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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 6:31pm

So, I made this account a while ago, and I am now intot the sight.  Not sure if this thread should be in here, but it is called 'Questions & Help'.  I will delete it (If I can) ASAP if it is not supposed to be here.  So if not, tell me.

I am starting a series and I am stuck on how to start it.  Like, I can't get any inspiration on how to start it.  I have one way, but I don't like it all that much.  So ask me and I will post it on here (Somehow) and you can give me your feedback. 

Again, not sure if this is supposed to be here.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 6:35pm

Welcome!

How long is the series?

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 6:39pm

I plan on making it 5 books long.  I really hate planning, like writing it down and stuff.  And thank you so much!

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz April 7, 2012 - 6:41pm

Try some writing exercises to start getting the juices flowing. I have a book, "Naming the World" which is really excellent. It has exercies for character, plot, dialog, revision, etc. It has some good sections where you just think of the town your story is set in and you write about what's in the town. There's exercises where you write as a casual observer who walks into a scene just before or after a major plot point has happened. There's interviews with your characters. All those kinds of things.

It's execellent in that it's a great guide with questions and angles you may not have necessarily considered but will get you closer to your story and bring you to places you may not previously imagined. I'm working on a story, which I haven't technically started, but I've done a handful of exercises to get me a better understanding of the motivations, settings and all that. It's been really helpful for me as pieces of the plot and character developments are starting to bloom and I'm getting a better grasp of the story I want to tell.

I hope that helps or it's at least along the lines of what you may be looking for. Good luck!

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 6:42pm

Sounds interesting. What's it about? If you don't mind. If you have questions you can PM me.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 6:47pm

Thank you OtisTheBulldog and it did.

And the story is about a girl who was born out of wedlock between the Grim Reaper and an angel.. When she was younger they took away her voice, thus taking away half of her soul and killed er mother for what she did.  Now she is older and is trying to protect four kids (or tennagers?) from their enemies.  They are characters from previous ideas.  If you need any more details, let me know.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 6:52pm

Have you thought of joining the workshop?

Sounds really cool.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 6:55pm

Thanks and yeah, but I don't really have the money and I am only 12.  My mother would not pay 9$ a month for it. 

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz April 7, 2012 - 6:56pm

Sounds like a cool idea - I will say it sounds a bit like the premise of the graphic novels Preacher (bastard son of a demon & angel who has the voice of God) but obviously you have a world of room to work with. I'd say figure out what it is those characters want and you can start to flesh out the arc of your series. I've never considered a project so encompassing so I unfortunately don't have much advice in that way. I hope it's fun as hell for you to write though.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 7:02pm

Thanks and it will be really fun to write.  And I have never heard of Preacher but it sounds cool. I love advice!

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 7:06pm

Are you seriously 12 or are you trolling?

 

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 7:07pm

I'm really 12.  Is that bad?

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 7:10pm

Not at all. I was just surprised. Well if you need any help or would like me to read some of what you have you can PM me.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 7:13pm

OK. Thank you very much.  I thought it was bad because I thought I was too young or something.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 7:14pm

Never too young.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 7, 2012 - 7:16pm

Well, I sent you what I have of chapter 1, so read whenever you have time and PM me back.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human April 7, 2012 - 8:42pm

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly April 7, 2012 - 8:40pm

Hi.  Okay, enough with that, here you go

 

 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 8, 2012 - 3:25am

Well this is an odd turn of events. 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch April 8, 2012 - 8:20am

Hi J.,

I think it's cool that you're writing at 12! I was writing a book in elementary school... I still have it somewhere. 

But what I'm wondering is, how much planning should you do for all the 5 books, if you may have ideas in the meantime that might change how the plot goes from one book to the other. I would suggest (and if that doesn't sound like a good idea, don't listen to me), to focus on the first book, and also to make the first book short-ish, so you don't get overwhelmed by using too many characters and having too much going on. Then you'll see if the characters will take you in a different direction than you expected (or not). 

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David Shepherd from shepherdsville, KY is reading Idoru by William Gibbson April 9, 2012 - 6:31pm

You now have the title of youngest LR member i'm pretty sure, congrats!!! Glad to see another young'un who appreciates literature, so few these days. 

Anywho's I also like to write fantasy althoug i'm only working on one book in the genre now. My advice is to get an outline together for it because when ever I try with out any form of direction I end up losing control of it. I like to make a short summary of each chapter before I ever start actually writing. Then you can write down what you got on your outline and go back after words and play around with it. Thats what works for me at least but maybe you can just sit down and pound out a story freely.

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J.E.Emerson from Missouri is reading I like to read a lot of fanfiction but I am currently not really reading anything. April 10, 2012 - 1:14pm

Oh thank you everyone so much for the help so far! And the support!  I am very happy to say that I have tried the outling thing and it worked out well.  Hopefully I can start to actually get into it during the summer because school is getting kind of hard.