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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!

She’s Been Sort of Found

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I’ve sort of found my female main character.

I’m doing a similar style like I did last year with 2 different worlds simultaneously, but I’m going more of the Dungeons and Dragons route.

My female character will work in an office in “our world”, and will live in denim jackets and boots when she’s not at work. She loves layers and fishtail braids for her strawberry blonde hair.

In the DnD world (Faerun-ish), she’s an elven princess who also discards the fancy garb to go off adventuring.

Courtesy of a workshop with All Year Sprints, hosted on Chatzy, I was able to REALLY get an idea of her likes and dislikes using Pinterest (as shown above).

Now I have to figure out the locations. The male character. Minor characters. Otherwise, I’m SO ready to get this going, and I’m SO GLAD I took this workshop!

Just a Bug

Holy #cicada batman!

“It’s just a bug,” Jamie told Kelsey with a laugh. “You don’t have to climb up my back to get away from it.”

Kelsey slid down her boyfriend’s back with a grumble. “That it not a simple bug. That’s a big ass bug.” She shuddered slightly. She had a small fear of bugs, especially of ones that were nearly as big as her foot.

Jamie just laughed at her. “Babe, it’s a cicada. It won’t hurt you. It might make some loud ass noises at you, but it won’t hurt you.”

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