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Writing is a skill which is important in school and after school; writing, for many students, is the skill which can unlock the language arts; writing is thinking; writing is an ethical act, because the single-most important quality in writing is honesty; writing is a process of self-discovery; writing satisfies man’s primitive hunger to communicate; and writing is an art, and art is profound play.
The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.
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Why is there a hot-pink thong on your green flip-flops?
Her name is Moo and she has lots of animal friends.
For your writing today, please find a way to include this precious mouse.
First, I would like to say, no, this post does not give you a mathematical equation to literally figure out how many hours, days, months, years, whatever, that it will take you write your novel. Obviously there are a lot of factors that depend on you personally as a writer.
But what this post does give you is a questionnaire that helps you determine how complex your novel is, which will then, hopefully, help you gauge what kind of effort and energy you will need to complete your story.
While some authors write faster than others, some stories, frankly, take longer to write than others.
And it doesn’t just depend on the length of your manuscript. Some stories have simpler structures, others more complex. Here are some questions you can ask yourself when plotting your novel to help you gauge how long it will take to write it.
Keep track of your answers. They run from simple to complex, with the letter “A” being simple and onward, more complex. Remember, the more complex doesn’t mean the better your story is. Simple stories can be powerful too.
(Note that I created this myself, so if you have any ideas for improvement, please let me know. This was the best I could get it at this moment.)How large is your cast of characters?
A. Small cast of characters
B. Medium cast of characters
C. Large cast of characters
How many different settings are in your story?
A. Story takes place in mostly one area. (For example, the character never leave the farm.)
B. Story takes place over a lot of different areas I’m familiar with
C. Story takes place in another time or place that I will need to research extensively
D. Story takes place in another time and place I will need to research extensivelyorStory takes place on a completely different world I need to create from scratch
How thematic is your story?
A. My story doesn’t have much of a theme. I’m just writing a story.
B. My story has a bit of a theme that came alive all on its own.
C. My story has a specific, thorough theme that I need to plan carefully to best impact the reader
*Note that you may have multiple themes, which makes your story even more complex.
Lengthy but well worth a look. Sometimes authors get in over their heads. Every story needs a different level of attention. My first book took about two years to write. The second and third are both almost done, because I did them for NaNoWriMo and actually succeeded. I’d streamlined the process quite a bit by the time I got to them. They still need to be finished, but perfecting the first one is my priority.
What’s the longest time you’ve spent on a single story?
Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result! I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.
Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.
To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).
I haven’t tried this yet, but I like it! Has anyone had any success with it?
My apologies to people who can’t see—there’s not really a way to transcribe this. It’s just a little click-and-drag thing with character traits.
In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.
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Your main character wakes up in a dark backstage area. They are then informed that they are the roadie for their least favorite band.
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