Okay, Writer’s Block Cure I Have Literally Just Found!

So, I may have been procrastinating and surfing Facebook, so I happened to find this gem:

(Link is safe, far as I know! It’s to a video on YouTube)

Word of advice, don’t click on any suggested video. You’ll get sucked into a cycle of video after video telling you about how you can motivate yourself – waste of time.

Video gets good from 2:37. I keep playing it from there on in the background.

New writing decision: scrapping everything about writing I know. Will follow my gut. No more looking at articles about how I should be writing. My way, or no way.



P.S. I managed to write up Chapter One. Score one to Lee!


Creating Characters – Easier than Worldbuilding, Trust Me.

Currently, I am in the midst of developing characters and their profiles, etc. Most lists I see, are just that: lists.

For example:



Hair colour:

Eye colour:

(Side-note: this site is demanding that I am actually spelling colour wrong and many other things… Slightly irritating (old perfectionist tendencies that cannot stand to see errors), Queen’s English here, matey, or Standard English Scottish Standard English, whatever you want to call it, really.)

But look at that list… It’s just dull. It doesn’t scream enthusiasm, does it? It’s just fact after fact.

I don’t know about you, but I hate reading lists of facts like that (even the lists in school looked more alive).

So I’m writing them out in the general “fandom-wiki” style. Y’know, photo and biological facts in a table, sections for the character’s introduction, appearance, personality, their role in the plot, etc.

Looks much better, really.

Got quite a few to do: Lachlan, Eilidh, Fionnlagh, Ruomra, Reinhardt. (Just a wee thing here about this auto-check spelling thing-a-ma-jig: Lachlan, Eilidh and Fionnlagh are all spelt wrong? Yet Reinhardt isn’t? Ah, guess it’ll be a case of re-learning to ignore the red squiggles.)

Creating characters is definitely much more fun.

Current thought: I’m just going to do profiles like this for everything now, places and terms included.



Worldbuilding: Gotta Love It, Eh?

So I’ve been worldbuilding for Lachlan’s world. Everyone always talks so highly of it, so surely it must be brilliant?

Ha, nope. 

I’ve been doing it to make sure there are no plotholes but man, is it draining.

I’m currently sitting here, for the umpteenth time in a row, stuck. There are general outlines of how to do this, but it may be driving me just slightly insane. I’m trying to discipline myself (no freaking wonder I’ve eaten all the bleeding chocolate. And ice cream. Again.) and I am not to start writing properly until I have a pretty well developed world in place.

Be handy to have one of the Muses in place behind me, smacking my head whenever writer’s block hits.

I have it all in my head, it’s just a case of getting it onto paper so I can make sure it all makes senses. A long, painstaking case in fact.

But it is good. I’ve laid out various lists of categories (I’ve tried looking around for lists, but most have categories that don’t fit Lachlan’s world and/or are irrelevant. I’ve mostly had to figure out by myself what I had to do (pre-made lists are useless to me, unfortunately, though they sometimes do have a category or two that fit to me) and now have lists of what to write out (figured out a couple wee bits and bobs with it at least).

I would recommend it. I’d also recommend one of those squishy stress balls, for those who are as impatient as I am.

Better get back to writing origin tales and folklore out. I feel I’ve gotten most of it done, but it doesn’t look like much. Hence, my current predicament.

(Plus, I’ve accidentally switched the computer off twice after typing out huge amounts – the switch is right by my feet and I’m a horribly fidgety person. But who needs to save every five minutes when you can live dangerously?)

Might share some, if I remember to actually save it.