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  1. I moodboard! Or at least make aesthetic collections. I use the Pixlr app, (usually on mobile but sometimes on desktop.) I’ve also used GIMP. The photos are found on Pinterest and collected into my boards. I’d share a recent board but the file size is too large and I’m on mobile so!
  2. Talitha & Alinora Marx Brothers: They laugh at the same things, though Alinora likes to pretend that she doesn't. Both of them are prone to sarcastic jabs and witty remarks--though Talitha voices hers more often. Talitha loves puns, and while they aren't Alinora's favorite form of humor, she finds some of them amusing. Talitha also enjoys nonsensical things. (For instance, to use an example from our world, she would adore Alice In Wonderland. Alinora would... not. She wouldn't hate it, but it wouldn't be her cup of tea.) Monogamy: *hand wiggle* Both of them agree that working together is necessary. Alinora has a unique ability that could weaken their enemy long enough for the others to do some damage; Talitha has a ship capable of flight and extensive magical knowledge. However, Talitha is quite fond of Alinora (once she's been around a while, anyway) whereas Alinora mostly tolerates Talitha. (This changes as time goes on, but for the first book... Talitha definitely likes Alinora a lot more than Alinora likes her. But that's mostly because Alinora won't let herself like people.) Manners: Ehhhh. No. Alinora is a quiet, reserved person who likes her personal space. Talitha, on the other hand, is loud; in-your-face; and wants to know everything. She's fine with being rebuked, but she still inquires--and Alinora doesn't appreciate that. At all. There are some things they agree on though. For instance, neither of them brings up family. Neither of them intrudes on the other's private quarters (such as there are on a ship) or touches the others things without permission. Talitha is occasionally prone to talking with her mouth open and is incapable of sitting still. Morality: Yes. Without going into too much detail, both of them do live in a sort of grey area. Alinora has a tad more respect for the system than Talitha does, but both of them acknowledge that it isn't perfect. (And that sometimes alternative methods have to be found.) Neither of them believe in "necessary sacrifice." (Not entirely true. Alinora believes its okay to accept it for yourself if you feel like it's the best option; Talitha agrees with the phrasing but thinks Alinora is maybe a little too eager to throw her life away. That has little to do with morality but I wasn't entirely sure where else to put it, so it goes here, as that's a large source of conflict between them.) Money: Both of them primarily see money as a tool to be spent, rather than something to be hoarded. Talitha is a little more careful with her money than Alinora is, but Talitha is also responsible for providing with others. Were Alinora actually ruling her people, she would be more careful with it, but as is, she only has herself to worry about... and she only needs money for things like food and weapon maintenance. The rest she tends to give away. Mind: Both of them are intelligent and adaptable, and have areas they know more about than the other. Alinora is better at reading people and situations, while Talitha knows more about magic and history. Both of them are equally adept in politics, though Alinora has an advantage because of the people-reading thing. Both of them like to know things--Talitha wants to know everything, though her primary concern is magic. Alinora likes to know people, because it's easier to spot discrepancies in their behavior. When in a serious situation (a battle; a planning session; etc.) they can communicate quite well, especially once they've gotten to know each other. On a personal level, they still have a ways to go. How does this lead to conflict? On the surface, there are a lot of things they disagree on. Alinora thinks that Talitha is obnoxious and over the top (common complaints). She thinks that Talitha is treating the war like its a game, or like a logic puzzle she has to solve. Talitha thinks that Alinora is... I can't think of a good word to describe what I mean. She sees the way Alinora pushes people away to protect herself and while she understands that Alinora was hurt, she doesn't get the point. She's only hurting herself right now. She's not preventing future pain; she's causing current pain. She also doesn't understand why she's so eager to throw her life away. It causes a lot of interpersonal conflict. However, at the same time, both of them do admire each other... for their cleverness and their ingenuity. They have each other's backs and as leaders, get along quite well. It's just... everywhere else that they fall apart.
  3. Doing this again because I love it, and how it makes me think of my characters, a lot. (Also, I'm very much enjoying reading about everyone else's characters!!) I'm definitely going to be saving this template to my character files... Talitha Jade Role: Talitha's "main" role--in that it's how everyone around her sees her--is that of pirate captain. Pirate, because she's not beholden to any government or naval force. And captain because she commands the ship and its crew, of course. She's also referred to as admiral due to her involvement with the resistance... but that's mostly because she's the only ship/captain at their disposal. Talitha is also a scholar, her preferred areas being history and magic. She's a powerful mage, as well. She takes all of these roles very seriously--though you may not know this to meet her. She has her preferences, but on the whole, is determined to do her best at whatever she tries. (Mind, her best. She doesn't have to be the best. She just has to know that she has given it her all.) Relationships: Talitha has a lot of relationships. Some good, some bad. Like Alinora, a lot of her life was shaped by loss and hardship. Her father was an abuser, her mother spent most of her time traveling to escape that, leaving Talitha and her sister to take the brunt of it. From a young age, Talitha assumed responsibility for her sister, doing her best to not only pursue her own passions but take care of Lynette as well. Eventually, the two ran away--but their past caught up with them, and Lynette died... alongside the fledgling family she'd built. Talitha confronted her father, the culprit, and finally brought him to face justice. Her mother re-emerged from where she was hiding... with a new lover and son. Talitha disowned her family, gave up her birthright, and chose her crew. She adores her crew more than anything. They're the family she built for herself, and the people she's sworn to do right by, as much as she can. However, at the same time, she's also committed to seeing the cause Lynette pledged herself to (the resistance) through. Which brings them into a lot of danger. Status: Talitha grew up as an upperclassman. Her family was nobility. Her mother, the leader of a guild that Talitha was to one day take over. Her father, the leader of the city-state the guild's primary chapter was in. She chafed at a lot of the roles she was supposed to fill--for instance, she never understood the importance of a bloodline or of marriage. Now, though, her status is a little more complicated. Among the resistance and her crew, she's highly ranked, but she doesn't have a lot of wealth or resources to her name. Competencies: Talitha is a magical savant. From a young age, she was able to cast high level spells and adapt them to suit her needs. Enchantments were her toys. She surrounded herself in books and studies, devouring knowledge like she was starving for it. As a result, she knows a lot about a lot of things (which is so helpful when I need to drop some information 😉). She also has a unique sort of charisma, in that you either find her endearing or irritating, and sometimes waffle between the two. Her social skills do leave something to be desired, but that's where her unique personality makes up for it. How does this lead to internal conflict? Talitha is someone who is used to making things happen. When she wanted to know something, she went looking for the answers. When she wanted something done, she did her best to get it done. She's used to looking out for others and being the person with all the answers. Unfortunately, among the resistance, Talitha often finds herself running into problems she's never encountered before. She also finds herself leading those she wants to protect straight into danger--and the fact that they chose to accompany her doesn't alleviate that guilt at all. She finds herself often feeling like a fraud or a liar... and often clings to her magical prowess as a lifeline.
  4. Charic sounds like a REALLY interesting character who’s story I would love to read 😮 thank you for sharing these tips!!! It was really fun to fill out for my MC and insightful to see how internal conflict can be developed. Especially since I usually just kind of blunder into figuring out what their internal conflict is as I write! This is a much more focused way to find that, and I think it’ll be really helpful for future projects!
  5. Alinora Mynerva Role: She starts out as an assassin, though her job is primarily to spot traitors within the guild. However, the role that is nearest and dearest to her heart is that of Mynera’s crown princess. She feels it’s her responsibility to serve the public; to put her people before herself. Relationships: Despite trying to avoid them, Alinora has many. The most important ones, however, are with people that are dead. Specifically, her mother and her fiancée. She feels like she failed both of them, and is continuing to fail them, by remaining in hiding instead of returning to her people and saving them from the usurper on her throne. Status: Alinora was born into a high status, but she has made herself an outcast. She rejects most material possessions and gets by on the bare minimum in an effort to take up as little space as possible. Competencies: Alinora is a skilled fighter, hunter, and observer. She was trained in other things, but has let that training fall to the side, instead embracing what she feels she needs to survive. How does this lead to internal conflict? Because of the people that she lost and the way she experienced that loss, Alinora ran. She feels as if she abandoned her people to their fate—and in doing so, betrayed those that she loved. She constantly thinks of herself as a coward, hiding as she does under a false name, filling a job that was never meant for her. However, she is afraid. Afraid of returning and seeing what’s become of her people. Afraid of not being able to enact the vengeance she feels they deserve. Afraid of having to be Mynera’s queen. This sets her up for a lot of internal conflict—especially when she DOES return, and finds a resistance waiting for her. She feels even more like she’s failed them, because she could have been helping… and instead she was working with a group of murderers.
  6. “You know, it’s funny. I’ve spent all this time wishing for home, and now that I stand in its shadow… I find myself afraid.” She had changed much since she left. Did she even belong here anymore? She took a breath. There was only one way to find out. - 49!
  7. Damp. Cold. Dark. There was nothing to do but count the stones upon the wall… and wait. Once there had been a humming, but then the guards had come. All that was left was the stones. The stones and the dark and the waiting. Endless waiting, for the endless dark. - 50 exactly XD
  8. The great red dragon burst from the lake. The wizard raised his hand, an ice charm encasing their band. The dragon arced down, opened its maw... and unleashed a wave of dragonfire. And thus, another band of adventurers fell to the dragon of the north. 45! 😄
  9. I have since restarted the novel, and taken away the “thinking of” bits. Most of them, anyway. This is really good advice! A lot of my named characters are background characters—characters who are relevant to my protagonist’s past, but who will exit the story as soon as she embraces the journey ahead.
  10. For context: My MC, Alinora, has her life interrupted in the beginning of the story. You know, like most protagonists 😜 I actually wrote a couple of prequels to my novel, though not intentionally; I thought that was where I needed to start. It was not. That was populated with characters, and while many of them faded into the background, they were still very much part of her life when I started my story. My CP at the time---she turned out not to be a good fit for me, and vice versa---had a lot of complaints about the amount of names that were being thrown out. Especially since some of the characters hadn't been introduced physically yet. My character was thinking of them, and thus called them by name, though I couldn't think of a way to naturally insert a description of who they were. These characters were the leaders of the guild she works for and a few of her... friends is the best word, though not how she thinks of them, haha. I have since restarted the story, due to a number of other (valid) criticisms, but now I'm increasingly paranoid about how many names I throw out. Given that it is still very much a first draft (no matter how many times I've restarted it, I have yet to finish it... I struggle a lot with perfectionism, lol) I know that I probably shouldn't be worrying about this just yet. But given that it's still bothering me, I have to ask: How do you know if you're throwing out too many named side characters? Especially when you don't know how many of them will be relevant later, and how many will fade in the background?
  11. You know, I was actually just about to make a post in a similar vein! Lately, I've been having a similar difficulty with a project that is very near and dear to my heart. Like you, I have an idea of where I want to go... but once I get down to writing, it never seems to come out right. And then I get stuck. I know that I should probably just let it be until the first rounds of edits, and that it probably isn't as bad as it feels like... but I can't seem to leave it alone. So I rewrite. Sometimes the whole scene, sometimes the last few lines. I start thinking that maybe my beginning is wrong. Maybe I'm starting in the wrong place. Maybe I haven't done enough planning. I know how it ends. I have a few rough scenes planned, but not much else, because it always ends up changing as I write. I enjoy that; the discovery of it, but at the same time, I sometimes feel a bit lost. I'm still trying to figure out how to break through that. How to get myself to the point where I can just write and then worry about everything later---to turn the perfectionist brain off and just embrace the flaws in my writing. I guess that doesn't really answer your questions, since I'm trying to get answers too XD I wish you luck with your writing!
  12. LivvyMoore

    Zero drafts

    @Banespawn and @Penguinball both describe my thoughts on Draft Zero XD But I guess if I was to describe it as a process, it would look something like this: Think of the scenes that won't leave you alone. The big battle at the climax, maybe, or the conversation between the heroes between missions. Write 'em down. Summarize everything you want to happen around those things. Get into detail if inspirations strikes, if it doesn't, don't worry. Fill the margins/comments section with notes and questions when you don't know what you need/want to happen around events. (Or leave them right in the page, maybe highlighted or a different color for easy finding.) When it's finished, you have a draft zero. Some people take draft zero and start outlining. Others just go ahead and dive into filling those gaps. I think it depends on how much inspiration you found, and how many gaps you filled, while you were zero drafting. Basically, to me, Draft Zero is an even messier version of the First Draft XD The first time I ever wrote a novel, I used the Zero Drafting method, though I didn't know what it was called at the time. I just knew trying to write from point A to point B wasn't working for me, and neither was writing non-chronologically. So I started summarizing important scenes that weren't calling to me at the time, and only filling in bits of dialogue or description. It helped me feel like less of a perfectionist, because it felt like... outlining, but not outlining? I don't know how to explain it, exactly. Or even if what I described is a technical draft zero haha.
  13. Oh my gosh I hate this advice. I totally forgot about it when I was writing my response… probably because I hate it so much 😂 I know it’s helpful for some people, but the people who say it often preach it like it’s gospel—and I’m just like: But I can’t do that. It’s not possible for me, and never has been. I don’t even write every day during NaNo! Wow. That is. Wow. That’s really all I have to say about that. What terrible advice. @Jedi Knight Muse I couldn’t find a specific place to quote from because there was lots of good stuff, but! On the topic of realistic writing, my go to response has always been—I get enough of reality in the day to day. When I pick up a book or go to write, I want somewhere to escape to properly—somewhere new and different with exciting things that don’t happen IRL. I FEEL THIS. Any school assignment that involved creative writing that wouldn’t let you write Fantasy sucked all the joy and energy right out of me xD My parents (and friends) would be like “Oh, you should enjoy this!” And I’m just like. No. It took a while for me to really articulate why, though. Because I love to write, but it’s not exactly the act of writing that brings me joy, but what I’m writing. And I lose a lot of my favorite things writing outside of fantasy xD I have never considered this before. (Referring to the whole paragraph, not just the quoted part, of course xD) When I read that piece of advice I always took it as, “make sure they’re not just a stereotype.” I hadn’t really thought about the rest of it, but that’s a really good point!! Oooooh, Okay, I had never heard of this before!!! Probably because of the near shock therapy scene, actually, lol. As for the books, I have no idea how close any of that was, because I’ve only read one other Oz book, and that was the one where they found Ozma. (I really liked it, but I don’t know what happened to my copy! Donated to the library, probably.) I had heard the stuff about what they did to the Judy Garland though—her life was pretty tragic, from everything I read. Oz was just the start of it 😞
  14. Writing advice is such a mixed bag! Like, I've seen people quote pieces of advice that they've heard before, but they don't explain it. Said isn't dead, but you don't want to constantly add dialogue tags. Leave some spots open, or go for descriptors sometimes. Adverbs aren't the enemy, just don't use them so liberally you're not showing anything. Showing isn't always better than telling, both of them have their place. Tropes and cliches can be fun, and don't always have to be avoided. Plot twists are fun but not everything has to be shocking. Killing your darlings doesn't mean cut everything you love out. Etc. Etc. Etc. I could go on, honestly. But there's like. Goldmines of good advice out there, too. I guess my personal favorites for each category would be... Good: Write what you love, especially in a first draft. If you start following down a path that you hate, scrap it and try again, until you find something you love. Even if it takes longer to finish, it's worth it to have a finished product that you want to refine into something better. Don't delete things. Even if you cut it out of your story, save it somewhere. A document of "bloopers" or something. A description, a piece of dialogue, or something could come in handy later, and it's nice to have it on hand already. If you really need to, don't be afraid to edit the last few paragraphs. Just don't let yourself get stuck editing the same chapter/scene over and over again, and get stuck forever. Personal favorite: If you're really stuck somewhere, change your formatting settings. Change your font to something wacky. Adjust the size or the color. Play with your page settings. Bad: Don't use [x] beginning or [x] ending. I hate this advice. "Don't start your story with a description of the weather." But what if the rain is coming down in torrents as someone races away, clutching something important in their arms? "Don't end your story revealing it was all a dream." But what if the dream was important, in some way? Like for Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz. (Granted, I don't believe that it was really a dream per se in the books, but in the movie, given that there were no sequels, it was.) Anyway. I'm just not fond of this advice. That's the big one. There are other smaller things I nitpick, but. That's the big one for me, the one that always makes me grumpy when I read it 😛 I feel this. Writing is not accomplished in the same way by everyone, and I hate when articles and books talk like it is. I love this advice, and it's honestly probably the one Golden Rule of writing, imo 😛 but its so hard to take to heart!! I want to give myself leeway through the suck but... I'm still working on it. (Speaking as a chronic perfectionist :P) Ughhhhh I hated when this was going around. Excellent advice and another one I have a hard time taking in myself XD
  15. I daydream all the time. My daydreams are usually ongoing, featuring the same general cast of characters, who occasionally interact with the characters/worlds from whatever fandom I’m in at the moment. Said characters are actually the mains from one of the novels I’m working on—though many of them had to be cut out because the cast was too large. (Other things had to be cut too, but all of those things are still alive and well in my daydreams xD) And I do most of my daydreaming pacing around listening to music, but also before bed.