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Not sure what’s up with the #NaNoWriMo hate/backlash/etc. lately, but I have some THOUGHTS. And now that I’ve finished my 2019 NaNo project, I have time to tweet. Thread incoming.
I keep seeing complaints about NaNo stressing people out. Yeah, okay, NaNo is definitely not for everyone! It’s a ton of work in a short time period, and heck yeah, it can be stressful.
But no one’s forcing anyone to participate. If someone’s stressed about not being able to finish, that’s something they need to figure out. There are lots of ways to write a book, and no one way is better than others.
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Hello, #NaNoWriMo2019 party people!

I have a YA to rewrite and a specific desire to work a little bit on a project every day instead of binge-writing, which is what I've been doing.

You can find me here:…

though I hardly ever update.

I thought I would do some #NaNoWriMo tips and tricks threads, because I am one of those rare writers who greatly benefits from drafting quickly and with very set word count goals.

It's definitely not for everyone, but from someone who prefer fast-drafting, here are my tips.
First, I'm going to dispel fast-drafting myths:

--fast drafts are always messy
--fast drafts mean you write commercial/formulaic
--fast drafts mean you don't care about developing language
--fast drafts must/must not be outlined
--fast drafts are garbage drafts

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Welcome to today's game of #MaryGoRound. I'm heading to Beijing straight from Vancouver for China SF con.

To play:
1. When my travel goes well, you drink.
2. When it goes poorly, I drink.
(Sip, don't chug. Does not need to be alcohol to play.)

Aboard my flight to Beijing. Have a drink. #MaryGoRound
They are closing the boarding doors for an on time departure. See you in Beijing. Have a drink. #MaryGoRound
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Are you a pantser? Doing #NaNoWriMo this year?
My No Prep NaNoWriMo class this weekend is for you.

There are grants for BIWoC, LGBTQ, and Folks who are broke. See next tweets for details.…
If you're BIWoC, I have two spots available, funded by my Patreon supporters.

Reply to this tweet with a little about yourself by midnight CDT tonight (Oct 3)
If you are anywhere under the QUILTBAG umbrella, I have two spots funded by a fellow student who wants to see you write more.

Reply to this tweet with a little about yourself by midnight CDT tonight (Oct 3)
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Marcus is also a straight-A student. Both students are incredibly competitive. He’s also the kid from the “detonate” story.

We're learning about the Roman Republic that day. Patricians are the wealthy class; plebeians are the working class.

Stan stands up mid class.
Me: Only patricians had a political voice. This meant that the plebeians, which made up of 95% of the population had no voice in the government!

Stan: Yooooooo! Yoooooo! Yooooo, Ms. don't see that...

*Marcus rolls eyes and sucks teeth*

Marcus & Stan:
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[Day3: Creating & Sustaining Spaces of Practice]
Q: Have you created or been part of initiatives for #Science #STEM #STEAM #SciComm practice? Are you considering creating one yourself?

Today we'll discuss "safe spaces to fail" and scaffolded experiences to build up your skills!
Why do I care?
As a former academic & now in my work to spread adaptable skills in #scicomm through #comedy, it strikes me how little prep we get to teach or give strategic talks as we make the shift from undergrad to grad levels

How many bad habits do we accumulate b/c of this?
What are some bad communication habits in #Science #STEM you've seen, experienced, or are still working to overcome?

Here's where I used to struggle:
- preparing talks the night before
- going over time
- imagining the audience wasn't even there
- bad PPTs
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1. You
2. Can't
3. Build
4. An
5. Army
6. Of
7. Fans
8. On
9. Social media before they're already fans of your work so
10. Become part of a community by being yourself.
The usual disclaimer: YMMV, my way is not the only way, everyone's journey is different. Advice is intended for new writers of genre fiction in the US aiming for traditional publishing. I'm a straight white cis lady, so your difficulty setting may be higher.
1. Why do people follow you on social media? Because you add value to their life. If you don't have a book out that they love, don't expect them to follow you as a fan. Find another way to add value. Helpful links, encouragement, recipes, poems, whatever you can do consistently.
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Est-ce qu'on peut reparler 5 min du Grand Bain à la "lumière" du podcast "Mansplainning" qui lui est consacré ? Parce que perso ça m'a assez désemparée pour avoir envie de défendre l'écriture de perso masculins / blancs / hétéros faite par ce film, mais aussi dans l'absolu. Si si
Certes, à l'heure où des journalistes qualifient de "communautariste" LA rom com sur 10k à sortir en occident mettant en scène des perso asiatiques, ou déplorent que les hétéros soient "laissés de côté" dans un film sur... Act Up (j'invente rien hein 🔽)
Ca peut paraître étrange/inapproprié de défendre la figure de l'homme blanc hétéro en fiction alors qu'elle y est déjà *partout*. Mais c'est de qualité (fond de l'écrit) pas de quantité (%age de représentation) dt j'ai envie de parler car c'est là que je ne rejoins pas ce podcast
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SOOOoooo let's switch gears a little bit and talk more about one of my favorite things: CREATIVE REGURGITATION IN THE FORM OF HORKING UP THE MESSY, SHRIEKING FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR NOVEL -- whether for #NaNoWriMo or just for shits and giggles, let's talk some tips.

thready thready
Obviously writing a book is fucking hard. It's you wandering through a dark house that isn't your own. You're going to bang your knee on a lot of furniture. Gonna trip. Gonna meet some ghosts there in the dark. It's okay.
It's like, part of writing is that act of finding your way through that dark, unfamiliar house. It's you mapping the terrain, gaining comfort, learning how first to creep through that place and soon, sprint. This tends to come as you write more and redraft.
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Hey so I guess it's #NaNoWriMo, right? So I'm going to be posting some quick #FirstDraftWritingTips which I hope will be fun and helpful. OK? Great.
Often a finished novel is about making the reader wait for a particular moment, meeting, or conversation. But in a first draft, why wait? If you're excited to get to that scene, write it now. You can fix pacing problems in revision. Add more build-up later. #FirstDraftWritingTips
I have a feeling most of my #FirstDraftWritingTips will boil down to "candy now, veggies some other time." :-p
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Really enjoying this #novel being published day by day, using Github for #transparency on edits and creation, with a changelog and all. See the creative process! 🛠

I might have made a couple of pull requests for typos. 💁‍♀️

@wallet_novel #nanowrimo
@wallet_novel Which also makes me wonder how much of our sophisticated development workflow that we take for granted we could share with others disciplines who have no idea (or maybe better ideas!) 💡
But this is amazing. Git for the creative process.
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I've never written 50k words in 30 days, for #NaNoWriMo or otherwise, but I've written two 95k+ novels. Does that qualify me to offer some opinions?

JUST KIDDING; I'm a man on the internet, so _of course_ I'm going to share my opinions, whether you want to hear them or not…
One common way to categorise writers is those who plan/outline first (planners), and those who just wing it (pantsers). I'm a planner, so really I'd say: hey, plan a lot before you start. But it's already 1st November, so I'm a bit late with that advice.
That said, I do highly recommend outlining. Broad strokes first, then iteratively refine until you're sick of doing so. I usually go down to the granularity of groups of a few scenes, and sometimes further. I also recommend reading about the three-act structure.
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Considering it's #NaNoWriMo and folks are setting out to try to write a novel in a month, I wanted to talk VERY BRIEFLY about something I encountered with a lot of aspiring comic creators at Hal-Con last weekend. The two things are sort of related.
I was on two different panels that essentially became "How do I break into comics?" panels. The answer is ALWAYS the same. You break into comics by making comics. It's really that simple. But, of course, there is some nuance to it.
Because you've made a comic, that does NOT mean that you WILL break into comics. But, NOT making a comic almost guarantees that you will NOT break into comics.

And, for clarity sake, by "breaking into comics", I mean getting to a position where you're paid to write/draw comics.
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I've spoken about this before but wanna talk again just a wee little bit about why #NaNoWriMo never really worked for me -- and this isn't saying it can't or won't or shouldn't work for you! It has worked for shitloads of amazing authors.

Just not me.
One of the very good things that comes out of #NaNoWriMo is an understanding of writing as the product of actually doing the work. We can dance around that all we want, but at the end of the way, you have to go TYPEY TYPEY WRITEY WRITEY and put words on paper.
And it's a good way to enforce the reality and idea of deadlines -- hey, you're gonna have a bullseye, and you gotta try to hit it. Whether a novelist or a freelancer, your deadline is simultaneously your lifeline.
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So. In preparation for #NaNoWriMo, a friend of mine asked about how to come up with subplots in novels. Here are some ideas, with a little discussion of TV writing as one easy way to think about structure.
In a typical TV show, there are at least three plots in every episode, called the A, B and C plots because simple is good. The A plot is the main story, the overarching drama or mystery or conflict that takes up most of the screen time and involves your main characters.
The B plot may somehow relate to the A plot, or it may be a separate thing. It may involve your main characters, or focus on secondary characters. It can relate to an ongoing season plot instead of just the episode plot. It gets second-most screen time.
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1. I know I've failed to committ seriously in Storial's WriteTheFest last September, so I'd be striving more this November no matter what. I'll make myself be counted in #nanowrimo2018 💪🏻
2. Want Twitter header like the one that I am using? You can pick up Twitter header, FB header, and profile pic to immerse yourself into #nanowrimo2018 spirit here:
2B. For some reasons, I'm not changing my profile picture. Only my Twitter header. Okay let's continue.
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4 years ago this week I left my life as a medic behind forever after a decade on the job. This is clearly the cover of my unmade mixtape...
you can read some of my ambulance adventures here…
you may notice the voice is mysteriously similar to a certain half-dead protagonist in my adult Urban Fantasy series...shocking, I know...
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