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September 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm #97198
That’s a great idea. Now I just need to figure out which first chapter to share out. 🙂 I may have to combine/edit one or more of them before I do. Thanks for your offer to help.September 17, 2019 at 3:07 pm #97195
Lol, well ok. I’ll see if I can make some sort of cohesive document to share out. 🙂 Thanks for offering to help brainstorm. Sometimes one brain (to “storm” with) just isn’t enough. 😉September 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm #96439
My notes are a bit cumbersome for my world so far, meaning it might be a bit hard for others to decipher some of it. Any tips on how to make a concise document to share for brainstorming?September 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm #96438
For now, I don’t think my current WIP is ready to be viewed yet as there are changes I have made midstride and it would be confusing to read some of the early chapters. I also haven’t finished fleshing out some of the worldbuilding ideas. However, I may share a brainstorming doc if you are interested if I can figure out how to put one together from my notes about the world.August 13, 2019 at 5:26 pm #95070
I love the sound of this idea. How exactly would it work? I’ve never done anything like this before.August 13, 2019 at 5:10 pm #95069
Thanks for the offer. I’ll go through some of my earlier scenes to see if one would be a good one to share out even if it’s one that I am planning on changing or cutting, as long as you don’t mind first draft errors such as typos and weaker sentences and we can go from there. 🙂
I would also be interested in brainstorming more of the worldbuilding aspects and the magic system of my current WIP if you or anyone else is interested in doing so.August 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm #95068
Hi, Veraza! It’s nice to meet you, too.
I love your idea of working on something else when the main project motivation just isn’t there. I’ve done similar things in the past and it does definitely help to write something different. I have, however, been derailed from going back to a project due to starting a new one which I really don’t want to happen to my current WIP. Maybe I’ll write a scene I’ve been wanting to write that might not make it into the book simply to have fun with the characters. Or maybe I can write something short that doesn’t have to do with my current WIP as a break, say 500 words or so.
Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂August 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm #95067
It’s all good. I don’t have as much time to come to the forums as I like either, but I am grateful that this community exists.
Ahh, why I like Words of Radiance over Oathbringer is a fantastic question, one I am more than happy to answer. 🙂 I’ve been a long time Sanderson fan and The Stormlight Archive is perhaps his best series.
Words of Radiance, in my opinion, is the greatest of the series so far due to the story’s narrative flow being very nearly perfect. Without giving spoilers away to those who wish to read it but haven’t yet, my favorite scene, one in which I couldn’t put the book down, was the Adolin shard bearer duel. I listen to a lot of audiobooks due to my long commute to and from work and I was in the middle of the shard bearer duel scene when I reached home the day I was listening to it. Instead of turning the audiobook off when I went inside my house (which is what I normally do), I had to continue listening to it until the end of the scene/chapter. It was awesome.
Oathbringer, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. There are parts of it that are really awesome, then other parts where the book drags or has other issues. There were also some issues I had with both Kaladin’s and Shallan’s characters. Some of the things they said/did in the book either didn’t feel like their characters would say/do those things or it felt like they were regressing in their characters arcs instead of progressing (Shallan in particular in this instance).
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on these two books (or even all three). What about Oathbringer do you like over the others in the series?
My first finished novelette is about a woman named Kara who has to infiltrate a lair of dragons to retrieve dragon’s blood which is rumored to have healing properties to save her dying daughter.
My other 2 finished works I wrote for my two daughters.
The first of these is a novelette about a girl named Heather whose horse is kidnapped by a dragon that appears from a portal in the sky and she makes her way into the dragon’s world to save her horse who is like a close friend to her.
The second of these is a novella which is still in first draft form. I really need to go through revisions on this one so I can actually read it to my daughters. 🙂 It’s about a girl named Jennifer whose sister is captured by a wizard who lives in a tower near her village. This wizard keeps on the lookout for those with magical powers in the village and kidnaps them. Those in the village never see anyone “Taken” by the wizard again. Jennifer’s sister, Gwen, had recently developed her magical powers but was told by her parents to keep them hidden. Apparently, it didn’t work. Jennifer meets a talking mouse who had escaped from the wizard. The mouse’s own family is being kept by the wizard as test subjects for his magical experiments. Together the two work to infiltrate the wizard’s tower and rescue Jennifer’s sister, Gwen, and the mice still being held captive.
Perhaps writing a shorter work may help to finish a project? It is really rewarding when a project is completed.August 13, 2019 at 3:22 pm #95066
This is rather embarrassing, but I just happened to notice that when I posted a reply to your post back on June 20th I forgot to add your @ name. I’m reposting my reply to you here (I also couldn’t figure out how to edit my original post, so here it is).
Hi, Buddy! Nice to meet you.
You raise some very good questions.
My story ideas tend to come in as plot ideas and as such, I feel I am a fairly good plotter, though even here I feel like I need to improve.
I generally know what themes my books are about either before I start writing or shortly thereafter.
I think I am average on creating characters and settings. These (in particular, setting) I feel like I need to flesh out more.
I struggle with worldbuilding as I see rich worlds in other works like Tolkien (whose books I also love) and Sanderson (See Mistborn and The Stormlight Archives) and feel my worlds need to be fleshed out more.
I know I am comparing my unfinished works (and in some cases, finished works) to published authors’ works whose books have gone through revisions in order to make them ‘perfect’ but it’s still something I know I need to improve on.
There are probably things I am forgetting, but that is a good list for now. As a fellow writer, what are some of the things you excel at and struggle within your own writing?August 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm #95065
Yes, that is very helpful. I have a fairly solid grasp on what needs to be changed, though there are other aspects of the story I could use help fleshing out. I’m struggling a bit to nail down the magic system fully (I have some parts of it down, but others are kind of up in the air. For example, I haven’t fully figured out all the powers I want the system to have yet).
I can post the other story for critique in a new post to see if anyone wants to or has time to critique it. Thanks, Maddie.August 3, 2019 at 3:23 pm #94436
Thank you for the warm welcome, and I look forward to joining a critique group. I am glad to be here and look forward to receiving and giving critiques.
Yes, that makes sense. I’ve completed some shorter works (Novelletes and a Novella) but I really want to write that full-length novel. My goal right now is 100k but that’s arbitrary since I’ve never completed a full-length novel I don’t really know how long it will or should be. I will say that it seems to be easier (in the sense of motivation and not getting “lost” in the middle) to write that Novellete or Novella and I thoroughly enjoy it.
And thanks for the warm welcome. 🙂August 3, 2019 at 3:10 pm #94434
Yeah. I’m not a fan of the Boom version of Knuckles either, classic Knuckles is the best. And I was saddened by the fact that characters like Julie-Su and Sally Acorn weren’t going to be in the IDW series as well, but so far I’m liking what Ian Flynn is doing with Sonic in the IDW comics. There are plenty of new characters that are being introduced, too (like Whisper the Wolf and Tangle the Lemur who are both good characters). From what I’ve read so far I can definitely recommend the IDW Sonic Series. I’ve been getting the 4 issue volume collections from Amazon as they are being released. I just got volume 3 which collects issues 9-12 so I am a bit behind on where the series issues are currently, but hey, I like saving money and buying the collections vs individual issues is one way to do that. I don’t mind waiting a bit to read the issues. 😀
I’m not sure why other SatAM fans wouldn’t like Flynn (I’m a fan of the SatAM Sonic, it was such a great show back in the day).
Thanks for the tips on the synopsis of my WIP as well. I’m still working some of the details out, but the woman’s name is Celya and she tends to act before she thinks, loves food, and is a skilled harvester of the magical energy stones in the WIP’s world (as well as skilled with using weapons and other items charged with said stones).July 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm #93317
Knuckles is my favorite character from the Archie series while Julie-Su (Knuckles’ love interest) is a close second. It is a bit sad that the Archie Comics got canceled but I’m glad IDW is now publishing the Sonic comics. I’m also glad that they kept Ian Flynn as the writer (I’m almost to the Ian Flynn stories in the Archie series) as he seems to write Sonic really well.
My WIP pitch is below (the pitch itself is also a WIP, especially since my novel isn’t finished yet). 🙂
“While searching for a special kind of energy stone used as a resource for her city, a woman finds an ancient seal on a dark prison which holds an evil force.
Thinking it is a new kind of energy stone, she accidentally breaks the seal with an ancient magical sword that belonged to her father, trapping herself in a realm that is in-between worlds.
She must now find a way to communicate with her fiance to let him know that she is still alive and work with him to stop the remaining seals from breaking.”
Have you read any of the IDW Sonic the Hedgehog comics?July 11, 2019 at 9:14 am #93096July 4, 2019 at 11:17 am #92738
Hello to a fellow Sonic the Hedgehog fan! I love the StH comics and am currently going through the Archie series (on issue 145 right now). It’s nice to meet you. 🙂
I found Story Embers while researching worldbuilding for my current WIP and was thrilled to find I was on a Christian writers website.
My favorite Genre to write in is Epic Fantasy. There is something that is very rewarding about creating your own story.
My favorite color is purple followed closely by blue.