|Is there any forums where I can have people review a manuscript that is currently a work in progress? Specifically, I'd like a forum that looks at WIP scripts that can be used in movies or comics. The feedback can help me work out the kinks, bumps and holes, as well as give me motivation to finish the manuscript.|
|Help wanted! |
I need to talk to a published writer to gain a primary source for a college Composition 1 project. The assignment requires me to select a profession and create a presentation about its writing ecology. It needs both primary and secondary sources in order to be completed. If you want to help, please email me as soon as you can.
~ Howler of the Moon
|I suggest you check out "Published Books of WdC Authors Forum " and see if someone there will help you out.|
|I really need to get into the habit of reading often. Ever since school ended in May, I've been reading less and less. Love Comes Softly was coming along pretty good, so I need to motivate myself to read and soon.|
|I don't like it when I plan to write or read and then don't do it. What are your methods to get you to do such actions?|
|Hello, fellow writers! It has been almost a month since my last notebook feed. There were a lot of things that are happening. What has happened is that I graduated from high school. Since then I've been making visits to the college of my choice, hanging out with friends and family, and doing chores to distract myself from boredom. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of things that aren't happening. I haven't been writing, drawing, or doing anything in between what has been happening. |
I am trying to find ways to write overall. My main goal is to finish my remake of Eight Crazy Nights. I am not as crazy about finishing it as I was in the past. However, I made a promise that I'll finish it first and foremost. At the same time, I've gained interest in this month's What A Character contest. I have a character that most likely fits the criteria, so I can sum up her childhood in this prompt.
Now, if I can only just sit and write them down...
|Hello, fellow writers! It's been almost a half a year since I've last updated my notebook blog. Then again, so much has happened since then, too. I went through the winter and spring holidays, found new inspirations for characters and stories, etc. All the while I have published much. I didn't even made a goal for this week. |
There were several occasions where I could write and no one would stop me. However, I made a decision to do other activities instead. It isn't a new fact that I've been promising to be more productive and wind up not fulfilling it.
Fortunately, I've come across a video and a website that has gotten me addicted to writing as of now.
The video is How to write descriptively by Nalo Hopkinson on TED-Ed. As the title implied, it gave me examples of writing that activate the reader's five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing). I've noticed that much of my writing tends to be rushed. As a result, not much of the story (or excerpts of it) activates these senses. I wind up getting bored by them myself. I've decided that this week I'll work on developing the habit of writing descriptively.
The website previously mentioned is called WriteThatScene.com. It provides outlines for various situations, from a birth scene to a wedding scene. For each scenario, there are several boxes that come with questions about how the scene would go. Each box tells a different way the story could go, so you don't have to fill every one. Although the types of scenes are limited now, I've noticed that they have more on the way. You could request one if you'd like.
These things have gotten me addicted to writing, which is a good thing. All I need is to focus that energy into writing an actual story. But for now, I'll use it to develop the characters I've created.
Happy writing! ~ Howler of the Moon
|Hello, fellow writers! I must admit a lot has happened since the beginning of the year. The Eight Crazy Nights remake is progressing slowly. The first three nights have been planned out and the rough draft was written. I had my mother look through them, changed what she thought didn't make sense, and had her read it again. If she liked what I had, I sent it to someone I trusted to look at it more thoroughly. When I get their response, I'll reignite my interest in the story and continue working on it. |
In the meantime, I am working on a new story that I came up with. It is about a doctor who loses his wife to an illness soon after the death of his wife. Now, I know that detail is a bit cliche. It was something that interested me ever since youth. This next part is interesting: After the wife's funeral, strange things start to happen in the doctor's house. Two men perform harmful actions against his son. In exchange for his safety, the doctor told them that he'll do the terrible things in their place. In reality, the men were demons out to make the doctor's life a living hell.
Right now I am working on developing the doctor's character. I am looking at various tutorials on how to flesh out a character. However, if any of you know any tutorials on this site, please tell me. I will be very grateful.
Until next time!
~ Howler of the Moon
|Hello, fellow writers. I'm back to report on what has happened to me recently in terms of storytelling and reading. |
To be honest, with all the distractions and events of the holiday season, I haven't done much of either activity. All I have done in writing is work on a script with my sister. It was her story to begin with, and I joined her. Of course, I gained her consent first.
One of the problems that we often run into while collaborating is that sometimes we don't agree on something. That is a normal occurrence as I've heard and read. Today we managed to avoid it by not discussing it. I often wonder how we could go back to that part we were about to argue on without causing an outburst. My sister told me that the appropriate time to talk about it would be while we're taking a walk or something. I hope she's right.
As for reading, I've been reading manga. That's right. A Japanese comic book where you have to read the panels backwards from the back cover to the front. I'm not saying that it's bad though, I quite enjoy it. It's just that sometimes I wonder if I'll actually get myself to actually read words that don't appear in word bubbles. Where I can imagine the characters' appearances without directly seeing them. Isn't that the beauty of reading novels and other written media?
Until next time, Howler of the Moon.
|Hello, fellow writers! It seemed like a whole year has past since my last journal entry. School has been keeping me pretty busy as well as preparing for the holidays. Other than that, I haven't been doing much with my Eight Crazy Night's remake project. What I did manage to do is write a small section of it represented by the third night. |
It was only recently that I have been on a little writing craze. That's good news to me. For those who aren't familiar with my past entries, I don't get much done during my free time. Then I wind up whining about it.
So far, I have written small character prompts. They can either based on original characters of my own creation or made by other people. For example, I dreamed of an American prophet that was influenced by Native Americans. I connected that dream with another about mummies found in a cave. The people in life were religiously persecuted. Later I saw pictures of children drawn by an artist and created angels based on them. Their names are based on words of the Cherokee words, similar to how the creators of Silent Hill named their deities.
What I hope to do this week is record everything that I've written into my computer for safe keeping. I don't want to lose these precious ideas. Hopefully this progress will evolve into continued work with the remake I previously mentioned. I could also read more, but I have to figure out when I get into the jest of it. I just hope that it works out for me.
~ Howler of the Moon.
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|Hello, fellow writers! I'm back with a couple announcements regarding my writing and a big milestone that is happening to me right now. |
My Junior year of high school is almost over (It ends tomorrow!) and finals are being worked on. The school scheduled an early release at 10:33 AM for today and tomorrow. That should give me time to get myself into a rhythm of reading and writing at least regularly.
If you are familiar with my past updates, I usually admit to not getting either of them done and I promise to do them. However this story has a terrible habit of repeating itself. What I normally do is daydream, listen to music, watch videos on YouTube, look through deviantART, etc. I barely read or write in my spare time. Even less amusing, I either skip from one original story to another or dream up a fan fiction story.
What I intend to to is write my fan fiction stories first to accomplish two goals: to get those stories out of my head and to get myself to practice writing techniques. Currently I'm working on a story based off the character Hans from Disney's Frozen. It isn't making much progress at the moment. Maybe if I experiment with how I approach the story, then it will start moving? I'm not sure exactly how to begin, but that's the whole point of experimentation.
I guess I'm over thinking this and pressuring myself by thinking about this. But hey, I've got to start somewhere. Wish me luck!
~ Howler of the Moon.
|Today I've hit a milestone. I got myself to read two chapters of a book and write a small excerpt from my Frozen fan fiction story. As many of you know, I don't usually get anything done. That is why this is important to me. I'm looking forward towards continuing those actions. What I'm also hoping to do is write a rough draft of a poem for this month's Journey Through Genres contest. I can't wait to tell you updates of my projects in the future.|
|Good evening, fellow writers. I understand that it has been a while since I've last published a Notebook. Actually, it was four days ago when I have last touched a keyboard. The reason for that is that I went on a trip to Tennessee with my parents and sister for Spring Break. We returned today, because Dad's work doesn't pay vacation days currently. Despite the trip being so short, it felt so long. What made it one of the best trips was the places we visited. |
First, we went to visit one of my mom's coworkers who owned a farm. They had five dogs, three cats, and eight chickens. What made the visit even better was that there was a cave on the property. When my sister and I went inside, we saw a pack rat, a cave gecko, and a small fruit bat. Aside from the wildlife in the cave, there was also some writing carved on the walls. We're pretty sure it was made recently, but who knows.
Another place we visited was Jack Daniel's Distillery. Although I am too young to sample their famous whiskey, I did enjoy learning about how it was made. We also met some interesting people during our tour of the place. There was a couple with their baby who were from Germany. There was also a man from South Africa. This seems to be common on our trips. For example, we met a British couple when we visited Philadelphia.
The third place we visited was the Stones River National Battle Site. I walked through the woods to get an idea of what the terrain would be when the North and the South fought there on New Years Eve of 1862. The best part of that walk was the Slaughter Pen, where many Union soldiers died in the maze of gigantic boulders. We also visited the cemetery, where many soldiers from both sides were buried. My sister, who is always on the lookout for unique names, took a few photos of the graves.
When we weren't out and about, my family and I spent our days in an apartment complex that was related to my mom's job. My sister and I would usually sit around with our Kindles. The night before we left, however, we did something a little different. I wanted to talk about my stories with my sister and she wanted to do the same. We spent the evening exchanging advice on story elements and what stories to work on. That gave me motivation to write a paragraph for one of my Dream Stories on the way home.
That's all I could fit into one Notebook post, but I hoped that you enjoyed reading it.
~ Howler of the Moon
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