June Noticeboard

June 30, 2009

After a dismal beginning of the month (well, most of the month, actually), I really picked up my writing these last two days. Yesterday, I made it my goal to  write 100 words/day, which would equal 1800 words. Hover, I smashed the 100 words goal, writing over 1200 words! And today, another 396.

Poseidon‘s Trident:
Current Chapter in First Draft (Typed) Stage:
7/42
Current Chapter in Edit Stage: None
Pages this Month: 3
Pages Overall: 36.5

Daniel Fox:
Current Story in Rough Draft Stage:
To Kill A Killer
Current Story in Edit Stage: None

Yesterday, I fixed up the prologue of PT, so it’s ready to resubmit to Authoress, as my entry for her 1000 word critique. For the rest of the day, and today as well, I worked on Chapter Seven.
TKAK was on hold all month, until today, when I took it out and wrote a bit more. I also scanned through TF, as part of an attempt to begin editing.

Goals for June:

  • Take TKAK of hold (again) Kind of.
  • Finish plot of PT Check
  • Work on PT Check.
  • Begin edits on TF – As much as I’d like it to, scanning through doesn’t count as editing.

Goals for July:

  • Write the equivalent of 100 words/day, aka 3100 words
  • Edit TF
  • Keep working on TKAK

Coming up this Month:

  • Another article on dialogue
  • An article looking at the reliability of Wikipedia.

It occurred to me earlier this month, that this blog has been running for five months now. To give an idea on what’s good about this blog, I went through all the old posts, and made a list of what’s popular, and what’s not. And so, I decided that the following posts will go:

  • Book Blog
  • Chapter Summary

I will keep the Noticeboard, but it will focus a bit more on updates of my WIP’s. I also decided to drop the ‘signoff’ at the end of every post (ie. Always Writing, Little Scribbler), because it began to feel like writing letters.

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Mary Sue

June 26, 2009

A Mary Sue is, according to Wikipedia, “a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as wish-fulfilment fantasies for their authors or readers”. In other words, a Mary Sue is a character who is ‘too perfect’, or, an ‘authors pet’.

There are many types of ‘-sues’. Mary Sues, Villain Sues, Anti Sues and even Marty Stu’s. I’m sure there’s others, but I’ll just run through these.

Mary Sue: As you know, a Mary Sue is a character who is perfect in every way. Think blond hair, blue eyes etc. They have no flaws, no scars, and are most likely very beautiful and smart. Everyone likes her (or him. Male Mary Sues can be called ’Marty Stu’, or ‘Garry Stu’).  Probably the most well known Mary Sue out there is Bella Swan, from the Twilight series.

Villain Sue: My first thoughts on a Villain Sue was that they were stereotyped villains. However, a Villain Sue is a villain with the following traits: Defeat characters with ease, don’t kill characters when they have the chance (wanting to see character suffer, to gloat, or have all the characters captured at one time), has a tragic past, which is supposed to justify their bad behaviour, or secretly having good qualities.

Anti Sue: In an attempt to not create a Mary Sue, some writers will create Anti Sues. An Anti Sue is the exact opposite of a Mary Sue. They will most likely have a physical or mental illness, be unattractive, disliked by the other characters, and cowardly.

There’s three types of ‘-sues’ for you. It’s important that you don’t have a ‘-sue’ (lets just call them Mary Sues for the rest of this article) in your writing, because Mary Sues are considered unrealistic and two dimensional characters.
But how do you know if your character is a Mary Sue? Have a look at him/her. Is the character perfect? Does the character have no flaws? You can also take a ‘Litmus Test’.
There’s heaps of these tests on the internet. Just google ‘Mary Sue Litmus Test’, or something like that. When I first discovered Mary Sue, I took a test. I haven’t compared tests, but I took this test, and was pretty happy with it. It was detailed, although I didn’t understand some of the answer. But I understood enough to know that my MC, Lily Ashwood, is kind of like a Mary Sue. But not quite.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


From Picking Up Pace to an Abrupt Stop

June 13, 2009

Just a quick post to let you all know that I have exams next week, followed by Australian Business Week (ABW). That means that I’ll be extremely busy for the next fortnight studying for exams. This week, I’ve been spending every afternoon working on an assignment, and sometimes into the night. It’s taking a toll on my social, blogging, and sadly, my writing life.

It seems just a few weeks ago that I wrote that I was Picking Up Pace. Well, it’s come to an abrupt stop. I haven’t looked at any of my WIP’s for a couple of weeks now, let alone write. My life has been study…

…Study…

…STUDY!!!!

It’s driving me mad. I have five exams over three days, then one days break before I begin ABW, which is for all Year 11 students. I will have to run a “business” for a week, and do stuff involving the stock market and stuff. It’s full on, and I’m guessing I will be doing stuff every night =(

And then I’ll be done. Gee I can’t wait for the holidays. Two weeks of doing nothing, except relaxing, and reading, and spending time outside (I havent been outside in about 3 weeks excluding school =O. I’m not kidding!!), and blogging, and writing. I’m sure my characters are missing me. I’m missing them.

While I’m away, answer this question for me. “Is Wikipedia a reliable research tool when researching for a WIP? Why/why not?”
I’m off now, to study…

…And study…

…And STUDY!!!!!!

You get the point.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Beating Writer’s Block

June 6, 2009

NOTE: I did have another poll planned for today, but after the dismal outcome of the last poll, I wont bother. Thanks for the people who voted.

Writer’s Block. We all know what it is, and I think you lucky if you’ve never experienced it. I know I have. According to Wikipedia, Writer’s Block can be minor, lasting a couple of hours, or it can be extreme, lasting for years, and even forcing writers to quit their writing career.

So what causes Writer’s Block? It can be caused by a lack of inspiration, or by a writer not wanting to write. But the more extreme cases are caused by physical sickness, depression or severe stress.

So how can we overcome this dreaded Writer’s Block? I’ve found several ways, and I’ll share them.

  1. Probably the most obvious would be to write everyday at a certain time, and write regardless of the quality you write.

  2. Try changing where you write. Perhaps Writer’s Block has come on because you are bored with the room you write in. Move to your kitchen, sit on the steps, whatever works for you.
  3. Do something else. I’ve heard that we can be most creative when doing something with our hands. Try gardening.
  4. Stretch. If you write on a computer (which you probably do), you probably don’t sit in the best posture. Even if you’re not suffering from Writer’s Block, stretch every now and again. Also, breathe deeply, because oxygen stimulates the brain.
  5. Let it rest. Leave your WIP for a few days before coming back to it. That way, you’ll be all fresh.
  6. Work on something else. Try working on a few of those short stories you’ve wanted to write. You can go back to your WIP later, and I’m sure you’ll find inspiration again.
  7. Plan ahead of time. Think about where you’re up to, what’s going to happen and all that before you sit down to write. That way, you can start straight away.
  8. Avoid interruptions. Don’t check you email or blog. I do that all the time, and when I do, time seems to  fly. I’ll quickly check my blog to see if there’s any comments, then, ooh, someone’s posted a new blog. Half an hour later, I’m stuck. Twitter isn’t that good either.
  9. Tell yourself to write for 10 minutes. At the end of 10 minutes, you’ll find that you want to keep writing.
  10. Give yourself permission to write badly. Writer’s Block might be caused by too high expectations. It’s a first draft. It’s important to get the words on paper. Once you’ve done that, you can edit later.

There you go. There are lots more ways to beat Writer’s Block, but those were just a sample. I hope you enjoyed it, and even learnt something. Because if you did, then this post wasn’t a waste of time.

Always Writing,

Little Scribbler


Who Are You? Pt. One

June 3, 2009

Have you ever wondered about the readers of your blog? Who they are? Where are they from? Well I have.

To satisfy my curiosity, I came up with a two-part poll about you. Where do you live?, and what is your age group? Which I’ll be posting this week.

I’d love it if you voted, because I think it’s interesting as to where in the world everyone is from.

Always Writing

Little Scribbler