Monthly Archives: March 2012
Okay, first things first. Since I was naughty and didn’t post one last week, I’ve got your writing prompt here. I was listening to the radio, and a rather hokey song came on that I am too lazy to go look up, but one of the lyrics has kept bouncing around my head.
“On the upside of a downward spiral.”
What caused the downward spiral? What is the upside to it? Where will it all lead? You lot out there, go write and find out!
Now, with our regular Wednesday wild and crazy out of the way, I’ve got awesome things to tell. Firstly, the new browser mmo Sword Girls is out in open beta! Seriously, you need to play this game, it’s crazy fun. Personally, I chose the Darklore starter deck, if only because it sounds a lot like playing aggro black in Magic. Second, Script Frenzy. Ever heard of it? It’s a bit like NaNoWriMo, but for script writing, and instead of word count, you’ve got page count. 100 pages, to be exact. And, I might be doing this bad boy twice at once. Wait, that made no sense, did it? To clarify, I intend to write two 100-page-each scripts at once. Can I do it? Hopefully. Thirdly, and lastly, let’s talk webcomics! Specifically, let’s talk about the webcomic I’m going to be doing with a good friend of mine. Hence the double-dose of Screnzy I will be having.
The comic is titled Angelic Crisis, and features a vast array of wild and crazy people. The main plot follows a rather villainous Faerie and the angel he serves as the angel orchestrates a plot to take over the universe and rewrite it in the image of pure chaos. Opposing him are the forces of order, eventually led by another Faerie, and Villain!Faerie’s rival of sorts. I will very likely post more details soon, so hopefully this little bit of a teaser is tantalizing enough for ya. =]
It’s Wednesday, and we all know what that means! New prompt! What shall it be today…*strokes evil beard*
Honestly, I didn’t have any ideas, but I do now. Go to TVTropes. Yes, it is a black hole from which time is sucked in quicker than you can say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, but go anyway. At the top of the home page, under the search box, is a little blue button that says RANDOM. Click it. Write something based off the first trope that pops up.
So, I’ve been making myself write everyday with 750words.com. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a sort-of writing challenge where you have to write 750 words every day. It’s roughly three handwritten pages of anything. It’s helped me a good deal with figuring out some of the plot elements for The Sunset Trilogy (which may or may not get renamed again). Anyway, you get points of varying number, badges for certain things, it’s really cool in my opinion. I had a lovely streak going – nine days, I believe – and I forgot to write the day before yesterday. I was so close to getting whatever badge it was for going ten nights in a row (there’s a different one for mornings), and now I’ve got to rebuild my streak. Ah well.
If you’ve been around a bit, you may have seen my earlier post about the writing workshops of Inkwell Imaginings – specifically, their workshop on the hero’s journey. For any interested, you can attend the workshop meetings in a virtual capacity (you wouldn’t be the only one :D) through Livestream.
EDIT: Meetings are Fridays at 6:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time. You can also find Inkwell on Facebook.
The current workshop schedule is as follows:
3/2- Critique Circle
3/9- World Building/ Setting (Kit)
-accepts such as technology, religion, landscape, culture, politics, etc.
3/16- Critique Circle
3/23- Time Management (Kit and Jenifer)
-How to stay focus
-Keeping your passion
-Setting goals (Reward system for Nano)
4/6- Write What You Know (Jenifer)
-exploring your own interests and hobbies
-drawing on your back round
-Non-fiction narrative about yourself, memorize, or a specific experience
4/13- Critique Circle
4/20- Write What You DON’T Know (Kit)
-picking a topic or experience you wish to know more about
-historical fiction, learning about a specific time of history
4/27- Critique Circle
5/4- Acting it Out (Kit and Jenifer)
-physically acting it out
-reading it out loud to yourself or to someone or have them read it out loud
5/11- Critique Circle
5/18- Writing Through Stress (Kit and Jenifer)
-tips and tricks of how to keep going
-how to deal with stress in a constructive way
5/25- Critique Circle
6/1- Own Your Work, Validation, Incentive (Kit and Jenifer)
-stop saying you’re writing is CRAP
-giving yourself rewards during and after a project
-giving credit to EVERYTHING you write, because it will always teach you something
-Not getting burnt out
6/8- Critique Circle
6/15- Editing/ Revising (Kit and Jenifer)
-when to let go
-what to look for
-how many passes to make (3: 2 hard and 1 for typos)
-over kill does existed
-story length defines
6/22- Critique Circle
6/29- Self-Publishing (Jenifer)
-how to start
-process for hard copies
-process for e-books
-list price setting
7/6- Critique Circle
7/13- Traditional Publishing (Kit)
-how to start (query letter)
-finding a good agent, contract negotiations
-knowing that rejection is out there/ building a thick skin
-knowing what you are going in to/ author for a life time, not one book
-Self VS. Traditional pros and cons
7/20- Critique Circle
7/27- Building your author brand (Kit and Jenifer)
-knowing how you want to be
-what kind of books you want out there with your name attached
It’s the zombie apocalypse and your character is stuck in the middle of it. How are they escaping? Do they escape? Is there a chance for survival at all? Your task, should you choose to accept it, is writing to find out! Have fun!