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  2. In Caerellí Chronicles, Kieran goes from mostly hating himself, feeling out of place, and acting very devil may care, to having a significant amount of self-esteem, a whole bunch of friends and family, and actually planning and looking forward to the future. As for the world, the tear in the Veil lets more magic into Earth, and in Annwn the nobles and king become a lot less self centred, and the humans and Annuvians bridge the rift that had formed between their communities. The changes to the world aren't major, really. The whole society being undermined sounds like a very dramatic and fun change to have though.
  3. I like the idea of Farus' world getting shaken after he's been so sure he's one of the good guys. I haven't seen that done that often in fiction (if at all!) It's a nice twist on the antihero becoming the good guy and what excites me most about it is that it's realistic.
  4. You have the date as the 19th but today's the 21st. Just wanted to double check what date this is for 'cause you already gave a word count for the 19th.
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  6. My characters with commitment problems fall in love and by the end of the novel get married and will adopt two children
  7. I wrote words! Today's date: [July 19, 2019] Words to add: [1,021] words New total: [32,365] words Assuming the lead in the conversation, Eva began. “We now officially have a new member of the team. Our elusive transient has been located.”
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  9. Today's date: 20-th of July 2019 Previous month's total: [16,042] words for June Four months total (March-June): [77,748] wordsNew words for July: [16,248] words
  10. I would like to pledge 25k for the month of August. I see about 10 hours of the month being editing my first book and (hopefully) writing 15k into my second book
  11. So I asked in a previous post what a Strong Female Character actually is, anyway? A lot of people think it means taking the stereotypical male hero and gender-flipping them--a great example of this would be the hard drinking, emotionally damaged, strong-but-silent trope that is Jessica Jones. And that's not a bad route to take in some cases--Jessica Jones is a well-written complex, believable, fully realized character who can easily be a role model for all the women who never fit easily into traditional ideas of what being feminine means (we'll leave the thorny issues of introducing role models to girls with toxic masculine behaviors--such as showing it as heroic to bury and deny any emotion but rage--for another day). The problem comes, however, when all Strong Female Characters start following this blueprint, as is too often the case. It's like we looked at "Strong Female Character" and decided culturally that "Strong" meant physical strength. To know what a Strong Female Character should be, here's a hint--just remove the word "Female." Quick, off the top of your head, what constitutes a Strong Character? Physical strength? Should they all be built like Conan or He-man, badasses like John McClane, loose cannons like Martin Riggs? I know everyone reading this answered "no" because you are story creators and consumers, and you've fallen in love with characters like Samwise Gamgee and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Raistlin Majere and Tyrion Lannister. Primary or secondary characters in their portrayal, it matters not, because all of these names were fully fleshed out, well rounded, and had goals, ambitions, desires, and needs that were separate from the other characters around them. Even Sam, so outwardly willing to subsume himself to Frodo, had a different goal from his master--he couldn't give two shits about the ring, his priority was to see that Frodo returned home alive or die trying to make it happen. You wouldn't think it hard to make a Strong female Character--just do for her what you do for him, right? Oh, that life would be so easy. But no, apparently adding boobs just messes everything up forever because...reasons? Included below is some of the most common traps people fall into when making Strong Female Characters. However, keep in mind, male characters (or intersex, no sex, animal, or any other character type you can dream up) are not immune to these particular screw ups, as well. I highly recommend reading them and learning about them because, even if your female characters are perfect or your book--for perfectly justifiable reasons (and there are some)--will never see a female character, these articles can still help you avoid some basic sloppy-writing mistakes. "Tough, Cold, Terse, Taciturn and Prone to Not Saying Goodbye When They Hang Up the Phone" Have you heard the term "Man With Boobs?" It's harder to find articles on it these days, but it's still a TV Tropes page and mention of it does tend to come and go. What it tries to describe are a very certain type of female character: A perfect example of the "man with boobs" trope is (yes, I'm mentioning her twice) Jessica Jones. Now, don't get me wrong; I find her extraordinarily well written. However, if she was gender flipped into a man, how many changes would her character need to make her a believable male? For myself, I'd hazard zero. And as the success of Jessica Jones has shown us, this type of female character is long overdue. We need these atypical heroines, because women come in all sorts of different personality types. But the problem is, writing is never done in a vacuum. There have been numerous discussions of toxic masculinity (an extreme form of masculinity) and how the depiction of it in media can effect boys, and now we're serving up that exact same toxic blueprint to girls in the form of role models they can identify with. On top of that, there is the danger of doubling down on the idea that anyone with traits that we currently consider feminine (warmth, empathic, fashionable, gentle, weak, etc.) doesn't deserve to be a hero. We are once again pushing feminine traits to a secondary role, even as we try to elevate actual females in our stories. But...Jessica Jones really is an awesome character. But then again, there are a lot of 1980 action hero look-alikes hanging around stories even today, and that's the other danger of writing Men With Boobs. That stereotypical man's man may feel refreshing for a little while when we see it gender flipped, but sooner or later the consumer is going to realize they're still being served a forty+ year old stereotype given a face lift. So what's the answer? Who friggin knows. This one is totally up to you. However, I would encourage any writer to put thought into both their male and female characters and ask themselves why they gave them the traits they did. Is it because a thousand other movies and books have, or id there something more to it? Will changing things up, giving them unusual or unexpected traits make things more interesting or just break believably? And no matter how you finally decide to depict your women, the most important thing they can have is agency. I'mma just let Chuck Wendig explain that one further: How “Strong Female Characters” Still End Up Weak And Powerless (Or, “Do They Pass The Action Figure Test?”) And this author can fill in a few blanks, as well. Her three pieces of basic advice are things many people don't normally think much about: Writing Women Characters as Human Beings We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome What is Trinity Syndrome? Here's a great example: The article includes a list of questions you can ask yourself about your female characters to make sure that you haven't built a complex, intriguing cardboard cutout--pretty to look at but not all that useful. You can use the list on secondary male character, as well. The Bechdel Test, and Other Media Representation Tests, Explained You could drown in all the tests people come up with to improve your writing. The link above gives basic explanations (and links) to the tree most common tests for female representation in novels, the ever-famous Bechdel Test, the Mako Mori Test, and the Sexy Lamp Test (potentially complete with post-it). However, it also goes on to talk about other tests you can do for your writing, including a few meant specifically for non-fiction literature. Well worth checking out no matter what you're writing. What Is ‘Fridging’, And How Can You Avoid It? For anyone who's never heard of it, the actual full term is "Woman in Refrigerators, names after a website created by Gail Simone outlining just how many female superheroes (just heroines, not included were the fridged wives, girlfriends or family members of male superheroes) had been killed, maimed, raped, depowered, or otherwise irrevocably brutalized in the comic world. The trope name itself is from a Green Lantern comic that depicted his discovery of his dead wife shoved in a refrigerator; many fans thought she'd been chopped to pieces and it's easy to see why. The term quickly jumped into mainstream use because, once we finally had a name for it nothing could stop us talking about a trope that had been popping up with far too much frequency. The inevitable cry of "men die too" arose, and was rebutted by John Bartol in his essay Dead Men Defrosting. If a fridged character can be replaced in the narrative by a destroyed possession, they’re not truly a character. However, when men suffer similar trauma as women (not counting sexual assault, which is so rare as to barely be depicted) they are allowed to overcome their odds and return to their heroic selves. Women, on the other hand, are not afforded the same chances. And when they die, they most after die heroically or protecting something rather than simply victimized to death and, especially in superhero comics, they may not stay dead. But if they do, as depicted in the latest Spiderman movie, their deaths matter. (Legit Avengers spoiler ahead.) To be fair, I have seen male characters that were legitimately fridged, though much more rarely. Gender flipping it doesn't make it play out any better on the page. And, of course we can't go without an article like this one because ohmigawd people can suck (TRIGGER WARNING). All my commentary will be under the spoiler tag. Writing About Rape I've covered most of the main pitfalls I can recall, though I may have missed a few. Just for funsies I'm adding a couple of amusing articles that still manage to make good points through the humor, and I'll end with my thoughts on Mary Sues. Yes, I have very deliberately not mentioned Mary Sues at all until now for reasons I'll outline below. Women Are Schooling Men About How To Write Female Characters In A Hilarious Tumblr Thread Women Are Describing Themselves As A Male Writer Would, And It’s Brilliant Finally, one that is near and dear to my heart...THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MARY SUE! No, no, before you dive in to prove me wrong, let me explain. Of course, if you are reeeeally attached to the term you may want to stop reading the post here and just enjoy the links above. ☺️ But if you're interested in my reasoning (and potentially more links on the discussion), read the article and check out the spoiler tag: Mary Sue, what are you? or why the concept of Sue is sexist And nothing illustrates the point better than this quote:
  12. I have been doing a lot of writing last month. I just forgot about checking in with this site. I want to sign up for 7k words this month.
  13. I wrote words! Today's date: [July 19, 2019] Words to add: [1,836] words New total: [31,344] words GOAL ACHIEVED! “I like the way it handles. They weren’t ready for full automatic return fire.”
  14. Worldsmyths Community Writing Challenge Round Six: August Sign Ups July 20th - August 3rd The next round of sign ups for the challenge is here already! This will work the same exact why as it did for previous months. You'll have until August 3rd by 11:59 PM GMT-4 to sign up for the month of August. (The word count check ins for May are still going, but we're giving everyone two weeks to sign up each time the next month is approaching.) Please remember, in order to have your word check-ins counted for August, you must have signed up by responding to this post! This is the last month to participate in the challenge until next year! This post is specifically just for choosing and pledging a word count that you want to aim for during the month of August. In order to sign up, you must reply to this post with the word count goal you would like to pledge for August. In order to keep the thread clean, please leave all discussion out of this post. If you have any questions, you can use this post to ask them. If you miss the deadline for signing up by a few days, we will make an exception and allow you to sign up. If you need a refresher of the FAQs and rules, head here. When choosing your goal, remember that you are not aiming to write it within the six months as a whole, you are aiming to write it within a single month. Remember, you do not have to choose the same word count as the previous month. If you surpassed your goal or didn't come anywhere close to it, you are welcome to aim for a higher/lower goal for the month of August. You'll keep writing toward your word count goal for July until July 31st at midnight in your time zone. Remember that the following things count toward your word count: Story writing (novels/short stories) Fan Fiction Brainstorming (world building, character building, etc) Editing If you have not been checking into the check in post for July with your word counts, please make sure you do so! The check in post is here. 5k @TwistedRiver 7k @Trekkie 10k -Name here- 15k @Elena 20k -Name here- 25k @dahj_the_bison 30k -Name here- 35k -Name here- 40k -Name here- 45k -Name here- 50k -Name here- 60k 65k -Name here- 70k -Name here- 75K -Name here- 80k -Name here- 85k -Name here- 90k -Name here- 95k -Name here- 100k -Name here- 125k -Name here- 150k -Name here- 175k -Name here- 200k -Name here- Tagging: @Penguinball, @Mynoris, @Pinchofmagic, @taintedhero, @C_M_Clark, @RKM, @LShelby, @Amblygon, @Arc, @Titania, @XanthussMarduk, @Autumn, @Crysania, @bdcharles, @Jessitiz, @Sheepy-Pie, @DaVinci, @nikipinz, @fenn, @airrica, @Anthony Lockwood, @Dreamcatcher, @electric, @TricksterShi, @Elena, @Emskie-Wings, @Fluffypoodel, @EdelBeeRocker, @lorneytunes, @EliBrightwood, @M.N. Lanthier, @Pinchofmagic, @PurpleChocolate, @Storycollector, @Tangwystle, @Trekkie, @TricksterShi, @TwistedRiver, @roadmagician, @CrabbyMaiden, @Krimson Ravyn, @mathgnome, @RKM, @tllbrinkley, @Dizzy72, @ZillieR00, @A Blue Gorilla, @Misades, @Rohierim, @Sam, @dragonhavn, @airrica, @jdvollans
  15. Thank you! And the duo you're envisioning sound like a lot of fun!
  16. Since i'm a heavy planner, i already have some idea about this for my current WIP (which is still in the planning phase) Valerie (MC) - Valerie undergoes several major changes. In the beginning she is very obsessed with being recognized by the society as a scientist. Her primary goal is to increase her standing in that community. At the end she willingly becomes an enemy of the church (in a society where religion is a big thing and the church is quite powerful) in order to save the world. Another major development is her faith. In the beginning her faith is broken by a past traumatic event. Rediscovering her faith and accepting the religion is her major internal arc. Farus (Antagonist) - Farus is an agent of the church sent to deal with "disruptive entities". In the beginning he is a willing follower, believing in discipline and order. He has a clear moral compass and sees himself as the good guy. His world view gets shaken and turned upside down during the story, so in the end he doesn't know what is right or wrong anymore. Which shows itself in the end, when he lets Valerie and the other main characters go, instead of stopping them. The other characters aren't detailed enough to already have arcs. World - Religion and the church are a big thing in my world. Both are used to justify a two-class system (Noble vs common). The noble class controlls the military power, the church controlls the rare magic users. At the end of the story a truth is revealed which undermines this system. The whole religion and the segregation of the two classes is built upon lies, which get exposed. Magic (might) become more widespread instead of being tightly controlled by the church. I think especially the world changes open the possibility of a sequel, although that is not on my mind right now. Planning and writing that story in the first place is a task big enough already.
  17. And they'll continue singing it forever just because
  18. Some people started singing it
  19. Yes it goes on and on my friends
  20. This is the song that never ends
  21. This is a test, please ignore (it's Jedi Knight Muse in disguise 😛 )
  22. Great writeup and links. I f**king love badass warrior women - Amazons, Scythians, the lot. They have a special kind of ferocity. I have a couple in my WIPs that are reader favourites. I am however quite conscious of trope and cliche abuse that might abound so my main MC, while she wages war, develops and uses tech and inspiration rather than weapons; when the other woman hands her her crossbow with a view to showing her how to use it, she pops a gasbag on her airship. But the men don't get away so easy either. My chivalric dragonslayer is an asthmatic wimp whose sword "disintegrates in a shower of rust and red flakes" and only manages to slay the dragon using a combination of inventions my MC gives him plus the desire to engage in the ultimate act of valour: gifting one's life for others.
  23. That is a neat way of introducing yourself! :D Welcome and congratulations on the journey!
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