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Reblog: How to Use Index Cards to Outline Your Book


by Lillian Csernica on September 20, 2018

Megan Burgess has some excellent ideas that may come in handy as we all keep prepping for NaNoWriMo!

via How to Use Index Cards to Outline Your Book

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September 20, 2018 · 12:14 am

J is for Journal


by Lillian Csernica on April 12, 2016

One of the most important parts of traveling is preserving the memories of people and places one meets along the way.  The easiest way to do that is to keep a travel journal.  The precise format can vary according to your needs and preferences.  Here are some practical considerations I’ve learned in the course of my adventures.

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Choose a journal that meets your needs.  As much as I love hardback journals, they’re heavy and can be awkward to write in.  A jolting bus ride or a packed train car is not the ideal environment for lengthy accounts of the farmer’s market or museum you just toured.  Better to carry something lightweight that will lie flat when opened or fold over the way spiral notebooks do.

Jot notes and write outlines.   It might be best to carry a small notebook for jotting down key moments which can later be discussed at length in your main travel journal.  The important thing is to enjoy the trip itself.  By giving yourself the option of writing up each day’s adventures when you’re not in the middle of having them, you’ll enjoy both the present moments and the moments of reflection that much more.

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Buy postcards.  These are taken by professional photographers with top of the line cameras.  If you go to a popular tourism site, odds are good there will be postcard packets available which include the highlights of the location.  Not only will you have high quality images to share, you will also have a record of details that might slip your mind.  When I went to Kyoto my mother asked me to bring her postcards of the places I saw.  I bought a packet at Kiyomizudera that shows Mom how the temple looks in each of the four seasons!

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Look for mementos that will fit into the main journal.  Items such as menus, business cards, stickers, brochures, etc. are fine.  Now and then you might get lucky and find something really memorable.  At the temples in Kyoto you can collect stamps done in red ink that show you’ve been there.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a passport for children in which they collect stamps from hands-on science stations at various points around the aquarium complex.

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Get creative with the journal’s purpose.  When I’ve stayed in one location long enough to share memorable moments with the staff or some of the other guests, I’ll have those special people sign my travel journal.  It’s a lot like the yearbooks we get in American high schools.  These days people often jot down their email or website, so this can lead to ongoing friendships!

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Live it up, then write it down!

 

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Confessions of a NaNoWriMo Virgin


by Lillian Csernica on October 14, 2014

 

Yes, it’s true.  As chaotic as my life is, as crowded as my days are, I have indeed signed up for NaNoWriMo.

Why, you ask?  Why do I intend to put myself through the hardcore boot camp of daily word count production?  Two reasons.

ONE:  Today I finished editing Sword Master, Flower Maiden.  I still have to run it by my agent, but I think I am very close to declaring this book FINISHED!

TWO:  NaNoWriMo is a great way to jump start Book 2 in the trilogy, which I have given the working title Garden of Lies.

1700 words per day, every one of the 30 days in November.  That’s about seven pages per day.  When I’m in good form, I can write five pages in 90 minutes.  I’m going to be logging my daily word count on my profile at the NaNoWriMo site, so people can watch my book grow.  They cheer me on, I cheer them on, and we all create literature together.

Do I have the book all plotted out already?  No.  I have this messy pile of notebooks and loose papers and a pile of research about the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, where the book will take place.  Once I hear from my agent and know what to do about Book 1, then I’ll be ready to settle down with the pile of notes and research and see how much I’ve already got.  Having taken inventory and gotten organized, I will then dump it all into the appropriate sections of Scrivener.  Gotta set up my workspace for this new adventure.

I’m already getting excited.  I know how to write fast without thinking too much about it.  I know how to pick my subject and keep that pen moving until the timer goes off.  Will I use a timer?  Probably.  Will I use it every day?  Depends on how well the work is going.  If I hit a dry patch, I might need the timer do nag me into being productive.  Other days I may go wild and crank out all kinds of material.  Bradbury said, “Throw up in the morning, clean up at noon.”

How about you people out there?  Any NaNoWriMo veterans?  Any words of wisdom for this newbie?  I welcome whatever gems of knowledge you see fit to share.

Anybody want to be writing buddies?  I’m not entirely clear on that concept.  I don’t get out of the house without major logistical planning, but I’m sure I can provide some kind of support and maybe even advice.  I’ve written four complete novel mss.  This will be the first time I attempt to do so under such a compressed time frame.  We shall triumph together!

 

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