First First Finished

I recently sort of finished my first first draft. Meaning, not the first first draft I’ve started, but the first one I’ve ever finished. ¬†It feels strange. Not very triumphant. Mostly cheesy and reminding me of all the work I have yet to do. There are a million and one plot holes, flat characters, and a failure to resolve all of the loose ends at all properly. But I finished.
Honestly, I feel like this should be longer, but this is all I have to say for now. I think I might throw a party to celebrate. Is that over dramatic? I don’t know. But parties are fun.
Feel free to share your experiences with finishing a first draft in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and follow if you enjoyed this post.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer ūüėČ

A Wall of Sticky Notes

Now that summer vacation has started, (It began a bit late for me due to unfortunate weather circumstances during the winter) I am beginning to formulate some ideas as to what I want to accomplish.  One I came up with a few months prior to now, however, I am now adding more specific details to this plan.

The book that I started during NaNoWriMo this year I have continued, though at a slower rate compared to that of November.  Yet, I am nearing the end, and have come up with a few ideas concerning my rewrite.  Although, the first aspect of my writing I need to correct is the organization of my research.  Or, rather, I need to conduct research.  I have a small amount of information I have compiled, and also several unfinished outlines. Wondering when the wall of sticky notes comes in?  Well, I believe now would be a good time to explain my title.

I have been researching various ideas on how I may organize the notes and outline for my novel, and one of the ideas I found was to find an empty wall and plaster it with sticky notes, filled with the information for my book.  One of my first thoughts after reading this was that I could never find a wall empty or large enough within my living quarters to cover with all the notes I would need.  Another was that it sounded impossibly confusing, not to mention the picture in my mind of some small child arriving and ripping them all down before I was aware.  Of course, such a hypothetical situation was unlikely to happen anytime soon, yet the idea was still quite unappealing to my specific style of organization.

Since then I have looked into a few online sources which I may be able to use to store my information, many of which require a disconcerting amount of compensation. ¬†While I am willing to expend a bit of my savings on this project, I feel that there are better solutions. ¬†One website I took a glance at was celtx, which is free provided you do not mind using only its most basic components. ¬†I attempted to try this, however I could not pass even the sign up, as it consistently insisted something about “undefined is not a function”. ¬†If anyone reading has advice as to how I may fix this, I would be very interested.

I occurred to me, since I am starting to look at these programs for the first time seriously, it may be beneficial to both myself and those reading to create a post open to suggestion on organizing information for one’s novel. ¬†So, please give suggestions in the comment section below. ¬†For example, what do you personally do to organize for your novel? ¬†Do you use the sticky note method? ¬†Or perhaps there is an online program that you think everyone ought to use? ¬†Please share these in the comment section below. ¬†Your advice would be greatly appreciated. ¬†Have a fabulous day.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer ūüėČ

The Perks of Being a Writer

I am currently at Barnes and Noble and thought it would be a cool idea to write a blog as long as I’m here. ¬†That is really the major perk I was intending to bring up; going to Barnes and Noble. ¬†I love coming here to write, work, and also drink their wonderful, wonderful coffee. ¬†I got a hot White Chocolate Mocha today. ¬†I usually go for the sweeter ones. ¬†I’m one of those people coffee aficionados may not consider a real coffee-drinker, when taken into account I inundate my coffee with a barrage of flavored creamer and spices so that it ends up looking like straight milk.

I was a bit disappointing today, as the cafe did not request my name when I ordered my coffee.  What purpose do I have for disappointment at this turn of events?  I will began explaining by saying that no, I am not so egotistical that I simply like to hear my name called.  The reason I was somewhat dissatisfied is that my friend and I recently came up with an intriguing game that demands our names be requested.  This game is rather unsophisticated; we simply buy coffees and when they ask for our names, we provide fake ones.  It can be especially amusing if one is buying a coffee with someone else, because then he or she may use the names of some famous duo, such as Sherlock and Watson.  This, of course, works exceptionally well at a bookstore like Barnes and Noble.  The past two instances they have not asked for my name, which is rather sad, since I have had an idea for one for a while.  I thought I could say Primrose Everdeen.

Get it? ¬†B-because she is called as…as tribu-oh nevermind…

Although it just occurred to me that perhaps this may be even more interesting with a partner. ¬†For example, I could be Primrose, and someone after me could be Katniss, so that when the employee calls for her, she might yell, “I volunteer as tribute!” ¬†Yes…I know I am dorky.

Another reason I love Barnes and Noble is due to their impressive manga section.  It is not that they have an abundant variety, but more so than many stores.  It is rather funny to me, I did not really become involved in reading manga until this year.  Now I even own an edumanga.  Yes, it is what it sounds like; an educational manga.  My edumanga is written concerning linear algebra.  It is actually quite beneficial in understanding where formulas and the sort originate.  However, I have yet to finish it.  I am stuck at Gaussian Elimination.

One more reason I am fond of Barnes and Noble is due to the fact that it prevents me from dawdling my entire afternoon.  I feel a duty to be productive, since it would be slightly odd to sit in a bookstore just to watch a television show or daydream.  So, usually I at least do some sort of writing here if not schoolwork.  I actually spent a good deal of NaNoWriMo here.  I find it relaxing and cozy.

Now that I have finished my rant on the wonders of Barnes and Noble, I would love to hear what you think.  Have you ever been to Barnes and Noble?  Did you like it?  Why?  Or perhaps you like another bookstore better.  What is one of your favorite spots to visit when getting work done?  Share in the comment section below.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Also, do not forget to hit that like button if you enjoyed this post, and if you want more, the follow button in the right hand corner.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer ūüėČ

Learning to Go Insane

So, lately, I have not been writing much. ¬†This is clearly a problem. ¬†I think this is partially due to the fact that the adrenaline and feeling of “Nothing needs to be good,” from NaNoWriMo has worn off. ¬†My perfectionism is beginning to rear its ugly, annoying, obnoxious head again, and it is telling me that my characters lack depth, my plot has a million holes in it, my writing is terrible, etc. ¬†One of the things that does not help with battling these ideas in my head are that my characters don’t make sense. ¬†They should have more than one mission, more than one thing they want to do. ¬†Basically, my characters are just characters.

I believe one way to combat this lack in my story is to go through little every day things I don’t talk about in the book; write the protagonist’s back-story, maybe write a typical day in the life of both of my main characters. ¬†What were their families like? ¬†What foods don’t they like? ¬†Are they particularly scared of anything?

Oh yes, I haven’t gotten to how this relates at all to the title yet. ¬†You see, one of my characters occasionally goes…insane. ¬†She is not the one from whom the main perspective is set, so all of the description of that is from someone else’s view. ¬†But it occurred to me the other day-if I imagined how it felt from her perspective, how much more depth could that add to her actions and her personality? ¬†Therefore, I am learning how to go insane. ¬†Mind you, I am not literally trying to drive myself crazy, but I have started writing a story about the first time she does, and I come up with details as I go. ¬†Due to how much this has helped me, I have even thought of making the entire second draft of my story following her instead of the current protagonist, and then later deciding who I wanted the perspective to be set from.

What methods do you use when trying to get into the head of your characters?  Any tips you could share?  Please give them in the comments below.  Feel free to follow, comment, or like this post if you enjoyed it.  Keep on writing!

Writing Challenge: Take one of your side characters and write a day entirely from their perspective.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer ūüėČ

Winter Wonderland

I love the way snow looks, yes, very pretty, however, I would like to point out that when Alice goes to Wonderland, it is no fun trip. ¬†I propose the same with a winter wonderland. ¬†While the Cheshire cat that is black ice, appearing and disappearing, is interesting in its own right, it can be rather scary as well. ¬†Also, I have always been a big fan of the Mad Hatter, who can be found here as the slippery roads hidden under the beautiful snow, it is not preferable for driving. ¬†Don’t even let me get started on those Queen of Hearts snow storms-one minute they are soft and pretty, and the next they are attempting to sever your head from your body with hail the size of baseballs.

Alright, I am being a bit melodramatic.  But I mean it when I relate winter to the wonderland that is so well-known by children and adults alike.  Winter is very beautiful, but can also be very dangerous.  Why am I bringing this up now?  That is a good question, well-timed imaginary reader, especially considering it is not technically yet Winter, which actually starts on December 21st.  This is due to the fact that on the way home from church today, a drive that usually takes about twenty minutes tops took about an hour due to the horrendous yet gorgeous snow.  The snow only that morning we had predicted would amount to little more than wet roads and frigid air.

Now this isn’t just a rant about how I hate the winter. ¬†I like Winter; I just don’t love everything about it. ¬†However, some of the things I do like about it are…

1) Presents on Christmas!

No, this is not as selfish as it sounds. ¬†While I do enjoy getting presents, I love giving them. ¬†I actually went on my annual Christmas shopping trip yesterday, in which I got very little actual shopping done, but it was very fun due to the company of my friends Amira and John. ¬†I am guessing that part of the reason that we got little shopping for others done is due to the fact that we are all distracted easily and I hate using maps…so…that is a bad combination when you are in the King of Prussia mall.

2) Sparkly, gentle snow.

While snow has its many downsides, it also has many upsides. ¬†I don’t play in it much anymore, but it still is fun to sometimes make a snowman, or a giant snowball to sit upon. ¬†And no, I do not dare attempt to make a fort, because it will fail at life. ¬†Also, I like the way snow looks…from inside while under lots of blankets. ¬†Additionally, something I used to do with snow when I was a child was scoop it up and pour maple syrup on it, then proceeding to eat it. ¬†It was basically an excuse to eat maple syrup. ¬†But it was delicious.

3) Christmas music

Christmas music is possibly some of my favorite music ever. ¬†This is because, unlike many my age, I can actually reach most of the high notes, and thrive on the feeling of a loud, clear high D. ¬†Not to mention many of them come in minor keys, which I absolutely adore. ¬†“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” is probably my favorite, if I had to pick one.

4) Family

Actually, not just family, but friends.  The holiday saddled in the midst of these cold, dark months allow us a reason to stop our daily lives to go visit relatives, or go shopping for Christmas with some friends.  I, as an extrovert, thrive on this time, and look forward to it greatly.

5) Break

Okay so I am starting to realize half of the thing on this list, if not more, are linked to Christmas…oh well. ¬†Point is, break from school? ¬†Yes please. ¬†Please. ¬†Sleeping in every day…staying up till three every night…yes. ¬†Just…yes.

So that is it for today! ¬†What are you favorite aspects of winter? ¬†Tell me in the comment section below! ¬†And don’t forget to like, follow, or comment if this post brought enjoyment to your day ^_^

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer ūüėČ

Facebook Status: Pumped

Okay, it is a cheesy title, but I do not particularly care at the moment.  My feat at winning NaNoWriMo has spurred me on to actually finish this book.  Mind you, I am no where near the end of my first draft, which is a messy one at that, but I am extremely excited.  Not only do I see many flaws in my writing, in only propels me forward.  I want so badly to pour my creativity into this novel, and to have the characters in my writing come to life and relate to the people reading- tehe, I just realized that I am rambling about writing.  And no, I did not plan that joke.

I’ve got Pentatonix pulsing through my ear-buds (a band I highly suggest), a word document pulled up, and it is nighttime. ¬†The prefect time to write.

I honestly had so much fun writing during NaNoWriMo, and it was nothing like I expected. ¬†If any of you didn’t do it this past month, I encourage you to do it this summer during Camp NaNoWriMo. ¬†I await it eagerly myself.

Now I shall list the aspects of my writing I need to fix, because I love lists:

1) I need to improve my vocabulary immensely

.           Not only does any writer need a fairly large vocabulary to start with, but my main characters supposedly hail from royalty.  This requires me to write them as somewhat intelligent, well-spoken people.  Unfortunately, I am nowhere near as articulate as they ought to be.  Any tips on how to do this in an organized fashion would be appreciated.

2) My characters are unrealistic.

My characters lack details, details necessary to make them seem real. ¬†Real people have a million aspects that influence their personality and choices. ¬†While I cannot reveal them all, that is not necessary. ¬†It simply needs to be shown that they have small preferences that don’t necessarily have to do with their horrific back stories.

3) Plot-holes…everywhere.

Um…I blame this on it being the first draft plus the fact that it was partially done during NaNoWriMo.

Those are a few of the problems I am facing that I must fix. ¬†What kind of problems do you face? ¬†Also, challenge for today is to list 5 uncommon words to signify dialogue, such as “rambled,” or “prattled”. ¬†What? ¬†Using you to help me expand my vocabulary? ¬†Of course not…I simply want to help you. ¬†If I get some better words than “said,” in the process, it would simply be a happy coincidence. ¬†Feel free to like, comment, or follow!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer ūüėČ