Monday, November 19, 2012

Trip - Victoria, BC 2012

During the summer weekend, Joey and I took a ferry to Victoria from Seattle for a little chill time. I haven't been back to Victoria since I was a kid. (My father took me to Victoria when I was around seven years old--I remember that I thought I was in England.) Victoria is a super cute, old England-style city with lots of horse carriages and nice shops. Plus, it's only a few hours away from Seattle by boat.

For the first night, we stayed in the historical Empress:

 



My favorite... afternoon tea at the Empress:





Dining at the Empress:


We randomly went to a bug zoo--it was full of monsterous bugs:



Dino exhibit!


For out last night, we stayed in Abigail's... super cute!!!! It had a fireplace and nicely decorated interior.



That's all the adventure for this year... hopefully more trips next year!


--Realm

Monday, November 12, 2012

Photo - Ghost Crabs

I went to North Carolina during the summer to visit my family. During the night, we'd go out with flashlights to see all of the ghost crabs skittering away. (My boyfriend Joey took the awesome photos!) I think they must be called ghost crabs because of their translucent skin:








Aren't they cute?

Hope you enjoyed the pics!


--Realm

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Writing the First Draft

It's NANOWRIMO time! Last year, I first drafted a quadrilogy and wrote these little tips down. I hope it helps with your first draft!

Here are the top six things that helped me get through my first draft:

1. Basic Structure. Before I wrote one word, I planted a few basic ideas in my head: the main concept, conflict, characters, setting, time, beginning, middle, and end. 

2. Keep going! I didn't stop and correct things. I didn't use the thesaurus, go back and fix parts of the story, or try to figure things out too immediately. (All that can be done in the next draft.) 

3. Write what you want. I wrote for fun. If I'm not excited, my reader won't be either.

4. Character chemistry. Above everything else, I think this is one of the most important ingredients for a first draft. I always want to discover early on if my characters spark with each other. If I can write unlimited dialogue between characters with ease, I'm heading in the right direction.

5. Pacing! Cut to the chase. Raise the stakes! If you can make each chapter important to the plot - a stepping stone - you should be able to find the momentum you need to churn out the chapters.

6. Simplicity. The more I try to keep the story simple from the beginning, the easier my revisions will be. (In other words, don't cram in too many scenes and complications--focus on a nice, clean story arc.)

When you're first drafting, you're balancing two things: one, to simply keep writing, and second, to save yourself a bad second draft headache later on. It helps to really pay attention to the world building and try to keep it simple. 

Do you have any tips for writing the first draft? Please share!

Have fun,


--Realm