Daily Musing

Wrote a little bit over the weekend, wasn’t able to complete 2 hours.

Thought of a couple new ideas, that initially appear to be short stories. Thought of them while driving, so i used the voice memo feature to capture them to add them to my list.

I hope to write some today. I feel motivated to pu my story on paper.

Daily Musing

Work has been busy, and with soccer refereeing and getting ready for my wife’s birthday, writing took a back seat.  Today I was able to spend a few minutes creating my 3 Act story arc, and continued to flesh out my characters.  I have chosen their first names, so I’ll let them stew for a while…

I am probably going to be following the snowflake method of writing, and am contemplating purchasing the software.  I currently have the trial version of Scrivener as well. 

This weekend, I hope to spend a couple of hours writing the story and some more character features.

Daily Musing

Took a break from writing as I was in a soccer tournament this weekend, and Mother’s Day was Sunday.  Beautiful weekend, and spent time with my family.  I’ll write some tomorrow…hope to have over 1,000 words tomorrow.

Daily Musing

I was disappointed I was unable to write anything yesterday.  Work and family obligations took precedent, and the night ended on a great note, albeit a late night.

I was able to write 434 words this morning before work.  It was hard to stay focused as I was really tired – only got about 5.5 hours of sleep.  Also, I wasn’t able to have my coffee until 2 hours after I got up, so this could have hindered my production.  Not sure of a final word count for this story, but hope to keep it under 10K. 

I hope tomorrow will be more productive…probably need to get more sleep.


Daily Musings

So today I started with my outline. Kinda felt overwhelmed as the task seem daunting at first…where to begin? Character? Plot? Setting?

I chose to reread my plot idea, and create a plot summary. I then started to think about the setting. Where would my story take place? When? What is going on in the world? By starting with my setting, I generated some ideas as to why the main character chose the actions he did.

This led me to add some more ideas to the plot, and change some existing ones. I kept thinking of how my character would act in certain situations. I then started to flesh out my characters.

So far I have a main character, and 2 minor characters. 1 of the minor characters will take on a major role in the story. The character’s traits were slow to emerge until I put myself in their shoes. This helped me understand how I wanted the characters to act in certain situations. In the back of my mind is to make sure I avoid clichéd characters.

After 2 hours of writing, I have written 613 words – and havent even started writing the story. Just trying to understand the direction of the story. While I knew writing does work and dedication, this a lot slower than I imagined.

Favorite Authors

Here are some of my favorite authors.  I tried and read as much of them as I can…

Tim Pratt, Orson Scott Card, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Stephen King, Terry Brooks

Tim Pratt is has been published and many of his stories are read as audio books on Podcastle and Escape Pod.  If you have already, please check them out.  You can also find his works on Amazon, and some of his eBooks are really inexpensive. 

I’ll continue to update this list as I post.



So far…

So far, I have written down some ideas for a few short stories, and a 3-part series.   One is just a few sentences of a high level story plot, and the serial has the generalized plot arc.  I havent yet fleshed out the stories, or what type of characters will tell the story.

I have also been reading several articles and sites on the web to help refresh my writing education.  Writer’s Digest, Poynter.org, Learn to Write Fiction, and hatrack.com (Orson Scott Card) are the most common reviewed.  I have also purchased OSC’s Characters and Viewpoints to help me understand how to really develop my characters.

I need to learn which outline method I should use, as my previous method of writing was just to write until I exhausted my ideas.  This may still apply, but I hope my stories will have more continuity.



New Writer

Hello World!

I am pursuing a dream of writing novels and short stories.  While partial to Fantasy and Sci Fi, I will touch on other genres of fiction.  I have never written a story before to be published, so I’ll be chronicling my experiences here.  I am striving to write something each day (at least, that is what I ‘m hoping to do!). 

Please send me any comments, ideas, recommendations, or even positive vibes to stay motivated and write a good story.  Though I am writing for myself, I hope to show my kids that they can do anything if they at least try, and then persevere.