Hey guys, so things are changing.
I just held a planning meeting with the other guild masters and we were talking about how to improve the guild experience so we can all safely say the guilds are the most awesome place for writers to be.
Based on these decisions, we’ve decided to make a few changes. (PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION).
First and…[Read more]
Let’s do something different this week. We talk about characterization a lot, now let’s put it into practice.
For this to work, we’re going to need one or more volunteers. If anyone has a character who isn’t behaving quite how they want them to, post about it here and we’ll have fun dissecting them together and learning from our…[Read more]
Hey Saxon Scribes,
Look out! I’ve got a silver bullet for you today.
This is one of my top favorite articles on character development ever: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/boba-fetts-guide-writing-cool-characters/
Why? Because it teaches you how you can pack tons of characterization into as small a space as a single s…[Read more]
Hey Saxon Scribes,
Could you help us guildmasters out? We launched the guilds to be fun, tight-knit groups where you could inspire each other, keep each other accountable, form great friendships, and improve your craft.
We’ve seen some of these benefits for sure, but we know that there’s plenty of room for us to improve and we want to offer you…[Read more]
Hey Saxon Scribes!
Sorry I missed a week, but I’m back with our annual theme discussion on characterization, trying to dig deeper and cover a lot of ground so at the end of the year you’ll be better at characterization than when we began.
Since we just had our competition to write the best story featuring a five-year-old’s POV, I thought that…[Read more]
Okay guys. It’s officially submitted. *thumbs up* You people are amazing.
@raemarie @mcnoggin @cindy @kate @elizabeth @girlsetfree @theresa-play @r-m-archer @literatureforthelight @livgiordano @lady-iliara @m_corinnemusic @j-parkhurst @gabbyj @sierra @cassandraia @chalice @samuel @noahlittle @julianne @corissa
Alrighty people. First of all, thanks so much for all your help in the doc. You could set up as an editing team and take over the world. ;P
We’re still a few dozen words over the limit, but that shouldn’t be too hard to fix with some more clipping. Right now I’m just going to open the floor for general thoughts on the point of the prompt—…[Read more]
Recently, I was brainstorming ideas for our discussion on characterization and I came up with something I may have never discussed with anyone before. This is pretty cool, so we’re not waiting another week to dive into it.
I call this “that one thing”.
What is “that one thing”? TOT is a single item, habit, etc that is so often associated with a…[Read more]
Okay guys. *deep breath* I’m not quite happy with it, but that’s what first drafts are for. We’re over our limit by a few hundred words, so clipping would probably be a good thing to look for. 😛 Let’s get started.…[Read more]
@literatureforthelight Exactly! That’s exactly what I had in mind. Leave the audience wondering if the fire pixie was real. I couldn’t have said it better.
I like the second idea as well; it’s a bit less of a plot to cram in 2,500 words. I would agree with Kate, though, that we don’t know whether or not the fire pixie is real, although we could probably hint at what Noah said, to make the audience think there might be some mental disorder going on, but leave all of them unsure.
I’m with you, @kate, I like the second idea better. It would lend itself pretty easily to one scene. Where he and the pixie break into the palace and warn the king.
We could give him a sort of hallucinogenic schizophrenia, or whatever you call that, where you see and interact with people/things that aren’t real. Then we could make the fact that…[Read more]
@Literatureforthelight we have been unusually prolific with ideas, haven’t we? 😛 I suppose that’s a good problem to have though.
If my memory serves me, we have two main ideas on the table now.
Chimneysweep is sweeping chimneys with the aid of happy fire pixies whom all other chimneysweeps mistreat, when the pixies discover a plot to…[Read more]
I tried replying twice a few hours ago, and neither one showed up, so let’s see if third time’s the charm. 😛 😉
@kate I absolutely love that idea!
What would we do with the ending then? Would he still go back to his chimney sweep life, and if so what would that make the theme? Or would we give it a warmer, happier ending, where he does get…[Read more]
@Julianne welcome! Thanks for jumping right in and contributing; great thoughts.
@Corissa I love the idea of him being kind to the fairies. Great way to spin it.
But guys, guys— before we go any further I had a thought. I’ve been trying to think how we can better fulfill the prompt, moving on from the story and developing an engaging voice…[Read more]
I just got caught up with the conversation, let me recap what we have so far (disclaimer: as I understand it):
We have two story lines here.
The first (which I think we scrapped already, but just in case):
Kid, the chimney-sweep, 5, is happily sweeping chimneys for his chimney-sweep master, when he finds out about a plot to kill a…[Read more]
@R-M-archer we could use your fantasy smarts here.
I’m thinking we could do this not as a typical ‘London chimneysweep’ deal, but actually have it be a chimneysweep ring in a fantasy city. What difference does it make? At heart, none, but it could do two things. One, allow us to get really creative with the way chimneys are swept (do the boys…[Read more]
*gasps* OUR GUILDMASTER HAS DESERTED US.
Okay guys. We need to get organized.
@literatureforthelight an unreliable narrator is when the narrator believes something untrue about the circumstances in the story and tells it from a skewed perspective, and this is obvious to the reader. For instance, if we had the story of a lazy, neglectful, abusive…[Read more]
It being Monday, we’re back to our annual theme discussion on character development. (If you’re new here, check out the previous posts. There were some really good ones.)
Today, I wanted to do something different. This is not so much a discussion as a challenge.
It can be easy for us writers to develop our own personal cliches, but…[Read more]
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