Our podcast at Celebration 6 in 2012 where we met James Arnold Taylor, Seth Green, Clare Grant (who serves as an administrator on her character portrayal), Daniel Logan, Dave Filoni, Joel Aron and many more. All our Table mates were really nice. With help of the Dark Empire.
That was an incredible interview in 2012. She is the nicest person. The voice of Asajj Ventress and others. Helped us understand the role of women in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and voice/performance work.
We don’t harass people. We don’t stalk people. We don’t chase or beat down people. We roleplay Star Wars because we like it and we want to do it. That’s how we role…
People can do whatever it is they want on the internet. We chose something different. We chose to perform something meaningful. That is fun to us. If it is not for you, okay. Do what you want who will stop you?
This stalking harassment through a hashtag search or post suggestion by Tumblr only motivates us to do more after 5 years of our Roleplay group.
Representation and inclusion in science fiction writing: More often than not, some cavalier person would say, there's no need for representation and inclusion of diversity in science fiction because of all the aliens in the story. What is the best way to counter that superfluous "space alien" = diversity argument among the ignorant and privilege?
Aliens, Diversity and Representation
Personally, I find it very unsettling to hear that people would rather read and write about made up aliens than an actual POC. It comes across as if they value the life of fictitious creature over actual existing POC.
I’ve read books which did this. All kinds of aliens, in all shapes, colours and sizes, but not even one POC in the background. It’s off-putting and makes me feel excluded.
Representation matters. I want to read a book and fully emerge myself in it. I want to see myself walking there alongside the characters and just somewhere knowing that someone like me could be part of their world. And if a writer doesn’t even feel the need to put one POC somewhere in their 300+ pages, than they can keep their white world to themselves. Life’s already whitewashed enough without them.
Read this on the effects of (the lack of) representation.
There is no difference between a “Mary Sue” and a “Superhero” except one has a connotation of condemnation and the other does not.
This is such crap though like you can’t strip away all the drama and characterization and context in which it works then talk about how these things are exactly the same. Just look at the difference between Scott Snyder Batman and Frank Miller Batman.
I briefly discussed outlining for NaNoWriMo, but this post will help you figure out your plot. I always think the best way is to focus on your characters, so try filling out character sheets first if you’re not sure. Here’s how you can form your plot for NaNoWriMo:
Know What Your Characters Want
The best way to figure out your plot is to know what your characters want and how they’re going to attempt to get it. Not all novels need to show a character getting what they want, but they should be active. Inactive characters are boring and won’t move your story forward. Give them a push.
Focus on Set Up
The beginning of your novel can be hard to get right, but you should try to avoid info-dumping. Focus on what’s the best way to get information across and to introduce your characters and what will set them off on their journey. What spurs your characters to take action?
Consider Rising Action
This is where the journey really gets going. Develop your characters during this time and deepen their relationships with each other. We need to care about your characters before you pull the rug out from under them. We need to root for them if you want us to be disappointed by the failures or happy about their success. Remember, the rising action will all lead to the climax.
What’s Your Climax?
The climax might be very short, but it needs to pack a lot of punch. This is the moment where everything changes and the hero usually needs to make a very important decision. What will make your readers need to know what will happen next?
Get On Board for the Falling Action
The falling action is what happens after the climax. The roller coaster has gone up, so now it must come down. This is usually the high-speed/fast paced portion of your novel, but that doesn’t mean it will be over quickly. Figure out how all this action will lead into your resolution. Focus on what will be tied up and how it will all end.
How is Your Story Resolved?
The resolution or conclusion of your novel is pretty self-explanatory, but you should think about how your story will end when you’re outlining/plotting. Your protagonist should change or grow over the course of your novel (or not grow, if that’s the point of your story), so track that progress. Show how things are different.
“We told you so…”—Star Wars Actors Guild 77 (@SWAG_77) remembering how we BEGGED 2-3 months ago for RPers to JOIN us without question before Star Wars Rebels aired.
And now that it is hype, you want to show up, Johnny Come Lately into our pages (mainly) thinking you can RP willy-nilly with us and we say “negative”. What we do is not the “do-drop-in” — we PLAN our RPs. So “NO!” do your own group. Struggle however you want. But sorry, you kicked us to the curb when we were nice and needed you.
YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE IT DRINK!
AND A HORSE DOESN’T MISS ITS WATER UNTIL IT’S WELL RUNS DRY!
We often wonder what makes a book fail and most of the time it comes down to the plot. There are certain things you must do to make sure your plot comes together. Nothing I can tell you will be a sure fix, but I think these suggestions will help improve your overall story and the way you plot in the future. I think every writer, at one point or another, will make these mistakes continue to do so unless they realize what needs to change. If you can’t pinpoint what the problem with your story is, it might be one of these things.
-Your story has weak conflict. If you finish writing and realize that the main conflict of your story wasn’t even important to your character at all, that’s a massive problem. There has to be conflict and there must be something standing in your main character’s way. If you character has a goal (which he or she should) it must be something he or she wants so badly that they’d sacrifice everything for it. Whether or not they do sacrifice everything is up to you.
-Your characters don’t change or grow by the end of the novel. Obviously this growth can’t happen just on the final page, so you must lead up to it. The characters must learn something and change because of it. The reader must also be able to understand why the character changed or grew, so it’s something you must build up to throughout your work.
-Your readers should walk away with some sort of satisfaction. This includes staying away from weak endings, such as “it was all a dream” or “your main character was crazy all along and was imagining everything”. If the ending is too predictable, your readers will feel cheated and won’t even care about your character’s journey.
-Try not to preach. Young adult readers understand when you’re talking down to them and telling them what they should or should not do. You can write a story with a message, but don’t beat people over the head with it. You might have personal statements to get across and important things you feel like you have to say, but do it in a way that isn’t so obvious. Your readers will get it, believe me. Don’t underestimate their intelligence.
-Always tie up any themes or subplots throughout your novel. I know in series that you’re not going to wrap up everything by the end of book one, but you should tie up the main plot OF THAT BOOK. Think of Harry Potter for example. Each book has a specific subplot, a goal Harry is trying to accomplish, and he always does by the end of it. There’s still the larger plot dealing with Voldemort and what he’s destined to do, but every individual book gets a proper ending. Even books that end with cliff hangers (think The Maze Runner), have a new theme in every book.
If you try to work out these things before you begin writing, it might help you avoid anything like this. Understanding your characters and where they’re going is important. Make sure you develop them properly and figure out where you want them to eventually end up. That will help fix a lot of potential problems.
“Some writers need a while to charge their batteries, and then write their books very rapidly. Some writers write a page or so every day, rain or shine. Some writers run out of steam, and need to do whatever it is they happen to do until they’re ready to write again.”—Neil Gaiman (Entitlement issues)
“One thing we RPers hate more than anything else is metagamers”—It’s just as bad as godmodders. During a RP, a metagamer spoils a story when muses are not remotely on that timeline. They disrespect the built story arc. They can’t RP so the metagame.
Metagaming - the act of outside or previously gained knowledge within a gaming universe for personal gain or advantage.
In the RP world it is a spoiler and it is a bullying tactic to ruin trust and confidences with fellow players that tell stories.
Metagaming is different from godmodding because in godmodding the person does moves and acts whatever it takes to win the RP, when it should not be like that. Whereas, metagaming is to use knowledge told in confidence to gain over another player. That ruins storylines. Why do it?