Character Development: How to Write Realistic Characters

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I am alive.  Shocker, I know.

I am probably going to have to fall to posting twice a month because school is intense.  Sigh.

I’m slightly motivated to keep this up though because a teacher told me that blogging looked great to college admissions.  (The only reason I do anything anymore: college. :’) )

And of course, blogging is fun. 😛

NaNoWriMo is only nine days away!!  I’m attempting it again this year (last year was a disaster) with the hope that I can finish my novella.  I’m not sure if it’ll be the whole 50,000 words because my novella might not take that long, but we’ll see.

I’ve been plotting quite a bit and guys, I’m awful at plotting.  I have my world (dystopian/steampunk/sci-fi/fantasy yes, it’s crazy and I love it) and I have my characters (soft little beans who will stab you).  But when it comes to plot….  there’s absolutely nothing.

So I’m going to do the natural thing, and ignore my plot until the very last minute before NaNoWriMo.

And you get a post about characters because I like to think that I’m actually okay at developing characters.

It’s a win/win.  (Not really. )

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You Know You’re A Writer If

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If you’re a writer, I pity you.

The rest of the world has no idea what you’re doing.  And then you have to try and convince them that you’re not a serial killer.

Writers are a unique breed.  Especially fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, and all the other speculative fiction writers.

We know things.

*The Twilight Zone theme song starts playing*

Anyway, if you’re a writer, you’ll probably relate.  If you’re not, steal up your courage to take a glance.  You might be enlightened. (Or horrified, but that’s a small consequence.) Continue reading

Masked – Short Story

  Hello!

So we both forgot that the deadline for the OYAN novel contest was Wednesday. (oops.)  Anyways, we both edited like crazy and submitted our novels!  But all that editing left no time for writing short stories.  So this is a *little* late.  Next week, we should be back on track. 🙂

Also, thanks for all the nice comments on the last story.

I was challenged with the prompts above, and here’s the story.  I like this one a lot more, haha.

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7777 Writing Tag

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I actually just finished my first draft of Black Moon Academy a few weeks ago, and got it printed out on Monday to start editing in depth.  *celebration*  Soo, this tag was a fun tag to do.  Thank you R.M. Archer for tagging me. 🙂

Quick Summary: School for villains.  MC, Scarlet, is going to the school for her mom, but isn’t much of a villain.  Then the hero school and the villain school start clashing, and war is imminent.  Also *swords* *magic* *cloaks* *carrots*

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look at this glorious mess (it’s a big mess, but it’s mine)

Le Rules:

  1. Open WIP to the seventh page
  2. Scroll past the seventh line
  3. Copy the next seven paragraphs…. and paste them on your blog for THE WORLD to read
  4. Tag seven people!

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How To Create Unique Fantasy Creatures

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If mythological creatures are creatures of myth and imagination, then why do we still see dragon after dragon?  I’m guilty of it too.  Fantasy has a lot of the same thing repeated throughout, and it’s easy to keep repeating it in our own works.  Hence, we have a lot of unicorns, pegusi, and dragons.

But why do we keep writing the same things?  For one, it’s effortless.  It takes less brainwork to insert a dragon than it does to add a snarflump.  No one’s ever heard of a snarflump before, and you’re on new, uncharted territory.  People might not like it.

But fantasy writers should try to push themselves out of the habit of using the same creatures over and over again.

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My Latest Project (Black Moon Academy)

This title is going to become irrelevant in a few months but oh well.

I’ve been doing a thing call the One Year Adventure Novel–which I reviewed here a little while ago.  I didn’t talk about the story I’m using for it though.  I like reading other people’s story ideas.

BLACK MOON ACADEMY- ACADEMY FOR THE VILLAINOUSLY INCLINED

Sometimes the villain doesn’t want to be the villain.  In a world where students can go to schools to become heroes and villains, Scarlet finds herself destined to be a villain, like her mother and generations before her.  Only, Scarlet isn’t a villain.  Sometimes, the greatest motivator isn’t greed, lost love or power thirst.  Sometimes, the greatest motivator is the freedom to be good.  But war between the schools is imminent, and Scarlet has to make her choice between family and fate, and a school where she’s never belonged. Continue reading