A Mid-NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Pep Talk from the Hulk!


The Other Guy has a simple but powerful point here. Writers write, and if you want to be a writer, that's what you have to do, even when you feel weary or uninspired.


While this point makes no grammatical sense, Hulk's optimism is worth embracing. It's mid-November - and thus mid-NaNoWriMo - but don't dwell on the writing time that has gone by. Instead, think of all the time you have left for one big push toward completion of that manuscript.


You're writing a book - and that's an awesome undertaking. Someday somebody's going to read that book, and the words you wrote today may well indeed make them happy - or sad, or angry, or frightened -because words have power. And as you write, you wield that power just as surely as Thor does that hammer of his.

Believe in your power. Believe in your words. And believe in yourself.


Hulk's right. Leave the self-doubt behind. Every writer feels it, but the ones who complete their manuscripts and move the world with their words manage to put that doubt aside. And you can, too.

Hulk and I believe in you.

And we can't wait to read what you're writing!

Superhero Block (And Writer's Block Too)

One time, I had superhero block.

It was after the Deep Freeze section of my life.  Fury had me on assignment with Hawkeye, tracking down a couple of mercenaries who ran out on the job.  We rounded them up in a smelly old warehouse, but when we stormed the place, it turned out the mercs were Hydra, and had backup.  That seems to happen a lot these days.  Needless to say, Hawkeye and I weren't quite enough to handle forty of them at once.

We managed to escape, but it took time and one of Hawkeye's special vaporizer arrows.  (Did you know he has those?  Turns nearby water to steam in seconds-- deHydration is a powerful weapon.  Pity about the coffee shop around the corner, though.)  After that, I couldn't get myself back into the game.  Even when Hawkeye rounded them up perfectly, I couldn't bring myself to do my part.  Everything I had done so far seemed useless, especially if our enemies had unlimited backup and all we had were cooler outfits.

Another time, I was fighting hand-to-hand with a banker (long story-- he was Hydra too).  I won, but he got in a few good hits, including a pretty nasty wound with a stapler.  For weeks after that, I couldn't run, couldn't fight, couldn't work.  I wasn't sick, and the wound healed easily, but everything seemed slower and less powerful.  That led to the same feelings: why was I doing this if I wasn't even good at it?

I'm sure you've heard of this, if not felt it.  It has many names, from superhero block to depression.  You probably know it as writer's block.  People get superhero block and writer's block almost exactly the same way, in fact-- and the same cures work for each.

Problem #1: Failure-induced block.

Look at my first example of superhero block.  What happened when we stormed that warehouse?  We made mistakes and had to run for it.  Instead of the easy pickings we expected, we failed to deliver the two mercenaries to SHIELD.  For me, that hit hard.  Instead of seeing it as a mistake anyone could have made, I started seeing it as something unique that only I could have done.  I also started blaming myself for it all, when it was nothing but a combination of mistakes by both Hawkeye and I.  All this led into a downward spiral where I started thinking, "I led the operation, I cost Hawkeye one of his most interesting arrows, and I destroyed our chances.  I'm useless."

The same thing can happen with writing.  You outline a scene, or even a novel, with high hopes for it.  It's the best idea you've ever had, your alpha readers are going to laugh their giant purple pants off, and it's the first thing you've written with, you know, a theme.  But for all this, when you start writing, you can't get started.  All your enthusiasm is still there, lurking, but it isn't helping your fingers fly.  Every time you start, you have to stop again.

It's the same as a failure, that difficulty.  You want it to be perfect, but every time you try, you write something that isn't perfect.  No first draft can be flawless, and you know that-- but it still hurts that your vision can't be reality quickly enough.

Solution #1: Push through.

That's right.  Even though it won't be perfect, you have to accept that and move on.  Especially when what you want isn't matching what you're writing, you have to grit your teeth and write.  You have to realize that you aren't being blocked by something else-- you're blocking yourself.  The only way to get over yourself is to stop worrying about it all.

It's going to feel terrible for the first few hundred words, but after about a thousand, you'll be in the swing of things.  You'll start writing things that you like, things that are fun, things that match your idea.  When that happens, you can always go back and change the beginning.  But to begin, you have to get yourself rolling.

Problem #2: Difficulty-induced block.

In my second superhero block example, I was feeling the same way, but it wasn't prompted by a failure.  Here's what we figured out after a routine checkup a month after the fight: the stapler the banker had gotten me with had planted some sort of device in me.  It injected a chemical that, essentially, canceled out the SSS (super-soldier serum).  It sapped my strength, made me think more slowly, and generally made me mini Steve Rogers again, except taller.

The same can happen to you as a writer, except without the banker.  You might write yourself into a corner, or find your characters contradicting themselves.  Something you said was impossible in chapter one might have just happened in chapter ten, helping the main character out of a jam.  You're contradicting yourself, and your instincts are rebelling against it.  That's what makes you think you're not good enough to write this.

Solution #2: Fix it.

Find the problem and fix it.  That's what problems are for, after all.  Your instincts can tell you how to pinpoint the problem, and you can take steps to fix it.  But that's the only way to fix the problem-- to push through here would just dig you deeper into your hole.

For me, I went to the doctor about a month after the fight.  They removed the little device and I was back to my normal self the next day.  It wasn't a problem with me and feeling sorry for myself-- it was something external blocking me.

These are your two most likely causes of superhero or writer's block.  All you have to do is find the problems and fix them, whether it's motivation failure because you've failed, or distaste with the story because you're in a slow-motion car crash.  Whichever one it is, you can overcome it.  What you can't do is sit and feel sorry for yourself.  There are always more words to write.

Be awesome this month.  It's the perfect month for it.


Don't Die During NaNoWriMo

Good day my friends. I hope that this month you are excited and anxious to write the beginnings of what are sure to be incredible novels. My fellow Avengers have given wonderful advice so far. It is my goal today to expand on small points made by the Hawk Man and Miss Potts. Namely this:

Do not die during NaNoWriMo.

It would be a shame to see a talented writer such as yourself fall when they are so close to victory. Second, while we all love to write, no amount of words is more important than your physical and mental health. Not to mention the relationships you cherish and connections that matter.

First, your physical health. I beg of you to take breaks often. My alter-ego took a writing retreat last weekend and had the option to write for eighteen hours straight. While she did for most of that time, she also made sure to stand, move, eat, and drink. A scene wasn't coming, she went for a walk. Her foot fell asleep, she got up to stretch. She ate regular meals and snacked on healthy (and some not so healthy) foods. While caffeine is your friend, too much of it can harm you. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, movement, and healthy food or your words will not be as lovely as they can be.

Second, your mental health. While outlining helps and preparation is key, you might find yourself lost in your own story at some point. You may become agitated and overly-stressed. If you find yourself in a low place, please do something else. Watch a happy movie. Read an uplifting book. Spend time with people you love. NaNoWriMo is mentally exhaustive. Not only does your body need breaks, but your mind does as well. (I might add, blogging is a nice alternative to manuscript writing, to let your mind focus on something else for a time.)

Third, your relationships. No doubt you warned your family, friends, and co-workers that you might be a tad bit crazy during the month of November. As understanding as they will try to be, you should still make an effort to show them you have not disappeared entirely from their lives. Try to know how best to show them you care, and do something small every day or two to reinforce that. Let them know you appreciate their support in your efforts. And if you have a problem you can't solve, try asking them for brainstorming help. You may not need their solutions so much as just the opportunity to talk things through out loud, hear another person's voice, or maybe laugh at something ridiculous.

This isn't much, but I hope you take it to heart. Writing fifty thousand words in thirty days is a huge undertaking. Some people can easily accomplish it, while others struggle -- I'll admit I am of the latter group. Whatever the case, know yourself. Know your body's capabilities. Know your limits, and do not cross them. Please do not die.

Good luck.


Go! Go! Go! (Writing Sprints and Why They're Cool)

First week of November is down, so I'm sure a lot of you are starting to get the hang of NaNoWriMo (if that's something you can ever really do). I really hope you're having a good time, and not stressing out too much. And I wish you the best of luck. Really. Or, maybe you are having none of that, and choose to write at your own pace, thank you very much. I still wish you luck, because regardless of how you're writing the novel, chances are, you'll probably need it.

In fact, if you're like me, one of the hardest things about writing is to actually find the time and the will to sit yourself down and write. Believe me, I know how it is.

That's where writing sprints can help.

In case you were frozen for the past number of years and are completely unaware of what this term means, the idea of a writing sprint is pretty simple. For a designated amount of time (30 minutes or 60 minutes are pretty standard), everyone participating tries to drop everything else and get out as many words as they possibly can.

Cool, right?

Of course, it's not only about how many words you manage to type out, and it's definitely not about the quality of those words. Writing sprints are about writing. 

There are plenty of reasons why writing sprints are helpful. They can really take your fast drafting to the next level.

Here's why:

They don't take very long.

Do I have the time to take a day out of my life to sit at home and type out on my laptop for hours upon hours? Not unless I want to be killed by Nick and have forty-seven missed calls from Maria. No, thank you. But a half-hour? Hour? In the evenings, that's not too bad. It makes writing time (especially when you've got a one-month 50k deadline) feel a lot more manageable, when writing a novel can be overwhelming.

They get you to write without looking back.

Think of that sentence you just wrote as Lola, and

It's so easy to fall into the trap of questioning nearly every word that comes out of you. Does this sound right? Does 'trod' even make sense in this context or am I making my protagonist sound pretentious? Why can't I decide on the spelling of gray grey gray a color that is a mix of black and white? Save all that for December. Don't be afraid of sucking. That's why we revise.

It's much better to write. Whether or not it is perfectly clear and grammatically correct can be worked out later. When you're sprinting, you tend to pay less attention to errrors and grammr mistakes and justkeep on rolling, even if that means your sentences get kind of long and it sort of seems like you're rambling a little.

You can fix it later. You can revise your errrors and grammar mistakes later. and Tthat's when you can worry about trimming sentences.

For now, just write. That's what sprints are for. To get you to write.

They are motivating!

Try joining other friends in a sprint. Or make new friends by joining in on other sprints. Knowing that other people are all going to be typing like mad is a pretty good way to inspire you to write something.

For you competitive types, turn it into a word war. And get that satisfaction of them cringing due to your sprinting fingertip agility.

If you aren't already a sprinter, it's definitely something to try. You can always put on one yourself, just by setting a time. If you'd like, invite others to join.

But if you aren't the organizing type, that's no problem. There are plenty of twitter accounts that announce sprints throughout the day you can catch. For example, take a look at @NaNoWordSprints even if you aren't keeping track of your word count for NaNoWriMo. (Veteran sprinters: feel free to share your favorite sprint accounts.)

 Regardless, the point is to just keep writing!

Good luck to all you NaNoWriMers, and make sure to keep an eye on all the YAvengers posts, which will really help you get through this month.


NaNoWriMo Pep(per) Talk

I sat down to give some good, solid NaNoWriMo advice. You know, like you do. Chock full of inspiration, sarcasm and gifs: just like the rest of my excellent portfolio of posts on this blog. But JARVIS decided the only legit course of action was to contact Pepper and tell her that I was giving terrible advice, and she told me I wasn’t allowed to post it.

Apparently, encouraging my ‘self-destructive tendencies’ and ‘incurable over-achievement’ in people less experienced in the world of NaNoWriMo, writing, or general life could lead to unhealthy writing practices and stress. And according to Pepper, I’m not allowed to do that.

So, being a smart-ass, I told her if she had such a problem with my advice, she could give her own. And she took me seriously. Which means I’m going to hand the rest of this post over to her, to give you sensible NaNoWriMo advice

A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk, courtesy of Pepper Potts

NaNoWriMo is a great time to be productive and get some of the writing done that you’ve been putting off for too long, but its nature as a challenge means that people tend to get into unhealthy habits by the end of the month. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve found Tony still awake after 72 hours and far too much coffee, writing away, claiming that 800k is an acceptable wordcount target. (It’s not.)

This isn’t meant to discourage you. Challenging yourself to write more than you usually do, whether more is 50k or 500k, is a great idea, and can lead you to rediscover your limits and abilities. But when your family and friends have to play nursemaid, it suddenly looks a lot less worthwhile.

This pep talk is in two parts: how to hit 50k, and how to look after yourself while you do it. The latter will crop up again later in the month: some of Tony’s associates are at least marginally more sensible than him. But while we’re still in the first week, I thought I’d get some things established before it’s too late.

pepper needs to talk to you

Hitting 50k (or whatever your personal goal is)

I’m using the generic target of 50,000 words here, but I know many of you will be aiming for less, and many of you aiming for more. Both are awesome. You know the challenge you need. So just adapt this to your speed and targets.

Use Write or Die

For those who are unaware, Write or Die is a program that starts eating your words if you don’t write fast enough (or plays a klaxon or whatever, depending on what setting it’s on). It can be a great way to make yourself sit down and concentrate for 500 or 1000 words at a time, to make sure you get a really good chunk done. You’ll end up competing with yourself to get the most done in one Write or Die sprint.

There’s also the alternative Written? Kitten! where for every 100 words you can get a picture of a cute kitten (or bunny or puppy), if you work better with rewards rather than punishments.

Write everywhere

This will depend on what you’re using to write, but write wherever you can. Take your laptop / tablet / notebook on the train, to school, to the office. Write in corners; write during your lunchbreak; write when you’re waiting for a friend to arrive using the terrible note app on your phone. Even if you only have ten minutes, you can write something, so do it.

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Exclusive footage of Tony during NaNoWriMo

Get up early

Tony is not a morning person. I am, however, and I find that I can get plenty done before breakfast if I set my alarm half an hour earlier. Having got off to a good start means I’m less stressed when I come to write later in the day, because I’ve already racked up some words.


If you didn’t plot before you started, plan the next few chapters ahead of where you’re currently writing, just so you know where you’re going and don’t have to stop to think. This also applies if you did plot, but you’ve deviated from it: reassess, figure out where you’re going, adjust your direction accordingly.

Don’t look back

We talked about this before, but ignore the fact that your character doesn’t have a surname and one of them's changed hair colour three times and you don't actually know anything about steam engines and you're not sure whether someone would still be able to talk five minutes after being stabbed in the stomach and really, wasn't that guy alive a minute ago? Because research and continuity are for revisions, when you're fast-drafting.

Looking after yourself during NaNoWriMo

Take breaks

Writing quickly isn’t worth the pain of injuring your wrists or developing neck/backache. Take breaks. Relax your hands. Make sure your posture is good. You will regret it so much if you don’t. Every time I’m tempted to do more writing sprints, I remember how depressed Tony was when he hurt his hands last year and couldn’t build suits, and it makes me reconsider.


Use NaNo in a way that suits you. 50k might be too much for you, because of your other commitments or how your brain works. Don’t hate yourself for not reaching it. This is still a month when you can write whatever you want to get done, and at the end you’ll hopefully have more of it. That’s what NaNo’s about. Also, even if you don’t hit 50k this year, there’s always next year. Likewise, if 50k isn’t a challenge, shoot higher.

same day as last year

Make friends

The community is the best part of NaNo, especially if you don’t have real-life writing buddies. Go on the forums and make friends. Find your local region and see if you can go to a write-in. These will stop you becoming a hermit, but they’ll also ensure that you feel like the month is worth it even if your wordcount flatlines after day 15, because you’ve got some lasting connections. We like to have write-ins at Avengers Tower, and they’re absolutely the best part of the month.

Your health always comes first

I can’t emphasise this enough. Tony is a self-destructive idiot, and there are a lot of people on the forums who will talk about drinking espresso at 10pm, pulling all-nighters, and writing 25k on the 29th November. It’s not worth it. Trust me, it’s really not.

If that’s what you want to get out of the month, I’m not going to stop you. You want to stay up all night writing because it’s a community thing and it’s going to be fun? Absolutely. But don’t reach a point where you’re so fixated on hitting 50k that you ignore your body’s demands for sleep and rest. Don’t push yourself until you become ill and overstressed and spend a week in bed, because that isn’t fun and it isn’t a badge of honour. It’s just unhealthy.

is he breathing

Last minute dashes to the finish line can be fun, but if they’re at the cost of your health, they aren’t advisable.

I know, I’m a killjoy. But I’ve seen it happen to Tony. Actually, back in 2010 I made the same mistake, and spent the final week of November feeling like hell because I’d been getting up 90 minutes earlier every morning, never taking a break just to eat lunch, and hardly ever seeing any of my friends. My body couldn’t cope with the strain, and I fell ill 7k short of a 200k target, which I then never reached. Making myself ill didn’t really serve any purpose.

Go forth and write your novels in a safe, healthy, and fun way. Oh, and remember one final, crucial piece of advice:

back up your novel

Seriously, do it. And don’t rely solely on the cloud, because HYDRA might get it. USB sticks, external hard drives, emailing it to friends, all of these are ways to ensure your novel doesn’t disappear into oblivion a day before validation opens.

I’ll see you all in December.

-- Pepper


Avengers Tower write-ins usually devolve into showing off after a while.

(**See, I told you she was sensible. My advice was way more fun. And way more sarcastic and had more gifs. But she’s probably right. She usually is, and you should listen to her.** ~ Iron Man)

The Practical Side Of Nanowrimo

*Hawkeye runs in breathless* 
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Hello fellow writers! I am sorry for the absence of late! There has been much superhero business of late that has kept me busy and away from the writer world. But I'm back, admittedly a few days late (don't tell Coulson).

Seeing as today is the evening of November 2nd, it means that Nanowrimo has been going on for nearly 48 hours! ARE YOU WRITING? Keep it up!! Anyhow, seeing as it is Nanowrimo month, October, as the Cap so well wrapped up) has been all about tips and tricks for Nanowrimo. Outlining, drafting, the team has covered it all. Which leaves nothing for me, except the other side of Nanowrimo that doesn't normally get covered on a writing blog.

I'm going to tell you how to enjoy Nanowrimo and keep you going, while being stressed about word count and ignoring your inner editor. Because if you're not enjoying or taking care of yourself, chances are you aren't going to get much writing done, and whatever does come will be totally crappy. So, time for a crash course in how to have fun.

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First, in the writerly mood, you will need a story that you love, and a sort-of organized plan for how to accomplish it. So see the thoughts of Thor, Coulson, Cappy, Hulk, Stark and Natasha for any tips you may need in that area.

Now onto the fun stuff!

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Second, you're gonna need comfy writing clothes. Maybe you're waking up early in the wee hours to cram in your word count. Maybe you're writing after a long hard day. Well either way, you're going to want sweats or PJ's to don to keep warm. It is the fall you know, the nights will only get colder, unless you're in a country experiencing summer, in that case...don't tell me. Hawkeye is not a winter person. But anyway, having something soft and comforting will help take stress out of your novel writing process as well. A snuggie could also pass this requirement.

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Nanowrimo writing often includes lots of thinking and brainstorming last minute. It includes lots of stress that can be energy draining. So it important to have something on hand to keep you active and hyped up for the next chapter, or two, or three.

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So my third suggestion is to have snack food on hand! Indulge yourself for the month, be it with energy bars, fruit snacks (you know you wish you were a preschooler), chocolate, your favorite soda, anything! If it amps you up to write it's worth it.

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When you think about it, Nanowrimo really does fall at the perfect time of the year. I mean it starts the day after one of the most candy-filled holidays ever! One always tends to complain about the piles of candy left-over, but now you can put it to good use and not feel bad about it as you nail every chapter!

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However, my fourth idea will totally contradict what I just said. Sugar itself will not be the only think you want to keep you up and at 'em. Health is very important to keeping an active brain. So enjoy goodies and extreme sugar doses to get your through the long nights and moments of writers block, but then take time to exercise and be healthy. Throw some veggies into your snack mix. Go for a run, head to the gym. Maybe you're into yoga!

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Whatever you do to keep yourself fit and healthy, find a way to fit it into your increasingly busy schedule. Hit your word count? Celebrate with a victory dance that gets your blood pumping. We don't want you feeling like total crap at the end of the month! We want you feeling great not only from finishing a book, but from also keeping your body happy.

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And last but not least, indulge in some good writing music. Nothing gets you feeling like you can do ANYTHING than a Hans Zimmer, or any movie soundtrack. If you can listen while you write, go for it. If not, turn it on a few minutes beforehand to fill you up with inspiration before you sit and write. Words will come, I promise. Anything from Hans Zimmer to Howard Shore will fit the bill.

So there you have it! Five basic tips to keep your nanowrimo experience top notch. There are so many other ideas though! Find a writing buddy to do word sprints with. Nothing drives creativity like a race for the most words. Compare ideas and brainstorm with other writers. Having friends to encourage you will do wonders on the homestretch!

Whatever it is that encourages you to write, find it and drive head first into the Nanowrimo experience! You got this! See you on the other side.

Hawkeye Out. 

The Most Writer-ful Time of the Year

Welcome, my friends, to November!  You all know what this month brings.  You all know what it can do for you.  Most importantly, you all know what I'm here to tell you.

Read the posts from October...?

It's NaNoWriMo!  It's time to join the NA in WRI the NO this MO.  Which... makes no sense.  But you catch my drift.  If you're a participant and haven't written yet today, I give you leave to write instead of reading this.  If you're abstaining from the hullabaloo, I won't bother you.  Because for now, it's time for the wrap-up post.

This October was, obviously, Pre-NaNoWriMo month.  (We thought it apt, since, well, yeah.)  We tackled a multitude of things this month, including plotting, dealing with the pressure of a month-long writing extravaganza, and Hawkeye.

Unfortunately, he was rather bruised after that.  We let him continue his Hawkhiatus for a little while longer.  With NaNoWriMo on the rise, we've also had an AWOLoki this October, which was unexpected but understandable.  Hopefully this doesn't become an epidemic, but with NaNoWriMo, anything can happen.  (I think we'll get a Hawkeye post this weekend.  If that happens, I'll update this post.)

Speaking of the unexpected, Black Widow was the first to spill her secrets this October.  Talking about plotting from the perspective of a pantser, she offers a fresh look at common ideas.  Flexibility, people-- that's the key if you're hating your restrictions but need them anyway.  I know how true that is.  Luckily, NaNoWriMo is all about flexibility.  (How else can we take an entire month to write a novel?)

Tony Stark never ceases to amaze me.  He's annoying to talk to, indecipherable at best, and his beard doesn't make any sense-- and then he comes out with a post as amazing as this.  He talks about loglines, and makes them sound fun.  (I think Miss Potts wrote his post, frankly.)  But yes, his post is excellent.  You should read it.

Hey, I can see myself from here!  I posted about worldbuilding and research, whether for a science fiction or fantasy novel, or for something historical.  No matter what the genre, figuring out setting is a key part of any believable novel.  But don't spend too much time on it-- writing comes before setting, all the time.  If you have a world but no main character, you're missing the point.

Know what that reminds me of?  Yep.  It's that time of day.

I get the feeling Thor tried to stay undercover this month, in terms of silliness; leaving his post until the end of the month, trying not to say anything incriminating... but it didn't work.  He had a rather fabulous makeover this month:

Look at those sparkles.  Cute, no?  That color looks good on him.  (Hail to the truly worthy wielder of the hammer-- Hello Kitty.)

However, we must consider another color than purple this October.  Green, for instance, is rather smashing.  (Sorry not sorry.)  Dr. Banner spoke about handling the inevitable pressure of NaNoWriMo; in a month when so much rests on how quickly your fingers can type, how does your mind cope?  He has several excellent strategies for keeping your head from combining high speeds and desks.  (High speeds and thoughts are much more productive, trust me.)

Agent Coulson posts next with a comprehensive how-to on beat sheets.  Brainstorming plot this way can be either freeing or restricting, depending on your view of the matter.  If you have trouble visualizing your story as something other people would like, this is one way to pull it into a recognizable form that you can get excited about.  If you can't abide restrictions in your plot, this might not be for you-- but as an exercise, it's still valuable.  Read and ingest.

And, yep, there's Thor again.  He talks about outlining in moments, using Dan Wells' 7-point plot system as a framework.  I have researched and used this on many occasions, and while it hasn't always worked for me, I've had some enormous epiphanies come from this process.  In a month where seconds are precious, having a quick way to outline your story can be useful indeed.

As I mentioned before, both Hawkeye and Loki were unavailable for awesomeness this month.  Perhaps NaNoWriMo caught them both off guard (this shows that it happens to both the best, and the worst, of us), but it shall not conquer us.  We extend warm wishes toward them and their November plans, and hope they grace us with posts again soon.

We talked a lot about plotting this month.  NaNoPrep is full of plotting, and prewriting, and worldbuilding-- so many things that pantsers tend not to do, or even consider.  I know the feeling.  But you are not alone, you pantsers in the crowd.  Even though it feels like we're all experienced plotters, and the only way to write a successful novel is to plot it, that isn't true.  I'm a pantser at heart, and while I worldbuilt like a fiend this October, I barely touched my plot.  Outlines are no more the way of the future than Tony Stark is a mature individual.  No matter what your process, we are with you 'til the end of the line.  Or, you know, until we succumb to plot Chitauri-bunnies and inner Hydra-editors.  But we won't.  You're good.

With that, I'll leave you to your word creations.  Here's to a fun, exciting, nonfatal November in the creative fog of NaNoWriMo.