Wrapping Things Up and it Ain’t Even Christmas

Woo! Update!

So, the other day I managed to conclude a very climatic scene within my novel. I haven’t actually reached the official climax point, but in another chapter or two I should be there. I’m so happy that I’ve managed to keep up with my goal as well as get one out of five essays done (the one due for this week). One thing at a time.

Unfortunately due to events I haven’t been able to work on my other novel, which is sort of something I’m doing on the side. I’ll probably work on it more once I’ve finished this one. The thing is though, that for that novel I get my best inspiration around October, as that’s the month in which the majority of the novel takes place.

The novel I’m currently writing takes place in the winter time, so this is perfect. Also, I expect it to be slightly longer than the other, simply because I is more of a…series I suppose. The first book in the series is almost complete, but there are more to come. I’m just keeping it all in one place to make my life easier.

Since I’ll be on winter break after exams, I might also gain some inspiration for other books I’ve been itching to work on. Seriously, I have binders and files filled with things I have to write…even just random pieces of paper scattered between my apartment and my parents place. All of this is stuff that I’ve collected from God knows when…but probably since the 6th grade, since that’s when I was writing films, plays and television skits. I’m one of those people who gets a lot of ideas…I spend most of my time up in my head than I do in the present, but I don’t believe its effected me negatively, since the result of that all of these stories, drawings and other things that I do.

Now if only I could work out as often as I write. I’d be a tank. Oh well, baby steps. I think I’ve lost a bit of weight.

I’m extremely hungry right now, so I’m going to go. I haven’t had anything to eat all day. I’ve been busy…I know not healthy. Same thing happened yesterday. Didn’t eat till 4pm. Bad plan.

Till next time,

–R.

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Writing Tip: Keep Your Mind Healthy

I know this might seem like a weird tip but it’s one that is often overlooked, and it’s of great importance.

When a person’s mind is healthy they’re able to think clearly and they can produce wonderful ideas.

Ones mental health is just as important as their physical health, although the media tends to put more stress onto how we look. Your mental health can have an effect on the quality of your writing.

Some simple things that you can do to keep your mind healthy are,

  1. Getting enough sleep: this can be 8 hours, it can be 10 hours. It’s all up to you and how your body feels. Just remember that too much sleep is just as bad as getting too little sleep. It’s important to have balance.
  2. Exercise: Yep…I’m sure most of you saw this one coming. I myself need to get up and go for a nice run. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. You can simply go for a walk (maybe circle your local mall a few times), or go for a swim. Try skipping or go for a quick ride on your bike. Think of it as recess. Go get some fresh air and do something that is active and enjoyable. Exercise helps to relieve stress and it is good for both your mind and body.
  3. Eat the Right Stuff: We’re all guilty of giving into our cravings once in a while…or all the time but as I said it’s important to have balance. If there are fruits and vegetables that you like, purchase those and try to have them with at least two of your meals for the day. This is something that I am working on myself and I have to say, when I eat well I feel a whole lot better. It doesn’t have to be hard. If you like tomatoes, add a tomato to your sandwich. If you like to eat oranges, have one with your breakfast in the morning. Put some strawberries or cherries on top of your ice cream sundae. It’s as simple as that.
  4. Be Social: Interacting with others, whether that be people or animals, is extremely important. I find that if I don’t talk to anyone for sometime I get a bit lonely, and it makes it harder for me to put a lot of work into anything. The conversations we have with others can help with our writing. Sometimes it can spark ideas inside of us and other times it can remind us of what dialogue should sound like. Dialogue should be written how we speak. If you listen to the way that others talk, then you’ll have an easier time trying to recreate that speech within your text.

It’s nice to have a six-pack but always remember that you should love your mind and you should cherish it. Take care of yourself inside and out and your thoughts will flow onto the page smoothly.

Oh and for those of you who get writers block, doing this stuff can seriously help. It’s better than sitting around moping for twenty-four hours trying to force something out.

How Playing Sims Inspires New Book Ideas

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EA is a gaming company known for it’s realistic character designs and game features. The Sims games are my favourite out of the EA games that I own because for a change I am able to create my own characters.

Not only do players get to create how their characters look, they are able to pick personality traits for their characters, decide on their characters favourite food, colour and music, and even their characters voice.

Some aren’t a fan of “playing God” when it comes to this game, however I’ve never thought of that until it was pointed out by my teacher during a class discussion. I think of this game as a tool for character and story design.

You can create up to eight characters of your choice and then send them out into the Sim world to live and interact with one another. Because each Sim has their own unique personality it gives you a chance to watch how your characters react to different situations.

For example, I had Sim who was a coward. When someone in their family passed away the Sim fainted from shock. For all you Romantic novelists out there (though the Romantic period has been gone for some time), a character having a fainting fit due to a shocking situation might be exactly what you’re looking for. This reaction reminds me a lot of Victor Frankenstein as he often grew ill when he was in shock.

When it comes to the story line, sometimes people have a hard time including subplots. Will your character fall in love? Will they get a new job? Will they break off their engagement?

Sims 3

You can play around with these different scenarios throughout the game and see which one works best for your novel. The possibilities are endless.

Sims also inspires many different novel ideas. Especially ones that I may not have considered on my own.

I once made a random family of a single father with two young children (a little boy toddler and little girl child). This family did not have much money at all and could barely afford their home. The father paid babysitters to watch his children while he went diving in dumpsters for items that he could sell. The family slept on the couch or in sleeping bags on the floor. Their only shower was broken, the children’s only toy was a stuffed bear that their father found in the trash and their father barely had time to eat himself while trying to make ends meet.

I actually felt a slight pain in my chest when this Sim father died while trying to get food for himself. After his long struggle he passed away, leaving behind two children who ended up being taken by the social worker.

Never would I have thought about writing a novel about a struggling single parent with multiple children. Honestly the idea wouldn’t have crossed my mind.

Note: I know that I’m able to just use cheat codes to give the Sims a ton of money but I decided I didn’t want to do that because it takes away from the game play.

The game has given me many new ideas like that one, which I on my own wouldn’t have thought of writing either because the idea was too sad, or because I myself had never experienced something like that. I’m now starting university and I only know that I should expect a lot of reading and new memories. However when I started a novel about a university student, I knew absolutely nothing about what it was like being a university student, and I still won’t until I get there.

My younger sister, who introduced me to the Sims games got Sims3 University Life for her 15th birthday.

Sims3 University Life

I learned from the game that students were required to attend both classes and lectures and that they didn’t have a class each of the five days of the week. I realized how important caffeine was to the average university student, and how university was not all about throwing crazy parties and using your yellow Camaro to pick up girls.

Transformers 2. Sam and Alice.

I also got to see different settings with the towns that came with the expansion packs like Sunset Valley and Isle Paradiso. I even got to get an idea of what it would be like for a celebrity to rise to fame and then get bashed by the media.

I could even build the houses from my novels (which I have yet to do) and have a 3D view of it for reference.

If the novel consists of several years of a persons life, I could start off the Sim version of that character as a child or teenager and watch as the events happen (you can change the life span settings for all of the Sims so you don’t have to wait a month for them to age up…you could already have a good start on your novel in that amount of time).

The game overall is a really cool and fun way to get ideas for a novel, or even just to get an idea of what your characters (both main and secondary) look like and how they react to different situations.

Sims 3 Seasons

Staring at the blank page before you…

Staring at the blank page before you...

“Staring at the blank page before you.
Open up the dirty window.
Let the sun illuminate the words that you cannot find.
Reaching for something in the distance.
So close you can almost taste it.
Release you inhibitions.
Feel the rain on your skin.
No one else can do it for you.”

— Natasha Bedingfield

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