I devised a writing schedule for myself to get motivated and to focus on my original work while job-hunting. Right now I’m trying to edit the books I’ve already written instead of trying to write anything new or finish other projects. I carved out a block of my day to work on several of these writing projects, switching them up so I don’t hit a block or lose inspiration.

The Planet of Dreams

I’ve been working on the Planet of Dream Series for several years, originally writing in a large notebook during travel, trips to the beach, and whenever I had time to write! I finished it recently, but now have to undertake the process of getting the handwritten version typed up on the computer. Once I have everything typed up, I can go back and make further edits, getting the manuscript ready for publication.

The Day I Howled

I’ve finally begun looking at Howled for some serious editing. Because I was a novice when I began this children’s book, and because the audience is not what I usually write for, I have a lot of work cut out for me! I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes (actually, about three whole chapters!) and made a lot of notes for moving forward. I may have to rewrite about half of the book, keeping in mind the audience I’m aiming for, but it’s on my schedule, among other books to work on.

Conference Paper

For a mythology class during my senior year at Flagler, I wrote a paper on Loki as an anti-hero. My professor and I got to talking, and decided to put together a panel for the PCAS conference! Myself, along with two other students, will present a panel for the upcoming conference in October at New Orleans. I’ve been working on my paper to get it conference ready, adding in elements of the Marvel movies and re-organizing the content for the presentation. It’s a fun experience, since I love the topic, and I may be able to submit for a student award!

Saving You

The third original novel I’m working on for this schedule is something I wrote for High School and reworked during a college class, so I’m not as worried about the editing. Because I added scenes and did some editing for the class, I have a good idea of how this is shaping up and just need to rearrange some scenes to make everything fit. This one will be Young Adult just like the Planet of Dreams Series, so I’m more familiar with the audience.

(I haven’t even looked at the final notes on my play yet, oops!)

The last step to planning is to write plot, full of conflict and built on a structure of writing fortitude. The latest Hug Pages article I wrote on the subject deals with all the essentials related to plotting: action, protagonists and antagonists, twists, and more! Before you can write a story, you have to know what you’re writing and the stakes your characters have to face.

Quick Tip: An antagonist doesn’t have to be a villain, and without action a story can go nowhere!

The newest Hub Pages article on How to Write a Novel is out! Part of the Planning step is dealing with Setting, which involves dates, times, locations, time periods, historical events, and more! I give details and advice on how to implement setting into your novel and why it’s so important, so check it out!

Quick Tip: Your setting can be a subtle part of the novel depending on how you introduce it; it can also play a large part of your plot!

Part of the planning process is to create dynamic, well-rounded characters for your novels. Read about writing effective characters on HubPages and find questionnaires to test the depth of your creations! Characters rely on research, from naming to diversity, in order to appear realistic for readers.

Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone when creating characters. Write someone you don’t know and look at the differences (as well as similarities) you may have in common!

The second step to Writing a Novel is to plan! Read the article on HubPages for all of the ways writers can plan their novels before writing. I discuss the methods most commonly used and ways to employ them to novels, as well as give tips and tricks for each!

Quick Tip:  While skipping this part of the process may sound faster, having a plan or plot outlined can come in handy when Writer’s Block hits!

The first step in the series of Hub Pages articles on How to Write a Novel has been published! In this article, I give details about how important ideas and the inspiration behind them are to the creative process, especially when it comes to novel writing. I also give examples and information about different ways to receive ideas, including using prompts to begin writing and using music as a mood muse.

Quick tip: Always carry around a notebook and writing utensil, you never know where inspiration will strike!

 

I created an account with Hub Pages to write articles pertaining to writing tips. In a series of articles, I plan to detail the steps to take when it comes to writing a novel, from the beginning to the publishing stage (and beyond!). Check out the first article where I outline the basics at Hub Pages to see the kind of tips I give. The articles included in this series will be:

  1. Step 1: The Spark
  2. Step 2: Planning
  3. Included with planning are characters, setting, and plot, which will each get their own articles
  4. Step 3: Research
  5. Step 4: Write
  6. In between writing and editing is formatting, which will also receive its own article
  7. Step 5: Editing
  8. Step 6: Publishing
  9. Step 7: Marketing

All of this information is what I have learned through classes, interning with Get Book Savvy, and personal experience. I’ve shared some tips with friends, fellow authors, and readers alike; now I’m laying out the entire process for everyone else!

More awesome news! FLARE: The Flagler Review actually accepted some staff work for their 2014 Online Student Edition, and one of my poems made it in! The Launch Event was last night and I read my piece before a spectacular audience, along with fellow contributors (one of whom being the runner-up for the contest I organized).

The poem is called “Undone” and was written fairly recently, within a year. I sent it to other publications but was turned down, but I’m glad my work is featured by the literary journal I work on; I think it’s good for readers and contributors to see the work of the staff, and for that work to be of the same caliber they accept. As soon as the edition is posted, I will put a link and add it to my Published Works page.

Great News!

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Writing Updates
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I received some awesome news recently: the Parking Proposal I gave to the Student Government Association at Flagler College has been handed over to the Administrative board to decide on a course of action! The SGA were trying to come up with a way to fix the parking situation on campus and were elated when I sent over my proposal. The Director of Campus Planning will read over both their proposal and mine, and hopefully something will be done! I’m really excited to see how far this goes. If the only thing I contribute (besides the bazillion other things I do for this college) is a better parking system, I’ll be happy.

When I talked to the President and other members of the SGA, they were impressed with my thoroughness and determination in the proposal. They congratulated me on my efforts and were hopeful in obtaining success. Even though the semester is nearly over, the changes made based on my suggested solutions could possibly be implemented as soon as this Fall or next Spring. If future students and current faculty can benefit from this, I will consider it a victory!

(As I was leaving one of the parking lots today, someone’s car was getting towed. Yikes! I’m glad I submitted my proposal before my car ended up on a truck!)

I’ve added a new novel to my project list, called Rise of the Mechas: The Third World War. Tentative title for a scifi novel. This idea was originally designed as a role-play website called Gundam Titanium, but has been developing into a novel as I encounter impressive movies like Pacific Rim and inspiring shows like Almost Human. While the concept was based off of the Gundam franchise (I’m a huge fan), I’ve been modifying things to make them unique.

I’m usually more of a fantasy writer, because for some reason magic is easier to wrap my head around, but I really dig the sci-fi genre. The hardest part about writing science-fiction, at least for me, has to do with all of the technological advancements and scientific appeal. I’m no scientist, but I have a pretty big imagination. Some features of this novel will include androids capable of transforming into Mechas, a third world war involving multiple factions, neutral nations, rebels, and secret organizations, as well as enhanced cars. Once I do a quick legal check and mold more of the tech, I might start writing. Because I made it first as a website, designed for other players to incorporate their own ideas, a lot of stuff has already been plotted out and prepared–but I still have a long way to go.

There will most likely be future installments, especially when it comes to exploring space, but right now I am only working on one novel for this project. I’ll definitely be paying more attention to classics like Star Trek as I head into sci-fi territory.