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by Gypson
February 13th, 2012, 3:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Help! My main character has no character
Replies: 9
Views: 1603

Re: Help! My main character has no character

Excellent advice, dios4vida! Since you already said what I was planning to share, I'll avoid rehashing the same advice. =P ElsieTanner, I have made the same mistakes several times. You are not alone! From my personal experience, those dull main characters ended up on the cutting room floor when I co...
by Gypson
February 13th, 2012, 3:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your writing space
Replies: 19
Views: 3390

Re: Your writing space

I love your space, Sanderling! I can't wait to have an apartment with more than one room, let alone a house. =P I currently live in a tiny studio apartment. My bed is shoved inside the walk-in closet so as to be out of the way. My living space is pretty small, plus I'm a student, so my writing area ...
by Gypson
February 8th, 2012, 6:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character Creation Process
Replies: 14
Views: 2293

Re: Character Creation Process

I don't sit down and design new characters. My characters come to me. They start out as sort of unformed, incessant nagging in my mind, and show up as the story demands them. The only thing I really decide on in regards to characters are names. Character names are important to me, not so much in mea...
by Gypson
February 3rd, 2012, 10:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer's block
Replies: 5
Views: 1061

Re: Writer's block

The times I've experienced writer's block signified that there were serious 'problems' with the draft(s) I was working on. I resolve writer's block by taking time away from my WIP until such major issues are resolved. This break from writing can last anywhere between one day and two years. Taking a ...
by Gypson
January 30th, 2012, 4:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What do you do well?
Replies: 28
Views: 3799

Re: What do you do well?

I've been told that I write intense character relationships, so I'll go with characters.
by Gypson
January 30th, 2012, 4:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Protagonist blog idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1615

Re: Protagonist blog idea

CharleeVale wrote:I personally don't like it. At all. I've seen it done, and it just didn't work for me.

I don't know why, I guess it just blurs the line too much for me.

CV
Agreed. I'm not sure why, but this rubs me the wrong way.
by Gypson
January 24th, 2012, 5:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)
Replies: 54
Views: 13589

Re: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)

Where do I begin? =P I am extremely and overly harsh of my own work. I am my own worst critic. This attitude impedes my progress at times because I have a hard time moving on with the story if I feel like something's off. I could read a draft a hundred times and still find things to change and impro...
by Gypson
January 24th, 2012, 3:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Titles
Replies: 17
Views: 2226

Re: Titles

My titles highlight a central character, place, or conflict to the story. I realize that is a very vague-sounding response. The books in my MG/YA fantasy series are each named for their plot. (ex. "The Search for the Golden Promise", "The Secret of William's Chain", etc.) I think this works well for...
by Gypson
January 23rd, 2012, 6:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Discouraged
Replies: 9
Views: 1630

Re: Discouraged

Sometimes taking a break from writing is both healthy and necessary. I hit a dead end in high school where I was tired of writing the same draft over and over. I felt that my writing wasn't improving to the standard I wished for, yet I didn't know how to get there. It was the quintessential teenage ...
by Gypson
January 23rd, 2012, 6:47 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Best writing advice from a CP/beta/reader?
Replies: 15
Views: 3168

Re: Best writing advice from a CP/beta/reader?

"Make the conflict personal" and "What happened to the horse?" are two lessons I have learned on my own over time, as well as two of the most valuable! As for other tidbits, I can't exactly remember who and where this came from, but it's stuck with me nonetheless: "No surprise for the writer, no sur...
by Gypson
January 14th, 2012, 8:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Novel soundtrack?
Replies: 20
Views: 2953

Re: Novel soundtrack?

I listen to music in order to block out background noise. Music also helps me get in the mood for writing and stay on task. I usually listen to classical music (Chopin, Liszt, Debussy) or soundtracks (LOTR, Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean, Chrono Cross), but there are som...
by Gypson
December 3rd, 2011, 8:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The pressure of word counts
Replies: 14
Views: 1572

Re: The pressure of word counts

I think this is the main reason I haven't participated in NaNo. The minute I turn my focus to the number of words or pages is the minute the quality of my writing plummets.

I also find that the quality of my writing improves when I remove unnecessary words and/or tighten my sentences.
by Gypson
December 2nd, 2011, 5:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: My Malicious is too Cheesy
Replies: 12
Views: 1558

Re: My Malicious is too Cheesy

Without having read your WIP, my advice would be to ease the reader into seeing how maniac this villain is. Instead of starting off all "muahahaha I'm evil", try introducing the villain as a seemingly normal person with a few odd quirks. Use dialogue to gradually reveal inner character and motives. ...
by Gypson
November 28th, 2011, 2:55 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Game of Thrones
Replies: 30
Views: 7727

Re: Game of Thrones

I've only read the first two books of the series and I'm waiting for my library to get a copy of book three. Clearly I find the series gripping, but I tend to have a love-hate relationship with it. LOVE: The richness of the setting; the amount of research that has gone into it; the unpredictability;...
by Gypson
September 9th, 2011, 1:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Where do characters come from?
Replies: 14
Views: 3240

Where do characters come from?

Where do your characters come from? Do they spring from your fingertips out of nowhere, fully formed? Do you consciously "create" them to fulfill a specific purpose in the story? How much do you know about your characters when you first meet them? As a bit of a spin-off: how often do your characters...