Posted in My Projects, Writing

My Project: Welcome to Praelin Island (Part 1)

My first original fantasy project. I wanted it to be completely original. When the idea for Not In My Name came, I knew I wanted it to be completely set in its own little place. At first, the island didn’t even have a name. Heck, there wasn’t going to be an island. The whole story was just going to be set in one city, being Attrocopi City, which stood on the outskirts of London. As I kept building on the city, I found it to be too confusing to have it stand in the UK. It was confusing for me, to be honest. That’s when I had an idea to make an island with a few little cities. And if you’re wondering, the picture above is a rather rough (And very bad) sketch of Praelin island. It was one of the first actually once all the cities had names, being; Attrocopi, Kedattri, Jerralyn and Pambihira. In this post, I will take you on a journey through the four cities. This post will be in two parts because there is too much to say about this island. In this post, I will be talking about 2 of the cities.

To start with, most of these places are based off real places, being Whitby and Lincoln since they are two of my favourite places in the UK. Other places include Windsor. I find it better to visualise a place if it is based off a real place like most people do, I guess. I have been to Whitby a few times for Whitby Goth Weekend, and Lincoln, well I am there five days a week for college. So I know that place like I know the back of my hand. Below are two pictures of the places.

I will start with Attrocopi city since it was the first one I came up with. This place is run by a king called Will, and his guards of Fallen angels. (I plan to go through all the species in my story in a different post so don’t ask questions now!) This place is ruled with a rather heavy hand and the most outrageous laws I think anyone had the displeasure of knowing they exist. The laws are from “No animals allowed in the city” to “No music, no art and no fiction books”. There are lots others that were created, but I won’t go through all of them. before King will came into power, all the other rulers before him were loved by everyone who lived there. They were never strict. They just tried to make people happy.

The castle of Attrocopi City is actually loosely based off Windsor Castle (Picture inserted below) whereas the streets are more based off the ones in Whitby. Most of the people who live there are just average people. Nice to have chats with and everything. But they live in fear of the King and his guards.

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Most of the people who live there are just average people. nice to have chats with and everything. But they live in fear of the Fallen angels and go into hiding all the time. Anyone who steps out of line is punished. The punishment for stepping out of line is a prison and maybe even death.

Attrocopi City is the one place that always has something going on. A lot surely does go on during the story, but enough to keep people reading, I hope.

Kedattri City is next. It is actually the biggest city in Praelin Island. I consider Kedattri to be closer to the real world. It has average laws, but I think the one thing that makes it stand out to the other cities is conflict. Kedattri has a backstory of that it once got in a war with Jerralyn City that lasted over ten years. Once the war was over, the conflict didn’t leave. There are the usual fights that go on day in and day out. Guns are banned in this city. And swords too, to prevent people being hurt and killed.

And in creating this city, there is a certain character who lives here who practically hates conflict (There will be more talk about him later! He is one of my favourite characters) The usual people that live there, just see the city as normal and a usual place. They are basically blind to see the conflict. Or it is just a thing that they are used to seeing day in and day out.

Just like Attrocopi City, it is run by a king and the castle of this city is based off Lincoln cathedral. Interior and exterior. The king isn’t strict as the king from Attrocopi City, but is loved by the citizens. He even tries to stop the conflict, but what he tries doesn’t work.

Kedattri City isn’t based off anything in particular. I just had the idea to have a city that is just full of conflict, with a character that lives there that just hates to see it happen all the time because of the history that he had. Again, I will be doing a separate post about my characters and things like that. I have lots of ideas for my project posts! I don’t think I’ll never run out of them!

That was part 1 of Praelin Island. Part 2 will be up soon! Promise.

Until next time.

Lydia Xx

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Posted in Planning, Writing

Characters

A novel isn’t a novel without characters. And when I started planning my current project (Not In My Name) around 3 years ago, most of the characters were real people, being Fearless Vampire Killers. I did some planning around them, then started planning some original characters. And soon the whole story became original and I decided to try and plan my characters to the fullest. In this blog post, I may show you how I planned my characters.

I did this for most of my fanfictions when I started writing them and found out they work equally well for original stories.

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Basically what I did here is I grabbed a picture off the internet. Any picture that best describes my character or pictures of celebrities that closely resembles my character. Next to that picture is a short description of my character. It will include things such as their age, their appearance, their personality and goal for the whole story. It helps me get notes down about my characters and give me ideas. If you want to try this, go ahead. It helped me a lot. Do this for minor characters as well, but don’t make their descriptions as detailed as the main characters.

What I then did for my main characters was create a character profile for each of them. I hand wrote these profiles, but some I am planning on typing them up to refer to while I’m still writing my story. I got the character profile from this website. You could follow this or make up your own. When I type up their individual profiles, I plan to put their picture with it.

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One thing that helps me with character development is finding prompts or maybe first line generators or first line of dialogue generators. This helps me find the character’s individual voice and it is so I can see them in a story-like setting. For generators, I like to use this website. Go ahead and check it out if you would like to!

Websites like this are also good to use when you have writer’s block. Just choose a first line generator, copy it down into a word document of your choice, maybe give yourself five to fifteen minutes and write. Don’t stop and keep going!

Everything that I have shown you in this post you don’t HAVE to use. I don’t guarantee that they will work 100% for you. Everyone is different when it comes to writing. Give one or two of these methods a try and if they don’t work for you, they don’t work. There are plenty of other methods out there that you could give a try.

Well, that’s all I have to say for this blog post! Come back soon for my next post. Hopefully, there won’t be a long gap next time!

Lydia Xx

Posted in Writing

Writing Makes My World Go Round

Writing stories has been a passion of mine since I was 9 years old, but I didn’t really pick up on it hardcore until I was 14 years old. I would write odd short stories here and there up until then but they were really bad and not that great that I may never EVER share them with anyone cause they were just bad.

I started writing at 9 years old when I got my first notebook. Before then, I was that kid with the active imagination. I always had thoughts going through my head. And they were out of the ordinary. When I got my first notebook, I was writing little fantasy-ish stories non-stop. I was crazy! But it kinda died down when I got into Secondary School cause I knew I had to focus on my school work more than my stories.

At 13, I started to write fanfictions. The usual band fanfictions that included bands such as My Chemical Romance. And I never saw the problem with writing things like that. I still never shared them with anyone at this point. I always kept my stories to myself. And I continued to write very bad and rather cringy fanfictions when I read them back through the notebooks I used back then today.

Now, the deep stuff comes. When I was 14, my grandma died. She was the one person that meant the most to me. She always knew how much my stories meant to me. She loved to see me writing instead of typing away on my phone and when she died, I felt devastated. My stories started getting deep. They were still fanfictions, but there were lots of bad points to them, like death and mental illness, self-harming and suicide. Why did I write this? Because of the way I felt. I felt sad to have lost the most important person in my life. Writing about that stuff made me feel better. I felt like writing about suicide and self-harming made me not want to do it to myself in real life.

I also dealt with very bad bullying at my school. Anything that was said about you would never die down. It would stay with you until you left that place. And the teachers did nothing about the bullying. I would write a lot in class to help the bad feelings go away. It felt like escaping into my own little world. In my own little world, there would be no criticism. No bullying. Everyone listens to each other and helps each other. There is no devastation. No ridiculing. And I loved to escape into my very own world!

I’m proud of the box of old notebooks I now keep in my wardrobe. I loved writing in notebooks then because having a laptop with a word processor when I was a kid wasn’t really a thing. I was late being introduced to the internet, but I don’t see a problem with that. It hasn’t changed who I am today. I don’t see what the problem with 6 years of using notebooks instead of a computer is. There is nothing wrong with a bit of old fashion. Looking through some of my old notebooks at the stories I wrote makes me smile.

Now at 17 years old, I am writing about fantasy stuff again like I did at 9 years old, and I miss how fun it was to be writing fantasy. I am proud to be a writer. Writing has made me who I am today. It makes me smile when my feelings and everything going on inside the brain of mine is written down on a piece of paper or typed up on a computer. Writing gives me a voice. Writing makes my world go round!

Lydia Xx

Posted in Writing

My 2017 goals and 2016 accomplishments.

I may be late to do this little post, but I thought it would be cool to go through my 2016 accomplishments and my 2017 goals. 2016 was not a bad year for me. Though I didn’t make goals for last year, and there’s not much that I achieved that year either.

The only thing I achieved last year is to finish the plan and outline my fantasy story that I have been planning for almost 3 years. Now I finally finished that and started writing it on January 1st. (New year, new book) With that, I plan to do either weekly or monthly updates on how my writing is going. I have made some goals for 2017. Hopefully, I can achieve most, if not, all of these goals that I have set myself. Some of them are writing based and some are not. So, without further or do, here are my goals for 2017!

Goal #1: To finish writing my fantasy story and make it the first story that I have EVER finished.

Goal #2: Read more books this year. I set myself a goal of around 10 this year. I think that is a good starting point.

Goal #3: Outline at least 2 books this year.

Goal #4: Try to participate in July Camp NaNoWriMo or November NaNoWriMo

Goal #5: Run my blog successfully this year.

Okay. That’s a total of 5 goals. That’s a lot for me and maybe I’ll achieve them, maybe I won’t. I can’t wait to see what 2017 throws at me and I hope its better than 2016.

Until next time, my lovelies!!!

Lydia Xx

 

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Writing

I created this blog to document my writing process for all of you that even have the time to read my blogs. Though I am not good at it. I may try to do frequent posts, but I’m not sure how that will work out. We’ll just have to see. I may have abandoned this after the first post, but WordPress at one point wasn’t working. Now it is working! Which is a great start! So I hope to get this show on the road!

Lydia Xx