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I'm a writer
Sorta, I call my stories parodies because I use characters, locations, and stories from other media, and I'm planning to just post my comics to Deviant Art (I don't write novels, I write comic books), and even though the characters aren't all MLP ponies, I draw them as such because I suck at drawing humans, not to mention their stick horses so it feels more like a child's coloring book than a comic book
Anyway, I'm mostly trying to just write the lore for the universe I've placed every character in existence in while writing interesting stories for the main group at the same time
One problem I have is a giant main cast, there are like 45 characters in the main group (3 are OCs, 1 is my in-universe version of myself, and the rest are from existing media), and I try not to dump them all into one story unless it's a truly epic/important one (where the stakes are incredibly high and the plot also sounds really cool), so normal stories only show like 10 or 15 of them, which granted is still a lot but not in the context of there being 45 main characters, luckily, I'll try to not add any more, my obsessions into new series is the reason there's so many, so I'll try not to go too crazy if I get a new obsession
From everything you here any advice to improve, I want to keep this giant main group, my art style, and "comic book" feel to let you know what I want to keep
Great video. Extremely valuable information. Thanks for your great work. 👍🏾😎. I’ve made sure to save this video to my favourites.
I love Tolkien so much, but the man needs to chill with the description😂😂.
Thing I find important to note: Seeing the book like a movie is not universal actually. Aphantasia is a thing, some people are better at it than others. Some people are better at imagining touch, sound, smell or emotions and including multiple senses in descriptions can make or break the experience.
"There's a little rule of thumb that I actually believe in, which is that the story needs to turn every four to six pages [8 to 12 minutes]." -- Ken Follett. He also said you should only have to read his sentences once.
Best example of pacing I can think of is Steven King’s “if it bleeds” the main story. In the beginning the detective is remembering an old traumatic case she experienced. Her thoughts are slow and vague but specific details stand out. It felt foggy and unclear but there were certain details that I could see crystal clear that is consistent with how people remember trauma. It had a perfect subtlety of foreshadowing mixed it as well
I’m to read normally now.
Hazel shall tell me.
It’s ok. Everything shall be fine.
abbie, when i came to your book-signing, you rejected me and called me a beta reader. i swear, abbie, i’m an alpha reader. gimme another chance!
I have the exact opposite problem. I forget that other people don’t have the movie in my head and add too little detail as a result.
I was waiting for "writing description" like eternity.
I'm a screenwriter and I'm good with that but as I venture over to your-side I find the "NARRATIVE" (voice) the most challenging. I suppose like you said it's a matter of just writing and discovering as well as looking at my fav novelist...which I do...but still this I find the most challenging. Thanks for touching the subject. Would love to know more however. Thanks for being you Abbie.
The Stars My Destination has great pacing.
Your videos have helped me tremendously! Thank you!
This is my first book I am working on. So I really appreciate all your advice. Thank you for making these videos😊
This is my writing process
I love the pacing of John Steinbeck.
Iron-Man 2 is very brilliant on pacing.