The story starts like this:

I write a story.

It takes me many years to get to a point where it is passable. It takes a few more to make me proud of it. It will take less than one afterwards to realize how far I’ve come since it. But we’re not there yet.

I wrote a story and I thought I wanted to share that story. So I shoved into onto sub-par medium (Amazon Kindle) because I hoped everyone would see my care for it. I hoped and hoped and then it never really came, but I didn’t stop writing and growing. It hurt a little to not get the attention, but my writing didn’t need anyone else’s attention on it because it had my own. So I kept going on until I really asked: Why?

I should stop now. I’m rehashing. I’ve gotten over that hurdle. I’m …

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Every character has a face and every writer, at some point, has to engage in the process know as describing character faces. As in, put words to their mental picture of a particular character. Whether that character is ugly, pretty, scarred, plain, or whatever, there needs to be some description of what they look like. And Humans, being so facial-centric, usually focus on the face. It makes sense. I don’t disagree.

Problem is, though, my characters don’t really have, eh, typical faces. Human-like ones, at any rate. Not really a problem, but more of a fact of what I write and love. So let’s see, the main cast and their heads:

  • Cyclone. He wears a helmet. I described his helmet well enough, but what is underneath is bare bones. Literally. His head is a skull. Not much to describe there–and he is barely ever without his helmet so the


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The good days are when I:

  • Can spin a phrase without even trying.
  • Put together dialogue seamlessly.
  • Make only minor mistakes.
  • Plow through a chapter in a sitting.
  • Feel my blood spark with inspiration.
  • Start planning out the future, smiling as I do.
  • Flow through the story and words like I am swimming.
  • Can focus for hours on end.
  • Know exactly where I am going.
  • Create a structure and order that is instantly pleasing.
  • Find the word and phrases to say what I want.
  • Turn my imagination into beautiful prose.
  • Create a product I am proud of.

The bad days are when I:

  • Can’t find the words.
  • Butcher a phrase so that it looses all meaning.
  • Lost in what is happening.
  • Have no drive or passion.
  • Can’t look back or forward.
  • Am conflicted on what to do and where to go.
  • Have neither ideas nor solutions.
  • Spend a few minutes


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How did you discover you were a writer?

Discover?

Do you mean discover like how Columbus ‘discovered’ the new world? Because he really did not. The Americas were always there. There were people that lived in the world that he ‘found;’ they certainly knew it existed. It had always been there for them as long as they had been. No discovery needed.

In that same way of knowing, I knew that I was a writer and storyteller. It was a simple knowing. A fact of being that was clear as the color of the sky.

I always had stories to tell. Writing is another shape of storytelling, another representation for the same concept.

I wrote my first stories in Legos and scrawled drawings, fueled by pure imagination and thought. Then they took the form of fiction tales written for school assignments and personal pleasure, with the same passionate fire as …

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A short list of common writing mistakes that I fall prey to constantly and some thoughts on them. Cause it is good to tell the world what you suck. This is very cathartic. I think every writer should do it. Including people who write but are not ‘writers.’ Showing off your problems so you can improve and so on.

Whatever.

Here we go:

  • Using ‘lied’ instead of ‘laid.’
    • I like how ‘lied’ sounds, but I suppose laid is more correct. Ugh. English.
  • Mis-ordering the syntax of sentences containing ‘with’ if the sentence has a bunch of descriptive subjects/objects.
    • I can’t really give an example without confusing myself or embarrassing myself. Sometimes my sentences can get really gnarly and icky to read. If I get confused, I know I have to gut the particular sentence.
  • Accidentally using ‘Earth’ idioms and euphemisms.
    • I’ve been training myself pretty hard to avoid this mistake,


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How do I write? What is my illusive writing process that can sometimes take forever and befuddle the minds of those that hear about? Wonder about it? Probably not, but I am going to share anyway because I can.

My writing process breaks down into three stages. Writing, editing/buffing/filling out, and polishing. I like to refer to them as the skeleton, meat, and skin/polish stages. You’ll see why as I explain what I do in them.

Writing (the skeleton)

Pretty self-explanatory. I write out the basic story and dialogue. Dialogue is key here: I focus on writing the scenes, as in the spoken parts. The voices of my characters are very clear in my mind, and I have the scenes already mapped out, so writing out what is being said is very easy. I get the important parts of the scene outlined.

On chronology/writing in order: I write the ‘big’ …

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Alternatively titled:

Plans? Who needs plans?

Anyway.

I was inspired by this Goodreads blog post. In which, it mildly goes into which authors/writers are ‘planners’ and which are ‘pantsers.’ Script or improv, basically. Whether the author plans out the book in some fashion or just makes it up as they go along. The differences in execution can be pretty clear between the two. Pantsers will have less foreshadowing and more ‘breaks,’ but a potentially more creative development. Planners will be able to construct a rigorous motif or theme, and place clues for the future events.

But, let’s be honest, no one is completely pantser or planner. Life is filled with fifty shades of grey. But some of us fall distinctively on either side of the spectrum.

All this got me thinking about my own outline usage and their effectiveness, because I just finished the …

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So Harmonic Waves is in the editing stage, so most everything is already polished and done. Including the chapter names, which I have complained about doing before. I have all the chapters named, so I’m deciding to share them. There are twenty four chapters total, more than with How to Stop Wildfire. Some of the chapters names are probably going to change before it gets published. Which is to be expected. Tweaking something is what I do best.

Regardless: here is the tentative list:

Outspoken Chaos

Familiar Friendship

Musings of Heart

Token

Advent

Induction

Report

Precision Planning

Tea

Conclusions

Need to Know

A Chat on Clan

Waves

Actualization of Heart

Twisted and Blended

Flames

Splashing of Heart

Drops

Catharsis of Heart

Presentation

Referendum

Inklings

Teleportation and Gossip

Silent Order

As you can probably see, there are some definite trends going on in the chapter names. Getting excited? I am.

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I was inspired and wrote a first person POV short story set in the same universe as How to Stop Wildfire. Asides from the universe there is not much connecting it. It is basically a monologue from a Shafien. You can read it on Medium or download it here.

It is not much but I had fun writing it. The first-person was interesting for me because I usually do not write in it. And the character was someone wholly new I made up.

Someone who read it felt like it was an allegory for modern identity-crises, such as gender/sexual identification in a LGBTQI angle and coming into one’s self. Acceptance and all that. I don’t know if I meant to do that, but I see how it can be interpreted as such. Work takes a life of its own.

Anyway, back to writing book two, which is most …

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If I want my writing (not world-building) to be known for anything I want it to be remembered for having really witty dialogue (at some points,) and being kind of hilarious.

Most of this can be attributed to one character, Cyclone. It is hard to quantify the enjoyment I derive from figuring out the most elegant, hysterical, and slyly insulting things for him to spew. While also incorporating rhyming, alliteration or another semi-poetic device.

I am not going to lie. I laugh at the jokes I write into what he is saying. I don’t know if anyone else finds him as amazing as I find him myself, but I don’t care. Writing dialogue for Cyclone is AMAZING.

I don’t want to give too much away but I am writing/editing this section where Cyclone and King Fla’neiel (obviously) are bickering over planning, and they are both trying to one-up each …

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