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How to find time for creative activities

Carving time for creative activities never leaves the top ten concerns of non professional creators.

There is the job, there is the house, there is the family. There are duties everywhere we look, so grabbing our pen or brush or our glue gun seems selfish at best.

The following tips might help you find the time to create. It’s about giving yourself permission, reduce your screen time, getting up early and keeping your art projects close to you.

1/ Give yourself permission

You need to give yourself permission to create.

Yes I know it’s difficult and there are many reasons why you shouldn’t. The workload won’t go away, that’s for sure but the guilt doesn’t have to linger there.

It’s okay to take time to create, even everyday, even if you think you are not talented, even if your direct surrounding does not value creativity.

Engaging in a creative activity will make you happy and increase you self confidence as you’ll learn to enjoy the process of creation rather than the result.

So go for it !

2/ Reduce your screen time

TV, Computers, tablets, phones.

How much time per day to you actually spend watching something?

Does everything you watch deserve that time? Or would it be better used on creating something ?

Does the show you’re watching at night bring you more pleasure than engaging in your creative hobby?

Keep watching the shows for which is answer is YES and question the other ones.

I truly got in my daily creative routine the day I decided to restrict my screen time.

I bet you’ll get at least an hour back from your day. An entire hour.

Just think about it.

3/ Get up early (go to bed early)

I did not believe in getting up early (before 7 am) until very recently. But I have to admit that it does work pretty well.

Why ?

Because when you get up early, there is a chance the other ones in your home are still asleep. So you’re in for some me-time until they wake up.

You can start your day with one of your favorite activity and slowly but surely raise your conscience into the day.

No rushed shower, no coffee spill or burn because you’re on a hurry.

Just yourself and your favorite activity.

When the rest of the house wakes up, you’re already out of the coton brain zone and filled with benefits of your early creative session.

This also means you’ll get tired sooner in the day and will go to bed early. But it’s so worth it.

4/ Keep your project close

Writers keep a notebook, illustrators keep a sketchbook, knitters keep their needles in their bag. (I do not know what he others do. If you happen to know, please feel free to share in the comment section).

Why ? Because it allows them to jolt down ideas the second they have them. It’s also a good way to use time wisely during the morning/evening commute.

Keeping your creative project as close to you as possible helps you move forward bit by bit instead of waiting for the « right time ».


Do you have any other time carving tip you would like to share ? Please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

❤ always

Inspiration does exist but it has to find you at work.

TOP 4 : [How to ] Create a list (To do not included)

We all make lists almost everyday : to do lists, grocery list, people we need to call lists. They are tools, they rarely last for long. Since I’ve lanched the Great Book of list event a couple days again, based mainly on emotional and inspirational lists, I won’t deal with to do’s ins this article because they are so specific, they call for an entire category. Let’s talk about long lasting lists with a great value

They require attention and call for a different approach than the brain dump.

1/ Title, date, place
These elements help to give perspective to the information lists contain. they  and might motivate you to update it. A kid luggage checklist changes every 6 months, especially in the early years.
If the list is meant to appear on your blog, you might want to add a tag.

2/ A precise theme
The more precise it is, the greater value it gives to the list.

Let’s keep the luggage check list example. Luggage check lists vary depending on whose luggage it concerns and where  this person is heading to. A general luggage checklist won’t really have a great value if used by everybody in the household.
The same goes for emotional lists. For example,  classmates list; it just gives one type or information. »Favorite classmates list » provides more information.

3/ A minimum of 5 entries
It’s a personal point of view, there’s no golden rule saying you must write at least 5 items in a list but 5 is a good number to reach for.
First, because it will provide you a good amount of information, ready for you to use or reflect upon later. Second, because by the time you’ll hit your fifth item, more ideas are likely to pop up in your mind.

4/ With a personal spin
List prompts are everywhere. If they do not inspire you, maybe you can give the prompt a little twist that’ll ignite your creativity.

For example, let’s take a Favorite movies list. Too vague or maybe too long to write ? You can turn it into Favorite cross over movies (where all the MCU movies could find a spot 😉 ). Or maybe Favorite movies shot in New Zealand by someone else than Peter Jackson.

The list is yours, it’s more important to enjoy doing it than to stick to the letter of the prompt.

[How to] Build and set your own free Planner

I told you guys at the end of NaNoWriMo, I was looking for ways to better organize myself in order to fit my manuscript revision work into my daily life. After coming to the conclusion that I needed to come back to the good old paper planner, I looked at what is sold in stores and ended disappointed. Most Planners just do not fit my need. So I had to come up with my own solution : use free ressources from the internet to build my very own planner.  Here’s how I ‘ve done it.

(Only looking for links ? Go straight to number 7)

1/ Define how I’ll use it

There are many planners out there for all kinds of different purposes, life, home, faith, business, blogging, working out… So I chose to work on general matters (home, life, meal), blogging, cooking and writing.

2/ Is it going to travel around or lay on my desk ?

The answer to this question is crucial. If you think you’ll carry your planner everywhere with you, pocket or A5 formats may work the best for you. It your planner is going to stay on your desk, bigger formats can enter the game.

My Planner does not travel around







3/ How much space on paper do I need ?

is your writing small or big ? Do you write a lot or prefer to jot down key words ? All these questions will help your define how big or how small your planner should be.

4/ What kind of views do I need ?

Sites that offer free planners offer yearly, monthly, weekly and daily views. If printed at one, they compose a pretty thick stack of paper. Try every temple for a week to define what you really need

5/ Try several options

It took me about a month to come up with the right formula but I already know it will have to evolve because the cooking and blogging sections are quite getting bulky fast.

6/ Print one month at a time

I did not print all year at one because I want my planner to remain at thin as possible, considering that the 1 inch thick binder I use for it is already full after two weeks of use.


7/ Where to download ?

English sites
Scattered squirrel
Free Borboletta

French sites
Mécanismes d’histoire

They are my favorite sites. You’ll find a general life and personal planner on Scattered Squirrel, and many free and several blog planning printables at Free Borboletta.

Two French sites did stand out .
Vie organisee for its marvelous yet simple Blog Post Planner sheet and Mécanismes d’Histoires for its complete 2016 planner with business, blog, and writing sections

8/ Accessorize

All the layouts may not please your eyes but you can always personalize your planner with accessorizes such as pen holders, dividers, tabs, stickers, zip pockets, magnetic clips, sticky notes sets.

I bought my 2 rings 1 inch thick binder and a pen holder at Muji.



I bought dividers, sticky notes, magnetic clips  at Hema.

Nanowrimo : the preparation that works

Edit: Internet just came back in my neighborhood after a huge breakdown. Our Provider took advantage of the incident to do a network upgrade. So, now, we have a faster bandwith for a TV I barely watch anymore. Yeah.

We were off the web for several days which drove me crazy (Hello, my name is Laduchessederat, I’m an internet junkie).



Nano felt really good this year and I think it’s no miracle, it’s a result of hard work and method adjustments.

Before NaNoWriMo

Writing everyday

Since the beginning of July, I had been writing every single day which clearly made writing easier. During these months, I came up with a strategy that seems to work for me.

1/ Brainstorm the idea
2/ Write, write, write
3/ Read, cut, complete, pace.

Writing doesn’t spring out me perfect, it needs a great deal of work done before it’s readable.

Free Writing

I had one objective concerning my characters : connect with each and everyone of them while writing my novel.

I found nothing helps me more than throwing some of my characters in a silly situation and see how they react. Doing this with characters from my novel, listening to what they had to say unveiled many elements I had not thought of : a love story, a feud, how a particular character feels about his job. And so much more.
I used the Daily Post’s prompt to challenge my characters. There’ nothing better to catch them off guards.


Light Plot planning

since 2010, I had been plotting a lot, and into great details. I changed this this year because I felt like I was always rushing the end because detailed planning was sooooo boring I would do anything to get rid of it.
But the story comes first, so I figured out I had to adapt and I read a book entitled Take off your pants that explains a light way to craft a plot, allowing us to have a sense of theme and direction without the feeling of being overwhelmed. It took me time and practice but it finally came out pretty well and allowed some major changes toward the end of the manuscript without putting the whole plot in jeopardy.


During NaNowrimo.

Method Writing

I have the tendency to write long boring passages of inner dialogue and I truly wanted to fight it. In consequence, I went South on my usual writing sessions and used a tip given in the Take off your pants Book. If it does not relate to the Main Characters’ arc of global theme, ditch it.

This made me think a lot and focus my writing on important elements of the story. Easier said than done, but once you go methodic, it’s like cutting weak words, your text suddenly  convey great prose and ideas.

I planned my scenes every night and tried to get excited about them until my next writing session. I used Plan your scenes in 11 different steps. My scenes ended being pretty detailed just before my writing sessions.

I tried to stick to my original plan as much as possible and not jump around the story. I tried to be disciplined and I wrote my story in order, which gave me neatest first draft ever. 10 chapters and a lot of scenes are perfectly ordered.I picture future me, who’s deep in revising mode, shaking hands with present me for this initiative.


The over all result : I wrote a lot during sessions of 2-3 hours each. my average word count was nearly 2k words a day but I remember vividly  other times when 4k were almost usual.

I produced a draft that has been read by my eyes only and that I’d like to revise.

Post NaNoWriMo Launch Jealousy : Don’t

I vividly remember the first year I participated in NaNoWriMo. It was a time of discovery, a time of hope, a time of overwhelming excitement. I was finally giving myself a chance of carrying the writer tag among others. Nothing tamed my enthusiasm.
Not my engagement and fast wedding, not my job hunt, not the astonishingly cold and snowy fall.

I went to the kick-off party just like Charly entered the chocolate factory and enjoyed every single moment of it. Even the huge following migraine. That was part of the game, wasn’t it. And I was pretty proud of myself for having written 3400 words the first night.

Then, I logged on the official NaNoWriMo site and felt my heart drop in my socks. Some wrimos had already written 5, 10, 15 even 20 k. How was that even possible ? They were cheating I was sure, they were only bragging and trolling the forum in order to discourage others. I was disgusted, I was upset by the image of myself it sent back to me. How could I call myself a writer if I wasn’t even able to keep up with them ? They would end NaNoWriMo way sooner before me and rejoice in seeing me struggle to reach the deadline.

I was hurt. And I was wrong.

Hopefully for me, I had a novel project that was very dear to me and it kept calling me back to the keyboard.
No amount of sulking or blaming others would change the fact that all my novel needed was my work.
And my sulking and blaming would never stop the others from writing and bragging about it, but it would certainly put my novel and my wordcount to an halt.

As I went back to work, I saw my wordcount grow word after word and started slowly growing confidence in my ability to win NaNoWriMo and write the first draft of a novel in a month.

What I understand from the situation now, after several participations in NaNoWriMo

These reactions were symptoms of my own insecurities and my own crazy expectations about what I would be doing with my writing. They also came from a deep misconception of what NaNoWriMo is and further of what writing is.

NaNoWriMo has no other goal than make its participants write daily for a month. Its only rewards are a winner certificate PDF and some coupons for products sold by NaNoWriMo’s official sponsors. The real reward for winning NaNoWriMo is the joy and pride of having been able to push back your own personal boundaries and committed yourself to a writing project. It’s highly personal and individual. There is no cup, no rank, no grant, no prize, no champion title.

Actually there isn’t any competition at all.

Our first job as writers is to be committed to our text(s), not watch what or how much the others are writing.

Because our creativity is unique there is no one else but ourself who can make use of it the way we would do it. Envying the other while working on a creative endeavor is a waste of energy and time.

More than that, we are in no place to tell others what they should be doing with their creativity and/or writing, and even less how they should do it.

How does someone become a fast writer ?

The first answer that always comes to mind is the easiest one. It’s usually a version of « Fast writers write crap ».

That’s both dismissive and revealing about how you feel about your own work.

There are actually techniques to help people write faster. Some writers have even written books about it.

1- Think before you write. Writers who work on their plot and plan their writing session do not have to think about where there characters will go next because they already know it.

2 – Know your characters and universe.  Most fast writers benefit from the fact that they have created their narrative universe a long time ago. They are done with their exploration phase and when they start writing, they do not need to think that much about characterization, description and setting. The job has already been done, they can focus on action which has more momentum and is funnier to write, hence to keep them writing or hours.

3 – Stick at your keyboard and put in the hours.  There is no hack nor secret when it comes to writing for quantity. Sure, there are tricks to add length to words but for the most part, people with huge word counts stick to their keyboards for hours and write. They do not watch TV, they do not go to the movies, they do not attend parties, they do not worry about the pile of laundry, they write and write and write and write. Most take days off from their jobs to put in the writing hours and others even stocked their freezer with food in order not to lose time cooking. Writing becomes their only goal for a month. Next time you find yourself doing something else than writing and think about these people with offensive wordcounts, just remember they certainly are writing at this very moment.

4- Learn to adapt your workstation as much as you can
I felt I had the potential to go beyond the 50 K but never actually did it because of ergonomics. The last two years felt like torture to me because my shoulders would hurt so much I could not even turn my head. I first invested in a keyboard and found relief, but if was only temporary, my desk chair wasn’t adequate.
I bought one for 30€ on LeBonCoin, our local equivalent of CraigsList, and found even more comfort but my shoulders kept hurting.
Except when I was at work.
I was lucky enough to work on a Mac, the one with the keyboard that did not cause my wrists and fingers to hurt, so I made the big decision to invest.

Others go even further and change for a BEPO/Dvorak keyboard, take typing lessons or are lucky enough to work all year long thanks to their typing abilities.

Fast typing does not happen by accident, astronomic wordcounts neither.

5- Keep your expectations in check
Most of the time, I compare NaNoWriMo to the Olympic Games because it has a lot in common with them.
You would never pretend to equal Olympic champions the first year you practice a sport, would you ?

Well, that’s the same with NaNoWriMo. Would you try to compare yourself to someone who has already done it or won it 10 times on your first participation  ?


Even first time wonders who won several medals at their first participation in the Olympic Games had in fact trained for years before entering the Olympics.

It is the same with NaNoWriMo. You don’t go from writing close to zero words a day to 10k per day without a serious amount of training.

There are veterans around the site who have reached the keyboard ninja warrior level. They are wizards and they’ll be far ahead of you in the forth coming days.

And that’s Ok.
Yep, that’s fine.

Most of them give you an example of what you can become in a few years from now should you chose to follow the keyboard wizard path.
And you know what ?
Most of them would certainly be delighted to share their tricks and tips if you asked them nicely.

Still have some doubts ?

Maybe it’s time to explore your motivations for doing NaNoWriMo. Why did you enter ?
What do you expect to take from this experience ?
How does comparing yourself to the others help you achieve your goal ?
How can you focus back on your writing project ?

Last days before NaNoWriMo

We are just a few days before NaNoWriMo begins and I’m up to the neck in preparation mode, hence my dramatic decrease of post publication.

I’m done with the plot development and now, I’m deep in the scene list. My estimation for my novel turns around 40 of 2000 words But I know I have a tendency to write less than necessary. 40 isn’t a huge number of scenes but still, its enough to give me a lot of work and take all my spare time during the day.

I hope to be able to share my NaNoWriMo experience with you, especially since my blog will officially pass from daily main writing task to oh so charming procrastination.

My objective is to write a weekly account of my experience. I have thought of a daily account but I know this won’t last more than a couple of days.

I’ll insert a word counter in a widget so everyone of you can check on my progress from time to time.

I do value my readers very very much and i’m truly grateful for each and every one of my subscribers. I’ hope you will enjoy following this new adventure as much as you’ve enjoyed following the previous ones.

TOP 4 : How to craft a great villain

Make him the hero of his own story

Your villain isn’t just a plot device, it’s the direct opposing force to you main character. When working on his persona or writing a scene where he appears,, don’t forget his point of view. As a character, he is fighting to achieve his goal and your main character is the way of his achievement.

If you start thinking of your vilain this way you’ll soon start to write him differently, you’ll take his goal and motivations in consideration, you’ll start to wonder why he’s doing what he’s doing. He’ll get more profound and more interesting.

Give him doubts

A villain who has no doubts joins the club of the dumb ones with a winning monologue which only results in defeat. The quickly forgotten ones. Give your villain time to doubt, question his decisions, eventually back off or come back full speed.

Not only will you give your readers hope that things won’t get too ugly for your main character but you’ll also win a great share of endeared readers who have shared the same type of dark time in their life.

Give him qualities

A villain is a character, not necessarily a monster. he is also the opposing force to you main character. he must have qualities to sustain his positions and challenge your main character. Why should you readers care about a villain that has no qualities ? Why should your readers care about a villain that is no that threatening after all ? A good way to do it ti to pick the quality that is the opposite of a villain you have no respect for. I personally do not like villain that are dumb. So I tend to craft them smart.  

Give him the cool toys

What’s the interest of being a villain if there is no cool items involved ?
Those will of course vary depending on the context of your novel but If your villain does not intrigue your reader, he will fall flat and come off as a simple plot device. So, while you’re brainstorming on your story, try to think of anything really cool, something you’d like to have for yourself and give it to your villain. You’ll enjoy writing him a lot more and this will reflect on the page.

NB : I use him in the article to refer to the villain, but the exact same tips apply for a female villain

TOP 4 : Méthodes de notes et de journal pour les auteurs

Etre créatif se traduit souvent par une prise de notes sur des papiers volants, des post-its, des carnet et … on finit par se perdre dans le volume de bazar et d’information. J’en avais marre de tous les papiers éparpillés sur mon bureau et de me perdre dans tout ce que j’avais écrit.J’ai donc fais des recherches sur Internet et trouvé quelques conseils pour gérer mes notes, en tirer le maximum, gérer au mieux le blog et enrichir pour projet de roman.

Ces consiels ont pour but de vous aider. En aucun cas, les techniques d’organisation ne doivent entraver votre process créatif, elles doivent le faciliter – toujours.

Toutes les techniques que je vous présente ici peuvent être adaptées à votre pratique. tant que cela fonctionne pour vous, il n’y a pas de règle d’or. Personnellement, je ne décore pas mes carnets avec du scotch décoratif, je n’ajoutes pas non plus de citation inspirante, mais si vous pensez que vous en avez besoin, alors n’hésitez pas !

Death_to_stock_communicate_hands_5Méthode de notes : Elle est très simple et se déroule en 3 étapes

1/ Ecrire

Ce qui vous intéresse, ce qui vous inspire, des détails trouvés pendant vos recherches… C’est la partie totalement libre et creative de la méthode.


Vous relisez vos notes et les évaluez. ce qui est utile, ce qui ne l’est pas, ce qui peut être améliore. C’est à ce moment, que vous entourez, soulignez ou rayez vos notes.

3/Mettre en valeur

Les notes qui ont survécu à la phase de relecture sont votre line d’or. Elles peuvent très bien finir dans un de vos projets d’écriture, elles sont donc besoin d’être mise en avant.
Afin de pouvoir le faire, je ne prends mes notes que sur la page de droite de mon carnet. J’utilise la page de gauche que pour faire ressortir les détails qui m’intéressent le plus et les illustrer de temps en temps par une petite scène ou un sketch.

Certaines personnes vont jusqu’à recopier leurs notes au propre dans un autre carnet mais je trouve que cela entrave ma créativité, donc je ne le fais pas.

sketchnotesNotes dessinées : Parfois, les idées ont besoin d’être transcrites de manière visuelle mais les croquis, les petits graphiques et tracer des formes peut être déstabilisant. J’ai choisi 2 petites vidéos qui résument bien les quelques trucs pour facilite ce type de notes, elle expliquent notamment comment organiser vos notes visuelles à mesure que vous les prenez.

J’aimes les notes visuelles car elle nécessitent de se place dans un état d’esprit différent de celui de l’écriture ce qui signifie qu’elles me permettent d’envisager une scène sous un angle différent et de choisir ensuite l’option qui me plait le plus.

Plus de détails ici  et ici.

Le carnet  High Five : J’utilise cette méthode pour organiser mes notes creatives et différentes recherches d’inspiration dans un carnet. cela me permet d’écrire mes idées à mesure qu’elles viennent et d’avoir un système qui me montrera où se trouvent les différents sujets dans mon carnet. Cette méthode est souple et très rapide à apprendre. C’est parfait pour l’écriture libre et les brainstorming de roman.

Cette méthode est parfait si vous souhaitez que votre méthode d’organisation de notes reste légère et adaptable.

Tous les détails en photo ici.

bulletjournalLe Bullet Journal:  Cette méthode est particulièrement efficace lorsqu’il s’agit d’organiser tout ce que je dois faire . Je l’utilise pour organiser le planning de publication du blog et pour distribuer les articles sur le mois. J’apprécie tout particulièrement la page « collection »  qui permet d’insérer des idées créatives, notamment mes brainstorming pour le top 4.

Plus de détails ici and ici.

J’aimerais savoir quel est votre process de prise de notes ? Organisé,pas du tout ? Sur un carnet ? Directement sur votre ordinateur ? N’hésitez pas à joindre la conversation dans les commentaires.

TOP 4 : Notes and journaling methods for the writer

Being creative often means taking notes on flying papers, sticky notes, notebooks and getting lost in the volume. I was tired of the many papers crowding my desk and often losing track of what I wrote. So I searched the internet and found found tips to help me manage my notes, make the most of them in order to enrich my novel project.

These tips are meant to help you organize your notes. By no mean note taking should get in the way of your creative process, it should make it easier, always.

 All these techniques can be adapted to your need and practice, as long as it works for you, there’s no golden rule. I personally don’t do washi tape enhancement nor add inspirational quote but if it’s what you want or feel you need to do, go ahead !

Death_to_stock_communicate_hands_5Notes method :
This one is very simple and works following 3 steps.

1/ Write
What your hear, what interest you, details found while researching. This is the easy, free creative part

You go back to your notes and assess them. What’s useful, what’s not, what can be improved. That’s were your circle, underline, cross off.

The notes remaining are your golden mine. They might very well end up in your writing project, hence they need to be singled out and highlighted.

In order to be able to do it, I only write on the right page of my notebook when I take notes. I’ll use the left one to highlight the details I am most interested in and maybe illustrate them with a small scene or a sketch.

Some might add copy your notes in a different notebook but I think this tends to come in the way of my creative process, so I don’t do it.

sketchnotesSketch notes : Sometimes, ideas need to be transcribed in a more visual form but doodling, pointing, charting and highlighting can become very unsettling when gives a try at sketch notes. I picked up 2 little videos that sum up all the tricks very well and show example of how to organize your notes as you take them.

I like sketch notes because they require a different mindset than the written ones which means they allow me to tackle a scene from different angle and chose which one I like the most after.

More details here and here.

High Five notebook : I use this method for my creative and inspiration notes.I allows me to jot them down as ideas come and still have an organisation system that’ll show me where the different topics are in my journal. It’s fast to learn and flexible. Perfect for novel brainstorming and free writing.

It’s ideal if you want your note taking organization to remain light and adaptable.

More details here.

bulletjournalBullet journal : This is helpful when it comes to organize the things you have to do . I use this system to manage the blog’s publication’s plan and spread the posts all over the week. I do enjoy the collection  page option that allows me to insert creative ideas, especially when it comes to brainstorm for TOP 4 ideas.

More details here and here.

Now, I’d like to hear about your note taking process.
Do you go to your favorite notebooks or jolt ideas straight on your computer ?  Do you have any note taking method at all ? Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments section.

NaNoWriMo 2015 : How I prepare my novel

In 2013, I was concerned about Logistic aspects, in 20014 I wanted to work on the characters and the plot, but like all the previous years, it was difficult for me to build one that could actually work completely.

This year, I’ve changed my method of preparation. I’ve started way sooner and I worked mainly on the plot
autumn-688111_640I made myself write and publish everyday during summer. I wanted to establish a writing habit and get bette in the « shown don’t tell ».This summer writing challenge turned out to be quite an amazing experience during which i’ve learned a lot.

dancing-dave-minion-510835_640I did free writing with many characters, in different situations. I wanted to find their voices and feel how their exchanges would sound before throwing them in the infernal rythm of the NaNoWriMo. I also learned a lot and I thin k I’ll do a post about it in the following weeks.

blogging-universityI followed  Blogging University .  (Blogging 101, Blogging 201, Writing 101 and Writing 201 : Poetry).

What’s the correlation will you ask ? They push you out of your comfort zone and help you experience writing under different angles, find inspiration in places you would never have thought of before and for Blogging 101 et 201 to consider your readers point of view. It is really helpful when it comes to enter the mind of a character and adapt writing and speech patterns to its persona.

libbiehawkerI read Libbie Hawker’s book Take off your Pants ! : Outline your book for faster and better writing.

This is the first boo, I read that does not describe a linear way of plotting. It invites you to think of your characters before diving into plotting. No structure and plot point speeches, only a list of steps to follow. The writers walks your through everyone one of them, it’s very enjoyable and reassuring.

Result : I have a written plot that works and that I have been bale to submit to my beta’s the first time in 4 years that this happens.

Libbie Hawker’s book is greatly inspired by John Truby’s works but I find it way more accessible because you can apply its method right away.

And you, what’s it your preparation method for NaNoWriMo ?