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Collaborative Writing, Story Success Clinic – How To Write the Future podcast, episode 85

“So battle is when it’s between two very troublesome decisions that look dangerous, that really feel dangerous, which might be dangerous, that suggest emotional or psychological ache, or after all, bodily ache or loss of life. Or battle can be between two superb issues, however you simply can’t have one or the opposite.”

Within the newest How To Write the Future episode, host Beth Barany does a Story Success Clinic session with Wattpad and science fiction author, Annika Okay.E. Morgan. Collectively they focus on writing battle into scenes and the advantages of collaborative writing. Beth additionally shares how one can signal as much as have your very personal Story Success clinic session. 

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Transcript for Episode 85 Collaborative Writing, Story Success Clinic 

Hey, everybody. Welcome to Tips on how to Write the Future podcast. I’m your host, Beth Barany, an award-winning novelist, science fiction and fantasy novelist, and a writing trainer and creativity coach.

This podcast is for individuals who wish to create tales to ascertain what could possibly be doable, as a result of after we envision what is feasible by means of our fiction, we truly assist folks create that of their lives, emotionally, and likewise psychologically.

Fiction is so highly effective. So, each now and again, I do these Story Success Clinics.

Only a fast notice – this Story Success Clinic, is audio solely. So for these of you listening on YouTube, simply wish to let you already know. There is no such thing as a visible for the episode at present as a result of the creator requested to stay off-camera. So, that’s what we’re doing. 

Get pleasure from.

At this time I’ve a science fiction/ fantasy creator with me right here, Annika, and I’m going to introduce you, Annika, after which, we’ll dive in.

So, Annika, welcome.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Thanks.

BETH BARANY

All proper, right here is Annika Okay. E. Morgan. Deep within the sunny Caribbean vacationer vacation spot, Jamaica, Annika Okay. E. Morgan pursues her childhood dream of turning into a broadcast creator. With the help of a loving husband and daughter, a few cats, and a yard filled with canines, she spends her free time centered on finishing Her unfinished science fiction and fantasy.

You might be an lively author on Wattpad. Is that proper?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Sure. That’s appropriate.

BETH BARANY

Nice.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Let me qualify that. I’m purported to be an lively author on Wattpad, however I’m not by myself profile. I’m lively. In a collaborative profile on Wattpad

BETH BARANY

Yeah. Very fascinating. So one of many belongings you let me know forward of time is that you simply’re engaged on a very large collaborative venture. So I believed we might begin off so folks can perceive as a result of we’re at all times curious. I do know as a author, I’m at all times interested by different writers artistic processes.

So, one of many questions I ask when folks join the Story Success Clinic is what’s working nicely? What’s already profitable for you? And may you share us a number of issues? What’s already working nicely for you as a author?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

As a author. Properly, one factor that I’ve seen for me, I benefit from the collaborative course of. I actually do. I used to be launched to it by means of a reader of my story, that I wish to speak about trilogy, my sci-fi trilogy, who helped me to get by means of a piece that I had no plans for.

So, he helped me create scenes and I edited and rewrote them and I used to be capable of get by means of that part and I discovered that I actually get pleasure from that. Now I’m additionally collaborating on a joint story on my collaborative account. And that’s going by means of second e-book. 

The second e-book is nearly completed. We solely have a number of chapters left.

And I actually get pleasure from that.

BETH BARANY

That’s so nice. Properly, I simply wish to say, to have the ability to collaborate so intently is a sure sort of author, a sure sort of character when that may be a course of that actually works for you. I actually admire that. It’s not one thing that I’m capable of do like that.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, and I discover it could have one thing to do with, I’m a particulars individual. My collaborator a tree, a forest individual. So it actually syncs very nicely. He sees the massive image, I don’t.

BETH BARANY

Ah, okay. Acquired it. Sure.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

I see the main points. And I believe that has rather a lot to do with why we work so nicely collectively, and we’ve by no means met.

We’ve by no means spoken. We met by way of Wattpad, Every thing has been, by way of messaging and writing the docs and so forth, however we’ve by no means met. So, it has been, yeah, one of the gratifying processes I’ve been by means of for the previous few years. Yeah.

BETH BARANY

That’s so nice. Oh, fantastic. So that you’re writing a science fiction trilogy, collaboratively, and once I requested what had been a few of your challenges, there’s a number of issues that you simply talked about, one I seen is about battle. And do I acquired that proper, deliver ensuring each scene has battle?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, a correction. The Science Fiction trilogy is my story.

BETH BARANY

Okay. Thanks for that clarification. So at present we’re going to speak about your story, not the collaborative story. Okay, good.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Precisely.

BETH BARANY

Yeah.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Sure.

BETH BARANY

And so, yeah, you talked about right here within the notes that you simply hold forgetting to ramp up the strain or the angst and that you simply notice you should throw in additional obstacles.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

I discover I want to get by means of the battle. I’m not a posh individual. I’m realizing that the place I’m at to maintain the curiosity, I want so as to add the battle.

And that i simply realized I’ve to remind myself of that as a result of I’m simply making an attempt to finish a difficulty within the scene, wrap it up, get again to Earth as a result of proper now we’re on the moon, after which get to the ultimate scene, mainly, so I’m simply making an attempt to get to the tip, Yeah, I can’t simply go there. I’ve issues occurring on the best way, you already know?

BETH BARANY

Yeah.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, I’ve to remind myself of that, at this stage, there may be some battle between my foremost character and his love curiosity, who’s from one other Earth as a result of she has been appointed queen, so protocol is that she can’t be concerned in a intimate relationship.

And they’re already approaching that. Properly, they’ve approached that scenario. 

And making an attempt to reconcile that, looking for a approach to proceed with their relationship. 

They’re already soulmates, so it’s not like they’ll simply go separate methods. He’s already made a promise that he’s not going to desert her, however he doesn’t know why he says he doesn’t wish to abandon her once more, which is alluding to a earlier life, earlier lives. He might allude to that his father deserted his household too. So there’s one thing in him that’s driving him as nicely.

BETH BARANY

Sorry to interrupt you, however simply to know the craft side is the

scene written from his perspective, not her perspective?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

That scene, his scenes are written from his perspective. Sure, it will depend on which scenes he’s in. Any scene that he’s in, often, it’s from his perspective, yeah.

BETH BARANY 

Okay, however she is within the scene too, the queen?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, she’s within the scene as nicely.

BETH BARANY

So what’s the battle? The battle within the second is technically they’re not purported to be collectively as a result of she’s the queen and he’s simply an extraordinary individual. 

So, is there any stakes?

Which means, in the event that they get found collectively, what would possibly occur?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

They’re already been found collectively and had been interrupted. So Danny is the primary character, Mikmi is the queen, and the information is Selina, Daniel approaches Selena, the information with the intent of asking for permission to suggest to Mikmi. That’s when Selena tells him, that’s not allowed.

And in the event that they pursue their relationship, then they could must intervene, equal to the intervention, a thoughts pressure intervention to cease their emotions. And he’s actually offended about that implication that yeah, risk, name it risk, that could be finished to him and her as nicely if it must be finished to maintain them aside.

However he has already been appointed the put up of protect to the queen. So it’s not like they’re going to be aside, it’s simply that they can’t be collectively.

BETH BARANY

Acquired it. So if he’s caught together with her once more, he might lose his reminiscences about her or his emotions. So he’s now not, yeah, in love together with her and she or he additionally would lose her emotions for him, that she is now not in love with him. So these are the stakes. They may overlook about their love.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

That’s fairly good.

BETH BARANY

And so what does Danny assume and really feel about that? is he keen to threat that to be together with her?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

He not settle for that.

That’s not one thing he’s keen to just accept.

BETH BARANY

Properly, settle for which half? As a result of the opposite folks…

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

To lose his emotions for her.a reminiscence wipe of their emotions or one thing like that. He doesn’t settle for that in any respect. No approach, he says

BETH BARANY

Good. Sure. And so he’s keen to threat that although, as a result of in the event that they’re caught once more, that might occur. Or that may occur, proper? He’s been advised, you’ll obtain the reminiscence wipe. You’ll overlook about your love. And he says I don’t care. I wish to be together with her anyway.

Proper?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

It hasn’t been stated in a approach that it’s fastened in stone as a result of the information can be in service of the Queen. And I don’t assume she will persuade Mikmi to do this. However then once more, Danny isn’t certain how a lot Mikmi will keep on with the principles. She has lately recovered her reminiscence.

She had amnesia earlier than. So that they had already developed a relationship. So she’s recovered her reminiscence, She accepted to be appointed queen as a result of their planet they imagine their queen is lifeless, the earlier one. She was supposed to switch her anyway, However they imagine they’re lifeless From a catastrophe. It’s a protracted advanced story.

BETH BARANY

Okay.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, so, she had taken on the function; she would tackle that task. She is now Queen, however she will not be on her planet. She’s on our planet, She’s on our Earth.

BETH BARANY

Okay.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Our Earth’s moon in the mean time on task, because it had been.

And after they return, she’s supposed to select up her function as Queen there, however she’s been assigned the title already.

BETH BARANY

There’s plenty of issues, and so for a scene to work, we want battle. There completely must be battle. However the battle will be inner. It doesn’t must be exterior. So if Danny is your standpoint character, and he wonders whether or not or not the Queen, Mikmi, would threat her personal reminiscences for the connection.

So for there to be battle, you may ask your self: what’s at stake?

If we do that factor, and we’d lose our reminiscence about how we love one another, that’s excessive stakes. If we’re not collectively as a pair, then we’re in ache as a result of proper, we’re, we’re struggling as a result of we’re not collectively.

So battle is when it’s between two very troublesome decisions that look dangerous, that really feel dangerous, which might be dangerous, that suggest emotional or psychological ache, or after all, bodily ache or loss of life. Or battle can be between two superb issues, however you simply can’t have one or the opposite.

However on this scene that you simply’re speaking about, on this second of their life, they’re between both not attending to be a pair, although of their hearts they’re one, or being a pair after which maybe dropping it, dropping the reminiscence of their love, which might be perhaps worse.

There’s at all times a destiny worse than loss of life, which could be very intense if you lose one thing that you simply worth, or should you lose a beloved one. That’s the one you worth. They name it a destiny worse than loss of life and that sort of battle will be the head battle of your story.

It may be the worst factor that might occur can be if these two lovers forgot about one another, proper? The reader would go, proper? It could break everybody’s coronary heart.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah.

BETH BARANY

In the event you can play that up and have Danny actually take into consideration that and have actual penalties. What would he do? What would he say? What resolution would he make?

When he realizes this, he has to determine and do one thing. What can he do Is he going to threat the whole lot and to be collectively? Or is he going to say, I’d somewhat you bear in mind me and love me, even when we can’t be collectively, although it pains me?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

He’s extra more likely to go along with the second possibility.

In the intervening time, they haven’t had their dialogue but. That’s what I’m prepping for. 

Thus far, his thought course of has been: no approach he’s agreeing. And he’s anticipating that she wouldn’t agree as nicely. We don’t know but. In his thoughts, he would keep by her aspect, and if he can handle to maintain the space as a result of he has the put up of her Defend.

BETH BARANY

Proper.

Proper. In order that’s a really troublesome resolution to make, however that will additionally present character. You requested me what could be distinctive about him? And what could be distinctive about him is that this energy of character.

In order that he would in a way sacrifice being collectively, so the love that exists between them can dwell of their reminiscences. And somebody like that it’s a selfless factor and it makes any individual extraordinary when they’re keen to put aside their very own happiness for one more individual’s happiness.

Many individuals see that as extraordinary. As a result of most individuals simply function. Yeah, on their very own, like, oh, I simply wish to be joyful. I don’t care what others assume. However after we care what others assume.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

I don’t bear in mind who, or the place the quote got here from. It was some literary. It’s higher to have lived and beloved than to by no means have beloved in any respect. One thing like that. Liked and misplaced than by no means having beloved in any respect.

BETH BARANY

Sure. Sure. And I believe that is the theme that you’re taking part in with and it’s very highly effective, proper? It has this millennia resonance. It’d’ve even been Shakespeare who stated that as a result of it’s such a robust saying.

It feels such as you’re working with this very highly effective theme. Do you assume so?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah. Yeah.

BETH BARANY

And the truth that it’s nonetheless a dilemma such as you because the creator try to determine it out, additionally exhibits me that it’s a deep theme that doesn’t have a simple reply, which is basically fantastic. We don’t need the most important battle in our story to be a simple, to have a simple reply.

That’s why it’s the largest emotional battle of your story.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, yeah.

BETH BARANY

Yeah. Yeah. Good. So to recap it sounds such as you’re the sort of author who actually thrives on collaboration, which was a little bit of a shock for you. From the notes you shared with me and the whole lot, it’s like, and even preparing for at present’s, Story Success Clinic, you had been very collaborative with me.

You’re sharing issues with me. You’re working it out, proper? You advised me What your battle was or your questions had been like final week, and you then wrote me at present. Oh, no, issues have modified. I labored by means of this. Now I’ve this, which tells me you’re any individual who works very well in collaboration.

So from a training perspective, I’d say, nicely, from no matter you are able to do to proceed collaborative partnerships in all of the phases of your writing will in all probability actually enable you really feel supported and enable you transfer ahead as you proceed.

I believe that will actually enable you. And it appears like you will have plenty of sources right here round collaboration.

Is that proper?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, the individual I collaborate with on the opposite story, typically I bounce concepts off of him, however he’s the sort of individual is that: it’s your story, proper? I’ll throw out some ideas, however it’s your story.

BETH BARANY

Proper. Yeah.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

So he doesn’t wish to inform me what I needs to be doing.

BETH BARANY

Proper. Is that tough or straightforward for you? Do you want somebody might enable you make these selections?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Generally I do, sure. Generally I don’t. I simply to bounce off and fire up the juices, one thing stirs up from the underside that I haven’t considered, sort of factor.

BETH BARANY

You talked about additionally that you’ve critique companions that you simply work with.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Sure. I simply began again up in two completely different golf equipment in WattPad. I’m getting a critique companions. I’m critiquing their work they usually’re critiquing mine. 

I’ve had beforehand one other companion who began from the start and has reached into half three, however then she has taken a hiatus from the membership and due to this fact I haven’t been capable of get the remainder of the story critiqued, which is why I put my new companions within the sort of awkward place of beginning at half three, as a result of I don’t need them to finish earlier than I’ve handled that part, and their tales aren’t so long as mine but. 

It’s often chapter by chapter trade. So, yeah, and that’s useful, too. I’m getting some good suggestions.

BETH BARANY

Good. Good.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

However they haven’t reached the purpose of the place I’m at at the moment, as a result of I’m fairly far into – I’m virtually at 400,000 phrases truly.

BETH BARANY

Oh my goodness, that’s like three, that’s 4 books, or extra.

When it comes to subsequent steps for you as we begin to wrap this up – Properly, first, let me again up. Do you are feeling just like the questions that you simply introduced right here at present, do you are feeling such as you work by means of them just a little bit?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Slightly extra focus Some parts of focus that I can tackle throughout their dialogue and inner musings of Danny. In order that’s useful

BETH BARANY

Okay. Yeah. Did we reply the query additionally about what would possibly make Danny distinctive? He’s not simply an extraordinary individual. He’s truly fairly extraordinary.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Yeah, that, I haven’t considered energy of character. That’s a helpful one.

BETH BARANY

Yeah.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

There could be one thing extra too as nicely, as a result of the best way the query was raised in reference to the start of the story, I imagine. And my solely reply for that was that they had been soulmates, however they had been dwelling on two completely different planets. So why was he picked? As a result of he was picked to seek out her when she crash-landed on this earth.

BETH BARANY

So does he have a talent set, a functionality, a pure capability, one thing he was born with? What made him the individual for the job?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

That I can’t actually reply, besides that he’s the soulmate. They might not have met if she had not come to this earth accidentally.

BETH BARANY

And so for story-building functions, for world-building functions, you possibly can give you a purpose that exists inside the tradition how that individual knew, or it could possibly be that that individual has a talent, the information has a talent to find people who find themselves related to different folks. Possibly it’s a psychic capability, or perhaps, this individual was born with that, or perhaps they had been educated. it’s magic, perhaps it’s science. So you may determine.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Okay. Yeah, she is a extra advanced individual than that. She’s probably not human. She’s taken on human type, however she’s not human. Her supply is extra like an power being that floats round within the environment. That’s her authentic ancestry, you may name it, however she’s taken on human type to serve the queen. so she served the queen in appointing the brand new queen. And now she’s serving Mikmi, the brand new queen.

BETH BARANY

And perhaps for her, it’s pure, such as you and I, we will see the colour pink, however perhaps she will see energetic strains of connection between folks as a result of that’s pure to her. 

Properly, Annika, we’ve come to the shut of at present’s Story Success clinic, and in case you have any items of recommendation that you simply want to give to writers who’re beginning out or who perhaps wish to write collaboratively and even write on Wattpad such as you do, what are one or two issues that you’d encourage different authors about?

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Properly, Wattpad has plenty of completely different communities right here. Some authors come there and say, there are too many younger folks you already know, youngsters writing. There are critical writers there. You could find good golf equipment there with getting good suggestions. I can say, with none hesitation, that my story and I began my story once I was 13 years previous, 1978, that’s the place I acquired my first concept. Fruits has been round for a very long time, proper? 

However this model, I began in 2016. It could not have reached to the place it’s now, with out the suggestions that I acquired by means of Wattpad. The neighborhood, the readers, I imply, Getting help from readers that actually have some good suggestions.

Otherwise you be part of a e-book membership inside Wattpad and discover a good critique companion. I imply, you may’t think about the place that may take you.

BETH BARANY

That’s so fantastic.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

You possibly can seek the advice of and also you get good suggestions and also you don’t must pay them. You trade, So, you may even discover editors there. Loads of authors on Wattpad have revealed after growing this story on Wattpad.

BETH BARANY

That’s nice. It’s a collaborative platform, it appears like, with readers, with different writers, and it appears like folks actually get pleasure from that course of. It’s an excellent place to go if that’s one thing that pulls you. That’s nice. Oh, fantastic.

Properly, Annika, I want you the perfect of luck in your superb epic, and thanks a lot for being a visitor at present on the Story Success Clinic.

And yeah, thanks a lot.

ANNIKA Okay.E. MORGAN

Thanks for having me. Thanks.

BETH BARANY

In order that’s it for this week. Thanks for listening. If you need to enroll in a Story Success Clinic, simply head on over to Tips on how to Write The Future dot com and observe the prompts. And join a dialog with me and I sit up for having you.

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And thanks a lot for listening, and thanks a lot for working in your tales and placing your tales out into the world.

Write lengthy and prosper.

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