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29 December 2016 @ 03:09 pm

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
― Dr. Seuss

Worldsmyths is a non-role playing community of fantasy writers and readers who enjoy looking through the wrong end of a telescope, filled with writers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We discuss everything from writer's block to cliches, to magic systems and technology as well as other things such as helpful resources and more. Our library is members only and serves as a great way to read the writing that's been posted and give chapter-by-chapter reviews. We also have writing challenges every two weeks and a trove of writing prompts.

Turn your telescope on to Worldsmyths and join us today!

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10 August 2016 @ 08:57 pm

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
― Dr. Seuss

Worldsmyths is a non-role playing community of fantasy writers and readers who enjoy looking through the wrong end of a telescope, filled with writers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We discuss everything from writer's block to cliches, to magic systems and technology as well as other things such as helpful resources and more. Our library is members only and serves as a great way to read the writing that's been posted and give chapter-by-chapter reviews. We also have writing challenges every two weeks and a trove of writing prompts.

Turn your telescope on to Worldsmyths and join us today!

Features:
*Writing discussion and resources
*Writing prompts and challenges
*Beta reading
*Games
*Members only library with opportunity for feedback
*Friendly staff and members
and much more!

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Society of Muses is a community for writers that focus on the fantasy genre. Whether you want to discuss fantasy writing in general or are looking for others to interact with, if you enjoy the fantasy genre this is the place for you. We hope you join us!

Our features:
*Fantasy and writing discussion
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01 October 2012 @ 12:29 pm
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thewritersquill is a group of writers focused on original fiction. With friendly, active staff members, we focus on discussion of various topics of writing as well as giving critiques.

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01 April 2012 @ 11:30 pm
I haven't posted here since October. Oops.

-Failed NaNoWriMo 2011, mainly because school sucked up my life and kicked my ass by the end of November.

-Still working on Mageborn, slowly. Ridiculously slow. Slow enough that I don't remember one of the things I'd had in mind in November for an upcoming scene, because I didn't write it down, which is bugging me to no end. I VAGUELY remember it, but at this point I'm probably going to end up writing what I THINK I remember for that. :|

One of the reasons I've barely been working on it is because I got stuck on a scene that I'm out of practice writing, and...I dunno. Role playing and school have pretty much distracted me from trying to push through that scene.

-I fully intend to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this summer, in both sessions.

Goals are:

-If I can by some miracle finish the first draft of Mageborn by the first session, I will either:
1. Take a break from it for the first session and do a prequel/sequel-type-thing...probably a prequel.
2. Use it to write the second draft of Mageborn

-If I do not finish the first draft by then I will either:
1. Rebel and just keep writing Mageborn for the first session and not start a fresh story
2. Take a break from Mageborn and do the prequel instead.

Depending on what happens with Camp NaNo, I will either use some form of a draft of Magbeorn or the prequel/sequel for NaNo 2012...and hopefully I won't be stuck taking classes at that point.

The reason I haven't joined writerverse like I've seen advertised a lot is because I don't really think that I would participate in any of the challenges right now, honestly. Maybe in the future.

And...I guess that's it.

I need to try and start writing more often again, so I can update this community more often.
 
 
 
17 October 2011 @ 08:40 am
This is a method that I came up with a few years ago after someone told me about their method for using plot cards. I modified it a bit and figured I'd repost the directions for anyone who wanted to try it. The example I used is from the story I was writing at the time when I wrote the directions.

Materials
-The huge, white index cards that are 5" x 8"

-Permanent markers. Doesn't matter what colors, that's your choice. They should probably be on the thin side.

-I would suggest using pens and/or pencils for the notes on the lined side.

-Your imagination. :D

Directions
1. What I do first is take maybe 10 of the index cards and write "chapter -insert-number-here- on the unlined side of them in marker.

2. Then, I look at any of the ideas I've already written down, and take some more index cards and choose which ones of those ideas would be best for "major plot points." For example, in chapter six of Caelestis I have a card with:

Return to the Sky City on the unlined side

and then on the back of that I have stuff about what happens that's related to that scene/plot point. There's a capture, battle...stuff like that.

This is, of course, if I already know what's going to happen in those beginning chapters, which was the case when I started doing the plot cards for Caelestis.

3. I continue writing more plot points on the unlined side of the index cards for each chapter, and writing notes for those scenes/plot points on the back of them.

4. As I create cards, I lay them out in the order I think they're going to be in, and maybe put the chapter title cards in one row, and then have the plot point cards under them in a second row. As you add more plot point cards (since you're probably going to have more than one or two cards for each chapter, depending on how much you have planned for each one), you put them under the row for, say, chapter one going downwards.

5. If you reach a chapter that you don't know what's going to happen yet, you simply just make the chapter title card and leave it for later.

As you spread them out in order, you can look at them and move them around, or add more cards to whatever chapters might need them.

I would suggest not putting the chapter's actual title on the card until you know for certain what that chapter's title is.

-Use the pen for writing your notes on the back.
-Use the pencil for writing what order the cards in. For example, if you have five plot point cards for chapter six, you could write:

Chapter six, card one
Chapter six, card two
Chapter six, card three

etc, so that if by some chance you get them mixed up, you'll know what order to write them in. Then, once you know for sure what order they're going to be in, you can erase the "chapter six, card one" from off of the card.

As you go to write a chapter, I would suggest only having one chapter's set of plot cards in front of you, so that you know what you want to happen.

Questions? Still a little confused? Feel free to ask and I will gladly elaborate on anything that might be confusing.
 
 
03 August 2011 @ 01:22 am
My LJ friend kay_brooke's friend posted a story development challenge that kay_brooke told me about, so this is me posting it for future usage/for anyone else who may want to use it.

Here is a 30 day original story development challenge. It can be filled by prose or illustration or comic or even just script, whatever works for you and how you’ll be displaying the setting. Feel free to reveal as much or as little as you want.

Day 1 - A main protagonist, their bio.
Day 2 - A Main protagonist’s love interest(s), their bio(s).
Day 3 - A main protagonist’s best friend(s), their bio(s).
Day 4 - A main antagonist, their bio.
Day 5 - The place a character sleeps.
Day 6 - The place a character works/goes to school/hangs out whatever.
Day 7 - A major story location.
Day 8 - A character’s parent(s) or guardian
Day 9 - A minor antagonist.
Day 10 - Your character when they were young(er)
Day 11 - What kind of people show up in the background in your world?
Day 12 - How does a character comfort themself?
Day 13 - What kind of foods are popular in the setting?
Day 14 - What is a character’s biggest regret?
Day 15 - What are a character’s bad habits?
Day 16 - What was a character’s first romantic and/or sexual encounter like?
Day 17 - What are popular sports and hobbies in your setting?
Day 18 - What would your protagonist do if they saw your antagonist on the street?
Day 19 - What would your antagonist do if they saw your protagonist on the street?
Day 20 - Demonstrate a character and their best friend and/or love interest interacting as they most commonly do.
Day 21 - What is a character’s deepest desire?
Day 22 - What animals appear in your setting?
Day 23 - A unique place in your setting.
Day 24 - Where did you draw inspiration for the setting/story from?
Day 25 - A character’s proudest moment.
Day 26 - What special talents or abilities does a character have?
Day 27 - Describe/Illustrate is an average day to a character.
Day 28 - A character’s most embrassing moment.
Day 29 - Describe/illustrate an important thematic element.
Day 30 - Describe/Illustrate a major event in the setting’s history.
 
 
25 March 2011 @ 09:50 pm
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26 January 2011 @ 07:56 pm
So even though I'm not 100% certain that -I'm- going to participate in this because I don't know if I have the discipline (and right now I don't have the plot/world/characters) to do so, I figured I'd go ahead and post the ad for it in case someone wants to try it.



I decided to drop out of WriYe just because of real life stuff going on and the fact that I'm not even writing to begin with right now. Technically it's not much different from getyourwordsout, but at least with that I've come close to winning and I've already participated for a full year once.

If I can make any sort of progress on figuring out a plot/world/some characters to work with, I'm going to do novel_bigbang, because...I'm crazy like that. o.o