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The Most Amazing Fictional Worlds

Zootopia

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One of my absolute favorite movies, Zootopia showcases a beautiful world not too different from our own. The main city is made up of different sections with the creators had to put a lot of thought into. The animation is spectacular. Overall it’s a much watch film for world building alone.

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This is one of the most popular films on this list and I can see why. The CGI is amazing and really makes you feel like you’re in the world. It’s beautiful and very well planned out. The minds behind this world are some of the concept artists I’ve seen. I’d take a page from their book any day.

Sword Art Online

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Finally the anime entry! Imagin living inside a video game and all the magical things that exist there. It’s a very captivating world with a lot of thought put into the detail of animation. Some of the things they come up with in the first season are spectacular!

Harry Potter

I couldn’t help but mention this one just because it’s so well known. The world of Harry and Newt is very intricate. I specifically love Diagon ally. There’s a reason why someone created an amusement park out of this!

How to train your dragon

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This movie gets points for the easy transition it has into its world. ALL the other entries on this list have the main character discover the world alongside you, making it easy to show off the detailed design. In this movie, Hiccup already knows the ins and outs of the world yet we still get to see the rich culture and environment that was created for us.

Croods

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And last but not least, a film I could watch ten thousand times. The Croods has a world painted in saturated colors and beautiful scenery. The entire plot revolves around the natural world so there are many creative ideas in the background of every frame. Simply stunning.

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Posted in Just for fun- Youtube, Stories, Writing

My Top 5 Youtubers and What They Can Teach Us About Telling Stories

img_8087.jpgMy favorite social media is Youtube by far so it tends to influence the way I write. These are my favorite storytellers on youtube. I left their links so please check them out and support them!

Super Carlin Brothers

Ben and J explain ideas like everything is a huge plot twist and it’s charming. They are very charismatic when they speak and their scripts make for perfect dialog. If you want to learn how to tell an amazing story about your day, look at some of their older videos, or if you want to be able to explain a concept like a boss, check out any of their theory videos.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKZo4N0lVPccBkSiuyVh4yg

 

The King of DIY

Yep, this guy vlogs about fish, and it’s amazing. He is the master of the long pause. I love that he gives you time for the information to sink in. He is very passionate and it shows in the level of detail he goes into. The way he transitions between topics is fluid and natural.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM9oZkV3tGJuUUhgZaiGZkQ

 

 

Jaiden Animations

This is a great example of how to weave together multiple stories in one segment. He character really comes through even though it animated and she describes just enough detail for us to understand where the story takes place without distracting from the plot.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGwu0nbY2wSkW8N-cghnLpA

 

 

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Here’s a great example of a character driven story. Charlie is from the early days of youtube where you didn’t need a theme or series to entice people. The way he talked about all his ideas made them interesting and I rewatch them often. He is a great passive comedian and has good timing.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmQXOAse-VnzuXHebX5I77g

 

Ants Canada

You wouldn’t think a channel about ants would any good but take a gander at this guy. The voiceovers and cuts build drama and suspense to a simple concept. He can make almost anything interesting and the way he involves his community is amazing too.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONd1SNf3_QqjzjCVsURNuA

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My 6 Favorite Books From Childhood

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All writers have to get their spark from somewhere. For me, it was middle school, the peak of my reading career. These are my favorite books from that time. I won’t summarise them because you can find that anywhere.

 

 

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You wouldn’t know how fascinating this novel and the rest of the series is by the opening pages. But once you get into the real meat of the story you’ll find an amazing world and great adventure.

Dark Life

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The world building is absolutely perfect. The twist ending made me love writing and reading. I also loved the characters and found the whole thing to be a beautiful ride.

Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow

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Talk about a page turner. When I read it I was completely pulled in by the amazing world and fast plot. There was so much going on it kept me pulled in the entire time.

Rascal

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This one’s a family favorite. We would listen to it on every road trip becue the writing is simply beautiful. It tells a fantastic story that is both funny and leaves you with a sad but satisfying ending.

Zen and the Art of Faking

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If you want to fall in love with a character pick up this book. It was packed with awesome moments that have stuck with me to this day.

 

What were your favorites?

Posted in Better Life- Tips, Just for fun- Youtube

The ‘Pump Me Up’ Playlist and Why You Need One.

img_8027-e1502853927166.jpgThere are some days when the work is overwhelming. So I created a playlist of some of my favorite videos to watch to get my energy up. I dubbed it the “Pump Me Up” playlist because I can always find something on it to get my energy up so I can get work done. I suggest you make your own, though, because surely your tastes are different from mine. If you would like to see the kind of content I have on mine, feel free to take a look.

 

 

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The 10 Best Stories Told by Songs

img_8020.jpgWhen people ask me what type of music I listen to I tell them ‘Story Songs’. I don’t have one genre I listen to but I do like plot a lot. So there are some of the songs that have made the biggest impression on me in my short life. These are some of my favorites though there are many more. You’ll find a lot of Vocaloid songs because there aren’t very many modern songs that don’t just repeat themselves a thousand times. So if you want some story inspiration or just want to find a new song, I bet there’s something on here for you! I’ve linked to them all so I hope you enjoy!

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Radio-Friendly Pop Song” is a really fun and catchy song that has a great theme. If you’re looking for LGBT songs and you haven’t found this one, you’ll love it.

duet-with-myself-charlieissocoollike-25094764-1015-579Duet with Myself” is a really personal, touching song by one of my favorite artists. The editing is great and it has a great moral.

maxresdefaultWitch” One of many Vocaloid songs on the list, this one is definitely worth the subtitles. If you can’t fully understand the translation check the comments or a dubbed video for the whole story.

7e53d83085cea1e6c7a92f55966f8b53-640x272x1Partners in Crime” This was the first story song I ever found. I love it so much. You have to listen all the way to the end.

maxresdefault1Dream Eating Monochrome Baku” The personality portrayed by the singer makes this song one of my favorites from youth. The story itself has a good plot twist and is easy to follow.

maxresdefault2Ghost” This music video crafts a perfect story around a great song. Not to mention it plays off my favorite TV show as a kid.

maxresdefault3A Tale of Six Trillion Years and a Night” This has definitely inspired a character of two. The song is very catchy and really gets my imagination going.

maxresdefault4Thank you” If you’re looking for something more normal, try this one on for size. Make sure to watch the music video of full effect.

flavus_as_the_riddler_solver___by_rebornartist-d3cddskThe Riddle Solver who Couldn’t Solve Riddles.” Great plot twist in this one. Very dark and interesting.

superhero-28song29-full-1089890Super Hero” The last of the Vocaloid songs I swear. This one really shows a great character arc.

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How To Develop Infinite Novel Plots (With Your Own Personal Theme)

I’m always surprised by how many people have problems coming up with ideas for their books. I’ve never been the type to not have six or seven projects going at once. But there is one thing that I think is unaccounted for when people browse story starting sentences or images. This is something that I have always used and could not develop ideas without.

The Base Story

Now, this is the single most important, root for building every novel you could ever think of.  I always have my niche story start. Think of it as the first building block, the foundation to build upon. This could be as simple as ‘Man Vs. Nature’ or as complex as ‘Man struggling in the business world’ but it is the one common thread that all of your novels will have in common.

It MUST be Something that Interests YOU Deeply

For me, it’s gay romance where one of the main characters does not want to admit he’s gay. I find the dynamic extremely interesting with a thousand different plots. When you try to think of your base story make sure:

It can be set all different places across space and/or time.

You can interchange character types easily.

It is deeply interesting to YOU (not your mom, boyfriend or publisher).

It is flexible enough to fit many different subplots, character developments, and won’t have the same overall outline.

It can be used as a subplot if your interest turns to something else.

So for my example:

Novel 1: Boy is running for a position of power and is blackmailed into a marriage with another guy, main characters does not want to admit he’s gay but ends up falling in love. Novel 2: Boy has no memory of the past as he has died and while traveling through the afterlife the main characters

Novel 2: Boy has no memory of the past as he has died and while traveling through the afterlife the main characters does not want to admit he’s gay but ends up falling in love with his guide.Novel 3:

Novel 3: One of the most popular singers in America does not want to admit he’s gay because he’ll fall out of popular light, but he’s head over heals in love with someone.

I have 20+ ideas that center around this one idea. Whenever I’m stuck, I just start with this concept and brainstorm off of it. It’s a great starting place to get my mojo going.

It has Other Benefits Too!

If being able to develop plots extremely quickly isn’t enough, consider the fallowing. Your books will all be in the same category, making readers find your other work easier. Your publisher will know what to expect for you and can more easily pitch your book. Your current readers will like more that just your fist book and will look forward to others.

I hope this helps you with your plot development basics! Have a great day!

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My Best Tip to Improve Your Writing!

I have a game I like to play constantly. You can do it at work, during class, on a drive, while exercising, and every time it will help you become a better writer. It is simple and easy to do. Just look at anything around you and describe it. Outside my window I see a tree, here is my sentence. ‘There was no wind to shake the branches of the trees that stood rigidly outside my window’. Now I describe something else in one sentence.I do this

I do this with people, objects, sounds, actions, all of it improving my word bank and sentence structure. Doing this makes the places in my book feel more real. I don’t have to remember the line or write it down, it’s just something to do when I’m board. This little game gets my creative juices flowing. It works so well for me because there is always something new going on in the real world.

But what about when I’m stuck in the same room day after day? Well, I rewrite the sentences as if I were one of my characters. For instance, ‘The tree didn’t move no matter how long I glared at it, wishing I were somewhere else’. I do this task will all my characters and that helps me delineate character traits and speech patterns.

So the next time you’re bored or can’t write, try describing something around you. You’ll notice many more intricacies of the world that way. Be your own narrator and don’t forget to have fun!

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Why Writers Need a Three Color Notebook

My most trusted notebook has three different colored pages, and it is my most valuable writing tool. Pink, purple, and blue each represent something very specific and it keeps my writing crisp and fresh. It is my most valuable guide, character developer, plot generator and the one thing I used to write all three of my novels.

The Blue Pages: Characters

In the very front of my book is a list of character traits I like reading. They are all positive and I try to incorporate at lease one into each of my character, even the villain. This is followed by a breakdown of my favorite characters good and bad traits. I underline the ones that come up the most. Then I have the same thing for real life people. The best part about this is every person gets to make their own list and write for those styles.

That’s followed by all of my characters on their own page. I have their name, book, what their goals are and what their personality is. Then I have what they want most, what they are trying to accomplish and one thing they would never say, never do, and never think. This allows me to reference my characters easily and develop their worst fears while I’m writing. I can force them to do the opposite of their goal, say something completely out of character, and display human emotion. I can also reference all my characters and make sure I’m not writing the same person twice.

The Pink Pages: Plots

I want all of my plots to be very original. Whenever I draft an idea I always write it’s tag line in the book followed by a synopsis and notes. This lets me keep everything jotted down for later so I won’t forget that story idea or reuse it. This is particularly important for me because I need to keep everything in order. It is also my bank when I’m working on a new idea. I mix and mash old thoughts together until I create the perfect plot.

The Purple Pages: Forget-me-nots

When I try to jump into a piece after a long time or I’m switching into it from another project it’s easy to forget the subtleties of each project. So I have a page dedicated to things I need to put in later, whether that is symbols, subplot, recurring images, scenes to put in or edits to make in the future, it all go’s on one page. During edits, I reference this to make sure nothing is forgotten.

I hope this can help you keep organized in some way! Have a great day.

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Writing in Character Voice; Tips and Tricks

Maintaining character voice is one of the trickiest things in writing but I feel creating a distinct character voice could be trickier. Overall, character voice is often neglected in the writing community. Lots of people write all their character all in the same voice, that’s what I’m here to remedy today.

Font

Yes, font! You might think this is an odd way to write in different character voices and it is. One of the first things I do when opening a blank document is find a font that matches the was I think the character handwriting would look. This is a visual reminder that I should be writing in their voice. When I switch to a different story I’ll remember my style based on that font.

Length of Sentences

Some people ramble, some people don’t have much to say. I pause a lot to think about what I’m going to say, some of my friends don’t have any kind of filter. Try to picture the wheels turning in that person’s head, are they well greased or slowly falling apart?  How long it takes someone to express and idea is very indicative of character.

Word Choice and Dialect

This is a pretty common one. Some characters grew up educated, others are children, some speak English as a second language. Even just having a character from the south with one from Chicago will show you some very different results. Think through your characters past, where they were raised, who the hung out with, and what they know. Some characters will drop a ‘g’ off of ‘ing’ others won’t. These are the little differences that make characters distinct.

Mixed Speech Styles

Many great books use high class, ten cent words, but the funniest ones mix in character defining words.

“I can’t remember why the gods cast me down to Earth but I have continued to believe that they had a reason despite my recent fuck ups.”

I bet one art of that stands out to you. It really gives a sense of the character despite only hearing one sentence of narration from them.  I believe using mixed dictation makes characters seem more alive.

Now Pay Attention

As you go around day to day, listen to all the different people you meet and how they choose to organize their words. Even very similar people will phrase things differently. Try to learn from real life rather than films as those are often inaccurate. People often forget that a very simple writing tool is to listen.

I hope this helped you in some way. I think these are some of my best tips for making character distinct and interesting! Have a great day.

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What Does ‘Write What you Want to Read’ Really Mean?

I always heard the advice ‘write what you want to read’ whenever I scoured the internet for inspiration. It wasn’t until recently that I really understood what that meant. I was at a writers conference talking with a creative writing teacher and I brought up this idea to him. When I think of writing what I want to read it stressed me out because it would need to be really well done and extraordinarily interesting (I’m quite a picky reader). I could never combine all the things I like into one book. Then he told me the meaning behind that statement.

If You Don’t Write What You Want to Read You Won’t Write Well

Thus the book you write doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to combine your interests. I have tried to write about things I don’t like before and those parts always end up uninteresting, short, or unfinished. So for that reason, I will write what I find most interesting in this world and I there are others out there who are also looking to read it. Knowing this took a lot of stress off my shoulders when developing ideas and I hope it helps you too!