Discussion in 'Progress Journals' started by Link the Writer, Aug 7, 2017.
I'll still write it, I often like to jump from one story to the next to keep things moving.
2,775 words in my Colonial Mystery!
I'm watching a YouTube channel run by Jenna Morcei () and this is one of her videos on handling self-doubt. Very interesting channel, I recommend it! One of her advice is to simply "ignore your text". In others rods, just keep writing and don't even look up at what you already wrote. It's there, done. Finish. Just focus on writing the new words.
Also, her humor has me in stitches. xD
Er... I just realized that the whole 'multi-POV' thing in my fantasy wasn't working out. :/ Writing with just Mishu Jerni's POV is making it a hell of a lot more fun.
I've just discovered the same. I've always struggled with word-count and told myself if I write in multi-POV 3rd, it would up my word-count by a very large degree. I'm sure this is true, but when it finally came to the point where I felt it was right to change POV, it felt all wrong and I couldn't do it.
My problem was that with the multi-POV, it kind of robbed my main character of her own voice. The story is about her and squarely her. It didn't help that another character accidentally, essentially, became her if she were a sighted adult male. Uh-oh...
Well, it looks like The Alkorian Legends has dominated all other writing projects. I've got a decent opening, Mishu's met another character that will a close companion of hers throughout the story, and I threw in an event that shatters their day and is the inciting event of the whole story. >:]
1,092 words into what's basically my latest (newest) draft of 'The Alkorian Legends' aaaaand the dreaded 'Critic Demon' has arisen from its blacken ashes! It tells me to stop writing and revise what I've already written, or judge myself endlessly about what I've written and generally make me feel bad about myself.
Must persevere...must keep going...!!! D:
If you ever manage to banish this particular demon, please let me know the secret.
^ I'll let you know.
I also just realized that my fantasy basically has a kid hanging out with beast-folks.
My only answer to this is... I grew up on a steady diet of kids hanging out with talking animals/shows involving talking animals period.
• The Jungle Book
• Little Bear (the human Emily hanging out with the titular bear)
• Rupert (the white bear with the red sweater and yellow scarf)
• Berenstein Bears
• Half the Disney movies
• Franklin the Turtle
• Hell, even friggin' Dragonball Z near the beginning with Gohan hanging out with a dragon he named 'Higher Dragon' and Piccolo. And it used to have walking cat and dog people, and the King of the World was a dog.
Need I say more?
Well, after a quick brainstorming session where I thought about how to expand and clarify the opening scenes of Chapter One for my fantasy... I've created a new character that I feel has a lot of potential. Writing's like that apparently.
OK, I hate adulting. >:[ It's taking me from my writing!!
Also, giving my fantasy a break to go back to my Colonial mystery only to find out...
I don't even have a villain, much less the motivation of why he's doing what he's doing and how he's connected to two of my major characters. O____o
Oh my... It seems I've discovered an old novella I attempted years ago, a prequel to my main fantasy about how my MC got to where she is in the story. >_> Wondering if I need to write it or just put it aside as backstory...
I mean, I could just write it, throw in a few subplots to make it a fully-fledged novel. Come to think of it, my ‘main fantasy’ literally only happens because of the events of this novella soooo....
Aight, change of plans for my fantasy: Mishu Jerni is not an orphan, she has parents and she lives with them by the docks in the capital.
After 15k words in my fantasy -- I'm thinking I'll give it a break and get back to my Colonial Mystery with Amos Garnier.
Oops! I just realized that my fantasy doesn't even have magic or rules governing that magic despite my main character supposedly USING it!
I'm just gonna use Scrivener, open a new folder in my fantasy and sci-fi sections called 'World Building' and dedicate each new document to things like 'religion', 'law and order', 'government', etc.
OK, so let me just clarify exactly what I intended to do with my writing...
-> Write a fantasy that's basically a MAGICAL WORLD WAR.
-> Write a sci-fi that's basically a galactic civil war in the Milky Way galaxy.
-> Write a historical mystery set during the Revolutionary War, and later 1821 Paris and Coupvray, France.
Aaaall without the slightest bit of worldbuilding...
I'm gonna go ahead and hit my head on the wall. Hope that'll loosen up the stubbornness that is my head.
I'm doing zero advance worldbuilding, so this seems fine to me. Not that it needs to be fine with you, especially since this is your progress thread and not mine. But for me, almost every fact of my world has been established when that fact was convenient for me (and therefore usually inconvenient for my characters) for the emotional needs of a specific scene.
It’s become apparent to me that I’ve somehow failed to make Amos, protagonist of my colonial mystery, even remotely human and relatable. I shall fix it immediately. :v
I mean, he’s basically a blind Sherlock Holmes in Colonial America.
Well, when the goddess of a people goes out of her way to save someone CLEARLY not her people (*cough* Kenthew, a Devonian*cough*) despite the fact her people are CLEARLY DYING around her, you know two things:
• Careful with the ‘deaux ex machina’, and making Kenthew some sort of ‘Chosen One’, even if it’s a beast-folk saving the humans.
• Extensive worldbuilding on the heavens and hells, I need to begin.
Downloaded a whole bunch of Kindle books relating to life in Colonial America. Time to start reading!
Woo! Got some writing done; included a conflict involving other characters besides dear Mishu. :3 I did have a brief heart attack when I accidentally copied over what I had already written for one of the characters, but all is well. I’ll have to tally up the word count, but I’m making significant progress.
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