Monthly Archives: June 2013

Writing While Sick

I’ve been really sick the past couple months.  I had mono, it sucked btws.  I’m sick again, the doctors say it can’t be the mono, it feels like the mono, at any rate I’m frustrated. I can’t really afford to keep missing work, but I can’t really do much, if I’m sick tomorrow again I’ll be going back to the doctors and hopefully magical pills will help me or something.  

 

At any rate, what sucks the most is that it’s all head sickness. It’s annoying, thinking is hard. Functioning is hard. It’s like there’s a wall in the way, or a clamp holding in my brain power. It’s stupid. It’s been hindering me from doing anything really, I feel unsafe driving, reading takes too much effort, and writing, well writing is near impossible.  My creative juices have been damned up; it’s hell. I think I’d be ok with the rest of the sickness if I could at lesat jot stuff down, but I can’t. It’s infuriating.  

 

I’m sorry this post doesn’t have much substance other than me complaining about being sick and it preventing me from doing anything I like. It’s just how I fell right now. Utterly frustrated. Write About Dragons starts tomorrow, and I’ll be a hippo’s mother if I let this thing prevent me from keeping pace with it.  

I was wondering if anyone has been very sick before and managed to write. And if it worked out for them or not.  

 

-Your Constricted Fiction Forger

At least I can still listen to this. I  can’t get enough of this stupid song.

 

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July is Dragon Month!

At the beginning of July, the new Write About Dragons session begins.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m very excited to be participating in it this year. It’s the next best thing to actually being able to take the class. For those of you who don’t know, Write About Dragons is an online community where you can take Brandon Sanderson’s writing class virtually with a group of other writers.  It doesn’t count for any actual credit, but I believe it is still great practice, and am hoping it will be a great way to meet other aspiring writers to formulate strong bonds with.  I lack a writing group, and am really looking forward to the opportunity of working with one.

 

If you have never heard of this course, you can go to the website : writeaboutdragons.com to check it out. The idea is to start from scratch and create a novel over the course of the class from start to finish. Each week, a new lesson is posted and every week you have to submit so much writing and critique so much other writing. Obviously, as the name suggests, it is geared more towards fantasy and science fiction writing, but in his lectures Sanderson has noted that other genres are welcome.  The only downside to the online course to me, is that Sanderson himself will not be giving his opinion on our works. But, as Nana used to say, you can’t always have your cake and eat it too.

Personally, I think Sanderson does a great job teaching. If you’re an aspiring writer and you haven’t watched any of his courses yet, I highly suggest you do. You can find a previous year- Last year’s maybe?- on youtube. The entire course is posted for free to learn from. He does a great job; is very clear and helpful. 

 I’ve just begun to create the basis for my project for the course. I’m very intrigued by Steam Punk; possibly because of the engineer side of me. Something about wacky inventions, mad scientists, and the like grab me.  To me, the genre poses the question: ‘What if this type of contraption existed in a crazy inefficient mechanical way?’ – or at least something along those lines.  So, I’ve created a ‘Scientific Order of Society’ – I guess that’s the best way to describe it. Anyways, I can’t wait to bring loads of mad scientists to life.

Are you ready to write about dragons?  I sure am.

 

-Your Diabolical Mechanic of Twisted Devices

 

There’s a high possibility this is part of the reason I want to write this story.

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Villains Villains Villains

It amazes me  how much I learn to love each character as I write more and more. Even the small people, like a cashier who has but one purpose, seems to grow on me in their own way. Obviously,  these supporter can’t take my heart as much as the main attractions. The heroes, like Quincy Quiver, or the villains, like his nemesis, Milton the Magician. A lot of sources claim that villains are more complex. This could be the case in some instances. They have a lot going on. How they became evil, what they want to achieve. Personally, I try to give all my characters this great depth, but I find it easier to understand my villains from a writing stand point. For instance, Milton has this drive to be the greatest Magician of all time, at all costs. That’s his core motive, and it helps make him easy to write. Coming up with his back story was a piece of cake. What he needs to do, no problem. And every time he appears in a scene, he just does what he would do.

 

This might seem bland but it leads to great things. The villain always struggles. The hero always foils their plans, everybody is against the villain. Think about how tragic that is. All he wants is one thing, and no matter how hard the villain tries, countless amounts of people try to stop him. Being a villain isn’t easy.  They plot for years just to get foiled on one night, but one man who thinks what they’re doing is wrong. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty miserable and/or mischievous after that too.

 

At any rate, I just wanted to take a moment for us to appreciate some great villains over the years. Despite their troubled lives, some of them have broken through the mold to the point of being even popular among fans.  Just look at the Joker. He is a fantastic villain. In most renditions he has one true goal, to oppose Batman. It seems so bland and simple. Yet, it’s made him iconic. He’s ruined Gotham over and over, tortured Commissioner Gordon’s family, and schemed ridiculously detailed plots just to get under Batman’s skin.  It’s almost to the point where a Batman story without the Joker just isn’t nearly as good as one with it.

 

Villains are simple, yet so complex at the same time. That’s why I keep falling in love with mine. What do you guys think? Are villains awesome? Are they funner/easier to write?

 

-Your Mischievous Young Plotter

#DespicableMe

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