Writing Prompt No. 3

Some dialogue starters:

  1. “There are consequences to your actions, you know this – it puts us all….”
  2. “This can’t be any different than when we….”
  3. “You watched me lie there, I would think that….”
  4. “But I am young, so what…”

 

Check out the last writing prompts here!

Intimidation of page numbers and word count

I’ve come to realize why it’s hard to write, and why it may be hard for others to write. The expectancy of x amount of pages for chapter or book.

When someone expects a certain amount or as a writer, you pressure yourself to get the amount you want or need, it can take the fun out of writing. It can make your writing area into a stressful environment. Which is not very productive.

It’s all some writers, like myself, can think about when writing. It started to make me feel unmotivated when I tried and write Torque.
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Progress Update (PU) | Torque

I’ll be making short updates about my novel and possible short stories. I will be keeping track for my own reasons and in case you are interested. This post will be a lot shorter than usual, but I wanted to update something for Sunday/ Monday before I post on Wednesday again. (If posts are not up Sunday, Monday is the day.)

In my previous posts, linked below, I may have talked about my novel that I am currently struggling with. I am not sure if  I mentioned the name, but I did post about the starting words of chapter 1. But I have named it Torque. The reason why I chose this title is because of the physics definition: a twisting force that causes rotation. I wanted to make a connection with physics to my main character and I also like the idea that torque could be an idea for catalytic events. In my novel, my main character (of course) is that catalytic force – that twisting force.

And her name is Cori.

When I had explained what my novel was about to others, I had a hard time trying to tell them. Mainly because, like other writers,I am protective of my work. Recently, I finally made a little summary for my portfolio director – it’s not exactly what I want to say, but it gets the point across.

 Cori is half human and half of an experimental vampiric-like race. She is aware of the strange things happening around her and her own abilities but only to an extent and becomes a catalytic force in an impending war.  

I know, the word vampiric stands out, but that’s how I originally started it. After so many changes to the plot, character, names – I wanted to keep it. I also have not thought of a name for the vampiric-like race. Well, a new name. I had several before, but that can be a separate post.

I intend for Torque to be a fantasy/ action series (four books) for adults. I currently have 3,089 words for chapter 1. Keep checking the bottom bar for current word count.(Or my struggle of the same word count.)

But until Wednesday, comment below.

XO Arisa

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I’m Back ~ Kind Of

Whoa! It’s seriously been months since I have updated my blog. Second semester took me by storm, tossed me in the ocean with nothing and I had to learn to swim. I’m swimming now, but I was definitely drowning for a bit. Not going to lie. Since I can’t update as often as I want to, I will post some motivational quotes.

I have so many plans that I want to execute  when I am not swamped with school work. Here is the list.

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Helping out a friend

Always

Always #severussnape ~ Photo courtesy of Google Images

I don’t mind helping out my friends, whatever it is I do my best to help. In this case, it’s editing the first draft of my friend’s book.

We all know what it’s like to hand over the first draft, it’s hard. It’s hard because someone may mark up and down with pen or pencil, get it back with different critiques than one was hoping for. It’s the business of writing:  start, fumble around a bit, stop, start again and eventually finish(again).

When I was in middle school,  I gave my brother my very first draft of my novel series. He read it, asked me if I was going to rewrite it and when I said no, he threw it in the trash. Yes, it was mean to do that, but it opened my eyes to be prepared for any critique. And yes, I got it out off the trash and kept writing.

It’s been hard to concentrate on her book; I put it down three times in one sitting. I hope to finish it and give her a typed up critique when we get back to school.

I gave myself a head-start  and  all ready begun to type up her critique and the things they need to work on is going to get long. No one is perfect on their first or even final draft. Eventually the writing gets better.  As I was writing the critique, I felt like a teacher. While I do this, I am hoping this is what an actual book editor for a publishing company does.

I hope what I say doesn’t discourage in her in the journey of novel writing.  It should give her fuel.

Well I am off to do something productive… I hope.

XO Arisa

Book buying

I am currently watching Kill Bill 1. I haven’t seen this movie in a while. The action scenes= awesome!

Anyways. I know haven’t posted in a while. Maybe it’s because I have lost motivation in updating the blog and not having as many hits. I’ve decided to try and let it  not get to me. I’ll continue to post about writing and everything else. It’s been about a month since I’ve gotten out of school and I am jobless. Sitting in my parents’ house, just cleaning. It’s really annoying, it’s not like I want to sit at home. I really am trying for a job.

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Characters

I love creating characters. I find it to be fun. Sometimes I feel like creating characters is an art or craft because what has to be done to make an effective hook for a story. Care has to go into creating them; what they’re like, who they will become, etc.

When I create characters, I first find the name that is suitable to a rough descriptions that I somehow gather, i.e. tall, almost six-foot; male, dark hair, brown eyes. If I can’t think of a name off the top of my head then I search name site and scroll until I find it. When I find the first name, I find a last name.

I usually find names with certain meanings that are going to fit the personality of my character. Sometimes it’s random, if I like the meaning then hello so-and-so. Having the name makes it easier for me to create scenes that suddenly pop into my head.

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