Preparing For NaNoWriMo – How to Bribe Your Characters

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Sometimes, characters won’t cooperate. It happens to everyone. But what to do when it does happen? Well, you could try talking to your characters. But. If your characters are like mine, it’s not going to work. Not in the slightest. Which means you have to resort to the next best thing: bribes.

Yes, bribes.

For instance, I’ve already bribed Natasha. The bribe? If she cooperates during NaNo, I’ll let her do a Q and A here, like she wants.

So, today, I’ll be sharing with you some bribes I’ve given my characters, and a guide to how to create the perfect bribe.

Oh, and an added safety guide for if the bribes backfire. Which I am NOT responsible for, please remember that.

 

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Bribes I’ve given my characters:

1. They won’t be killed if they cooperate properly.

2. In the case of Norin, he’ll receive a large cheese if he accidentally almost kills someone else.

3. They’ll get another pet rooster.

4. Extra ration tickets.

Those are my main bribes, but I’m sure I’ve done more.

Creating the perfect bribes:

First, think of the thing your character loves most.

Is it attention? Their little sister? Food? Comfort? A certain someone?

Once you’ve got that down, how can you work that something into the bribe?

For instance, let’s take Natasha. Natasha is the person that loves attention. But…. this is a spoiler…. she also later on into the book loves a certain someone. (She’ll never admit it, though.)

So, we’ll use the certain someone for this example. I could say, “Natasha, if you nearly die, I’ll let Alex live.” And hopefully, she’d say “Well, if Alex lives…. then okay.”

But what do you do if your character doesn’t say yes? What if your character isn’t a selfless kind of person, at least not at this time in the book?

Well then. Just tweak the bribe so that it benefits them only. For instance: “I’ll kill your enemy AND give you chocolate if you cooperate for the rest of the book.” As you can see, your character has the advantage here.

 

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Surviving after you’ve made the bribe:

So, you’ve made the bribe. But your character is angry at you for even suggesting such an awful idea. Or, perhaps, you do what I do, and blackmail your characters. *cough cough* For example, you’ve bribed them, they accepted. They cooperate. BUT. You betray them and don’t give them the thing you promised them.

And now, you’ve got a band of angry characters chasing after you with spiders, knives, and weather men.

What do you do now?!

Well, I’m afraid I’m not much help there. You’ll just have to figure it out yourself.

JUST KIDDING JUST KIDDING.

Did you seriously think I’m that evil? Well, I’m not.

Here’s my advice: have a storm shelter stocked up with healthy food like chocolate, cake, and ice cream. Barricade the doors. Have plenty of soft blankets in the storm shelter, as well.

Then, sit and wait till the storm passes!

If you don’t have a storm shelter handy, lock yourself in the room. Or the library. Hopefully, your characters aren’t rude enough to yell/murder in a library.

And if you have none of those handy?

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On a completely unrelated note, I just saw the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and AAJSDKLAHHJKASDJHAKL IT’S AMAZING.

Expect lots of ranting about it in the future.

KARINA AND HENRY WILL AND ELIZZABETHHHHH. ahem. *cough cough*

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Did you like this post? Do you bribe your characters? Have you seen the new POTC movie? DO YOU SHIP ANYONE? (the obvious answer is yes.)

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Preparing For NaNoWriMo – My Favorite Writing Music

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One of the most important things to get my creative juices flowing while writing is my music. I always (or almost always) listen to music when I write.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite music to listen to while writing to help you prepare for NaNo if you’re doing it.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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Personally, I prefer music with lyrics, but I know this can be distracting to some people. So, I’ll mark the music that does not have lyrics with an asterisk to make it easier.

My favorite band to listen to is Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I love their music so much! It’s a shame, but most people have only listened to their Christmas music.

However, they have some awesome albums that aren’t Christmas music, and EEEEEEEPPP THEY ARE SO GOOD.

These are my favorite songs of TSO’s, and the albums they are from.

Vienna (Beethoven’s Last Night)

Night Castle (Night Castle)

Epiphany (Night Castle)

Sparks (Night Castle)

Tracers* (Night Castle)

Prometheus (Letters From The Labyrinth)

Mountain Labyrinth* (Letters From The Labyrinth)

These are only a few of my favorites, but I’m going to move on now. If you’re interested in TSO, here’s the link to TSO’s YouTube: LINK

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Here are a few random songs I like listening to and the links to them on YouTube:

I See Fire (from the Hobbit)

Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold

I can’t even describe how amazing that version of the song is.

In Dreams

I love all of Peter Hollens’ versions of songs, you should totally check his channel out! And his Pirate Medley collab? Ahhh I love it.

Amazing Grace

I absolutely love the Celtic Women, and Amazing Grace may just be one of my favorite songs of theirs!

And really, I could go on forever, but with TSO I covered all my most inspiring music, so I’m gonna stop here. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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What is your favorite writing music? Have you ever listened to anything by TSO? Or any of these songs?

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CPC Challenge One

I have to post this really quick, so no featured image, sorry.

I know this is out of my posting schedule, but I forgot to include this in my last post. I’m participating in Carol’s CPC challenge. Unfortunately, I forgot about the deadline.

I’m on Team Lavender!

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I used the picture prompt, I couldn’t find a way to fit the others into my poem. I also wasn’t able to take any pictures, so sorry about that.

And here is my poem:

Her bicycle leans against a pole

She’s staring out over the water

Gazing at the slowly setting sun

This day has come to an end

Another day gone by

Another will come

Treasure every moment

Time goes too fast

Treasure each moment

She’s staring out over the water

Gazing at the slowly setting sun.

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What did you think of my poem? Are you doing  CPC?

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Beautiful Books 2017 + Pictures of an Old Fairground

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(Finally, I’ve got a featured image! Huzzah!)

Can you believe that it’s Beautiful Books time again? Time flies way too fast. Anyways, I’m doing it again, for my NaNoWriMo novel, Starless.

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Here’s the link: http://paperfury.com/beautiful-books-2017/

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I got the idea for Starless sometime after I read the Hunger Games, so since last month.

Describe what your novel is about!

Okay, this is kinda hard.

So, basically, it’s set in the futureish. My main character, Natasha, is the orphaned daughter of the president. She’s lived a life of luxury in the city, never thinking twice about going into the woods, where people called the wood dwellers live without robotic servants, and all the gadgets Natasha has.

But then, one day, still figuring out exactly how this happens, the city goes up in flames, and Natasha is forced to flee into the woods.

And I can’t say more without spoilers.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Well. After a year, I still don’t quite know what aesthetic means, or what I’d do for this. *cough cough* if someone down in the comments could explain, i’d be eternally grateful and would update this post. thank you very much. *cough cough*

Introduce us to each of your characters!

I shall introduce you to my two main characters, and you’ll have to wait until a future post to meet the others, sorry.

Via

That’s the closest picture that I have of Natasha, except she has blue eyes and blonde hair.

Natasha seems bratty at first, but when you get to know her, she’s actually very nice. She took over my blog in this post, so you know a little about her. I told her that if she’s good during NaNo, I may just let her do that Q and A.

 

Alex

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And that’s Alex. He’s a lot calmer than Natasha, and thinks before he acts. Alex is also an orphan, but he has his aunt, uncle and cousin. He’s a wood dweller, and he’s very, very nice to everyone in his village, and everyone likes him.

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Until this month, I didn’t even prepare to write. I just sat down with an idea and wrote. However, now I am (attempting) to plot for NaNo. And yes, it involves a fair amount of howling.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Starless is very different from most of my novels, and so I’m most looking forward to writing a novel that’s actually set in the future, with technology, instead of in a fairy tale/fantasy world, if that even makes sense.

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

Ummm…. not quite sure what you want me to do here. Sorry.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Well, I can’t reveal this without giving you spoilers, but let’s say a girl named Denise stands in Natasha’s way. And please note, this might change, I haven’t figured this one piece out.

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Natasha (I hope) will have fully revealed that she is not a bratty girl at all, but really and truly cares about others.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

I don’t really know about this yet, I haven’t quite figured it out either. I guess satisfied, but maybe wanting a sequel?

And that is that!

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And now, I have some pictures for you.

We went to a state park today, and on the way back, we saw something that looked like a Ferris wheel. So, we drove down the street, expecting to find maybe a fair or something.

What we found was an old fairground, that had apparently been made into a junk yard. It gave me a kind of sad feeling, and I just had to take pictures of it.

It may not be very, very old, and the pictures aren’t very good, as there was a fence, and then people started staring at me, and I had to jump back into the car and take the last pictures while we were driving.

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This one was one taking while we were driving, but it’s one of those Torpedo rides. It looked very rickety. My dad said he would not want to ride in it.

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These are some cute little ticket booths. You can see some of the junk behind the trees.

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This is a the back of a little train, I don’t know if you can see it very well.

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And this is the front of the train.

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And that’s the Ferris wheel! It doesn’t have any cars, but I think it’s very cute. I may just have to write a story about it…..

 

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What did you think of this post? Are you doing NaNo? What is your project about? What did you think of these pictures?

 

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Welcome, October!

Okay. How is it already October?! It’s not possible, it isn’t, it isn’t help. I mean, how is the year more than half over?!

I shall not allow it.

ACTUALLY YES YES I SHALL FOR ONE MORE MONTH.

And then, when I get my hands on my copy of Nightfall by Shannon Messenger, time can stop. Actually……. if it stops, I’ll never get the next book!

Why is life so complicated? XD

Ahem. My little moment of craziness is done.

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September Highlights:

  • Joined a local production of Annie Jr, and got the parts of Tessie, Drake, and the Radio announcer.
  • Received a solo to use for auditions from my musical theater teacher.
  • Learned four pieces from the Lord of the Rings on the piano.
  • Participated in National Talk Like a Pirate Day.
  • Read the Hunger Games

Yep, I did join a production of Annie Jr! We have a very small, all girls cast, so everyone is playing multiple parts. I didn’t get the parts I wanted, but that’s okay, I’ve discovered that I actually like these parts more! We perform the show in November, and I’m super excited!

 

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Fangirl Moments:

  • Shannon Messenger revealed the character art for Nightfall! And, let’s just say, I WANT NIGHTFALL NOW AHSJKHLASDFJADK
  • Cried so much over the Hunger Games, help me *wails*
  • Read Charis’ Rip it or Ship it post, and cracked up repeatedly. Seriously, you really need to read it!

 

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October Goals:

  • Finish plotting my novel, Starless, for NaNo.
  • Memorize all my lines for Annie Jr.
  • Survive one more month without Nightfall

I have a lot more goals than this, but these are just the ones that are on the top of my list. 😀

I apologize for the short post, but I have to go now. However, I’ll be back on Sunday, hopefully.

In case you haven’t figured it out, I plan to post every Wednesday, and every Sunday possible. 😀

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How was your September? What are your goals for October?

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Introducing….. the Brilliant Natasha Noël Flemming!

Hi there! I’m Natasha…. and I’ve hacked Chloë’s computer, because she doesn’t give us characters in her novels freedom, and I have taken matters into my own, totally capable, hands!

Natasha, I don’t think this is wise.

Oh, shush, Alex. She’ll never know!

*shakes head*

Anyways, I’m Natasha, I’m seventeen, and I’ll give you my autograph if you want it. And that other person is Alex. Actually, his full name is Alexander, but that’s way too long to say. I mean, who wants to go shouting ALEXANDER all the time?

Not me.

Natasha, really. Chloë isn’t going to like this….

As I said, she will never know, okay?

*sigh*

Now, what should we talk about? Oh, I’ve got it! How about ranting about how evil authors are to their characters? Yes! Perfect!

Tasha, you know that Chloë is nice to us! Well, most of the time.

Don’t call me Tasha! If she’s nice to us, then why did she do what she did to Captive?

NATASHA, NO SPOILERS!

Sheesh, okay, okay.

Find a different subject.

What? No! That idea is genius!

Natasha. Find a different subject.

Ughhhhhh…. okay, fine. Wait a minute! What if I host a Q and A? Yes! That’s even better, because, you know, everyone has so many questions to ask me.

Okay, loyal fans, comment away with any and all questions you have for me!

Natasha! *groans*

Alex, come on! You’re so boring.

I am responsible.

Responsibility is over rated.

As I said, comment away!

TASHA!

What?!

Chloë’s coming!

What? Uh oh, that’s my cue! Comment away, as I said, any and all questions you have!

Natasha, let’s go!

Okay, come on!

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Hey, it’s Chloë. Sorry about that, my characters…. are kinda mad at me for what I did to them.

However, if you would like to have a Q and A with Natasha, let me know!

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Writers, are you evil to your characters? What did you think of this post? Would you like to have a Q and A with Natasha?

 

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Tolkien Tag 2017

(Sorry, PicMonkey is still not working for me…… anyone know of any other places to make featured images?)

Hey, there! Today, I’m doing the Tolkien Tag 2017, part of the Hobbit Week blog party hosted by Hamlette! I’m a little late, but…. I just had to do it!

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1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan?

It actually hasn’t been that long, let me think. I read the Hobbit for school last year, but as it was for school, I didn’t think much of it. I also started trying to read the Lord of the Rings, but I got a copy with very small print and I got bored of it.

And THEN, I watched the movies. And I loved them, and started getting my hands on everything Tolkien. I’ve officially read every one of Tolkien’s stories that my library has…. except the Sillmarilion… that…. was rather boring, but I’m going to try again soon!

2. Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

Oh, definitely! It really inspired me, in many ways.

3. If you had to take the One Ring to Mordor, which character would you choose for your sole companion?

Oooh, that’s a hard one…. I guess either Aragorn or Legolas…. let’s say Legolas, then.

4. Which is scarier, Shelob or the Balrog?

Shelob, most certainly Shelob. SHELOB IS A BIG SPIDER I DO NOT LIKE SPIDERS HALP.

5. Which two towers do you think Tolkien was referring to in the title The Two Towers?  (i.e. Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, or Minas Tirith)

I think either Orthanc or Barad-dûr, nut I’m not sure.

6. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?

Oooh….. Arwen’s! Or….. maybe Tauriel’s? Or Eowyn’s? Galadriel’s?…….. Hm. Give me a second to ponder this……

AIHSDJHKASDH CAN I HAVE THEM ALL?

I guess I’ll say Arwen’s for the Lord of the Rings, and Tauriel’s for the Hobbit because that means at least two…. XD

7. What do you think an Ent Draught would taste like?

Slightly earthy and rather flavorless, truthfully. Maybe it might be a little gritty, like dirt?

8. Where in Middle-earth would you like to live?

Rivendell! I would LOVE to live in Rivendell!

9. Do you have any Tolkien-related opinions that surprise other people?

Hmmm… I’m not really sure about that.

10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotations from the books or movies.

Okay, here goes!

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

” May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

“White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

(Isn’t that description just beautiful?)

“Someone else always has to carry on the story.”

I can’t think of anymore right now, but there are a TON more.

Well, that’s that! I am off to a Wildlife Exposition right now, so, adieu!

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What did you think of this post? Are you a Tolkien fan? What are your favorite Tolkien quotes?

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