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  1. 2 points
    If shipping wasn't super expensive I'd offer up some kind of small crafty thing. Can we rig the test so someone in Canada wins? πŸ˜›
  2. 2 points
    I'm interested! I'm one of the ones who did go MIA last year due to RL issues, but the challenge did help me get a lot of writing done. I've been tweaking my 2019 writing plans and have a lot of projects scheduled, so I would love to do this again, I think it would help keep me on track. πŸ™‚
  3. 2 points
    When we moved onto the new forum, we condensed the writing prompt stuff into one forum, which you can find here. NaNo still has theirs, too. Pinterest is a whole treasure trove of writing prompts. Example: here's the Worldsmyths profile with lots and lots and lots and lots of boards that @Sheepy-Pie created and has been adding to, and here's one on my personal profile with lots and lots of prompts, too, some of which are probably in the Worldsmyths ones, too. Right now I'm focusing on my NaNo, trying to get it into shape and then I plan on continuing it (after I figure out the last half of it). Like others, I haven't actually written anything since NaNo. When I was originally planning to get back to my main project, I was planning on trying to do little side stories to get back into the characters' heads again, because it's been so long. When I do get back to that main project, I'll do that. Whenever I get stuck on an idea, I go through my idea journal, which I have tons of dialogue/writing prompts/plot ideas written in, and I make lists of the plots that stick out to me. I'll go on Reddit, the NaNo forums, anywhere else I can think of to try and get some inspiration. This is another one I like to go to. I've also made lists of the tropes that I like and want to use. I made a list of the projects that I know I want to work on in the future. i.e. I eventually want to go back to my Mageborn story, but that's probably a loooong ways from now.
  4. 2 points
    Mind-mapping usually helps me. I did this the other day when I was bored at work and had already written and emailed myself scene ideas and a blog post (there really hasn't been much for me to do this week...). I wanted to keep writing but I was bored with my current project. So I mind mapped an older project I'll eventually get around to working on again. I started with the main character's name in the middle of a piece of paper and then branched off with bubbles for people, themes, events, and word associations until I filled the page. When I do that I usually find several key roots of the story and come up with some semblance of a plot around the character struggles. It almost feels like I'm playing a game so my mind relaxes and I'm refreshed afterwards instead of drained.
  5. 2 points
    Dean Winchester is free to sneak his way anywhere, any time. πŸ˜„ (He's done so in my dreams...but in those, he and Sam have been my brothers. -Facepalm-)
  6. 2 points
    I've got several novels in the planning stages, so I already know what I'll be working on when I've finished my latest round of editing and completed two partially-written novels. I also want to explore a concept which is very much in the development stages and has only been mentioned in passing in some of my novels. It's the sort of concept which could spawn a whole new series, so it will give me plenty of material. For those who need new ideas, I'd reiterate what Livvy said about trying prompts and looking for images. There's also the "adopt-an-idea" forums. There used to be one on here and on the main Nano site. There's also one on the site that I admin and I'm sure you can find them elsewhere. Another suggestion is to take a side-character from a novel you've already written. Try writing their back-story or giving them an adventure of their own. Take the under-developed character and fill in the blanks. Re-write scenes from an existing novel from their POV.
  7. 2 points
    I love steampunk and steampunk-adjacent stories. Googling it, it sounds like people are really splitting hairs about what exactly constitutes 'steampunk'. My favourite new term of the day is 'aetherpunk', which is like steampunk with magic. But lots of people still call something steampunk with it still having magic. Base elements - Neo-victorian setting, with steam driven technology... actually the wikipedia page has a lot of great information, someone passionate clearly put a lot of work into it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk A lot of the steampunk I've been exposed to has a strange mix of my 'punk' ideals, rebellion, social change, but also a lot of optimism about technology and the future. Its usually not as gritty as other '-punk' genres. Its on my long long list of things I'd love to write. I have some notes for a fantasy goldrush story, where the source of energy that powers their magitech is running out, but a new source is found way out in the wilderness. It would mirror stories of the California and Caribou goldrushes. They can't use their airships because they use too much energy, have to go by foot through hostile terrain, but once they are there and accessing the course (idk, probably crystals or some junk), they can rebuild they tech and start fighting over resources.
  8. 2 points
    I have clearly read way too few steampunk novels - I just feel that there are too few good ones out there! Technology that has a fantasy feel to it is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about steampunk - steam engines, air ships, stuff like that. And even though a lot of subgenres are named -punk, that part of the name actually implies that social justice is a common theme.
  9. 1 point
    Deep, deep in the editing swamp while I'd much rather brainstorm new story ideas for the 2019 challenge. *sad panda face*
  10. 1 point
    (found on Reddit) How do I go from the capital of your largest nation to the capital of a neighboring nation? - Give directions on how to get there, methods of travel, and/or hazards are along the way. In my story, the city of Middlecourt is the largest and most prosperous, being at the centre of the continent with good access to the other major cities. Travel is still dangerous though, many creatures and wild minor gods roam the countryside. Priests of the god of travel escort parties from place to place, with regular stops along the way. These priests can placate the wild gods and mitigate some of the danger. They are also accompanied by armed warriors, many of whom are followers of Arapys, the god of blood. Blood often gets shed while traveling, so escorting groups along the roads is a good source of blood to honour their god. To get to the island city of Saltburne, one would either wait for a party heading that direction, or pay extra to hire an escort for themselves, and head northeast. The first part of the journey is through plains, which transition into hills and then up into steppes. The port city of Rebrie is positioned at the edge of a tall cliff and is permanently engulfed in steam and high winds from the Sea of Steam. The forge god makes his home in the ocean below the cliff, and his activities bring up great gusts that enterprising sailors make use of with steam ships, which are hot air balloons with wings and fins to ride the air currents. A traveler would book passage on one of these ships and be carried across the steam to the island nation of Ashboume, of which Saltburne is the capital city. High towers rise above the steam to mark the location of the city on particularly misty days, and act as landing towers for the ships. Ta Da! You have arrived.
  11. 1 point
    This is such an interesting topic! I used to daydream a lot when I was a teenager - I could become anyone, have any kind of story going on in my head. Even with people around me, I could just keep a (mostly) poker face and have the best adventures. And now... I don't really know what changed, but now I struggle to put myself in someone else's shoes. I do daydream a lot about things I could be doing, but very little about people who could potentially be characters for fantasy books. It's very frustrating - don't know how I can get it back! (Now I rely on actual dreams for inspiration - seems to be the only time when I can be someone else.)
  12. 1 point
    Great. πŸ™‚ As soon as we get the write ups officially done and everything figured out we'll send out more information so that you can officially pledge.
  13. 1 point
    I have little experience reading steampunk literature, but to me it's the recreating of modern or futuristic technology with steam-powered 19th/early 20th century materials that sticks out to me as definitive. There's fiction set in the 19th century, or fictional worlds based on the 19th century of our own, but to me it's not quite steampunk if there don't exist gadgets, vehicles, or other fanciful inventions that didn't necessarily exist in the real 19th century. As far as attitudes go, what I find most remarkable about the 19th to early 20th centuries is the sheer imperialist megalomania that the European powers (as well as the United States) developed in that period. Your standard fantasy warlord who desires world conquest has nothing on the drafters of ideologies like the "white man's burden" and Manifest Destiny. Victorian-era imperialists have to rank among my favorite villain archetypes to hate on, right next to Nazis and US Civil War Confederates. I think they'd make awesome villains for a steampunk setting.
  14. 1 point
    I enjoy the Steampunk aesthetic - sorry, the Γ¦sthetic - but I often wonder how best to translate that into a novel? Clearly there is going to be some setting to it; a Steampunk novel set in some far future is going to have a challenge on its hands that something which draws on Victorian London may not. There's the add-ons, the brassy science - the cogs, the automatons, the fabulous flying contrivances and the curiosities that lurk just below our normal sightline, peeping up when they think we aren't watching. What else? To me, the simple style of the language is a big part of it, or at least it should be. I struggle a little to buy into it if it is not written in the style of Charles Dickens or Jane Austin or somebody like that. Eagle-eyed readers will observe that I have chosen the Georgia font today; that's because in my view typeface selection can underpin the look-and-feel. Names. Names are a big part of it. I love that tradition of mixing odd names with common ones - Inigo Jones, Heironymous P. Bosch. Those sorts of names make me want to read loads more about them. Thoughts on what really "makes" a steampunk novel?
  15. 1 point
    O.O Holy crap! Sounds like this would be a good thing for you, then, haha. Yay! Yes, we'll definitely have more information as soon as possible! I was a little late getting the ball rolling on getting it going this year, but we still have time before March so it's fine. @Manu and I are discussing things and will be working on the write ups and such, since we'll have to make some changes to last year's. Once we're ready, I'll be sending out an e-mail/making an announcement with the info for a currently private club that I made for everyone who wants to participate to join. I'll most likely have the info in a Google doc again but we'll also have it in the group itself. It's basically like six months of Camp NaNo. You're choosing an individual goal for each individual month, and then at the end of August we tally up all of our collective words and see what we reached together. So let's say you pledge 15k for the month of March, and you reach it, so for April you want to reach a higher goal and pledge 35k. All you have to do is sign up for that pledge in April. Last year, we only allowed people to pledge one goal and decrease their goals instead of increase it, and our main goal was to reach one million words collectively (which we did. I think we well surpassed it). I'm hoping this year it'll be easier to do it this way, and hopefully we won't have as many people go MIA this time. Yay! πŸ˜„
  16. 1 point
    I love the documentary "Vintage Tomorrows". It does a great job explaining the ethos of Steampunk. It's on netflix I believe, and well worth watching. To me, the aesthetic is the easiest part to get down. But the feel of Steampunk is harder. It mixes a lot of optimism about technology, in a time period where everything was vaguely understood enough that religion and science compete, and often overlap in explaining the world and technology. Social politics are important, too. The clash of classes, and the effect technology has on both the rich and poor. Combine with some zany inventions, and a sense of adventure, and I think you have the atmosphere for a good steampunk setting in my opinion.
  17. 1 point
    I use WorldAnvil to organise my worldbuilding. Previously, I used Google Docs but I found they got unwieldy and slow around the 10k words area, and just didn't organise very well. I tried honestly . . . a lot of options. Evernote, TiddlyWiki, Wikia and it all was just too difficult to get started on. I have a tendency to lose my steam if I have to stuff around with logistics before I can start writing. I enjoy worldbuilding for my writing, and often my world ideas come first, and the characters and plots evolve from the world. As a result, just being able to start without worrying to much about organisation is super helpful to me and World Anvil has been the first service that let me do that.
  18. 1 point
    I mean, they do have chemistry, but it's more like...bromance? And the only reason (well, one of the only reasons) it even became a ~thing~ is because, if I remember right, there was a bit of dialogue in some episode where the fans took it and put it into that kind of context, and suddenly they think it's totally canon. And I mean, I have absolutely nothing against those who think Destiel is a thing, but not everyone sees it as canon, and people in this particular fandom can be really pushy and tend to overreact. (Example: people FLIPPED when Jared and Jensen both got married, and the moment one of them announced their wives were pregnant (I think it was Jared who had a kid first)? Pfft, forget it. People went craaaazy because it -gasp- means that eventually they're not going to be able to do the show and/or conventions any more because they have families they want to spend time with.) But yes, I 1,000% agree. And you know what? I've pretty much been watching it since season two was on the air (I had to catch up on season one, so it took a while before I was actually watching the episodes live VS on DVD after the seasons were released, and it took until at least season three before I was actually caught up enough to watch it on the air). I watched the first half of last season (season...fourteen? Thirteen? I've already lost track), and then got distracted by moving and didn't have a DVR to be able to record episodes, and I STILL have not caught up on the rest of that season, and haven't watched any of this current season they're on. That is how I know I've lost interest. I mean, I will catch up, but I'm not in a hurry to do so. And I think that you're right, and that has happened with the characters and the plot. I'm really more of a casual fan when it comes to the fandom itself- I don't write fan fiction, don't do fan art...I did go to one convention and I got to meet Jared, but that was in 2011 when it was waaaaaay less expensive and it didn't basically require selling your soul to Lucifer AND Crowley to be able to go. As far as Castiel himself goes, I think what really makes me not like him is the fact that they focused SO much on him/the whole angel plot for such a long time, instead of focusing things on the monster hunting thing. It's always been about them being brothers and hunting monsters, and there have been a LOT of times where it's become less and less about that. (Maybe we need a Supernatural fan discussion club, haha. Even though I don't think there's many fans of the show on here.)
  19. 1 point
    @Romancegirl you could simply pledge the lowest amount of words available and see how far you get , a lot of members did that last yearπŸ™‚ There's no obligation to write daily, those numbers were just to break down the pledges for 6 months to numbers that are easier to grasp. And the daily numbers would actually have to be divided by 6 if we do monthly pledges this year, so they're even smaller and more managable. Welcome @Autumn, and it's good to have you back, @TricksterShi πŸ™‚
  20. 1 point
    I am pro Destiel, I think they have great chemistry and backstory. Though, disclaimer, I haven't watched the last like... 4? seasons? IDK. I have a thing about long running TV shows, I'm not the kind of person who wants them to go on for forever. I want closure. I want a satisfying ending. I don't want it dragged out until the characters are caricatures of themselves. Not saying that happened with supernatur- okay maybe I am. Same with Once Upon a Time, just freaking END already, I am getting story fatigue. To get back ON topic, the more I worldbuild the less I want to do it. I'm sticking to answering only the things that are touched on in my outline, the rest of the world can be a sketchy haze for now. Its just too much work, its easy to get discouraged and quit before the writing even starts.
  21. 1 point
    I am interested in this challenge and like the new set up. I think adding the smaller amounts is a good idea too.
  22. 1 point
    I don't want to bring us too far off topic, but haha. I love Sam and Dean and even Bobby. Crowley....is Crowley, lol. He definitely has his moments. I'm one of the seemingly few who is just kind of neutral about Castiel, though. And don't get me started on Destiel. Or even Wincest, for that matter.
  23. 1 point
    Actually yesterday when making my planning for the week I committed to continuing my work on the webserial I started in November, but for me that's probably not going to be something that I can work on everyday (especially as I'm also looking for a job, do the household, produce a podcast and do other stuff). Unfortunately I have no idea yet how much I will be able to write in a week, let alone a month. That and my situation is just in flux, so I'm hesitant to join in right now, though I do want to.
  24. 1 point
    I did the complete opposite when I wrote my steampunk, because like Manu, I had a hard time finding books that I liked. I felt the writing style and some of the trappings often stood in the way of a fun driven Steampunk-adventure (which is what I wanted). Instead I focused on the other aspects, like the machines (especially the clockwork automatons) and the mad professors, the quirky details of the aesthetic and the airships. I also love the Victorian city setting, and the Dickens class aspect drew me to the genre. So I just picked what I liked, left what didn't work for me in those other books, and I had such a blast writing it. Some go for romance (gaslight romance), some go hard with the tech, some enjoy the wonder of the genre like time-travel or airship cultures. I did a mix, with a lot of focus on the inventions for the plot. What makes it steampunk for me is that mix of steam-power, mad invention (with a dash of magic/future fantasy powered stuff like plasma-guns), and the Victorian/Edwardian setting & culture. Apart from that it seems a steampunk story could be a lot of different things. It could go very close to Dickens with the soot and the working classes, or fly high with the wealthy classes and their grand inventions. Like Penguinball said, it doesn't have to be all that gritty. Some writers put a lot of horror elements in it too, like zombies or other supernatural beings. I think it's a fun genre for anyone who is drawn to that bustling period in history and there are plenty of opportunities to make it your own, including what kind of language you want to use. I think there are readers for a lot of different takes on this genre. Good luck!
  25. 1 point
    Still laughing at how Dean Winchester managed to sneak his way into this discussion! I've been building my universe for around 30 years. To keep consistency, I started writing a sort of guidebook, like a Lonely Planet guide, dealing with geography, history and culture. Over the years, it's grown with each new novel that I write. When I started my blog a few years ago, I was stuck for what to include in it. I didn't want to blog about the process of writing, as I felt that would only interest other writers, and not be of interest to potential readers. So I picked topics from my guidebook and turned them into blog posts. You can find them in The Virian Chronicler along with some freebie stories that I wrote in collaboration with other authors. The guidebook posts are among the earlier blog posts but there's a search facility so you can type in keywords like "culture" or "planets" to find them. In fact, I'll make it easier for you: Fenian Culture