September Noticeboard

September 30, 2009

Poseidon’s Trident:
Current Chapter in First Draft (Typed) Stage:
13/36
Current Chapter in Edit Stage: None

Daniel Fox:
Current Story in Rough Draft Stage:
To Kill A Killer
Current Story in Edit Stage: The Fox

NPI was definitely a large help in writing, I finished  Chapter Eleven, which was a large chapter, and then wrote the next chapter in the next couple of days, before starting Chapter Thirteen
Also, I worked a bit on plans for that fantasy novel. I’ve come up with a bit more of a detailed plot.

Goals for September:

  • Try to write at least every second dayCheck. Wrote every single day.
  • Edit TF – A little bit, but no real progress.

Goals for October:

  • Write everyday
  • Edit TF
  • Keep working on TKAK

Coming up in October, I’ll be concluding the Making Bad Guys Bad series, with part two, on making them believable. Also, a post on chapter lengths and what I learnt as a result of MSFV 1000 word critique. I’m also excited to announce that KM Weiland will be doing a guest post in mid October. I’m excited, and look forward to having her stop over as part of her blog tour. Finally, I’ll be concluding the month with a post on creating goals in writing and some tips to winning NaNoWriMo.
If you’d like to do a guest post, email me, or check out a post I did earlier.

How was your month, writing wise? Did you do well? What were your goals for September, and what about next month?


Making Bad Guys Bad Pt.1

September 25, 2009

Every books needs a evil character. A bad guy, a villain, an antagonist. An antagonist can make, or break, a story. Create a believable and evil character, and you’re on the way to having a great story. Create a pathetic, two-dimensional wimp, and your work will be put down faster Over the course of this two part series of posts, I want to discuss how to create an antagonist, and how to go the extra mile to make them believable.
But first, lets look at how you create one.

You know how to create a normal character, right? Well, an antagonist is a character too. So use the same steps to create the antagonist as you would with any other character. They should have strengths and weaknesses, and a personality of their own. Don’t make them two-dimensional, stock characters.

The weaknesses are important when creating a villain. The weakness should be used to defeat the villain, or at least threaten to hurt him/her in some way. Think of Twilight. Vampires can only be killed by ripping them apart, and that’s how the villain was killed.

Keep in mind that the antagonist should be parallel to the protagonist. He/she should be opposite to the protagonist, or perhaps an evil, twisted version of your protagonist.
Also consider the type of villain he/she is. Is the antagonist a brutal sadistic killer? Or a evil genius?

What about henchmen? You need to decide if your villain has henchmen or not, and if they do, how did the antagonist acquire them? Are the henchmen silly fools tricked into following the antagonist, or were they hired mercenaries? If your story is a fantasy, maybe the henchmen were forced to follow the bad guys orders, thrown on them?
On the other hand, perhaps your villain is a one-man army, acting alone.

Lastly, you need to create a back-story for your antagonist. Write a short biography on their life. If you can make them realistic to you, then chances are, they will be realistic to the reader.


Breaking the Writing Drought

September 21, 2009

I’m officially back into the writing habit. I’m doing better than before, thanks to the Novel Push Initiative (NPI) which is being hosted by Merrilee Faber. I’m now writing 250+ words each day, which is better than the 100 words I was writing, maybe five times a week.

So I’m doing well, I honestly didn’t think I would make it past the first week of NPI without missing a day and getting ‘Knocked Out’,  but here I am. Beginning of week three, the final week.

What about you? How are you going with your writing? Going strong? Or are you currently in a slump?


Inspiration

September 16, 2009

You know, for me, the worst part of blogging is finding things to say. Writing articles for others to read. It never ends. There is no “well once the task is done, I can relax” like there is in school when I have an assignment. It never ends.

I feel like a begger, but not wondering where my next meal is coming from, but where my next post is coming from. Every day, I have to wonder, what can I blog about next? I have to look for inspiration. I have to wonder what I could write about that would interest, teach things to other writers.
I envy those bloggers who can churn something out every single day. Sometimes I have enough things to say that I could blog every single day (for about a week). I might about five posts lined up. Other times, I think, and think, and think, but nothing comes to mind.

This is one of those times.

For the life of me, I cannot think of anything to say.  But the blog has to be kept alive, fed posts regularly. Like, once a week at least.
So as I sit at my laptop, pondering what to write, I wonder, how do you guys do it?

Where do you find your inspiration from?


A Punch in the Gut

September 9, 2009

I just lost some of my writing. And it hurts. Like a punch in the guts. Ouch.

Yes, you read right, I just lost the first 1000 words of the current chapter I’m working on. About two-thirds of the chapter overall. I saved over it, somehow.
My theory is that I saved yesterday’s NPI word count by accident. You see, I have this weird version of Microsoft Word on my laptop, a version which only does a word count for the entire document. So to get an accurate WC of the day’s writing, I copy the words over to a fresh document, and WC that. But somehow, the WC document got saved, not the chapter.

I’m determined not to get angry and upset over this. It’s no-ones fault over this (well, except mine…). I mean, it’s only 1000 words. How long can that take to retype? I wrote it a couple of days ago, so it shouldn’t be too hard to remember.

Fortunately, there is a moral to this sad, tragic event. Backup your work.

Sure, I backup my writing, but not often enough. I usually backup once a month, in case of a disaster, like theft or a house fire. I never really considered that I might actually delete my work like this. So my last backup was about the 1st of August. Which sadly, doesn’t contain my current chapter. I think it’s safe to say I’ll be backing up more regularly.

But I suppose not all bad came from this. I got a blog post out of it, and an easy ride with my WC for the NPI. The next few days will just be rewriting what I’ve already written.
What about you? Has this ever happened to you? How much did you lose? Where/how often do you backup your writing?