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NaNoWriMo 2015!!!

NaNo-2015-Participant-BannerHey all! Oh man alive, life has just not slowed down for me at all!!! And what is more, NaNo started today and I am of course an ML again this year!  Then there is so much that has happened and going on in my personal life that I can’t keep up with anything these days! That said, I will try to be here at the very least with an update on my NaNo progress daily this month!  I hope that you have joined in the fray, it is not too late!!!  Join me on this amazing adventure!

Without further ado, here is my progress for today!  (2,744 words of my goal of 2,740)

NaNoNov12015  And just to share with you all, here is a little snippet from what I wrote today:

Looking down the short alley in front of her, it looks dark and gloomy even under the full light of the sun.  Danger lurking everywhere.  This is the place, she can feel it.  Just standing there, staring down the alley, she hesitates.  Feeling something big is going to happen.  Change.  Big, irreversible change.  Unsure of whether or not she is ready, but knowing that waiting will mean death, or possibly worse, she takes a steadying breath the smell of old urine and trash assails her as she takes the first step into the darkness.  Hoping against hope that the ray of light will be there.  “Man there are days I hate being me,” she mumbles quietly to the dark around her.  Pulling herself together she creeps forward, willing herself to continue.

That is all, I hope you enjoyed it!  Also, please join me in NaNo this November!  Let me know what you are writing on and share snippets of what you have going with me, I want to hear from you!

A Great Explanation: Show vs Tell

I have a busy week ahead of me, but I wanted to share this great post I found that talks about show vs tell!  As a writer we hear that alot, probably even say it ourselves, but how do we explain that?  How do we share that with others?  Writers In the Storm have Margie Lawson there sharing that.  It is amazing.

It boils down to paying attention to the words you put around your characters actions.  The words you use to describe the action itself.  By using power words, visuals and things that can make you “feel” the action, you will be showing.  Any time the action feels flat, like you are just hearing about it, or just know it was done that would be telling.

 

I took much from that short article and I hope it helps you as well!  What did it teach you?  Did you better understand show vs tell?  How do you see them now?  Happy writing!

WIP Update 4-2: So close I can taste it

So, I am so close to finishing Mo Thuras I can taste it.  I want to say the Outline/draft is finished, but that would be “cheating” even for me. *grins* So in the meantime I read a fun idea over on Legends of Windemere, and thought I would enjoy something similar.  So, here is another sneak peak inside the workings of Mo Thuras.  Enjoy.

600_fantasy-woman-017Melody’s Top Five Countdown

  1. To find out her past
  2. To figure out who she is
  3. Exploring the galaxy
  4. Create her own family
  5. Learn her culture

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Kyi’s Top Five

  1. To be free
  2. Find his heartmate
  3. To live  happily
  4. Make a new home
  5. Find a place he belongs

To have a sneak peak into some more of my inspiration for my story, here is the current pinterest board I am using! That gets updated as I find different ideas fitting for my story.

 

 

What about you? What do you use as you write to “see” your characters/places/things? Do you utilize Pinterest in your writing? Do you print and create a “storyboard”? What motivates your characters most?

WIP Updates 4-1

Well, in keeping with my goals this week, and realizing how late it is in the week already I thought I would share with you a bit of Mo Thuras and its inspiration…

 

My synopsis (at least as it is right now):

Melody Joy is a woman captain in a male driven role. When she gets a unique piece of technology in the mail, after discovering the secret of a lifetime, she sets off on a journey of discovery. In her ship Mo Thuras, she sets out to find a planet no one has heard of and find a bit of her past.
Along the way she picks up a ragtag crew who, like her, are different and never seem to fit in. Always searching for a family of their own. Together they find a strength they never had before, along with a sense of belonging.
Finding new relationships after betrayal. Finding she is herself all along, this journey is filled with reflection and discovery.

 

This is the Playlist I have created:

 

 

I have found these songs really resonate with my main character Melody. Now a short interview clip from Melody herself!

Dreamland’s Insurgents*: Hi Melody! I want to start by saying, you’re incredibly brave for being a female captain in a man’s universe.
Melody Joy: Thanks so much for the kind words *blushes*
Dreamland’s Insurgents*: When this voyage to find your roots is over, what do you think you will do then?
Melody Joy: Well, after I find where I belong… and who I really am, I figure I will know what I am suppose to do. I mean, really it is just so hard, not knowing who I am.
Dreamland’s Insurgents*: What are you hoping to find on your world of origin, and what do you want to take away with you?
Melody Joy: I really just hope that by finding my home I can finally figure out who I am, who I am suppose to be. I really want to take a sense of finally belonging… somewhere. To find my place, and fit in.

*Special thanks to Dreamland’s Insurgents for these inspiring questions.
 

What about you? Are there different things you do to help you get “in that space” when you are having trouble writing? Things that make you instantly think of your story?!?  Do you find working on your synopsis helpful in drafting your story?  DO you make playlists from music that reminds you of your WIP?  Do you find interviews to be helpful ways to get to know your characters?

The Twins: An Outline

So I am taking a free e-course to writing a plot outline.  The first week of this seven week course is the actual plotting exercises.  So, since I gave it a go here is my first ever rough sketch of what my story The Twins may look like.  This of course is a first start and entitled to MANY changes, lol.  But since it is my first go I figured I would share it.  Any ideas for it please let me know, I would love to add more scenes and structure to my story, this is just what I came up with as I was working on this project today.

The First Ever Plot Outline

    1. Sum up what you know about your character in one short paragraph.
      1. What he does, what he needs, what he wants, what he fears…

Aidain and Aisling are twins.  They have just left home, and are afraid of their mom finding them.  They both graduated high school a year early.  Both want to get a college degree and want their life to be meaningful.  Aidain is very protective of Aisling, and it drives her nuts.  They are very close and fear what would happen if their mom would find them.   They want to create lives for themselves somewhere far from where they grew up and maybe find spouses as time goes on.

    1. Determine what you like and don’t like about your original summary.
      1. List the points you want to pursue, the ideas that you find fascinating and compelling.  Three or four items will be enough.

They are too young to actually get married, but finding someone, maybe having an unsuccessful relationship and one of them finding someone.  Dealing with their mom finding them, but I don’t want them to move from where they are living.  Maybe they will become of age or something to put a stop to their mothers control?  Maybe something to do with their real father? Or dealing with why their mom is the way she is or something along that line.

    1. Write your opener.  Any ideas about your character, put together single paragraph that focuses on the critial parts of your character (from step 1)  Should answer the following questions:
      1. What is the most difficult thing my character is struggling with right now?
      2. How does that struggle give him one problem he must solve?
      3. Who or what will stand in the way of the solution he seeks?

The twins are going to sneak away from home in the middle of the night.  A friend of Aidain is going to help them get set up in a different state, near where he lives.  They have to find a way to get what little they want to take with them out of the house, and to the new place without their mom finding out.

    1. Create your ending.  Using your opener figure out in general terms how you want the story to end.  Try to answer the following questions:
      1. Does your protagonist succeed or fail in gaining the objective you gave him in your opener?
      2. Does your story come to an emotionally satisfying conclusion?
      3. Can you see yourself going through anywhere from ten pages to seven hundred and being happy to see the story end this way?

One twin will succeed in finding a relationship.

They will find a way to get out from under their mothers life, interesting things will come up in all of this.  Maybe who their father is, maybe he will take part, maybe he is dead… not sure on that, but he will be a key in them getting away from their mother.

He may not be someone who they like, he might be worse in some way or another.

Yes, but I will want more for Aidain.  (This may be the opening for a second story out of this.)

    1. Rough in your middle.  Sketch in between 3 and 60 one line scene.
      1. Come up with many as often you will find that about 20% of your ideas will not pan out.

Mom will find them.

Aidain will find a girlfriend, it will end badly.

Aisling will fall in love with Aidain’s friend.  (lots of drama over this?)

They will find their birth father?

Their mother will cause serious trouble.

Their birth father will not be who he seems.

Aidain will find someone else he likes, but takes it much slower.

Aisling will get a job.