Outlining your novel is a fantastic way to start. It can be incredibly helpful for people who are detail oriented and like to plan, but can be also nerve-wracking and intimidating to create the perfect outline if you haven’t done it before or if you’re more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer. A few ideas:
Outline as you go. Ideas are an ongoing process, and if you’re waiting to start writing until you have a “perfect” complete story idea or if until you “finish” making your outline, you might not start writing for awhile. Start with a the main broad ideas– what is the inciting incident that starts the main conflict? Are there any major turning points you want to include? What are the main choices you want your protagonist to look at?
Get the bare bones down of what you want to remember. Chances are you had a great idea in the shower or while you were on your way home in the car– as soon as you’re done, get down the bits you want to remember, whether it’s for a pivotal scene or a cool relationship moment or character details.
Don’t try to get every detail in there. It’s easy to get bogged down thinking you have to plot every thing that happens between A and Z. Do you know you want A and B to happen, and maybe a M or T but nothing else? Jot those ideas down, and leave room for figuring it out as you go.
Stream of consciousness. There’s nothing wrong with just writing down your thoughts as they occur in your head, for example okay so there’s this old king who finds a prophecy about his kid but it turns out that it’s not really his kid and there’s also a magic tree and… often times I find the most difficult thing when plotting is just starting. Just freewriting and going with the flow of your thoughts is much less pressure than trying to come up with a perfect sentence to sum up what you want to write about.
Draw it out. This will be different for everyone, but it helps to have a visual, whether you think of your plot like a rising hill, or if you want to link certain scenes or subplots together.
A few examples of visual outlines:
Hello! The Knights-Errant: Volume 1 Kickstarter met its initial goal and first stretch goal awhile back, so this is just a reminder it’s still ongoing! Above is a WIP of one of the prints you’ll be getting if you’ve pledged to the 3 Prints Tier.
12 days left and we still have some other exciting stretch goals in mind:
$25,000 - a short comic about Anton and Beppe as children. You can see their designs HERE.
$30,000 - Foil stamped cover for the paperback.
$35,000 - prose short story w/ illustrations about Kadeen and Oswald
I’ve been wanting to make a rec post for awhile now, so here we go! A showcase of my very favorites. If you somehow haven’t read some of these yet, well, what are you waiting for?
Wir träumen uns beide wach by acroamatica and CyanideBreathmint- holy hell, this fic is a masterpiece. It’s an AU of the movie Inception, but you don’t need to have seen the film to appreciate the gorgeous prose and impeccable characterization these two authors bring to the table. This fic is also part of an ongoing series, and I recommend any and all parts of it. Brilliant, stunning, go out and get it now.
boys on the radio by coldhope - the perfect high school AU that we didn’t know how to ask for. It’s incomplete, but well worth the read, and I cannot wait to see how it ends. I’d recommend reading anything coldhope has done, ever, but this is probably my very favorite work from them.
the morning before by robokittens - this one-shot manages to be stunningly fluffy, stunningly in-character, and stunningly sensual all at once, and all within the bounds of the canon universe. You’ll hang on every last word and wish for thousands more when it’s over.
A Matter of Taste by reserve - yes, you’ve probably read this already, because everything reserve writes is worthy of more praise than I have time to heap upon it, but it’s worth mentioning again and again and again. Another adorable, canon-compliant fic that skillfully dodges any suggestion that fluff might be out of character for this ship. Hux’s whole life is suffering. Read this fic.
Mixed Media by Merizame - this is the modern AU done so incredibly well that you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it first. Perfect characterization, perfect setting, perfect everything, AND it’s 17k words long. Also the author is a complete and total sweetheart, I’m not even joking. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this fic. It’s perfect. Seriously. Read it.
downbeat byacroamatica - this is the fucking pinnacle of fanfiction, and I am not exaggerating. There is nothing about this fic that is not good. The prose is so rich with detail and yet retains beautiful flow, it’s smart without being condescending, and the characterization is absolutely impeccable. It’s the orchestra AU you didn’t know you wanted but you absolutely do.
So Bright and Warm and Beautiful by deluxekyluxtrashcan - this fic will break your heart in just a little over 1k words, and it still hurts me every single time I read it. The author has since produced a wonderful sequel, but it works beautifully as a stand-alone as well, if your prefer your endings angsty. Cannot recommend enough.
trying growing on for size by imochan - another flawlessy done high school AU. The prose is incredibly poetic, the imagery is rich and tangible, and you’ll somehow simultaneously want to both hug Ren and Hux and smack them around a little. An absolutely wonderful example of teenager-dom and the feeling of first love. It’s aces.
Filthy Casual byEzlebe- everything about this premise is funny and everything about this fic is funny. You’re going to love to hate Kylo in this. If you thought you didn’t need a fic where Kylo and Hux play video games for a living, you’re absolutely wrong, and you need to revaluate yourself. There’s also a sequel/prequel to this that’s just as good.
This is what happens when monsters fall in love by huxology - simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking. You’ll be yelling at your computer screen for these boys to get their shit together and get together, already, but hey, the waiting is half the fun. Millicent plays match-maker in a bizarre way, and you’ll ‘aww’ as many times as you ‘AHH’. Incomplete but updates regularly.
the nature of inviting by Revanche - the only PWP on this list because it’s the only PWP I’ll ever need. Flawless from beginning to end, sexy as all hell, and you’ll get smacked with a huge face-full of feelings, to boot.
I’ve probably left out dozens of amazing fics, so I’ll likely make a part two eventually, but these are the best of the best and an excellent place to start if you don’t know how to break into this ship. :)
Eren has never been one for drinking. Even aside from the awful taste, he’s just never really felt any desire to partake in it.
But on this night, he’s had more than his fair share of wine. It had started to taste less bad the more he drank, and the strange anxious feeling in his gut had died a little more with each glass. After awhile he’d felt weird and giggly, but now everything is sort of heavy and hazy.
Eren tilts his head back and stares up at the night sky. It seems really bright tonight. He’s pretty sure it’s not just the wine.
There have been a lot of nights these past few months that have made him feel this way. Since the fall of the titans and the ongoing exploration outside of the walls, the open sky has never felt more enchanting, more inviting.
Eren hiccups, covering his mouth belatedly with a hand.
Luckily no one is out here with him, all too busy drinking and recounting stories inside.
All done! Will have this lovely available as a print also during PRCC 2016. I’ve been wanting to paint her for awhile and the painting process did help me relax a bit. Thank you all for the lovely messages and your ongoing support.
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I`m Felipe, 36 years old. Embedded systems developer and professor of robotics, also find time to take some photographs once in awhile. Have a 6D with a couple of lenses; 17-40 and 70-200 for landscapes, 24-70 for general use and some primes for street and portraiture. Like to take photos of urban scenes as well as nature and landscape. Have several ongoing projects but need time to start/continue/finish them.
As for inspiration, my main one is the photos my friends take and chats with them. Some professional photographers that inspires me are Cartier-Bresson, Steve McCurry, Joel Meyerowitz, Sebastião Salgado (obvious ones but worth to mention), as well as several others.
Head’s up Arrow, Felicity Smoak, & Olicity fans!!! Felicity Smoak has made two appearances in the new Bombshell comic books as a young Felicity Smoak!
She appears in Bombshells issues #19 and #21. I’ve included some of the most common/popular retailer links for digital versions below. Chapters are available for download today via the DC Comics
App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play,
Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.
The Bombshells comic series is described as:
The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own
ongoing comic book series! Learn the story behind this alternate
reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on
the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of
Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.
Print versions of these comics will also be available, but it’ll take awhile for print to catch up to the current digital releases available now!
Bombshells #19 (November 25, 2015)
While Batwoman is in Europe, a group of young admirers agree that
someone has to keep an eye on Gotham while she’s gone. So get ready to
meet The Batgirls! Cost: $0.99
Sometimes when you see the patient with the same problem for a long time, you lose perspective on what it could be and end up going deeper and deeper down the path of treatment. To forget the forest among the trees is one of common mistakes we unintentionally make.
Today I saw a patient in follow up whose problems had been ongoing for quite awhile without major improvements. As someone seeing them for the first time however, I could apply a fresh set of eyes to the problem and generate a more likely diagnosis based on his clinical course thus far.
Sometimes, when things do not progress the way that we expect it to, it is important to take a step back and check and see if we missed something. And if we cannot see it, maybe it is worth asking for a second opinion to be that fresh set of eyes for us.
Is there any update on "Or Be Forever Fallen"? *quietly craves*
I’m glad you asked, anon! For awhile now, I’ve been trying to formulate ideas for an ongoing story blog set in this “canon”. I’m thinking either as a continuation of Or Be Forever Fallen, or starting it over again, but letting everyone write in prompts and whatnot between chapters.
So what should it be, continuation or, uh, reboot? (PS: Did I really just write that sentence? PPS: Thanks to Mun over at @lilys-tiger for the encouragement regarding this little endeavor, and @autumnalmistress for being encouraging in general!
My names Travis I’m 31 so by far older than lots of people around tum, with disorders like this. I didn’t actually learn what was wrong with me until last year after I turned 30, I always thought I was just an a-hole. But I’m Bi-polar with intense anger swings, I don’t remember what it’s called clinically. I’m also Schizophrenic with severe audio hallucinations and normal? Visual though they are more like shadows or ghost. Anyway I just want it say I’ve been on here for awhile and alot of your stories mirrored my past, and I want to say thanks cause I feel alittle less alone, which is an irrational fear I have, but I hope everyone keeps ongoing forward, there will be days where u can’t shake the shadows off you. But their will bright days with sun glowing and a cool breeze flowing. So hang in there, it took me 30 years, but now I have medication, it helps but I still have episode but it’s okay. I’m now an IT Administrator, so don’t think whatever wrong will stop you. I heard somewhere that out Schizophrenic are actually highly intelligent, so any keep smiling, keep fighting, keep taking the meds. See yea on the other side.
-Learn everything, Fear nothing. Knowledge is your strongest weapon.