Posted in Fiction, Writing

What is a Better Platform for Fiction Writers? Wattpad VS WordPress

While WordPress has been my main platform since 2015 I have had some issues maintaining a posting longevity. Due to the way searches appear on WordPress it is hard for older content to get found unless it is in a very specific range that is very searched but not filled with content. My post writing characters with dyslexia fits into that category.

So for fiction writers who have a hard time figuring out exactly what niche to write in, getting the kind of feedback on work that is necessary to keep your stamina up is impossible. The only authors who I can tell use WordPress effectively as a platform already have a following. Because fiction is supposed to be the base of our platform and short stories often do not have high SEO names it is hard for them to be found by the WordPress algorithm. The whole thing has left me with a wide variety of content that doesn’t get seen and one post that does. It’s also very hard for people to follow series in this format as people will be more likely to find your 8th post than you first.

That’s why during my temporary hiatus I used wattpad. I’ve tried using this reading and writing platform in the past and it wasn’t very effective but that’s because I was using It wrong. Postings one story in many parts I have already gotten 3 times the amount of views on that one story than on all the fiction posted on WordPress. I’m still exploring the pros and cons of wattpad but I have found it much more rewarding to write there than I have on WordPress. I do intend to start writing on WordPress again but it’s hard to say if I will have the motivation to stick with it for the rest of the year.

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Posted in Create YOUR World

What is the Plot of the Story of YOUR Life?

Why leave anything to chance? I think you can shape the plot of your life and completely plan it out. If you want to know how read on. This is the notepad I use in this post but it is not required: Accomplish Knock Knock Pad

Stop for a moment and write down things that you wish would happen in your life. These are the “maybe nevers”. Its a place for my mind to wander freely without my stamping out ideas and in a way it’s a bucket list. Here we return to the determination aspect and ask:

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If your life were a book, what would your end goal be?

If you were the very skilled main character what would you be able to do?

Some of mine are:

Have an amusement park (like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) made off of one of my works

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Speak fluent Japanese

Then we need to break it down into smaller and smaller goals, things that seem reasonable to achieve.

The next section is the “somedays”. These should relate to the “maybe nevers” and build up to them but are still goals in their own right.

What do want to tell your kids about?

What would make you the hottest bachelor in your town?

What is on your bucket list?

Two of mine are:

Speak at a convention

Go to Japan for the 2020 Olympics

These both are huge accomplishments that can build up and lead to these other goals.

The “near futures” section I think of as later in this year or in the next two. These can more directly lead up to the “somedays”.

Where do you see yourself in two years?

What do you want to change in your life right now?

What can you do to take your career to the next level?

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Some of mine:

Get published

get hired at either a film company or prop house

get a youtube play button

and then I wrote down one that surprised me: Launch a product for sale.

I had no idea this was a goal of mine but when I was thinking through what my goals for my blog were I realized I wanted to make a little bit of money off of it. ($5 a month so I could justify paying for the site).

The next smallest section of the list is ‘weekend’ followed by ‘tomorrow’ and ‘today’.

I don’t like this breakdown. For the most part, I write out my goals at night on the weekend so my list looks a little more like this: ‘This week’ ‘tomorrow’ and ‘asatte’ (day after tomorrow in Japanese). But you might want to break it down into months or weeks first.

But how does this directly correlate with uncovering the plot of your life? Well, you can only look so far into the future before things get cloudy. I write out as many steps as I can and break it down as much as a can but there are many splits in life and you can never tell what twist and turns await you. So don’t get to far ahead of yourself

So in order to have an amusement park, my work has to be popular enough to have a panel, one way to make my work popular is to post on my blog and on youtube, in order to get fans on these platforms I have to come up with and post content.

In order to make my livelihood off of my passion, I have to get a job in the industry so that I can work my way up, to do that I have to move to where the job I want is which means that I have to graduate so ill put all my homework in my planner.ian-schneider-66374-unsplash.jpg

Posted in Create YOUR World

I Don’t Want to Be Me Remedy!

So I had a quarter life crises. I didn’t want to be who I was. If you want to wake up and be someone new tomorrow well… I can tell you what I did.

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I wrote down my favorite characters from TV, anime, games, movies and real human peoples who I wanted to be like. They all tended to match my character type which we found in the last section.

alexis-fauvet-499829-unsplash.jpg2. Next, you want to narrow down the specific traits you admire.

There are plenty of characters that I love who are serial killers but that’s not the trait that makes me like them and not something I want to become.

Mine were:

Confident . Quick-Witted . Charismatic . Suave . Skilled– Jack of All Trades . Influential . funny . Outgoing

There were others on my list but I felt like these were the ones I most needed to work on.

Then I did what every savy teenager does when faced with a problem.

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So basically I went to Wiki how and skimmed the posts. I looked for commonalities between the personality traits and started making a list of things to change.

Ones I see a lot are:

Stand Up Straight . Dress for Success . Smile More

So then we have some things to improve upon. I looked up tips on how to remember to do these things. Choosing a few simple things to start working on makes it much less overwhelming.

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Wake up every morning and pretend you are the main character of your life. Act like those characters, respond how that character responds. If you keep pretending it will become habit. Then you will be that person. This has to do with the way the synapses connect in the mind to create habits.

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The easiest way to do this is to write out your dream life. Imagine how you want to be living if everything in life was promised to you. This is a technique I learned in a college class it’s not just some stupid thing I made up. If you want to wake up tomorrow and be a new person you have to know what you’re aiming for. Don’t skip this step. I know it seems hard.

Heres how mine starts:

I live in a house overflowing in treasures from other countries. It is open air in some rooms and looks out over a huge garden on a lot of acreage by the ocean. It is luxurious while still having the tiki/treehouse theme.

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Nothing in you’re life is going to change unless you hold yourself to taking the better route not the easier one. The best way of doing this is to make a list of standers that you hold yourself to so you don’t cheat later. You need to set goals in a few categories.

Relationship . Financial . Health . Character . Hobbies . Career

To inspire you, here are a few of mine:

At work, I will find coworkers who can teach me a lot of skills in life and work but also honor me and my contribution.

I will make friends who are fun loving yet refined and intelligent. They will encourage me to be my best as well as teach me new things.

I will spend money on only necessities like food but will be able to treat myself to the few thing that will really make me happy.

I will set aside money to travel from each paycheck.

For more information take a look at this PDF!

Now that you have a clear idea of who you want to wake up as tomorrow let’s move to the next section where we define your style and help you dress for success!

 

Posted in Fiction, Just for fun, Writing

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.

Posted in Just for fun- Youtube, 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

 

 

Charlie Is So Cool Like

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

Posted in Fiction, Just for fun, Writing

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 Just for fun- Youtube

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.

Posted in Anime Review, Fiction, Writing

Story Review: Love Stage!

img_8018.jpgHi there! Today I wanted to talk about plot and story structure in one of my all time favorite anime, Love Stage! I just recently finished rewatching it and was remarking about what the writers did.The first thing

The first thing to come to mind was the wonderful plot device of having both characters start out straight. This is the same thing that happened with me and Marlow which is the same over arching plot at in Love Stage. They weaved this in really nicely with the many sub plots, keeping the main story from smothering the later developments.

The sub plots really reinforced the main line of the story and made it seem more like developments on the main story rather than unrelated events. The main one that comes to mind is Izumi’s debut which is added in very early and carries through to the end of the anime. The main plot really piggy backed on it (in a good way) tieing in major plot points.

The characters were very well developed! Even though there is little screen time for some of them we get the gist of their character and how they are important to Izumi. For instance, his parents are in just a few crucial clips to show us how Izumi was raised. This went all the way down to the fictional character Izumi was obsessed with so she may help him through his emotional barriers.

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I completely disagree with you.

The main problem I have with the anime is the sheer amount of rape or near rape that Izumi is exposed to. This paint’s all gay relationships as unhealthy and does not provide any hope for a gay guy looking for support.

In fact, the whole anime doesn’t even deal with coming out of the closet. The characters opt to hide their relationship (if you can call it that) by announcing Izumi’s debut. And the two other confirmed characters clearly have not told the rest of the world, not even their families.

Though the animation is well done and it does promote accepting yourself the Anime falls flat in my opinion. I think Izumi’s debut would have been fine if we actually saw him struggle on set. And really they should have come out of the closet.

I think the other manga club kids a distraction and feel they are not needed in the last episode and only are there just to show the writers hadn’t forgotten about them. It would have been much more meaningful if the writers had just focused on the one key character instead of dividing up the attention.

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Agree to disagree

Posted in Writing

A Note on How to Write Gay Fiction

I have found that people are most interested in the things they know the least about. One of my most popular posts is ‘How to write characters with dyslexia’ in which I try to help people better understand what dyslexia effects in my life. It was not until just a moment ago that I realized I had another type of character that people were still fascinated by… Gay ones. So here we go, this is my number one and most important tip.

It is exactly the same as writing straight fiction.

When you are writing the actual romance, falling in love is the same for all types of people.

What is different is how the world reacts.

Once upon a time, I wrote a gay romance and the person who read it misread all the pronouns to make the main character a girl. It works for me, they liked the novel they just weren’t open enough to LGBT ideas for me to correct them.

So that is my footnote on how I suggest you write gay fiction- the same way as everything else.

Posted in Writing

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.