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  • NaNoWriMo 101
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    The Basics of NaNoWriMo

    After posting the question in one of my Instagram stories, you decided that you'd love to see a post explaining NaNoWriMo with some of the basics of it! I've had so much fun participating in NaNoWriMo since 2013 and it's definitely been one of the most productive times of the year in terms of writing.

    NaNoWriMo or (Na)tional (No)vel (Wri)ting (Mo)nth is a 30-day challenge where participants aim to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Statistically, that's 1,667 words a day! If you're under the age of 13, you can also join the Young People's NaNoWriMo where you can set your own word count! On the other hand, Camp NaNoWriMo is where you can set your own word counts, but this is during the months of April and July. For this post, we'll be focusing a bit more on November's NaNoWriMo. Read More

  • Writer's Self Care
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    Refilling the Creativity Well

    As writers, creativity is our natural fuel in which we use to craft our stories and characters. The worlds we create with our minds are so extended and full of imagination, it takes a lot to come up with them.

    Hence, this well can run dry and we encounter something called Writer's Block or a Creativity Block. We can sometimes work our way through it but other times, we stress ourselves to no end coming up with a solution for our stories.

    However, we're putting so much care into our stories, we've forgotten to care for ourselves. Read More

  • Character Confessions
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    Beautiful People

    Beautiful People is a writing blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further. They post questions at the beginning of the month to do with characters in everyone's current WIP. This month's questions are about characters this time and you'll be hearing from the three main characters in A Mirror of Smoke. Each of them are like my brain children (well they did spawn from my mind) and I can't wait to share their stories with you. Read More

  • It's essential for our future
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    Diversity in Literature

    Today, we live in a world where we pride ourselves on how diverse we are. We all come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and different tastes and these should all be celebrated in one way or another. We are different, and that's brilliant.

    But, think about diversity as a mirror. Marginalized people only get a small fragment of that mirror while others (namely, white allocishet people) get bigger and better pieces.

    It's important that we show diversity in popular culture such as literature. We need to show everyone that they have a place in the worlds that they read about. It's also essential that we read books that include diversity too, as it can help expand our horizons. By doing so, we can become more informed about the cultures that we read about. However, the aim of diverse authors is not to educate people on the marginalization, it's to show that these people are worth representing.  Read More

  • Author Writing Process
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    Beautiful People

    Beautiful People is a writing blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further. They post questions at the beginning of the month generally to do with characters but this month it's all about me! (in the least narcissistic way possible)

    Since I'm currently doing Camp NaNoWriMo, I've been writing my current WIP as fast as I can and it's been going great! I've managed to get everything outlined (apart from one subplot) and I should hopefully finish this draft by the middle of August. To anyone else doing Camp NaNo, good luck!

    The questions today focus on the writing process and how I go about drafting a novel. I thought it'd be interesting to share this and also see what other writers do as well, seeing if our processes are the same or different. Read More

  • NaNoWriMo Survival Kit
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    Tips to Success

    With Camp NaNoWriMo almost here, it can be daunting to begin your project on the 1st of the month.

    Over the four years I've partaken in NaNoWriMo, I've learned a few things about how to cope with the task of reaching your writing goals. NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo are such good ways at making progress on your writing project and I've found that it's substantially helped me become more productive.

    One amazing thing about both events is that there's such a large community of writers who take part during this. Many writers organise groups and sprints together during the month. It's just an awesome time to get to know other writers. Read More

Hey There

Hey friends! I’m Joel, the main writer here at Fictional Fates. I’m a reader and writer who advocates for more diversity in literature.

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