How Fan-fiction Can be a Useful Tool for Writers

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When it comes to fan fiction there is a stigma. A lot of professional authors deter young writers from writing fanfiction and for good reason. It doesn’t teach you how to create your own world and your own characters (unless you insert original characters). However, I do believe that writing fan fiction can be useful for these reasons:

  1. It’s a pressure free way to practice writing.
  2. It gives writers a great community.
  3. It gives writer the opportunity to share their work.
  4. Comments/reviews can help writers grow.
  5. Writers are free to be their nerdy selves without judgement.

Fan fiction is a great creative outlet for writers, but it’s not perfect. I find that writing fan fiction can help get my creative juices flowing in a pressure free way. It works like a writing exercise before jumping into your usual writing session. Fanfiction.net has an amazing community and there are always words of praise and criticism to be given.

If you don’t write fan fiction and don’t want to, you obviously don’t have to give it a try. I am just trying to clear up the stigma against fanfiction.

P.S- I know this blog is late (even though I am cheating and marking it posted Sunday) and hopefully once I get some blog post pre-written I won’t run into that problem again!

 

Thanks for reading,

Lalia LaRose

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Winter Quarterly Goals

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  1. Write 1 blog post per week. (Every Sunday)
  2. Read at least 1 book!
  3. Polish the outline for The Last Queen of Terrivea.
  4. Continue the rewrite.
  5. Research marketing techniques.
  6. Improve marketing, especially on social media.
  7. Engage with target audience and writers on social media.
  8. Create a solid foundation for an author platform.
  9. See a OB-GYN about PCOS.
  10. Make some artwork.
  11. Get some work via casual list. (At least 2-3 times a week.)
  12. Nail characterization for LQoT.
  13. Create solid world building for LQoT.
  14. Write some poetry.
  15. Create a list of blog post ideas and pre-write them.

For this quarter (and hopefully going into the future) I want to complete ten of the fifteen goals. Also, as you can see, I have reduced my blog post count per week. This way I can hopefully stay consistent and on track. This all is a part of improving my marketing so I can grow a genuine fan base for my author platform.

 

Thank you for reading!

Lalia LaRose

 

 

Autumn Quarterly Goals Review

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  • Doctor visit (Complete)
  • 2 Blogs a week (Epic fail)
  • Make a budget (Fail)
  • Follow budget (Also fail)
  • Finish Outline (Complete)
  • Start rewrite (Complete)
  • Improve Marketing (Fail)
  • 1 Productive thing a day (Complete)
  • Allow time for fun (Complete)
  • Self care (Complete)
  • Art (Complete)
  • Pay of credit card (Fail)
  • Read 2 books (Fail)
  • Make bed everyday (Fail)
  • Enjoy holidays (Complete)

Completed: 8/15 

I just barely completed half of the goals this quarter, again. Some of the fails were not just on me, but were also a little out of my control as well. The budget goals and credit card goals could not be completed do to my position being cut. The provincial budget cuts resulted in a lot of people in my profession losing their jobs. I am going on the casual list and will hopefully get some work this month (fingers crossed).

Also, as a result of going for the doctor visit, finally, I went through some tests and have now been diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). My Winter Quarterly Goals will be including some goals revolving around dealing with PCOS.

I will also be explaining what my plans are for blog posts coming up this quarter. Some of the failed goals will be transferred over to the winter quarters, other will not. I am hoping to post the winter goals either today or tomorrow.

When I created the autumn goals I planned on making the top ten goals priority goals and bottom five bonus goals. I am scrapping that idea going forward. It makes it too complicated and I have a hard time deciding what has more priority when it comes to all these goals. They all need equal attention, however I do plan on making a small change compared to earlier quarters.

 

Thanks for reading,

Lalia LaRose

Succumb 

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Grasping his cold hand, 

Kissing his thin face,

Pressing against his hard bones, 

Whispering into his exposed chest, 

“Take me.” 

“But it’s not your time,” 

Says the voice of Death. 


Just a small piece that I found in one of my notebooks. 

Update and Catch Up

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Hey everyone, as you can tell my 2 blogs a week goal isn’t going so well, so I’m going to be playing catch up. My blog post “Create Chapters, They Said. It’ll Be Fun. They Said” and this post will count for the 2 posts for the first week of October. Additionally I will be trying my hardest to write 5 more to make up for the month of September. 

Between the 7th and 14th of October I will be making a post a day to catch up for September and stay updated on the October posts. After the 14th (if I don’t miss a day) hopefully I will be returning to my 2 posts per week. 

Moving onto the update. I am close to finishing my outline. It will hopefully only take a few days of concentrated work to finish it. With my work schedule I am hoping by the end of October I will have the outline done and I can start the actually writing. 

As for my goals. I have a doctors appointment made so there will be one things crossed off my list soon. 

Forgive any grammatical errors or typos. I’ve been doing today’s posts on my phone. 

Thanks for reading, 

– Lalia LaRose 

Create Chapters, They Said. It’d be Fun They Said. 

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Hello everyone.

As most of you know chapters are sections we use to divide a book into more readable parts. Every chapter is going to be different from the next, but every chapter should have a few essential parts.

  1. Beginning, middle, and end.
  2. At least one major plot point.
  3. A change in emotion or urgency.

Keep in mind that chapters are flexible. They can be as short or as long as you need them to be and can contain whatever information you want or need in them.

Outlining and creating chapters doesn’t seem difficult when you break it down like this, but once you start the outlining process it becomes harder. One of the most difficult tasks I’ve found is trying to find the best plot arrangement for chapters. There are many, many different ways to arrange your chapters. The endless possibilities make it hard to come up with an arrangement that works best.

Here’s my tip to make it a little easier: Follow your gut. Do what you think is the best and remember it can be changed later! 

There’s some debate whether you should create your chapter before or after you write your first draft. It truly depends on the writer, but I would suggest giving both a try. You won’t know what works best for you until you try different options.

There is another option as well; creating the chapters as you go. This use to be my process and I will tell you this: if you do it right it can work out great. If you keep track of your chapters in your outline as you go and review the chapter before moving on, then it can be the right process for you. However, if not done correctly it can leave you with mess of half baked chapters and weak transitions.

It may not seem important, but transitions can mean the difference between a reader putting your book down for the night or forcing them to pull an all night to finish the book. Here are some tips for creating strong transitions:

– having a strong emotion present will help motivate the reader to keep reading.

– having a question, twist, choice, or something unknown present can coax your reader to read the next chapter.

– sometimes a huge reveal works for a transition as well. “Tim, I’m not your father.” This suspense will push the reader to read ‘just one more chapter’.

– don’t force the transition. If it’s not a good place for a transition, then find a different place. Readers can tell when you’re forcing the transition and it comes off as trick and can disappoint the reader.

– sometimes the smallest choices can create the best chapter transitions.

For example: early on in my work in progress my character has to decide whether to travel with another character (who has saved her life twice, but is an assassin whom she barely knows and doesn’t trust) or to try and make it on her own. The chapter transition is when the other character asks my main character is she’s coming with him or not. The chapter ends and the next one begins with her decision.

It’s a small decision but can have huge consequences. Sometimes those are the best places to put your translations. Not every chapter transition needs to during high emotional scenes.

– Don’t make every chapter transition similar. It will become predictable and boring for the reader. 

Chapters are extremely important for any novel, which means they can be extremely difficult to get right. It can be infuriating at times when you can’t figure out the best way to arrange your chapter, but don’t forget you can ask for help. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can be the best help you can get.

Trust your instincts. you know what’s best for your novel! 

Thank you for reading,

Lalia LaRose 

Autumn Quarterly Goals

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Hey everyone, so this quarter is going to be a bit different. I’ve decided to try something knew when it comes to my list of goals. I’m going to make a list of 10 main goals I want to achieve 100%. Then I will also have a bonus list of 5 side goals that won’t be a main focus, but can still get done.

Main Goals:

  1. Get a check up!
  2. Write 2 blogs a week.
  3. Make a budget.
  4. Follow the budget.
  5. Finish in-depth LQoT outline.
  6. Start rewrite.
  7. Improve marketing. (ask for help if need be)
  8. Do at least 1 productive thing a day.
  9. Allow time for fun.
  10. Above all else, self-care.

Bonus Goals:

  1. Keep making art.
  2. Pay off my credit.
  3. Read at least 2 books.
  4. Try to make bed everyday.
  5. Enjoy the holidays.

This time around I have added in more general life goals that I want to carry through not only this quarter but for life. Number 5 on my bonus list is not an easy goal, no matter how it seems. Since losing my sister in April my family and I are going through a lot of first’s without her. This will be our first Thanksgiving without her.

Sorry for the delay and thank you for reading,

Lalia LaRose