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I'm finally back in the writing trenches with 😊 The break's done me good. I've been able to see what was wrong, which now seems obvious. 😳 ✏️

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How guys look at you in the club downing shoots after they told the bartender to put water in his instead of alcohol

Attended a fabulous writing workshop today. Shirley Jump certainly knows how to teach plotting!

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Last official of the day! 30 MINS led by . No distractions. Just words. Write, edit or plot. You decide. Are you in? Ready, set, WRITE!

Time for the second of the weekend! 30 MINS led by . No distractions. Just words. Write, edit or plot. You decide. Who is with us? Ready, set, WRITE!

Its time for the first of the weekend! 30 MINS led by . No distractions. Just words. Write, edit or plot. You decide. Who is with us? Ready, set, WRITE!

Exciting plotting and writing happening this weekend for our first book!! Can’t wait!

How do you know, if you work with the right kind of director - when you spot Lara Croft in the corner calmly observing you 😬😍thanks for today

Lunch time at work and writing down ideas for next YA novel after ALOHA is finished.

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Plotting Tip

If you’re one of those people who can come up with lots of cool backstory for your MC, but then runs out of ideas for the actual plot of the book, please allow me to hassle you a little bit.

You already have a plot!

As an example, if your MC was abducted as a kid and raised by pirates, and you want her to have her own crew at the start of the book…

Tell the story of how she learned to be a pirate and eventually mutinied against the captain who raised her! Put your desired starting point at the end of the book, then write the second one with the first as a foundation. 

She gets her crew at the end of Book 1. In Book 2, maybe the captain she marooned managed to get off the island and is building a fleet to wreck her, or she’s being challenged by all the enemies the previous captain managed to hold at bay, or the fucking kraken sinks her ship and she has to swim to shore and start over. 

If you have backstory, you have a plot, I promise. Just start the story earlier in the MC’s lifetime.

How to Write Romance as a Subplot

Ah, love! Who doesn’t love romantic subplots? Ok, some people. I’m not one of them. I may not really be into romance books, but I absolutely LOVE romantic subplots. I mean, at the end of the day, they’re just fun.

Here’s How You Write Romance as a Subplot:

  1. Consider Your Characters–Before you start writing romance, I always think it’s important to consider the characters you want to fall for each other. Important questions to ask yourself: Are they compatible? (Short-term? Long-term?) Why do they like each other? What are their motivations and interests? What are their personal journeys? You need this before you start writing, because this will shape your plot, and it may even influence your overall plot. (People do stupid things for love–why should characters be any different?)
  2. Consider How the Romance Affects the Overall Plot–As I said before, people do stupid things for love. And if your main character’s smitten, their romantic interest is bound to have an influence on them. What can they learn from this experience? How are they going to move forward? Will they end up together, apart, or is it just unclear but there’s a tiny bit of hope at the end? While a romantic subplot is a fun way to add extra dimension to your characters, you should know how it affects and influences the overall plot and be able to fit it into your story.
  3. Know How Much Time You’re Going to Devote to This Subplot–The difference between romance as a subplot and romance as the main plot has everything to do with timing. If you’re writing romance as a subplot, there’s more at stake than the fate of the character’s love life. (The whole universe could be at stake!) So your characters probably won’t have a ton of scene time together, but that’s ok. For the scenes they do share together, it’s always important to have them progress from a fun flirtation to a sincere, “get to know you” to even more. Each scene should mean something, but you’ll want to spread them out, and make sure they don’t take up too much time. It is a subplot after all, so you’ll want to know how much time you’re going to spend on it before you sit down to write.
  4. Make Each Scene Count–When your characters do have scene time together, you’ll want to make sure each scene counts. Your character’s love interest should contribute to their development and vice versa. It should contribute to the plot. And, furthermore, it can’t be love at first sight. There has to be some bonding time there. And then, of course, you can always have fun with the characters and include some jealousy scenes or scenes where they have a gross misunderstanding that needs to be resolved. You can even make scenes where they aren’t together count by having other characters mention the love interest, which is always fun.

If you have anything to add, feel free to comment below!

Happy Writing!

There are many different kinds of writers, I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like and where all the closets are going to be, where the plumbing is going to run, and everything is figured out on the blueprints before they actually begin any work whatsoever. And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it. They sort of know what seed they’ve planted — whether it’s an oak or an elm, or a horror story or a science fiction story, but they don’t how big it’s going to be, or what shape it’s going to take. I am much more a gardener than an architect.
—  G. R. R. Martin

anonymous asked:

I have a bad habit of planning out my story, like little details and character descriptions, and I vaguely know where I want to go with it but I never know how to start it... how can I better think of a plot so I can begin to write and edit?

You don’t have to always think of a plot, if I’m honest! Sometimes, it can be incredibly helpful to just dive into your story with only a vague idea where you’re going, let it develop naturally, and then look back at the end product and ideas you’ve presented and organize them after the fact. (This is often my personal method of writing, and I find if fairly effective. Even if I do get stuck here and there, the story itself is more interesting and I’m more interested in writing it, given that even I’m not sure where it’s going!)

Of course, there are also plenty of plot-outlining methods out there, and I’ll link you to an older post with links to a variety of answers!

anonymous asked:

Hi, I see you posting about the projects you're starting and I've been having a really difficult time getting new projects started. I was wondering if you had any pointers for creating plots? It seems like I'm pretty good at coming up with characters and concepts but I have a really hard time coming up with plots to put them in

My best advice I can give is if you’re good at coming up with characters, let them interact with each other, see who gets along, see who doesn’t. Whoever clashes is bound to start some drama, and bingo, you have a conflict. How do those characters overcome that conflict to get what they want? That’s plot right there.

I’ve obviously just started a project, and it’s been literally pulling out a notebook and brainstorming everything by hand until something grabs my attention and demands I hold on. There’s something about writing things out manually that jogs your brain better than typing things up does. And if I need further unscrambling, I go for a walk to clear my head. That way, I don’t have anything else to concentrate on but that, and I can work my way through it.

It’s also helped really considering what themes I want to address. What messages I want to bring to the table. Like, for my newest project, I wanna explore capitalist greed killing the creative process for artists trying to do what they love. I then try to figure out how my characters interact with that premise. How do they feel about it, what’s their reaction? Where do they stand and what are they gonna do about it? And who do they need on their side/who or what do they have to overcome to do it?

I hope that helps! (And don’t hesitate to ask me any other questions about the writing process! I am brimming with advice! ;) )

the-little-birb-prince  asked:

🤝? I was hoping we could...

relation meme

send a symbol for a relation type you want our muses to have

🤝 (handshake) friends!

//Well it could take some time and plotting but it could happen! I will warn that Mew is a lot easier to befriend than Momotaro though! Though Momotaro does appreciate more taller folks (as in taller than a waddling head) help around the parts!

WIP Tag Game

gosh why did this take all day??? but now it’s done so it’s cool   thanks to @farrradays for the tag! This is for Volition: Breaking

1. Describe the plot in one sentence.

A lone wolf is forced to interact with other people, including her amnesiac partner, in order to save her city from a monarchy of power-hungry superhumans.

2. Pick one sight, smell, sound, feel and taste to describe the aesthetic for your novel.

Sight: the city at nighttime from the top of a hill

Smell: lemongrass and copper

Sound: people bustling about in a large city

Feel: smooth metal walls

Taste: metallic with a hint of sour, like lemon

3. Which 3+ songs would make up a playlist for the novel?

I have a very large playlist so here’s a few

- Lights by Ellie Goulding

- Resistance by Muse

- Monsters by Matchbox Romance

- Here Comes a Thought from Steven Universe

- Cautionary Tales by Jon Bellion

- Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz

4. What’s the time period and location in which the novel takes place?

It’s set in the future in what once was the United States/ Canada, specifically in the city of Shawkre.

5. Are there any former titles you’ve considered but discarded?

Nope. It’s always been Volition. It’s where the idea for everything else came from that single word.

6. What’s the first line of your novel?

First line changes literally every time I open the doc so…I’ll do the most recent one.

She had never seen a wasted place such as this.

Most cities that Bryn visited were the epitome of cleanliness, with bright lights illuminating streets swept free of garbage and tall silver and white buildings managed in neat rows. There were no markings on the steel pavement or posters posted in the backs of alleys. Everything was perfection.

It was a refreshing sight to see.

7. What’s a dialogue you’re particularly proud of?

“It’s not my fault that the world is against me! It’s not my fault that I’ve been cursed! The work of my forefathers brought me to this low. I know people have said not to punish the children for the sins of the fathers. So why am holding the world on my shoulders again?”

8. Which line from the novel most represents it as a whole?

It wasn’t her fault. She had never gotten to choose where she would be right now.

That’s why it was up to her to fight for those like her.

9. Who are your character face claims?

Bryn: Gal Gadot

Daren: Lucas Till

Katrin: Shay Mitchell (with white hair)

Perseus: Harry Shum Jr.

Thalia: Karen Gillan

Fossien: Amber Heard

Donovan: Cole Sprouse

Bailee’s voice: Kristen Bell

10. Sort your characters into Hogwarts houses.

Bryn: Slytherin

Daren: Gryffindor

Katrin: Ravenclaw

Perseus: Slytherin

Thalia: Hufflepuff

Fossien: Gryffindor

Donovan: Ravenclaw

Bailee: Gryffindor

11. Which character’s name do you like the most?

I like Katrin’s name the most because it’s Norwegian and I love Norwegian name’s plus it also means pure and I feel like that’s really indicative of her personality.

12. Describe each character’s daily outfit.

Bryn: Black jumpsuit with blue streaks lining the suit. Combat boots. Hair up in a ponytail

Daren: Green sweater thing. Black cargo pants. Black utility belt.

Katrin: A long ornate dress, normally light blue or lavender. Crown on top of the head.

Perseus: Black jumpsuit with red streaks lining the suit. Combat boots. Always a gun at his side.

Thalia: Tight dark blue shirt. Black leggings. Running shoes.

Fossien: Frilly rip away dresses in pink. Otherwise, a black shirt and leggings underneath.

Donovan: Really nice outfits. Jeans and a button-up shirt are a must.

13. Do any characters have distinctive birthmarks/scars?

Bryn and Katrin both have a large scar that runs from the base of the neck to the bottom of the spine. It’s not a pretty scar but it is pretty deep. Daren has a scar over his right eyes (he doesn’t know what from). Perseus has a birthmark on his inner thigh and it legit looks like a hickey.

14. Which character most fits a character trope?

Perseus is the absolute Loyalist.

15. Which character is the best writer? Worst?

Best writer is probably Thalia because she loves to escape from her normal routine and she usually dreams of a day where she won’t have to live in a metal box for the rest of her life. Worst writer is Donovan. He hates to write. He likes science more and doesn’t believe in writing things to document or entertain.

16. Which character is the best liar? Worst?

Best liar is Perseus. His straight faces are that to match Raymond Holt. Worst liar is Daren. He’s too sweet to ever tell a lie (unless he’s desperate).

17. Which character swears the most? Least?

Bryn. She comes up with new ones all the time as well. Thalia doesn’t swear at all because she’s pure and everyone’s pretty sure she’s never heard a swear in her life.

18. Which character has the best handwriting? Worst?

Best writing is Donovan (don’t tell anyone but he has a secret love for calligraphy). Worst writing is Bryn. Her scrawl is so bad that every official document she writes up goes through Daren.

19. Which character is most like you? Least like you?

It’s an equal tie between Daren and Bryn. Daren makes jokes a lot, likes to cook, and makes unnecessary comments at times. Bryn has a lot of guts, not afraid to call people out, and just really likes to read. Least like me is Perseus. I cannot possibly be that stoic and loyal to a cause. It’s just scary.

20. Which character would you most like to be?

I’d love to be Thalia. She’s just the sweetest and gets along really nicely with pretty much everyone.

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plot problems: playing with fire

I’m currently puzzling over a plotting issue with Playing With Fire.

The chapter with the Third Task is significant for reasons that I will not explain, other than to say that it’s sort of wraps up Act I of this fic.

My original outline: I was originally not planning to write a lot about events that occurred from about March through May of the school year. My initial outline put the Third Task chapter at approximately Chapter 10.

What actually happened: Well, not that. Basically, I kept pushing the Third Task chapter back because I kept realizing that there were plot and character elements that I needed to develop more and that doing a big jump like that would do a huge disservice to the overall story.

What is happening now: I was dead certain that the Third Task chapter was going to be Chapter 21. Dead certain.

Then I finished a draft of Chapter 20. And now I’m not so sure.

Basically, the first two parts of Chapter 20 are mostly done. The third part leads directly into the Third Task chapter.

And in writing this post, I am realizing that the third part needs to be its own chapter. The ideas that it covers need to be fleshed out a bit more before I leap into the Third Task.

This is all to say: Chapters 20 and 21 are probably going to be more transitional and do a lot of setup for things you don’t know about yet. They might be on the slightly shorter side (which for me is like 3K-4K words). I may try to post both Chapter 20 and 21 before the end of February because they are shorter, but I don’t want to make any promises.

Chapter 22 is going to be a banger of a chapter and I am SUPER excited.

If you are concerned that Chapter 22 will get pushed to Chapter 23: I don’t think that will happen simply because of the fact that the storyline is now in late May. Unless Charlotte gets her hands on a time turner and goes rogue, things will kind of have to progress simply because time continues to move forward.

Anyway, hopefully this isn’t super disappointing to anyone. Writing is hard and confusing sometimes, y’all.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you know of any flowers that could be used to symbolize someone being conniving, scheming or like plotting something? Thank you for your time!

Hey Nonny,

I’m sorry none of these meanings exist in the flower language, but if you were to tell us what your character is plotting and what for I could try and make you a list of flowers associated with that.

– Mod Jana


This blog is intended as writing advice only. This blog and its mods are not responsible for accidents, injuries or other consequences of using this advice for real world situations or in any way that said advice was not intended.

It seems like every time I give my RP partner the ability to ‘choose’ what happens next in a vaguely-plotted thread, or I give their muse the ability to decide what our muses do next, they stop replying. Are people that unable to move plots forward? What’s the point of doing a thread if if they can’t help build a basic plot?

Oof well, after quite a lot of frustration I finally plotted out all of Dancing Among Violets.

This is huge for me-mostly because I’ve never plotted a full book before writing it before, and I’m so happy that I decided to do it this time. Its made me think of the story in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise, and I am so so thankful for that.

Its so much less overwhelming going into writing now that I don’t have to plan as I write. I freaking love this book guys. I love the characters, the plot, the small inside jokes I put in it, everything. I’m savoring the excitement while it lasts because I am so so excited to write this book and share stuff with you guys. So if you want to know more/have questions don’t be shy to send them to my ask!

Anyways, thats my writing update for now lol thanks for reading y’all