Author: Morgan Billings

WIPs and Life Updates

Today’s writing-in-progress post is more of a status and personal update, guys, rather than an announcement of anything new… I know I know… It’s a bit unfortunate, but I don’t have many new things going on despite (likely because of, actually) the fact that I feel like my entire life has gone through the washing machine. I feel like Emperor Kuzko in The Emperor’s New Groove. I have to admit that I haven’t gotten much farther in my writing since the last update, besides the fact that I’m steadily continuing with my second draft rewrites, and I’m planning (or attempting to plan!) a few more series in the fantasy genre. On the Brightside, these rewrites are much less… painful… than I thought they would be. I had a very clear idea of what kind of story I needed to write when I started out, so I’m pretty happy with how the first draft looks. But a lot of scenes need to be redone and whole character arcs need to be fleshed out (those pesky characters …

How to Write a Well-Developed Character

Hey guys! I’ve seen a lot of people online with trouble making well-rounded, believable, flawed characters that add to a story. There are “character creation sheets” that allow you to answer every question in a characters life, but honestly, though they’re fun and interesting, they don’t help flesh out a story as well as you’d want. I saw this post a while ago on Reddit, actually, and one of the responses REALLY helped me make my main characters interesting, compelling, and active. You don’t want the character to drive the story completely, it’s good to have conflict and adversity, but you want them to be able to make decisions, and I think that there are a few questions/traits that you need to determine how to answer when it comes to your character. By using these guidelines, you’ll have a much more active and defined character that actually influences the story. It’s thanks to the Redditor in this post, accomplished author Sarah Ahiers (sarah_ahiers), that I was able to expand on these questions and really use …

Bucket List!

I was listening to a podcast when I first came across the poem The Buried Life… it describes a feeling that I’ve been struggling with for years and was never fully able to articulate. I didn’t think this was something that other people felt, and I truly think that since I’ve been more open to connecting with others recently, I was able to find this conversation that resonated so strongly with me. This poem inspired not only me, but it also inspired a whole movement and organization called The Buried Life. It’s led by a young guy named Ben Nemtin who, after struggling with depression, surrounded himself with people that inspire him. He soon realized that he and his friends were all feeling this same disconnect that he felt from their true selves, and they equally felt disconnected from their true heart and soul’s desires. With The Buried Life poem articulating this feeling to them, they decided to do something about it and created a Bucket List that allowed them to connect to each other …