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Starting from Scratch

Inspiration has struck. 

Seriously, I feel like I’ve been hit by a car.  It was that instantaneous.

The problem is, the more I talk about this plot, the more complicated it gets.  You see, I’m working on a fantasy story set in a sort of alternative medieval-esque time period.  It deals with mages that can control the elements and an impending war between them and non-mages.  And I thought I had a good grasp on what I was writing about, until I talked to my friend Bethany. 

In the End

I know that it’s the new year and that the large majority of people in the world are focused on new beginnings. Last year when I wrote a blog around this time I was being an advocate of the time honored tradition of New Year’s resolutions. This year I can’t help but to focus more on endings. If you have been steadily writing since the beginning of the year then chances are you’re coming close to the finished product of your novel. With that in mind let’s talk about endings.

Listen!

As a writer, you should know that not everything always goes according to plan.  For instance, your main character, whom you’ve written as an optimist with passion for singing opera, may inform you that they’re into heavy metal music.  Plots and settings can morph over time as you write.  The important thing is to listen.

Paracosms: Playgrounds of the Imagination

A paracosm is an imaginary or constructed world. It's meaning, literally, is "beyond-world." Many people create these worlds as a hobby, a process often called worldbuilding. The most familiar use of a paracosm is for writers (particularly fantasy authors) who craft these worlds where their characters live and stories unfold. Paracosms can be simple sketches or fully-drawn worlds of astounding detail, with their own inventive histories, societies, and mythologies.

Write like The Force Awakens

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article complaining about one of the reasons why the writing of the Star Wars prequels felt so uninspired. Largely I think it has to do with the eradication of a sense of wonder and mystery. Everything seems logical, but in a cold, heartless way. We're presented with  the backstory of this universe, but it isn't an exciting unveiling of this foreign galaxy--it's more of a bland history lesson.

Write With the Times

Here lately I’ve noticed that we have become a whiny people. If there is ever an unconventional thought, we treat it as if it’s infringing on our rights as humans, Americans, men, women, mammals, ad nauseum. I feel as though the world has begun to pander to its populace and become worse for it. Nobody seems to push any ideas that are truly innovative or thought provoking anymore because we have become afraid of stepping on people’s toes.

Quitting

Sometimes it’s better to quit.
 
Okay, I know that sounds terrible (that whole “quitters never win” saying comes to mind) but trust me, it can be a good idea.  When I started NaNoWriMo last month, I was bound and determined to finish the book I started writing a few years ago.  I’d written several thousand words of new material.  I had a renewed interest in the book.  The characters were speaking to me.  Everything was going wonderfully.
 

Embolden the Ink

Be bold in your words and in your decisions. We all look at our writing and think that it’s not great but there isn’t any time for that kind of thinking. You have to be bold and vivacious in both life and writing. People that write fall under a different classification of people. We as a whole are people that feel and understand things differently than the normal human. As a writer more than anything you are an artist and all that the title entails. As artists we are a much more self-deprecating and wary of the things we create; always looking at our work as not good enough.

NaNoWriMo

As writers we often reach a point in our work where we feel like giving up.  The stories seem ridiculous, the time you’ve spent working feels wasted, and worst of all, you’ve lost the confidence you went in with.  We all go through it, some worse than others.  There have been several times during my writing that I’ve gotten to a certain point in a book and I lose all faith in my abilities.  Who told me I could write well?  Who likes to read my incoherent babbling?  Who in the world would buy this?  As I wallowed in my self-doubt I thought about all the reasons why I should stop writing.  So

The Big Picture

I wanted to take a different turn for this blog. Sometimes it’s important to step back and take in the big picture so we can understand the origins and meanings behind things we take for granted. With writing, we can sometimes lose ourselves—lose our direction and our purpose.