Mise en place de la série « La Renaissance des Masques »

Je passe juste en coup de vent vous annoncer que je vais lancer ma série fantasy (avec une touche de science) sur le nouvel hébergement du blog. Je vais participer à la Japan Addict Pocket les 23 et 24 février à Strasbourg, pour distribuer des flyers. À cette occasion, je vous fais gagner des invitations pour le week-end sur les réseaux sociaux.

A très vite, mais ça c’est une autre histoire…

ScriBuJo 15 (En)

Version française ici.

Today, a little bit more work, but if inspiration doesn’t come, you can fill it later. But if you do so after the final revision, there’s no use. :p

Depending on how you’re using settings on your texts, you can delve into details or take a few notes. Write one or two things about the place, such as its appearance or its general mood.

Take, for example, a graveyard. It’s something fairly common, but there’s a big difference between a military graveyard that you visit in the middle of the day in a big city and the small-town desolate graveyard that you wander into at midnight.

On one hand, you have lined-up graves separated by clear, clean ways. On the other hand, you can only see shapes, amongst which some strange ones, plants can take over the place and you can miss the main way if it turns and you don’t.

You don’t need to write everything. I’d say you’ll cover the basics with the following list:

  • Name
  • Localisation
  • Notes

It’s really quick, but I only show the pantser and plantser way. A more in-depth post will be done once I’ll have a definitive method to make mine.

And tomorrow, we’ll continue on this way, with an adaptable sheet for your projects!


ScriBuJo 14 (En)

Version française ici.

Why change a winning formula? We’ll be doing the same thing than yesterday, except we’ll be talking about places, not characters. It doesn’t seem great said that way, but whether your story is set in real places or whether you create them from scratch, it can be useful to takes some notes. Just knowing where it is to avoid putting Strasbourg in the south of France or Chicago in the place of New York (I’m exaggerating :p but if you’re setting your novel in a foreign place, it’s useful to use a map).

Today, as the day before yesterday, you don’t have much homework: just write a list per projects. You can choose to mention only special places or put them all if they are important. Depending on your way to do it and the meaning it holds, you can choose Hogwarts or zoom into the potions’ room or one of the Houses’ dorm.

As for characters, use one page by project, with enough space to write down the page where you put each place’s sheet. Depending on your page’s size and your writing, you can make one or more columns.

The second part, tomorrow!


ScriBuJo 14 (Fr)

English version here.

On reprend les mêmes et on recommence. Pas de personnages aujourd’hui, mais des lieux. Ça n’a pas l’air passionnant, dis comme ça, mais qu’on se base sur des lieux existants ou qu’on les créé de toute pièce, ça peut être utile de prendre quelques notes. Déjà rien que de savoir où ça se situe pour ne pas mettre Strasbourg dans le sud de la France (je caricature :p mais pour un pays étranger, c’est pertinent).

Aujourd’hui, comme avant hier, pas trop de boulot, juste une liste, par projet. Vous pouvez choisir de ne mentionner que les lieux un peu spéciaux ou de les mettre tous s’ils ont une importance. Selon votre façon de faire et l’importance que le lieu prend, vous pouvez choisir Poudlard ou zoomer sur la salle de cours de potions ou le dortoir d’une ou l’autre des Maisons.

Comme pour les personnages, une page par projet, avec assez de place pour indiquer la page de chaque lieu séparément. Selon la taille de votre page et votre écriture, vous pouvez faire une ou plusieurs colonnes.

La suite, demain !

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For the weekly planning, you’ll need a simple table with as much box as days you can write. No other rules. Some cute boxes can also work, if you don’t overdo it. You can add a box for the tasks to do for this week, that are not time-related.

Some people works better with weekly goals, some with monthly, I ask you to try both (for 2 or 3 months, to test it in conditions) then you choose. It’s not by saying « Hmm, that doesn’t work for me » that you’ll know if it works or not. If you tried something likely and it sends you to depression, I won’t hold it against you if you pass your turn. It’s your ScriBuJo, do what you want as long as it’s working.

For the weekly planning, you have to put tasks on the available sections of the week.

First, you have to list when you can write.

Take care to always put a manageable task, nearly easy. The goal is to cross it, not to put you under pressure because you took more than you can eat.

As I already told on the January’s challenge: if you can write 1000 or 2000 words a day when everything is fine, put a goal of 500. You’ll do it every day and it will motivate you to continue. The big goal can be the secondary objective, this one is to make you proud of yourself. You have to make 500 every day, even if you don’t want to, if you’re tired or busier than the usual.

Take care of the other side of the coin: don’t tick 5 boxes for 10 minutes of works (you may if you deserve it). You can design task so they’ll be just at the limit of your comfort zone (if you’re interested, I’ll put a post on it later).

The other possibility is to adapt the task to the session. If you have a medical appointment that will take all you afternoon, you can divide the word count goal by two.

I recommend, from my experiments, to set a word count or time goal plus a more precise goal. As start scene six, finish chapter three, even if chapter goal is quite difficult. According to people, a chapter can be 500 words or 30ish pages and it varies from chapter to chapter. It’s fine for a week or a month, but I won’t try it for a day. As I plot much, I work with scenes (from 500 to 1500 words) and I add chapter later.

You can also put « work on this chapter », it’s vague enough, so you can tick it when you did it without falling into the trap: »I thought about it, it’s enough ». If you’re writing it isn’t working, but if you’re plotting, it works. Every minute spent thinking about your story is a usefully used minute. Yeah, writing is not only putting words on the page or on a sheet of paper. There are differents ways and you can think during hours if this character will say this or that before writing a single sentence.

If it motivates you, you can use a different way of ticking boxes or a colour coding like I do here (no translation yet but it’s for the pictures only).

It’s up to you to choose what to do if you are ahead of your planning: either you let it as it is or you can move it to keep the same amount of work each week.

You have to find what’s working better with you: « I’m ahead » or « Great, I did more and I’ll continue with this pace ». Both have advantages and drawbacks. It can also change from time to time. That’s why you always have to question what you think you know.

Each day, as you make you daily page, or the previous day, or at the end of the previous session, or at the beginning of the new session, you rewrite what you have on your planning for this session. At the end, you tick what you were done, if you don’t do it along. And to use it all, we’ll talk about the weekly review tomorrow.