Updated: Taking A Workshop

Hello everyone. Just to let you know, this post will be ridiculously short. I am letting everyone know that I am taking a writer’s workshop, and joined a writer’s group, on Facebook, called the Plotting Workshop, and the Ninja Writers, respectively. It was started by the woman that I got the idea for the plot board from, Shaunta Grimes Alburger. It’s been interesting so far. I’ll do another post later, with more information. If you’re interested in joining me, look it up.

I’m adding a link for a contest for the workshop. If you click on the link, I get more entries for a chance to win free entry into a full writing course. If you click it, you will also be enrolled in the Plotting Workshop for free. If you’re interested, please click the link below.

http://www.whatisaplot.com/giveaways/a-novel-idea-giveaway/?lucky=40

 

Introducing…

Amara. p_20160131_214012_1.jpg

Amara is the protagonist in my, yet unnamed, novel-in-progress. Her name has multiple meanings, depending on the language: in German in means eternal or steadfast, in Greek it means eternal or unfading, in Igbo it means grace, in Sanskrit it means eternal, and in Latin it means everlasting or beloved. The meanings I was most drawn to were the German for steadfast, and the Latin beloved. She was beloved by her parents, who named her, and being steadfast is a facet of her personality.

She is about 26, but she doesn’t know her exact birthday, one, because it isn’t relevant to the story, and two, she was born in a post-apocalyptic world, so her parents’ main concern was keeping themselves, and her, alive, so they weren’t really focused on keep track of the date after things went bad. All she knows, is that she was born some time in the fall, shortly after the leaves had started turning colors.

She has gray eyes like her father did, but auburn hair like her mother. She keeps it cut short, about to her chin, for practicality’s, and safety’s, sake. It’s easier to take care of it, at chin length, things don’t get stuck in it. Plus, it’s a lot harder for someone to grab short hair than long. She’s about 5’5″, give or take, because she ended up being close to the same height as her mother, and that’s how tall she had been. She’s on the thin side, not by choice, food is hard to come by, so it is religiously guarded, and rationed. Her skin is well tanned, due to spending vast amounts of time outdoors, mostly because of a lack of safe shelter.

She has an old, beat-up, backpack she always wears, that was her mother’s, and a machete that was her father’s. She also carries both of their rings on a chain around her neck.

Amara tends to be quiet and reserved, only speaking when she feels like it is needed. This is due in part to being taught to be super cautious around people, spending a majority of her life only with her parents, and then the remaining portion of it alone. She is very logical, and has a hard time processing emotion, so she comes across as uncomfortable, and awkward in emotional situations. She can become easily annoyed with people, especially if she feels they are being illogical, and can often times be to blunt, again, due to limited social interaction. She does have a dry, or sarcastic, sense of humor, which can often be taken negatively.

Due to having a hard time understanding, and handling, emotion, she has an extremely hard time speaking about it. Trying to do so, often times, has her shutting down. That does not mean that she is emotionless, and does not care. In fact, she can care very deeply, and shows it by doing things for whomever she cares for, whether that be giving the last bit of a food item to them, because she knows it’s their favorite, or taking first watch, because the person did not sleep well the night before.

Well, that is Amara.

What does everyone think?

My next post will focus on another character. So look out for that.

 

My Plot Board 3

So, I’ve done as much as I can for now, but I wouldn’t call it finished. Things will probably get shifted, added, and removed as I actually write. How it is now will act as a road map, keeping me on track. Now I can really get writing again, and I am so excited.

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In my next post, I will be introducing my main character. So, look out for that.

Has anyone else started/been plotting? How’s it going?

Don’t forget to like, and comment below. I love hearing from you guys.

Sub-Plots

For this post, I am taking the time to mention sub-plot. Below is a couple of links about sub-plot, and why it is important.

http://writerswrite.co.za/the-subplot-not-second-place-but-side-by-side

The link above gives some good reasons as to why sub-plots are a good idea to add to your novel.

https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/450/a-writers-toolkit/story-and-plot/

The above article also explains why sub-plots are a good addition to your novel.

I am currently working out the sub-plots for my novel on my plot board. So far, I have two, and I think they’ll add enough to the story, not to need more.

I am doing my best to make sure that the sub-plots add to the main plot, help move it along, without feeling out of place, or forced. It’s a delicate balance, but I think I have it figured out.

If you’re writing a story, or have written a story, will/did you have sub-plots?

Do you feel they are important?

Don’t hesitate to let me know what you guys think. I will always do my best to respond.

My Plot Board 2

Here’s an updated version of my plot board. WIN_20160119_170932 I’ve moved some things around, and added things. I’ve done some sub-plotting. I’ve also wrote down facts needed to keep at least some of my story accurate.

The big green notes are major points for the story.

The blue notes are certain actions that are important, ones that generally lead up to, or stem from, the green notes.

The yellow is dialogue that I want to remember for certain parts.

The pale pink is facts that I want to remember, to keep myself straight.

The purple and orange are two sub-plots.

So, what do you guys think?

Do you think a plot board could be a useful tool for you as well?

My Plot Board

All right, so I posted about plot boards earlier. I decided to give it a go. This is how it looks so far. WIN_20160116_222400There will be more added to it, but my brain has decided to clock out for the night. So, I’m sharing what I have, and I’ll take more pictures as I add more to it. So far, the process does seem to be working for me. It has helped me figure out some key points in my story, so, yay!

Plot Board

I saw this pin on Pinterest. It’s about creating a plot board. Check it out if you’re interested.

http://pin.it/fIioHTg

It seems like a good way to get organized. I think I may give it a try. I need to find some way to get myself good to go. The fact that you use sticky notes, so you can move things around, is what really drew me to it. Has anyone else done something like this before? How do you keep yourself organized? I have seen things like binders, notebooks, spread sheets. I may use another method in tandem, the binder method possibly, to test them out, try and find out if one will work better than the other.

Thoughts?