Writing Setbacks

In everything out there, there are those who have the ability to do it, and those who don’t. Take gymnastics for example. Someone who’s missing limbs can’t really do things such as pole vaulting, so they don’t have the ability to do it, yet there are people who are missing limbs who are able to do it wonderfully.

I’m not supposed to be able to read, let alone write. I have ADHD, and as a whole, people who had it, aren’t able to sit down and read. I also have dyslexia, which means at times, I mix my letters and numbers up a lot. That’s the main reason I hated math in high school. Long numbers that I had to stare at, write down, and work with…bleh. Now, as a writer, I don’t have problems getting my stories out, yet I still have problems when I’m in a lull. I can’t write at times. My mind starts to wander even when there’s nothing for it to wander to.

Even with these troubles, I still go on to write. It may take me longer than most people, but I’ve proven that I can push myself hard enough to do things I never thought I could. I did NaNoWriMo. It almost cost me a few close relationships, but thankfully, those I love didn’t leave me when I was being an ass last November. It all paid off when I finished it. I’ve gone a long way in the months since, and I’m learning more with each day. I really should get back to posting on here, but working about 30 hours a week, working on scripts for my comics, trying to start edits on Daughter of Darkness, and keeping up with the great people in my life doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for blogging. I will try to get one update done a week.

Anyway, the point of this all is to explain that even with setbacks that make it nearly impossible to something, people will still do as they please. It’s not the setbacks that make it impossible. It’s all about how dedicated you are to it. If you’re willing to push through the impossible, even the sky isn’t a limit. There are exceptions to the exception though, but that’s life.

Working Together (And Feature)

There is one thing that all of us as writers know and dread. It’s actually pushing other people away from us and writing all alone for hours at a time. We love to write, but then we get an invitation to go out, and we can’t because we’re too worried about no reaching our wordcount for the day, or we have a deadline coming up soon.

What I am doing, is not something that everyone can do, but it’s something that I will advise looking into. Comics, or I should say, working with comic artists. Now, don’t drop everything to work with a comic artist. What I’m suggesting is working on it and not stressing so much over your other writings…except for deadlines. Can’t ignore those.

Comic scripts give you a break from your normal writing. Yes, they have to be done a lot faster than any other type of writing out there, but they’re smaller and easier to work with. Comic script writing also forces you to think of the results of your actions as a writer. You can’t just say one thing and then go against it later on. It’s just like writing a book, but you have someone who will question you on things. It’s much easier than working alone. It’s also a way to get yourself out there.

If you think that publishers/agent won’t care, then think on this. You’re an agent and two new people just came out to you. Both have good stories, but one has a comic or two that he writes for while the other simply has a blog and a twitter account, which the first person also has. The first one has amassed a decent amount of people following both his webcomic as well as his blog. Which would you rather take on; the person who has his ideas already out there in multiple formats, or the person who’s doing the exact same thing as every other writer out there?

I’m just saying that it’s another good thing that can be done for your literary resume.

Now, I’m talking about this all for a personal reason as well as my normal advising. Like most of my blog updates on here, I’m talking from what I’m learning while also stating my ideas. That being said, Fire Forms and Winds of Change

If you want me to plug your blog or webcomic in my next update, I shall free of charge. All I ask is that you do the same for me in one form or another. We have to work together in this world if we want to get anywhere.

Lost Memories

I’m sure you’ve seen it before, be it in writing, television, movies, or even in video games. Lost memories is a very common, if not overused plot device. It’s easy to work with, and it can bring in a lot more in the future. NEVER USE IT.

Let me explain. To make a good story, you have to do things in a way that people haven’t seen. You have to make something that engages someone. Amnesia has been used too many times for that to be possible. You have the Bourne series, X-Men, Arc The Lad, Kyle XY, Metal Gear Acid, Bioshock, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and many other examples where amnesia is a huge factor in the story. Now, I’ve used it before in one of my stories, but to pull it off, you literally have to make it something that doesn’t play into the entire story. It can be a reason for something, but if you want to be taken seriously, then I don’t suggest amnesia. It’s just way too overdone. You can use many other elements to explain or move a story along.

Book Writing And Video Games

There’s a huge world out there waiting to be tapped into, yet not a lot of people have truly recognized how to utilize it as for writers. If anyone knows me well enough, they’ll know about my love of video games. I grew up with classics such as Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and even Final Fantasy. How does this apply to me as a writer? I’ve always played games for their stories, which is why I can’t stand games such as Call of Duty and Halo. They honestly have almost nothing for me. They’re mostly multi-player games created to pull people in, yet their stories have very little to offer.

Now, you’re talking to someone who loves a good science fiction story, so when I first saw Halo I was excited to see something that was quickly taking off. I was not amused at the use of sci-fi cliches throughout the game. It wasn’t anything new or exciting. It was a cheap game that took advantage of a custom engine.

Anyway, back to my point. There have been hundreds maybe even thousands of games with wonderful storylines. Case in point; Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It takes one of the most iconic platform characters and puts him into his first complex story. It has everything that a good story should have, and it’s the perfect example of how even early gaming could have complex stories without losing any gameplay. Even compared to the games of today, Mario RPG Legend Of The Seven Stars still has one of the best stories in all of gaming.

Now, go look at modern and classic video games, look into their stories, and study how everything goes in them. You’ll be surprised at how many great ideas you’ll get by just watching or playing a video game.

The New

*looks up* Oh. Hey. I have a blog that needs to be looked at…Well…hello there. If you’re watching this for the first time, I’d like to say hello. Here’s some vanilla chai tea and some ramen. Enjoy. It’s all I can really offer you right now.

Many writers face hardships, but that doesn’t make it any harder or easier than anyone else out there. That all plays into our ideas though. If we lived perfect lives, we would undoubtedly write stories without knowing hardships. That’s a very bad idea by the way. Perfect doesn’t make a good story. *coughcoughTwilightcoughcough* Yes. I am very against Twilight. I haven’t read much, but I have talked about the storyline with those who have. I have given it some hope, but from what I’ve heard and seen, Bella and Edward get out of troubles fairly easily. The fourth book in particular has potential to be such a great book with dynamic battles, but they main enemy just goes away after so much building up. It’s like the world’s biggest slap to the face. That’s part of the reason why people don’t like the story. It makes for a cute love story, but it doesn’t stick with that. It tries to be a fantasy book that just tries too hard, but it does one thing wonderfully. It introduces the new, which is exactly what people were looking for when the series started.

That’s what we need more of. We need more of the new in literature, and today, I’m here to show the world how to bring in the new in a few easy steps using the Lord of the Rings when needed.

1. Look at the old
Yes. The old is what starts the new. Simply look at the old, see what makes it work, and remove everything else. In the LotR series, you have two people trying to find their way to a destroy the one thing that can destroy the world while the rest of the main characters try to make their path as easy as possible or simply defend and ward off enemies. A very simple idea that works perfectly for what we need. It’s an old story, one that’s said to have created the basic ideas of all modern fantasy, but inside of it is so much more. Forget about the plot. The plot is useless for today’s lesson. Look at the inner workers of the story; the love, the betrayal, everything that makes people sometimes forget that the entire story is a mission to Mount Doom to destroy the ring of power. Look at even the politics in the story, and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Lord of the Rings isn’t a good series because the main plot is wonderful. The main plot is useless without everything else in the story.

2. Think of an interesting story
Now that you’ve got an idea of how to make a compelling story, take what you know and work around it. Don’t just throw random events together and call it a story. Take your main character(s) and work them around the story. Make the events be the most important events of their life. Don’t stop and go into flashbacks of the main character(s)’ past all the time. Instead, work into their present and future and just imagine how it would be like if it had all of the best elements as LotR. Don’t rip off the series though. Don’t you dare think that I’m telling you to take the beautiful story of Lord of The Rings and make it into your own. The elements of LotR is found in many other stories such as Harry Potter and even Young Adult books like Looking For Alaska. What you’re trying to do at this point is work what you know that works into a new story while making sure that you’re not overstepping any boundaries.

3. Mix it all together
Take your new story and mix it in with the elements of LotR. Look at what’s new and what’s old. Now rewrite it. Do this step at least three times before even trying to sell your story as something new. You’re not ready for that yet anyway, because we have one final step.

4. Make your story stand out.
What’s a good story if it’s just like all of the other good stories out there? Don’t just make a story that looks good; make a story that stands out above the rest. Add new elements that haven’t been thought up yet. Make up new things just to blow people’s minds away. Let them enjoy the splendor of what you’ve created, then do it all over again. Make people look into what you have and show them that you know how to make things that aren’t just repeats of old stories.

And that is how you make something that is new. Simple, right? I’ve been doing just that with my current story. I can promise that there are going to be things that will blow you all away. Why don’t you try to do the same for me.

Character Building

So, you’re starting a book, and you want it to be an amazing book. Maybe you want it to be filled with action and adventure, or maybe you’d like some romance in your story, but there is one thing that you can’t avoid.

Characters.

Characters are defined only by what your story makes them out to be. The most important thing that any story should have is character development. It expands on the characters and their history.

Lets take Harry Potter for example

We start the story with Harry living with his his mother’s sister and her family. Ignoring, what you know about Harry’s past and his parents’ death, would you want to read a story about a kid who lives with his aunt and uncle who hate him. Lets say that even if he does go to Hogwarts, he doesn’t go through anything that we know. He just goes to classes, learns some spells, but he doesn’t really change over those seven years. He’s the exact same as when he first started going to the school. Even with the element of magic, would you like to read a book about a kid who does nothing out of the norm, where nothing happens to him, and he remains, mostly unchanged? It wouldn’t be Harry Potter at all. It’d be, Mundane Wizard School, and stories like that are a sign of poor writing skills.

Characters need to learn, to grow, to be something different than just the average person. Even in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, there’s something there that makes him different. It doesn’t have to be huge or amazing. It just has to be something worth reading about. Think on that for a few minutes before making another go at writing. Thanks for reading, and have a great day.

Quick Words For Life

Life’s rough. We all know this, but it doesn’t really hit you until it hits you hard. It hit me hard recently. My seasonal job’s over, my great grandmother died today, and yet I’m still working hard to keep things going. I’ve already turned in applications, and I’ve come to terms with her death. I’ve shed my tears, and I may miss her, but she wouldn’t want me to suffer over losing her. She was a very great woman, and I’m not going to ruin the memory over the death. I love her, and I’m going to make sure I live to make her legacy worth something.

That’s what writing’s all about. Making your legacy shine forth and be worth something. The good thing is, you have the power to do anything with it. Don’t just stop with getting by. Go the extra mile, and make sure you’re impressed with what you’ve done. Anyway, I’m going to back to working on getting myself out there. Hope you enjoyed my latest tidbit of information.