(Movie Review) – The Black Panther // Spoiler Free

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Directed by Ryan Coogler

Produced by Kevin Feige

Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Micheal B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

Synopsis: It follows a young prince, T’Challa who has returned to an African nation called Wakanda after witnessing his father being killed, to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly shows up and challenges T’Challa for his empire, he as the Black Panther is tested that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with betrayal, and danger, the young king must team up with his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Review

The plot was good. Heck good! I think this movie had the same interesting wavelengths as Captain America. It had a beginning, a middle and an end, well, of course, every movie needs to have this Three Acts Structure …if not it wouldn’t be as good as it is now.  

The world building was on point. It made me feel like it was an actual country, with its rules, culture, poverty, race, religion, spiritual guidance etc. And the costume designs were amazing. The designers used African culture to inspire the characters in their costumes, which made them stunning and interesting to watch on screen.

This concludes my review. I rate this 8/10.

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The Secret of Writing More During Nanowrimo

This Nanowrimo I decided to do something a little different.

I told myself that I wanted to finish this novel. So I needed to write faster. I needed to exceed the Nano-word count goal which is 1667 words per day. And that is a lot of words for me to put to paper. So how do I do that?

It got me thinking, maybe I should start writing where the action begins. In my 3-act-structure, the action begins in the whole of Act 2. I decided to not start writing from Act 1 which is the beginning of the story, but to write from Act 2. And then followed by Act 3. After that, only I’ll write the beginning.

Let me tell you, using this tactic has been mind-blowing. I have not completed that many words in one day before. It was usually 500 words because that was the daily goal I set for myself. And now, I have surpassed that which is a shocking surprise…really.

I realised,

Writing from where the ruckus starts has helped me exceed more words than I thought. Action scenes make you write more. It makes you write sensory things that your character is facing or feeling or sensing in a scene. So yes, more words.

Also, descriptions fill the scene with words too. Describing things thoroughly can help you get more words down. In week 1, day 3, I got stuck at one scene where I knew that was no way I could make it longer. I already knew that it needed to be the second scene already. And since I didn’t want to do write the 2nd scene, because I told myself to write one scene every day, I went back and rewrote a few paragraphs, lengthening the description in order to surpass my word count goal of the day.

To some of you, it may be a bad thing to do that because you might end up deleting everything, but to some who think it is manageable might think otherwise. So I ended up doing that. And it helped me a lot. I reached my Nano word count for that day.

Now back to writing! Wide-Eyed Wanderer is signing out.

Dream a million dreams and make them come true!

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Nanowrimo 2018 Tag

Hellooooo Dreamers!

It has been a while since I did a tag. Let me tell you, I have been watching a lot of tag videos on Youtube lately, and I want to do every single one of them. But if I do that, you all will be tired of being bombarded with tags.

Haha! However that does not mean I won’t be doing a tag today. I will be doing it of course! And it is going to be so much fun 🙂 This one called out to me when I saw it on one of my favourite Authortubers’ channel. Natalia Leigh.

Judging from the title, I think you already know what tag it is. *cue the dramatic music* It is called the Nanowrimo Tag!! I can’t believe I am participating in Nano this year AND I cannot believe I’m doing this tag so here I go:

Here are the Questions:

  1. How many times have you participated in NaNoWriMo? How many times have you won?

This year is my first, serious one. I have participated in previous years but gave up before I even started. So this year is going to be different. This year is the year I become serious about my work.

  1. Are you a pantser or a plotter?

I’m a bit of both – a plantser.

  1. What are the titles of the projects that you have attempted/completed for past NaNos?

I never finished it let alone started it, but I have attempted or wanted to write Project House (it’s a code name!)

  1. What are you working on for NaNo this year?

A standalone about university life, hauntings, dreams, friendships and death!

  1. What is one tip that you’d give to someone else that is participating in NaNo?

Failure comes when you stop trying. Just keep going and going! You’ll get there!

  1. What was the inspiration for this novel? Do you remember when the inspiration hit you?

This novel was inspired by a poem I’ve written last year. I can’t tell you the title because spoilers. When I was writing the poem, I realised that this poem has a deeper meaning behind it. I thought to myself, it would be interesting if it was a full length novel. Then BAM! Rivers of words flooded through my writing brain, and then a tsunami struck me!

  1. Read us the first sentence from your NaNo novel last year?

“A call echoed in the dark night, and a man figure hurriedly picked it up.”

  1. What do you plan to do with your manuscript after NaNo?

Probably leave for a few months and then come back and edit it.

  1. Are you prepared for NaNo? Are you nervous?

YES and no. For outlining, I did a bit of that. SO I’m VERY NERVOUS!

That is all.

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Week 3-4 of Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey Dreamers!

 

In my last week, I found myself facing a huge wall in my story. Yes, the writer’s block. Oh!  The horrors! 😨😰

 

Instead of banging against the wall with my head, and screaming why, why, why, I decided to try and scale it like Spider-Man. Even though I fell many times, I was glad to have tried.

 

Despite that, I went into a writing slump. This feeling of not wanting to write after I hit the great wall (not of China) but in my story, made me think that everything I wrote was garbage. It was difficult. I kept typing away on Google Docs, somehow I keep pressing the backspace repeatedly. And what’s worse; I kept losing my main character’s voice. That sucked a lot.

 

The one thing I don’t like was my inner writer voice. I had to silent it, if not I won’t be able to write properly. So I played this story’s playlist loudly on my speakers to try to picture the scenes smoothly in my head. I tried another method in case that didn’t work as much as it should. I asked myself, why am I writing this.

 

Because I need to tell his story. I want to tell my readers the lessons I’ve learnt while writing this book.

 

Once I came up with an answer, I tried writing the poem again. And this time,  it flowed naturally out of my brain. I was so happy!

 

During the writer’s block session, I sat myself down, and outlined the next few chapters in my narrative poetry. Thank goodness, I overcame it by rewriting the scene over and over. It was hard but I pushed it through.

 

And to my surprise, this happened:👇👇 👇

 

 

Ahhhhh!!! 😨

I cannot believe it. No way. That is truly impossible. But I did it, I did it!

 

 

That is all for today.

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