New Decisions

So I haven’t really posted on here in a little bit. A bit disappointing for me, but even still. It has been a bit difficult to keep my motivation in this damned heat. I get home and all I want to do is sleep, and when I wake up, all I want to do is go back to sleep. Heat makes me extremely lethargic, which frustrates me to no end.

However, I made the decision to not keep going with Emolument for the moment and switch back to Tales of Estrangia for the moment like I had originally planned to. Mostly the reason ¬†that I wanted to keep on with Emolument was because I didn’t really have too much inspiration of Estrangia at the time.

I had always know the beginning middle and end of Estrangia, but there’s all of those small little bits in between that I’m not so certain about, and it felt like all I was doing was meandering along until the story eventually sorted itself out, while I knew pretty much exactly what I was going to do with Emolument since it didn’t really have any of those inbetween bits.

However that kind of impeded my progress a little bit with Emolument. I find that a lot of the fun that I have with writing is actually coming up with stuff on the spot, and so when I have all of the events of a story planned out pretty much to the T, I’m just left with the thought of, ‘well, what else is there to create here?’.

Luckily for me, I found inspiration in a song (surprise, surprise). See, as I said before, a lot of my inspiration comes from songs, but I had nothing to associate with the current point in the story for Estrangia. All of the inspiration I have for that is in the middle and end, so I was a little lost. Luckily the song gave me the motivation to keep going with it and even let me come up with a new bit of inspiration.

The other problem with it was the meandering, as I said before. When I was writing Estrangia yesterday, though, I found the direction I had been looking for. An antagonist. Hunters are the overarching antagonists, however there wasn’t really any plans for the Hunters doing anything to the group in the first few arcs. It was a lot about establishing characters and the city itself rather than the fight that was to come.

So I found an antagonist, and one that I’m going too find both interesting and difficult to write. They’re suppose to be a smart character, a tactician, which is unfortunate because I’m not. It is going to be interesting to try and create these innovative tactics that will give the main characters trouble and actually be clever. I suppose I’ll just have to figure it out when I come to it, though.

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Back And Forth

So in just finishing the first arc of my most recent story, I’ve decided to continue my rotation onto the last project that I will be switching between. This one is a writing exercise that I have been thinking of doing for a while where I utilise the word of the day page from dictionary.com. I will be starting from the beginning and going through. So that means that the first one will be emolument.

One thing I want to note beforehand is that I have attempted this before, so for the first few of the stories I might already have part of it written out, though that being said, most of it was just world building rather than an actual story. That being said, I have had a fair idea in mind of what I have wanted for the first word for quite some time, though most of the time spent between now and when I finish it to rework it slightly to be a bit more cohesive than the random thoughts of it that are tumbling around inside my head.

And that brings me to my next point of explanation, why I’m switching between projects. I think I may have already discussed this in a previous post, but I have a feeling that it might be a common occurrence until I remember that I’ve spoken about it. I have this weird sense of motivation where I am always looking for something new to create. This is good and bad in that my mind is always filled with all of these wonderful creations that I want to put to paper, however it also makes sticking with a project extremely tiring.

I haven’t tried switching projects at this rate before, so I’m hoping that the time apart from the different projects will be enough to keep my interest in them and refresh my thought process in how to proceed with them at a decent rate.

I still find it odd myself, though, that I get so excited to write parts of the story that are so much further on, and yet I just get so burned out on the parts that I’m writing at the moment. I think part of it may be that I’m not too experience in writing structured, yet more detailed arcs rather than just tapping away at my keyboard until I’ve found myself satisfied. The problem with the latter is that often times I’ll ¬†find chapters that are near double the length of others, and they take so much longer, which doesn’t help when I’m already bad enough at trying to keep to a schedule.

I think that’s all I really wanted to say in that regard, though.I hope I didn’t drag it on too long and make things boring. I might talk a little more about DnD next time since there are a few things that have come up there which are a little interesting.