I started writing Volocio when I was about thirteen. When I started
to write it, I was literally just writing down my daydreams, the
adventures I wanted to have. My two obsessions at such a young age
were Star Wars and Sailor Moon.
What I loved about Sailor Moon was the power over the elements,
reincarnation, fighting evil by the moonlight, winning love by
daylight, and finding your true love against insurmountable odds. Of
course my favorite Sailor Scout is still Sailor Jupiter (this is why
my main character Rei can wield lightning) It’s also interesting that
Sailor Moon has been re-released in a new version. I am twenty-eight
now but I feel like I am thirteen again.
On the other hand, what I loved about Stars Wars I later learned came
from Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero with a Thousand Face.’ I mean the
architypes you find in most classic epics. There’s the hero’s
journey. You can take a look at this awesome chart I found.
You can compare this with a lot of epics. You will find that, for the
most part, they fit. Try is now with ‘The Matrix,’ ‘The Hobbit,’
‘Divergent,’ ‘Narniva,’ and ‘Song of the Lioness.’ They work because
the writer intentionally or unintentionally drew from the architypes
to give you the story you are familiar with.
If you are not familiar with Joseph Campbell then I highly recomment
that you either pick up ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’ or (if you can
find it) the PBS interview with Joseph Campbell called ‘The Power of Myth.’
Very cool stuff! You will learn a lot.
Until Next Time,
One of the problems I am finding with this current project is the pacing. Whether it’s the flow of the words or the flow of the plot. Right now I am suffering from the latter which in turn is affecting the former. I wrote the ‘skeleton draft’ in one shot. By ‘skeleton’ I meant it is simply all of the main points I want told. Now I’m going back and beefing bits up; however, it all feels so scattered. You have to find the tools to see your story on a bigger scale. I will briefly write a few things that have helped me with both of these issues.
When it comes to the flow of words I use one simple trick: I take what I have written and read it out loud. You read slower when you verbalize versus reading it in your head. This also helps with when writing dialogue: does it feel natural in your mouth when you say the words? This may not work for everyone, it definitely helps me.
When it comes to the flow in plot I found index cards to be essential. But I will take this one step further. I found an awesome computer program that allows for index cards but these cards are digitally connected. The program is called Scrivener. I found it while checking out author Veronica Roth’s blog. Here’s an image of what I’m working on:
As you can see, I have index cards discussing plot points I’m hitting for a particular “chapter.” But if you see on the left hand side the title of the index cards have been blurred. It’s there that the actual written portion is. I can change the order of these “index cards” and it moves the written portions for me 😀 But this way I am able to see my work as a whole. It’s almost God-like, having this bird’s eye view of the entire story.
I highly recommend Scrivener. They at least give you a thirty day free trial and if you like it you only have to whip up about $40. Here is the link to the site: