NaNoWriMo 2017 Writing Support – Word of the Day Challenge 10

NaNoWriMo word challenge

 

Hello everyone! How’s it going? I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading these posts, I really appreciate it and I hope they’ve been of some help to you all. I didn’t end up writing last night as I found out that I’m going to NEW YORK for Christmas and New Year and I kind of had an excited hyper melt down, then applied for my Visa… so will be playing catchup this weekend!

New York

 

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Writing Support

Today I wanted to talk a little about support systems when writing. I’ve already spoken about ways to get social with NaNoWriMo, but not how important it is to you as a writer to have a support system.

Don’t get me wrong, if you are a solitary writer, there is nothing wrong with that, you do you.

But having people to do word wars with, to bounce ideas off and to cheer you on can be invaluable. I use Twitter a lot for this reason, as well as a Skype group with a couple of writers and a discord chat of people from a forum I use. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been stuck or thought that my writing is awful and they’ve helped me get passed it. If you don’t have any groups to write in but would like to, let me know and you can join! We’re super friendly ūüôā

Join Us

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Word of the Day : November 10, 2017

pathos

noun PAY-thahss
Definition

1 : an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion

2 : an emotion of sympathetic pity

Examples

“Clowns have always been represented as tricksters and jokers, from the days of jesters all the way through Ronald McDonald, but the high jinks were always paired with¬†pathos¬†and humanity.” —¬†Vulture, 7 Sept. 2017

“The best survival movies are often harrowing; packed with loss and¬†pathos¬†while testing the limits of human endurance.” — Mathew DeKinder,¬†The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5 Oct. 2017

Did You Know?

The Greek word¬†pathos¬†means “suffering,” “experience,” or “emotion.” It was borrowed into English in the 16th century, and for English speakers, the term usually refers to the emotions produced by tragedy or a depiction of tragedy.¬†Pathos¬†has quite a few kin in English.¬†Pathetic¬†is used to describe things that move us to pity.¬†Empathy¬†is the ability to feel the emotions of another. Though¬†pathology¬†is not literally “the study of suffering,” it is “the study of diseases.” You can probably guess at more relatives of¬†pathos.¬†Sympathy,¬†apathy,¬†antipathy,¬†sociopath, and¬†psychopath¬†are a few.

 

 

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I hope you found the word of the day interesting and maybe manage to use it in your novel. If you need a support group let me know, or tell me about your existing ones ūüėĀ

One thought on “NaNoWriMo 2017 Writing Support – Word of the Day Challenge 10

  1. I’ve actually written a blog post about writing communities too! It is important, imo, to have at least one person you can talk to about your writing because it helps you to bounce ideas off of them, and it just helps to talk when you’re feeling overwhelmed etc.

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