Posted in 2017, Fiction, Writing, Writing Tips

Amateur Writing Tip: Word Processors

A word processor is anything that you can use on an electronic device to write. The one I use is Microsoft Word. Word is perfect for what I need it for, plus I have yet to have any problems with it that aren’t caused by me being stupid (like having an entire assignment written on Word being corrupted because I saved it only on my flashdrive, remember always save your work in more than one place and always use the safe remove option). There is also a similar word processor on Apple products which I’m pretty sure does pretty much the same thing, though I don’t know much about it because I’ve never used a Mac in my life.

Word is a good word processor to use and is fairly easy to get. However there are many more that you can choose from. There is also Google Docs which is like Microsoft Word only online and free with any Google account. It works pretty well and allows you to easily collaborate with other writers, but its online which is something I don’t like much. Another word processor which I’ve heard writers talk about before is Scrivener. I’ve never used it before but after some research I have discovered that it allows you to keep everything you need for writing in the same program, so basically your outline, background material, characters, and settings. It is useful for writing longer works and though you do need a subscription to use it after your free trial, there is a 30 non consecutive day free trial which basically means that you can use it for 30 days worth of actual work time without a subscription if you want to try it out. You can download Scrivener for the free trial here.

There are other word processors of course, but they tend to not be as good as the ones I just wrote about. There are some which can be very motivating in the fact that if you stop writing for too long it will start deleting words. There are others which make writing a literal game. You don’t really need much in a word processor, but if you want to you can search Google for word processors. You may find something that suits you better than Microsoft Word or Scrivener.

 

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Posted in 2017, Fantasy, Fiction, Maristela, Writing

Maristela Part 6: Break Away

In truth Kinra really wanted to continue that conversation. There never was anyone around her who could understand what she had been through, to whom she could tell her story. But Maristela didn’t look like she wanted to talk anymore. Maybe it had something to do with her amnesia.

Kinra had been born in the Forest of Stars in a small village. She never liked the village but she did like the forest that surrounded her. She would go exploring and she would come back with handfuls of star flowers. The adults scolded her for it each time because star flowers were sacred in the forest. But no matter how often they told her to stop she continued exploring.

But one day she found a cave which went deep into the earth. She went inside after getting a torch and explored that as well. Once she reached the end she found a large glass sphere. She touched it and it fell off its pedestal. She tried to fix it but she was caught by one of the elders. It turns out that sphere was sacred to the people of the village and she had committed a major offense to the village by breaking it. She was banished and forced to travel. She never stayed in one place for more than a few months.

If only she hadn’t wanted to break away from the norm as a child, maybe she would have still been living in that village. But did she really want to stay there. In the village life was so normal and boring. At least now she had the chance to do what she wanted. At least now she could meet strange new people.

Posted in 2017, A Fae Alone, Fantasy, Fiction, NaNoWriMo 2017, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017 – Plan for Planning

So yesterday I changed the story that I will be writing during NaNoWriMo 2017. Shortly after I did this I made a plan for how I’m going to do the planning. In the past I’ve used multiple methods. In 2014 I made a simple character sheet for each character and didn’t do much after that. In 2015 I attempted using the snowflake method. Last year I again attempted using the snowflake method. I am what you would call a planster which means that I plan a little bit, but only enough save time during writing. So basically only characters and settings.

This year I want to do something a little different. This is a method that I hope will work better for my writing style. It also doesn’t require weeks to do. Here’s my current plan.

  1. Write a summary without doing anything else beforehand
  2. Outline the characters. Major characters get detailed character sheets, minor characters get simple character sheets
  3. Write another summary while keeping these characters in mind
  4. Outline the setting. This means that I will name towns, write about the history important to the plot, detail the different sentient species, develop every setting that will be used in the story, etc.
  5. Write another summary while keeping both the characters and setting in mind
  6. Outline anything else that needs to be outlined
  7. Write a summary after that
  8. Write a summary within a week of November if one hasn’t been written that week already to put story back on the mind

So yeah, that’s my plan. I know that it involves writing a lot of plot summaries but the idea is that the summary will change at least a little bit as I create characters and settings for the story. The summary will also change over time and since November is still over a month away. Besides I already wrote the first plot summary and it only took me about an hour. I will spend more time on the characters and setting than I will on the plot summary either way. Also just in case you were wondering this is a very vague plot summary so I will have room to maneuver the plot as I write. Its not a good idea to restrict one’s self when writing a story, but it is a good idea to at least plan a little bit.

Posted in 2017, A Fae Alone, Fantasy, Fiction, NaNoWriMo 2017, Update Post, Writing

NaNoWriMo 2017 Plan Change – September 24, 2017

I have decided to change my plans for NaNoWriMo this year. Before I was going to write the first drafts of several of my already planned out stories of which I have a literal ton, but now I will be focusing on a single story about a girl who finds herself trapped in a world that is not her own where some people want her dead. You know how sometimes you are just cooking spaghetti and you get the perfect idea of a concept for a story that you then go and develop? Yeah that is exactly what happened to me.

The title of the story right now is “A Fae Alone”, but that is bound to change. It is about a fae girl who falls into an interdimensional portal and finds herself trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong. As she tries to survive she learns of something that may allow he to return to her home and she meets both people who become her friends and people who become her enemies. This will be a fun story to write, especially since this type of story is my specialty.

Oh yeah and sorry about not posting at all yesterday and late today. It is super hot and that makes it super difficult to write.

Posted in 2017, Fiction, Writing

Amateur Writing Tip: Make a plot map

Plot maps can be very useful when writing a story. For one they allow you to know exactly what is supposed to happen next and can help you make decisions if the events on your map need to change so that you can change the future scenes as necessary. They can basically help you organize your thoughts related to the story.

Another thing you can use them for is to help you visualize how different characters are connected and how different events relate to each other. You can do this by drawing

Posted in 2017, Fantasy, Fiction, Maristela, Writing

Maristela Part 5: Finding Solace

The two women walked silently along the road through the Valley of Fire. Maristela kept stealing glances at Kinra. She wanted to ask so many questions but she neither knew which question to start with or have the courage to break the silence. Finally the silence was broken when Kinra asked Maristela something.

“So what brings you to the Valley of Fire?” she asked.

“I don’t know.” She replied. “I did just wake up without any memories you know.”

“Oh yeah. How did I forget?” she put a finger on her lips and looked upwards.

“Um. Why did those people not like you very much?”

Kinra sighed. “It’s a long story, but since we have a long walk ahead of us I might as well tell it. You see I was born in the forest to the south of this valley. It’s known as the Trillium Forest because of all the trillium flowers that grow there. It’s a beautiful place. I wish I could return.”

“Why did you leave?”

“I was banished from my home village so I decided to travel the world. I came to that village and their blacksmith had just passed away leaving no one to make and repair tools and since I had some experience as a blacksmith I took over. I’ve only been there for a few months.”

“Are they not stoneborn?” Maristela asked.

“No. They are known as the fire forged. It’s said that centuries ago a fire raged through this valley and killed off most of the people who lived here. Those people were the descendants of those survivors.”

“I see.” She didn’t want to pry further, but she was still curious as to who exactly Kinra was. She hoped that one day her newfound friend would find solace in her. And Maristela was too kind to ask such prying questions.

They continued walking in silence.

Posted in 2017, Fantasy, Fiction, Maristela, Writing

Maristela Part 4: Dark

Maristela walked through the lonely darkened “village” with nothing but the clothes on her back since she didn’t want to steal anything from her host. It didn’t matter much to her because from what she had seen this valley was especially that big. All she had to do was follow the one road that went through the very small village and she would hopefully get to a place where she was more welcomed, where she belonged.

She had passed the last house and suddenly there were no more sources of light and she found herself in complete darkness. She could only barely see the road below her and there was little to no difference between how the road felt under her feet and how any other piece of land felt. Everything was so hard and there was barely any grass. The edge of the valley was nearly a wasteland.

She couldn’t continue in the dark like this so she decided to continue in the morning. She sat down at the side of the road and waited. She couldn’t fall asleep because falling asleep beside a road near a village that wanted her gone for good was not a good idea. The next day she would travel half asleep.

But then she saw a light. Someone was walking towards her with a blazing torch. It crackled, its light revealing the face of a woman.

“You could have at least said you were leaving.” Kinra scolded. “Do you think this is any better than staying in my shop? At least there you would be able to actually sleep?”

“I’m sorry.” Exclaimed Maristela. “I couldn’t stay, not when it caused the others to hate you.”

“You thought they hated me because of you? Ha. Unfortunately they have always hated me.”

“But I thought you said they respected you.”

“I did, but people can respect you without liking you.”

She lifted the two large bags she was carrying in her free hand. “Now let’s go before the sun rises again.”