It's the end of May, and time is passing faster every week.
This is the month that I apply to my new school program and take the next step in my education. I couldn't be more excited or more terrified. (Terrified in a good way.) It's going to be a long and winding road to my degree, but it's not a real sacrifice if you're enjoying what you're doing.
Recently I have been writing poetry again, so I've posted a poem here on the blog for anyone to read. There is more to come, but working on my short story and my novel have definitely been my priorities. I'm considering writing another short story just for the blog, but I can't post the one I'm currently working on, since I plan to sell it for publication in a journal. There are also some ideas tumbling around in my head for a fictional blog series set in a fantasy world, starring a recently created character that I have fallen in love with. So, once I've finished the story I'm working on, I'm going to get out a few good pieces before school starts and I'm buried under a pile of work.
It's me again, I'm back and thinking about uploading.
It's been a while since I thought about my blog, my mind has been full of other ideas, and tasks, and goals - it's been hard to prioritize some projects. This space is always in my mind and in passing thoughts. When I think about writing short fiction, I think about my blog; when I think about doing a review, I think about my blog; when I think about making YouTube videos, I think about my blog. But each time I think about it, something inside me is urged to put the blog aside for something else. I don't want that to be the case. So I am signing on and posting, with a goal of reaching a more consistent level of content creation - at least until college starts in the fall. My current idea is to post once a week.
What will I post, that's the question in my mind. I'm interested in sharing short fiction. Creating a semi-published space for my work so that others can enjoy it and I can accumulate something of a portfolio. I also want to do more in depth book reviews. Start picking up books with the specific intent to review them, doing a detailed analysis, and sharing it via this blog. These ideas are directly tied to my career goals and my learning goals, so I believe it will be much less difficult to accomplish those kinds of blogs, as opposed to video game or personal and lifestyle blogging.
This is where I sign off and write something for the blog.
Even characters with good intentions can become the antagonist in a story. To understand why, let's define antagonist.
a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary.
the adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work:
Iago is the antagonist of Othello.
We can see from the above that an antagonist is someone who struggles against another, someone who opposes them. This we likely already knew. There is a second layer to the meaning of the word antagonist, and that is as it applies to writing. An antagonist, if the term is looked upon as a writing tool, is the person who makes things happen to the protagonist. Someone who puts in motion a chain of events that changes the situation or personality of the protagonist and instigates a story.
Well meaning characters are capable of performing the function of antagonist just as well, or some times even more effectively, than a character whose intentions are harmful.
For example, in an episode of Friends - the episode entitled The One With The Free Porn - Monica attempts to live vicariously through Ross by encouraging him to live out her fantasy of falling in love with someone from a foreign land and confessing that love at the airport before they depart for their home country. Her constant reassurance that everything will go as she fantasizes causes Ross to go to great lengths to live out Monica's fantasy and chase Emily to the airport to confess his love. When he finally tells Emily how he feels, she doesn't say it back, and Ross is crushed. Despite Monica's best intentions, Ross was pushed into conflict because of her meddling. She was the antagonist of his story for that episode.
When we put antagonists into a box, we run the risk of developing flat, predictable characters that aren't as effective as instigators and aren't believable as human beings. To understand that is to know that we must look for new ways to use the antagonist tool and create different modes of transportation for our conflicts. Making use of a well meaning, likable character as a mode of conflict and a working antagonist is a great way to refresh our stories and create new angles to entice the reader.
Create 3 well meaning, likable characters with flaws that create conflict and antagonize the people around them. Use them in a short narrative to describe a situation where a protagonist character is thrown into turmoil at the hands of an antagonist who never meant any harm.
What do you notice about writing this kind of character? What was difficult about it for you?
Hey hey, Readers!
Okay, it's been a hot minute since I've posted anything, and I'm actually quite ashamed of it. However, I am happy with the amount of work that's been done on my novel, and all the cool things I've been able to build for my novel universe. So, even though I've been slacking on the YouTube videos and the blog posts, I've been doing really well on the author front, so I'm proud of that.
Actually, there are some new ideas in the works that I want to get moving within this next week. I've got some Sims videos on the way, a blog post half written, and some books I wanna Instagram. So if you're interested in seeing what I've got in store for you guys, then keep an eye on my Twitter (link) and my Instagram (link) to get updates on all the cool content I'll be creating.
Hopefully you have had an awesome summer and are ready for fall. I'm certainly ready for cozy nights in warm sweaters, and hot cups of tea between my palms. It's an exciting time!
Keep on reading.
Hey hey, Readers!
It's a new week and I'm excited to share a lot of the things I have on the go at the moment. It's fun creating things in general, but it's a little more exciting when you have someone to share it with. One of the more interesting things I've created this week is an awesome short story about the days of the week personified. After I edit that up a bit, I'll be posting it as my first short story in my Creative Fiction Section. Last week I didn't get around to posting a YouTube video, but I'm in the process of editing that and it should be going up within a few days. Another update is that I made a nice big purchase from BookOutlet.ca and I can't wait to share the book babies that are on their way. Follow me on Insagram @trulyhuntercreative to get updates about that.
This week I have been musing on a few different writing ideas and it seems to me that there are kernels of wisdom about writing nearly everywhere you look in the world. From the ways strangers interact on the streets, to the dreams that come to you when you're deep asleep, it's incredible how much insight you can get into storytelling when you keep your eyes open and look for it. At this point in my life, it's my habit to think like a writer and auto-analyze everything that happens as if it's material for my next story. But it seems to me that perhaps not everybody thinks that way, and so I'd like to encourage any writers and aspiring authors to start doing this if they don't already.
One of the ways you can practice this is by carrying around a notebook, or even using the note taker on your smart phone, to start writing down anything you see that catches your eye. Anything can be material for a story, from an interaction between a scolding mother and her fussy child, to a woman dressed in colourful patchwork clothing, there's always a story behind any experience. When you witness something interesting, try to think of a story to explain that something. Think about why it's happening or what might happen afterward, and write it down. This way, your mind is always thinking about stories and possibilities; you've got so much more material to be inspired by.
Stories have always been my primary means of relating to the world, so this method can also be helpful if you are confused by a situation or experience. Perhaps someone said or did something to you and you can't for the life of you understand their perspective. Try writing a story about it, dissecting their behavior, and giving a reason or motivation to their character's decisions. Even if you're not spot on with the real motivation behind that person's behavior, it might give you some insight into the way you relate to them in real life. This could also allow you to work out some internal frustration as you create a story around your experience.
So, that's my Musings & Updates Blog for this week, I hope you enjoyed reading it. If you have any insight into gathering stories from the real world to use in your fiction, comment about it down below. Let's start a conversation and share our ideas.
As always, read on, Readers.
Hey, blog lover!
What's new with you? Things have been continuing on at their crazy speeds and through all the jumbled chaos it's been difficult to master my time management skill. But if things stay at the slightly less blinding pace they've been settling into the past few days, I stand to actually catch my breath in the next week or so. Despite the stress and anxiety that accompanies being busy, at least I know I can face a challenge head on, and I suppose that's what matters in the long game.
My writing has been coming along quite nicely and I'm excited to report that I have finished the first draft of my structured outline and am well into creating the universe for my latest novel. Falling in love with these characters and this story has been filling my heart to the brim with happiness and it makes the late nights worth the lost sleep. It's going to be a wild ride to get to the end of this job, to complete my novel and publish my first self-published novel, I'm just as excited as I am scared.
This past week there has been a lot of people ill around me, and I was fighting a cold myself, so it's been some time since my last YouTube video. My target is set to get back to two videos a week starting next week at the latest, so wish for my aim to be true (haha, 'tru') and my arrow to fly straight.
Target number two? Read more books in September than I did in August. My reading goal is as little as 3 and as many as 5; what's your goal for this month? Have you challenged the Good Reads Reading Challenge? Let me know below what your reading goals are and we can talk books.
Until then, read on!
Hey, blog lover!
How are things going? I hope all is well wherever you are in the world. My August has been a little bit nuts, but the more things fall apart, the more they come together. I've noticed that in life, nothing new can form if you don't let go of the old, and 2016 has been a year of change and destruction and rebuilding. I've rebuilt my brand, to a certain degree, though I don't think I'll ever stop changing and growing the brand I am creating. YouTube has become a big part of my plans, and I've been writing and creating content more than ever before. Gratitude abound as I move forward into the future and begin to achieve my goals, change my life, and grow into my best version.
The next big thing I'm planning is to begin posting episodically my short stories and novels. It is a long term goal of mine to become a published author and I want to begin by putting my work out there to my readers and getting feedback. The best way I can think of to grow an audience of friends and readers is by getting my stories out there to be shared and enjoyed in a place where people can feel a sense of community with me. Where they know their opinions will be heard and where they know they'll always get first access to all the content I create. So keep an eye out for some of my creative fiction, coming soon, by keeping up with me on social media and here on the blog.
Have an awesome day wherever you are and keep on reading!
Hey, blog lover!
August has been a pretty exciting month so far and a lot of really great content is on it's way to you, my friend. Not only is there an awesome new Fallout 4 DLC coming on the 30th of the month, I have been having a tonne of fun with my Skyrim Let's Play on YouTube too. Recently I posted an analysis of the Nuka-World trailer (which you can read by clicking here) and as soon as I get my hands on that game, a Let's Play will be posted for it as well. Hopefully I can keep up with my Skyrim and Sims 4 Let's Plays, but I can see myself spending a lot of hours on Nuka-World already.
As far as reading and books go, I have received an influx of books this month that I intend to blog about, and I have a few book reviews I am itching to post as well. August has been a great reading month for me, and I hope I can get at least one review and an August Reading Wrap up onto the blog before we're too deep into September.
Life has been somewhat chaotic, but somewhere in the chaos I have found peace. The one thing you can count on is that things will always change, nothing is permanent, so try to find comfort in knowing that all things come to an end. Because that means the bad things aren't going to last forever either, which is definitely encouraging when you're facing some barriers.
Keep working hard and doing your best, and most importantly, keep on reading.
Hey, blog lovers!
This week is setting up to be a great one for this blog and for my YouTube channel. Not only did I start a new and exciting Let's Play, I'm also writing a new movie review that I can't wait to share. Life has been a lot better now that I am working on what I love; and I thought I'd update you on all the projects I have planned for the next few weeks.
This week's Let's Plays will be focused on my new Skyrim Season One episodes. This LP is heavily focused on Role-Playing and getting right into the world of Skyrim as if it were real life. I've really enjoyed recording this kind of content, I hope others enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.
My movie review blog post won't be the only new piece of writing on my site in the next couple of weeks. I'm also planning to blog a book haul and some reading recommendations while I search for some nerd blog sites where I can do some guest blogging.
Aside from site updates, life is going pretty well lately. I've been working on creations I'm passionate about and it's taking me deeper into myself as well as allowing me to connect more deeply with others. I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure you're doing what you love to do, even if you're not making money at it. Because money comes as a direct result of how much effort you're willing to put into what you're doing. And what's easier to put effort into than something you love to do? So start that passion project as soon as you can, because there's nothing that makes a person happier than igniting the passion inside and showing everyone what you're made of.
Keep on reading,
Big things are happening on the blog this week, I am having so much fun brainstorming and putting plans into action. Recently I posted my Nerdy Faves for July and there will be another blog coming at the end of this week. YouTube videos have also been recorded and the next part of my Sims 4 Let's Play should be up Wednesday the 3rd. Actually, I have so many ideas for YouTube Gaming content that I want to start recording. Fallout 4, Skyrim, some visual novels, and even some browser games are in the works for Let's Play content.
In other news, I'm going to start creating Podcasts! I'm interested in creating Nerdy podcast content of all different kinds, and I can't wait to start uploading some of the ideas I've been coming up with.
Another new development is my persuit of blog touring, that is to say that I want to blog on other people's websites and have them come here and blog on mine as well! I can't wait to get that started and it will be so much fun to experience writing for someone else's blog and creating new relationships with other people in the blog community.
That's my update for this week guys, but stay and hang out a while! Click down below to view some recent blogs, and as always, read on.