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Working On Goals

The time of year to work on goals is upon us!

I’m working with a worksheet from The Reset Girl, and it’s helping me figure out my plans!

My Word for the Year: Balance

  • What this word means to me:
    making my goals smart, achievable, and without burn out and injury
  • How will this word affect my home life?
    better time management, better cleaning schedule, better organization
  • How will this word affect my work life?
    working smarter and learning more
  • How will this word affect my spiritual life?
    enjoyment of my beliefs without worrying about what others think or do
  • What am I expecting this year to look like?
    happiness
    effiencency
    achievement
    hope
Big Vision Goals
  • muscle definition (so superficial :lol:)
  • organized
  • I need more
Self Care Goals
  • consistency with steps
  • finish a 30 Day challenge
  • finish C25K
Spiritual Goals
  • study the Bible
  • Maybe do Bible journaling
Financial Goals
  • Finally save some money
  • Work on putting money away for a house down-payment
Family Life Goals
  • organization
  • game more together
  • play together
I Want to Do
  • UGH! I have no idea
I Want to Learn
Habits to Break
  • Trichotillomania :'(
Habits to Develop
  • keeping organized
  • cleaning schedules

Character Creation

So, Ezra will have fireball powers. He can throw flames at people, things and what not. He has great control over his powers. He is strong. He is tough. But when it comes to his family, he is a great big teddy bear. He loves his family fiercely.

He might be the second from the youngest, but he has always acted like he was the oldest. He has always been more of the leader of the pack, rather than a follower. He has been the one everyone leans on. Sometimes that means that he is short-tempered and hard to deal with because of it. He sometimes just wants a break from all of the responsibility. Who could really blame him for that though? He deserves a break. He deserves it for sure.

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The Struggle of Writing

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I do not know where I am going to go with this story, or if I am going to go anywhere with it. I just want to find something that sucks me in and gets me going. I have yet to find it. I have yet to find my groove and that really bothers me. That is what is bothering me the most, I think. I am just stuck. SO very much stuck. I hate this and I hate that. I hate it all. This is the first year that I have hated my story so much. And it is not that I hate the story. It is just that I am having issues finding a place to get sucked into it. I do not know what I want to do. I just do not know what I want to do. That is the problem. That is always the problem. I wish someone could just write the story for me. Or at least, the very least, get me to a spot where I am not stuck. That would be the best part, I think. Just help me get unstuck. That would be a big help. A huge help to me, for sure.

I Took Notes

We had a fiction writing workshop at my library to prepare for NaNoWriMo. It was awesome. I heard lots of great advice, and even took some notes!

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10 Steps to Plotting (For Pantsers)

  • Have a Firm Idea. Know something even if it’s not everything.
  • Know a little bit about your characters {Pinterest will help with this}
  • Leave room for unexpected characters and events
  • Collect random stuff {again, Pinterest will help, as will the S4}
  • Make a general outline
  • General list of possible problems, obstacles and events
  • General list of possible subplots (romance, mystery, etc)
  • Know the end
  • Write as if … (great for when you’re stuck in a corner)

Plot will happen if you sit long enough.

Who Do I Kill?

  • Probably not the main character
  • Unlike Rule 34, the above does have exceptions

Why Do I Kill Them

  • Chewbacca saving Hans Solo’s kids
  • Establish villainy (Joker in the newest reboot)
  • Da gut punch
  • Plot arc (Darth Vader vs. Obi Wan Kenobi)
  • Establish Heroism (Stock sacrificing himself for the ship)
  • To encourage others (tell the readers it’s serious)

Why Not Kill Them

  • Sequels! Without convoluted plots (Star Trek III)
  • Angry fans
  • Angrier fans
  • Target audience
  • Recognizable Tuckerization (basing a character on someone you know)

Fill in outline as you go, so you can coach yourself on what should come next or need.

Talk through the dialogue. Record it somehow.

Gazing Out Into The Abyss

Looks like a rainy day #repix #GirlScouts #troop7417

I’m reading, and I’m reading. I’m reading too much, almost. I need to remember to update AS I finish the books, so I’m not doing like 10 or 12 at once.

I need to work on my other reading. Josh has suggested I check out Races of the Wild (Dungeons & Dragons d20 3.5 Fantasy Roleplaying Supplement) because it goes more in-depth with them.

I need to figure out how I want their DnD world to look. And the guy. Is he going to be an elf, as well? I know he’s not going to be royalty like she is. Gotta have some sort of strife with that. Unless that’s too cliche. I don’t want to be too cliche. That would just kill my oompf for the story.

I think I’m watching a little too much Gilmore Girls. I’m getting wordy with my words. Like that made any sense!