Writing as told by Gilmore Girls

Happy December my lovely readers!

So my roommates and I have been binge watching Gilmore Girls and felt like I needed to pay tribute to hilarious TV show.

Starting your first story

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Typing “The End”

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Trying to explain your idea to nonwriters

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Their reaction to your explanation

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When you have to retype an entire section.

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When your characters take over the story

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When your characters become your life

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When an idea comes in the middle of the night

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When your characters finally get together

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Trying to get published

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Trying to hold back all the ideas when you are in the middle of a story

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Needless to say, writing a book tends to take over your life for a little bit.

But I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

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Until I emerge from Stars Hollow next,

Bethany

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Turkey Day my lovely readers!

I am so thankful to be home for the week enjoying time with my family and a short break from school. I hope you are all having a fantastic day.

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For those of you who are as geeky as I am, here is some Thanksgiving Star Wars humor.

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In other news, today is the one year anniversary of when I finished the first draft of the last book in The Hanover Chronicles trilogy. So much has changed since that day when I typed “The End” on the train to Washington D.C.

Since it is the holidays, I won’t be as active on either the blog or my Facebook page. However, keep an eye out for a short Christmas story featuring our favorite Emperor and Empress.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.

Bethany

National Novel Writing Month

Today is Day 3 of National Novel Writing Month, and my current word count is 0. I wish I could say that I was at 5 or 6 K like some of my other writing friends, but unfortunately life has gotten in the way.

When you are in high school, people tell you that Junior year is the hardest year. I personally think the same is true for college, but it is different than in high school. Not only are you going through rigorous academics (especially as a science major), but you also have to start looking at real life and the dreaded question of what do you want to do after graduation.

Looking back, I can’t believe how much time has flown. Four years ago, I started The Fallen Crown. It was my second time doing Nano and the first time that I won it. Four years ago, if someone asked me what I thought would happen, I would’ve never said that I would be in the process of trying to get the book published.

While it is a bit of a disappointment that I won’t be taking part in Nano, knowing that it is this month is reminding me to keep writing even if it’s not for Nano. This month, my goal is to write a little bit everyday even if it is just a sentence or to. With all the craziness in my life, this seems like a much more reasonable goal than trying to complete a 50K novel.

Good luck to any of my fellow writers that are competing in Nano this year. To my readers who have done it before, how many years have you done?

Look forward to hearing from you!

Bethany

P.S. Part 4 of High Stakes went up today. Click here to check it out.

Construction on the Blog

Hello to my lovely readers,

So not sure how many of you have visited the blog this weekend, but I wanted to explain some things. If you have noticed the blog this weekend, you may or may not have noticed a new tab along the top of the blog.

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If you hovered over this you may have gotten a bit of a confusing drop down menu.

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This new content is actually for the writing class that I am currently taking at my university. I’m not sure how long I will have it up, but its up there right now so that my professor can take a look at it and grade it.

You guys are more than welcome to take a look at it if you want. It is a different style of writing than the normal stuff on my blog.

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

Also Part 3 of High Stakes has been posted so check that out.

I look forward to hearing from you guys.

Bethany

New Project

Hello my faithful readers,

I’m working on a new side project right now that I’m very excited about. As a reader one of my favorite things to read are the fairy tale retellings. There is something fun about reading a story that you know in a different way.

As a writer, I’ve never been brave enough to try my hand at doing a retelling. That is until now.

I want to introduce you to a story that I will be post periodically on the blog as something fun to read. You’ll be able to find the newest pieces to the story under the tab High Stakes. I’ll be posting the first section in a little bit.

High Stakes is a Cinderella retelling. It is set in modern times. I can’t wait for you guys to reader it. Please comment and let me know what you like or what you would like to see happen next.

Enjoy!

Bethany

Story World Building Part 3: The Others’ World

Hey guys,

It’s been awhile since I’ve had the chance to get on here. Today we will be looking at how I came up with the idea of The Others’ home star system.

The main conflict of this story is that the humans and a species of humanoids (The Others) are fighting over the same planet. To create the world which the Others came from I had to do a bit more background to figure out why the Others would come to the Earth in the first place.

The really cool part of this process was actually using my knowledge about conservation and ecosystem collapse to come up with a plausible scientific explanation for why this species would have to vacate their home planet in favor of another place to live.

I came up with the idea that The Others had been around for thousands of years longer than humans, and much of the environmental issues we are currently experiences on Earth had already happened on their home planet, Galar. Because of how fast their civilization evolved and grew, they essentially drained all the natural resources on their planet, leaving a dry and barren land which do not support live.

If you look at the Milky Way, Earth is the third planet from the Sun. This keeps us at the perfect temperature in which we don’t freeze over nor do we burn up. Keeping this in mind, I decided to have Galar be the second planet from their star, Fuar. Our Sun is a yellow dwarf and radiates a certain amount of solar energy. I made Fuar a white dwarf. The difference between these two types of stars is over 1,000 degrees. I factored this in to how the planet would’ve been functioning in a healthy state.

Once I had all of these additional variables, I decided that the only way Galar could scientifically support life was if that life was contained in biospheres which kept temperature, oxygen levels, water levels, etc at a livable level.

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This is what I imagined Galar looking like. Keep in mind, there would be more than one biosphere.

Creating Galar was probably one of my favorite parts of the process because I got to use science to help create something that was believable.

Until next time,

Bethany

Quick Update

Hey guys,

Sorry for my unexplained absence here on the blog. I’ve had a crazy few weeks so my series of Storyworld Building is on hold for a little bit. I promise I will finish it soon.

So it’s officially summertime for me which means I have a bit of  extra time for writing. Because of that, I have decided to completely rewrite The Fallen Empress. So far I’m happy with the changes I have done so far.

Unfortunately, my Kickstarter was not completely funded quickly enough so my plans for self-publishing are on hold as well. At this point, I’m planning on looking into traditional publishing with ideally a smaller, Christian publishing house. I will definitely keep you updated on that progress.

Thank you for bearing with me and my crazy schedule. I’m so grateful for all the people who regularly read this. Without you, I wouldn’t have people to write for.

Bethany