HOW TO WRITE SHORT STORIES FROM SCENES & CHAPTERS ALREADY WRITTEN

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I realized something that  when reading  some of most short stories  of earlier  written works thier  are either  scenes   or chapters  from  full  complete novels.

So how do we  do this as writers, take a  scene or chapter  from our  work that  is already written and  create a  new  or extended story?

One way we  can do this is to  write a frame  narrative   or flashback. We can also use both . 

Both JK Rowling and  Frederick Marryat constructed    short stories by using  flashback  or mentioning  characters from the scenes of their novels  .

However , we can also  write the scene from  our  novel in a way  where  it is totally  excluded  from the novel itself in its own story usually starting off in  Media Res  or using a  characters  dialogue or thought .

In  retrospect  each scene  or chapter  can also be considered  its own  mini  story  if written well.  Where  a chapter or  scene if  broken down  in parts should   have  consistent act  structure  like  much  of your  whole  novel.  

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WEREWOLVES IN FICTION :The Phantom Ship “The Flying Dutchman”

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What does  a  seafaring adventure involving  a man trying to save  his father have to do with werewolves ? Well a lot .

The  1838  Gothic Novel by  Frederick Marryat  which explorers the legend of the  Flying Dutchman,  a  tale about a  ghost ship  interestingly  also  includes not only other supernatural  components but a whole  chapter about  a werewolf.

This Chapter  about a werewolf  was  even  expanded and serialized into its own short story  called  The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains.

Cleverly and remarkably written it told the story  of Kratz   who leaves to the mountains  of  Germany with his three children after killing  his wife and lover.

He distracts himself  with hunting wolves  in the mountain  but one day  is  intercepted  by a man and his daughter.  He  takes  them back to the cottage where his three children are.   After three  weeks of knowing the woman he accepts her hand in marriage  from her father. However  he  really doesn’t  know who he has married  because it is soon  revealed the  girl is a werewolf.

There is more that happens  but I liked   it  for  a  werewolf story  and to me  it sort of had  like a Moby-Dick vibe to it.   Give  it a read and let me know what you think .    

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WHY WRITERS SHOULD CREATE NOVEL SCENE BOARDS

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As a writer I been spending a lot of time on Pinterest   lately  organizing scene boards for my work in progress werewolf  novel.  I know  what you are thinking . You are saying , you should be  writing. I know but I am.  And creating a scene  board  is very helpful  to the writing process.

Creating a scene board you can quickly and easily draw  inspiration for your next draft.

You can detect the flow of where your scene is going   visually .

You can weed out the bad  areas of your story.

You can  see  which  characters  are working in the story.

I ‘m not going to tell you how to create one  because  each  writer  creates  their scene board  differently.

Using and creating a scene board doesn’t have to be just on Pinterest. As a writer you can make a scene board out of anything. 

I just started  using Pinterest to visually organize my scenes but when I was on my first draft  back in 2012/13 I use to take  scenes   from different places and matches  it  with my scenes sort of like  storyboarding . I used magazine clips and  scenes from movies , created dioramas out of cardboards and miniature figurines . I also would make a collage board . It’s sort of the same thing I guess.  If you are an artist you can  also draw the scenes. That takes a while though.  Especially  if you don’t want to storyboard the scenes with stick figures.

Also if you  have your  scene board  go live it gives a hint to future  readers  of what  your novel is about . 

Now that I have been using Pinterest I just started to  organize my  scenes  by  making  individual  chapters boards.  I’m  skipping around  different chapter boards   based on the particular  picture  I can find that matches the  scenes within each  chapter. So I have  a ways to go but this is a helpful  method for me  as I continue to write  my 2nd draft.

Check out my scene boards and let me know what you think  so far .

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A LOT OF NEW IDEAS = A LOT OF NEW CHANGES

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Ever since  I started  venturing on Pinterest I  started  to get new  ideas  for my novel. It has been fun and  very  helpful for me.  It has  allowed me to expand my inspiration.  So with new  ideas  equals a lot of changes .

The changes for myself  since I’m writing the novel  is very apparent  and it will  effect  and change the rest of the  future  series  from what  I have it already  in my 2nd draft.

  • I  have  made  a simple  character a main villain.  It won’t   really be apparent in this  novel.  Instead    the  reader  will see little  instances  that will  collect and come  together  as   the series progresses.
  • I  have also  downrated another villain sort of .  Who doesn’t  even show their face yet in this novel  but is mentioned.
  • I  will be  giving  greater story arcs to already developed characters.
  • And some characters that I had decided to kill off I will not be killing off . Well not as soon as I thought.
  • I will be expanding  powers   that the characters  already have.  Therefore, as the series goes  on the powers  will  gradually  develop into something new.
  • Each werewolf  transformation  will coincide with the  individual character.  
  • I have  started another short story  for a character  that will never have a POV but   is a main  character within all the novels.  The  short story is currently  300 words and is entitled  RED ENVY .  I ‘ll  be talking more about  that  in  future post and  podcast  episodes  And this short  story will be coming   out soon on my website .

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2 NEW CHARACTER BOARDS ON MY PINTEREST

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I  wasn’t’  going to add them but  guess what?  I  did . Yup   I have  just added  two more  character  boards to my Pinterest .

These  two  Pinterest character boards are of the  two  main  antagonist/ villains of the During the Blue Hour  novel .  Xavier and Mary .  You might  want to  view the boards  because guess what?  There are hints and reveals of who  they are.    And  these character  pins I  would say fit them to a T . 

I’m loving it.  

I haven’t found pictures  quite yet to reveal their  powers . However  these boards   reveal   mostly  who  they are , their  attitudes and their style  . But I will keep on searching  for the ones that do reveal their powers.

Xavier celestial power  is to turn  your brain  to mush and  basically  confuse   you.

Mary’s  power  is a little   different where  she  can  do  rather a lot . She can  make you forget everything or anything and she can also  see  your  past  thoughts  like a  rewind videotape .

So yeah  somewhat  harder to find .  But I’ll get there.

Take a look  and let me know what you think . 

XAVIER(VILIAN CHARACTER IDEA)

MARY(VILLIAN CHARACTER IDEA)

If you haven’t  already  you can also take a look  at the other character boards that I made.

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HOW TO WRITE THE HAPPY MOMENTS IN YOUR DARK FANTASY NOVEL

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We must remember as writers that our  characters  must  be able  to take a moment  to breath .  A moment  to reflect. A moment to have fun.
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While scrolling through  Pinterest  looking for more interesting  ideas for my novel  I found a  picture of  teenagers or young  adults throwing snowballs at each other in the snow . Within  that moment  of seeing that picture  I stopped and realized I don’t  have any happy  moments for my main characters  in my work in  progress  werewolf  novel . Oh man !  What  can  I do? What should  I do?  Am I in trouble ? Is this a mistake?

I never realized I was doing that  and how important  it is to place those moments in the novel especially  right before a scene where – excuse  my language,  but where the shit hits the fan..

YES !  IAM  undoubtedly  sure there can be happy moments in a dark  fantasy novel. But  how do we write those moments ? Let’s explore this question…

We must remember as writers that our  characters  must  be able  to take a moment  to breath .  A moment  to reflect. A moment to have fun.  In novel writing  they are called sequel  scenes.   As  a  screenwriter  I know  these scenes  as  quiet scenes. Mediative scenes  that the character has after  going  through  a traumatic experience or event .

But these quiet  scenes  don’t always have to follow that event . Like  I said earlier these  quiet scenes can happen right  before shit  hits  the fan.  Right before what seems like  to be normality is  soon to be disturbed.

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These quiet moments can be practically anything down to simply making  breakfast or having your character read a book.

So as the writer  we should all considers  how the characters rest and unwinds.  By doing this it allows the reader to see another  side of the characters and reveals new  insights of the character.  And who knows those reflective moments might be a happy one.      

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ACTING FOR FICTION NOVEL WRITERS?

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The best way I learned how to write  characters in certain  situations was not only to write an interview  sheet or questionnaire  but  I also took acting classes back when  I  majored in film  while  in college.  And I strongly believe every writer should  take at least one.  What does  acting have to do with writing  fiction  novels?

Well  in my opinion a lot really. 

Taking  the acting  classes allowed me to find out that actors want  the same  things that writers  want  for their  characters .They don’t  want card board cut out  characters. They  want  to be able to  live and breathe  them.

So like writers actors study  their characters . They  know them so much  that they know exactly what the character’s fears are.

And this is important to do this  for not only the actor but the writer.  Both actor and writer has  to be sure not give away too much  of the  character or give too little.  I know it’s  hard  but  if it’s done right both audience and reader  can ultimately feel the  emotion that  the writer and actor is  trying to convey .

Actors are also taught  to stay rooted   in the characters  POV.   By  learning this   through acting  it  helps the writer  do   that very thing and not to get sidetracked  by head hopping. 

Also when I learn about acting . I learned about how  to write better  dialogue . AND BETTER  SUBTEXT. There are number of  different ways to say something especially if you  forget your lines. No real thinking allowed.  You have to think  quick on your  feet .

Also you find out what creates  laughs, what incites  anger ,  what creates  the tears . 

Also how to deliver action.  Sometimes  when I sit at my desk and  I   write a scene  find myself acting act the action.   There  is also some deep  script  and character analysis   exercises  that  actors  have to  go through  in their classes   or training.  

There  are a thousand different ways to act a scene .  Like how you write a scene.

In an acting class you can go all out.    Act as wild and crazy  as you want  to develop  the character  to the  level   you feel is best .  The same  I can also say in writing.  That’s one thing I liked  acting  classes . You could have fun.

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TRYING TO CREATE A BALANCE WHEN WRITING HUMANS IN A FANTASY NOVEL

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The other day  I wrote  a little bit about the class structure and sub groups  of my werewolves and the hierarchies  in another post.  Those are  two important  worldbuilding   components  when writing  a fantasy novel.   

I also mentioned  the different races  or  species  that I have in my world. One  of the races  and species are the  humans.  But in my novel  I call them mortals.     

What’s a fantasy novel without  humans and  human society right?   I’m sure there are those fantasy novels that  only just  have fantasy mythical creatures but no humans. I ‘m assuming it is very rare .  But  having  humans in your novel  with the other mythical creatures  I guess makes the reader more  invested  in the novel.  But I don’t think  that is always true.  Its according to how you write it.  You got to have a balance . 

Some authors have done  it  right  and created  that balance  with believable  human characters  living amongst fantastical creatures.  The human  characters  in those  societies  go on  to  be fleshed out properly.  

Nonetheless , I  have a human society in my  novel .  In  my first draft I didn’t  really concentrate  on and incorporate  the human society  all that much . I didn’t  really  have a balance . I guess that is my  writing  fault  I have to work on and improve.  And in this 2nd draft that is what I’m trying to do . Create a  balance  of  human society  rules and  structure and  werewolf rules and structure. Because it’s really  just those  two worlds  I’m  concentrating on.    

All and all  trying to create the balance  is hard  especially  when all you want to write about  is your mythical  fantasy characters and world. The human  world  is  a done that , been there , old   news , boring kind of  element  in fantasy  novels.  Cliché? Maybe ? I’m sure many writers reinvented the wheel once or twice with a human fantasy world.

But  I’m not going to promise you that and niether any human lead  characters.  I  know  what you might  be  saying? Not another Vampire Diaries  situation.  I know  Matt on the Vampire  Diaries did get a  bad  deal didn’t he?  

But my novel  sorta of will be like that. With very few humans taking center stage. Not that I don’t concentrate on ordinary human characters because I do. The three ordinary human characters I concentrate on is Gabby, Eli & Helene. In the first draft I didn’t concentrate on them much like the whole human society. But once again they are not the lead focus in the werewolf novel.  You never see many stories  just focusing on werewolves .  So that’s  what I wanted to do. And this draft and hopefully my final plot and structual draft there is more of a balance with these humans co existing with the werewolves on the same planet. It will not at all be a Matt/Jeremy Vampire Diaries situation.

But  since  I  told  you a little  about the werewolves already,  let me  dive  in and go furthur and tell  you a little  about the human groups  in my novel series. 

There are three human groups that take center stage only after the werewolves and the three ordinary mentioned humans  in the hour series:

TYPES OF HUMANS GROUPS

Ashman

An Ashman  is a  mortal  shaman  with magical or healing powers. They are also priest and monks of a community. Some powerful Ashman have the ability to bring back mortals from the dead, travel to the Eternal realm or talk to the dead. Some powerful Ashman also  have their own Eternal guide and have the ability to astral project into an Eternal animal, changing their physical self into their Eternal  animal. They have the power to summon immortal magical beings and put anyone into a trance. Some Ashman participate in an annual ceremony to appease the mythological god and goddess.

The Ashman in the Hour Series possess the ancient Knowledge of the universe that is locked in their minds. They are tracked and killed by the  Kraldire(wolf leader)  who believes they have the power to unlock it. Ashman can die like any normal mortal. Some Ashman can be werewolves but that is rare.

Venator/Venatrix

Are  MORTAL hunters who go after  the caninruh werewolves. They are members of the Dímios socity . And possess strong tracking and fighting skills . The weapons they use to hunt the caninruh are strychnine nux poison, fire, spike chain collars, animal cages, and a high frequency whistle device that draws out the caninruh and immobilizes them. They are very perceptive and knowledgeable.

Castus

Are usually  natual healers and  exorcist   who believe in curing the caninruh of their evil spirits by cutting out the heart,  through their stomach in order to cure them. Afterwards they sow the stomach up.   They live and hunt in the FOREST mountainous regions of RED SILVA MOUNTAIN  .   They are perceptive and possess very strong tracking skill , using the luring, and calling  method  of hunting and usually a safyral, the sword of burning hearts, a  healing dagger that has been blessed to cut through the stomach which is poisonous to the caninruh after it has been blessed. The CASTUS men are the only ones who can perform the exorcism and the woman are usually the ones who trap and hunt the caninruh.

This is just a little   bit  about the types of humans in my novel.   I will delve further into  the human society  in  future  post and podcast  episodes.  

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WRITING THE FANTASY TRILOGY & SERIES

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 I didn’t always seek out  to write a trilogy  or series . Let’s just say the characters and stories of my  work in progress werewolf novel , During the Blue Hour wanted to take me on  a further journey than I  had in mine. Trilogies are so common  in  fantasy  though that I didn’t  even realize   the idea to write a trilogy until after I wrote a prequel to my current novel.  Yes  I wrote the prequel  first.   But  writing that prequel  to my werewolf story got  me thinking  about  a whole world  of books  to write.  

I know  writing a   trilogy or series  is not new  at all.  Many fantasy writers  write trilogies . C.S Lewis did it and many more . Its gotton to the point whenever you see a fantasy  novel, you automatically think trilogy or series . And you ask where is the next book?

The reason why I think  trilogies and series  are so popular for both reader and writer is that you can expand the  world of your story and you can get away with more epic fantasy adventures . The reader gets invested  in it.  In addition  it mirrors  the 3 act structure well . Moreover, each book is in a micro plot within  itself of the three act structure .

Some people  believe  there are essentially  two ways  to structure  a trilogy  or series.

Each book as a  standalone where the reader can read any book out of  order.   Or each book as a  continuation  from the last  book.  As a reader I tend to  read both. As a writer I  yearn to write the  continuing story.  But I also make sure each part   of my work has  its own logical arc and structure .   

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ALL IN DUE TIME CHAPTER 12 SCENE

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Yesterday I finished up with a third scene in the 12th chapter . Yes I’m still not finished with my 12th chapter. I have one more scene to write within this chapter . But this previous scene that I finished up yesterday was called All in due time and it was in the POV of my villain Xavier .

This is a continuation sort of scene that connects to the first two scenes in the chapter . It continues the reactions about the fire and who could of caused the fire at the celebration.

Xavier and Mary are walking through the crowd of people as the fire rages on and Xavier is frustrated with the whole situation . He wants to hurry up and find Sirena( which I mention their new goal in CHAPTER 10 THE VILLAIN NEEDS TO FIND MY MAIN CHARACTER SIRENA AND THE SNOW GLOBE APPEARS AGAIN) but Mary just simply , calmly tells him “all in due time”. Unlike Xavier she is in no rush to capture Sirena who they think is a mortal.

This scene goes in a little deeper to explain who Xavier is a little bit and what he thinks about mortals and being a Canineruh werewolf .

There is also the sense of a ticking clock with Mary’s reference. Which will ultimately show the reader that something is about to break and happen.

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