October 22, 2010

Because I'm too busy to write an actual post.

Working on a short story for Fiction Workshop at the moment. Here's something brilliant from YouTube.

October 19, 2010

NaNoMeme thieves are on the loose...

Have an outline? Oh yes. Goodness yes.
Scene-by-scene? More or less.
Know how it starts? Yup.
Know how it ends? EPICALLY.
Have your climax in order? After some very intricate plotting, yes. I've been working on this since April. ^_^
Know your main characters yet? Rhemy "Les Rhemes" Starrett (my main-main) and Oliver "Evansly" Evans!
Have a particular tone in mind? Kind of. Just gonna go with it.
Plan to draw on your own experiences? No.

Funny? For sure, to balance out the seriousness.
Serious? Oh yeah, definitely.
Sad? The opening scene is at a funeral. So...
Semi-Autobiographical? You caught me. I am from the future.
Based on another story? No, but I've been using Oliver forever. Like since 2006.

A paper journal? Yes.
Pens? No... I really, really hate pens.
Multicoloured pens? Even multicolo[u]red ones.
A computer? Where most of the planning is done.
Index cards? Nah, too easy to lose.
Bulleted lists? Yes!
Plot charts? Haha, yes.
Character charts? Nope
Character formulas? ...What?
Favourite writing resource? Write or Die.

A line you would like to use: I've been saving them on Facebook. TECHNICALLY, it's not writing if it's Facebook.

“Ah, Y2K. I love this time in history. Apocalypse theories, the Amish secretly gloating, people gathering supplies for the end of the world. They’re like little squirrels!” *Sees a lady loading an obscene amount of groceries into her car* “Crazy, crazy squirrels.”

“This is our weird-o-meter! It goes bloop-bloop when something’s wrong.”

“And this is my watch!” *Power pose!*
“What does that do?”
“…It… it measures time. What did you think it did?”

“It’s always been about the past with you and me. When’s it ever going to be about anything else?”

“We’re brilliant!”
“We’re adverbs!”
“Let’s save the universe by playing the six degrees game!”

A scene you would like to include: Oliver and Rhemy making fun of everybody in the year 1999. Oh wait. That's a different plot point!
A concept you would like to explore: The future.
A cliché you would like to avoid: Part of the story takes place in Germany 1944. You would think someone is going to try to kill Hitler. OH NO THEY AREN'T!
A character you would like to use: All the characters I have for the story?

Do you expect to be able to complete it? Yes.
Do you intend to complete it? Yes.
Would you ever try to publish it? After a lot of polishing.
What do you expect to get out of this month of frantic writing? AWESOMENESS.

October 18, 2010

I promise...

...to write well.
...to write badly first.
...to be honest.
...to not be preachy.
...to not take myself seriously.
...to not write for trends. Trends change.
...to not get so caught up in words that I lose sight of the story.
...to not care what people think.
...to remember why I'm doing this.
...to make people laugh.
...to make people feel good.
...to make a difference.
...to never stop.

OK, now it's your turn.

(PS: WMU's literary magazines, The Laureate and Third Coast are accepting submissions!)