Rambles on Writing #2: Things Are Looking Up


In my last post, Rambles on Writing #1, I talked about how everything in my novel seemed to be falling apart and I didn’t know how to write it and the plot was terrible and blah blah blah all of my complaining. So a big THANK YOU to everyone who encouraged, advised, supported, and commiserated with me in response.

I said I wanted my next post to be more happy and so it is! I am much more happy. There are still things to work on (like maybe actually writing something in Enhanced, but I figured out most of the problem and kind of how to fix it. (I found more problems, too, but mainly smaller ones.)

The main problem with my plot, I realized, was that none of my characters really changed. I’d made all of these lovely little plots for them to go through and struggle with, but they weren’t really struggling because the plots didn’t really affect them.

First of all, I added in the moralistic dimension that my writing had been missing. Obviously, you don’t want a book to end with, “And that’s why you should always…” because that isn’t going to change people. But if you can write a book with inspiring characters and play with the reader’s emotions, then they can learn a lesson from it and apply it to them. That wasn’t happening before, but hopefully it will now.

For that, I wrote down a list of a lot of the life lessons that I’ve learned (or should have learned) and a lot of them just fit with characters. Like, “You can’t change other people, so change yourself,” goes definitely to Taira. And Kai’s is clearly, “Heroism means integrity. You have to keep to your standards no matter the situation or justification,” which is possibly my favorite one.

Some of the others were tricky, like with Will or Bennett, but I figured them out. (“You can make a difference” and “if you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything,” respectively.)

Then I took the plot and altered it just slightly so that it would affect all of them personally. Since Meryn is so separated from the rest of them and really isn’t participating in the main plot, she was the main problem, so I spent a couple pages figuring out why their plan would affect her.

And now I’m feeling much better about the plot. There’s still so much to do, but at least I know where I’m going and why it’ll affect the character and so hopefully I have enough to get back to writing on.

I may do a very short and basic outline so that I can figure out what I’m already supposed to have written and included, but I might not and instead just continue where I left off with the better plot. *shrugs*

Anyway, I know this is a rather short and bland post, but, hey, things are working out more and I’m feeling happy about the development I’ve done, so I figured that was worth sharing. (Don’t worry, I’ll have some more exciting posts after this busy weekend.)

Oh, and before the questions at the end of this post, here’s a quick update on blogging that I forgot to post a week or two ago-I’ve gotten to a thousand comments! The thousandth comment was done by Kellyn Roth, who well-deserved this honor due to her many comments on my blog (somewhere around 150 by now. Actually, I lied–nearly 200 comments!). Thank you all for all of your comments and your conversation with me! It’s been lots of fun.

How has your writing been coming along? Have you had any breakthroughs like I have had, are you stuck in writer’s block, or are you still just breezing along with amazing skills? I would love to hear about all of your novels–go ahead, ramble!

18 thoughts on “Rambles on Writing #2: Things Are Looking Up

  1. clairerwong February 18, 2017 / 3:23 AM

    Sounds like you’ve made some really good progress with your characters and plot there – well done for persevering through a tough patch and I hope it gets easier from here! My first novel was published yesterday (eek!) and in all the excitement I’m now seriously off schedule to meet the deadline for my next one, but hoping I can pick up the pace a bit and get this draft finished before long!


    • Lana February 18, 2017 / 8:58 PM

      Thank you! Oh wow, that’s awesome! What is your novel called, and what’s it about? And good luck with meeting your deadline! 🙂


  2. May Everly February 18, 2017 / 8:59 AM

    Ayyy, I’m glad to hear that you’ve got things figured out! I am still having plot problems (I start outlining again today, since I’ve been so busy these last few days), but they’ll get figured out! Eventually…

    Ooh, talking about your characters makes me want to read more! And that is a great way to fix plots: making sure the characters groe and change in some way that is related to the plot. *applauds*


    • Lana February 18, 2017 / 8:57 PM

      Thank you! Oh, good luck! If you know of anything I could do to help, please tell me. 🙂

      Yayy! I’m glad that you want to hear more about them! I still want to include a post about the plot of my actual novel because I haven’t done that recently, and hopefully that’ll be really fun. And thank you! Now the real test is to make sure I can actually do it in my writing… 😛

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      • May Everly February 18, 2017 / 10:06 PM

        You’re welcome, and good luck to you as well! And aww, thank you so much! I definitely will. 🙂

        Yes! Do that! We’d all love to read it. 🙂 Excerpts are great too… 😉


  3. Kellyn Roth February 19, 2017 / 11:49 PM

    Oh, wow, 200! Eesh. Didn’t realize I, um, rambled so much on here ……… oh well! *prepares for more rambles*

    That’s so awesome! I really need to start doing that for my characters! I mean, seriously, that’s gotta be the best idea ever. How come I don’t do that? I spend forever on my characters, but I never go and assign little lessons to each of them! I’m just like, “Alice, you don’t need to learn anything. I love ya. You’re perfect as you are …” 😉

    1,000 comments! Yay! I … have no idea what any of my stats are. Oh, well. Probably around there or something. I don’t know.

    Good luck with Enhanced! I’m so sorry I didn’t get to reading it yet. I’m so behind on everything! I thought I’d get more work done on the airplane down and in California, but here I am, and I’m catching up with comments and posts and such … and not much else! Oh, and chatting with my buddies (who I miss after two days down here … I just can’t stand this …), but not much else. 😉


    • Lana February 23, 2017 / 11:42 PM

      Nahh, it’s great! Every blogger wishes for someone who’ll comment 200 times on their blog! 🙂

      Well, I don’t know…it just seemed to be what I needed to do for my characters. I don’t know if it’s entirely necessary for every character… It’s really odd, because I never develop characters from different novels the same way. I can’t. Like, in Battle Song, everyone is developed really emotionally, but then in Enhanced, I spent a lot of time developing attributes and quirks and weaknesses and stuff like that. *shrugs*

      Yay! From what I’ve seen of your stats, they’re amazing. Don’t you have like 20,000 views or something? That’s amazing!

      Thanks! And no, it’s okay. I totally understand thinking that you’re going to get something done and then…you don’t. It’s a problem. But you really don’t need to read it if you don’t want to. (However, once I finish the draft, I may force you to read it…mwahaha. 😉 )

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      • Kellyn Roth February 24, 2017 / 3:09 PM

        I just make my characters into mini-mes, then add some other people in, then obsess over them until they become their own people. I keep trying to tell people how I do it and failing. XD Sorry, genius just ain’t describable … just kidding. 😛
        I have like 20,000 “hits,” whatever that means. I honestly have no idea … I’m technologically impaired.
        I’m really going to after life settles down … and I mean it! 😛


      • Lana February 24, 2017 / 11:14 PM

        Haha, well, it seems like it’s worked, even if you can’t describe it!

        That means you have 20,000 page views on your blog, which is awesome. I’m almost at 2500…so I applaud your fabulous blogging…ness… 😉

        Haha, if you say so.

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      • Kellyn Roth February 24, 2017 / 11:18 PM

        I think most of the views come from blog tours/other stuff like that, but thanks. 😛


  4. Kellyn Roth February 21, 2017 / 12:54 AM

    Just popping in again to let you know that you won third place in the contest on my blog. I can’t give you the link on this device, but it’s the post I published today … and … should be the top post until Friday. So you should be able to find it. 🙂


    • Lana February 23, 2017 / 11:27 PM

      When I first saw this, I thought, “Wait, I didn’t enter in any contest!” And then I realized I had. Oops. 😛

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kellyn Roth February 24, 2017 / 3:03 PM

        He, yeah …


  5. April McLauren February 25, 2017 / 1:57 PM

    I hit 1k comments too! Wow, what a coincidence! 😛
    I love reading your writing posts, your book sounds so amazingly awesome!


  6. Kit February 27, 2017 / 5:03 PM

    Ah, I love Kai’s life lesson! I’m glad things are going better with your writing. 🙂


    • Lana March 2, 2017 / 5:51 PM

      Thank you–I love it too! Heroes are so awesome. And thanks; me too! 😀


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