When you’re on a roll, don’t worry about writing the story chapter by chapter. Just write and then when you edit, break up the story into chapters. Because in real life, things don’t necessarily fall neatly into chapters.
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Writing is weird.
One minute you are telling a story.
The next minute you are researching the average amount of snowfall Edinburgh gets.
or how to kill someone with a piece of barbed wire and a tomato
Or how much force it takes to dent a human skull with a can of Pepsi.
what the hell are you guys writing?
In the real world, not every landscape is beautiful. There are big, muddy, grassy, bland landscapes out there. There are massive dusty cities and, in the past, there were urban areas filled with rivers of horse (and people) manure.
And yet, in many fantasy novels, everything is absolutely gorgeous, from the towering marketplace to the vast mountains of the world beyond.
And to top it all off, not every character will react to every place the same way. One character might think that ugly, dusty marketplace filled with dung is disgusting. Another might think it charming. A Princess who has only seen beautiful places might be entranced by the way it looks (a la Princess Jasmine).
Really think about how you describe things. The settings in your story should have as much variety and interest as your characters.
I’m half-considering writing mini-essays on the various races from my novel’s universe and posting them. Partially so that I’ll know for sure where they are instead of them getting lost in the depths of my computer, partially to maybe get some feedback, and partially because it’s 7:30 am and I haven’t slept.
Feelings Extrapolated - The roots of your characters’ emotions.
[Image: A cartoon titled “The Papers of a Great Writer” depicting various boxes of differing sizes and colours. The panel on the side lists what corresponds to what colour, with the categories as follows: “illegible scribbles,” “unprintable filth,” “doodles,” “sublime genius,” “obscure ramblings,” and “other.” Of the many boxes, only two small-ish ones are yellow.]
- friend: wow you really thought this universe through you have a whole society mapped down to the smallest details that's impressive
- friend: and so what's the plot
- me: fuck