How I Write Series Part four: The Typing

So internet friends,

 Sorry about the late posting and getting my days mixed up! 

Step One: Important Scenes

I usually write everything in notebooks before typing them up but when I do type them, I start with the important scenes.

This gives me time to quickly revise them as I type them to fit them in with other scenes I’ve already handwritten. 

Step Two: In Order

Once everything is compiled into multiple word documents, now is your chance to write them in order in one document. Once you see the chronological sequence, you can make notes about the transitions. 

Step Three: PRINT!

I cannot stress printing out at this point enough. This way if you don’t have a backup copy you can have a hard copy. 

This also makes it easier to make additional notes. You can physically out notes to what you want to put and where you want it. 

This is the first step to a complete first draft. 

Step Four: Notes

You have written plenty of notes, right? Nope. Once you have them written down, do a quick read through and add more!

How can you make the scenes more dangerous? Crucial? Heart-wrenching? Do it. 

Once you have add in notes completed start working on fluffing. You have the brutal down, now make it pretty. 

Why do they live in the apocalypse? What do they do in their freetime? Why are they at war? 

This gives you a chance to expand your subplot more.

Just remember: A writer starts the novel, the reader finishes it. -Stephen King. 

Missed my last segments? Click below. 

Summary http://wp.me/p4SwEr-gC

Part one http://wp.me/p4SwEr-iu

Part two  http://wp.me/p4SwEr-gC

Part three http://wp.me/p4SwEr-gv

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Much love,

Ally

More blogs and updates

Internet peeps (yeah, not cool enough to say that…),

Anyway, I’m doing a lot of research to revamp and revise possibly even updating some of my previous how to’s and tips. 

Right now, I’m working on the conflict and motivation series. Keep with me, should be out within the next week (I’m being very thorough). 

If there is anything you’ve heard, experienced or even noticed that complicates how you write, please send a contact me and I will be sure to address it. 

All of this researching while I’m prepping a lasagna for my mom’s birthday today. Everyone wish her a happy birthday! Haha. 

Anyway I just wanted you all to stay updated,

Ally

Isn’t it so pretty? 

Character Descriptions – Mentality

Hello Internet Universe,

Here’s where things get a little crazy or not-so-crazy when it comes to your characters. They are your creations. They are not puppets because if you create them correctly then they will move forward on their own. Sometimes they need a little push, but not enough to make them seem like puppets. You are not the puppet master, I repeat: YOU ARE NOT THE PUPPET MASTER AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR PINOCCHIO!

One of the things you need to know is their education level. You need to know if your 30 year old is a high school drop out or the holder of a master’s degree. If you don’t know how educated they are, how can you be educated enough to portray them on your paper or word document?

Also, do they derive from any mental illnesses? You need to know the chances of them getting any illnesses and if they themselves have any. You want to know if you’re female character will go home and cry or attack all of Manhattan with a nuke after a breakup.

A big, big thing you’ll need to know is your character’s learning experiences. Are they by the textbook or are they more of a street smart person? Have they dated a lot of cheaters and liars, or still with their first love?

Also, what are your character’s goals? What do they want to do for the rest of their lives or what do they want to do tomorrow? As a goal, that will help drive your character to the end point of your novel or short story.

Now here’s a big thing that is needed in every character-based story: How they see themselves and how they think others see them, it’s a good and important thing to know. Does your character have low self-esteem or are they conceited?

A good thing to know would be what would embarrass your character and if they think more emotionally or logically? Depending on how they think will alter their reactions to what would embarrass them. It’s a win-win situation for your main and minor characters.

All in all, everything you need will be written there for easy access.

That’s it for today,

Allya

The Creative Personality – Smart/Naive Paradox

Hello Internet Universe,

Today’s “Creative Personality” is on how we, as creative individuals, ensure the fact that as a whole being is a paradox. Science has even tested our minds and our IQs to show that we are a paradox, according to Psychology Today’s website. We can have our brains measured with our Convergent knowledge and we’re actually relatively smart. We also show another side of things with also Divergent thinking, meaning more situational thinking. And we can do both simultaneously.

Back in 1921, psychologist Lewis Terman tested the brains of people compared to their creativity and noticed something profound. Those who scored higher than 120 on the test were going to succeed but after a certain IQ point there wasn’t any added value to us. And those below 120, weren’t creative enough to be able to come up with and do the things we do. This doesn’t make us proud, it is a proven fact.

We also have the tendency to be able to use our emotional and mental smarts to be able to come up with the deepest insights into our workings. We contribute an emotional response when seeing art, and as a creative writer or a painter, or anything artistic, our job is to bring out the emotional responses to get people to stop and think about things. Our ability to do that also rests on our mental smarts as well because we need to have the ability to put everything we’re thinking into words that make sense.

None of this matters, however, if we didn’t have a quantity of ideas. We could have a plethora of ideas and only a few be real “money-makers”, and we need to have the flexibility to see both. As creative thinkers, we do have the flexibility to see what would be a good idea or at least elaborate on the not so great of them. Our flexibility also helps with our ability to switch perspectives. We have to when we write because we’re not writing ourselves (not always anyway because there’s always going to be a portion of us in our characters) so we need to see things how someone else would see them; if we didn’t write from different perspectives, our characters wouldn’t be believable.

My final note is that we have a high “g factor” (general intelligence) to be able to make us who we are, whether we’re a paradox or a mix. We need to be ourselves, because if we’re not, we will be unfulfilled in our lives and become unhappy. It’s best we just take a look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “I’m a Paradox.” We need to admit it to ourselves and flaunt it for what it’s worth. If we don’t take ourselves seriously, who will?

Accept yourself,

Allya

Character Descriptions – Physical Characteristics

Hello Internet World,

This segment on Character Descriptions is about the physical characteristics of your character, your baby. Before you begin to write, you need to know what the person you are writing about looks like, correct? (From now on I will be referring to characters as if they are people because if you do not believe they are someone, neither will your reader.) The best way to be able to do such is to write it all down, because most creative individuals are a little…flaky…when it comes to remembering things, at least I am.

Some important things you need to include is the height. You need to know if the person is shorter than another and such, this will help with if they have to look up or down at someone while in conversation, or if they need a step-stool or ladder to reach the top shelf. If you don’t have your person’s height, then catastrophe can and will occur.

The next one that I see on many description profiles for your people is weight. By weight, you don’t necessarily need to know the exact weight. Usually I just use the build of the person instead but if you insist on weight, use a generalization or perhaps a range. (Say Susie is seventeen and is five feet, three inches tall; her weight would be depending on her build. If she is petite or if she’s athletic, the weight can change drastically between the two. Reason I say it’s best to use build with a range for the weight.)

The next point is Race which ties into skin color. This is merely a means to find words to describe a person, because we, as writers, are not too fond of stereotypes for the fact they are extremely cliche. Sometimes, however, we need to create that cliche character to give a comedic sense to our, otherwise, overly dramatic novels.

Eye color is also another thing as well as hair color to be able to describe your people well. I do find that most of these profile sheets leave much to be determined. Shape of eyes, for example. Different nationalities have different shapes of eyes. Also the one I find most left out is length of hair. We, as readers, need to know the length of the hair in order to fully envision the person that you are bringing to life. If we don’t need it to understand the character (because different people like their hair different ways for many reasons), it still is best that you know it for when you describe your character.

The rest of these but a few, I am going to skip by because they’re fairly common and obviously needed. Such as if the person wears contacts or glasses, distinguishing features (what makes them unique), how they dress and their style, favorite sayings and speech patters, disabilities, etc.

The ones I’m going to focus on that I believe are extremely important to know about your people. Mannerisms is a big one that we need to know for the way they walk, talk, etc to be able to tell who the person is to bring out certain characteristics that we’d never be able to fully explain ourselves, no matter how much we see it happening. Habits are a good one as well, because a smoker will act differently than a non-smoker so will an alcoholic.

The biggest flaw and greatest quality are desperately needed in your people to be able to tell your reader that they really are people.

Height
Weight
Race/Skin Color
Eye Color/Shape
Hair Color/Length
Glasses or Contacts
Distinguishing Features
How they dress/their style
Mannerisms
Habits
Health
Favorite Sayings
Speech Patterns
Disabilities
Greatest Flaw
Best Quality

Now you’ve gotten the break down, go create!

Allya