Finding All The Bricks

I’m half-way through my first edit of The Varken and The Blessed is fully outlined and developed and ready to go in November for NaNoWriMo, if not sooner.

So, of course, now I am allowing myself to think about The Book Book. Finally. I can already see how much I have grown in my writing, in my stories, in my characters, and in so much more while going through The Varken. But there is still a lot of room for growth, and that makes me very thankful to still have The Blessed to work through before diving completely into The Book Book.

But, I’m excited! And world-building is an important stepping stone in the process. One that takes thought and time and logic and research and brainstorming. So I’m finding all the bricks to build my world, especially diving into history and culture creation.

Pinterest, as always, is a huge help in this aspect visually. Of course, things will change about the aesthetic of the world I am creating, but it’s helpful to have images to inspire my imaginations.

A new Pinterest board I have been developing for world/character/plot development is my Something Else board. This board has images that convey emotions and feelings and inspiration. Here are some examples:Read More »

Relationships: Building Blocks

As I am editing The Varken, I am also eagerly preparing for The Blessed, the last and final Keeper book (for now). In fact, I’ve already written the Prologue and the first scene to set the tone for the novel, although I won’t start getting super serious about writing until NaNoWriMo starts in November and I’m done with my first round of edits for The Varken.

However, one thing that is different about my process for this novel, as opposed to what I have done before, is how I am developing the plot. I started with Signposts and my Three-Act-Structure that I love, but there was a lot to fill in. I knew where the story would start (10 years after The Varken, 15 years after The Keeper), and the basics of the direction I wanted the plot to head in with a vague idea for how things would end.

Rather than meticulously scrutinizing every aspect of how things COULD work out for the plot, I dove into developing my characters. I got the basics down: appearance, general personality, hopes, dreams, weaknesses, you know the drill. Knowing my characters better certainly helped me to understand what they would do in certain situations, but so much of The Blessed is based around characters reacting to other characters, rather than a position they are in or some situation out of their control. Everything is up for grabs.

So what I did, was I started a lovely folder for Relationships!Read More »

Pinterest: My Partner in Creativity

UPDATE: Many of these boards have now been split to include sub-categories.

I have mentioned Pinterest before, but I thought I might explain a little bit more about my boards, how I used them, and why I find Pinterest oh-so-helpful as an author.

I have four main boards for inspiration, motivation, guidance, and plotting, all rolled into different categories.

More Than Words is my source for articles, worksheets, and references. All of my Neil Gaiman quotes also get pinned here. I don’t use this resource as much as I should, but it is a wonderful treasure chest of information. I always get new ideas and feel motivated towards better story telling after diving into something pinned on this board. It is also very helpful when I am working out the details of a plot or character, because the articles hear give me so many good ideas and points to consider. I haven’t read all of them, but they are always good ways to procrastinate on writing and feel motivated once I finish reading.Read More »