In the ongoing quest to streamline my writing development process, I’ve decided to add another dimension to what I use to development character Plot/Story Lines. Below is what I’ve used for the past couple years and it has served me well. Goal Motive Stakes Anchor Secret Conflict Plan Dilemma I
Just as I predicted, due to the unexpected scenes I mentioned in my last post, a new character has made himself known in my WIP: Cadaver Dog. I’m still developing this young man though, still getting his Goals, Motives, Stakes, Anchors, and Plans in place, along with some backstory of
My current WIP is a thriller novel titled: Cadaver Dog In an earlier post I explained why I am re-writing this novel from multiple points of views. In doing some of those rewrites, some other aspects of the story have changed, or evolved, concerning Sylvia, the story’s Protagonist. Sylvia is
I remember when I first heard youCall out to meIn my soulIn my mindSo clearAnd you told me thingsI’ll never forget, soI try to liveMy lifeIn your wordsThrough timeEven thoughSometimes I feel aloneI still smileBecause I know that you’reNever goneEven though sometimesI do not like this worldI still tryCause I
So, I watched Episode One of The Walking Dead’s Ninth Season, OF COURSE, and I enjoyed it.Really fun to watch and see the gang again after this recent break. So far, I really like Rick’s new look. He appears to be a lot squarer and sturdier than he did in
After many life interruptions and various artistic attention shifts (music and illustration), I’m back to working on my Thriller Novel “Cadaver Dog”. This time though, I’m rewriting the bulk of it from multiple POVs. Wby? you might ask. Because I’ve learned to appreciate how the practice can enhance story telling. A
Not much is known about this mysterious woman other than that she is a Genie and Cameron’s sometime partner and rival. She uses two Telekinetic Rings that she mentally produces, not unlike Cameron’s TK Sword and because of that, her red hair, and her stone cold lack of personality, many
“So, what are you planning for New Years?” Margori smiled then took a sip from her red soda can. The first flakes of snow fall were peppering her dark curly hair and the shoulders of her long black wool coat.
For the last couple of years, I’ve had an on again and off again relationship with writing and I’ve made a lot of music and rendered a lot of 3D illustrations in the mean time.
To keep things simple, the way I have it set up, my characters can have up to five different abilities or use one ability in five different ways, or a combination of both. With those abilities from one to five, they are ranked from weakest to strongest, Level Five being
Greetings, Everyone! Today, I have a narrated flash fiction horror story based on one of my illustrations. I created this illustration using Daz3D Studio and Pixelmator. I hope you enjoy the illustration, the story, and its narration. Tell me what you think of it in the comments below. Until next
Greetings, Everyone! Today, I’m going through my method for developing story concepts. Coming up with an idea for a story can be very hard but, having a structured template can make the task not only easy but also very exciting. My method can possibly help you with your concepts, but
Greetings everyone! Today, I present to you, Cameron, who she is, what she does, and where she’s going. She’s the very first character I brought to life through 3D Illustration and the beginning of my personal journey to learn the craft.
Greetings, All. In the video below, I explain why I’m not a fan of giving my characters flaws on purpose. Check it out and let me know what’s your take on it.
Fei'Tiliss on the Human Race: "Its time they serve us, Mother. Is it not?"
That’s exactly who and what Meitriq is. A new addition to the universe of Iteration Zero, Meitriq is a Genie preceded by other characters I’ve mentioned before like Cameron, Vyra, Miyako, and Jessica. Like her predecessors, Meitriq is a living weapon, a shining example of Human mastery over genetic engineering.
Shrii isn’t a new character, but this visualization of her is new as far as the character’s history. She’s lives in the pages of one of my unfinished fantasy stories, in which she is a supporting character with her own interesting character arc. A Freedom Fighter of sorts, Shrii stands against the armies
“You see how it bent her backwards, snapped her spine clean in half? This poor girl was lucky.” Edd pointed at the broken corpse. Daren twisted his mouth and fought to keep his dinner in his stomach. The stench was unlike anything he ever smelled before. “How is that lucky?” “Man,
This was literally a once in a lifetime offer as the Organization made it very clear they would not ask again. A chance to help and save people around the world in a real way, for Jillian, was a great opportunity to become more than what she was, stronger than
She’s destroyed many lives. Many, many lives. More lives than she cared to remember. And at the end of each one, a part of her own soul died. Soon, in horrific realization, the woman who prided herself on being fearless, finally came face to face with the one thing that
My wife and I binge watched it based on a co-workers recommendation. Netflix’s Stranger Things In a small town, a boy disappears without a trace and a girl appears with a mysterious past throwing the lives of some of the towns-folk into chaos. Then, the main plot unfolds to reveal ideas
This concept just hit me one day, and it greatly affects my writer’s mind and the depth of my writing overall. My focused realization of how situations affect characters and how characters affect situations, or at least, they should. This is a great aspect for writers to, if you haven’t
If he can’t make it back to base to warn his superiors, it definitely will be the end, of everything.
Poked, prodded, and tested every day since her birth, Fei’Darma just want to be free.
Cameron out-smarts a Combat A.I. in a miliatary strategy simulation, and Miyako is all to happy to show her joy over it.
This has now become a key tool in my writing productivity, and I’m going to use this opportunity to put my voice to the positive praise it deserves. Scrivener for iOS So far, it is a fantastic product that all writers and creators of the written word should know about.
I’m getting back on track with my current project: ITERATION-ZERO. There’s been a very noticeable spike in my writing productivity as of late which has been long overdue. Slowly getting back to writing. I’ve been going over the first two chapters of Iterationzero, the only ones written thus far, and
After defeating the heavy mech, Cameron reaches the next level in her training session where things get even more…intresting as a tank raises from the center of the training room floor.
Cameron raised her head and an inner conflict played across her face. “But, Master, I was made by Humans, not God. You know that.” Knight took a breath, nodded, then leaned in with all seriousness. “Well, as in how he often works, perhaps God made you through Man.” The concept
At random, I started messing around with Miyako again this past week. More modifications to her face and body. The most drastic changes are to her hair and eye color. She being a very outspoken, energetic, and often unpredictable character, I think her new look illustrates her personality a little better
Fiora popped into my mind this past week. She exsists in a fantasy world were machines and magic are used hand in hand. Despite her postion of Royal Guard Companion to the Prince, she is very outgoing and down to earth, determined to enjoy her life just as much as she is
Sister Almeda is a missionary, traveling the borders of mankind’s intergalactic territories preaching the gospel and helping those in need. This character forced herself in existence over the weekend.
After re-animation, the Undead creature will consume a Human victim, wear their flesh like a suit, assume their life, and go on to commit great acts of horror to quench its thirst for Human suffering. It could traumatize and destroy countless lives before needing to acquire a new flesh-suite and
The girls of Clairborn High are at it again. None of the girls have ever fought or even seen this type of creature before, and both Sylvia and Pepper would love to have bragging rites for its kill. While Alicia distracts it with one of her magical light orbs, a
Most field ops positions in the Human Military are, ironically, held by Genies. Phearah and her comrades believe that Mankind will soon lose its ability to defend itself without them. Using intelligence and technology reaped from well placed spies, Phearah infiltrates the mission zone of a Genie on assignment. Cloaked from visual and mechanical
Gnashing its sharp-toothed maw, the beast was upon her. Pushed to total desperation, Chelsea fought for her life using her small frame and quick wit to out maneuver and out think the monster while trying to escape the labrythtine abandoned building. She always thought being eaten alive was the worst way
The young woman is not strong enough, and the strength of the clan must be held above all else. With her sternest rejection, Amachi tells the would-be-warrior, now kneeling in the grass with tear streaked cheeks, to return when she becomes stronger for the weak breed weakness where the strong
Forced into slavery, her precious life hanging in the balance, Meena plots to kill her flesh-hungry captors. Everyday, she volunteers to fight in the arena for their entertainment against all manner of beasts, morbidly focused on becoming an efficient killer, and to one day take back her freedom.
Miyako gets the drop on a some enemy guards. Using her speed, dexterity and flexibility, she makes short work of her foes all with a mischievous smile amused at how slow they are. In this illustration, I wanted to show how skilled Miyako is in close quarters combat while also
I’ve begun writing the first draft of Iterationzero, so I thought I’d share some of its development progress. it’s been a great deal of fun developing this, the characters, their stories, and the universe within which they exist. It’s great to see how much the characters have changed from first
Despite graduating from the Intersteller Police Academy with top honors, Officer Mercer will discover that life patrolling the stars is not what she thought it would be as she struggles to live up to her family’s legacy and the name they gave her: ZENITH.
Epoch Superior gazed up at the hulking machine, more so, the woman asleep inside of it, barely visible through the foggy glass portal. He licked his fangs behind his faceplate. If he had lips, he’d smile. “I found it.” He radioed the others through his helmet communicator. “Inform Fei’Tiliss that
The problem with being an Interior Detailer in the far reaches of the galaxy on an uncolonized planet.
From the universe of Iteration Zero… Relentlessly hunting down the mutations, Cameron faces the fiercest of them yet.
From the universe of Iteration Zero… Escorting survivors through a wrecked cargo hold, Vyra discovers another generation of mutations infesting the lab.
I created this illustration a couple days ago. From the universe of Iteration Zero, my upcoming Sci-Fi action/adventure story. Making her way through the quiet corridors to the main server room, Miyako is confronted by mutated lab personnel thirsty for blood.
Don’t know what your character should/could be doing at any given moment in your story? Develop their interests/activities in four dimensions. Professional: What do they do for a living? (everybody’s gotta make a living, or something like that, unless you’re a perpetual student.) Public: What do they like to do
As the first story of Iteration Zero is still in development, I’m messing around and making tweaks to some of the characters as they hit me. This week, I’ve been working on Miyako, adding/subtracting to her outfit/gear and touching up her face. In the midst of all that, I realized
One of the greatest things about being a writer is that you’re always learning, your writing style and process is always evolving. I wanted to share the method I use to develop character plot lines. An amalgamation of things I’ve learned over the years, it’s a quick and simple, yet
Here’s another set of characters I’ve created. Lach, a demolitions expert and Keys, an elite hacker, form one of many covert extraction teams who risk their lives everyday to rebuild the government of the former United states in a post apocalyptic future. Whatever resources are needed for the underground stronghold,
ITERATION:Zero is an episodic Sci-Fi/Fantasy series I’m working on following Cameron and her elite squad as they fight to protect humanity from not only hostile alien forces, but from itself, and who knows what else. Below are my designs for the main characters and a little background info for the
This is one of the characters I’ve been working on during my break from Blogging. Her name is Ahndro’Mitha, and she just came to life one night while I was messing around with DAZ3D. It was really fun to create her. She’s still early in development, but she’s definitely going
I keep switching between writing long hand and writing on the computer. This greatly impacts the speed at which I can crank out a scene and ultimately complete a story draft. This has been a long, hard, vicious battle that must end! I do like writing long hand. One reason is because I can write
I developed the main character of my current novel to be one way, but once I started writing for her, she turn into someone else. A change like that can alter the tone and sometimes even the direction of a story. It’s funny how your characters can rebel against their
I’m in a writing group and I must say, I’ve learned a great many things from it. Writing groups are great because they allow you to see how your writing fares with a small section of the public, in a sense, and helps to increases your writing skills by regularly
While working on Cadaver Dog, I created a character on the fly to get through a scene, and now that character is a permanent supporting cast member. Had I not made that move, I wouldn’t have been able to write the scene, which was out of the question. It’s great how unexpected things