All posts by tmforal

Back From the Dead! And Other Updates

It has been quite a while since I uploaded anything on this blog (Last May, I believe), but it is anything but dead. Between real life and college, it has been hard to give my novels the proper time that they need, but I intend to give it to them.

The most important update is that I am putting my current novel, The Heir, to rest for a while so I can concentrate on some much-needed world building while I work on a story that I had built up quite a bit, It Begins.

I finished the book during the most current NaNoWriMo, and plan to start editing in February. I am very happy with the world I created and just need to put some finishing touches before I edit my story so I have a clear idea of the rules and laws. I actually find world building very soothing, so I think I will enjoy this!

Sorry for the long delay, but I hope to continue this novelling journey!

One Degree of Difference

At 211 degrees Fahrenheit, water is super hot. But it won’t boil. Ever.

But in just one degree, it starts to boil. That one degree makes all the difference between really, really, swear-like-a-sailor hot water, and water that boils.

In the same way, a person who gives an extra hour or two a day to their passion can go from being good to being great.

It can be hard, but life’s hard. Anyone who tells you differently is selling you something. It’s also probably not what anyone wants to hear. We all want to become successful/rich/famous/happy with the least amount of work possible. It’s just how we’re wired.

But if you’re truly passionate about something, then you should be willing to spend time doing it, whether it’s writing, math, science, sports, or just a hobby.

If you’re willing to give up something you love for another thing you love, then you can become great.

Says the teenager who never updates on time. Maybe I’m just passionate about Netflix and never sleeping…😅

Wow, I suck.

Sorry about the whole tardiness thing. School is winding to a close, and senioritis is setting in, so I don’t feel like doing anything. Unfortunately, that also extends to editing my novel. Luckily, since summer is coming up in a week, I will have plenty of time coming up in a little more than a month.

So, wish me luck and fortitude. Juggling writing and school can be pretty difficult, but if I jus power through it, I might be able to do something… hopefully…

I’m Gonna Learn Ya Good.

Literary misconceptions occur all the time, most likely due to misinterpretations by readers and dramatizations by movie makers.

Now, most people know Frankenstein is the man and not the monster. But did you know the monster doesn’t actually have a bolt in his head, and is neither green, stupid, or afraid of fire. The monster is superhumanly smart and strong, and actually likes fire.

“Elementary, my dear Watson.” Said no Sherlock Holmes novel ever. Holmes said several variations, but never that exact phrase.

Jekyll’s name is actually supposed to be pronounced Jeekyll.

Hyde is usually portrayed as bigger and more handsome than Jekyll, but in reality, he’s small, weasly, and really hideous. Maybe the handsome part is just me…

Dracula doesn’t actually get destroyed in the sunlight. He actually walks around London during the day and it’s even said that he’s strongest at noon. The whole sunlight-burns-them thing came from Nosferatu.

Lastly, Romeo and Juliet. Really famous Shakespeare play? Perhaps you’ve heard of it. There’s a famous line, “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Fun fact, she’s not asking where he is (when she says this, he’s right in front of her.), but asking why he has to be Romeo (a Montague).

I have fallen for every single one of these misconceptions, and only Literature classes have taught me otherwise. I hope you’ve learned something.

Are there any misconceptions I missed? Any you are sure are true? Let me know in the comments!

A Novel-In-Progress is like Theseus’ Paradox

For those of you not near google, if, bit by bit, you replace the old wood of a boat with new wood until the whole ship is new wood, and then build another ship with the wood from the original ship, which one is the real ship?

Not so subtle segue because I’m exhauated.

Do you notice how much your story changes? You take out characters, add characters, take out scenes, add scenes, take out plot points, add plot points.

I do this little by little. My brain thinks, “Wouldn’t it be cool if this was like this?”, and usually, on a whim, I change a little piece of the story. I keep on changing little by little til it resembles in the barest structure. Usually only keeping one or two characters or plot points I like.

Of course Theseus’s Paradox involves another boat, but the real question is whether the ship that had all the pieces replaced is still the original ship. Do you think a manuscript you’ve written is replaced by the edited version?

Food for thought. But now, sleep is pretty important, and thanks to Netflix, I don’t get enough of it…

Improvement.

So far, I’m doing pretty well editing my story. I am going to focus on grammar while thinking of ways to improve my story. Once I feel the grammar is good, I’ll work on redoing my story, then redoing characters. Then I’ll go through it with a fine tooth comb and fix things.

Something I found that helps is taking things a section at a time, like one chapter, finish that, take a break, and then redo it. Go over the corrections you’ve made and figure things out.

Granted, that’s easier said than done, but I can do it!

How about you guys? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any other tips?

Troubles.

Hey guys, I’m losing steam.

Every time I take a look at my novel, I think how much it sucks, how all the other published ones look so beautiful and full of great characters and dialogue, and mine is clunky and awkward with no real characterization

I just can’t shake the thought that I actually suck at writing… And I know this is all in my head, and every writer has gone through this, but it’s still rough…

However, I feel the best way is to divide things. Not trying to do too much at once.

Anyone else have advice they’d like to share? I could really use it.

Inspiration.

I believe its a bit overrated.

Mainly because there’s a bit of a misconception that if you just wait for it, inspiration will come to you, and I don’t believe that’s the case.

Inspiration must be actively sought. Personally, I watch t.v, movies, and read books to find it. I also try to fit every new thing I learn into a story. It doesn’t always work, but at least you try.

A real-life example: about two years ago I was at a book panel where I got inspired to change the setting of one of my books from an England setting to a Hispanic/Asian mix one. And honestly, I just got inspired to change the setting and came up with a Hispanic culture but threw in Chinese and Japanese references.

What are some inspiration stories you have? Let me know! I love reading comments!

Hallelujah!

Good news, guys. After giving my room a nice scrubbing-over (basically just shuffling things from one place to another until I found what I was looking for and stuffed the rest under my bed…), I did manage to find my manuscript. So that’s a relief. I have started typing the edits into the computer.

From there I plan to print it out and re-edit it. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Until I feel proud to call it mine. Then I will find a discerning outside reader and get their two cents.

It’s a long and arduous process, but I gotta say, I’m pushing to get my novel finished by the end of my first year of college, which is about a year away.

Wish me luck!

How about you guys? Do you have any novels in the works? Any published ones? Ones you’re working on getting published? Let me know, I’d love to check it out!

Is it just me…

Or does anyone else act out your story behind closed doors? Like, I swing around a sword and pretend to be my characters. That’s the main reason I keep the doors to my bedroom shut. Also, I act it out when my characters are wounded. I have no idea why, but it feels so cool to just pretend to be a warrior (maiden) or sorcerer and be surrounded by enemy warriors and be all epic-fighting.

You can tell I haven’t grown up…

Please tell me I’m not the only one.