Writing Notebook

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I feel like I’m in school all over again, but instead of actually sitting in a classroom, I’m sitting in my bedroom. I joke around that I’m home schooling myself. Well, technically I am.

The book that I am writing is a fantasy fiction novel based on my Gnome Wizard character in EverQuest. Although, it will not be based in that world, instead I will be creating a brand new world.

In order for me to write this with a solid foundation, I have to read 5 books in the “Write Great Fiction” series. I bought these ebooks on my Nook to help me learn to write fiction. But it’s not just reading books, I have to also create my characters. I mean, I could just say here is Joe Schmo and this is Tom Jones, but they are not regular people. The characters that I am creating are all fantastic creatures like gnomes, halflings, elves and centaurs etc. They all have specific talents that only certain races and certain classes can have. Each race and class can also only equip certain armor, weapons and spells and they have to cast the right spells on the mobs in the story. It has to be right, otherwise people will know and put the book down and say this is BS. You can’t put a Warrior in cloth, or silk, or you can’t put armor on a wizard. You can’t make your wizard throw fire balls at a fire creature, it will absorb the fire and won’t do any harm, you have to throw ice at him. I literally have to go by the book.

character sheetThe character sheet you see is for a game called Challenger RPG. I downloaded 2 ebooks for that free game last night, so I will read those books and see if it will teach me to play that game. If that game doesn’t work for me then I will try the Dungeons & Dragons. I have many D&D books that I will need to read to create my characters from. And no, this is not going to be a Dungeons & Dragons story, but I can use that game to create my characters and to teach me what I need to know. I printed 12 of these character sheets to put in the notebook so I can make notes on each of my characters. I am sure I will make some mistakes, which is why I printed so many. I will print more as needed.

I played EverQuest from 2002 to around 2008 or 2009. I have played a wizard, shaman, warrior, enchanter, necromancer, druid and shadow knight. I have played a gnome, vah shir, barbarian, half-elf, human, high elf, drakkin and halfling. I don’t know what I am doing with many of the classes and races though. Just because I have played the game for nearly a decade, doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing. And it has been many years since I’ve played, so I am a little rusty, so that’s why I have the character sheets and why I plan on using another RPG game to create my characters.

I also intend on using the RPG games to create my fighting scenes. I’m not going to use it to create my plot or my story or dialog, I just need a little help with the battles. I do have a good imagination, but it’s not that good.

You can see a Trapper Keeper in the image at the top, but unfortunately I do not own one. If they sold them in the store then I would buy one, but I haven’t seen them so far. I still have lots of notebook paper from many years ago. I kept a notebook for my crochet patterns, so I have some school supplies. I don’t need to buy new notebook paper because my printer can print that out for me, it can also print graph paper which I also intend on printing so I can draw my maps, houses, cities, castles etc. I will need those to help me decide where my characters are going so it doesn’t seem like I’m going just anywhere in the world.

I never knew how much work went into writing a book. This project has opened my eyes to everything that a writer must go through when they are creating a fictional world like I am. Never take for granted what other people go through so you can have even a tiny bit of entertainment.

Writing Fiction Is Not As Easy As It Seems

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My first book was easy to write because it was all stuff that I had lived through, so it was all from memory. I didn’t study writing a memoir, I just started writing it on my own. I wrote and wrote and wrote until it was finished, then edited. It was a breeze. Fiction is one hundred times harder to write.

The fiction novel that I have wanted to write since 2002 about my gnome wizard character from EverQuest is easy in regards to creating characters and bios. The characters are mostly people I have actually played the game with and most of the people are really excited to be put in a book. A few others are real people, but they don’t exactly know they will be written about and I won’t be using their names. Since they never played the game, they won’t have character names so I will have to use a name generator. Creating the world isn’t going to be that difficult because I can create names for everything using a generator. I plan on creating maps from actual places; not states, but counties.

The hard part is the plot. I am reading this book Plot & Structure which is in the “Write Great Fiction” series. I had already written out my plot but have changed it several times while reading this book. I’m learning more and more as I go, but I’m also learning that the ideas that I had weren’t going to work. I created a new plot, then that one got deleted because it also didn’t work. I started to write another one, but what’s the point?

I’m not very far in this book, but what I have learned has stuck with me, which is a good thing considering I have a learning disability. That’s the one thing that has screwed me up my entire life. If I’m not interested in something, it will be more difficult to remember what I’ve learned, but if it’s something that I am passionate about, it stays with me forever. If something has impacted my life for the good or the bad, then I have a very good memory, too good in fact. I can remember things from so long ago that most people would never remember. Do you remember running around in a diaper? I do. Do you remember learning to use the potty? I vaguely do, but only bits and pieces, pun not intended.

Today we went to see the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, before we went to the movies I read about prologues and how some writers use them. During the first few minutes of the movie I saw exactly when the prologue ended and where chapter 1 began. I’m watching movies in terms of writing now. Perhaps that will make writing a bit easier, who knows.

I still have a long way to go to read this book. There are only 240 pages and I can normally read about 100 pages a day, but this book requires me to take my time. If I rush through it then I won’t remember anything. I also spend a lot of time highlighting and writing notes in the book, which is a very good thing to do. It’s a lot easier since it’s a Nook book and not a paperback book lol. The reason for the highlights is because those are very specific lessons I will want to go back to. When I’ve finished reading the series and I am ready to start writing, I may have forgotten certain things, so I can look up only my highlights and notes and skim them to find what I’m looking for.

I’ve changed my plot several times, and I’m thinking that I may end up changing my characters by the time I get to the character book, so perhaps I should wait on creating anything until I have read all 5 books. I don’t want to waste too much time creating, only to end up scraping everything again and again. Who knows, by the time I finish this series, I might not want to write about this story, I may decide to go in another direction.

Who knew writing fiction would be this difficult?

Writing Fiction/Fantasy

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When I was a kid, I saw a typewriter in the dumpster. I believe I was 9 years old at the time. I wanted that typewriter really bad, and I didn’t know why. My mother wouldn’t let me have it because it was in the garbage for a reason. She bought me a toy typewriter which I played with all the time. I had this dream from then on that I would write a book. I spent so many years trying to think of a beginning, and there were times when I wrote the beginning to my story on paper, but it either sounded cliché, or it just didn’t sound right. I did eventually write a book, but it wasn’t fiction. It counts, but not really because that wasn’t my dream.

I have been reading science fiction and fantasy novels for many years, and that is the genre I want to write. I actually have a story in my mind that I want to write, I just need help writing it because I have no clue what I’m doing. I can write what has happened in my life easily, because it already happened, but if it has never happened, then that is where I have trouble. I have a good imagination, but not as good as I would like it to be.

I’ve been looking for software to help me write this book. I went to Google and looked for help and found some good ideas. One website had a list of software titles that ranked them and compared each one to the other. WriteItNow4 seemed to be at the very top of the list with a rating of 9.9. Another program I was going to use was Storyweaver, but it didn’t seem to be that helpful. I was told about yWriter and that looks okay, better than Storyweaver, but it’s free. The problem that I have with yWriter is that it doesn’t have anywhere near the bells and whistles that WriteItNow has. I know, I’m spoiled, but if I want to write this book, I want to use the best software that I can.

WriteItNow has a random character generator which gives you way more information than just a name and sex. It can also generate ideas and gives you prompts. It has Chapters and scenes, events graph, relationships graph and a story conflict graph. It even tells you if your story is readable for each chapter and scene. You can create events, locations, write notes, you can move the scenes and events around so you can keep everything in order. Oh boy, I honestly wish I had this 4 years ago.

Anyway, I am GOING to buy this program because I really think it will help me write my book. I don’t think, I know it will help me. The program on their website is $60 for the download, but $70 for the CD. I plan on buying the CD because a download can be deleted accidentally, or can be lost if your hard drive crashes. I would much rather buy the CD, and I would rather buy it from Amazon because I can save money by putting money into my Amazon account. I don’t have the money now, but next check I can put $35 in there and then buy it in September.

I would love to have the program sooner than that, but in order for me to do that, I need people to buy my stuff on Etsy. I have lots of keychains, stud earrings, dangle earrings and friendship bracelets. They aren’t too expensive and they are great quality, so please help me out so I can start writing my fantasy novel.

I don’t expect to be able to buy this program until September, so in the meantime I have bought some eBooks about writing fiction that I think might help me. I did buy Fiction for Dummies years ago to help me write a short fiction story before I published my first book, but that book did not help me at all. It kept talking about publishing, which I don’t care about, I just want to know how to write fiction. So I’m hoping I can get past all that so it will help me learn to write fiction. I can highlight and make notes with my Nook, and I plan on making a LOT of notes lol. I can use all the help I can get if I am going to be successful with this new project.

Wish me luck and please buy some of my things on Etsy. Anything helps.

Update: I have a little less than half of what I need thanks to someone ordering 6 keychains. I am hoping for a couple more orders so I can buy it, Otherwise I will be able to buy it when I get my next check. I’m hoping to get it sooner than that though. In the meantime, I will start using yWriter to get the ball rolling.
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