I hope that your evening is going well. Life can sure be challenging. I went to have an MRI done on my head yesterday. (The things I will do to try and get inspiration!) I won’t know the results of the test for the next few days. But I’m not sweating it since the past tests have come out negative. Anyway life does have it’s challenges and I’m up to the challenge.
Now on to my topic…I have been working on my sci-fi story “A Change in Time” these past few days. I had to make some changes. I had to rewrite some scenes to better fit the story structure. The way the text read, I had the inciting incident in the wrong spot. Now I had things ass backwards before, but this is a little bit ridiculous. So I made some changes there. Hey what is writing without making changes?
Now some of the other things I have been doing are writing poetry for my chapbook, and checking the Writer’s Market.com for upcoming things. I would like to compete in some writing contests there. And of course check at least once a week for story submissions to various different magazines. In any case I will try to stay busy that way. Maybe I can try to submit to some children’s magazines as well.
Now then maybe I can ask you guys something. Below is my version of a Character sketch. I would like to have some input about improving it.
Race/Ethnic Background (Race could be human or alien):
Hair color/Eye color:
Psychological make up; (This will include personality strengths and weaknesses.)
In any case I’m sure there could be more added. I tried to keep things fairly general. Take for example, Family background. A lot of intricate details could be put there. Same thing for the psychological make up. A lot of things can be done. And speaking of done, so am I So until next time…William out!
Yes good morning people! I hope that you guys are having a wonderful morning. I hope that your weekend will be good! I have to work mine, but I have been doing that for my entire working life! But that’s ok. At least I have a job.
Now that the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories contest is over with, I have turned my attention back to my sci-fi story “A Change inTime”. I’m making revisions to that story. I have been using Cathy Yardley’s book entitled “Rock Your Plot. A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel”, as guide in this venture.
So far so good! I plan on writing the scenes to the 8 major plot points. That will serve as the skeletal outline for the first draft of the story. Once that is done the I will write the scenes and subplot threads between each plot point and that will be the basis for the first draft. So I have completed the inciting incident and I am writing scenes that will lead up to plot Point One.
Well it’s getting late so I had better be going. So until next tine…William out!
Once again I hope that your evening is going well. My sure is! Well the Cheerios Spoonful of Stories has come to an end. The last day to sumit was on July 31st and that has gone on by. It was fun writging stories for the contest and I look forward to doing again next year when it starts around May 1st. This is assuming that I don’t win though. I hope that I do win…He he… Now that would be a game changer indeed. This time around instead of just submitting just about anything, I decided only the best of my work would go. So I submitted 3 stories that I thought would have a chance. Now don’t think that I will stop writing children’s stories. I sure won’t. This would be just in case the best scenario would happen. (I win and get that publishing contract and they want a couple of more stories. Wishful thinking yeah…But who knows?) Well suffice it to say I will keep on writing children’s stories.
And I will keep on writing on my other projects too. Like my sci-fi story project. I started to outline that this week with the goal in mind of writing the scenes to each plot point, thus creating the skeletal outline for the story. Here is the general idea for my plot points.
1. Inciting Inident. Something changes.
2. Plot Point 1. The goal for the story is set.
3. Pinch point 1. The antagonist show him/her/itself indirectly. I say itself because the antagonist could be an it if you are writing sci-fi.
4. Mid/Plot point 2. This is where the protagonist gets more information that allows a change from being reactive to proactive. Instead of reacting to things the protagonist can now do something on the order of taking the initiative.
5. Pinch point 2. The antagonist strikes back by disrupting the protagonist plans.
6. Plot point 3. Which is the start of the third act.
7. The black moment. The worst possible thing regarding the story goal has happened and now it looks like the protagonist has no hope of winning the day.
8. Story resolution. The story goal is achieved. The main plot and all sub plot threads are resolved.
Now I got this information from Cathy Yardley’s “Rock Your Plot” how to book, which you can get at any bookstore or at Amazon. You can download the ebook on your kindle if you would like. It is quite good book for beginning writers like myself.
And speaking of writing I had better get cracking again. So until next time…William out!