Beautiful people is a writing meme cohosted by Cait from Paper Fury and Sky from Further Up and Further In that is designed to help you get to know your characters better and share about your writing projects. I thought it would be fun to participate in this considering I am trying to share more about my writing with you guys and my main character’s parents play a large role in the story. This meme is for the whole of May so there’s still heaps of time for you to join in if you’re interested.
Hahaha let’s just say this will be a very short post. I haven’t really done much writing. I do reflect on what I plan to do next at the end though so that might be helpful for you.
Week two of nanowrimo, here’s how I did. I also have a few more tips for you at the end.
This is a bit of an odd post. I have decided to introduce a co-blogger due to the large amount of homework I have. This way I can keep posting at the same regularity. So without any further ado… here she is:
Hi I’m Ella and I am going to be a co author to this account.
just a note: I didn’t do much this month, school has been super busy for me so that has had to be my focus. Despite reading ten books in January I only read half that this month – although this still means I am on track for my goodreads reading goal of one hundred books this year.
Writing is hard man… Imagine you come up with this idea and it’s precious and small and you just want to take care of it. You want to feed it until it becomes a fully fleshed out plot line and spend hours writing the idea. But the world is a harsh place, you might find out your idea is already very much so a thing, you might lose your excitement after just a few days or you might just not be able to find the time to write around all the other possibilities of what you can spend your time on. Even if you actually get to sit down and work on your book there are so many other challenges that I need to rant about.
With the coming of new year everyone is making new years resolutions. In this context a resolution is a promise that you make to yourself, however we all know that in most cases this promise will be broken within a few short weeks. Here is what I do to make sure I actually stick to my resolutions.
It is October again, meaning nanowrimo is next month and it’s time to get planning. Here are a few things I’m going to be doing to get ready that I would recommend you’d try.
I’m trying to do as many things this month as I can so that I am free next month. I have exams then, so I’m writing all my study notes now. I’m also writing a lot of blog posts in advance so that I will be able to focus all my time on writing. I’m blocking out time that I will set aside for writing so that I can be sure I will get the most writing done as possible.
I am what you call a plotter, meaning I like to have plot in mind before I start writing. Even if you aren’t someone who likes to plan out your whole novel I’ve found it is a good idea to have some idea of where you want to end up. At the very least a list of plot points that you can be sure to head towards. I have a very clear list of scenes I want to write and although I may end up writing more things to go in between them it is a good starting point.
Because I am writing a high fantasy, world building is very important. I am going through and trying to figure out what a normal day would be for my characters in their society. I’m deciding on the topography of the land, the climate, what currency is used, how the money is split between the social classes. There is so much you can do in world building to make your setting appear more real. Even if you don’t use it in your novel, the better your understanding of the world the better you will be able to write.
Setting a daily writing goal is a great way to keep yourself writing and form a habit, however it can be a tricky thing to decide. Here are some things you should consider.
I remember reading a little while ago that anyone who writes has some common themes that they tend to gravitate towards writing towards. For some people these are moral messages like ‘power for the weak’ or ‘equality for all’, for others it is recurring character types like ‘bored teenager’, and for some people there are similar plot elements like broken friendships.
So I recently discovered some common things I do when writing and I thought it would be interesting to keep a record of them and see if they have changed when I look back on them after having written a few more things and being in a different stage of life. Currently my common themes are:
- No clear villain
- Character who is super organised
- Character who is clever but very stubborn
- Travelling and seeing different places
- Lack of role model figures
- Close friendships as opposed to relationships
Are you a writer and if so what are your themes?