NaNoWriMo Cheat Sheet by DaveChild
Joining in NaNoWriMo? Use this handy sheet to keep tabs on your progress! Includes inspiration from a few great authors too!
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Tick the box on the right when you've hit the word count!
The aim is to write a novel in November.
50,000 words or more.
It's about quantity, not quality.
(You and 200,000 other people.)
Rules for Effective Writing
Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
Never use the passive where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
The Hero's Journey
- The Call to Adventure
- Refusal of the Call
- Supernatural Aid
- The Crossing of the First Threshold
- Belly of The Whale
- The Road of Trials
- The Meeting With the Goddess
- Woman as Temptress
- Atonement with the Father
- The Ultimate Boon
- Refusal of the Return
- The Magic Flight
- Rescue from Without
- The Crossing of the Return Threshold
- Master of Two Worlds
- Freedom to Live
Crime pursued by vengeance
Vengeance taken for kin upon kin
Falling prey to cruelty/misfortune
Enmity of kin
Rivalry of kin
Involuntary crimes of love
Slaying of kin unrecognized
Self-sacrifice for an ideal
Self-sacrifice for kin
All sacrificed for passion
Necessity of sacrificing loved ones
Rivalry of superior vs. inferior
Crimes of love
Discovery of the dishonour of a loved one
Obstacles to love
An enemy loved
Conflict with a god
Loss of loved ones
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. - Jean-Luc Godard
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. - Mark Twain
You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it. - Neil Gaiman
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. - Terry Pratchett
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. Robert Frost
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. - E.L. Doctorow
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. - Dr. Seuss
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. -Douglas Adams
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