Thanks for the tag, @noah-cochran
I’ve been watching this thread from afar while busy with midterms and papers, so hopefully my contributions are coherent (I also hope to catch up on the other threads soon). 😛 I feel like this debate has gone beyond how we define magic and is delving more into different presuppositions about what makes fiction C…[Read more]
Does anyone have recommendations for epic fantasy or sci-fi books or series (or even movies/TV series)? I’m trying to find something along the lines of Lord of the Rings, Avatar the Last Airbender, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, etc: big-scale plots, rich world building, heroes and villains, very thematic etc.
I wasn’t tagged but I hope it’s all right if I join the discussion! I read your essay.
Like you, I’m often frustrated with the lack of emphasis on beauty in most writing advice. I love Tolkien’s works, and one of my favorite things is that they are beautiful. His prose is exquisite. He takes the time to describe ordinar…[Read more]
I like to print out my drafts, if I can! I find that I notice different things when I read my draft digitally vs. on paper. I don’t color-coordinate my brainstorming notes, but I do color-coordinate the notes I make in my printed draft. I tend to lose my notes because I can’t remember where in the notebook (or even which notebook) I…[Read more]
Okay, I’ve been busy with homework and haven’t had time to reply. I’m now trying to reorient myself as to what threads I was commenting on. 😛
Thanks! 🙂 Do you like Victorian Era British lit?
Thank you! I’ll keep everyone updated. 🙂 I don’t have a newsletter yet, but I do have a blog. I’m pretty…[Read more]
My book is epic fantasy, set in a world kinda drawing from an 1800s feel (I’m not trying to “recreate” a historical period, just drawing a bit). I don’t have a good plot summary worked out yet, but there’s political tension, a murder trial, mysterious monsters appearing at night, philosophical debates, and someone has a secret…
Ashley Tegart replied to the topic How do I prevent outlining from becoming a creativity killer? in the forum Plotting 2 months, 4 weeks ago
That’s awesome you found a nice journal! Yes, a good pen and journal makes all the difference. I love sitting at a coffee shop with a mocha and my pen/notebook! 😃
For my current WIP the bands I listen to a lot are Project 86 and Red, both Christian rock bands (especially when I’m brainstorming). I don’t always listen to music with…[Read more]
Nice to meet you! 🙂
I honestly don’t have any thoughts either way on dividing the story into four parts, on if it will work or not. 🤷♀️
I don’t know if this is helpful, but I recently had issues with drafting after my midpoint as well. I had a clear climax scene in mind and my outline included general notes on how eve…[Read more]
Ashley Tegart replied to the topic How do I prevent outlining from becoming a creativity killer? in the forum Plotting 3 months ago
I do pretty extensive outlining and planning before I start drafting (as in, multi-page outlines and synopses after filling part of a notebook with various notes). I’m also not one who finds the rough drafting process very fun; rather, I find it unbelievably stressful (because it’s the most time-consuming stage of the process for me…[Read more]
I hope it’s okay if I reply without being tagged! 🙂
I do almost all of my story notes (initial brainstorming, world building notes, outline, etc) on paper. I have a designated “ideas” notebook for my WIP where I keep all of my notes (which often becomes disorganized if I fail to flag important pages). I always type my synopses on the compu…[Read more]
My current WIP requires a ton of foreshadowing, so I’m having to hone this skill as well. Some parts of foreshadowing I plan in advance while other elements fall in place while I’m drafting. I think I’ve used all five techniques listed above. XD
One thing I like to use for foreshadowing….hmm. I don’t know if there’s a name for it. But I like to t…[Read more]
The monsters don’t eat anything thematic, necessarily, but their role in the story ties into the book’s larger theme. I’m about to start doing some revisions and will end up weaving in more thematic/symbolic significance!
I can’t find the post in the thread, but I did get an email about America…[Read more]
Have you ever read Washington Irving (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Henry James (The Turn of the Screw), Edgar Allen Poe (The Purloined Letter), Mark Twain (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Tom Sawyer), Nathaniel Hawthorne (House of the Seven Gables), Walter Farley (The Black Stallion), O. Henry (The Gift of The Magi), John Steinbeck…[Read more]
Oh, I love Dostoevsky! Crime and Punishment and Demons are two of my favorite books.
The monsters come out at night and hide themselves in shadows and mist. According to my world’s lore, they devour everything and leave worlds behind them in a state of darkness and decay. There may also be some other kinds of creatures later…[Read more]
I’m a very extensive plotter and have never been able to finish a project with any other method. This is what my process typically looks like:
- Brainstorm general premise
- Write a 1-3 page synopsis
- Write a chapter-by-chapter outline
- Revise synopsis and outline as needed
- Write a super short rough draft with key scenes
I suppose I’m trying to capture the feel of British and Russian lit with the writing style, emphasis on family and social drama, and limited technology. I’m not at all trying to “recreate” a particular time period or culture by any means, but draw from the atmosphere a bit. 🙂
The world my characters live in is fairly ordinar…[Read more]
(I meant to reply to these sooner but I was having issues with the page crashing, which seems to be fixed now…)
Nice to meet you, too! I’m guessing you’re a Tolkien and Lewis fan, too? My one attempt at writing science fiction really turned into space fantasy, so maybe it doesn’t count too much! 😛 What are some of your…[Read more]
Thanks for the tag @imwritehere1920 !
I would classify the kind of fantasy I write as epic fantasy (high-stakes plot, large scale, traditional heroes and villains, etc). My worldbuilding is very different from Tolkien’s, but I have drawn a lot of inspiration from him in terms of the overall scale of the world and story, the…[Read more]
I remembered I read that tip about reading broadly in Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson! 🙂
One of the best writing tips I’ve found is to read broadly. One of the greatest helps for developing worlds, themes, and characters has been reading in all kinds of topics (theology, philosophy, ethics, history, economics, etc.) as well as reading fiction in broad genres.
I’m currently working on a book written in omniscient narrative, so I don’t have much advice for character voice development….but an author who is great at writing similes and metaphors is P.G. Wodehouse. He wrote the Jeeves and Wooster stories. They are comedies, so the similes and metaphors are intended to be over-the-top…[Read more]
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