Half-Way Thoughts

I’m half-way through the first draft of my current work-in-progress, so I thought I would share just an unorganized list of thoughts that have crossed my mind in the process:

  • I’m not following the Three Act structure close enough.
    • That’s okay; God wrote this story…kinda…well, the original version.
  • Does the story spend too much time in the harem?
    • Well, it sets up everything else so, I guess not.
  • Ugh, if my readers turn Xerxes into a ‘bad boy’ romantic architype, ima be disgusted.
  • Woof, am I making Mordecai too self-centered?
    • Meh, makes his redemption better.
  • Is this story too dark for the YA Christian genre?
  • Is this story too religious for the YA secular genre?
  • Just keep writing. Worry about that later.
  • The greatest struggle for a Christian writer: figuring out how to have characters curse without swearing.
  • Wow! There are so many amazing self-published authors out there!
    • Do I really want to pursue traditional publishing?
    • Why do I want to be traditionally published?
    • Have I made an idol out of being traditionally publishing?
      • (insert repentence.)
    • So do I still want to be traditionally published?
  • Just keep writing. Worry about that later.
  • I should read some of my other books to inspire myself!
    • I have grown a lot since writing The Keeper. Woof.
    • No, be happy about what you have accomplished!
    • Should I unpublish my Eviryia books?
  • Just keep writing. Worry about that later.
  • Yay! I finally get to write an action sequence!
    • That felt kind short.
  • Are people gonna hate me for this plot point?
    • Nah, they should be used to me killing off major characters at this point.
    • (If you aren’t used to it, you haven’t read any of my books: read one now!)
  • I can’t wait to kill that character.
    • And that character.
  • What am I going to write after this? I don’t want my writing muscle to go flabby again!
  • Just keep writing.
  • Worry about all of that later.

I Also Write Musicals

I’m an artist through and through. I like arting. I art all the time.

While I am aspiring to be a professional author, and working towards improving my writing and storytelling skills with every word I put down on the page, there are plenty of other modes of art that I participate in: sewing, designing, painting, drawing, and songwriting, specifically writing musicals with my husband.

Writing musicals has it’s similarities with writing novels, but the differences increase the more I think about it.

Character creation and development is the most similar. Just like in a novel, the characters in a musical or play need to be well developed and complex. Otherwise, the audience will just see a bunch of bland characters and the take away from the show won’t be as much impact. After all, if you don’t care about the characters and can’t relate to them in some way, it stops at being entertaining, and for us, writing musicals always goes beyond the spectacle.

Outlining is always very similar, but slimmed greatly in comparison to novels. It requires the writer(s) to really hone in on the important scenes in the story, the ones that communicate what is happening the best, and never wasting any time. After all, most people aren’t looking to go to a six hour play. Most people.

Now, as for the differences:
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