I've been challenged so much this month. With school starting, it was a crazy idea to tackle five writing challenges and a homeschool challenge. Well, two of them were short. The homeschool challenge only ran Monday through Friday and only for two weeks. It's now complete and you can see those responses here and here if you're interested. Another completed challenge is the #MidnightsCurse Challenge. It only lasted until the 15th.
I'm down to four now and still doing alright. I missed one day of the #fantasywipaugust challenge on purpose. Flirty Friday just isn't my style. (Insert shrug here.) To see my bookstagram challenge responses, you'll have to keep checking back in on Wednesdays. Or you could click here, here, or here to see the past three weeks of responses. Read on for week three of the others!
#AestheticWIPUp Days 16 - 22
Most of these are labeled already. Day 17 was a color mood board prompt. I chose to use color and texture to represent each of my characters. Day 18's board was created with Polyvore when it still existed. I still maintain it was the absolute best inspiration board maker. I can do the same thing in Pixlr but it's not so easy on a small screen. The rest of the photos are ones I took myself or ones I pulled from Pixabay. I did the character inspiration photos with Pixabay and Pexels photos, then edited them in Portra app. I can't remember if I ever mentioned how/where I find my photo inspiration so I wanted to add that into a post at some point.
#FantasyWIPAugust Days 16 - 22
#WIPLinebyLine Writing Challenge Days 16 - 22
As you can see, I'm not hammering the lines out every day. I've been so caught up in creating blog posts and teaching school that my writing has been taking a back seat. I can't wait until I have time to get some more writing done.
Just an FYI...
*Please do not ask me about alternative lifestyles in my WIP. You won't see many, if any at all, because I'm straight. I do not wish to do a disservice to others by trying to write about topics I don't know anything about. And before the crusaders launch an assault, there are members of my family, as well as friends, who are living alternative lifestyles and I love them dearly, so please don't assume I'm a hater just because I choose not to include it in my writing.
I almost always feel like these kinds of prompts are intended to sort authors into cliques. I hate cliques. Typical fantasy books don't usually go that deep into personal relationships. They're more about the quest involved, at least the ones I've read most of my life. So when I see such a strong focus on diving deep into 'love' and 'relationships' within a fantasy story, I'm kinda bummed. Unless you're writing about succubi or vampires -- and that would immediately put your book into a different sub-genre in some cases -- then it's not necessarily going to drive the story forward. I feel the same way about gratuitous profanity. Don't add it just because the words exist. Every word in your manuscript should mean something specific, should drive the story forward. To do so turns your serious work into something laughable in the best case senario, and contemptible at worst. These situations are exactly what I'm trying to avoid. Just some thoughts I've been mulling over for a while... Thanks for letting me air those things.
And thanks, too, for spending your valuable time with me. I'm truly honored and so very happy you enjoy learning more about what I'm working on and how my journey is going. Don't forget to check back on Wednesday to see the next round of #bookstagram challenge posts. Next Friday will be the last post of the August challenges so be sure you don't miss that one either.
Until next time...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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