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Developing that Idea – Method 1

You decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. Awesome. You have an idea of what you’re going to write about. Cool. You’ve mulled it over for some time and you have a a vague story. Yet the question remains, how are you going to get that idea to blossom into 50k words for you? This is where I’ll put my two cents in.

This post will mainly focus on developing the idea for novel writing that can bleed into scripts, novellas, and short stories. To begin, I find it good practice to summarize  your idea into one sentence. I’ll use the following example throughout the post.

A prince must escapes his kingdom to save the world.

It’s not the greatest logline but it will have to do. Now, if this was my idea, the first question I’d ask myself is ‘how?’. How is this going to happen? This is where the three arc structure comes into play.

To summarize, it consists of the beginning, middle, and end. The beginning is where we introduce the character’s normal life before we introduce the big inciting moment. This moment is where the character realizes (somewhat) that their normal life won’t be the same. They are thrust into the new world (act two: the middle). Here they struggle, overcome obstacles, meet the ‘big bad’ that can be an actual enemy, a tough decision, bigger life changing event, etc., before leading up to the end (act three) where they find out the consequences of their decision and we get too see how it all plays out.

How does this look in practice? So in the first arc, I’d introduce the prince and his life. This is where I’ll show the readers his daily life, what he strives for, and what he fears.

A lot of developing the idea process will blend into other areas like character creation, world building, etc. It might seem overwhelming because there’s so much to do, but focus on the idea first. In my humble opinion, I believe that without a well developed idea, the writing can fall through.

So, in my notebook, I’d write down a few qualities of the prince. He’ll be responsible, eager, and stubborn. As mention before, the first arc introduces his world. We find out about the family and all that good stuff.

At some point, he discovers that a family member began a coup so, the youth prince must flee (It’s cliche but, for this purpose, it works). Perhaps during the escape, he learns some information. His aunt must obtain some relic in order to take the throne (or something). So, off the young prince goes with retainers or a bodyguard. That’s act one.

Act two, is the largest part of the story.  This is where the young prince tries to find more information on the relic. Where is it located/ hidden? He’ll probably have to consult with far away people and mystics for that information. During his travels, he has to hide his identity, learn how to survive, and dodge his aunt’s assassins and bounty hunters. All of these are obstacles.

To raise the stakes, the young prince learns that the relic only appears every ten years, on a certain day, under certain stars, and under a tree. That day is technically a week away and no one knows where this relic is. Eventually, they find the location and off they go. A race against time and enemies. You get the picture.

To simplify, what does your character want? How are they going to get it? What can you do to make it more difficult? Or another way. What does you character cherish? What can you do to take that away? Everyone wants something. Start with that and then rock the boat. Make that journey more difficult, think of obstacles.

Say for example you’re in the middle of the story and everything is going smoothly. No. It can’t. Murphy’s Law. Think of what can go wrong and make it happen.

Lastly, you don’t have to have everything planned out right at the beginning. I would suggest starting with the first act of introductions and rocking the boat. This is probably the first five or so chapters in the story. Then, starting thinking about that middle part. How can it get more complicated. Give your character some wins but keep the pressure on. The ending is where you resolve everything.

Ideas may come to mind as you write that are completely different from what you wrote initially. Embrace that. Not everything will go according to plan and that’s okay.

For the next post, I’ll go into starting with the ending and writing backwards. Thanks for reading.

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Posted in Dungeons&Dragons, Gamernation News, Writing, Writing Prompts

Prompt List of Sarcasm

Happy Wednesday. The week is half way over and I can hardly wait. My week has been super busy lately and it will continue for the rest of the week thanks to my classroom observations. Despite the busy schedule, I’m just glad I can attend.

My article for Gamer Nation News is up and you can find it here. You can read my rant on the changes made to Adventures League for Season 8. Part 2 will be coming out maybe later this month or next month. I’m hoping there’s a few more positive changes made before I make the second article. Fingers crossed.

As is (sort of) customary on Wednesdays, I like to post writing prompts that I found and have written. This time however, I did find a list of sarcasm writing prompts that was to good to leave alone. You can find the link here. Enjoy.

writing prompt

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The Supporting Fans

As my pre-service training comes to an end for my teaching certification, it’s starting to get a bit rough. A lot of things aren’t lining up the way I thought they would. This also means that my writing has been effected more than I would like to admit.

However saying this, there is a bright side. I have done some article writing for Gamer Nation News. It’s a website created by gamers for gamers. We play and reviews games. My articles deal with Dungeons & Dragons and you can find my latest article here.

I am also close to finishing a story I have on wattpad. For those who might not know, I don’t like it. It’s not my best work and half the plot was made up week to week. Even the name is terrible. *cough* The Vampire Prince goes to High School *cough* The title says it all. It really is about a vampire prince going to high school.

Anyways . . .

Despite all of this, the story has fans and they seem to really enjoy. They’re the reason why I have been able to keep going with it. Without them, I would have quit a long time ago. Unfortunately, I have yet thought of a way to thank them for their support.

As a writer, I believe that what it all comes down to. It’s all about the support. Support can come from anywhere and anyone, even yourself. For me specifically, it comes from the story’s fans. They make me feel guilty for not posting on time because they’ve shown so much love for the story. The least I can do is post every week for them.

Even though I don’t like this particular story, I’ve learned a lot from writing week to week. I have made the plot up on the spot and I think, that’s going to help me in the long run. I have pushed through so many writer’s block because of said plot and that’s something that I can transfer over to my other writing. Even if I have no ideas what’s going to happen, I’m going to keep writing.

Sure, my other writing might not have the same support but then I think about the support it will have in the future. I think about the potential of that support and that keeps me going. While the lack of support would never make me quit writing, it’s nice to have someone appreciate your work.

 

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D&D Article, Updates, and Writing

I am happy to announce that my article on dice superstitions has been posted on Gamernation News. You can check it out here. I’ve included pictures of my dice and those of my fellow players but most of them are my dice. It was fun collecting all the information and hearing all the quirks and superstitions out there.

Lately, there’s been a lot of writing going on. From lesson plans, articles, Camp NaNoWriMo, and posts, I can’t seem to catch my breath. Of course let’s not forget running my own D&D sessions. I’ve been so busy lately. Somehow, I’ve managed to have everything under control. Let’s hope it stays that way.

I have to say that staying busy and writing is a good feeling. I feel very productive. Although I’m a few hundred words behind my daily goal for Camp NaNoWriMo, I think I’m doing well. I haven’t run out of inspiration. The story seems to be writing itself. Plus, getting into the mentally that it doesn’t have to be perfect is really helping me. Honestly, I think that’s the hardest part about writing.

If I had to say anything that I was dissatisfied with is probably the time I sent my posts out. I usually try to get them out between 3 and 5 but lately that hasn’t been working out. I’ve had to cover weird shifts at work that doesn’t allow for all that. School hasn’t made it easy yet. I’ll try to keep to that timeframe next week.

While it’s been a short update, I’ll cut the post short. I have to finish typing up my daily word count for Camp NaNoWriMo. For those who are participating, how’s it going? Have you run out of steam or still going strong?

As always, good luck.