I know I haven’t posted in almost a week, but thanks to Gabrielle at Write for the King, I have something to post about. So you can all checkout her blog as a thank you for finally getting me to write. 🙂
The rules are simple. I list three to seven writing related things that I’m really bad at and then list three to seven writing related things that I want to try.
First, for the stuff I’m not good at.
- Absolutely nothing!
- Seroiuslly, you may as well stop reading, becuase there is nothing writing related that I’m not good at
- I’m just going to skip to listing the stuff I want to try
Ok, ok. I wish the above were true. Can’t blame a girl for dreaming.
The REAL list.
Describing where a scene takes place or what the characters are wearing is not one of my strong points. I love writing diolog or internal monolauge so much that I just want to skip detailed discriptions of rainbow-colored house to the left of my character or the five peacoc feathers she has in her hat. I want to know how she’ll interact with the sarcastic sailor who secretly has a crush on her and how she feels about her resent discover that her forture is gone and she’ll have to work for a living. Giving intrecate details about the bottons on the sailer’s jacket or the type of cloth the woman is wearing just doesn’t come naturally to me.
Writing stories that take place in the real world
Let me refrase that: stories that take place in this world. All those worlds in my head are real. 🙂
Contemporary fiction just doesn’t live in that brain of mine. If it isn’t fantasy, I don’t have a story. My mind refuses to come up with stories that happen in the world we live in. Unless it is way in the past. I always loved history, so there’s the rare chance that my brain will cook up a story that took place a few hundred years ago, but even then it’s only a short story. Maybe it’s just becuase I’m already getting my imagination’s gears turning to come up with a new world or picture what living in the 1800s was like, so it’s already running and ready to come up with a plot. The idea of a different univers filled with purple skinned people and singing lobsters is just so much more intreaging than writing about what I’m already around everday.
I don’t read much romance, so of course I don’t write romance, but even if the story’s genre isn’t “romance,” I’ll still need to be able to write a convincing love story. Two characters can fall in love in a story of any genre, and in many cases, it serves as the subplot.
While don’t think it’s neccessary for every story to have the MC fall in love (show of hands for all you out there tired of the YA love triangle), I do think it’s a good skill to learn. Even J.R.R. Tolkien added a little love to Lord of The Rings. (You know I’m not going to finish this post without mentioning LOTRs 🙂 )
And now for the stuff I want to try!
Write in a bunch of different genres
I want to try writing a bunch of different types of stories probably becuase I will read just about anyhting. Yes, fanasy is my pet genre, but that doesn’t mean that’s all I read or all I want to write. Even if the were just novellas, I’d love to try sci-fi, dystopian, mystery, historical, hisorical-fantasy, and especally steampunk. I’d also like to do one that takes place in another country (spicifically Latin America because that’s the only place I’ve been outside of the U.S.).
Notice contenporary romance didn’t make the list. 🙂
So far, everything I’ve written is from one point of view. That’s probably becuase everything I’ve written is a short story (we won’t talk about that one attempt last NaNoWriMo) and writing from even two view points seems like overkill. But one of these days, I want to write an epic with at least 6.
Fictonal character mashup
I have no idea just how this would work–it definitely wouldn’t be novel length–but I would love to do a story that had all my favorite characters in it. Ok, maybe not ALL of them. But even throwing some of them together would make some great conversations. I mean, imagine an agrument between Ironman, Jack Sparrow, and Thranduil. Or what about Loki and Gullum? As you can tell from my examples, I would completely disregaurd genre and whether a character was from a book or movie. I would just through a hodgepodge of characters together and let them have at it!
Just think of all the fun they’d have!
On a totally unrelated topic, I thought I’d let you all know that I didn’t forget about the poll I took a few weeks ago. There was a lot of interest in the choose your own adventure idea, so I’m going to take a deep breath, plunge into these unknown waters, and to do it. I’m busy coming up with the story right now. I know it’s going to be a fantasy story with a bit of a mystery going on, but I haven’t finished the plot.
Thank you all for voting this idea in. I’m having so much fun with this and I can’t wait to share it with you!