Saturday, March 18, 2017

Emotions and Music While Writing

  Emotions are so very important in writing. If you don’t have the right feeling, or strong enough feelings in a can ruin it. So how do I get in the right feeling for a scene, or story? Well, my friends, this today is what I’m talking about today.

   As I said in my previous post, my character for my Camp NaNo Story, Ross, manipulates emotions. This especially means I have to have strong emotions for the story. So I am definitely preparing for this.

   As an INFP, and really myself being me, I am very emotional. I can normally get into the character or feeling rather simply, but what do I do when I just don’t feel it? Use Music. Music is so important to me while writing. It definitely sets the mood for me, and also makes me zone deeper in the writing process. When I got more into writing, I made emotions playlist. Some of you who follow me on Spotify might have seen this. But I have a sort of codeish to my playlists. Here, let me explain. 

  “Writing: Explosions” - this playlist helps me get into a more dark of haunting or powerful mood. I typically listen to this one only when writing villains. It really helps. I didn’t want to put “Darkness” on the playlist title. It wasn’t all songs that were dark. So I put the first word that came to mind…:P

 “Writing: Hope” - Okay, this one I admit I don’t listen to much. It has fourteen songs, and normally when I write hopeful, or along the lines of that, scenes, I will listen my typical month playlist, or my specific Praise and Worship songs. But if I do...I take a deep breath and really just listen to the song, then start writing, drawing motivation from the song.

 “Writing: Luuuurve” - Of course, this one is basically self explanatory. If I’m writing a ship scene, I’ll listen to this one. Actually I listen to this one a lot even if not writing. It makes me happy ^-^

   “Writing: Powerful” - Again, this goes along with Explosions. Though this one I parallel with my heroes too. Not keeping it with villains. Such as, whereas Explosions I save for the villains of my stories, this one I more save for my heroes. “Unstoppable” by the Score inspired this one because it made me feel powerful and in charge when listening to it. Like I could take on anything. I wanted a playlist that made me feel that ways, hence this one.

  “Writing: Sad\Depressing” - Ack, I love this playlist. It seems twisted I love it so much. All the feels that come along with it. Not to mention, almost every song has a story and a character that fits it from either books I’ve read, or books I’ve written. So basically, I put the songs that are just some of the saddest or most...just depressing. (If you need a quick burst of sadness, I would recommend “Why Would You Leave Us” by NF. The first time I heard it...I had to fight hard not to cry.)

 “Writing: Wilted Roses” - This one is connected to Luuuurve. Basically, I didn’t want all the sad love songs on Luuurve, cause...I didn’t wanted sadness twisting in with my happy, cheesy ship scenes. xP So, I created this one to move all of them. I haven’t moved all of them from Luuuurve yet, so...You may find sad\breakup songs in Luuuurve and not in this one.

 Those are the emotions playlists I have created so far. I wish to create some more, but I haven’t yet for I have far too many playlists right now. Though These are quite effective for me.

   Now. I know that a lot of people make story playlists when they write. I did when I first got Spotify and was writing, but eventually stopped. Why? I put every song that reminded me of my story on. Eventually all the emotions got mixed up. I would have Mansion by NF (a more sad song) and all the sudden, a sweet love song would play. I didn’t want this because it was constantly drawing me out of the current mood.

   After a while, I did pick it back up again. There was songs I had that I wanted on a playlist specifically dedicated to the feel of the story, theme, or feel. (Such as a superhero story is of course going to have quite a bit of songs about power, sides, heroes and villains, probably Superman, darkness.) I don’t really listen to story specific playlists as much, but I still love having it. (I’m a playlist hoarder, yes.)

   ANNNNND I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO SILVER AND GOLD’S PLAYLIST ALL DAY ^-^ Sooo, *coughs and slips playlist here* *sneakily points to gold and grey\black cover* It bootiful peoples. I lurve it. (Silver and Gold playlist)

    So what do you all think? Do you have emotion playlists, or Story Playlists, or both??? How do you get into the mood while writing? What do you think of the playlists above?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo is Coming!

It surprised me when my friend and I were talking and she asked if I would be doing a post on my NaNo project for my blog post this week. I thought it was in two or three months and o.o turns out it's next month. Soooo, change of plans for the post.

So, I'm going to be doing a tag about my story. Now, before I get started, I'm going to say that I'm not doing a novel. I'm going to do a short story, seeing as school is going to take up too much time to plan and write out a full novel. But I luuuurve my short story!

Okay, so the questions. Let's get started on this...

1. What is the genre\setting\world like?
    Well, when I started it out, I was like, "YAS, LET'S DO A CONTEMPORARY!" And then...It's a fantassssy. A fantasy with potions, and superpowers, and kingdoms, and palaces, and manipulation and betrayalll. Okay, more detailed...It's an city that had been burned and abandoned. But after war, many were driven into hiding in said city. It's at a neutral spot, so they were all safe there. It still remains in ruin, but now they wish to build the kingdom back up and start a new city. That's where Ross comes in...
Italian ghost town Craco, Italy.  Earthquakes, landslides, and a lack of fertile farming land have contributed to its abandonment.:
(This is an idea what it looks like, but more darkened and scorched looking)

2. What is the plot about?
    So, as I said, it had superpowers. Ross Orman was ripped from his home and family and taken as a test subject by the *opposite side of the war peoples*. He acquired the power to manipulate emotions. With a snap of the finger he can send some one into paralysis by sending depression into their brain receptors, kill some on from Broken Heart Syndrome, or drive them into insanity by sending too many different emotions at once. (Okay, he doesn't kill anyone. He's not a good guy, but not a bad guy either.) 
   Then of course with every villain, there's a hero. Kaitlyn Layel. Her power is the ability to redirect and resist powers. If Ross sends a emotion to her, she can either resist it, or have it redirect and pierce him instead. 
   Whereas once they were best friends, they now are forced to rivalry. And dere mucho betrayal, hurt, and pain, and emotionsssssss. *cackles*

3. Who are the main characters?
Hugh Vidler by Darren McDonald | Helmet:

    Yaaas, there is twoish! Mostly one, but kind of two...*coughs*  Firstly, we have Ross. As I said up there, he has the ability to manipulate emotions. He more enjoys having freedom, then being bad. More then anything though, he wants revenge on the people that gave him the powers, cause they...totally ruined his life.

Très Bon Goût

Then there is Kaitlyn. Best friend of Ross, and ;) totally ;) not ;) the ;) love ;) interest ;). They are so precious. Also like I said, she can redirect or resist powers. She also may be secretly in love with him, and won't give up on him, and is determined to bring him back to the light side and get him to see what he's doing. She's my precious squishy. She also has fab, colour changing eyes. ^-^

4. What are you most excited about in this story?
     The characters!!!! I'm definitely a character driven person, and I literally jumped into this story with just knowing I had a character named Ross and Kaitlyn...Then came up with superpowers and kingdoms after. After planning the characters, I fell in love with them and they are now my precious squishies, and I shall treasure them forever and ever. 

5. Tell us about some of the food involved (because there has to be food)!
     #Hannah'sconfessiontime I never ever think of food in any of my stories...There will probably be potatoes and cookies...Probably not mentioned, but there will be cookies.

6. Tell us about your OTP\friendship in the story!
     Ross and Kaitlyn. Definitely. Rivals yet still besties at the same time. I find it hilarious cause like Ross is sitting there trying to use his powers against her, and she is just sitting there chill, resisting him, and all the while they are just holding up a strained, but casual conversation...xP

7. What's the theme or point to the story?
     Theme....Teaaamwooork. Betryaaaaal. Fwendshipppp. Courageeee. Honourrr. 

8. Post some pictures from your storyboard!
    Pictures! Pictures! Mucho pictures!

(Kaitlyn's eyes are golden, but sliiightly more galexy\sparkly looking. But in this manner that they are super evident.)
seattlemysterybookshop: I can practically feel a mystery story seeping from this photo. What do you suppose happened to cause the village to be abandoned and left to decay? -Seattle Mystery Bookshop

(Different clothes, but Ross, this be Ross. Especially if it was darker and still in the sunshine there)

9. Do you have a cover for your book, or a main picture? 
   Yes, yes, I does! My fab capybara friend made me a temporary cover!!

Anyways! That's the short story I'm doing for Camp NaNoWriMo! Thank you guys for reading and I hope you have a marvelous day and weekend! 

 Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? What's some of your thoughts for the short story? What's your word count for NaNo if you plan to do it?