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  1. Jedi Knight Muse

    Multiple POV characters/chapter question

    Because of how short it is and how so little happens in it. I mean, if it was me, I would probably think it was supposed to be a prologue or something. Maybe that's because I can't think of any books I've read where the first chapter has been 600 words long. Fair enough! Well the only reason this even became a potential issue is because like I said, I was going to post the first chapter for feedback last night and I realized...it's SO short with it the way it is. Since I'd be submitting it for feedback into the library, I felt like I immediately would get at least one comment telling me that there wasn't enough in it to give any actual feedback on. I'm honestly not sure that it brings that much to the story that I couldn't weave into both Kassel and Alana's chapters by getting rid of the current first chapter (where Alana's being chased) as further details, especially since Alana and Kassel have a connection to each other that I could convey even more in both of those other chapters (the new one where Kassel talks to the queen and then the one where Alana wakes up). Would the story be impacted that much without that chapter with Alana being chased? Probably not that much. I can easily weave some of the same details, like the golems (who do make a few other appearances further into the story), into the other chapters without it really making that much of a difference. (I suppose the downside is that I'd be risking some info dumpy-ness, but that can always be fixed.) Also a good point. And yes, the golems play a role later (although right now it's probably rather weak, but that's more on me and the writing itself). And yes, I could easily weave in most of the things in the first chapter into Alana's chapter. Maybe it's because it's my story so I'm finding it harder to approach it from the same angle that you are, as a reader, without overthinking things, but I just don't really see the way the chapter with Alana being chased through the forest bringing THAT much impact to the story. I could be wrong, I guess. Someone elsewhere (who didn't read the chapter) said that I really should be showing Alana stealing the parchment. Part of me agrees with that, part of me is like -____- at the thought of trying to write a theft scene. So I guess what I'm going to do is go ahead and submit the first two chapters to the library for feedback, while leaving in that chase scene, and see what anyone who reviews it thinks about the chase scene and whether it makes enough of an impact on them as a reader to leave it in or if I could get away with having it start with Kassel's chapter and add in some details. I'd honestly rather risk having the reader assume that Kassel is the main character, especially since it would likely be pretty obvious fairly quickly that it's really Alana that's the main character (I think/hope), than either leave it the way it is with the short chase scene as the first chapter or leave it the OTHER way and have it switch POVs from Alana>Kassel>Alana and have that be the only chapter where that happens.
  2. Jedi Knight Muse

    Multiple POV characters/chapter question

    Okay, additional thought... I could, theoretically, just cut that scene in the first chapter altogether, and have the story start with chapter two instead. This would lead me to asking the following questions, though: Do you think that the way the first chapter currently starts off, with Alana running through the forest and such, actually brings anything to the story? Would anything be missing from it if I took it out altogether and had it start with Kassel's chapter instead? If I start it with Kassel's chapter, would you, as a reader, assume that she's meant to be the main character? Alana is really the main character (along with Harrow and Ivar, but Harrow doesn't have a chapter right now until chapter four, and Ivar doesn't have a chapter until chapter ten). Kassel is more of a secondary character, and she doesn't even have any more chapters after the current one until chapter seven. (Chapter numbers are really more of an estimate right now.) I don't want readers to think that she's meant to be a main character when she's not by having it start off with her chapter, but I think it would actually solve this pretty easily since chapter one is so short right now anyway. I would have to add in some details to Kassel's chapter to make it work better as a first chapter, but I think this is probably the best solution.
  3. Jedi Knight Muse

    Multiple POV characters/chapter question

    What do you mean by "page"? I'm confused, and now I'm confusing myself just trying to figure this whole thing out. 😛 Okay. So, right now chapter one is 600 words, because I took the scenes that were originally in the first chapter that take place after Alana wakes up and put them into chapter three. Originally, chapter one had that scene in Kassel's POV, but I took that out and I wrote a new chapter that's in her POV, but it takes place between when Alana falls unconscious and when she wakes up, so, I think, anyway, it pretty much has to remain its own chapter. I could go ahead and combine Kassel's chapter with Alana's first chapter, so that as far as POVs go it would be: Alana (scene break)>Kassel (scene break)>Alana (scene break)>Alana (scene break) I could leave it the way it is, with it separated out into three chapters (Alana (chapter one)>Kassel (chapter two)>Alana (chapter three), but that leaves chapter one with 600 words. I could try to expand on it, but I'm trying to not have to do that if I can help it. So I guess in answer to your question, assuming you meant the Google doc, it's the entire Google doc that contains everything that is currently a mess and is making this confusing. I'm worried that it might throw the reader off if the first chapter is literally the only chapter where it goes from Alana>Kassel>Alana>Alana for POV switches, with no reason behind it, and the rest of the chapters are just in a single character's POV. Even though I'm in the feedback stage, I still think that I would end up being told that I'd be better off separating it out so that it's Alana (chapter one)>Kassel (chapter two>Alana (chapter three) so that it's consistent and there's an actual reason for it. I have no reason to combine chapters one and two into one chapter that would make sense with the rest of the story, and I think that I would end up being told that I'd need to separate them out anyway, so I'm trying to avoid that. I'm already, like, fifteen chapters into this thing, so it's not like I can really just go back throughout a few chapters and add in some scenes in other character POVs to make it more consistent. I mean, I could, but like...I don't want to do that, and that's not how I want to write the story. It's meant to be strictly in a singe character's POV per chapter. It's just the first few chapters that are throwing things off because of of the way I originally wrote chapter one. It might honestly come down to me needing to just figure out how to expand on chapter one so that it's not so short at 600 words. I don't really want to do that, because I really don't have any ideas for how else I could expand on it as far as drama goes, but I might have to. That, at least, would help a little bit and solve at least one of the problems, because right now people would probably assume it's a prologue even though it's really not.
  4. Jedi Knight Muse

    Multiple POV characters/chapter question

    Do you do it consistently, throughout the book, though? Or do you just do it the one time in a single chapter and that's it? Because that's originally what this chapter was going to be, where it head-hops between Alana and Kassel and that's literally the only chapter where it was going to happen. So I've fixed that by writing a chapter that is now chapter two in Kassel's POV, except it screws with chapter one by 1. making it too short (600 words) and 2. the scenes after Alana falls unconscious take place after the new chapter two, so I can't keep them in chapter one and I can't combine them together because of the head-hopping issue. Yeah, see, that's part of the problem. I WAS going to post chapter one for feedback, but now that I've had to rearrange the chapters, it's...a bit of a mess, especially with chapter two because it's still pretty rough, and like I said above, the first chapter is literally only 600 words without the second scene that was originally in chapter one. I've put them into a Google doc for the moment, so I could link you to that with the note that chapters two and three are messes (especially chapter three, because there's stuff in it that I'm most likely taking out but haven't fully decided yet). Chapter two just hasn't been edited yet and chapter three...mainly the issue is that I haven't fully decided on those things yet. Thank you. 😄 The new chapter that I ended up writing that's now chapter two basically has some of what was in the original Kassel scene rewritten into it. I'm not quite sure if it conveys the same feeling as the original scene does or not, but that's an issue for when I have to get feedback/edit it. Here's the Google doc, for anyone in this thread who wants to take a look and see what they think. Should I do what I originally did and combine them into one chapter and risk the head-hoping issue? Two people now ( @bdcharles and @Mynoris, via Discord) have said that it wouldn't throw them off, and that since I'm in the looking for feedback stage it won't matter too much at the moment if I risk potentially throwing readers off by having one single chapter where it switches between two characters' POVs and it's literally the only chapter where that happens. I'm mainly only giving the link to the Google doc in order to provide context so you guys understand what I'm talking about and can actually read it, so please keep in mind that I'm not looking for detailed feedback on what's written right now, especially since chapter three in particular in the moment. I'd really appreciate any thoughts on what you guys think I should do based on what I have written a.s.a.p, because 1. I want to put at least the first/first two chapter(s) up for feedback and 2. I'd rather get it situated now than try to deal with it down the road.
  5. Jedi Knight Muse

    Multiple POV characters/chapter question

    Okay, so here's an issue I've run into, which kind of leads into what you said above, @Banespawn. I ended up coming up with a list of several more scenes/chapters that I have to write/add in throughout the entire draft of what I have written so far, plus what I still have to actually write since the draft isn't actually finished. I ended up writing a new chapter in Kassel's point of view that will now take place after Alana is found in the forest, but before she wakes up, where I have her talk to the queen and blah blah blah. The problem is that the original chapter was written so that it initially was Alana's POV, then there was a scene switch to Kassel's POV, and then it went back to Alana's POV. Because of this new chapter, I've currently had to take the scene that was supposed to be in chapter one with Alana waking up and make that into chapter three. My plan for this week was/is to post chapter one here on the forum for feedback. The problem: without that scene where Alana wakes up being kept in chapter one, chapter one is now literally 600 words long. That's way too short for a chapter, especially since it's NOT meant to be a prologue and I don't want people to assume that that's what it is by keeping it at 600 words, especially because there's not a lot that happens. I realize that the main way to solve this, most likely, is to figure out how to expand the chapter further and add in more action, which would probably have to take place before where I have the chapter currently starts. I'd rather not do that - I like where it starts off right now. But it basically has me going -____- because it basically means that I have to come up with something more to have happen...unless there's some other way to go about it. I can't combine them into one whole chapter because it leads back to the same issue I presented in this discussion, where it would literally be the only chapter where it switches between the POVs of two characters within that same chapter. I know you suggested just having the scenes be chapters themselves, @Banespawn, but right now that won't work with chapter one because it's SO short. I hope all of that makes sense. Basically, the first chapter was originally written as Alana>Kassel>Alana for point of views. I now have Alana (chapter one)>Kassel (chapter two)>Alana (chapter three), but now chapter one is way too short because it's basically Alana being chased through the forest, being wounded and then falling into unconsciousness. I can't combine them all into one chapter because of the fact that this would be the only chapter where it would be written as Alana>Kassel>Alana for point of views within that chapter. I basically ended up establishing Kassel's POV early by adding in the aforementioned chapter in her POV above, but the problem now is how short the first chapter currently is. XD Which basically means that I need to try and do some brainstorming at some point soon to figure out how to make it into a longer chapter.
  6. Jedi Knight Muse

    Age of main characters

    I mean, generally it doesn't usually bother me, although I suppose it depends on other factors. Like...the plot and occupation of the main character. Is it a story about a girl who's being forced into an arranged marriage and dealing with the politics of that? Then age is probably a factor I should know, because I'd like to know the ages of the two characters who are being forced into the marriage, whether they're adults, etc. I'm actually trying to think of a scenario where not knowing the age would be okay but I can't think of any, although part of that might be because I'm tired. I was going to say that adventure-y-type-stories might be okay for not knowing the ages (or at least an age range), but to know if the story is realistically written, it's probably better to know what the main character's age is - i.e. you wouldn't expect an eight year old to go off on some adventure by themselves through forests and mountains, and it would probably be unrealistic to write that being the case (unless they were a species where that kind of thing was accepted, so it's also a cultural thing). So then you'd be wondering if they're actually more like sixteen or seventeen years old, where it's a little more acceptable (but you're still left wondering where the heck their parents are and why they're letting their kid go off on this adventure, assuming they're not orphans and don't have caretakers). Hmm, I honestly hadn't even thought about this. This is definitely going to be something I'll need to keep in mind, more so when I write the prequel since I imagine it'll be a little more relevant/more of a theme in that story compared to this current story.
  7. Jedi Knight Muse

    Hey Everyone

    Hi and welcome to the forum! Ooh, I love Stardust, too! Although I've never read the book. XD Let us know if you have any questions! You're joining just in time for our community writing challenge! We'll be having a sign up post in the challenge club this coming Friday for the month of March (since that's when the challenge starts).
  8. Jedi Knight Muse

    Age of main characters

    Nope, definitely not just you. XD I'm totally guilty of it. In the past I've probably had characters who've been more in their late teens to early-to-mid-twenties. For a while I thought I actually wrote young adult because I tend to fade-to-black when it comes to anything involving romance that might lead to sex scenes, or when it comes to really violent/descriptive scenes (though I've never actually written anything super violent/descriptive like that). Turns out I was totally wrong, because of the fact that my characters lean more towards being in their early twenties, which technically makes it "new age," I guess? For my other project, Storms of Magic, initially I was having my characters be in, like, the early-to-mid-twenties range, but timeline-wise it made more sense to actually up their ages to late-twenties-to-early-thirties. It helps that I'm actually in my early thirties, so it's easier to relate and think like a thirty year old generally would (although the two main point of view characters in that are male, so that makes things a little harder I suppose...but writing in an opposite gender's point of view is a totally different ballgame for a different post 😛. Hm. It's not usually really a conscious decision I make? Though I suppose it depends - i.e. when I made the decision to up Arris and Merek's ages to being in their late twenties/early thirties. Sometimes it's very obvious how old I want a character to be, and sometimes it's not. For example, in Court of Shadows, I still have no real idea how old Alana is, other than that she's at least 18+ years old (I'd say probably early twenties, but I haven't decided for sure, really). With Harrow, I didn't know immediately that he was going to be a lot older, but I also didn't know certain things about who he is which affect his age (SPOILER ALERT: he's half-fairy, which means he's older than he looks, but not thousands of years old 😛 ). With Ivar, he's a full-born fairy so he's also going to be older than he looks, so I knew that already. I had a vague idea that I wanted Alana and Ivar to have romantic feelings for each other, which meant that Alana needed to be old enough for that to make sense (and they'll also eventually have to deal with the whole longer lifespan thing on Ivar's end). I haven't figured this out any further, but for Ivar, for example, I have it that being 300 years old has him being 17 or 18 years old and 500 or 600 years old is 35 years old. I...wish I could remember more about my train of thought with this, though, because I think Harrow is supposed to be in his 40s but I don't think I've figured out how it works for half-fairies yet. I didn't decide on character ages due to genre/audience or anything like that, it's just...how I imagined them in my head. I usually don't specifically make a massive effort to think about character ages, but when I write them I guess I imagine them to be closer to my age, though it depends on the character. Like I said, Harrow is in his forties! I have no idea how to write a forty year old man, really, because I'm not (that) close to that age and I'm not a man, so I'm not sure if I'm actually conveying his age that well at the moment, but...that's what beta readers/potential rewrites are for. I haven't really read enough fantasy where the characters haven't been young to really be able to answer your last questions. I mean, the main character in the first book of my favorite book series is like...twelve? in the first book (and each of the books has a different narrator, 'cause it's basically generational (granddaughter, niece, etc), so I've definitely read at least one book where the main character(s) were young. I can't remember how old the main character in Graceling is, but I honestly don't even know if her age is ever really defined. And I think that's the thing...depending on the plot, and who the character is and what they do, I kind of wonder if maybe it's okay to leave the age up to being guessed by the reader? The same way you'd do so with how they look physically, while maybe giving vague ideas but not giving an info dump-y description.
  9. Jedi Knight Muse

    Ask A Question about the Challenge

    Yep, what @Manu said! In the following months we'll have new posts for pledges as well, so it won't all be done in one single post specifically for pledges. i.e. there will be one for March, and then a new one for April, etc.
  10. So one of the things I always struggle with, especially with the very first chapter but also even several chapters into the draft, is figuring out how to start it off. Not the actual scene, because usually I at least have a vague idea of how I want it to go (especially right now, since I have an outline), but the actual words and sentences. Most of the time I end up starting to type a few sentences...and then I second guess them and try to start again. It takes several times before I finally get it right and am able to keep going. That's what happened with the last chapter I wrote for Court of Shadows, and I have a feeling that the same thing will happen with the chapter I need to start writing tonight. Who else struggles with getting the few few lines/paragraphs of a chapter written? What do you usually do to help push yourself past what you're struggling with? Whether you struggle with it or not, what are your biggest tips for getting yourself into that very first scene so that you can keep writing without breaking the flow of words?
  11. Jedi Knight Muse

    January 2019 Challenge Voting

    Looks like we have a winner! Congratulations, @Ahryantah. @Sheepy-Pie will get you a signature graphic a.s.a.p.
  12. Jedi Knight Muse

    Best (and Worst) Writing Advice?

    Haha, probably. Like I said, 9/10 times whenever that movie is brought up to me, people say "oh my God that movie terrified me." And the electric shock thing isn't even the only creepy thing they had in that movie. (You don't have to watch the whole movie but this scene basically has the "hall of heads"- Princess Mombie basically got to take over the Emerald City after the Scarecrow was taken to the Gnome King's mountain. The Gnome King turned everyone else in Oz to stone and Mombie used this magical Powder of Life stuff to steal the heads of dancing women... ...I'm making it sound WAY scarier than it actually is with that description, haha. There's a lot more context besides that.) I'm pretty sure that the book you read is basically at least one of the books that this movie is based off of, 'cause that's what happens in this movie - Ozma was trapped in a mirror by Mombie, and she's able to return thanks to Dorothy. It really was 😞 Have you ever listened to the cut scene of the Over the Rainbow reprise? They don't show footage but they have the recording of it on youtube and she sounds SO SAD. She just POURS her emotions into it and it's so heartbreaking. (Incidentally, my town's community theater performed Wizard of Oz last February and, being that it's my favorite movie, I went to see it, by myself. They kept the reprise of Over the Rainbow AND the Jitterbug dance, which was actually really cool to see. When I was a kid, I used to watch the movie on VHS and it had behind the scenes footage and I remember watching the Jitterbug dance, so seeing it performed on stage like that was awesome for me.) I haven't read a ton up on Judy (at least, not recently enough to really remember anything off the top of my head), but I feel like her life was already going downhill before Oz, because she was in show business from a pretty young age with her sisters, and I THINK she'd been having drugs shoved down her throat for a long time both before and definitely after Oz. It makes me wonder how different things could have been if she hadn't had so much trouble with that and she hadn't been put under so much pressure. She was so young when she died. 😞 My mom was a kid and I remember her telling me that she cried when she heard on the radio that Judy had died. Haha, I'm bringing this topic off quite the tangent, sorry. XD Like I said, Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie so I could ramble about it for...a long time, haha. And if you want to talk about actresses with tragic lives, Lucille Ball is another one (my favorite old time show is I Love Lucy). Not quite as tragic, I don't think (it's been a long time since I read up on her, too) in the same way as Judy's, but her marriage to Desi Arnaz was not all that great (he was an asshole). Buuut, here's a cool trivia fact: Star Trek wouldn't exist without her. She convinced the studio to give the show a shot! Okay, I swear I'm done rambling now. (Buuuut apparently I really enjoy talking about this stuff, haha.) Ugh, I hate this advice, too. I actually thought that I had an anecdote related to this, but I went and found my post where I explained what happened and it turns out it wasn't about writing every day, it was about something else (which I'll explain below), but seriously. Maybe writing every day proves that you have some kind of discipline when it comes to focusing on your writing. So what if it does? Sometimes you just can't write every day. That doesn't make you a bad writer. For example, I haven't tried to really write anything since...Tuesday? Wednesday? Wednesday I think. Thursday and today (Friday) I was busy with family stuff. I'm now home and exhausted. Doesn't make me a bad writer for not wanting to write tonight, it just makes me someone who wants to write with a clearer brain when doing so. Don't feel bad about not writing every day. It works for some writers. Some writers are able to do so- they have the jobs that allow them to, or they're able to stay home and be full time writers, or whatever. Maybe they don't get burnt out when trying to write. That's okay for them, but that doesn't make you less of a writer for not being able to do it. I definitely do not write every day. Okay, so this other thing that I remembered isn't actually advice, it's actually just...some online person with a stick up their ass who thought that they were the authority on writing and that they could talk down to me. Background: this happened on an oooooold forum (in 2011) for writers that I ran a number of years ago, and I only know/remember some of the details because I wrote about it in my Livejournal when it happened, and I apparently made a vague post about it on Facebook which came up in my Timehop app on my phone. So this is what the member of my old forum said in a discussion post: "I don't care what strategy you use. But if you do not produce finished products that are polished and better than the last thing you made, you are not a writer. You have a hobby. Hobbies are fine, but don't confuse the two." I can't remember any details beyond the fact that I remember being pissed off and actually getting into an argument with them about it...and like I said, it's not actually advice, it's just an opinion that was basically made to look like advice, and I would say that this definitely qualifies as bad advice.
  13. Jedi Knight Muse

    Best (and Worst) Writing Advice?

    This goes along with the fear (usually from newer writers) of using cliches. Everything is cliche. Everything has been done. There's no such thing as a 1,000% original story these days. Every time someone says "how can I avoid making this cliche" I say "don't worry about making it not cliche, think about how you can give it your own twist." Also, cliches and tropes WORK. That's WHY they exist, it's WHY there are so many books with them. That's how you create a story. It's when you take a bunch of cliches and jumble them together into one story and don't try to make any of them different that there's usually a problem. So, for example: granted, I never finished reading the book, but a lot of people hate on Eragon. It was written by a young kid whose parents were publishers, and it was basically (again, I didn't finish the book but I did see the movie) a rehash of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Based on the movie alone, I would say that there was no real effort to make it any different from Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, but I honestly can't fully judge it because of having not read the books. I did start to read the first book, and I remember the uncle's death...and it was loads different from what they did in the movie. But the fact remains that it was the uncle's death that essentially sends Eragon onto his adventure, just like with Luke and his aunt and uncle, but so what? It's a trope because it works. I'm not exactly not guilty of using cliches and tropes or whatever. My current project And those are honestly just what I can think of off the top of my head. I'm really not that worried about using "too many" cliches or tropes, as long as I use enough that it at least balances things out and makes an interesting story. The reason the stories with all these cliches are popular and done over and over again is because the readers are interested in them. I'm not expecting my book(s) to be best sellers, especially if I go the self-publishing route, but I'm not really writing any of these things just to try and write a best seller at this point. Yeah, I was not too impressed with her when she told me that, let me tell you. But I wasn't brave enough to say what I really wanted to say (although I don't think I would say what I really wanted to say even now, either). My aunt tried to tell me I should write "realistic" stories, but to be fair to her I was writing Star Wars fan fiction at the time (and for whatever reason thought it would be something I should talk with her about). She's in her 70's now and I was probably...12? I'm pretty sure she's never even seen Star Wars, so I think it was her just trying to be able to relate to what the heck I was writing about and be able to understand it. These days I think it's slightly easier for her to understand my stories (when I rarely share them with her, which isn't often), but I think she'd still rather have me writing something she could relate to more. I'm at the point where I've "been there, done that" as far as "realistic" things go- I mean, I had to write plenty of "realistic" things for school papers over the years, especially for the journalism class and the "club"/class I had to take for the school paper.
  14. Jedi Knight Muse

    Best (and Worst) Writing Advice?

    Hmm. It's honestly hard to know what I would tell a new writer right off the bat, because I suppose it depends on what they're struggling with, like plot development or finishing stories or whatever. But one of the things that's really helped me is writing my ideas down in a journal, because even if I don't plan to use it right then, I can always go back to my journal and find it and see if I can use it in a future story. Keeping idea journals for the past like...ten years has been really valuable to me, not just because it means having a place where I can keep them but also because I honestly think it's one of the reasons I've been able to discipline myself to focusing on one story. I mean, granted, over the last ten years there have been more stories than I'd care to admit that I didn't finish, but maybe that's a good thing, because who knows if I'd be where I am with Storms of Magic and Court of Shadows without that happening? Writing is one of those things where you have to try and try and try again until you get that one idea that you know you can do something with. It's trial and error. I have a lot of ideas that I've written down from finding them online and also just coming up with them on my own that I will probably never actually use in any stories, but at least they're there for me to look back at. I don't know if I can think of least useful advice off the top of my head, necessarily - I mean, there's not much that's really stuck with me when it's come to my writing. Most of the people who've read my writing have been people on the internet, and a lot of them were just jerks and trolls (I mean, I say that now partially because I'm still bitter about how mean some of them were, even though the writing did deserve it. I suppose the good thing is that I can look back and actually agree about how terrible the writing was, but that doesn't mean they had to be so mean about it. There was one girl who actually used to troll my Livejournal and...I can't really remember exactly what she did but she was brutal enough that I made my journal friends only (meaning no one who wasn't on my friends list could read my posts) because of it. I still have to work on developing a thicker skin, honestly, but I feel like I've come a long ways in the last ten years when it comes to that. I took a creative writing class during my...first? year of college, and the professor tried to tell me that I should be writing "realistic" fiction before writing fantasy, like modern day stuff. I was one of two people who wrote fantasy (I think the other person wrote horror, actually) in the class. Everyone else wrote poetry or more "realistic" stories so we were in the minority and I think she just had a very high set of standards. I didn't listen to her then and even though I understand WHY she was trying to tell me that's what I should be doing (or at least, I think I understand the reasoning), I still disagree with it. I've done well enough without writing "realistic" fiction first, and so have plenty of other people. They say to "write what you know," but as @LivvyMoore said, you should also write what you love. If I don't love the idea of writing stories that are more "realistic," why am I going to force myself to do it? That's boring, and my heart wouldn't be in it. I want to write what interests me. I don't think there's anything that I wish I could unhear. Actually, it wasn't technically an "official" sequel, I don't think, but Disney did a sequel movie in the 80's called Return to Oz. 😛 I grew up watching it but I think it was also based on one of the sequel books. It's one of those movies where 9/10 times people usually react badly to it (with good reason) when mentioned because in the movie they essentially come THIS close to using...I think it was electric shock therapy...on Dorothy to try and get rid of any thoughts about Oz out of her mind, and there's some other creepy stuff that happens. But it's never bothered me (I'm apparently kind of weird, though). The full movie is up on Youtube if you wanna watch it here. (Wizard of Oz is also one of my favorite movies, though I never (I don't think) read the book all the way through and definitely never read the sequels, so I'm kind of a weirdo when it comes to most things related to it XD.) Return to Oz was at least slightly closer to the books from my understanding (at least as far as casting goes, since Dorothy was supposed to be like eight or nine years old and Judy Garland was sixteen (I believe) when she was cast and they had to tape down her breasts so she'd be "less developed" and could somehow still pass as a young kid. They also used some of the same characters from the books, like Ozma.) I absolutely agree with this, and can vouch from experience that it definitely helps with identifying your weak areas. My draft of Storms of Magic is a massive mess, with lots of plot holes and just...yeah. The first draft is basically just the bare bones of the final story (there's some quote I can't remember the exact words of or who said it but it basically says this). Writing the first draft of Storms of Magic proved to me that I CAN finish a novel length story, though. Somehow, over the last...three years, something just clicked in me and gave me the focus to be able to actually write a novel length story without losing focus or giving up or getting overwhelmed and frustrated. I mean, I still have that happening but it hasn't made me give up completely. I'm SO close to finishing the first draft of Court of Shadows, and I feel like I'm going to come out of this one feeling way better about it than I did with Storms of Magic, because I actually know where the story is going from start to end and am not waiting until I get to the part towards the end to figure it out and then half-ass it when I write that part like I did with Storms of Magic. So while it was awesome that I wrote that draft, I think working on Court of Shadows first and then re-approaching Storms of Magic and just rehashing it will really help, and I'll still have had the discipline of actually FINISHING a novel draft.
  15. Jedi Knight Muse

    Real World History Geek-out

    Yep, definitely. I honestly think that's one of the things that's been drawing me into writing about fairies, since they're such a large part of Irish myth. I didn't make a conscious decision to do so just because of that but it's definitely one of the reasons. It gives me a small reason to actually want to read about Irish history so I can understand things better and have some research to use towards my stories. None of them actually take place in Ireland, and I don't particularly think my setting is based on ancient Ireland or anything (though I haven't done any real research on ancient Ireland), but being able to loosely draw from history and legends is definitely helpful.