It’s Friday!

(I literally had to double-check that since I always mix up the days, and should that have been the case then the sparkling wine and dessert waiting in the fridge would certainly have a pretty anti-climactic evening.)

I finished chapter 8 today on my second draft, which was a huge accomplishment since it was a complete mess before. I basically had to rewrite the whole thing. It was also full of new and important information so some of it had to be moved to the next chapter. I have talked about that sort of thing before, where you have to think of a chapter layout that works for you and your story and try to stick to it – and sometimes that means merging or splitting up chapters.

I’ve decided that this will be the first subject of my writing vlog next week! It feels really great to plan videos in advance. I’ve actually planned my next four or five videos now. I haven’t really managed that so far – I’ve sort of just decided a couple of days before filming, which was kind of stressful in some cases (let’s not go back into the abyss that was my video editing problems). It’s really quite odd since I’m so good at planning stuff beforehand in all other aspects of my life – but when it comes to Youtube I’m not very structured at all. Time to change that!

Anyway. Here I am blogging at 6p.m. on a Friday wearing a fancy dress and an apron. I should probably get back to making dinner now.

Have a happy weekend!

Thinking about writing vlogs

I’ve been thinking about my Youtube channel and the fact that I haven’t really decided on a particular theme for it apart from writing, history, and fantasy. I’ve kind of just been “winging it” for the last two months. So far, I’ve mostly made videos regarding history and fantasy, such as my worldbuilding series. The subject of writing itself has sort of been left aside.

I don’t really want to jump on the train that so many other authortubers are on with their writing advice videos. How to write this or that, how to tackle this or that, you can learn it all within the span of 10 minutes per video.

I’m not saying that I disapprove – I’ve learned tons by watching videos like that. I’m just saying that I want to do something different. So! I’ve come to the conclusion that – for my writing related videos – I want to do writing vlogs. I’m thinking a kind of summary of the writing problems that I’ve encountered and solved (or not solved) in the past month or so. It would just be me and my moderately charming self, talking in casual terms in the hopes of reaching out to other writers that have struggled with similar things with their manuscripts.

I want to try it out, at least. Not this week though, as I have actually decided to not put up a video this week. I managed to get a raging cold as I came home from my vacation and have therefore not been able to plan something properly. Not to mention, my voice gives up if I talk for more than a couple of minutes (anyone who knows me would probably make some joke here about me talking too much).

So that’s the plan. Until then, I hope to get some more writing done since I haven’t worked on it now for a few days. Time to get productive!

New video: Worldbuilding Lessons I learned from Middle-Earth

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Middle-Earth is by far my favourite fantasy world. I’ve spent countless hours admiring it through literature, film, and games over the years. There are many reasons why Middle-Earth and its lore is considered a masterpiece in the world of fiction, and yet everyone seems to have their own favourite aspects of it.

In my video, I’m talking about 3 different lessons that I’ve taken from Middle-Earth and – by extension – J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m talking from a worldbuilding perspective and focusing on the positive side of things. Feel free to check it out by following this link. If you do decide to stop by, leaving a like etc. would be awfully nice of you.

New video on historical non-fiction

Indeed, it’s Thursday, meaning there’s a new video up from me. This week’s topic is historical non-fiction, and one of my favourite books in this genre: Girl in a Green Gown, the History and Mystery of the Arnolfini portrait. You can watch it by clicking here!

Trust me, this video was a real pain to get out. I know – I said I wouldn’t complain anymore about video editing difficulties, but today really takes the cake. This video is edited with three (!) different kinds of software. If it’s looking a little bit wonky, now you know why. I even had a weird situation where one of the photos in the video literally started floating around on its own, which, I’ll admit, was quite amusing.

New worldbuilding video: How to make your map

This video took me a little longer than usual – I normally upload on Thursdays. But hey, at least I did it! Yesterday was really terrible on the motivation and overall will-to-live front, but today is a little bit better. It’s Friday after all, so that means I can drink prosecco tonight without feeling guilty.

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This week’s video is dedicated to the fine practice of mapping in worldbuilding. You can follow this link to watch it.

New video: Historical fiction

I’ve been working really hard today with this week’s video – 5 things to avoid when writing historical fiction. As the title implies, I’m talking about different things or “mistakes” to avoid when writing historical fiction – it’s a tricky genre to get right since you have to do a great amount of research to be able to (convincingly) portray a historical setting. There are of course other stuff you need to consider as well, but I suggest you click the link above to find out what those are. 🙂

It’s only about 1 minute longer than my other videos, but it makes a big difference when writing the script, filming and editing the final video. Because of this, I wasn’t finished until much later than usual. But anyway, I was quite pleased with the end result.

New video on creating place names

I wrote a blog post about this not that long ago, and it got me thinking. There’s a good chance that I’m not the only one who’s struggled with this – so I decided to dedicate this week’s video to the topic of place names!

Here’s a link to the video.

… make sure to leave a like 🙂

I started writing a blog post yesterday evening, but I ended up trashing it because it had a bit of a negative attitude – and I’m trying to keep this blog on the positive side of things. Not that I’m always positive in general (most people aren’t) but I think it’s a nice goal to at least try and keep up on a daily basis. Overall, we are happier people when we curve our thoughts to stay on the positive side, even if it’s somewhat manipulated sometimes (no one is perfect, heh).

New video and series: Characters from History

I made a new video today, the first in a new series. Now that I’ve been pondering over worldbuilding for a while, I felt the need to explore the relationship between history and character creation. Just like we can look at the past for inspiration for our worlds, we can also find wonderous examples of fascinating people to help us create more authentic characters.

I believe that I’ve said this before, but writing is hard, and coming up with a crazy amount of stuff all on your own can put a real strain on your creativity and motivation. I’ve found that researching various aspects of history is incredibly inspirational, and since I enjoy historical fiction and fantasy, I happen to find writing and history to be natural BFF’s.

The aim is therefore to make a series that can be helpful to writers when they want to lean back and have some inspirational stuff presented to them. I think it’s rather brilliant, if I may say so myself.

The first episode is dedicated to none other than the magnificent Theodora of Constantinople – the 6th-century actress turned empress. If you didn’t already know about her, well, in less than 5 minutes you can know enough to hold a satisfactory dinner conversation surrounding this fascinating woman. All you have to do is click the link above!

New video: Historical templates

I’ve finally uploaded another video! This time, I’m talking a bit more about historical templates in worldbuilding, as I felt there was a lot more to say on that subject. You can watch it by clicking here… and if you would leave a like while you’re at it, that would make me super happy!

Building a world is really hard work. Despite being finished with the first draft of my novel, I haven’t finished the worldbuilding aspect of it. Of course, a lot of the information won’t be in the actual book – it’s more to act as a general backdrop for the setting of the story – but I feel that you can tell whether an author has done a poor worldbuilding job. It becomes clear when there’s an obvious lack of depth in the different settings.

As an aspiring author, I’m of course terrified that this is going to happen to me.

I know, I know. There’s usually nothing to worry about as long as you put in the work. But I can’t help but wonder if I’m just talking out of my derrière when I claim to know anything about worldbuilding (I have made three Youtube videos on it after all).

Let’s leave that subject before it gets too dark.

On a different note, I will be going away again for a couple of days, and I have a feeling I’m going to return with lots of inspiring photos, so stay tuned for that!