There are a thousand-and-one things I have been meaning to say, but I have been so busy with real life. It’s kind of funny, you know? Some days I am able to unwind, lean back, actually think a day ahead— and other days I am running up and down, getting up at 5AM and not getting home until 10PM. At least work has been good. Lot’s of writing. I was able to revive the current project— which is funny, because the book is about a character who happens to be undead (I am SO funny I swear you guys). Today was, overall, a pretty good day. Which is something I would not have said of most days last week. Definitely a good start~ ♥︎

Now, though, since I do have about a thousand-and-one things I have been meaning to say, I think the best way to tackle them would be to get started— so let’s do just that c;

In no special order:

  1. If you haven’t already, I am asking for ideas for new Writing Playlists, you can read all about it HERE.
  2. Someone asked if I actually *do* enjoy making playlists. Well, let me just tell you that I have been listening to Digital Reality on repeat since Friday. That playlist came out REALLY GOOD.
  3. I did watch Guardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome. Best movie of the summer in my opinion. That last ‘fight’ between bad-guy-whose-name-I-forget and Starlord was THE BEST THING IN SUPERHERO MOVIE HISTORY. No one ever goes *there* and by *there* I mean that no one ever has the main character interrupt the big bad guy during his victory speech. It was a good movie, you guys.
  4. "Alright, now I am standing up. We are all standing up. Like a bunch of idiots. Are you happy now?"
  5. "Nothing gets by me. I am too fast. I would catch it."
  6. "We are just like Kevin Bacon."
  7. Okay, enough GotG references. Let me just say, though, that it’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to re-watch a movie. That hasn’t happened since… Scott Pilgrim. I think :p
  8. Remember when I was super stressed because I thought I had filed my immigration information late? Apparently I was not late at all. Thank you USCIS for being obtuse about deadlines (and requirements) so that I would nearly have a panic attack.
  9. Fun Fact: The USCIS website does NOT contain all the information you need to file paperwork. How is that even possible.
  10. (Actually-Fun Story) My favorite Youtuber is an LPer named Nothernlion, my artist and I watch his stuff ALL the time, and we also talk about him very often. Like, we talk about his jokes and silly bits the same way people talk about their favorite TV shows. The funny thing is that my sister has been catching bits from second-hand conversations, and now it has come to the point when every time we mention Northernlion she (un-sarcastically) rolls her eyes and goes "OH LET ME GUESS, YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT NL, GREAT."
  11. No seriously. She has begun to sarcastically-unsarcastically make jokes about it. "OH, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER YOUTUBER? WHAT’S HIS NAME, SOUTHERNLION?”
  12. :kappa:
  13. So, I finished reading Venus in Furs. I take back 90% of what I said about that book. It was not very well written, and it had the most misogynistic (and wtf) ending ever. Overall not a fun read. Would not recommend :/
  14. I finished the first arc (books 1-5) of The Chronicles of Amber. To be honest, I was actually okay with the 5th book. Like, I still think it’s not good, just not awful anymore. Reading through 6 right now, and I am… enjoying it. It’s weird because I didn’t actually like it the first time I read it and now, I am actually liking it. It’s weird.
  15. I actually bought a $15 DVI-Thunderbolt adapter and I put one of my old monitors to use. Now I have a dual-monitor set-up running out of my macbook! Best $15 bucks spent :D If people are interested in seeing my set-up I may post pics.

That… is a lot :0 Good to get it all out though, I have been holding on to those jokes for weeks.

As a final note, though, I would like to take a second to thank the wonderful and extremely generous people who have supported my Patreon Page. They are directly supporting this blog, pledging their hard-earned money to my cause— and that truly means the world to me.

To you, Patrons and Patronesses, thank you for your support! ♥︎

And now… my food has gotten cold, as it tends to do. I always go long on these posts c; No matter, though— it is nice to share some of my silliness with you. The world needs a little more silliness and, of course, the world needs stories~ ♥︎

Keep Writing, writerly friends!

maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♫

Do you enjoy my Writing Playlists? Do you want to see more? Good, because I really enjoy making them :D

Better than that, though, I love being able to work with you (my awesome followers) and come up with interesting and cool new playlists! After all, Digital Future sprung from a follower asking for a ‘futuristic’ playlist (and that was tons of fun to make). Trust me when I say that I absolutely welcome my follower’s input~

So, consider this your formal invitation to send me playlist requests!

Is there a theme, or mood, or genre, that you think I should make a writing playlist for? Then reblog this post, reply to it, or drop a message in my inbox, with your request! 

Over the next couple of days I will be looking over your replies, and I will make a poll similar to the one I did recently, so that ultimately the choice as to what will go up first on the blog will be up to you~ ♥︎

I can’t wait to read your submissions! (✿ ♥‿♥)

PS: By the way, new Writing Playlists will go up on Tuesday (instead of Thursdays). That’s right. That means you will be getting a new playlist tomorrow!

✶ DAILY CHARACTER QUESTION ✶

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Who is the one companion your Protagonist always has at their side? Write a scene where this companion suddenly disappears.

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✶ DAILY CHARACTER QUESTION ✶

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Who is the one companion your Protagonist always has at their side? Write a scene where this companion suddenly disappears.

Want to publish a story inspired by this prompt? Click here to read the guidelines~ ♥︎ And, if you’re looking for more writerly content, make sure to follow me: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

My villain is a mole on the hero team, but for some reason, whenever I try to reveal this, it comes off as Deus Ex Machina. They feel fully developed, but I know that I can't hint towards their true identity. So, how can I not hint at something, then reveal it, but notlook dumb in the eyes of the readers?

Asked by
mrminun

maxkirin:

Hello there, reasonably-stressed writerly friend~ ♥︎

I totally understand where you are coming from. This is actually hand-in-hand with a few questions I got about writing Mystery novels. After all, how do you keep the twist a secret without making it come out of nowhere, and without foreshadowing it to all hell?

Before we begin, though— I don’t want to be the Word Czar, but I have to clarify your use of the term ‘Deus Ex Machina' (I totally got what you meant, but I want to make this clear so that you and any writerly friends reading this understand what it means before using this term c:).

Deus Ex Machina is latin for: “God from The Machine.” It is a plot device in which a problem (or situation) that seemed unsolvable is abruptly solved via the introduction of a character, item, or element. This is considered a negative plot device because it makes the story feel as though the writer ran out of ideas to get their characters out of trouble. The origin of this term comes from Greek Plays, in which Gods would be dropped into the climax of a story to suddenly solve all the problems and bring about the happy ending.

A modern example of this would be the ‘battle of wits’ scene from The Princess Bride, in which Westley gambles for the princess via making Vizzini choose one of two cups (one of which presumably has poison in it), meaning that one of the two men will die based on the choice. Of course, Westley has poisoned both cups, and Vizzini dies regardless of his choice— except Westley reveals that he had an immunity he NEVER been mentioned, to a poison that had only been introduced MINUTES prior.

How convenient…

Let me clarify that I love The Princess Bride, it’s one of my favorite movies. I love it. I really do. And I get that the twist was kind of the point of that scene. But still. How convenient that a problem that seemed impossible to overcome was solved by something we could not have EVER seen coming :p

So, now that the daily writing language lesson is out of the way… let’s tackle your question~ ♥︎

How do I make sure the twist in my story is effective? How do I make sure it’s not absolutely unexpected, without telegraphing my intentions?

The secret to a great twist is not in writing the story…

It’s in the revision.

Seriously. Do you honestly think that writers come up with the perfect plot twist on the first draft? Of course not! This is especially true for Mystery novels, in which (more often than not) the writer themselves does not know who the culprit is until the very end.

The trick here is to first write the story. Get it out on the page. Then let it sit for a while, and when you come back to it revise it, revise it, revise it, and the revise it some more. I can tell you from personal experience that once you have completed a book, and stepped aside for a few weeks, when you come back you will be able to look at the story as a whole. You will be able to spot the threads where you made mistakes— and you will be able to find the perfect places to sprinkle a few clues here and there.

In your situation, try not to worry about how it ‘sounds’ right now. Just get it on the page. You have the entire revision process to iron out the details, to add elements that show this character as a mole and to leave hints for your reader!

In case you are wondering, of course I have advice for revision. I actually have a post about my Top 5 Tips for Revision. I think they will be perfect for when you’re ready to start polishing up this story.

I hope this helps! I know that not everyone likes to be told to ‘keep writing and fix it later’ but that is seriously the way to go here. You can’t write a plot twist (or a mystery novel) you have to revise them~ ♥︎

If you (or any of the writerly friends reading this) have any more questions, make sure to send them my way!

Keep Writing~

✐ DAILY WEIRD PROMPT ✐

I’M BAAACK!
Write about a character who happens to be a supernatural creature, and a total prankster. The catch? This character was recently banished using magic. Double catch? They  just found a way to get back, and they are ready to get revenge on whoever banished them.

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✐ DAILY WEIRD PROMPT ✐

I’M BAAACK!

Write about a character who happens to be a supernatural creature, and a total prankster. The catch? This character was recently banished using magic. Double catch? They  just found a way to get back, and they are ready to get revenge on whoever banished them.

Want to publish a story inspired by this prompt? Click here to read the guidelines~ ♥︎ And, if you’re looking for more writerly content, make sure to follow me: maxkirin.tumblr.com!