Plot your novel for NaNoWriMo

Posted on October 27 2014 in writing

Although I won't be able to take the NaNoWriMo challenge this year (unless my revisions magically complete themselves before November 1st), I wanted to share a few of my favorite plotting resources.

2014 NaNoWriMo //

My favorite plotting resources

  1. Start with Susan Dennard's "How I Plan a Book" series: How I Plan a Book, Part 1: Of Plotters and Pantsers, How I Plan a Book, Part 2: Before I Start Drafting, How I Plan a Book, Part 3: Scene-level Planning, How I Plan a Book, Part 4: Coaxing Out the Magical Cookies.

  2. Dan Wells' Story Structure talk is a quick way to learn A LOT about story structure. I can't recommend it enough!

  3. 9 Steps for Plotting Fiction is especially handy for those who like visual representations of story structure.

  4. OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL and STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland are both must-reads. They are quick, useful reads, but putting her words into practice may take longer than a week (perhaps more helpful when you're not about to start NaNoWriMo!).

Do you have a favorite resource, tool, or trick for plotting your novels? I'd love to hear about it!

Happy plotting!

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It's Talk Like a Pirate Day! No, really. Since the YA Buccaneers have a deep appreciation for all things pirate-y, we're celebrating by sharing our first lines in "pirate talk". Join the fun by stopping by our blog!

Inspired by all the nautical excitement, I made a quick Etsy Finds round-up.

Nautical Etsy Finds //

01. Boats baby mobile by Nuppi

02. Hand drawn anchor stamp by papersushi

03. Anchor bracelet by SeizeTheNight

04. Octopus print by NauticalNell

05. Large waves giclee print by KrisJohnsen

06. Never Stop Exploring print by FreyaArt

07. Anchor sachet bags by Gardenmis

08. Vintage photo of a frigate ship on a canvas bag by BucktoothedBunny

I'm thinking I should honor the occasion by watching The Princess Bride or The Goonies. Or perhaps something new.

Any suggestions? Do you have a favorite pirate-themed book or movie? I'd love to hear it!

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It's beyond time for me to share a YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge update. You can see other reader updates on the YA Buccaneers blog.

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge //

Click the book titles to read my reviews on Goodreads.

  1. Read a biography or memoir 12 YEARS A SLAVE by Solomon Northup

  2. Read a non-YA book Pending: THE PLOT WHISPERER by Martha Alderson

  3. Read a classic (YA or otherwise) THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE by Avi

  4. Read a book by a debut author BEHIND THE SCENES by Dahlia Adler

  5. Read a book with Summer in the title

  6. Read a book published the year you were born

  7. Read a book with a male protagonist THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann

  8. Read a book of your choice GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers

  9. Re-read a book you disliked as a kid

  10. Re-read an old favorite GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

  11. Read a Printz Award winner THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie This book didn't win the Printz award, but it won a bunch of other awards so I'm counting it. :)

  12. Read a book set at the beach THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

  13. Read a book with LGBT themes or main characters

  14. Read a book of poetry or novel in verse

  15. Read a book that's been on your TBR a long time The Underland Chronicles series

Have you read a great book (or two) this summer? I'd love to hear about it! Book suggestions are always welcome. :)

P.S. I made a mailing list to share more personal updates. Join here!

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Posted on July 29 2014 in writing

I created a mailing list! You can sign up here. You'll notice at the bottom of the sign up form that I ask for your topic preferences (my personal/writing updates, writing-related links & advice, recipes). Your feedback will help guide the content of my emails, so please take a moment to select the topics you'd like to hear more about!

Bridgid Gallagher Mailing List Topics //

When I made my Facebook page, I was hoping it would help me connect with people who aren't on Twitter (or for those looking for longer updates). I love that I have so many friends and family members on Facebook, and it seemed like a great way to share updates with you. Unfortunately, Facebook is making it harder for pages to be seen without paid promotion (not cool). So even if you "Like" my Facebook page, you might not be seeing all of my posts and updates in your feed.

With a mailing list, I can make sure you get the opportunity to see my updates every time. Yes!

Thank you to those who encouraged me to get this going! I'm eager to have a new way to connect with you.

P.S. Are you a writer who wants to create a mailing list? Let me know! I'd be happy to help you get started.

P.P.S. I'm still working on the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge. One more book & I have BINGO! ;)

What's Up Wednesday is a blog hop for writers, started by the lovely Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. If you'd like to join in, you can learn more on Jaime's website.

What I'm reading

YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge //

I'm participating in the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge. You can see my first update here. I'm still reading the same books (ahem), but I did add BEHIND THE SCENES by Dahlia Adler as my debut read. I am loving it so far! I'll share more when I finish.

Sidenote: I shared a pic of my workspace on YA Buccaneers as a part of Dahlia's blog hop. You can see it here!

What I'm writing

Revisions! Are! Hard! :) Anyone else share that sentiment?

I did hear back from my CP of Awesome with an amazing email, full of notes on my manuscript. So! I'll be going through those and trying to figure out what needs to happen next.

What's inspiring me right now

Honestly, I haven't been super-motivated to write this week. I have been going outside, cooking, working on house tasks I put off when I'm writing. A couple of things are changing for me in the fall, so I've been trying to take advantage of the time I have to take care of my body and health and enjoy the summer.

What else I've been up to

The YA Buccaneers One-Year Anniversary! Our crew put together a HUGE giveaway to celebrate our anniversary. We have books by our crew members, prize packs, critiques and I pitched in signed copies of UNREMEMBERED and UNFORGOTTEN by Jessica Brody, plus an ARC of A DEATH-STRUCK YEAR by Makiia Lucier. It's an amazing giveaway!

YA Buccaneers One-Year Anniversary Giveaway //

Creating a group blog and keeping it organized is a massive effort, and knowing that we have such a fantastic community of writers to share it with makes the hard work worth it. Please stop by and say hello, we'd love to celebrate with you!

How's your week going?

P.S. My other What's Up Wednesday posts: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23.