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The Inspiration of Others

Life is hilarious. The things people do, the way they act, their words, tics, etc are great. At it’s core, writing, and stories in general, are a tribute to this. The things we authors write all have some sort of influence to them. Sure, an author creates a character and scene from thin air, but they wouldn’t be able to do that without their personal experiences and inspiration gather from others.

I wanted to blab about this because I owe a lot to the people in my life for things. Just the otheer day I came up with Queen City’s signature dish because of what a friend said. She said the word octopi, attempting to refer to the plural form of octopus. We weren’t talking about my writing or anything but it ignited an idea in my head instantly. Just by hearing her say it, my brain went: octopi -> octo pie -> Octo-pie! -> Queen City has a huge history with Octopus. Of course everyone love Octo-Pie!  I immediately loved her to death.

 

It’s amazing, how something so simple can spark something so big. Even just daily conversations, or inside jokes. As a writer, all of those things end up being bled onto the page. Very bit of every person we interact with leads to some bit of writing. It’s the natrure of it I guess. 

 

Thank you, friends, for saying normal, stupid, quotable, everyday things that lead us to craft entertainment.

 

-Your Sub-Par Swyper

 

-> Everything is Awesome <- Because the Lego Movie was surprisingly good.

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That Extra Bit

I’ve discovered that I like it when authors seem to go the extra mile. I mean, I know now that we all do go very in detail with the world building and character development. More so than most readers would ever realize. But I love it when as a reader you get to see this in the act. A lot of people do this in different ways.

The most popular example of this would probably be Pottermore. I love Harry Potter. I grew up with it, read the first three books in 7th and 8th grade, and waited on pins and needles to for the next one to come out just to rip through it in three days. It was amazing. I couldn’t get enough. It had everything a growing boy could want.  And now there’s Pottermore, which is like unlocking all this secret information in your favorite video game except in book form; it’s great. You can read excerpts that weren’t put in to the books, or tid bits of information about random characters that practically meant nothing; but being such a huge fan of the universe it feeds that itch for more, you know?

Things like this are great. Another example would be how Brandon Sanderson posts extras of his books on his website. If you head over there and click on Mistborn you will find deleted scenes, and various revisions of chapters. It’s neat.  As a writer I find this a bit more interesting of course, because you can see his thought process on story development. What he thought was necessary etc.  I feel like these kind of extras really bring you closer to author and is great for the book industry.

Another thing  a lot of others due that I find intriguing as a story building mechanic is the use of some sort of excerpt or the like at the beginning of chapters. For example Ender’s Game- great book, stoked for the movie- at the beginning of every chapter are the two men talking. It’s a bit enigmatic, and when it all comes together it’s great. I love to experience this tactic done well. It adds so much flavor and depth to the book I think. Mistborn does a great job with these, where it pertains to the story well.

Another book that used these that was more of a fun tid bit is Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess. I think the way the Foglios use this mechanic in a cool way. Instead of having their passages pertain directly to the story, they are random things from the universe. The one that sticks out most in my mind was a recipe for some common food dish. Like I said, it feels like you found a cool trophy in a video game.

Anyways. This is my goal. I want my work to be more than just novels for those who enjoy them. Queen City, the site of my first book and series, is huge and has lots to offer. Way more than I can fit in a novel or two; or ten. Hopefully when it’s all said and done I’ll be able to provide readers with all the means necessary to completely submerge themselves.

 

-Your Awfully Tired Author Who Doesn’t Care That He Just Used An Adverb

P.S. – This has been stuck in my head all week. 

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Writing to the Beat

Not going to lie, I’m struggling with writer’s block right now ( the procrastination kind) so I figured, “Hey, why don’t a write a blog post. That’s kind of productive right?” 

 Everybody has their own way and necessities to write. Some writers write at a specific time every day for an hour, some have a destined word count that drives them, some need music, some need silence; I wouldn’t be surprised if at lest one person needs to hike 4 miles into the woods just to sit down and pump out a few words. I found one of the hardest parts of breaking into writing consistently to be figuring what I needed to write.  If I needed goals or strict schedule.  I tried pretty much everything, and I owe a lot of thanks to /r/writing community for help and insight into to various methods.

What is my trick? How do I avoid writer’s block and finally force my fingers to keys?

Music. 

Yup, for me it’s that simple.  I’ve found that I can write pretty much anywhere on anything as long as I can sweep myself away with whatever music. I know there are a ton of other writers out there this way too. A lot of them have specific kinds of music they listen to; a writing playlist, or certain types of music for certain types of scenes, but I’m not so picky. Any old music will do. I could be listening to Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex and writing about Quincy werewolf hunting with Rusty or about Artemis and Quincy having a coffee date all the same.  

 

For me the music is a way to “Shut the door” on the world around me and escape to the Wonderful Queen City or other places. That’s not saying that I haven’t written particular scenes because of specific songs though.  I have certainly gained inspiration from certain songs as well.  In fact my entire NaNoWriMo was written while listening to Halloween songs like the Monster Mash and Time Warp.  They just fit for some reason. There was also a point while editing my first book in which all I could listen to Aqua Teen’s Hunger Force’s Have Yourself A Very Meaty Little Christmas (which by the way is the funniest Christmas music I’ve ever heard and you should definitely check it out. It’s so well done.)

 What can I say, music is my muse and has been my entire life. Whether it’s Big Sean or Ludacris or Maroon 5 or Coldplay or Lou Bega or Beastie Boys or Taylor Swift, it’s amazing. I am so thankful for all the artists I love. One of my favorite things is live music. It makes you feel so alive. 

Anyways, music works for me. So if you’re starting out as a writer and are having trouble ‘Shutting the Door’ try it. But then again maybe you’re one of those – lock yourself in a closet with a candle, silence, and notebook types. To each his own I suppose.

 

Speaking of music, Ghostface Killah is coming to a small bar in town. Going to be one of the greatest experiences ever.

 

-Your Typical Showering Sing-A-Longer

Today’s Writer’s Block Buster:  Take A Walk– Passion Pit

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