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Nanowrimo 2017
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Author:  altimis [ Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:13 pm ]
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Hey guys,

With November coming up just a day away, I've started another nanowrimo post.
My plan is to post bit by bit here, but I have my doubts about having time to finish. I'm gonna try anyway.

Feel free to post advice, thoughts, own stories, inspiration, or whatever. This is more of a hey anybody else out there, than anything.

Here's hoping to a successful wrimo!

For those of you old folks, this story will be familiar, but I've made changes over the years. I never finished it for nanowrimo and it's quite the shame because I have files upon files with this story fleshing out characters and whatnot. To ease the burden on me for writing, I'm just going to make it a blatant pokemon fanfiction. Not character-wise, but for the sake of not having to create a bunch of monsters on the fly I'm going to be describing pokemon. if I feel that I have a head start enough, I will correct this, but it depends on the flow of the story.

Overall, the plot has undergone some minor changes, but ultimately remains the same. I have some high hopes for it.


Author:  altimis [ Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:53 pm ]
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Anytime I post things like this, just know that per any nanowrimo, it's rushed, unedited, and meant entirely to get words out. Apologies in advance.

The first day:

Author:  altimis [ Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:41 am ]
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Day two!

Author:  altimis [ Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:14 pm ]
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Just as a heads up, I remembered how to "pretty it up" so its not as monstruous to read.
There will still be errors, but now it looks slightly nicer.

Author:  altimis [ Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:32 am ]
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Not that I'm going to fix it now, but I already dislike how Alexis was introduced. I like the circumstance, but I don't like her character so far. She's too standoffish. That's something that will change when I can edit, but I just gotta go fast right now.

Author:  altimis [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:39 pm ]
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So I missed a scene, and this is an addendum to the previous post... The first line and the last line reveal where it fits in with the story.

Each house we passed had a different dinner to smell. They were all fish, and berries or jams, but they were all prepared differently.

We were passing by the Mare home, when we caught a glimpse of Ezra kneeling hauntingly off to the side. She had a small gardening shovel in her hand, and she was staring at us when we noticed her.
"Hey Ezra! What are you doing?" I asked running over to her. She remained silent as I approached.
"Morning," she replied sullenly.
"It's almost the end of the day Ezra, I think you mean good afternoon at the very least." As I got nearer I noticed that she was digging a hole. Not for gardening, but a deeper hole.
"No. I'm mourning."
"I'm sorry Ezra, what happened?"
"My parents said that I should bury Bailey."
"Why?" I asked.
"Bailey died," she paused and gestured to the hole. Her stuffed animal was in the hole partially covered in dirt. I could tell why I thought Bailey looked different today in school. Bailey had clearly been washed within the last day or two. I think Ezra was just looking for an excuse to get Bailey dirty again.
"I'm sorry to hear that Ezra. Is there anything I can do to help?"
Ezra turned to look at me squarely with her jet black eyes. She didn't seem to be looking at me though. "No." I was about to apologize, but the hair on the back of my neck began to rise. I felt a bit chilly, and the look Ezra was giving in my general direction didn't seem entirely natural. I was feeling uncomfortable and froze. I felt like something was floating just behind me. Ezra leaned in a little closer and whispered monotonously, "Death comes for you."
I was startled by a hand on my shoulder; I was jostled back to reality. My hair relaxed, my body temperature was normal, and I wasn't locked in place. I turned to look at Bailey in its hole. Ezra is truly playing the part that her stuff animal is real; she was very dedicated to this sentiment. I gave her a brief nod, and allowed myself to be reeled back to Lucas.
"We're sorry for interrupting you, Ezra. We'll leave you two alone," Lucas mumbled.
"I'm sorry for your loss Ezra. I hope I didn't offend you."
"You misunderstand. I enjoy you. Thank you." Ezra went back to slowly piling dirt onto Bailey. Completely ignoring us as if we didn't just have a conversation. We took that as our cue to leave, and we continued on towards the edge of town.

Just on the outskirt of town was when we reached our first difficulty. We passed by the last home on our way through the wooded trail. We should've been set for the five minute walk, until I wasn't able to walk anymore.

Author:  altimis [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:12 pm ]
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Author:  miss_bun [ Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:16 am ]
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Let’s do it

I have an idea for a novel

Author:  altimis [ Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:35 pm ]
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I do want to post that I am still active in nanowrimo. I caught a snag in the plot and decided to hash it out proper, rather than let it go and have to fix it later.

Yes that inhibited my writing, but I have all day tomorrow to catch up, and I've got it squared away so that later I'll be set.

Author:  altimis [ Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:58 pm ]
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Well it wasn't so much the plot as it is... organizing, and making sure I have my own characters straight.

The hematite leaders don't go by their names, they go by the following titles:
Sigma, Phi, Omega (to make Omega squadron)
Alpha, Beta, Delta (to make Delta squadron)
Epsilon, Lambda, Theta (to make Theta squadron)
Then there is the commander Mu.

these are all under The hematite princess, Felicia, and the hematite king Marcus.
As you can see, there may be some confusion given they are all symbols and what not, and in the opening gambit I made a mistake based on the initial story (that I changed over the two years I stewed over this). basically, mymemory said one thing, my notes said something else. SO over the last few days I've been poring over my notes to make sure that this won't happen again, and deciding on whether I alter the characters to fit what I put, or correct what I put to fit the story... etc all tangled and messy.

The easiest example of this (and what made me realize I might have made a mistake) was, for example:
Aa has a certain characteristic that would put him at spot HERE, but I but Bb HERE, and Aa THERE. I put Aa's characterisitcs on Bb, but then realized that Aa didn't fit THERE.

That's when I realized I messed up, and had to go back to make sure the squadrons were where they were supposed to be, with their correct characteristics etc.

I have like fifty note cards, one for each character.
A few lines about looks or quirks. A few lines for their (if any) place in a hierarchy. A paragraph about before the story, a paragraph of goals for after story, and a few plots points where this character will show up.
This way, whenever I need to write a scene,, I bring a few of the character cards with me to where I go, and I have enough information to write, even if I'll need to go back and edit later.
NOTE: Not all of these are going to come up in the story, which is sad, but this is all about knowing your character enough so that the story will become easier to write.

For example: I have one character that I based on the Silent Protagonist trope in video games. So I had to work out how that would come to be, and why that person would be construed as a protagonist, and what that person hopes to achieve.
That branched out to, in the past that character was brutally tortured and mutilated for reasons, leaving them mute, or unlikely to speak. The person escaped, but now has a vendetta against that particular group which will never end. That person needed to learn to be strong and self-reliant so they could travel alone (as if you're not going to communicate, that's really all you can do).
I obviously have more details than that, but now I have enough to go on. I just need to place this person in my world based on the past, and then his goals will drive him forward, like an AI.

Fun ideas for anyone else looking to write a story.

Author:  altimis [ Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:30 am ]
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This is from the last couple of days, mostly today. Like 90% from today. Taking a break for now.


Author:  altimis [ Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:27 pm ]
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So i'm taking a quick break for today to play some games and relax. However, I will admit initially I was designing this to be a game in the RPG Maker / Pokémon Essentials.

My goal was to make a "believable" pokemon story. I wanted to explain why a pokeball would break after a failed capture, and why certain things were the way they were, as well as correct things that (in my opinion) ruined some of the immersion for me. Things like, how all the pokemon in the early game are super low levels, but the pokemon in the later game were high levels. And I would fix that by having pokemon of varying levels that can scale depending on location, but also by having a partner travel with you early game, who was a much better battler and higher level, just to get you on your feet. This was the design intention behind the game, but it also feeds into the story a bit.

That said, overall this 'isn't' a pokemon story, but a story that utilizes the same concepts of pokemon. As this story takes place in a universe of my creation.

However, I did say this earlier, but I'm simply keeping everything as pokemon as possible so people can more easily relate. Mostly this applies to the creatures themselves, but some characters were based on pokemon trainers in canon, and I've used them in my own way such that it was a fun, obviously noncanon, nod to the pokemon story.

I'm trying to remove the blatantness of them as I go, but there will be some hefty nods that I hope you will all appreciate.
That said, feel free to comment or post some suggestions. The story itself is already planned, but I'm open to criticism and such. I'll make another rpost later tonight with the rest of what I wrote today.

Author:  altimis [ Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:43 pm ]
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Last bit for tonight.... the worst thing I'm going to have difficulty with is writing battles.
I want to put a lot of detail into them, but I also know that I can' with being detracting. so As poorly written as they are, that is going to be something I edit.


Author:  altimis [ Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:13 am ]
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I'm not writing as much as I should be, but what I'm doing is planning my story out so writining will be easier later.
For anyone else who does nanowrimo, this is an invaluable technique for me. It worked particularly well my first nanowrimo.
The first five days of November, instead of writing I did an outline or key plot points. Beginning, end, and significant middle. Then, I made maps of places I wanted to be key locations, and key battle sites, then I made an outline for between each point in my previous outline. So effectively I had an outline made of outlines, and I knew what areas I wanted to visit looked like. That was especially important in fight scenes where my main character had to use the environment to his advantage, rather than pure strength.

I've been doing that for this story as well, but my maps are on a different computer, that's almost a decade old. and it's very difficult and slow to work from both laptops, so over the last few days I've been find all of my maps and files related to this story, to transfer over to me new laptop.

That being said, my first nanowrimo had only two groups I had to deal with. So it was much easier mapping interactions between them. This story had four, and I've noticed that I'm struggling writing scenes with multiple characters in it. One character, or more, is always in the background. For now, I'm just pushing through it, but when I go back to edit, I'm going to make sure that everyone gets their fair share of spotlight. I'm just getting too hung up on making it good now. Which you shouldn't do during nanowrimo.

Without further ado, some more of the story.

Author:  altimis [ Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:40 pm ]
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Here we go, the next part of the story.

Author:  altimis [ Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:44 pm ]
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I also don't know if you can see this or not, but I figured I'd try...
As I said, I was planning on putting this through the RPGMaker, Pokémon Essentials. I didn't get very far into it, but I do have character sprites for two characters I was going to use.
Felica and Alexis.

Alexis was based on Cynthia.
Felicia was based on a Team Magma Grunt.

Basically, what I did while designing my characters was I gave them a "doppleganger". I said this person looks like, [name], Just so as I'm describing them in the story, I'll know, easily, how to start. Then I alter them as I need to based on the story.

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Author:  altimis [ Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:38 pm ]
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I will admit that I've been slacking in my writing this year.

My wife is adamant that we do something for my birthday despite my refusal to cooperate. I am a man of simple tastes lol.
That being said, I've been dragged into birthday planning basically this entire last week. I should be all set as of the weekend. But I'll still do bits and pieces here and there.

Author:  altimis [ Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:32 pm ]
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Here you go...


Author:  altimis [ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:18 pm ]
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Alright, next part of the story. As little and inconsistently as I'm writing, I'm maintaining a roughly 5k behind schedule. That isn't too bothersome, especially now that after this weekend I'll be more free to write more consistently.

This last part was difficult for me to write. I was tempted to skip this part for the sake of continuing to write, but I knew it had a fairly vital part of the story, what capturing a pokemon entails. Thus I decided to force out the first fight for you guys.

In the future, for the sake of keeping on schedule. If it's a non-plot relevant battle, I'm going to give a brief summary of it instead, and skip it, just so I can keep writing storywise. This will give me the freedom to worry about aesthetics and scene-planning later, without holding me back from reaching 50k.

I do apologize in advance, but I'd rather reach the 50k, then miss.


Author:  altimis [ Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:41 pm ]
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A fun aside while I start writing. A fun tip that can help for some world building / plot concepting.

This is how I make my maps now.
Yes this is Open Office Calc (aka Microsoft Excel).

I use this to make maps for two reasons.
1) It lasts longer than paper, and can more easily transfer between computers. It is simple enough to make quickly, but detailed enough to have value.
2) I can write notes in the cells for important plot points and where stuff will be. I can change things as necessary with ease, and no eraser marks.

And a third, highly related note, I keep all my information in a set of sheets, as you can see in the bottom corner as well. I have a list of characters, slightly more specific mini maps etc. This was when I was planning on making the Pokémon essentials game, thus the reason this is the unfinished version, but I find it very organizational to keep my story notes like this as it stays in one area rather than over several note books, and binders as it was when I was writing the Phoenix King Trilogy.

Now this is an unfinished variant, but you can see the part that I fully fleshed out in the left corner... I'll give you a few guesses where that is.
Anyways, I'm starting to write for the night. See you guys soon.

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