Conflict: the bread and butter of a story

internal-and-external-conflict-2-638

Image Source

As July approaches, my sister and I are hard at work planning out her story. By this point, I should say our story but that still feels weird. I don’t believe I will ever consider this story as mine because I had no say in the idea development. Saying that, if collaborating helps my sister finally write her story then I’m more than happy to do that.

Recently, we discussed the source of conflict of the novel. While we don’t have the most of the middle and the ending planned, we still wanted to plan out what would drive the story forward and what kind of obstacles the main character, Nina, would face. I like to term this discussion as: “how do I make the life of a character more difficult?”

First, we started with the external conflict. This conflict derives from external forces. Meaning, the conflict comes from outside forces like a flat tire on a way to a job interview. Or a jealous co-worker secretly sabotaging the main character’s report. It can also be two people arguing.

Now, Internal conflict comes from within the main character. I like to think of these as feelings or simple terms: the inner struggle. e.g. stopping to help someone who fell or hurry to an important appointment. Or pay your bills early or buy that book you have no room on yourself for. It’s also choosing right from wrong. Depending on the character and/or situation, right and wrong can be different.

Not only did my sister and myself identify where the conflict was coming from, we were also able to expand on those ideas. Furthermore, Nina, the MC, will be overwhelm with her new position and current one and she believes there’s been a mistake and waits for the moment where someone else replaces her. This leads to her work being sloppy and incompetent and it further leads to confrontation with the boss and others in the managerial positions.

I’m happy to say that Nina’s life will be very, very difficult.

On a different side note: two of my reviews are up. One of them is called Tubocity. The game is an endless runner as you try to see how far can you get as you jump and swipe your way past obstacles.

The other game is called Picture Perfect Crossword. It is exactly what is sounds like. Players are given a picture to name. They select letters at the bottom of the screen to fill out the crossword puzzle.

Of Surprises and Collaboration

over-9000-the-productivity-level-is-over-9000

It has been a very productive week. A few unexpected surprises came knocking but they were all taken with a stride.

First, I would like to announce that my plans for Camp NaNoWriMo have changed. As of right now, I will no longer be writing my fantasy novel I titled “Blue Moon”. The reason for this has nothing to do with having no idea what to write about or even the desire to write. No, this has to deal with my sister.

Long story short, she was the person responsible for uncovering my innate desire to write stories. She’s the one who got me into writing. While she hasn’t been as active in writing as I have, I still envy all her ideas because I think they’re amazing and why couldn’t think of that. She is after all my twin and the youngest (well middle child because we have a young brother). So, now and again, she sends me updates on her stories and I give her feedback.

One story in particular she wants to really write has been given her trouble and she just needs the motivation to write. What did I do? I volunteered to help. My Camp NaNoWriMo this year will be a collaboration with my sister.

While I have collaborated with other people (strangers) it hasn’t been really successful. It was definitely communication and the plot was almost nowhere to be found. I’m not exactly sure how this time will turn out. It should be better. It’s not like she’s a stranger to me. However, I’m if-y about my role in all of this. Yes, I’ll be writing the story too but I don’t want to be the ‘leader’. I think it would be best if she came up with the plot and I helped guide her.

My goal is to be the guiding hand. I’ll take a step back and have her dictate where she wants the story to go and if she gets stuck, I’ll make something up. I’ll build bridges so she can get to the next scene.

The other bit of news is that my review for Chronology  has been posted. It’s a mobile game where you play as The Inventor to try to unravel the mystery of the present state of the future. The game allows you go travel to the past and present to overcome the obstacles.

The third piece of news is that I have successfully been creating character sheets for a long standing story I have titled ‘Shadow Beasts’. I’ve planned and written the story in script format for T.V. Actually, I decided to create a television show for my brother because I didn’t like any of the cartoons/shows he was watching.

The idea has evolved and changed over the years and with each revision, I’m starting to get closer and closer to the final product I envisioned. There’s even hope that it might be developed into an actual show by a friend who has started up his own animation studio of sorts. Nothing is in the works or set in stone. It’s just talks for now but it is something I’m thinking about and I’m certainly hopeful.

To Review

Although it’s been a while, beforehand I mentioned that I was going to attend a convention. It had nothing to do with writing but it was something that was on my bucket list. I can gladly say that it’s been crossed of. This particular event was Anime Matsuri 2017. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to share mostly because I’m still rather shy about asking people (strangers) for pictures. It’s something that I have to work on.

However, due to amazing luck, I was able to attend to panels about writing at the convention. Although it is no excuse, I finally received a power point presentation from one of the spokesperson. It was a panel for self-publishing. Sarah Rothman was the spokesperson for the panel Self-publishing 101.

I won’t go into details now but I will be posting the information (a summary, you will) of the power point and general knowledge that I have about self-publishing. I’m going to ask for permission in regards to maybe uploading her power point to the blog so that everyone here can read it. Keep your fingers crossed.

On another note, two of my reviews for ANDi have been posted. You can them here and here. Later this month, I’m told that there’s going to be a newsletter going out and I’m going to get a copy. As soon as I do, I’m posting it up here.

Thanks for the patience,

Kassandra

Games and Development

8a500bfef7a18b89fc3a68b5409a6ab0A couple of things happened this past weekend and they were all good. I had family visiting and they took up all of my time. It was nice to take a break from work and everything else. I got to show them around the city and enjoy the zoo.

There are two huge pieces of news that I want to share or maybe three. Well, they aren’t huge per say but I still consider them big news.

First, my review on Crickle has been posted. You can find it here. Basically, it’s like Scrabble but on mobile and you can play it by yourself.

Second, I have joined up with a group of developers and programmers, artists, composers, etc. (all minor league here) to develop a game. I’m helping out with world building, setting, characters, dialogue, etc. You know, plot and the other fun stuff. We had a meeting this Saturday that never really ended. The planning is still going on.

I do have to say that it’s exciting that I get to work with so many other people. While I’m the ‘writer’, it’s nice hearing feedback and other ideas from everyone else. It’s been a while since I have worked in a group. For now, we’re just naming the setting and a few other things. I realize that writing for a game is way different than writing a story but despite that, I’m looking forward to the experience.

Lastly, I will say that I have finally built my desktop. Over the course of like six months, I have bought every part to build it and today I was able to pick up from the store. Now, I have a faster option to surf the web. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for my laptop but I needed an upgrade and my desktop gave me that. Well, I’m still keeping my laptop but it’s nice to have another option.

Progress

I used to publish my blog posts on Fridays but now I think it would be better if I do this at the start of the week. That way, I can write about my progress during the week and over the weekend. However, with my schedule in choas, I don’t have a definite day. It has been difficult to get back into the habit of both writing a blog post and working on my stories.

While I have been revising my NaNoWriMo novel and Crimson Queen, a wattpad story I finished last year (?), it hasn’t been as much as I hoped. However, I will say that rushing a revision never did me any good. As long as I don’t stop, everything should be good.

On a happier side note, another one of my game reviews has been posted. You can find it here. While this isn’t on a weekly basis, at least I got a few articles out there. So far, that is good enough for me.

As long as I continue to go forward and, though it’s at a slow pace, I can say that I am working towards my goal. In the meantime, I just got to keep reading, revising, writing, and beta reading so I can help other improve and improve myself too.