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What a week [44]: Conquer Camp NaNoWriMo: Back to outlining and characters’ motivation!

Welcome to my weekly recap where I share what happened last week

in my Reading Bookshelf, Writing Desk and Blogging Corner.

The featured section for this week is my…


This is going to be a short update.

Everyone at home was sick so I didn’t accomplish much last week.

Since some of the wonderful writers that are participating in A BOOK’S GENESIS don’t have blogs

 I’m very happy I did get to create A Book’s Genesis Goodreads group! 🙂

where we could all chat about our WIPs


Look at the wonderful group of writers and friends that already joined!

Great writing talent here! YAAAYY! 🙂

Alia [Author of Compendium], C.M, [Author of Obscure], Dawn Hopman [Author of Stolen],

Greg @ Book Haven [writer of great scfi stories like Trust Issues ]

Juliette Harper [Pen name of Authors of Descendants of the Rose],

Kathy @ A View to A Book [writer of YA & New Adult novels],

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight [working on a dystopian],

La La @ La La in the Library [working on Hidden Magic],

Pamela @ A Writers Tale [working on Wonderland Guardians Series],

.J Patterson [Author of When the Crows Fly Low],

and to keep us all grounded in the arts of book promotion we have Lola @ Lola’s Reviews!


The second thing I did was to reach my Camp NaNoWriMo 15K week 3 milestone! 🙂


My reward for week 3 will be a v-neck t-shirt. Not sure which one yet.

Leave a comment and help me choose one!



The ultimate 20K words prize will be Scrivener 🙂


So talking about our new Goodreads group, Camp NaNoWriMo and Scrivener. I did some outlining last week!

My first two weeks of “pantsing” took me to the uncharted waters of my book 3 so I had to stop writing and outline a little. I was using the snowflake method and I had to post this questions for my wonderful writers friends to help me! I was hoping you could help me too! 🙂

Hello kids [we are all kids at heart right?]!

I wanted to ask my wonderful veteran writers a question…
[Especially you La La! 🙂 since you write middle grade :)]

How do you go about determining young characters motivations?

I’m doing the outlining snowflake method for my book 3 and I’m in the step of determining

the storylines of one of the characters, which is a one summary sheet that tells:

1) The character’s name
2) A one-sentence summary of the character’s storyline
3) The character’s motivation (what does he/she want abstractly?)
4) The character’s goal (what does he/she want concretely?)
5) The character’s conflict (what prevents him/her from reaching this goal?)
6) The character’s epiphany (what will he/she learn, how will he/she change?
7) A one-paragraph summary of the character’s storyline

A few of my characters are fairly young (12 years old) always find it hard to determine young characters motivation until something happens to them.
Like… WTH was Harry Motivation until Hagrid came for him and told him he was a wizard???? What did Rowling wrote as his motivation for book 1 when he was only 11 years old??

So what do you think my reader, writer and blogger friend?
what are good young characters’ motivations?


My dear bloggers kids friends… DO NOT miss the next Blogger Interviews with Michelle @ Because Reading is Better than Real Life and Lola @ Lola’s Reviews. Two very organized bloggers. Let’s pick their brains! Let’s discover how do they DO IT ALL! 🙂


red risingTell me you did not miss my 5 SUPERNOVAS review of Red Rising!!!

YOU DID???? oh… you were sick! Had tests at school! A horde of dragons invaded your living room..

 Ok , ok life happens! Here is it again




NetGalley ARCs

Not much progress here. I got distracted with a… ahem… hum… romance book that was a whisper! you did not hear that 🙂 So I still have the same LOOONG list of 24 ARCs



From the Library

Also all these wonderful books went back to the library unread!



Next Reviews



What about you? How was your week? What are you reading now?
What ARCs do you have pending? What are you reviewing next?
Leave a comment! I would love to hear from you!

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  1. Sorry to hear everyone is sick over there, hope they’re all feeling better. And nice job with the GR group- I think it will be a fun group. And hopefully everyone will get some nice writing insights from each other.

    Oh, as for the shirts. I like Take Me To The Bookstore or Just Read – those are both good (although the Illuminae one with the pistols over at her page looks good). Ha ha have fun picking… 🙂
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  2. I love that you created a group on GR so that I can still participate even if I’m not ready to make posts 🙂 I mean, ok, I’m terrible when it comes to participating in GR groups, but I’m going to get better at it! Lol because I feel like I’ve done a great job of connecting with other people about books and reading but not a great job at connecting with other people about writing, if that makes sense. Even though I’m still not sure I’ll ever end up writing anything lol. Oh, and I’m really not someone who understands children, so I can’t help you with that.

    I noticed you DNFed that Soul something book with the angel and demon. I told you the reviews weren’t good! Well, at least, it didn’t seem like it was my kind of book, despite the pretty cover. So you’ve made me feel better about my decision not to request it. But I know of one other book on your ARC list that I can almost guarantee you’re going to DNF. You’ll understand when you see my review this week.

    Looking forward to some of your upcoming reviews though! And your interview of Lola since I obviously like her blog lol 😛
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  3. YAY a goodreads group! That’s going to be so much fun!
    I hope everyone at home is feeling better now.
    ALSO 15K! THAT’S AMAZING! GOOD JOB!! Now keep writing 😉 I’m getting Scrivener to reward myself too. And I want all the Evie Seo shirts so I can’t help you choose 🙂

    Let me think (=ramble) about kids’ motivations… Kids always feel everything is their fault, so if something is happening in their world – even if it’s not really connected to them – they’ll feel responsible. But the biggest motivation, I think is if something is going on with (/is affecting) their younger sibling, or someone who’s part of their friendship group. It depends so much on your character I guess!
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    • YAY we’ll be Scrivener newbies! I won’t feel SOOO bad newbing my way thought it then 🙂 Yup my character BFF is going to get in trouble and she is going to try to help her so I guess that is like the sibling 🙂 Thx Annika!!!

  4. I love the Take Me To The Bookstore T-shirt! I will drop back and read your Red Rising review. I have not read it yet, but I plan to read all three this summer. Yay for another NaNo milestone. Did you ask me that Middle Grade question on the Goodreads group? I will have to toddle over and look. My gosh you got a huge Netgalley haul! I think I am going yo look for All the Bright Places at the library, too. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  5. Illumniae! I liked that book so much. So unique. I still want a physical copy…I got a PDF eARC.

    Can’t wait for your review of Cinder.

    Have a great week!
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  6. Hope everyone is feeling better. My husband has had bronchitis for 2 weeks and illness does take its toll. Congrats on reaching your goal. I hope to puck up Red Rising next month. Don’t you just hate returning books back to the library unread????

  7. I am loving your blogger interviews! And I can’t wait to see what you thought of King (I really enjoyed that series even though it was darker and grittier than I normally read!) Have a great week and I wish you the best of success with your writing!
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  8. I hope everyone feels better soon Daniela. I am loving the t-shirts, illuminae was so good..hope you love it!
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  9. I’ve used the snowflake method when writing as well Daniela!

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick… but you’ve got a stack of new books there so that’s going to keep you really busy!

    (On the tshirt front, I’m not sure… so many choices!)
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  10. Good luck with your goodreads groups! I run two and have since like 2007. I will say though that after all those years it kind of became a chore so I let one go. It is fun when a group is really active! Seems like it was a super busy week with lots of news.
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  11. Holy Cow Angie TWO??? Wow! 🙂 for almost TEN YEARS! congrats! I hope I can run this one well 🙂
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  12. Hi Daniela! I’m visiting from Stacking the Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews.

    I think you might have more books/arc’s than me! (And that’s saying something!) I’m doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge (a post a day (except Sundays), going through the alphabet for topics. This year I’m taking popular melodies/songs and writing different lyrics for them, centered around a writing/A to Z theme.

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves.
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  13. Okay now I get it about the ARCs LOL. I only have one book pending on NetGalley and I’m currently reading! And I looooved King!

    Oh I have from my emails every times there’s a new one from NaNo. I want to get into that seriously one day but so far I can’t commit.

    Have a great week!
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  14. Lovely to have you join in with It’s Monday, Daniela. All the best with those WIP, and your reading. So many great library books returned. But there is hopefully always another day for them. Hope you enjoyed the romance book. Yay for them.

  15. That’s too bad everyone at your home was sick this week! I hope everyone’s feeling better soon!

    Sorry I haven’t had much time to stop by the group yet, but I was happy to join. It sounds like it will be fun, even though it seems I am the only non writer so far 😉

    Oh those v neck shirt all look great. I think the black shirt with the Just Read text is my favourite of these.

    I keep getting more review copies, I wonder if I can ever make a dent in the pile. But so many good ones I got lately, so I am not complaining.

    I hope you’ll have a great week!
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  16. I think you’re forgiven for not getting your books read since you’re doing NaNo. 🙂 Woo hoo for meeting your NaNo goals!
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