Setting the Story

Location, location location!

Everything you write has a place where it happens. So write it, we’ll show it in your writing. Let say that your setting is in a hospital, you have to pretend that the readers have never been or seen one. Write about the smells, the sound, the feel, what you see and what you don’t see.
Now let’s talk about a few things you could do.
The website above, talks about the setting (duh). It teaches you about time, place, location, and period. The time being day or night, simple. It’s like:

I looked out the window to see the full moon shining through. The moon was high, letting me know it was midnight.

Place/Location, is what we all think about when talking about setting. Yet, it isn’t the only part of a setting. Knowing where the story takes place,

Period of time, a year or date. It sets your story in a different time line instead of a modern day. This is where Historical Fiction comes to play. I think even Science Fiction comes into play also. Now while writing in a period time, remember that you have to write in that time period.

1)Be detailed. Descriptions detailed enough to paint the picture. You don’t want to bored your readers.

2)Uses senses. Use two or three of the senses such as the five, touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste.

3)Don’t decide too much. Only describe the very important things in your story.

4)Remember: time and location. Never forget to set the story. It has to be clear.

5)Show, Don’t Tell. Show that your character is happy, angry, sad and so on. The reader want to feel everything. (I will go into more details about this.)

6)Do not rumble on. Get to the point. Don’t go into so much details.

Find the balance in show and telling your story. It will be hard, but we must find it to tell a great story.

Night Owl going to writing class tomorrow morning,

A.Goddess

P.S.

Yes, I might be a vampire writer, but I do go out into the morning sun. lol Kidding.

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Outlines with the Goddess

Outlines are the best thing in the world!

Said no one in the world….kidding. They really are the best. They help you move the story forward.

Now there are two different ways I have see it done; the first, outlining the whole book, and the second one, outlining the chapters. Let me talk about outlining the novel first.

Outlining the Novel

1)Idea

2)Characters

3)Main Plot

4)Sub-plots

5)Chapters

6)Locations

I know it look a bit confusing to you, but this is how I work. Normally, I get an idea from something I watched or read or from other stories. Once I have the idea, I get to meet (or cast lol) the characters. Once I know the characters like the back of my hand, I work on the main plot and sub-plot at the same time. The chapter at the beginning, I thought about what I wanted to happen in each chapter and I would name them, but now I found a different way in doing them; which I will talk about next. Last the location, I sometime don’t have one until I think more about what I want to happen in the story, so that’s why it’s last.

The picture below is how I have been outlining my chapters. That isn’t my outline, it is J.K. Rowling.

It looks very confusing, but once you understand what is going on, you get it and it will make writing chapters so much easier. Now I am going to try to see if I would type my chart up, and if that doesn’t work…well I’ll think of something else to do.

The first column, I have are what I want on my chapters, like: Chapter #, Chapter Names, Plots, Dreams, Spells, Visions, Fights, Love/Connections, Death, Locations, and Notes (anything that I want to remember or small details)

The column next to that I started to fill out everything for chapter 1. Example:

Chapter 1

New Beginning

Starts new school in new location, new friends, and an off feeling about the school.

no dream

no spell

no vision

Very strong man breaks into the school. Main character fights him.

no love or connection

no death

Miami

No notes

So that’s how I outline my chapters. The first column, to me, it changes base on the story and what I want to have in it. I’ll show you, like this:

This is a cleaner one looks like lol. Please tell me what you think. If you like my blog, if you have check out my stories, if you have any questions, or anything at all. I’m here to help and learn from you as well.

Night Owl,

A.Goddess

P.S.

Here are some links to check out. If you find any links that can be helpful leave them down in the comments. I would love to check them out,

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Pictures and Ideas

I thought of something to do while I was looking around the Internet. As a wrtier, we are always looking things up and doing as much research as possible. So today, I thought up/read it about taking a picture and writing a story to go with it.  So here it is a picture and my story/beginning of it:

Rex looked into my eyes, knowing what we both would face. We have been together since I was a baby, and  now what the time we both knew that our deaths would mean everything for the world. As I wore my crown one last time, he smiled at me and said, “I will ride and die for you, Princess. The love I have for you is now more than anyone can take away from me. I will die if they take you from me.”

“Then we die together, Rex. You are my life and my soul. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far, You have been my wings to fly the world. Take me home so we can face the evil living in my home.”

He nodded. I got on his back and he flew to the home I once called home.

(Your thoughts?) Here is another one, just because I don’t want to keep writing that one above:

The UnSeelie court and Seelie court never got along. Since the beginning of their race, they have been enemies. The dark court worked within the night, making human lust and sin in their court; while the light court played and tricked humans into their courts.

Today was the day they finally has their meeting. The day in which summer turns into fall. UnSeelie King looked at the Seelie Queen and said, “Winter is coming…Soon Spring will come again. Until then my sweet Seelie Queen.”

“Until then my dark UnSeelie King.”

They walked away from each other, only to come back to the same spot that night. No one but they two of them together. They smiled and kissed as long lost lovers do. They made love one last time, under the moonlight. The last time they would see each other.

(Your thought?) The point of this, is to help you come up with ideas when you have your “dry” moments. This is a fun way to make up anything you like and maybe it could because a new story in your future writing.

I hope you like this idea…I kind of took it from my professor.

Night Owl,

A.Goddess

P.S.

I did find out that Hubert has a blog. Check it out: Musings of Imaginative Mind

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Stories and Ideas

We all have days that we can’t write anything for our story, so we don’t write at all. That is a very bad idea. We should write something everyday, even if it has nothing to do with your story. So I thought that I could use this blog, not only to help teach, but to help give idea as well. I am a huge pinterest (This is one of my board. Check it out.) pinner so I found some cool writing prompt. So today I will be sharing one with you and I will write it out like if it was me doing it on my own. Before you started to read the below, I would like to say, I have not edited this at all and I am writing it at this very moment.

A man, covered in blood, just walked up to the gate. He looked at me as if he knew who I was, yet I didn’t know him. He pointed a bloody finger at me and spoke. The wind caught his voice making it hard for me to hear him. The man was pale with hallowed eyes. He made me think of death, looking at him covered in blood.

I wanted to go to him and help him, but my body wouldn’t move. It was like my mind knew something that my heart didn’t. A pull began to push me to the man. Slowly I walked to the iron gates and heard him speak, “For life shall pay with life.”

“Who’s life shall pay for who’s life?” I questioned, not knowing who I had killed or if I had killed.someone without knowning.

“You shall pay for the life of Thomas. For his life was a valuable one.”

“I didn’t kill him. He was killed by another.”

“You were there with the murderer, Kyle. You did nothing to stop him.”

“It had nothing to do with me. Why should I have stop Kyle doing something of his own free will? You won’t take me life because of something I couldn’t stop,” I slowly back away from the gates. The iron gates would keep the ghost out. I had nothing to worry about.

I ran into my house and called Kyle. The phone rang, but no one answred. I shook my head and whispered, “It’s a sick joke. They’re playing a sick joke on me.”

Years ran down my cheek as I thought of the worse. I had fallen in love with two men, now they were gone and I was next. I didn’t know what to do. I looked at the gate, pressed the button, and let the man in.

Within a blink, he was at the door. He pointed his pale bloody finger at me and said, “It is time to…smile. You’re on a hidden camera show! Thomas and Kyle set it all up!”

I looked at the door and saw them both standing there, smiling and laughing. I ran to them and hugged them both. I cried and cried.

“It’s okay, Annika,” Thomas said. “It’s was a joke.”

“Got you good, didn’t we?” Kyle asked. “Its okay, honey. You can always get us back.”

The end…lol its not too good, but it’s just writing down whatever comes to mind and we’ll that goes with it. Tell me what you think. Hey put up your own story if you want. I’ll read it.

Night,

A.Goddess

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Characters and Their Sexiness

Hi my name is Hubert and I’m looking for a writer who can write my story.

Hi Hubert, my name is A.Goddess and I’m a writer. I would like to get to know you so I can write your story. 

Hubert and A.Goddess went out to have coffee and had a good time. Hubert had agreed to let A.Goddess to write his story.

And that ladies and gentlemen is how you meet your main character. Slowly you start to learn more about him/her. Sometime they will talk to you and sometimes they won’t talk to you at all (This is writer’s block.)

On the name of this post, it says Their Personality, so that what I want to write about, but also the character’s look. But first let start out with how they look.

The readers are always going to have a different person in their head when they think about your character, but that doesn’t matter. What matter is how you want them to look. To describe a character you start with the base.

Let’s start with color: Hair color, Eyes color, and Skin color.

After color, pick one of the three, hair. I like hair, so I pick.

Hair: Hair color, Length, and Style. You can use hair to make your character seem sly or afraid of something or some one.

Example: The longer the hair, the stronger the power. At least that was what I was told. My short brown human hair made me weak, yet my true hair was long and deep blood red, the color of the UnSeelie Court. Yet, someone was trying to kill me. I was mean to be Queen, my hair is more Dark Court than my brother’s long dirty blond hair. He was meant to be in the light, yet the more I looked at his hair, I could see a small amount of black hair. That didn’t sit with me well. It wasn’t the fact that I wanted to the throne, it was the fact that the more I starred at his hair, the more black it got. No one seem to notice, the black cloud of hair my dear brother was getting…(Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.)

Eyes: Eyes color, Shape, and Meaning. Remember the eyes are the windows to the soul.

Example: I looked into his eyes, with that one look, I knew I could trust him with my life. With someone trying to kill me at every turn, I had to look into his soul to know the true, His eyes held no evil, only sadness and lost. The wise blue-grey pools watched me as he waited for an answer.

Skin: Skin color…this goes with more, like: Body type, Bone structure, Face shape, and Hands/Feet. (I’ll talk about the Character’s body in a different post.)

Example: My flesh against his chest, I could feel his strong body wrapping itself around me, protecting me from the light. His moon-kissed skin cloaked my body from the attack, whom ever was trying to kill me, or whatever it was. His smooth skin felt too soft to take a bullet for me, yet I knew he has taken more than just a bullet. I could feel his extra fingers grabbed onto me, as he use his other hands to shoot back. Other extra fingers I was once afraid of, but now I couldn’t wait until we were alone together….(Sorry I got really into it. It for a story I’m working on.)

Every detail you put into your character must be important to the story/plot. Now I’m not going to go into details with this post, but I am leaving some Links down at the bottom, so you can check them out. Also I have some “Questions” you can ask your character while having coffee or tea. (Click on Questions.) If you are looking for a boom to have more of a better picture how, what I think is the best describing ever, check out any book from Laurell K. Hamilton. (Click on her name.)

Now the personality, that is very easy, right? It’s not. You have to become someone else and have a different personality and write it down. It take times to get the character’s voice and personality down, I would know. I have a story called, Spectrum, and the character’s voice and personality isn’t as strong as I would like it too be, but the story itself has 213 votes, 8.48 views, and 9 comments. (Check it out. Click on the name.) If I remember correctly, the story had more votes the first time it was up, but I took it down thinking I had a chance to publish it. It had turned out to be no money publish, so the company would get all the money for my hard work and I would only get my name out there…didn’t feel right to me.

Any who, personality is just getting to know your character as well as you know yourself. Dislike, likes, favorite color, food and so on. You have to sit down and talk to them, learn about them and who they are. It’s not hard to do it, its more tricky than anything else, but if I can do it so can you. Just listen to your character’s voice, become the character, and you will be fine.

One more thing, the way I started this post, was just a funny way I thought I would start. Hubert isn’t any character, he’s an actually person and my best friend. He has his own blog too…I don’t know if it’s up…but next time I’ll put his link. (When I find out if he has one still.)

Learning Personality,

A.Goddess

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Characters’ Background

Everyone has a background.

A story.

A personality.

So let’s write about your characters’ background. Start with the simple parts: Favorites.

Everyone loves the favorites questions. Color, food, candy, clothes, place, country, show, music, subject, etc.

But here is a better picture, and something I love to do with my characters, here it is: (an Example:)

• Raven Cross
o Age—18
o Sex— Female
o Personality— Gothic, loner, bitch, scary, bookworm, lovable,
o Looks— long black hair that reaches her lower back. Purple colored eyes as soft as the sunset sky. pale white skin, cold to the touch.  ETC.
o Job—student
o Weapon(s)—fangs
o Race—vampire
o Powers—mind control
o Marital Status—Single
o Scars or other notable physical attributes—fang bite on the neck and moon scar on right should blade.
o Brothers/Sisters—none
o Relationship with parents—died, many years ago.
o Enemies? Why?—maker because she didn’t want to stay with him.

There are more questions you could write down…which I had, but I can’t find them. Like I can’t find my lovely questions, I found Gotham Writer’s Workshop questions. It really easy to fill it out and add more questions to help you make up a character. Yes, you can make one for each character if you want. Any question you can think of to add, let me know about it.

Charcaters,
A.Goddess

PS I’m trying to blog on weekdays only.

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Plots and Sub-plots

Lights!

Camera!

Action!

Forget the lights and camera, for right now. We haven’t even published a book yet, to start thinking too ahead of ourselves. Let’s talk about the action part, or at least the plot and sub-plots. You would think that plots and sub-plots are easy to do, but it’s not.

Plots can be tricky, you think that its your main plot, but it could be sub-plot. I have had this problem. I am currently rewrite a whole novel because I didn’t have a strong main plot. 

So the plot is the main point of the story, what makes the story move forward. These a beginning,  middle, and end. Beginning is where the story starts of slow and the drama takes place. The middle is where all the problems boiling point takes place. And last, the end were you tie up all the loses end.

To do all of this we have “rules” to follow:

1-Brainstorm

Example: Chicken, Bird, Big Bird, Street, Death, Life….

2-Connect ideas together (Which make sense.)

Example: Death, Life, and Street.

3-Outline your characters

Example: Strong, boy, girl, tall, short, hair, scars, so on…

4-Chose a plot

Example: There streets are where I took my first breath and my last. It all started with that untouchable girl, who was with the gang leader.

5-Setting or Make up a unique setting

Example: New York. Busy street. Dark alleyway. Old building.

6-Character Finalize

Example: James Doorman; main character. Lucy Heart, untouchable girl. Mark Winchester, Gang Leader.

7-Problem

Example: James and Lucy are in love and want to run away from Mark. Mark doesn’t want anyone else to have Lucy.

8-Conflict

Example: Lucy doesn’t want James to die, but she doesn’t want to stay with Mark neither.

9-Rising action

Example: Lucy and James meet and hang out. Slowly start to fall in love with each other.

10-Climax

Example: Mark finds out about Lucy and James and their plans to run away together. Mark and James get into a fist fight.

11-Falling action

Example: James loses the fight and is dying on the street.

12-Organizing your thoughts

Example: Is Lucy there to see the fight? Yes.

13-Plot Twist

Example: James doesn’t die. Lucy kills Mark and become Gang Leader.

14-Write the Story

Example:….Just write the story. Have fun with the plot and characters.

Everything must be thought out careful and plan to the last word. Everything has to connect, the character must go with the story, the conflict and plot twist must make sense. You have to remember, you aren’t just writing a story, you’re making a movie in someone else mind. Here is more links, to explain more about plots:

Write a Good Plot

How to Create a Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps

How to Build a Story from Beginning to End

Keep Plotting,
A.Goddess

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