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  1. naava

    Zero drafts

    I refer to my (Camp) NaNoWriMo drafts as zero drafts. They're all about getting the story word-vomited onto the computer screen. When I just go and don't think. I don't pay attention to anything except the outline. Does this character popping up here make any sense? Who cares, I need the words now. Sentences like "Insert a very emotional scene" can be found in this draft. When I actually pay attention to characters popping up and write out those "inserts", that's the first draft.
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    What Constitutes a Good Magic System?

    I agree with @XanthussMarduk. If the character can just suddenly know a new skill when the situation calls for it and there's been no foreshadowing whatsoever, that's bad. If not done well and foreshadowed and so forth. Switchblade magicians ("I have just the spell for this!") are also annoying. Hermione was, in the first Harry Potter books, quite a bit like a switchblade witch, but it's actually expected of her and it's, well, forgivable: it was done well, she was excelling in pretty much every school subject, and she was exceptionally mature. Her characterization would have lacked severely had she not been a switchblade witch. I think it's important to have magic have consequences for the wielder. I am of the opinion that using magic should be like using your muscles: it takes a toll. Sure, it might release endorphins or whatever, but eventually there's bound to be a spell you just can't do... yet. I'm currently trying to incorporate real witchcraft (like, actual witchcraft, not fantasy witchcraft) into a magic system but make it more flashy than what it actually is. Because reading about witches yelling at their Tarot cards won't, humorous as it might be, make anyone go "wow this magic system is awesome".
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    What are you reading? [2019]

    I'm reading The Year of Less by Cait Flanders (I thought it was going to be a how-to about shopping bans, but really it's just someone who's spent too much money rejoicing on the fact that she no longer does so), and Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell (which seems very helpful considering that Camp NaNoWriMo is coming). Also beta reading someone's novel – and loving it so far, but I'm only three chapters in.
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    Writing and mindset

    The demand of perfection, yes. I need my Coke just the perfect temperature, my energy drink just the perfect temperature (I tend to sip both randomly), I need the perfect song, I need the perfect temperature in the room, my husband has to be doing the exact activity that won't bother me (like playing The Sims 4 on his laptop next to me)... I have, one by one, learned to either give up something (energy drinks can go), or tolerate something (the Coke can be a bit too warm but it can still be drunk). I still can't cope with my husband playing TS4 on his laptop, it makes me want to play, too. Also the worldbuilding aspect... Do I really need to know the most common color of underwear the people of the neighboring kingdoms wear before I can start writing? Do I really? The belief that one has to write every single day for at least six hours to be considered a ~real~ writer has been very disheartening and toxic. Some days I struggle getting out of bed. Some days I struggle with staying alive. There's no way I would sit down and get writing done on those days. Yes, I do try to work on writing every day, but working on writing does not equal getting words written. I can daydream about my finished manuscript. It counts. I count it, so it counts. Sometimes my working on writing is just browsing through Pinterest. My most difficult thing, though, is my utter disbelief in my ability to produce a readable piece of fiction. This stems from my poor self esteem, my belief that I do not understand the human psyche, my belief that I possess no sense of humor whatsoever, my belief that, as a human being, I'm just a mess that shouldn't be writing at all in the first place. How do I tackle this? I take pills to manage my mental health, I go to therapy, and I write. I find that the more I write, the easier it gets to tolerate the fact that due to not having many friends (ever) I don't know how to write a believable friendship, and the easier it gets to translate situational humor into text. Fart jokes, I find, I still can't write humorously enough, but maybe one day I'll be able to make a reader laugh as hard as I laugh at them.
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    Daydreaming, Stories, and You

    Let's start with an anecdote: I remember getting detention back in junior high, and that hour went by SO FAST because I was daydreaming the entire time. I was supposed to be thinking about what I'd done wrong, but how could they have controlled my thinking? Ha. In the evening, if I find myself having difficulty falling asleep, I daydream. I tell myself stories that I might or might not write one day. I could even daydream about my own life: how it'll look like after I publish a novel or something. And conversations with people! Sometimes I go through conversations I've already had and go all "I should have said..." but that's never good. When I moved in with my then-boyfriend now-husband, I was worried I wouldn't be able to daydream because he'd be around constantly. Well. He plays the Xbox in the living room, I daydream in the bedroom or someplace else. Sometimes I forget to come out of the shower when an exceptionally enjoyable daydream takes over. I go through the motions of shampooing my hair etc but I'm "not there", I'm daydreaming.
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    Filter Words and Strengthening Your Writing

    Filter words are my downfall. No matter which language I write in (English or Finnish) I tend to use them. During NaNoWriMo the most, anyway, because they sometimes add to the word count and I've "learned" some bad habits during my years of nanoing. I should unlearn that stuff, but only for off-season writing... But I do enjoy immersing myself into the world when reading, and filter words tend to push me out of the immersion.
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    Naava Is Here

    Thank you! I might join the Discord eventually, but right now I'm not too much on Discord, so I decided not to get started by being a lurker. 😄
  8. I'm actually quite fond of prologues, if done "just right". Now, my tastes are very specific and vary according to the genre of the book I'm currently reading. In a fantasy book, I most likely don't mind an info dump kind of prologue, if it's written well. Think the prologue of The Lord of the Rings. It's an info dump, but it's written so well it's actually enjoyable to read. Also, it gives vital information as to how to think of the hobbits, and the things they might mention when the story progresses. In a crime novel, things are very different. A glimpse of the killer's point of view might be interesting, but an info dump might not. Again, the key is that it's written well and suits the overall mood of the story. If the prologue is just a few paragraphs of the climax or thereabout, I'm not fond of it. Feels gimmicky. Makes me feel like the author's trying to fool me into being interested in the story. Just start at the beginning, if it's interesting enough, I'll read your story. If not, sorry, maybe work on your book a bit more. Start when the action starts. Epilogues... them I'm not too fond of. Oftentimes they end up answering too many questions, wrapping up threads I didn't want wrapped up and so forth, especially in standalones and last books of series. If it's in the middle of a series, a glimpse into what's to come might be interesting... as long as it doesn't feel gimmicky. When it comes to writing, I do enjoy writing prologues. I often use a POV I won't use in other places in the story or go into the past. I don't think I've ever written a proper epilogue. One of my final chapters was a lot shorter than the rest of the chapters and wasn't super integral to the plot, and a beta suggested I make it an epilogue. I have yet to decide, and it's been five years since I wrote that draft.
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    New creatures or not?

    Generally speaking, I prefer old things with a new spin on them. It's easier to wrap my mind around "well this is like a vampire but it sparkles" than "this is a sparkpire which is a brand new creature". Might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't see anything wrong with stepping away from the lore and bringing something new to the table... even sparkling vampires. Gigantic gold-hoarding fire-breathing dragons who burn down villages but do little else aren't that interesting, but give the dragons their own language and make various words have different powers that even humans can learn? I'm interested. It might be difficult if not impossible to create something brand new, but combine a few old ones and you might get interesting results. Like... combine the Näkki with human-sized dragons, and you might get a gold-hoarding creature that can transform itself into a human, pull someone into the depths and, once underwater, show its true form. Then there's the issue of naming the creature, but that's up to the writer – if they'd like to name the creature at all. In my current WIP, I have put a new twist on the werewolf myth and added in some old myths I've read over the years. Wolfwitches can transform into wolves when their thirst for blood gets too much, but as wolves, they do not know how to carry their tails properly, thus dragging them across the snow and causing wolf lights (auroras).
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    Where Do You Get Your Books?

    My main sources for reading are the local library, the Kindle store, and The Book Depository. Me and my husband currently own less than twenty physical books, and we're happy with that amount. That's where Kindle comes in. I have dozens of books there (my husband is more old-fashioned, he prefers physical books). Of course if a book is particularly good and I'd love to have it in our own shelf, I'll buy a physical copy after careful consideration. My husband seldom reads anything that isn't in the library, but he's the same way - if he wants it, he'll buy it after careful consideration.
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    Goodreads Profile Links!

    Here's mine. I sometimes review things in Finnish (if the book is from a Finnish author and there's no translation in sight), so bear that in mind.
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    2019 Goals and Resolutions

    I don't have any proper writing goals. Sure, I want to write every day, but I can't do that, that's way too much pressure which leads to anxiety. I want to rewrite the draft of The Years Between Us, but I know doing that would remind me of the time spent in the psych ward (I wrote most of it while in there), and I don't want that, at least not intensely. I want to take part in NaNoWriMo and earn another win, but with my mental health being what it is, I don't know if I can do it. I have dreams and wants, not goals, simply because I'd rather not disappoint myself if my mind decides "hey it's time to stay in bed for two months and do nothing productive the entire time". I don't do well with disappointment. As for life goals, I'd like to keep our home clean and tidy, exercise more, eat less pizza... the latter two might help me manage my fibromyalgia and my sleep apnea.
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    Naava Is Here

    Thank you! I don't think it was either of those. Could have been Facebook, actually.
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    Worldsmyths Birthday Thread!

    January 11th.
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    Naava Is Here

    Basics Name/Penname: Naava. Age: 28. State/country: Finland. Education: High school. Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Writing, walking the dog (we have a Siberian husky), witchcraft, reading, (bad) movies... I also cook, but I'm by no means good at it. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? I'm a fan of The Steppenwolf. Tolkien, Picoult, pre-retcon Rowling... they're my faves. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? Movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series. TV shows: Sinner, A Discovery of Witches... Writing How long have you been writing? Since I was four. So... that's 24 years, a bit less because I just turned 28. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) I wrote about Tarzan's childhood with the apes. I read a bunch of Tarzan books and because I felt that they didn't handle his childhood well enough, well, I wrote it myself. I think my mother showed it to everyone who was even remotely interested in it. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. Currently I don't have a favorite character. I do enjoy writing witty villains, though. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. It's in the early stages of being a WIP, so I'm not going to say anything. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? I have a rough idea. That's it. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? Yeah, since 2007. I love it. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I wish I could remember. What made you decide to join? I want more writerly stuff in my online activities. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? A sense of community, help when I hit a wall... that kind of stuff.
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