Camp NaNo Time!

Hello once again, Readers!!! Tomorrow is the start of NaNo! Woohoo! Can you feel the excitement!? I don’t know if I want to do a cart-wheel of joy or hurl…

I am going to do my best to complete the 50K in the alloted timeframe, while continuing to write, From the Embers. Because of this, I have decided to schedule my posts to one a week…most likely on Mondays. The writing will be my main focus, plus my edits will be back within the next couple of weeks from the editor, so basically I will be overloaded. Oh, and another Craft Fair…

But any who. I have plenty of Red Bull and music to help me through this adventure. I love adventures. Especially the kind that scare the living S$!& out of you!

Okay, maybe not. I digress.

The original girl: photo credit: torpore via photopin cc

Like that?? I made it for my WIP I am attempting for NaNo. They had a spot where you can upload an image for the novel so I figured WTH.

It was just for kicks, nothing serious. To be honest, I really just wanted to play around with the editing site to see what all it can do, which I think it came out pretty darn good. I used Pixlr which is the same site I used for my book button. I found the image of the girl on Photopin and then overlayed a picture of a galaxy (also from photopin) and made it a little translucent so you could still see the girl, but get the sparklies.

This is my first NaNo attempt…to say I am nervous is an understatement though I don’t know why. I’ve already written two novels and am 1/4 into a third. I guess it’s the pressure that I know I will apply on myself. I can’t fail.

That being said, I have three posts started to take care of three weeks worth of blogs. Talk about being prepared! Helpful how to’s and another giveaway. No procrastination here! Muhahaha.

Oh, I forgot to tell you…

photo credit: alles-schlumpf via photopin cc

Eww I hate spiders. Worse than the dark I think and that’s saying a lot because I hate the dark too. Put them together and you have a passed-out Candace.

I digress. Stay safe Trick-or-Treaters! I will be taking my Red Ninja (Logan) and Fairy (Scarlett) tonight and hopefully score some good candy! I’ll probaby need it. I wish you all the spookiest, fun night!

For the question: What are you dressing up as?

Echelon out ♥

10 Questions To Get To Know Your Characters

photo credit: Βethan via photopin cc

Hello once again, Readers!!!So I wanted to blog about something important since NaNo is in a couple of days. I have been going back and forth with myself on whether or not I am going to try it. I’m just not sure I can squeeze both, From the Embers and another WIP, in at the same time. I think what I will do is attempt it, but not hold my breath. If I succeed then more power to me, but if not, then oh well…there is always next year.

But I digress.

Let’s talk characters. It is important to jump into NaNo with a clear idea on who you are going to be writing about. If you aren’t sure yet, don’t fret…you are only a few steps away from figuring it out! There is an easy way to familiarize yourself with your characters so you will be a set for the big month. 10 steps to success!

Below I have compiled a series of questions that I use for my own character development. These are basic questions that will mold your character into a real, believable person that a reader can relate to. So grab a notebook and a pen and lets begin (I’m a poet and didn’t know it…lol)!

  1. What does your character look like? (Try to really envision this person. If you aren’t clear on the appearance, neither is the reader)
  2. Detail you characters appearance down to scars on their body and how they got them. Hair, hygiene, style, ect.
  3. List five personality traits and then detail each one as to why they are that way. (Make sure there are good and bad traits. For the bad, explain why and how it affects others. Do enemies occur from this trait? For the good, how they got that way and what ways they use it in their daily life.)
  4. Greatest strength versus greatest flaw. (They need to have at least one of each to avoid Mary-sue-itis.)
  5. What are their likes and dislikes? (Take time to get to really know them. What do they find attractive in the world and in people. What do they despise in the world and in people? Make them as real as possible down to food choice and movie selection.)
  6. What is their dream/aspiration? What goals have they set?
  7. Where were they born and who raised them? (Get into detail on who raised them and how this molded their POV.)
  8. What is unique about your character? (The reader needs something to root for. Something that sets them apart from every other book out there.)
  9. What is their biggest fear? (Knowing this will help you add this into the plot as a character builder. Something they can overcome by character growth.)
  10. Do they have a love interest? How do they feel about love? (You need to know how they deal with relationships.)

If you take a good day to sit down and answer all of these questions, then you are on the right path to writing a believable character. Keep these notes with you and read them again and again to really familiarize yourself with them. Soon enough, it will be a no brainer. Your character will be as real as you or me.

From there you can begin plotting your story or like me, wait until the last minute and just write. I don’t limit myself with a chapter by chapter outline. It’s too confining. I have an idea where I want the story to go and I try to stick with it.

Now I have three characters that I need to sit down and interview! This is the fun part. The beginning stages to an entirely new world. I hope this has helped you. There are so many different ways to do things out there; it’s nice to share and learn new ways.

That being said, do you have any added questions to share?

Echelon out ♥

‘Born in Flames’ Is Now Available On KOBO


My publisher has added Born in Flames to the KOBO network! Ibooks will be coming soon as well, and then hopefully print!!!

Echelon out ♥