My Book Isn’t Working and That’s Okay

I am not going to ever let anyone see the first draft of the novella that I am currently writing. One possibility is that I will never do anything with it, and it will therefore need to stay in there forever, or else I will drastically polish and change this book, and make it better. Either way, the only way someone is going to see it is by subterfuge and trickery. And that is okay. It’s all part of the process.

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Prompt Connections

World Anvil Summer Camp is in full swing, with the second set of 10 prompts already been dropped. I’ve made it to a copper badge (that’s ten prompts finished), and it’s revealing some fun and surprising things about my world. There’s already a few fun discoveries that have been made, as well as a few walls.

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So Now I Have a New Culture

I have this world that I’ve been building. It’s fun, and has a lot of my favorite kinds of complexities in it. There are three sentient species existing (and coexisting, for the most part) in the same space. One of those species has two distinct cultures in the area, one more nomadic, and the other living in the deep chasms and underground caverns of the area. According to the prompt that I am filling for World Anvil’s Summer Camp, there is now a third culture vying for my attention.

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A Couple of Character Arcs

The plot for the novel I want to write next is not coming easily. It’s becoming rather aggravating, actually. I have main characters, long term plots, histories, villains, mentors, traitors, secrets, and they’re all set in a world that I can imagine to a wonderfully vivid degree. Most of my worlds end up becoming rather generic, or simply resembling what TV shows I’ve been watching lately. Or else it doesn’t really matter what it looks like exactly, because the focus is on what’s happening. This world, I can literally see it in my head, and I love it.

I even know what my long-range goals are for the series. But I still don’t have a plot for my first novel. I do, however, have character arcs for my main characters, and that is the start of something.

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January/February Report

At the end of 2020, I managed to burn myself out pretty good on, well, everything. It was a long year, and I kind of pushed myself a bit too hard to keep busy. Because, hey, I couldn’t go anywhere or do a lot of things or go to my job half the time, but at least I could write. So I wrote. Right up until about an hour before midnight on December 31st.

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Tragic Heroes Are Not My Thing

I’m doing a challenge for World Anvil. Two, actually. One is an official contest that I will not win but I’m still going to make this article fantastic because I like the character and I plan to use her a lot more. The second challenge was to take a heroic archetype I don’t use much and create a hero. Which meant I was stuck with the Tragic Hero archetype because I’ve used all of the other ones.

I do not like tragedy. I generally avoid reading tragic stories, or watching them, and as such I do not have a great deal of experience in creating one. Luckily, for this challenge I don’t need to create a whole hero, but just a summary of one. Basically.

I started from another hero who I’m designing for the official challenge: Glenna Stormraven. Part of her backstory was that her family was driven from their homeland by a rival clan. So a natural place to start my tragic hero was with her parents. Namely, her father.

I didn’t take too much time to design the tale of Derek Stormraven, because there’s only so much time in the day and the article doesn’t need to be too ridiculously long. His tragedy, therefore, was fairly simple to come up with. He became a hero, and his hubris led him to ignore the clan’s rivals, and that lack of consideration so enraged them that they attacked. Nothing too elaborate.

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NaNoWriMo 2020: Found a Method that Works (for me)

Part of the struggle of writing for me is finding a way that will spread it out and get me moving while still leaving the time for the little rewards I like to give myself. I think I finally found a method that will work for me. Also, I lost work for two weeks which would be more stressful but I seriously need to catch up on NaNoWriMo so I’m actually a little okay with it.

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