General Updates

A Lurking Annoyance

I have been praying for a few years now, for guidance in my life, especially in my writing. Seems I sit either at my computer, my ipad, or with a pen and paper and try to work on a story, but my mind drifts back to a story that I have a full rough draft on but needs a rewrite. So I just go to that wanting to do the rewrite and finish the story. Yet when I work on that story, I think of the new one I’d rather be writing. Ugh!!! I get tired of this go around and it is getting quite annoying. I have ideas galore and I’ll look over them, but I sit and ponder, “Do I really want to write these?” And I find I cannot answer the question because I am feeling overwhelmed and really just don’t know.

However, when I sit down and watch Star Trek (any of the Original Series or TTNG – I haven’t seen any other series), Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, the TV show Merlin (I love the story of Arthur…well I love that time period too.), and Battlestar Galactica, I can feel the excitement in my body and story ideas just fling left and right out of nowhere it seems, and I want to begin writing in the sci fi and fantasy genres. Several of my story ideas don’t jive with this and I am wondering if that is the reason I can’t bring myself to sit and turn those ideas into stories. Now that’s not to say those ideas will never be used. Perhaps somewhere down the road I may want to use them so I’ll keep them tucked away.

But right now, I think I am understanding more of what I am interested in and must let my creative side take hold of these interests and what excites me and gets my creative energy revved. Otherwise I’ll still sit here, writing nothing, publishing nothing, sharing nothing with the world. That is something I just cannot accept.

I have decided, with God’s guidance, I am going to go through all of my ideas and stories I have started, and put them away if they don’t currently fit in with interests and save these for later, when I know my tastes will either change, or I will want a break from a genre for a while.

So here goes, folks! Off to do some sorting out which I am praying, will lead to writing. Ohhh! And perhaps I will have a story idea ready to flourish by the time NaNoWriMo hits! That’s motivation!

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

God bless!

 

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Sci Fi Research Ongoing

Well I have been reading a book titled The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller.

This is the book description:

Publication Date: June 18, 2010

Science fiction and fantasy is one of the most challenging–and rewarding!–genres in the bookstore. But with New York Times bestselling author Philip Athans and fantasy giant R. A. Salvatore at your side, you’ll create worlds that draw your readers in–and keep them reading!

Just as important, you’ll learn how to prepare your work for today’s market. Drawing on his years of experience as one of the most acclaimed professionals in publishing, Wizards of the Coast Edited by Athans explains how to set your novel apart–and break into this lucrative field. From devising clever plots and building complex characters to inventing original technologies and crafting alien civilizations, Athans gives you the techniques you need to write strong, saleable narratives.

Plus! Athans applies all of these critical lessons together in an unprecedented deconstruction of a never-before-published tale by the one and only R. A. Salvatore!

There are books on writing science fiction and fantasy, and then there’s this book–the only one you need to create strange, wonderful worlds for your own universe of readers!

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I have read a decent way through this book already and am finding some useful information, but I know I still have more to read and a LOT to learn about writing SCI FI. I have a feeling if I started writing a SCI FI novel for NaNo this year, that it may end up being a fantasy instead. I guess that is because fantasy is what I am most familiar with.

When I think SCI FI, I think aliens, spaceships, strange planets. I admit my range of SCI FI knowledge is quite limited even though I love Star Trek and Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. I am still a little confused on what makes up SCI FI other than there has to be some element of Science in the book. Now when it comes to Science there is a whole world out there of what could be used. I get stumped on where to go and so forth. At this point I am just feeling rather overwhelmed with this and how it all works. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this. Maybe once I finish reading the book I’ll have a better understanding. Let’s hope!!! 🙂 So far the book is good and I have learned about several SCI FI authors that I have never heard of before but now that I know about them, can begin reading their work. I am thinking a SCI FI novel may have to wait until Camp NaNo next year after I have had time to learn more about the SCI FI writing world. Something I will have to think about and make a decision on.

Best of luck to all you writers!!!

 

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Research for November NaNo Story

Well, I talked some things over with my hubby who is a great sounding board for me. I was struggling with what genre I wanted to try and write a story in. We are both Trekkies and so he suggested watching Star Trek for ideas for a sci fi story. I thought about it for maybe a split second and totally agreed it was a good idea. Of course I would start with the Original TV series which is my favorite no matter how unrealistic it may seem to today’s TV series and movies. And then perhaps, when I am finished with the original series I’ll watch the Next Generation, which I have seen some of but not much.

Then this gets me thinking further about other space like movies or TV shows I like and I am led to Star Wars. Ah, so there goes more research and ideas.

…..Then there is also Battlestar Galactica which I have seen several episodes and find it very intriguing. Still need to continue watching the series.

Okay, okay. So you’re probably wondering: “How far is she going to go with all this ‘research’?” Good question. I really don’t know. I watch these until I have enough ideas to form a story. Let’s just hope I am able to get this all in BEFORE NaNo starts, or at least have enough to start a story and then watch more of these at night while my husband is in bed. Will be fun trying to watch these movies on my laptop with my headphones on and a notebook and pen in my lap for any ideas that pop out at me.

I can just see myself now and it makes me laugh! Ah, but what fun this is being a creative soul. You never know where your imagination will take you or what precarious situations you will find yourself in just to get those good ideas.

Well, off to do some fun “research”! Night all and best of luck in your story planning!