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If you find something fascinating, interesting or just weird and you feel like sharing, since it just might spark an idea or a plot point - this is the place for it.

You have written yourself into a corner and NEED INSPIRATION NOW - this is the place to post about it in a thread and beg from help from fellow writers.

If you're bored and want to toy with an idea - this is the place for it.

Just remember, it's open for everyone to read. emoticon

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O yes! This is the place I was looking for.

Today I found a quote from Jack London that got me to laugh. Jack London said he writes 1500 words every day and when asked how he got his inspiration he replied: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
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Yes, I think I used that quote in my 30 Days email class. I love it.

You really can't wait for inspiration when you want to go and write something. Definitely not during NaNo. You just start writing and then inspiration comes.

One of the great lessons of NaNo...

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OMG! I just had another inspiration. The "break up" between Mona and Kenneth isn't really a "break up," it is a huge misunderstanding! Now Kenneth can not die, but he does have to be removed from the picture for awhile to make things interesting...

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Yes!!

Awesome solution. So glad he doesn't have to die. emoticon

Misunderstandings are very, very useful to writers. emoticon

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I mashed up a bunch of numbers to make the atmosphere of Java look believable as a breathable atmosphere but I have not found any sci-fi gaming programs or real science programs that would let me test it out. I know my characters won't get there for awhile but I needed to do something during my writing breaks.

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If you need specs for what humans can breathe... no idea where to look, to be honest.

I believe we need a certain level of oxygen, but also certain non-levels of other gases like carbonmonoxide.

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I started looking at where people live by altitude and stumbled into a link that helped me out. emoticon

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I just remebered a line from an SF book. emoticon

Make sure there are no cyanides in the air. emoticon

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I was worried about the crisis timing way too much. Alex, the ship's computer network is so fast that when I did the math 7 picoseconds (7 trillionths of a second) is like 3,173 years to us! Needless to say, Alex won't have to break a sweat, even if his power requirements are huge enough to power a small city!

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Awesome.

I have to admit that I find it funny you call your computer "Alex". emoticon It feels like an insider joke.

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It is! emoticon

I discovered that looking for places to set up some "nods" to those who I respect has helped me overcome a few of the writer speed bumps I hit early on in the story. I call them that because it isn't a block, I know what is going to happen, I just don't know yet how all of it will happen.

Insider jokes or nods seem to get me past the speed bumps and focus on the part of the story I am working on instead of getting stuck with the writer brakes on. emoticon

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Use them!

Anything that gets you writing is free game. emoticon

(And I'm glad my feeling was right about Alex. emoticon )

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I asked a question while thinking of my story and the result was a whole new "frame point" coalescing in my mind!

So now the frames are:

1. prequel and setup
2. crisis
3. journey
4. arrival
5. discovery
6. decisions
7. the return

Those are the overarching scenes or frame points, obviously, there are scenes in each frame revealed as the story progresses.

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Try to think about this in terms of tension, as well.

Tension should rise through-out the story until the climax at the end, where people/challenges clash and get resolved. Usually, there are dips and turns in tension, but the general direction should be "upwards".

This keeps readers interested and willing to read through the entire story.

You're doing well!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I think there is going to be plenty of tension in the story very soon. The lead-in to the crisis point is longer than I thought it would be so now I am wondering just how big my story is finally going to be!

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Hah!

When I wrote my first novel, I had a certain scene in mind. When it took me 30 pages (I was still counting pages at that time) to reach that scene, I knew it was going to be big. Much bigger than I thought...

Roll with it. Stories have their size. emoticon

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I bookmarked ]Dean Wesley Smith's website. If I tried reading all of his stuff I wouldn't have time to write my own stuff for literally months! emoticon

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Yeah. He's very, very prolific. I read around his site some more today, as well.

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I found a picture of a real gravity wave explosion event. Totally awesome and it fits with my stories "crisis" event!
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Wow, that looks amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Inspiration and test. As I move closer to my "Auxillary Bridge" scene one of the bits involves damage reports from different areas. I decided to try and use some bb codes to tabulate some of the damage inflicted to my H1-Command Ring.

H1-Command Ring
Radius Effected:125 meters
Base Effected:10.5 meters
Total Volume Destroyed:515,625 cubic meters
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Yay, that bbcode is great.

Now I could finally make nice tables for the Flash Challenge... except we no longer run them...

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Character building inspiration. In the story I am writing one of the characters is married to a man who loves to fly and is always acting like a kid... So what better present could she think of than Peter Pan jammies? I am having fun with the idea and inspiration on how both characters develop as the story progresses.

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Leonard Ranger is a character that continues to impress me. I was looking at my story and saw that there were some very personal connections that exist.

Leonard and Julianne are married.
Kenneth and Julianne have a steamy past together, obviously before Julianne and Leonard met each other.
Kenneth and Mona have an ongoing relationship that is serious.
Mona and Leonard have a very strong friendship both on and off the job.

So how did that all come about? Is it a story worth telling? I am starting to think the answer is yes...

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Yes. You should tell that story when you're done with the first draft of this one ... or during dry spells when you can't continue with the present story.

It's always a good idea to have short works you can publish that are connected to larger works. Short works cost less and usually sell well, and if they hook the reader, s/he will then buy the larger works.


Stephenie Meyer has mentioned several times that she has lots of backstories she has written in order to get to know her characters better when working on her novels. *** So, save whatever backstories you do create to get to know your characters ... save whatever you cut from the main novel/s ... and use these to create small works to sell to bring in the readers, or share for free on your author website. ***









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The inspiration for my stories "Pod Ships" came from here: --Log in or sign up to see linked image content--

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That is strange and interesting.








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So... I did some picture manipulation to get the size of the Space Pod correct but not being a real artist with computer drawing programs I couldn't do much more on converting the funky RV into a spacecraft.
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Lesa is usually good at that kind of thing. She should give lessons. (As if she has the time to do that.)







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