How to think of ideas for writing:

I try to keep my titles short and concise, because I heard once it is more appealing to see a short title, always we must cut off all unnecessary things.  Because I imagine with so many things out there, everything vies for attention, one must make the package so short for that reason.  Anyway, I didn’t do that obviously.  7 words is a fairly long title.

Anyway I digress..
So i am writing a short.  And I have spent a lot of time not being inspired to write things.  Or writing without inspiration and then losing the feel of what I am trying to write.

So many people have told me how important it is to write the plot.  But no one ever told me How to write a plot.  Basically Pantsers are writing by inspiration.  But sometimes the inspiration dries up (for me anyway) when I tell myself:  Now, You.. Sandra.. Write the Plot.  Now.  Tell me everything that will happen.  I have my notepad/paper and pencil out.
But then I dry up like the family well in dust bowl season.  And I think maybe I will leave the writing to someone else.
But story is everything right?  So we need to pick up our pants and get going.

Okay no more delay.  This may or may not be helpful to someone.  But it helped me when I realized it.

First off start out with putting down the images, the inspiring ideas that got you excited in the first place.  If there is no idea, then you may have blocked it out without realizing it, and be sure to jot down the next idea no matter if it sounds like it will be great or not.  And do that a few times.
These are the fragments.  They are unfortunately (at least not for me) becoming a full fledged beautiful story outline all by themselves.

So this is what I do.. I combine the pantser methods into the planning plotting stage.
So I am like well I need to know more about this character.. And then I pantser it.
Then I think how do these two people meet?  I ask all the plotting questions, and then I free write the answers.
Then later I look at what I got and try to piece the story together.  Then I start over again with the more refined questions until I have a decent story.  Ta da!
So simple and yet this method eluded me for a year or more.

I thought I had to approach the plotting stage like a dried up old accountant with a large mustache.  I thought I had to leave my now frowned on impulsiveness at the door.  And invite this refined pastry chef with plans and more plans for making the best flambee’.  But no, my impulsive ADHD side stays with me even for this part.  And now I can write my story out.

Another side note, is let your story be whatever size it will be.  It may be fun to break out and change the length of the story.  Idk, that is just occurring to me.

OKAY that’s it.  Everyone Write Safely..  ((maniacal laughter))



So You Want to Sleep in a Dungeon Eh?

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Dungeons are dangerous places where mortals fear to tread, save for those brave enough (or stupid and desperate enough).  Adventures throw their bodies and wits against dangerous traps, horrible horrors, and ravenous beasts all in the hopes of gaining some glory and loot.

However, often times, characters are tired after slogging through the dungeon for several hours and need to rest.  What happens when characters make camp in a place filled with unspeakable things?!

Just random encounters?  Naw!  Take a step to the plate and roll a d20 and enjoy!  PDF Version: So You Want to Sleep in a Dungeon Eh?!

So You Wanna Sleep in a Dungeon Eh?

1 An insect bites you in the night and you wake up with your face completely swollen.  -2 to perception checks for next 8 hours.
2 You wake up with strange leach-like creatures all over yourself and feel queasy.  -2 to…

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Some notes:


Decaf coffee:  When I drink decaf coffee I notice it is even worse for me then not drinking coffee.  I will almost certainly pass out from tiredness on the couch at some point in the day of a decaf day.
Which if I had nothing I would not do.  I do not know why.  I know it doesn’t make any sense.  But there is also something very disappointing about a decaf coffee, when I drink.  The taste is fine, but it is missing something.. something important.

To sum up: decaf: a disappointing drink.

Rice cakes:  Also, a disappointing snack.. Actually they are delicious to me.  I love the light crunchiness.  That is why i got them.  They have the light touch of honey but it is light enough that I don’t feel like I am eating something unhealthy and still has all the emotional appeal- Oh hey I am eating a healthy rice cake, or a bran bar!  I will now fit in with those people who ride bikes places!
But then I feel like it goes nowhere near my stomach.  The rice puffs must somehow fly up in the atmosphere, because they are not filling!  I got a pack at CostCo, so I am aware that I spent 10 bucks on them, and there isn’t all that many.  I don’t even know how many I would have to eat before I was aware I ate something after…And so, as much as I love rice cakes, I am realizing this is not a realistic snack for me.

Dark Tower is coming to the movies!  Good or terrifying??  I love the series, read through 5 books of it so far… (for me that is a lot of love to a book series).  But O.  Did the trailer show 1..2..3.. books in one movie?!
Welp, that’s not the best sign, but I guess I will still give it a chance.

My Projects Update/Writing/Short Movie:  Been trying to write a script for a 3d short.. I have several stories(about 4 in my head now).  Many will all want to be larger then a 4 – 10 minute short.  But I have to start small.
Anyway I have really been trying to spend time writing and developing the ideas, and it’s really hard.  I don’t want to just throw something together, I want it to be good/ to be ‘right.’
I think one problem is trying to make a short movie, and at least starting out by myself, there is so much involved in that.  3d modeling/story boarding/writing/editing/rigging/animating/compositing/concept art/environment design/research/awareness of anatomy and perspectives (not in that order) along with other work i have to do.
But I have been feeling for months the digging feeling of, it’s time to get started..  And so i have.
I have been writing/story boarding and doing a lot of other things to prepare.  But it has been really hard to get back into writing.  I really have not been writing cause I have been too busy with the art side.  I am just hoping it will come together in the end.
The hardest part I think is starting with getting the inspiration and starting out the pantser, and then deciding to be a plotter and start really taking the idea and figuring it out better.  I can feel right when that happens in a story because you’ll suddenly not know what is going on with the characters and writing what is happening suddenly drops to be a lot harder.