A big thank you to Sally Clements for directing me to Alexandra Sokoloff's blog which you can find here.
NaNoWriMo is looming. Anyone taking the plunge this year? I'm thinking no because my current WIP is clunking along nicely and I'm enjoying all the research I'm doing along the way far too much to put it on hold and concentrate solely on the word count. I may use JanNoWriMo to help with edits if I'm that far along (she says already knowing she won't be).
But if you are contemplating the November writing marathon then you simply must visit Alexandra's blog. She's doing all these amazing posts about preparation and they are nothing short of fabulous. Lots of juicy-sink-your-teeth-into-OMG-this-is-sooooo-helpful kinda stuff.
I think I have a girl-crush 8)
I don't know how other people write but I tend to visualise my story - and by that I mean I really see it. Like a movie. It's probably because of my theatre background (yes I am/was a frustrated actor) but that's the way I roll. I get the whole thing - the actors, the settings, the score, the whole shabang. I even took a unit of Scriptwriting in my Masters degree (as yet unfinished) because it's so much a part of my writing process. So for me, Alexandra is a dream come true.
Now don't worry if you're not as...well let's just say cinematically focused as I am because Alexandra talks about writing novels as well. She's a very talented woman (who's gushing?) and I'd be surprised if she didn't have a pearl of wisdom to offer every kind of writer. Go on, prove me wrong. I dare ya!