IWSG – Going Down the Right Path & Announcement

First I want to give a shout out to Nicohle Christopherson. She is co-hosting IWSG this month. She is also my first student, and it has been a privilege to teach her. Like many beginners, she was resistant to my teachings, but over time, saw the value of my wisdom. In that time, we’ve watch the first 12 seasons of RedvsBlue (good to watch for great dialogue), and started watching Elementary together, and a number of movies, many of which she thought she wouldn’t like.

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I’m very proud of her. She is destined to become an author. So I ask that you stop by her page and show her some love.

Help Keep This Site Running

The success of this site has been a dream come true. It is my hope for this to remain on the internet indefinitely, but due to my disability, my funds will be short. I need your help to keep this site running.

I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-madness-worldbuilding-continue

Announcement

I have been a bit secretive for my book that is coming out, where I use astrology to help people learn how to create more complex characters. This month, I am announcing a major part of it that will make my book quite unique.

As you know if you’ve read my past posts, is that I am doing a book that features profiles from a combination of Greek and Chinese Zodiac. This means I will have 144 profiles of possible characters that you can use any way you need to. But to help enhance the experience, I am making use of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. You know, that personality test that gives you four letters (mine is ENTP).

While I haven’t really looked too extensively, I don’t think anyone has every tried to combine Astrology and MBTI before, at least not on this level. I use MBTI so I can get a better grasp of the personalities to make a more complete profile, but also is a benefit to the reader to help them narrow down the personality they are looking for. This averages out to 9 astrology profiles per one MBTI.

Is This Right?

Whether we are starting out as a writer, or having been a writer for a long time, we often get that feeling of, “Am I doing this right?” While we can get people to tell us something positive that can give us a great push, it doesn’t always last. We then look at our work and think that it is awful and we are a failure.

Nicohle’s IWSG this month features her issues with this, which I’m glad to say that I’ve shown her that she is on the right track with her work, but while showing her that, I was able to show myself the same thing. The thing is, what I’m doing is so massive, it has so many moving parts. While the final version will be a great deal more simplified, I have to understand all of this to a great degree to take something so big and make it compact.

It’s nerve-racking. Especially with my disability. But in using my research to help my student, I saw how my research was exactly what writers need today. Helping her find her confidence that she was doing her story and characters correctly, she helped me realize that my system can truly help people.

It’s easy for us writers to think we are doing badly. It’s as prevalent as writer’s block, and both keep us from actually writing. Sometimes we get so focus on getting it perfect, we lose our connection to the story. Or the research is so massive, we don’t remember which way is up.

Reach out to someone and ask for help. If nowhere else, the IWSG Facebook group is a great place to start. You may realize that you have been on the right path all of this time, and just need someone to give a compass to get you back on your way.

Help Keep This Site Running

This site is a great achievement for me, but due to being unable to work, I may not be able to keep this site running. With your help, I might be able to.

I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-madness-worldbuilding-continue

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