Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This November I plan on participating in National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge to see if I can write a rough draft of 50,000 words by the end of the month. I will have more time to write on holidays, and Mondays with one test at the beginning, and most of them are in December after November 7th. I will use a schedule to keep track of the words, and outline beforehand to know where I will be going. It is time for me to finish the novel Retribution is mine, and since I am rewriting the first 8 chapters I will have to start over again. I had 8 chapters finished, but with this new twist I want to rewrite it all from scratch keeping the outline, and changing it. I am not going to have two different points of view, and I might just put it on my blog for free. It would be better to go with just Scarlet’s point of view because I don’t have a clue on how to balance both. It will be in first person, and there will be a few twists thrown in, and it will be hard since this hits closer to home then I want.
I hope I can help people who have been burned by first loves, and show them that through the pain of losing their first love they will find someone cuter, more compatible, and in my case someone who will treat them good. It will touch on the subject of breaking away from an abusive relationship, and even show bad guys always get what is coming to them. It will show what real love is versus the love we experience when we are younger. I had no idea what true love was like until I met my fiancée. It was better than I imagined, and I know this guy will stay with me no matter what, and he won’t give up on me when times are tough which is what I am going to show in the novel. I have procrastinated long enough, and now it is time to finish it once and for all. Plus, writing is my therapy, and if I don’t write this out I will never be able to get over it.
I will be keeping track of my progress, and blogging more frequently to show people how it is going, and for people to check in too.
Anyone doing National Novel Writing month too? Have you started an outline yet? Know what you are going to work on?
Until next time,
Friday, October 18, 2013
I keep all my old notebooks, and I used to have a diary with several pages in them. I threw them out because of the bad memories, and in a way I wish I still had them. Keeping the old notebooks around remind me of how far I have gone, and I graduated John Tyler. When I was in John Tyler I wanted it to be over with, and go to VCU. I really did not like going to John Tyler in a way I loved the friends I made though, and I don’t regret that but I hated not being able to get into my dream school. I had horrible grades in high school because I let other things get in the way. Seeing the old notebooks remind me of my goals too. I have the electronics like a good PC finally, and an IPad I use every day. I have the keyboard and stylus too. I use them for writing down, and I have been using my smartphone to take notes since I dropped my IPod on the ground. All the entries remind me that I have a vivid story world, and a ton of characters that could get their chance. I have more stories to tell, and I come up with stories without meaning to. It reminds me why I am writing the stories, and why I should never stop. I will never stop, and it reminds me why I should still redo the novel I put away, and let the world see it. I am going to be participating in NanoWriMo using the Scarlet story. I have to rewrite it from scratch since I have a better way of telling the story which is why I am axing the plot from Soul Snatcher, and putting it in the Scarlet novel instead. I know I can write it in a month, and that is why I am tackling it this time. In the mean time I will write character sheets for the charcters, and write an extensive outline for it.
What about you do you keep your old entries?
Until next time,
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I am not going to be able to make the October 31st publishing date because of all the work ahead of me. I should not have nailed a date at all until I know I am going to make it because I still have more editing to do. I am going to print the novella out, write down the beta reader feedback, and completely rewrite it. I am going to do it with Revenge against the Ex, and the Killer Contract Agency too. Readers deserve to know more about the Agency, and how the Luxor realm works. I have improved my writing more, and way more if I have more of an idea on how to make it better. I am getting slammed with midterms too, and it is part of the reason why I am not going to make it. VCU is harder than I expected, but at least I will have more time to work on my writing.
Until next time,
Monday, October 7, 2013
Characters are essential for writing fiction in making a story sing, and to bring a plot to life. Characters can make or break a book, and the best ones stay with a reader long after you put down the book. I have read a lot of books that stayed with me even long after I stopped reading because I connected with them. How should I know about it? Simple I am a reader and I was reading way before I started writing seriously. I devoured books when I was in high school, and even in middle school. Television shows help as well as reading books, and even movies can be essential in learning character development.
When I was in the fifth grade I loved The Mummy and The Mummy Returns because it was about ancient Egypt, and I loved the characters of Rick O’Connel who is portrayed by Brendan Fraser since he is an adventurous, gun toting treasure seeker. I loved Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz) character since she is a librarian who wanted to go to Hamunaptra to discover a book. I loved the humor in it too, and Rick is a funny guy. I loved the second one since it showed a side of Rick I have never seen.
I loved the Halloween Town movies all the way through the third one because Kimberly Brown played Marnie Cromwell who discovers she is a witch, and then they save the townspeople from Kalibar the evil mayor. I love her character and she develops through the movies. I loved Halloweentown High the most because it shows the creatures blending in with the normal world, and it was a pretty good story especially with the added danger of the Knights.
I loved Dark Shadows because of the character of Barnabus Collins played by Johnny Depp. Watching it brought tears to my eyes since he got turned into a vampire by an evil witch who wanted him to love her. I loved the romance between Barnabus and Victoria. It was a good movie, and it made me wonder what happened to them.
The characters readers connect with will make you wonder what happened to them even after you stopped reading, or watching the movie. It makes readers see them as real people instead of fictional characters because of their flaws, hopes, and dreams. I love movies, and books that make me wonder what happened to them even after I stopped watching and reading.
Warm Bodies is a good example of that, and I loved R (Nicholas Hoult) and Julie(Teresa Palmer). I loved R’s inner dialogue, and the fact that he thinks about more than just eating brains. I loved how Julie is sweet, and that she can take care of herself. I loved the movie, and I do plan on reading the book. I want to know what happens next to R and Julie after they changed the zombies, and killed the Bonies. I loved their romance, and the fact that R does not want to hurt people. He only eats brains to feel human.
Characters have quirks and a past that can take a reader on a journey, and makes you think about them even after they stopped telling their story. They are as essential as a plot too. That is what I hope to achieve with my writing too, and craft characters to make people think about them even when they put down the book, and stop watching the movie.
I hope you enjoyed the post.
Until next time,