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Prompt: Rant and Rave

Inspired by something that happened today, because grouching about something helps you feel better, right?

Someone in your roster of characters has something to say. They have something going on that’s been bothering them, maybe they can’t talk about it, or it’s just too personal to tell to someone else about. It’s angering them or it’s festering into something that will become a problem. The point is, some situation is going on that they have an opinion about, and that opinion can’t be spilled.

Put them in a situation where they can, whether it’s to a stuffed toy or the heavybag they’re practicing their boxing on. Let them let it all out, get physical, get loud, get angry, go on for a while, get breathless.

Make sure to note how they feel afterward. Did it help at all? Do they see things differently now, and did it help them to ask different questions? What does it do for their development, or doesn’t it? Is it just an amplifier for a helpless feeling, do they just feel more trapped?

One other thing to note is, how often do they do it, or how often does it need to be done, to help them cope, and does the affect ever wear out?

Let them loose on what’s going on, don’t hold back, and see how far it takes you, or them. After all, what’ve you got to lose? 😉

-The Novice Wordsmith

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Competition and Success

For the longest time, I remember being in limbo between being a great writer and being a writer who’s better than all of the others. Reading turns into a pissing match of how you could outperform someone, and how you could get the attention of an audience better than that author. Writing turns into a competition instead of a past time or something you want to do for a living, something you enjoy.

It seems like one of the most fundamental lessons, to see every other writer as a potential teacher instead of someone you’re in a race with. When you take the competition out, it changes completely. You’re more relaxed about your writing, you take it in stride, you bury yourself in it and you do what you feel comfortable with. You’re more able to find your style and run with it than trying to one-up someone else or make a “Style to Rule them All.”

A lot of it came from when I was younger, writing in school and others telling me how well I did. Swollen ego can do that to you, and being around people who have written for longer and can do it better than you is an extremely humbling experience if you have that problem.

I forget what really happened to make me stop and reconsider what I was doing, but I know it happened in the past couple of years. Probably, I’m willing to bet it came from a talk with Friend about writing style. An attack of feeling too self-conscious about how I was doing or not doing, and the all too famous, “but this person, got published, I bet I could do better!”

There are literally several dozen thousands of writers out there, if not millions. Both published authors and unpublished. There will be published authors you read and think your skill is better than theirs, and unpublished ones who baffle the hell out of you when you find out they’ve never been published. It is seriously such a mixed bag, but don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Someone will find worth in your writing, if you want to get published. There is an audience out there.

It’s never about who you’re better than, but how you are, and how you do it.

Seeing others as someone to learn from opens new doors for you, to see what might work in your worlds or not, to test your own limits, to add to your vocabulary or your collection of ideas in some association. You go from bitter to supportive, wishing them the best in their endeavors instead of putting them down because you haven’t found your own success.

It’s so much easier for me to be happier for others, and that includes life outside of writing.

And so much nicer, not to get down about things. After coming to the realization that everything happens at different points in life for everyone, it became a lot easier for me to be happier. I know plenty of people think it’s a crock of shit to say that everything happens for a reason, but the phrase has given me a lot of peace of mind, and has made a lot easier to swallow in my life. Just because I’m not married or not popping out kiddos or traveling the world or working for a fortune 500 company or a world-renowned author by now, doesn’t mean I’m failing at life. It just means there are other things in my future.

Of course, it doesn’t mean sit around waiting for something to happen, it means: Make it happen, don’t let an inflated ego or a bruised one keep you down, go for it. Get up, dust yourself off, and keep going.

For those who think that you can’t make your dreams come true, maybe it doesn’t work that easy for you. At least, find something that does, and do it until you can’t stand it anymore.

– The Novice Wordsmith

Prompt: Unleashed

Whether rational or irrational, we all get angry, but what happens when we’re pushed to our breaking points?

Put a character in this position. What does it take? Who or what finally gets them over the edge, and what happens when they go over? What kind of person are they when their controls, their calm and their understanding is thrown to the wind like the caution of their aggressor?

Consider what kind of situation they’d have to be in. Is it a combat scene, with magic or with blades, or is it a discussion that turns badly awry? Does it highlight their skill and ability, or is it an exercise in futility and failure?

Think about everything, your own experience, movies, video games, television shows, books. Nine times out of ten, when the character “unleashes,” it brings them a win. You get egged on until you can’t stand it anymore and then let loose the fury of a thousand suns. On the other hand, there is that rage and upset can blind. Suddenly, the character is just going for motions or shrieking because they can.

Another fun thing to think about is if you have characters that avoid anger and temper, instead opting to curl up and go quiet. Shutting down instead of letting loose.

Whatever extreme they go to, make it happen, see what their reaction is. After all, even the creator can be surprised by what their characters do.

-The Novice Wordsmith