I spent some time looking for a picture of a Vessel. It’s the third exercise from a creative writing prompts list. Instead of going for a picture, I immediately had an idea about a space vessel in my mind. So it’s more of a spacecraft than a vessel, I guess.
I haven’t read a lot of books this month and there are a few reasons for that. One of the reasons is that I’ve been working on a new version of my blog. Layout-wise? Yes. Content-wise? Also yes. Platform-wise? Big yes.
Why the big change?
I forgot to ask something in my last post. If you have any feedback, please leave a comment below the stories! Anything is useful. I’d love to hear what you think.
This week I took a picture about The Unrequited Love Poem. It was the second topic on the creative writing prompts list I’m following. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and write an emotional romance story.
Ah, the first of my creative writings. Number one on the list I follow is Outside the Window. I started with the following picture. Why? Because I googled for it on the 16th of July and it was picture 16 that I found. Nothing more to it. Anyway, here’s the story.
It was a beautiful spring morning. I was looking outside when I heard a yell come from the back door. At first I didn’t want to go and look. Not after the sounds I had heard the previous night. The yelling persisted, so I dragged myself out of the bed and went downstairs.
I’ve had a smaller setback for the book I’m writing. Long story short: I put the project on hold so that I can give it the full amount of attention it deserves. A small price for a big prize. But that doesn’t mean I want to stop writing.
So what now then?
Say what? What is this? Writeception? Kind of. In IT, user stories are a well known concept. I’m going to give you a simple definition here. For more information and examples, please refer to Mike Cohn’s blogpost.
In this context, user stories are short, simple descriptions told from the perspective of a reader. They state a clear goal. They express motivation. I don’t like to describe everything in them, like you might do for your first page, but they should contain these basic concepts.
One of the first things I do when I have a story idea, is write it down. If you don’t do that yet, start doing it. Get a notebook, download a notebook app or whatever. Doesn’t matter how you do it. Just put it somewhere.
That’s the first piece of advice I’ll give you here. But what then? You put your idea somewhere in some words, some sentences maybe. If it’s really clear you can have a full paragraph explaining the concept. But that’s not your novel yet.
So it is time.
You’re writing a story. Will it be a novel, a novella or a short story? You don’t know yet. But one thing is for sure: you need characters. One or more protagonists, at least one antagonist, maybe some supporting characters. Who are they? How do they behave? What is their role in the story?
There are a lot of techniques for doing character design. I’ve heard about creating a shopping list for that character. Even just Googling for images on the internet is a way I’ve found people doing it. Here’s how I’m doing it right now for my current project.
You’re doing something. It doesn’t matter what. You could be mowing the lawn, driving home from work or feeding your kids. But then it hits you. You get an idea. Not only an idea. Your million dollar idea. You find out that there’s just one thing you don’t know.
This is it! I have created my second blog. On my first, I mentioned that I’ve started writing again. What does that mean? And why bother you with it anyway?
I mean, come on. It’s not like I got much to offer. I have no background in writing. I’ve never written anything longer than a short story. So, what could possible be in this for you?