News & Chapter Titles

Hello Humans! Anybody feel a draft in here?

IT’S ME! I just finished the first draft of a new novel. This WIP came in just over 100,000 words, and 253 pages. The draft is loosely a YA comic fantasy, which I worked on for Camp Nanowrimo.

So, for this first post after Uncanny Valley, I’m talking about “Ahead of Fate” (the working title). Since I already have a synopsis and world information up on my still-in-progress website, I’ll be sharing the chapter titles that have been making me snicker for the better part of 3 non-consecutive months.

(I have a serious affection for puns.)

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Demon, Deserter, Shifter, Slayer
  • Chapter 2: Sakura Nova
  • Chapter 3: A Brief Chase
  • Chapter 4: A Doggone Shame
  • Chapter 5: Orange You Glad?
  • Chapter 6: Pray It Forward
  • Chapter 7: Seven Minutes in Heaven
  • Chapter 8: Maid in the North
  • Chapter 9: A Whirlwind Bromance
  • Chapter 10: Six Ways to Sunday
  • Chapter 11: Net Prophet
  • Chapter 12: Conversion Therapy
  • Chapter 13: Reckless Abandonment
  • Chapter 14: The Prodigal Child
  • Chapter 15: The Last Peace
  • Chapter 16: The Human Race
  • Chapter 17: Ragnarok
  • Chapter 18: Pyramid Scheme
  • Epilogue: Kale Smoothie

 

I’m really looking forward to getting feedback from alpha readers on this piece.

In general, I don’t see many authors using chapter titles. Anybody know why? I love them.

-ARG

Six Motivating Camp Nanowrimo Activities!

Humans!
I’ve been caught up with writing for Camp Nanowrimo, which is a ton of fun! However, sometimes it can be difficult to stay on task and keep writing, especially during Nanowrimo-style challenges where word-count is key. This is a list of camp activities that I’ve started with my writing group in an attempt to get one another involved.

Music Monday! Share a music video with the group to show off your hard work- one word for each second of the video. (e.g. If you want to rickroll the whole group, that’s only 213 words! :P)

“Twofer Tuesday(or “2’s day!”) Challenge your group mates by writing 100-300 words, and then tagging 2 more people to match that number. (Feel free to tag yourself for a ‘double down’ effect!)

Word Sprint Wednesday! As a group, try to rack up a tally of 10-minute word sprints. For keeping things easy between time zones, word sprints start at :00, :15, :30, and :45 every hour.

Treat Yourself Thursday! Find something you want (on amazon or another site) and “buy it” using words. If each word is a cent, then something that is $5 would cost 500 words. Then share your fake purchases with the group! That way, you can learn a little bit about each other, too.

Free-for-All Friday! Use a combination of any of the week’s methods to up your word count, and share with the group. Check out twitter for the #FriDare hashtag if you’re looking for extra inspiration.

Sketch Saturday! Have some artsy types in your group? Trade sketches with one another, at a ‘cost’ of 1000 words. Share information about your characters, and see how people in your group would draw them. I find fan art very encouraging!

A week is six days, right? If it isn’t it should be.

Have another activity you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it!

Write On!

-ARG

 

Camp Nanowrimo, 2016!

I’ve done National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for many years, and I’m usually successful.For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that takes place during November, where thousands of participants attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Yay!

This year, I’m finally trying Camp Nanowrimo, which is a July writing challenge with a camp theme! In fact, I’m in an active cabin with quite a few awesome people. I thought I’d talk about a few of the Camp Nano things I’m really excited about!

The Challenge: Camp NaNoWriMo lets users set their own goals, which is great for those writers who find the 50k goal too daunting (or not daunting enough). If you want to write 10k, great! 80k? Great! If you want to focus on editing, sure! If you want to write a screenplay- there are guidelines for that. I’m planning to write at least 50k, so I’ve set that as my goal.

Cabins: In Camp, you can build/join a virtual cabin with other participants, or get sorted into a random cabin by the site, or neither (opt out). I’ve been working over the past week to find and gather active participants into a cabin, and we have ~9 people! Yay! The conversation flows on the message board, and we’re using discord as well. After July, I’m hoping a lot of us will keep in touch, and help one another meet writing goals year-round!

Postcard Swap: This year, I’m participating in a postcard swap set up by an awesome fellow camper, and I’m getting to exchange motivation postcards wit people all over the world! It’s exciting, and I’ve written 9/10 of the ones I’ve signed up for.

There are a ton of other resources, discount coupons for sponsor items, and generally awesome things. I suppose in short, I’m really excited about this challenge I’m undertaking in July. NaNo and Camp NaNo are free to participate in, so if you want to take the plunge, go for it! Welcome!

-ARG