creating my map for MER, soon to be released in late December, along with other methods of either creating or obtaining your map. And don’t worry, you absolutely do not have to be Michelangelo to create a map. I am no artist, believe me! Here is a step-by-step how I created mine.

METHOD #1 HAND-DRAWN MAP (This is always the first step, even in the following methods)

ITEMS NEEDED:

*paper (duh)

*tracing paper or vellum

*pencil and eraser

*Markers, colored pencils, or crayons (I was only half-joking about the crayons. That is actually what I used to color my map.) 🙂

*Reference Maps (Atlas, globe, print-outs of real life maps, your favorite fantasy book with a map.)

How I started was by picking a continent (fantasy novels, for some reason, usually have one super continent as their world to start out.) My inspiration was Greece. Don’t ask me why. I think I just liked the way it looked and it was surrounded on three sides by water and islands (which I needed lots of.) 😀

I started out with just a bunch of circles, squiggles, and lines. It looked terrible! (That’s the way it’s supposed to look at first.)

Once you’ve got something that you generally like as your footprint (the outline of the continent and maybe some general towns from you story etc…) then it is time to start adding lakes, castles, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, roads etc. Now this is where the tracing paper or vellum comes in. As you refer back to your story and start transferring landmarks to your map, you will need to make changes (more than likely, A LOT of them, LOL!) Like, “Wait! I need a castle here, and this river needs to move.” And instead if erasing your little heart out, place the tracing paper over your original drawing, copying what you like and changing what you don’t. This is tedious and, in my opinion, the least fun part. But the fun part is, as you do more and more drafts, your map will start to clean itself up and start to look more like a map!

Then after adding what towns, castles, and rivers that are in your story, you will need to start filling in the dead space, otherwise your map might look a little barren. Make a list of names that you might like for your landmarks.

I referred to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire maps, and (not ever copying) took inspiration from his name styles, but putting in my own twist and keeping true to the theme of my story. I came up with some cool names like Castlebridge, Saltstone, Duskenford, Eve’s Port, Dawn’s Port, Fish Eye Lake, Frozen River, etc… Adding these extras is also super beneficial in the development of furthering your story (say you are doing a second book in the series.) You can refer back to your own map to see where your character’s journey might take them, (and not have to break from your writing to come up with the perfect name for that dumb river they have to cross!! Haha!)

Here is a list of Landmarks your map may have.

MAP LANDMARKS

  1. Castles
  2. Towns
  3. Villages
  4. Churches (I use very little religion in mine, so I have no marked churches.)
  5. Ruins
  6. Rivers
  7. Lakes
  8. Swamps
  9. Oceans
  10. Seas
  11. Roads
  12. Forests
  13. Mountains
  14. Bridges
  15. Ports
  16. Islands
  17. Compass

Don’t limit yourself to this list (as I’ve probably forgotten some things LOL!), but reach for the sky! This is your masterpiece, your creation, do with it what you want. There are no limits. This is fiction we are talking about here!

Once you’ve finished matching the map to your story, filling in dead space, and naming all of your landmarks, it’s time to color in your map. If you only want black and white (which will be one-dimensional) you probably won’t want to color it, but if you want color or even grey scale, you will want to, to help differentiate water from land, etc.

Now if you are an artist and feel that you have a masterpiece, by all means, use this as your map. I definitely couldn’t, Haha! You will just need to format it to size, according to your publishers guidelines, or have it formatted for you. There are many low-cost formatters out there on google. The one I used is April Martinez, mail@aprilgem.com. She formatted my book (and map image). Just e-mail an inquiry and she will send you back a list of prices.

METHOD #2 HAVE IT PROFESSIONALLY RENDERED

Now that you have your rough draft, you could always contact a Graphic Artist or Cartographer to have the drawing digitally and professionally rendered for you. This is what I did.

I scanned my wanna-be-map into my computer (if you don’t have a scanner go to Kinkos and get it put on a jump-drive or disk). I then sent it (along with a list of all of my towns, castles, rivers, mountains, etc..and their correct spellings) to my Graphic Designer/Artist friend, Juan, as a rough draft. From there he worked his magic and Wallah! A beautiful map! (Soooo glad I didn’t have to do that part. I’m techie-illiterate. LOL!) Find Juan C. Heinrich here on facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/JuanCHeinrich?fref=ts. There is also a guild of cartographers who use various software to create fictional maps for a commission. You can find them here http://www.cartographersguild.com/

And here it is again! Woo hoo! MER‘s Map of Merenia! I had no idea my book could have such an amazing map!

METHOD #3 DO IT YOURSELF DIGITALLY

Now I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about this, as I said earlier I’m computer illiterate when it comes to stuff like this. BUT I will tell you some software you may use if you would like to try it yourself.

You will still want to do METHOD #1 and create a hand-drawn draft of your map.

A. PHOTOSHOP/ MS PAINT

You can scan your map into Photoshop or Microsoft paint and digitally manipulate it to insert text (landmark names), do a cool watery effect, create mountains, city and castle symbols, etc… Here is a good blog post on doing your map via Photoshop http://www.brodt.dk/peter/maps.html.

B. SPECIALIST MAP-MAKING PROGRAMS

AutoREALM, which is a super cool software created by Fantasy and RPG geeks to create maps. (No offense, I am one of those too. Not the kind of geek that creates software, of course, but the kind that plays Final Fantasy and does ALL of the side quests.) Haha! Download AutoREALM for free here http://autorealm.sourceforge.net/

Now, after that information overload, let’s take a break and look at some well-known authors who used maps in their novels.It all started with the grandfather of fantasy maps/ fictional world development, Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings. This is the Map from The Hobbit, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings.

the map of the book the hobbit

A few other well known’s are…

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (HBO Series A Game of Thrones)

map game of thrones

Robert Jordan’s A Wheel of Time. (One of my favorite series!)

Wheel of Time Map of the world

C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (LOVE!)

As an author or author-to-be of a fantasy series, you more than likely will have one of these in your home library. If you don’t,which I would find hard to believe :D, I strongly urge you to get one and study it and its usage of maps.

Thank you for reading about map creation with me today! I wish you lots of luck in your writing journeys. And don’t ever, ever give up! It can be overwhelming, especially if you are self-publishing, to put all of the pieces together by yourself. Just take a deep breath and keep on plugging on!

Please leave a comment if you have any other helpful information on map creation for your novel. Or even if you don’t I’d love to hear from you!

Please LIKE my book, MER on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/merbook1  to read cool snippets and get updated info on the book release!

Please follow me on twitter here http://www.twitter.com/JadeMPhillips

Thanks! And may the power of words be with you!

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OUTLINING AND STORYBOARDING YOUR NOVEL

Now that the editing for my novel, MER, is done (Woo hoo!) I have some time to talk about the behind-the-scenes of writing a novel.

Like many of you out there I had always dreamed of writing a book, and made many attempts, to no avail. I kept thinking what is wrong with me? Why can’t I finish this book?

Well, apparently, not all of us are like Stephen King (the brilliant freak-of-nature that he is) and can open our minds and just let the words fall out effortlessly into an amazing bestseller. Some of us need guidelines. And that is how I discovered storyboarding and outlining. But first you want to brainstorm.

BRAINSTORMING

This is going to be the first thing you should do before you start any outlining. Make a list of anything and everything that could possibly happen in your book. Think outside of the box! This is the fun part. You have NO limits! No censorship, no one telling you what or what not you can do. And then for the outlining.

And not everyone is the same and that is why I’ll be discussing different outlining methods separately.

METHOD #1. STICKY NOTE STORYBOARD

This is the method that I used for MER. This style of outlining is great for the “visual type” of person because it displays your entire manuscript out in front of you and allows you to view the flow and chronology of your book. It gives more freedom to the writer (as opposed the “W” storyboard which we will go over later in this post.) Also, with the sticky note method, if later on down the line you aren’t liking the way it’s going or need to make changes you can easily swap chapters or slap on a new sticky note! Kabow! Easy as pie. Mmmm. Pie. (Thanksgiving leftovers on the brain. Haha!)

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:

*A matte board or poster board (I went to the extreme and bought the biggest one they had and almost hang-glided through the parking lot of Office Max after a gust of wind hit me.Hahaha! That was fun.) Your poster board will need to be big to fit all of your chapters, scenes and sticky notes, but you might not want to get the monster that I got. It’s up to you.

*Sticky/ Post-It notes. I purchased two different rainbow-colored multi packs of the LONG sticky notes.You will need to have a few different colors to keep your categories separate. Examples of these categories can be plot points in the scene, character’s in the scene, location, items to keep track of, etc. The possibilities are endless, so use your own creativity to help you organize. Some authors use one color for each character. I have so many characters in my book that I would just list all of the characters in a specific chapter on one color and then layer the plot points for that same chapter on another color. You just need to summarize what happens in that chapter with no more than a couple of sentences or a few bullet points.

*Black Sharpee Marker. Of course you can use a pen or pencil, but in my opinion the black marker stands out and is easier to read when you stand back to look at your book outline as a whole.

That’s it! All you need is three items to start your post-it note storyboard (and possibly a pot of coffee and some good music.)

METHOD # 2. THE “W” STORYBOARD

This is the method often used by screenwriters, and although it looks more simple than the sticky note storyboard method, it gives you more of a structured guideline for your story. You need to find five of the most important points in your story, we will call these plot points. These 5 plot points will go from the top left of your “W” and so on until the last and fifth plot point at the top right of your “W”, creating a rise and fall motion.

TWO ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:

*Poster or matte board

*Markers

“W” STRUCTURE:

TRIGGERING EVENT: This is what starts your story (the plot point at the top left of your W) so choose your most important event to begin your story. Ex. a death, a secret, a mystery, a dilemma, or any sort of event that will start your story’s journey.

FALL: Then your story “falls” towards the next plot point and is setting up the problem.This is where you create more drama and tension for your story. It is the lowest point and further increases the need to drive the story on further.

FIRST TURNING POINT: Conflict/dilemma. This is where plans change and thing’s often reverse. Events may happen that you don’t expect. Maybe your hero decides to leave home.

RISE: This is where you begin to recover from the problem.

POP MOMENT: Conflict/dilemma. This is where your story explodes, thing’s may be revealed, or a battle may take place.

FALL: Deepening the problem. This is sometimes called the second “Triggering event” which is not as extreme as the first but brings the story back down to a low point.

SECOND TURNING POINT: This is the absolute LOWEST point of the story, where it seems that there is no hope.

RISE: Solving the problem.There is new hope, help comes. There is a change within the character.

EPIPHANY MOMENT or “oh my god point” (This point is used in fiction usually a few chapters before the END. I used this and it is great for fantasy.) It is a last conflict before the few chapters of resolution.

END: Resolution. This does not necessarily have to be a problem fixer, but maybe just seeing something in a new light, or a big change.

You don’t have to follow these exactly. You can have more small ups and downs within your rises and falls.

A good reference for the “W” Storyboard is by Mary Carroll Moore on YouTube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMhLvMJ_r0Y

METHOD #3. WRITING SOFTWARE

I actually started my novel with Y Writer by Spacejock, a free novel-writing software. I ended up combining this method and the sticky note storyboard, using Y Writer for my character list (which is SUPER COOL) and the sticky note method for the plotline. This method is perfect for the techie-at-heart and for novels that are beefed up with lots of information and lots of things to keep track of: locations, characters, items, groups, etc. I love this software not only because it’s FREE (starving artist here), but because it is so in-depth. I actually picked celebrities’ pictures to represent my characters and put them with their descriptions in the character list, so when I was like ‘wait…what was so and so’s eye color?’ (I used Orlando Bloom for one of my characters. Mmmm…Orlando Bloom *drooling*) OK! Back to point. I could just pull up the list with a click and have a full description along with pictures and tags. (I will be writing a future post about character lists.)

ITEMS NEEDED:

*Computer O.o

*Y Writer Download (or any other novel-writing software that tickles your fancy.) Here’s the link to Y Writer’s free download. http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5_Download.html

METHOD #4 TRADITIONAL OUTLINING

This method, which you may remember doing for book reports in elementary school, can come in a number of styles, shapes sizes, and is pretty self explanatory.

ITEMS NEEDED:

*Pen and Paper :0)

There are many outlining and storyboarding techniques, and I just highlighted the few that I think work best for novel writing. So if you are a no-guidelines-needed freak-of-nature and read this post anyways, I hope it was informative and you enjoyed it none the less. And for the rest of you like me, I wish you lots of luck and creativity in your storyboarding and writing ventures!

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Thanks for reading! And may the power of words be with you ;0)

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