On writing believable relationships

We all love complex characters. Even more so when they meet other complex characters and start interacting with them – there are so many possible ways for this to go! What do they really think of each other? Is there instant like, dislike, jealousy, admiration, attraction? Will there be drama, trust, betrayal, romance? Just like with our real-life relationships, we don’t necessarily think the same of all our friends, colleagues or loved ones/family members. Just as every real person is unique, so should our fictional characters be, thus making their relationships feel real as well.

This is no easy feat. There are only so many questionnaires you can fill about your characters middle name or favourite colour before you start feeling like your brain is just one big pile of superfluous information. But truthfully, this is another matter. My point is that it takes a lot of trial and error to get the relationships right, and I’ve been working on this lately as a way to further improve my story.

The method is simple, but requires having a draft to be able to use. I don’t know if this is common knowledge, I simply sat down and tried some things until I found something that worked for me. So I decided to put it in a video and share it with the world! Feel free to give it a watch and let me know if you have any thoughts, I always appreciate that. πŸ™‚


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Say it with a vlog

Here it is. A completely unscripted video – some might say an unscripted mess – but at the same time, it’s authentic. It’s nothing more or less than me (and Niles being his normal diva self, of course), being completely honest about the experience of finishing the second draft.

Am I proud of myself? Yes. Does it show? Probably.

Shame on me!

I’ve taken a longer break from my blog than I initially intended – I must admit that. But it’s not like I’ve been procrastinating in vain, I’ve actually gotten a lot of things done! I am currently in the editing phase of the last two chapters of my second draft. It’s been a long ride, people. A whole year to be exact, since I first started writing my outline.

I suppose this is a given fact to anyone who’s writing books for a living, but I keep getting surprised at how my story grows with me as I become a better writer. It started out as a little baby first draft, and now it has certainly grown a lot bigger. Who knows what will happen once the third draft is finished! Hopefully, one day, it will spread its wings and get out into the world.

…but until then, there are more lessons to learn! This week I have focused a lot on endings in general, what makes a good ending, what is mandatory and what is superfluous etc. It has been quite the learning experience, so I decided to make it my vlog topic this week. Feel free to have a watch, let me know if you have any thoughts on the subject! πŸ™‚

AuthorTube Newbie Video

Greetings people! I uploaded a new video today, called AuthorTube Newbie Tag. The point of this tag is to answer 13 questions about you as a writer and authortuber. I know – I’ve been doing Authortube for several months, but I still feel like a newbie most of the time. (insert awkward smile here)

If you want to get to know me as a writer a little better, hear about the misfortune of my first ever novel writing attempt, or just want to stare at Niles’ fluff for 10 minutes, then be my guest and take a look.

Cheers πŸ™‚


Is it a good idea to talk about personal thoughts and feelings on Youtube?

So, I know I’ve already made a post about why I’m not doing Nanowrimo, and most likely never will. But I decided to get my thoughts into a video, so that’s what I’ve done this week. Today’s vlog is definitely of a personal nature. I’m putting it all out there, the stress and pressure that can cause anxiety, the feeling of being left out as well as conflicting emotions of introverts and people with social anxiety when it comes to events within the writing community. In other words, I’m pretty vulnerable here.

I have no idea what sort of response this video will get, if it will get any at all. (Although I suppose no response is always better than a bad response!) But it has been my goal from the start to be honest and personal on my Youtube channel, because I know I enjoy it when watching other creators being relatable and human in their videos. That sort of thing doesn’t come easy though, you have to dare to be yourself on this huge platform, despite the risk of getting attention from unfriendly people. The mere fact that you’re putting yourself out there is actually pretty daunting.

So – if anyone reading this decides to give my new vlog a watch, just know that I would be tremendously grateful if you would give it a thumbs up or even a comment to show support and friendliness. (Should you be interested in watching any other of my videos, click here to get to my channel.) Cheers everyone, and have a great Thursday!

What to do when stuck on the mid-point of your story…?

I’ve talked about it before, but I find the mid-point of a story to be one of the most important parts of the book. That’s why I didn’t stop at merely blogging about it, I also made it the topic of this week’s Youtube video!

It’s always a valuable experience whenever you struggle with something. It forces you to think outside the box for a solution, and many times, you end up seeing things a little differently. The aim of this vlog is to share this experience in the hopes of connecting with other writers. Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments!

When a classic becomes a tv series

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Good evening, lovely people of the internet.

The second part of my The Ladies’ Paradise discussion is now up on Youtube. This week I’m discussing the BBC series, The Paradise, and comparing it to the book. It’s quite interesting how different the show is from the book – where the book is good, the show is lacking and vice versa. What I mean by this is that the book had a gritty realism that was prevalent throughout, whereas the show focuses more on the pretty side of things, giving it almost a dream-like quality.

I suppose that’s what you get for making it more family friendly, which I think is a bit of a shame. Although, I happen to be one of those people who rather enjoys the poetic satisfaction of a good tragedy, so no surprises there.

Did any of you read the book or watch the show? Let me know your thoughts!

My review/discussion video is now up!

My review/discussion on The Ladies’ Paradise is officially up. So far it is the longest video I’ve made (23 minutes), and it took a lot longer than usual to film and edit. But it was worth it though, it was nice to have to much time to express my thoughts on the subject. I’m rather pleased with the result as well – it’s a bit of a rant, I’ll admit that – but I did find a lot of things that bothered me so I couldn’t stop myself.

Feel free to have a look! Remember to drop a like if you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

New vlog on motivation & dialogue

I’ve finally uploaded another vlog! I’ve struggled quite a bit lately, both with my lack of motivation as well as (once I got my motivation back) writing dialogue. I couldn’t decide which one of them to talk about so the solution was simple; I included them both!

This whole vlogging and youtube business is a bit like fumbling about in darkness until you think you’ve found your way. Sometimes, you end up taking the wrong path and have to go back a few steps and try and new one. It’s both exciting and a little scary. I’m really enjoying my vlogs though, and I’m looking forward to getting better and better at recording them.

New camera!

It was time to decide on whether or not to take the whole Youtube thing seriously, and well, the decision was yes. I ordered and have just received my new camera, which will hopefully help me make videos of better quality. It’s not a super flashy camera, as that is not within my budget, but it’s probably still better than my smartphone, which has awful limitations when it comes to recording video.

So – I hope to start using it today and film another writing vlog! I’m just waiting for the battery to charge. Seriously, I’d completely forgotten about that. I had the strange idea that I would just be able to unpack it and start using it right away. Silly me.

Here it is, my brand new Canon Powershot SX730 HS

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As far as camera stuff goes, I found this one rather pretty, and naturally Oskar made fun of me for thinking that was an important part in deciding which camera to buy.