I believe in my last writing update I said I’d be doing these consistently again…I guess we all know what a big faced liar I am. But honestly its been hard to find a routine again, getting back into blogging and, you know, not being a hermit. It’s very difficult when I just can’t bring … Continue reading Writing First Draft Woes
When starting to plan a story, you don’t have to plan the scenes, you can plan character arcs or themes, or merely give yourself a rough three act plot. The point of a plan is that it guides you not restricts you.
Set reachable targets, you can become miserable if you are always reaching for that finished manuscript goal, set a smaller, reachable goal to keep yourself happy and healthy.
Introduction There’s no such thing as a perfect outline, but if there was it would probably be Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. It is THE fantasy plot and more importantly the general character arc that all characters go through. It is the perfect template. Hero Journey’s steps 1. Ordinary World This is where our hero begins, … Continue reading Planning: Hero’s Journey
Reward yourself for reaching daily goals, it’ll help incentivize yourself to keep reaching them, but don’t just reward yourself for the sake of it, discipline yourself to be a better worker.
If you are not already published, understand that while you are aiming to be, it is hard (extremely so), so you still need a job rather than waiting to become a millionaire to pay the water bill.
Introduction Unless your entire cast of characters is made up of mutes or fish, you’re going to encounter dialogue. Sometimes it’s hard to write normal flowing conversations between the puppets we control. Nothing is natural when it’s already planned and written. But enough flimsy philosophical thoughts let’s talk talking. Back to the basics The easiest … Continue reading Writing: Dialogue