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The problem with antiheroes switching sides

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I. Love. Antiheroes!

Antiheroes are my favorite kind of character. They're unpredictable, more often than not they're sarcastic and witty, and they're definitely the most interesting of all the character archetypes. But people are ruining them left and right. How?
They're making them become good guys.
The allure of the antihero is that they're not really good or bad. They look out for number one as their top priority in life, and making them necessarily good or evil ruins the allure unless done correctly. Tell me if this process sounds familiar: 1) Something that shouldn't really be earth-shattering happens to the antihero, such as the hero saving them or something, 2) The antihero realizes that this means they've been wrong all along, 3) They dedicate their lives to doing good in this world, acting like their past of wrongdoing never happened.
It's annoying. To me. I'm sorry if I'm coming off as really angry about this, but it frustrates me to no e…

The Inner Monologue of Creating a Harsh Character

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Dunno about you, but harsher characters tend to seep into my stories one way or another. I don't condone their actions and the unsavory attitudes they have on occasion, but they happen one way or another. And occasionally, such as during the preplanning for this last NaNoWriMo, I feel like I'm doing it wrong. 

Seriously, call me crazy, but sometimes when I really have the feel of the character together, I get their voice in my head. They're not always there, sometimes they won't talk to me at all, but on occasion, when I ask them a question, they'll answer me.

During the prewriting for this last NaNoWriMo, the character that was giving me grief was one of the boat crew. I think I forgot to tell you this before, but I had a crew of nine people total, Javi included, and I tried my hardest to make them all unique, memorable characters. I probably failed at it miserably, but c'est la vie. *shrug* The character I was having a hard time with was a really big, really…

NaNoWriMo: Week 4 Update (Final Week!!!)

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This is the last week of NaNoWriMo. How's your word count coming? Are you close? Are you done???

I just crossed 50,000 yesterday, but there's a bit more to be written of the story (just a tad, you see) so I'll be writing probably up until the end of the month trying to finish the story.

Now, may I be candid for a moment? Just a moment? If you ever hear me say again that a novel's going to be really long, slap me. I do this every time I'm writing a novel. I don't know if something's up with the way I do my plot points or what, but I'll reach the midpoint and have a huge word count, and then the other half of the story will only be a fraction of the length of the first half. What am I doing wrong here? I don't know. But I say the same thing I said last week every NaNoWriMo, and sometimes in between, and I'm always wrong. So the next time I say something's going to be really long, call me out on it, and if it turns out to be really long anyway…

NaNoWriMo: Week 3 Update (dang this novel's gonna be long)

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Where are you on your word count, my writing warriors? You are fierce, don't stop writing!

This week has been a little easier for me. However, I caught a cold, so there were a couple days where I barely made the word count and no more while I'm trying to write 2,000 words a day. But good news! The writing is going a lot easier because now my conflict has arrived! Remember how I said I had no conflict, so it was going slow as heck? I have that problem no more, and I am pleased!

Okay, now the reason why I'm trying to write at least 2,000 words a day: This novel is turning out long. I've more than passed the 30,000-word mark, and I haven't even reached my midpoint yet. It's a kid's book, but it might turn out to be the longest thing I've ever written. It is lengthy. And I might be adding a few too many scenes, but the novel is seriously doing this on its own. I was seriously blindsided by the length of this. And I love a manuscript turning out longer than…

NaNoWriMo: Week 2 Update and having some doubts

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Hello, my NaNo word warriors! How's your word count coming?

I'm not quitting NaNoWriMo, don't worry. But all through week 1, I was just ready to hit my head against my keyboard over and over again (replay the gif from last week).


And it took me waaaay too long to figure out what exactly the problem was. I mean, I was hitting my word count goal every day, but I wasn't super sure what was making me grind my gears so hard. But ha, dumdum me, I didn't realize I was lacking all conflict!

Due to Javi being, what, six? and taking a liking to the cat folk characters really easily so that I could have them forge a bond, there was no conflict between the characters. Then they were on the skyboat for chapters on end, so could be no conflict between the cat folk and the other humans. There's a small amount of conflict between the catfolk themselves, but it's still brewing and hasn't 100% come to light just yet. Now all the conflict I had in my outline is starting …

NaNoWriMo: Week 1 Update and This year's project

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NaNoWriMo word warriors, where you at?? Drop me a hello in the comments and keep me updated throughout the month! I wanna know who's doing this with me!

NaNoWriMo has already started, and I am TERRIFIED!!!! Not only do I have to reach the word count, which is difficult enough, but this year I have to dodge work as well! AAAAAAAAAA!!!


Anyway, now that we've gotten past that, let me talk about this year's project for me! This year's project is about a kid named Javi, a very small boy with red hair who just wants to be loved and have a lot of fun. But will he get what he wants? Hahaha, NO!!!

Here's my blurb for it. I don't think really highly of it, but I'm sure in time I'll come up with a better one.

The surface of the world has been destroyed, wiped out by a magical storm over a century ago. Now, everyone lives and works on islands in the sky- everyone, that is, except for the catfolk, who are said to be traitorous invaders. Little Javi is almost happy …

Writing Realistic Farm Life

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*inhales*
*long sigh*
*opens eyes*
I need you to understand something. Not all farms are Old Macdonald.

I've lived on farms for a good part of my fairly short life. The first one was a much more active farm, with a lot more animals (which I lived on from probably around age 7 to age 9, but I remember it clearly), and the other is the one I still live on and have for all five of my teenage years. I've had a variety of experiences from these two farms and other ones I've visited, and I feel like I should tell people what it's like so that they can represent us the way we deserve.


So, just like my post on writing realistic moving, I'm going to make a pretty little numbered list with some things to remember if your character lives on a farm.

1. Farms are not all the same.
Farm people in books and movies are all the same: They get up at four in the morning, put on their denim overalls and brown boots, and go milk the cow. Then it's weed the fields, gather the eggs, …