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A Few Things for World Building

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Creating a world for your novel can seem like quite the daunting task. A world has so many different parts that need to work together in order to help breathe life into the novel. I am going to list certain things you need to keep in mind when it comes to world building and these are all things that I used when creating the world used in Worlds Apart. I will also being thinking about these important items while creating a world for this pirate idea that is currently stuck in my head. I hope this post will be helpful to you as you create that brilliant literary world of yours! 

Important things to remember while world building:

  • Don’t over complicate things! It is important that your world is not too complicated because it could confuse the readers. Plus, too many rules and tiny complications can really mess your continuity up in the long run. Some things could accidentally be forgotten and that could lead to some plot holes that could have been avoided. 
  • Religion! This is probably one of my favorite items to work on. Gods, Godesses, magic, and powerful figures that characters worship are an important part of the world itself. Creating these different belief systems can really give depth to your world and help differentiate the characters by their belief or lack of beliefs.
  • Maps! Creating a map should probably be one of the first things you do when you begin to build your world. It helps you visualize your world and map out your hero’s journey through out the novel or series. 
  • Politics! Politics are very important, especially if your are writing a dystopian or fantasy novel. Evil monarchs and  corrupt governments need to be explained in your world bible so you can understand just how much turmoil is present in the novel.  Be careful not too over complicate things in this area because when all the action is unfolding you don’t want it to get too confusing.
  • Magic! Magic is something you need to think long and hard about when you are building. How it is used, who uses it, can objects contain it, and the presence of magical creatures should be addressed when it comes to magic in your world! This can also work really well with religious beliefs as well.

Those are the main things that I think about when I am world building and I hope that you found this post helpful!

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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A Spontaneous Adventure~

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Sorry I have not been so active this week! I was hit by a rather nasty bug but now I have fully recovered and have come to share my recent adventure with you all! Today, my friend and I went and visited an indie bookshop and an indie comic book shop in Dallas and it was a good way to relax and even get inspired. The arts district we went to was full of murals, local shops, and interesting food places so we spent about 3-4 hours walking around and exploring.

Pirate Update: I went and got a blank book to write all the pirate dream ideas in so I can figure out just how much I want to write it. The pirate idea was constantly on my mind while I was stuck in bed from the virus so I am now trying to create an interesting world for these dream characters.

Now I am off to write a helpful writing post!

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

 

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NaNoWriMo Recap!

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NaNoWriMo has officially ended and I am feeling torn. I feel accomplished for participating but at the same time I am a little upset I did not meet my word count! I had issues with my anxiety and it kept me away from the computer for a while but now I am back and more determined than ever to get some writing done! Another thing that has hindered my progress is a dream I had a few nights ago. This dream involved masks, pirates, magic, and a dance with a dangerous foe that could have easily been compared to a thrilling chess match. Ever since I had this dream I have been enthralled by it! I want to know more about these mysterious characters and their world. Every time I try to go write my main project I get swept away by the thought of the mysterious pirate that had a knack for fire magic and I am taking this a sign that I should put some work into fleshing them out before I make any major decisions. I have fallen in love with the idea of pirates before but due to certain complications that did not work out and I just recently moved on from having to give up that kickass idea only to have my heart stolen again by the idea of writing the pirates from my dream.  We shall see how this works out!

I wish you luck on your writing journey!

~Caitlin

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My National Park Adventure~

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It has been over a week since I last posted and that is because I spent a week at Big Bend National Park in South Texas! There is no internet and barely any cell phone service down there so it was a way that I could focus on nature, family, and my writing! Before the trip I felt like my life was a beautiful chaos, I was struggling with my word count and work load but being away from everything really helped me reset and really appreciate the beauty that lies in nature. Sometimes it is important to step away from everything and just appreciate life and take a moment to breathe. This trip was helpful in so many ways: I read several books, I worked on my novel, and I knitted a scarf without getting too frustrated (I always make the stitches too tight).  I recommend that everyone takes some time to step away from technology and embrace the calming serenity of life and use the time to reflect. I think I am going to take an hour every day and dedicate it to stepping away from technology and really relax and breathe.

Big Bend National Park is truly magnificent! We were camping in the Rio Grande Village which is in the desert region but you could drive fourty-five minutes and end up in the Chisos Mountains! It was like being in some fantasy world, the landscape was surreal and it really inspired me. Most of the photos I took will end up in my world bibles at some point!

I am also going to include some of my favorite pictures and moments that I captured from this grand adventure below!!!!

 

I ran and had my cousin take this photo of me staring at the beautiful sunset as we were hiking back down from an overlook!
A group shot of my family as we waited for the sun to set over the Rio Grande!
We hiked for twenty minutes to an overlook and watched as the sun set over the Rio Grande!
We found the springs! They are never empty but if they get low they can become a death trap for the wildlife because of their slick sides.
This canyon shows its age in all the layers!
As we got closer to the canyon we entered the canyon and it felt like we were on a movie set! It looked surreal!
Cool view of an ancient River Bed!
My cousin was leading us on an adventure to the Ernst Tinaja that is hidden off road and along an ancient river bed!
A view of the mountains from the desert!
A view of the window in the Chisos Mountains! It was so beautiful!
My cousin and his wife led us as we hiked into the Boquillas canyons!
A cool view from the Boquillas canyon trail as we hiked!
A view as we went along a canyon ridge.

 

I will post more now that I am back home!

I wish you luck on your writing adventure!

~Caitlin

 

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Fighting Writer’s Block

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I am writing about how to combat writer’s block! I fell behind on my writing recently because of writer’s block but I was able to defeat the monster! Now I am going to share some tips and tricks that I used to combat writer’s block so you don’t fall behind during your writing journey!

Here are three tricks I used:

  • Reading a book! Reading can help clear your mind and relax a bit if you are frustrated.
  • Work on something else! Working on a short story can help you channel your creative energy and maybe even help you come up with new ideas.
  • Call a friend! Calling and talking to a friend about where you are stuck can help because having someone with a different view can help you come up with different solutions and defeat the monster.

Those are the three tricks that I used while I was fighting my writer’s block! I hope you are able to apply them to your own writing journey !

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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Sticking to a Routine

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I am writing an update on my NaNoWriMo journey so far. The first week has ended and I have very little to show for it. I am determined to write my heart out to catch up and stick to my set writing routine. My arch nemesis, writer’s block, came to visit for the first four days of NaNoWriMo and I had to battle it in order to get any work done at all.

I also have to write more so if I fall behind during my camping trip, I will atleast have a word cushion to fall back on.

 

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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Meeting that Wordcount~

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NaNoWriMo recommends writing 1,667 words a day to meet your goals at the end of the month. Personally, I have tendency to write 3-4,000 words in one sitting on certain days. I have a hard time following a definite writing schedule but I know that if I at least try to write for at least 2 hours every day I can try to break my little habit. Meeting the word count can seem daunting but if you just ignore it and write you can easily surpass the goal.

Some other things I do to help me reach my word count goal are:

  • Set reminders on my phone so it is always on my mind.
  • Put on my writing playlist so that I can get in my writing groove.
  • Have snacks and water nearby so I don’t have to get up too often.
  • Take breaks when I am frustrated so I don’t get too burnt out and give myself a mini break.
  • Put on a show that I know by heart so I can focus easier (for when I don’t want to listen to my playlist).

Some of those seem rather dorky but I need them becaus I can easily become distracted. Those are the methods that I am currently using for my writing and I hope y’all give them a try!

Feel free to share what trick you do to meet your word count in the comment section below!

I wish you luck on your literary journey!

~Caitlin

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Beginning~

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Today is the official first day of NaNoWriMo! I am excited to be conquering 50,000 words and I hope that you all are able to unleash your creativity and write those first 50,000 words. I have already started writing and instead of starting at the beginning, I started with the consequences of the novel’s climax. I sat there and tried to write the beginning but my mind kept going back to one scene in particular that happens right after the climax so I went and typed it out instead. It is important for you to start where you feel comfortable. You do not have to start at the beginning! This is your novel! You can start anywhere you want as long as you start writing your novel. The most important thing to do today is that you actually starting the process of writing your novel so you can be on your own journey to share it with the world.

I am excited to share my journey with y’all and I wish you luck on your writing journey,

~Caitlin 

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My NaNoWriMo~

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NaNoWriMo is approaching and I wanted to share my username so y’all can add me and we can be buddies on the NaNoWriMo website! If you need any pep talks, motivation, someone to talk to, just know that I am here and all it take is shooting me a message on there or even hitting up the comments section on one of my posts!:)

My user name for the NaNoWriMo website is: Rawrmonster94

You can also go follow me on Instagram: @adventurous_writer

I wish you luck on your literary journey and I hope to make so many new writing buddies!!

~Caitlin

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Balancing Writing and School

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Today I will be sharing how I have been balancing my college course work with my writing life. 

   I am currently in my senior year of college and I am also working on my fantasy novel so having a way to balance the course load while writing is key to keep me from getting too stressed out. I personally keep a schedule so I can remember my assignments for the classes and their due dates. The urge to write can hit you suddenly but I can not stress enough how important it is to go to class. Do not skip class for a writing urge, all it takes is one missed day to fall behind in your college courses. I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to focus but at least show up and jot down your writing in a notebook while listening to the lecture so you don’t fall behind while also writing important things for your novel.

Here is a peak into my  schedule for the days that I spend at home:

  • Wake up and  take my ADD medication while eating breakfast~
  • Do homework ~
  • Write for blog~
  • Work on Novel~

I find  this simple schedule helps me work on assignments and my writing! School can be overwhelming sometimes but it is important to know that you can do the homework and work on your novel! This balance is key to keep your from stressing and becoming discouraged. It has taken me quite some time to master this balance but I think that I have finally reached the point where I can handle school and writing. The balance can be quite tricky to master because it is different for everyone but once you find it you will be able to accomplish so much. Whether it is making a schedule, creating to do lists, or dedicating certain days for either school or writing you can find your own way to balance. This could also be applied to balancing work and writing as well!

I hope you found this post helpful and I wish you luck on your literary journey,

~Caitlin