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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Home

 

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Side Characters

If you were introduced in a book, have you ever wondered what kind of character you would be?

If you weren’t the main protagonist, what would be your role? Would you be part of the protagonist’s squad, going with him/her/them to face the villain? Would you be one of the villain’s minions?

Or would you be a random side or background character? Perhaps you’d give the protagonist directions, teach him/her/them how to fight or how to navigate the land. Maybe you’d give some sage advice, or maybe you would just be the person yelling at them to get off your lawn.

Rachel and I did a similar post like this on our Double Jump blog, and I was curious as to how it would extend to book characters. Would your book-self be named? Would you show up in later chapters, or just have a one-time appearance and serve your purpose?

Obviously, everyone is the author to his/her/their own story… but have you ever thought about how much you help other people in their stories?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Home

 

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Multiple Projects

Rachel saw my post from yesterday and said (not unkindly), “Oh, it’s another picture!”

I’ve thought the same many times, especially during this month.

While I genuinely like the pictures of advice and quotes that I find, and I hope that any readers do as well, I have fallen a bit behind when it comes to actually having written posts. It tends to happen during NaNo months where I’m more focused on my word count than preparing blog posts in advance.

I tend to do that with many things — I’ll focus on one project and forget about the rest for a while. I could definitely be better organized, give myself a small schedules and time frames to work on certain projects, but then I feel as if that stifles said projects. I don’t want to spend only a half hour sketching out a drawing before having to switch my mind’s gears over to reading. Perhaps I would do better with designated days, or pledge myself to spend a certain amount of hours each week, with free hours, on projects.

I just need more deadlines looming over my head, I think.

How do you deal with multiple projects?

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in Home

 

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Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Something that I was lucky enough to get in my Easter basket was the DVD of an old movie that I used to love catching on television when I was a kid: Cats Don’t Dance.

It’s this cute animated movie about a cat, and his other animal friends, who want to make it big in Hollywood. However, the people of Hollywood only give cats scripts with the line, “Meow,” on it. Therefore, the animals will just have to change the minds of the people of Hollywood and show them just how much talent and hard-work these animals really have. It’s all about following your dreams and never giving up. A bit cliche, yes, but sweet and totally relevant to anyone trying to make it big, especially in his or her creative pursuits.

Back as a kid, I never really understood the main meaning. I just thought it was a fun movie about singing and dancing animals. Now, though, it totally resonates with me. The last song, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us, was one of my favorite parts of the entire movie. While it’s not as big as I remember, it still invokes that sense of nostalgia and the meaning is right there.

Remember to always remain positive and to keep heading towards your goals, no matter what the naysayers say!

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Home

 

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Slumping Through

The second week of Camp NaNo is almost over… How are all of you doing with your projects?

I’m pretty much slumping through, keeping up with my word count at least, but not whizzing through my writing as I’ve done on the past few NaNo months. It may be due to the fact that I don’t have a solitary project to focus on. This month, I’m just adding words to random unfinished stories or just doing little one-shots. Usually I start off with a new project in the spirit of NaNo and, occasionally, take small breaks from it by doing the occasional one-shot before going back to the new project.

I do my best to stay motivated with some favorite music playing while writing or rereading old pieces that I had fun creating. What about you? What do you do to stay motivated through slower writing days?

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Home

 

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Break the Tropes

  • A healer in a fantasy world that doesn’t have a calming bedside manner, one who has no qualms about smashing his/her/their healing staff over an enemy’s heads.
  • A wise old mentor who has forgotten the last couple of lines of the ancient prophecy.
  • The hero who hears the prophecy and nopes the heck outta there instead of “embracing their destiny.”
  • The princess who decides she doesn’t want to be locked in a tower anymore and breaks out on her own, taming the dragon and riding it off to freedom.
  • Perhaps the princess enjoys the solitude and kicks her would-be hero out once he “invades.”
  • Have the redhead be calm and collected rather than have a personality described “as fiery as their hair.”
  • Let’s have buff nerds and jocks wearing glasses.
  • Small cheerful characters kicking the ass out of bullies.
  • Characters that are open about their romantic and sexual attractions, no matter what they are.
  • Rather than dragons hoarding gold, having small domestic dragons that breathe water to help grow gardens.
  • Teenagers focused more on passing their classes than being caught in a love triangle.
  • Teenagers prophesied to save the world focused more on actually saving the world than being caught in a love triangle.
  • Teenagers prophesied to save the world focused on finding capable adults to save the world, refusing to believe that they are the only hope the world has because they are only teenagers who are focused more on passing their classes.

What else can you add to the list?

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Home

 

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