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Characterization

Midterms are over- and aren’t at the same time, I had a snow day today even though I was only going to do my Science Midterm and then go home- and tomorrow I have no school. So here I am, exhausted, and writing on here yet again, and doubting, yet again, whether or not it should be left up here. Then again, I’m forced to admit that it’s a nice way to keep everything organized not to mention that it’s a nice way to procrastinate. But before I came on here, I was reading.

Oh. My. God. Sometimes reading makes me feel so inferior to these amazing books I read. Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, David Eddings & Leigh Eddings [The Redemption of Althalus]… They’re all spectacularly above me. They’re the kind of people I only get the privilege of seeing their shoes, and maybe their coat tail. I cannot imagine anyone being moved by my writing in the way that I’m moved by them. It sometimes depresses me. Anyway, that’s not what I was getting at. These books are absolutely spectacular. The Redemption of Althalus and the Sword of Truth Series are both on my top five, and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is probably on my top twenty. I’d definitely recommend them.

Once again, I’m getting off track. Books like these get me thinking. Like, for instance, the Sword of Truth Series gets me thinking about human nature and the rules of it. For those that don’t know them, those rules are here. I empathize with the characters more so than I so with my own (and that’s pretty sad, when you think about it). They become real people to me. I hate them and I love them, I wince when they do something stupid and I cheer them on when they’re going in the right direction. It’s a sad world indeed when I’m not really getting my character’s to be as real to me as the characters of other writers.

Let me attempt to explain something here. I search through the websites of some of my favorite authors looking for the faintest hint of a tip for my own way of writing, I’ll take advice where I can get it (everyone is way to nice to me- I never get the criticism that I know that my writing needs). On Stephanie Meyer’s website, she frequently mentions that the character’s she’s created talk to her in her head as she writes and almost dictate the story to her. I’m a bit of a control freak, so I can’t give over that kind of control, but it only makes sense that the personalities that you create should be nearly as real as you are. So, whenever I get the opportunity- like in the nice quite time that after my midterms where I only have myself for company- I hold long conversations with the people I’ve created. Of course, some of them I’m kind of afraid to talk to right now, they don’t come into the plot until later and they freak out everyone else in the story, but the main characters I talk to all the time. Sadly enough, though, the ending is not exactly finished, and the parts that I have finished aren’t exactly closed off: I left a big enough opening so that when I’m done I can continue it on if I can’t let go of them. The characters- now that they’re slowly coming into being for me- resent some of the endings I’ve come up with for them. I challenge all of the relationships, create new ones and mess with people’s heads (especially in the third book, everything goes to hell in that one). Mat, Dianna, and Logan are the ones I’m fleshing out right now, and talking with the most. Sara I’m warily thinking about talking to, along with Selene. Silas I have pretty much down already, so I’m not going to do that to him (I screw with his life a lot more than the rest, and I don’t think that he’d like to answer my questions anyway). Logan is trying to get on my good side right now, because he really really doesn’t want me to write the mythical fourth book. I screw him over more than probably anyone can get screwed over in that one. He dislikes me for that.

In any case, the previous paragraph is an explanation if I mention “Logan says” or “Dianna says” or “Selene is mad at me”, enough so that you won’t be confused by it.


Procrastination (It’s an Art Form)

I’ve been writing every night for… I’m going to say a week and a half. I have no desire to right this minute, nor did I yesterday. But I was looking over this book seires I’m thinking about reading, Anita Blake in Guilty Pleasures by Laurell Hamilton, and I looked at an interview with her on B&N.com. It seems she, like every other writer I’ve looked at, says that you have to write every day, no matter if your in the mood or not. So, knowing this, I’m planning on writing again later tonight. Or maybe when this post is over, I haven’t decided yet, and I honestly just want to sit around and do nothing. I mean, come on, it’s Saturday!

Well, at least tomorrow I’m going to my nearest B&N (I would prefer a Borders, but we don’t have one for miles around. B&N is far enough away for my grandparents), and getting some books on creating worlds, if I can find them. I should be looking up the names and authors of those books, but again, I’m procrastinating, and I want to watch Interview with the Vampire (or maybe that’s just an excuse, again.)

Sigh. I should go and write. Or maybe I’ll play Super Crazy Guitar Maniac 3 or The Frustration Game 2. Or maybe I’ll write like I’m suposed to. Ugh.


Writing Tips

I realize I’m not the most experienced writer the world has ever seen, nor the best- not even close. I shutter to think of anyone claiming that title, least of all me. But to continue on to what I was saying before. Scott Westerfield has some good writing tips on his website, as well as his wife: Justine Larbalestier, I’ve taken both to heart and actually used a lot of there idea’s to organize. Other than that, I stole a few ideas to define my characters from  Stephenie Meyer’s website, like the playlists and writing in another character’s perspective. I also really like how she set up her website, so when (And if, you can’t forget the if) my book get’s published, I’ll set up my character theme’s page as well as there bios and some extra scenes I write for fun. I doubt I’ll get any real money for my book- but it would be weird if became like, a bestseller though. Absurd to even think about.

I’m getting sidetracked. I was talking about writing tips. Well, I haven’t written very much in my enormously short lifetime, but what I have written, I have done so from start to finish. It’s a hell of a way to write, but I simply can’t skip around. In fact, I have no idea how other writers manage to do so. It would be really fun if I could, but then my ideas for the story would get changed around as I went along, and when I got there I couldn’t use anything of the peice I’d have written. No. I prefer to experience my writing in the way it was meant to be told. Maybe I simply read to much, and I’m not used to having every answer to my character’s problems. In anycase, I have a long ways to go before I can start explaining how I write. I barely know how I write. I’m still trying to figure it out.