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  • #86510
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    @faith_blum I haven’t been making weekly goals recently, but I want to get back into the swing of things. I’m putting my current story online, a chapter at a time, but I’ve been letting it stall. My goal this week is to finish the second chapter and make edits, suggested by a friend, to the first.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #85617
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    Yeah, that’s good! I’ll take yours.

     

    The restaurant was crowded, the noise of babbling conversation almost as pervasive as the smell of grease. But even amid this clamor, it was hard not to notice the teenagers in a corner booth. Loud laughter spilled out from the trio of girls, echoing over the establishment. One leaned over, pounding on the table, almost tipping over her lemonade into the burgers and fries. Another, arms spread wide in the middle of a story, continued, “And then I said, ‘Oatmeal? Are you CRAZY?'” The third girl laughed so hard she almost fell over into the first.

     

    Next paragraph: The assassin stood behind the man as he fell over, dead.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #85615
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    The reason it didn’t work out the first time was that nobody had time to read the book. Maybe we should wait and do it over the summer instead?

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #78489
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    How bad is it to have something new show up in the climax and surprise people? For instance, a few of my climaxes involve my characters, for lack of a better word, ‘unlocking’ new powers they didn’t have before, which help resolve the problem. Everyone says the climax should be well-foreshadowed and not come out of nowhere, or the audience might feel cheated, even think of it as a deus ex machina. Any suggestions to help balance the desire for surprise and the need to build up to the solution?

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #75088
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I have to admit, I thought I shot kind of low last week when planning to just adjust the outline for my second draft. But my editor still hasn’t given it an unqualified all-clear. I might have to bug him to get back to me.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #73008
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I haven’t had a lot of time recently… this week’s goal is to return to my major WIP (probably about 30,000 words) which has been inactive since last semester, currently a finished first draft. I need to figure out the scene order and chapters so I can rewrite it with better structure now that it’s all laid out in front of me.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #70750
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I have no idea what my goal was, but this week I want to finish one short story (for a contest!) and maybe, if I have time, start shuffling around the scenes from my big WIP to make it more organized before I start the second draft.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #60148
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    Oh, boy. I’ve been working on a twist villain as well, so here’s what worked for me, but no guarantees.

    If the villain is acting nice, there’s probably a reason. They shouldn’t just be trying to hide by pretending to be a good guy–they should be trying to accomplish something. They have an endgame, and they’re working towards it in secret. Let’s say they’re after a powerful magical artifact, and your main character knows where it is. They’re going to try to bring up the artifact in conversation often. Or maybe there’s a locked room they need to get into–they’ll hang around that area a lot. You get the idea.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #59288
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    Definitely focus on the emotions. Correcting mechanics errors is good, but what they’re probably looking for most is whether the mood they’re trying to convey is coming across well. Compliment the places feelings are expressed well to show what you’re looking for in the areas that are too sparse.

    And one of the best things that ever happened to me was a time when I was editing someone else’s work and having my own edited at the same time. It helped me not be too hurt when they pointed out the flaws, because I was also looking at a story from the other perspective, understanding that the flaws had to be pointed out to help the story shine. So maybe ask if they can help you edit something of yours at the same time?

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #55869
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    Your style sounds a lot like mine. My advice is to make sure you know what their character arc will be–what their struggle is, and how they’ll change in that area before the end of the story. Build everything else around that, and feel free to leave things open to change along the way. The first draft is honestly where you discover a lot about your story, and character traits (as well as a lot of other things) will shift. That’s completely normal. Don’t feel that your characters have to be set in stone. Even the character arcs can change, but those are really the center of your story, so be careful if you decide that needs to happen. Otherwise, use them as a guide for everything else. As long as you keep an eye to your arcs, the rest will come more easily.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #54198
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    You know you’re a writer when you go to a bonfire, and you want to just let yourself experience the wonder of the moment, but you also want to dissect and analyze the way the flames act for your writing.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #53021
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I utterly flopped. School overwhelmed me. No goals this week except to keep up with my workload.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #51683
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I came soooo close to this week’s goal. My goal was to finish editing my short story, and I got all the way to the very final glance-through, just one last check that everything’s good before the publishing. And my editors haven’t gotten back to me about it yet. So close.

    Goal for next week is the same as most of them: Write at least 100 words a day on my major project, with one cheat day. With the insanity and unpredictability that is my current schedule, it’s all I can really count on.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #50434
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I just barely failed last week. I took two non-writing days instead of one. And this week, I’m taking a break from that story all together. I’ve had a major short story sitting on the back burner because I wanted to get it perfect and I didn’t think I could do that without help. But I’ve gotten two offers of help recently, so I’d like to focus on that this week, instead of my longer project.

    Weekly goal: Finish polishing this short story and publish it online.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #49736
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    Okay. Winter goals…

    Finish my current middle-length story (probably 20-30,000 words, not polished, published online) and get my really major short story polished to a mirror sheen, to the point where I feel like it’s as good as it deserves to be. Then I’d like to start something new–instead of writing an entire story and taking one editing pass at it before publishing, I’d like to try to publish a story AS I write it, each chapter going up whenever it’s done. I’m not sure if I’ll finish that by the end of the winter, but I’d like to try.

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

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