Psychopaths, Sociopaths, and Villains

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Okay, okay, it’s a weird post title, I know.  I’m NOT saying that if someone has a mental illness, they’re a villain.  But, I’m going to discuss how mental illnesses can affect your villain, for the better or the worse.

A word of caution:  I don’t recommend writing a villain with a mental illness unless you’ve had experience, done tons of research, or have talked to someone who is knowledgeable about the mental illness that you are considering giving to your villain.

Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s see how mental illnesses affect villains.

Obviously, something is a little off in the head of a villain if they’re a villain.  But sometimes, it’s a little more than being “a bit off.”  Out of curiosity, I started researching Continue reading

The Many Positions of a Writer

Writers and their weird poses and positions.  This is a widely used guide by all writers about the wheres, hows, and whens of writing places, poses, and times. 

(Warning:  This may be dangerous information for the beginning writer.  If you like writing in one position, at one place, stay away.  You stay just how you are.  It’ll be better for your posture in the long run.) Continue reading

Historical Writing Prompts

Adobe Spark (9)It’s been a while since we’ve had a round of writing prompts on here.  I decided to branch out and do historical prompts.  This place was getting bogged down with all the fantasy prompts.  

Now, I don’t write historical.  I tried to write a short story set in the Great Depression, but it turned into a miserable failure.  (Actually, my seven year old brother read it over my shoulder while I typed it, and I asked him for help.  The plot didn’t improve, so I’ll blame that story’s failure on him. But he liked the story.)

These historical fiction prompts are going to be something unique because–guess what– they all happened in history!  (I know, historical fiction normally is set in history, but hear me out.)  

These prompts were all in the newspaper and they caught my eye.  These are real life prompts, taken from headlines and articles in newspapers a long time ago.  Some are quite humorous, and I daresay you’ll like them whether you write historical or not. Continue reading

Me and Goals (aka, the love-hate relationship)

Let me say a scary word.  GOALS.

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Ah, goals.  They’re shiny, impossible things that everyone wants to conquer, but they are kind of scary to because no one ever seems to complete them.

I have too many of them.  And yet I add to the on-going list all. the. time.  

Now, some people might say it’s good to make goals.  People tend to make goals during New Years, but February rolls around, and everyone has quietly dropped those goals.  (Except for the select few that actually keep those goals.  In that case, good for you.)

Here’s the problem with goals.  They tear me down. Continue reading

How To Write The INTJ Character (more than the villain)

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I‘m an INTJ, and I know several people who are INTJs.  I like to think I know a bit about this topic.  (Note, even if you aren’t interested in typing your characters, this may be helpful for any villain.)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Myers-Briggs testing, INTJs are known as the planners, strategists,  and brilliant masterminds.   Consequently, they are often portrayed as the villain in fiction when they appear.  INTJs tend to express little emotion,  and their logic is nearly flawless, but why always put him/her in the antagonist’s role?  People often place the INTJ as the antagonist in their story.   This is wrong.   In the classic novel,  there is a corrupted mastermind who plans world domination,  or something equally damaging,  like cutting in line for coffee.  Along comes a rookie, who knows nearly nothing about the destroying-evil villains process, (Or how long the guy has waited for everyone to look in a different direction,)  and they find a flaw in the antagonist’s plan.  Ka-boom, brilliant mastermind with years of experience defeated by a novice.  (At the very least, the INTJ has to wait his turn in line for coffee.) Continue reading

Writing Music Playlist

So, long time no see.  I’ve been drowning in school (end of year stuff) and haven’t had much time to make blog posts and such.  So, quick little post with a spotify playlist for ya!

And Happy Spring!  It’s either getting warmer or colder for you, depending on where you live.  Unfortunately for me, it’s getting warmer in the US, and I’m watch the trees turn yellow and fuzzy.  It’s time to break out the gas masks. 😦 Continue reading

My Projects

I realized that after all these goal related posts, that I haven’t really talked about my own goals, completed or in progress.  (Or somewhere floating around in the galaxy…)

If you missed the whole motivation saga, you can read them now. (The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo, What to do When Lacking Motivation to Write, Why We Write)

Otherwise, this post is going to be about my own writing stuff.  Expect lots of rambling. Continue reading

More Writing Prompts

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Hello there, let’s start with this little thing that I found on my computer.  Computers are full of surprises.  Things can get buried, and then they appear, and you’re like: “When did I ever make that?”  Happens to me all the time.

No one has ever explored the bottoms of the sea.  Mankind has opted to explore the depths of space.  It seems suspicious that we’ll explore the place so big that we call it “Space,” but we haven’t even seen all of our planet.

Well, they tried.  It just went unrecorded.  The mission was never noted anywhere, any evidence was destroyed.

Did that catch your attention? 😛  That came from a prompt I found somewhere, some time long ago.  Feel free to finish it, as I probably won’t get around to it for a while.  Onto the fresh, new prompts!  (And this time, they sorta are castle-y) Continue reading

The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo

Happy March!  I confess, I’m much more of a winter person, but it is nice to see the leaves and flowers coming out.  (Until the pollen comes, and I desperately wish for winter again.)

March also means that it’s only one month away from April, which also means that it’s one month away from Camp NaNoWriMo.  Some of you may know that I did NaNoWriMo in November, which is basically the bigger, more serious version of Camp NaNo.  We’ll go into all that and other online resources that help you keep your writing goals. Continue reading