I watched a youtube video the other day about some of the most overdone tropes in fantasy literature. The Youtuber was someone who had been in the publishing industry and then decided to become an author, so she is decidedly more of an authority on the subject of what publishers want than I am.
Having said that, what publishers Want and what people Need isn’t always the same sort of story.
Continue reading Got Myths?
Coming off of last week’s Chat about Character Arcs, this week we’ll be looking at how to plot or outline your novel.
Well, we will be looking at one particular perspective on it: mine. Granted my perspective is based on a bit of research as well as past #JustAddTea chats that we’ve had concerning outlining, but it is still simply my view. I know successful authors who plot every detail to the point that their “outline” is practically a rough draft of their book written in a bullet point format. Meanwhile, there are some authors I know who simply go with the flow, in other words, to use the NaNoWriMo term, they are “pantsers.”
Neither is inherently correct or inherently wrong because writing is a particularly personal endeavor, and other than following some basic grammar and spelling conventions so your audience can actually read your work, there isn’t a definitive answer as to “How” you are supposed to do it.
So, take what you can from what I’m offering and make it your own.
Continue reading One of Many Ways to Plot Your Story
Little-known fact about me: Kurt Vonnegut is on my list of top five authors that I aspire to write like. I particularly like his writing style, and Sirens of Titan changed my whole way of viewing the world!
More well-known fact, although new to me: Kurt Vonnegut had a theory about the shapes of stories that was later proven to be relatively true more than 50 years after he attempted to present this theory. It was proven by computers, and I can think of no better way for a Vonnegut theory to be proven!
Unless it were by aliens…
Continue reading Character Arcs: The 6 Basic Shapes of Stories
We’re not quite a full week into 2020, but I’d lay odds that some people have already broken their New Year’s Resolutions.
Part of that is because resolutions are hard! We resolve to do a thing, but almost never do we have a plan to support that resolution.
A few years ago, people stopped calling them resolutions, and they started calling them goals.
The term “goal” is better because any progress toward the goal is just that: progress, and therefor a positive thing… even if we don’t 100% achieve the goal. Part of the issue is that a goal is something we might attain or obtain (depending on the goal) in the future. It is something to move towards, and even with a plan to help us get there, it is still something in the future.
This year, I want to make sure that I’m setting intentions, and today, I intend to discuss how to make some solid writing intentions for 2020.
Continue reading It is that time of year again: Intention setting!
I binged some Doctor Who this weekend. I had heard a lot about the new Doctor, and how wonderful she was. I was skeptical, but the hype is true, I think: She is a good Doctor for the show. She’s brought hope back to it. Capaldi was a bit dour at times…
More than that, though, I was intrigued by the subject matter and the villains that we’ve already seen so far. It reminded me of something I’d seen about Star Trek and how The Next Generation’s main enemy, the Borg, was perfect for the time in which the show was originally airing. The idea that we can lose our humanity through technology was (and still is) an interesting, yet terrifying premise for a story.
So what do the new Doctor Who villains, the Stenza, say about the problems we face today? And what does any of this have to do with writing?
Continue reading Monday Motivation: What problem do you want to solve?