Tag Archives: Storybuilding

Once Again, Camp Approacheth!

By | March 13, 2017

It’s that time of the year again, when plot bunnies start popping out of the woodwork and the siren lure of a Camp NaNoWriMo can be heard!

(We’ll ignore the fact that my track record for wins with Camp NaNo’s is currently abysmal.)

So what’s on the docket for April’s Camp? Why my attempt at a play on the Beauty and the Beast story, Into Darkness. Which currently exists primarily in my head and a few very badly written scenes from twenty years ago, give or take.

Which makes a perfect start for a planster (half planner/half panster) NaNo! 😉

So let’s do some planning! 😀

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It’s Not a Story Till Somebody Dies (The Wolves We Are)

By | December 23, 2011

The Wolves We Are

“Hey, um, writer-monkey?” Cautiously the fictive stuck her head into the bedroom room where the Writer was typing away on her laptop, three dogs and a ghost cat striving to conquer every inch of uncontested bedspread territory. “Got a minute?”

(Ye Olde MuseFic follows, sussing out protagonist motivations — thus Spoilers Ahead!) Continue reading

In Dreams of Trees : Werewolf Bartenders [PLOTBUILDING]

By | November 24, 2011

Wordcount: 407
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Wordwar, Plotbuilding. Continue reading

In Dreams of Trees : Raptor Santa [PLOTBUILDING]

By | November 24, 2011

Wordcount: 1,056
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Wordwar, plot-building for Blue’s group. Continue reading

In Dreams of Trees : Closing The Gaps [PLOTBUILDING]

By | November 15, 2011

Wordcount: 396
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Wordwar to try and suss out plotholes and knit things back together. Continue reading

In Dreams of Trees : A Sea of Grass [PLOTBUILDING]

By | November 14, 2011

Wordcount: 592
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Word war. Gray and Tan find a wild subplot. Continue reading

Patching Plot Holes (The Wolves We Are)

By | September 23, 2011

Ye Olde KickAss Muse

The Writer was curled up on her couch with a cat, two dogs, and a laptop. Her yet-another-werewolf fictive was on the floor petting the third dog who was Being Awesome as only boy corgis can be.

“I can’t figure out why this story isn’t working.” The Writer sighed, glaring at the draft of The Wolves We Are, “I actually outlined the plot and everything.”

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Index Card Notes from When Good is Dumb [Storybuilding]

By | November 29, 2009

These are all the ‘missing scenes’ from the NaNo notecards. Who knows if they’ll ever make it into the book…

Brian vs Demon
– learning
– limitations

Confronting Balance
– not technically against the rules
– Henri, Kat, Alec
– little white lies

Alec Prepares to Leave
– fiefdoms
– benevolent dictatorship
– HQ transformation
– Alec starts putting plans in motion to save the whole world by himself, just in case everyone else turns out to be idiots

Brian attacks Alec
– amateurs
– Kat working solo

Where is the Panic?
– slow start
– changes
– future government plans

Silverwitch: Storybuilding and Worldbuilding

By | October 8, 2009

Otherwise known as: random thoughts put to paper.


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Novel_in_90: Day 8 (catch-up)

By | June 27, 2008

PROJECT: Novel_in_90
WORDCOUNT: 839 words
TOTAL: 3865 + 839 = 4704

“So now we’re pretending it’s yesterday?” Nahyl looked around in confusion. “It’s that a bit timey-wimey for this setting?”

“Suppose so, but I’m world-building in the catch-ups, so this should affect the actual story that’s taking place in real-time.” The writer finished the last of her paperwork and leaned back in an out-of-place office chair. “So what’s the topic for today– I mean yesterday?”

“Considering I have no idea what you are planning on talking about for Days 4-7 –whenever you get around to catching them up too– I have no clue. I suppose we’d be on to the actual plot at this point?”

“Ah plots.” The writer stared off into the distance with the sort of thoughtful look best reserved for condolence cards and motivational posters. “Plots.”

“Yes, you know, those things of where there are either seven or twenty depending on who you ask?”

“That almost looks like it belongs on Snoopes.” The writer eyed the collective links warily. “So let’s start with the easy bit: I like happy endings, that’s one of the three-err, two choices.”

“I’m rather partial to them myself,” the fictive admitted, “but self-preservation requires me to ask if you mean happy happy, or just ‘not everyone dies’, because you have some really odd ideas of happy endings. No offense.”


“I’m not taking that as a good sign.”

“Probably for the best.” The writer paused for a moment to add in a bit of cloud cover and the faintest touches of snow on the higher mountain elevations. “How about the Man vs Nature plot?”

“Considering that this is technically a colony planet, that sounds apropos.” The fictive eyes the khail. “But what kind of animals are we talking about? I’m not really keen on the idea of a SciFi Channel-esque Monster-of-the-Week movie plot.”

“Considering there aren’t any prehistoric critters for me to resurrect, you’re pretty safe.”

“Hmmm, well actually there might be. How long have we been on planet?”

“Never though about it; all I was really worried about is that you’d been there long enough to establish and to have completely forgotten about living elsewhere.” The writer squinted thoughtfully at the newly painted mountain-tops. “Actually, you might not have any oceans on this planet, maybe a few large inland seas though. Which could mean most of the water is atmospheric and that would give you pretty dense cloud cover, which might work, but that might preclude the relatively deep snowfalls in Mists of Haiyts. Hmm…”

“And that’s really more of a world-building than a plot-building exercise, no?”

“Not really,” the writer pointed at the mountains, “Look, if those mountains are normally covered in snow, but the snow all melts, what happens?”

“Flash floods?”

“No, no, I mean think of it in terms of ‘Monster-of-the-week’. What happens if the planet has infrequent warm periods, but the animals around here act more like plants than actual animals.”

The cats gave her an insulted look.

“Seriously though, there are some seeds that only sprout under very specific sets of circumstances. Those that need to be through fires, floods–” the writer made whooshing motions with her hands, which did nothing to mollify the cats. “So what if there’s something up there, some animal that needs heat in its lifecycle?”

“Wait, why would something that needs heat live on top of a mountain?” Now both the fictive and the cats were giving the writer unimpressed looks. “The eggs would never hatch, assuming we’re working with eggs, because animals that lay seeds would be taking it a bit too far.”

“Eggs are fine by me, but think about it. The seeds that sprout after heat were made that way so that once the forest fire had passed, the plants could repopulate. If the eggs are waiting for heat–”

“That means all the adult animals have probably died off.”


“So, assuming that the little critters need the heat to survive, and only eventually grow into their ‘winter coats’, what kind of growth rate are we looking at?” The whole group was now eyeing the mountains warily.

“Mmm, assuming the cold protection is a heat gathering/retention method that increases as they grow, it could really depend.” The writer summoned her inter-dimensional laptop and started playing with Excel.

“I’m guessing you don’t intend to kill off the whole planet with these things… right?”

“I couldn’t. Even assuming the warmth cycle is long, there’s no way I could get away with wiping the planet clean. The new critters would have nothing to eat, would all die off– no, wait a minute, maybe that could work. Assuming they grow until they reach saturation, then all die off at once (more or less) than that means some of the plant and animal life would survive because they’d move up from the smaller prey and–”

“You are seriously considering creating something that is going to trigger a mass die-off planet-wide?”

“Well, it could be fun.”

“We seriously need to work on your definition of ‘fun’ and ‘happy ending’.”