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9 Quotes About Writers & Writing

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9 Quotes About Writers & Writing

“Writers use everything. We can’t help it. Whatever touches us touches our writing.” Octavia E. Butler

 

“Creation is a sustained period of bliss, even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there’s the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it. You didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it.” Alice Walker

 

“Dialogue is character. The way that somebody talks, what they say, how they say it is character. And dialogue has to show character. It also has to show plot. And maybe it can be funny along the way.” Neil Gaiman

“A good book isn’t written, it’s rewritten.”

“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.” – Ray Bradbury

 

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” – Octavia E. Butler

“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”

“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.” – Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

 

“So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.” Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


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Book Taglines That Give Me Chills

Today I want to spotlight book taglines that are included on book covers. Taglines can be attention-grabbing and very persuasive.

I love a good, well-written tagline and the sense of mystery they sometimes give off. For instance, for the wonderful standalone novel, Startup Fiancé, the tagline is “Sometimes love can be arranged.” Or for the book Crying Laughing, the tagline is “So funny it hurts..”

But the taglines I love the most are ones that give you goosebumps and make you excited for the story. So I made of list specifically of some of my favorite taglines that give me chills for today’s post.

 

Step into the arena.
Set Fire To The Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra.
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Power is a dangerous game.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

How do you kill a god?
Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Trouble just moved in.
A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison

Beware the 13th sign.
Zodiac series – Romina Russell

Steal the crown. Save the kingdom.
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Champions are not born. They’re made.
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

The last thing you hear before you die.
Soul Screamers series – Rachel Vincent

Take a card and stake your soul.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Don’t just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it.
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

 

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! It means a lot. Are there any book taglines that you love? If so, leave your favorite picks in the comments below.

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[WIP Talk] My Main Character Is Like A Phoenix

Happy Sunday, Bookworm!

Does music ever inspire your writing? And, if so, which songs?

I am currently obsessed with the song “Phoenix” from the PC game League of Legends, sung by Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza.

This song is epic and really embodies the MC of my WIP and the direction I have him going. It is his anthem and I love it!

Music is everything to me, so it certainly inspires my writing. It even helps me clarify or visualize scenes whenever I’m at a loss for words.

Music and writing are just the best.

Happy Writing!

 

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Writing Playlist #20: Christmas Edition


Little Saint Nick
by The Beach Boys

 

Maybe This Christmas
by Shane Dawson

 

Believe
from The Polar Express

 

Our Love Is Like A Holiday
by Michael Bolton

 

This Christmas Life
by Shane Dawson

 

My Only Wish (This Year)
by Britney Spears

 

Little Drummer Boy
Pentatonix (cover)

 

Christmas Don’t Be Late
by The Chipmunks

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A TV Show About Emily Dickinson? Yes, Please!

This is very much late to the party about this writer-ish news but this November will premiere a TV biographic comedy drama called Dickinson about Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), “one of America’s greatest and most original poets of all time”(Poetry Foundation). I’m not the biggest poetry fan but my favorite poem of her’s is Because I Could Not Stop For Death.’

I found myself curious as to what this could turn out to be. So I watched the trailer and was wildly impressed. Dickinson looks really good, like something I might actually enjoy. It felt funny, deep, and accessible.

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The show stars Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson and her portrayal of the writer had me hooked. I have loved Steinfeld since the Pitch Perfect franchise and The Edge of Seventeen. Also starring is Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Toby Huss (King of the Hill), Anna Baryshnikov (Manchester by the Sea), and Ella Hunt (Anna and the Apocalypse).

Dickinson will premiere on Friday, November 1, 2019 on Apple TV and Apple TV+, which stinks for me because I don’t have that. But it will still be interesting to see what others think of it.

What are your thoughts on this new historical drama about Emily Dickinson?

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The Best Stories I’ve Ever Read/Watched

Having a wild and very active imagination combined with the incredible effects of reading books have inspired me to become an author. While I owe every story credit for my writing passion, there are few select stories across entertainment mediums whose stories hold a special place in my heart and inspire me to no ends. These stories have outstanding characters, intricately compelling plots, and wholly original worlds. They take my breath away.

Here are the best stories I’ve ever read/watched that have been influential in my life:

 

Attack on Titan
Anime Series

Beka Cooper
Young Adult Fantasy (trilogy) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Circle of Magic
Young Adult Fantasy (quartet) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Daughter of the Lioness
Young Adult Fantasy (duology) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Full Metal Alchemist
Anime Series

Naruto
Anime Series

Ranger’s Apprentice
Young Adult/Middle Grade Fantasy Book Series
by John Flanagan

Sevenwaters
Fantasy Book Series
by Juliet Marillier

Song of the Lioness
Young Adult Fantasy (quartet) Book Series
by Tamora Pierce

Soul Screamers
Young Adult Fantasy Book Series
by Rachel Vincent

Study
Young Adult Fantasy Book Series
by Maria V. Snyder

Tales From Verania
Fantasy Romance / LGBTQ Fiction (quartet) Book Series
by T.J. Klune

Wicked Lovely
Young Adult Fantasy Book Series
by Melissa Marr


What are some of the best stories you’ve ever read/watched/heard? Let me know in the comments below.

And, as always, happy reading!!!

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Story Planning Methods

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Knowing your story is a major part of writing your story. If you don’t know what’s going on, then the reader won’t know either. Both of you will be lost if there is no seamless order to follow.

That’s why planning out your story can make a big difference in the story writing process.

Here are some methods to help you plan your story:

 

WEB

You can create a web with a topic in the middle and 5+ points/details relating to that topic connecting. For example, your topic is a central plot point to the story. You would then connection 5 or more key details that will help you flesh out this moment of the story.

INDEX CARDS

Index cards are great for writing character profiles or plot summaries. Each card would focus on one character or scene. Index cards are also easy to keep organized and come in multiple colors.

CHAPTER SUMMARIES

I like this method because I am telling myself a summary of what exactly is going to happen in a chapter. I like to include connections (spoilers) to other parts of the story because it makes it easier than going back through every single summary looking for why this and that is happening. Then, when I go to write I am just adding in the details.

START FROM THE END

If you already know how you want your story to end, you can start from there and work your way backwards. Certainly, when editing this method will check for logic and consistency.

PITCH WRITING

Pretend you are pitching your story to a literary agent or editor. Write a short concise synopsis that tells what your story is about. Make it attractive, compelling. Because if you’re not interested, it’s possible no one else will be either.

STICKY NOTES

Sticky notes apply to previous methods mentioned. You can create a sticky note web, keep track of plot points, or maintain important facts/information.

OUTLINE

I am a big fan of outlines because they are neat and orderly. Everything is planned (for the most part) from start to finish.

SKETCHES

It’s important to know your characters inside and out: what they look like, how they’d react to things, their personality, their faults. As Ernest Hemingway said, “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” You can write basic questions about your character to answer or you can draw what you’d like your character to look like.

WORD PROCESSOR

Word processors software like Microsoft Word and Google Docs have made it incredibly easy to keep yourself organized when planning and writing a novel. All of the above methods can be done in a word processor software.

JOURNALING

If you prefer to journal your ideas for your story, then any of the above methods will work just fine.

THE 5 W’s & H

Asking yourself key questions – who, what, when, where, why, how – can help flesh out your story, its characters, and the world they reside in. This can also help if you’re stuck or having a problem writing specific, concrete details about what’s going on.

PLAYLIST

Music sometimes a better way of describing how we feel or what we wish we could say. Sometimes the right song can perfectly explain a moment. If you’re finding yourself at a point in the story where the words just aren’t happening or you just don’t know where to begin, you can create a playlist that sings what needs to be said. Think Hamilton or Wicked or Disney’s Fantasia: it’s like you’re creating a soundtrack for your story or telling your story through song.

NO PLAN

If none of these methods appeal to you, then perhaps going in with no plan is best. Just write and see what happens. It all begins with writing and you’ll go through several edits before your story sounds the way you want it to.

 

Of course you don’t have to have the entire story planned out all at once. But having a foundation to build upon can make a real huge difference and potentially avoid writer’s block.

And remember, plans can change. For the sake of consistency or some other reason, your plan may need to change. But change can only make it stronger if you allow it.

What methods do you prefer to use when planning out a story?


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Writing Advice From YA Authors

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Victoria Aveyard
(Red Queen)

“I write, having seen what’s happening already in my head. I see it as a movie, and I’m just writing down what’s happening in front of me.”

John Green
(Turtles All The Way Down)

“Read a lot. Read broadly…Tell stories to your friends, and pay attention to when they get bored…Write a lot.”

Angie Thomas
(The Hate U Give)

“YA does a fantastic job of being socially aware and, at the same time, entertaining.”

“Initially, I wanted to write middle grade. YA scared me: there’s a lot of responsibility in being a YA author. It’s so important to give that age range the right books that reflect their world and show them themselves.”

Sarah J. Maas
(Throne of Glass)

“We find ourselves attached to fantasy worlds sometimes when it’s hard to process what’s going on in our world. It’s reassuring to see the good winning.”

Maggie Stiefvater
(The Raven Boys | Shiver)

“Teenagers want to be able to fight for what’s right – but finding out what’s right is now 90 percent of the battle.”

Tamora Pierce
(Alanna: The First Adventure | Mastiff)

“If you aren’t having fun, if you aren’t anxious to find out what happens next as you write, then not only will you run out of steam on the story, but you won’t be able to entertain anyone else, either.”

Cassandra Claire
(City of Bones)

“I think the main thing to remember when writing a novel is to stay true to the characters.”

David Levithan
(Every Day)

“My main piece of advice would be don’t worry about being published – just write a really good book, but also don’t be afraid to write a bad book. Give yourself permission to fail, and don’t be afraid.”


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(My) Frequently Used Words I Try To Avoid While Writing

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I’m always trying to improve my writing because it needs work. One of my problems is weak word choice. I’ve seen these words called “filter,” “fluff,” or “sticky” words. They excessive use of such words have a way of creating boring passages and passive voices. These words distance the reader from the action, dulling their senses.

Good diction is key. It creates solid writing.

I always have on hand a physical or electronic dictionary and thesaurus. Websites like dictionary.com and thesaurus.com are lifesaving. But that doesn’t stop filter words from slipping into my writing.

Recently, I have reflected on this dilemma and have come up with a list of words tend to overuse when writing stories.

And, yes, this post is guilty of using these words. But let’s focus on language within storytelling.

Now, I’m not saying that these words can’t be used. They just need to occur infrequently and used aptly. Also, there are far stronger words use to elevate your writing. “The right words in the right order.”

Creative usage of words allows an active voice to shine through flat language. I need to be more specific in my descriptions by selecting stronger vocabulary that best fits a sentence (and that fits the voice of whoever’s POV). Utilizing figurative language is beneficial as well.

But as we all know, practice practice practice is the mother of quality writing.


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Ways To Start A Story

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Writing a story is always hard. Especially the beginning. It is one of the most important parts of storytelling because it is your one and only chance to get the reader’s attention. If done well, you’ll keep their attention until the very end.

Your first page is sacred. It could also mean the difference between a literary agent accepting your manuscript or not. Yes, the beginning is a fine, perilous, daunting thing. But it need not be.

There are several ways start a story or, at the very least, help you brainstorm your beginning.


ACTION

Action is what takes place in a story. It is the movement and happenings that keep the story going forward.

A story may begin with action, allowing the reader to jump right into the thick of things.

 

DIALOGUE

Begin your story with a captivating line of dialogue that is telling and/or sets the story up. Your why of everything.

For example, Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White begins with Fern Arable asking, “Where’s Papa going with that ax.” Thus, Wilbur the pig’s story commences. He is saved from being killed and eventually become “some pig.”

 

QUESTION

Much like in the previous example, beginning with a question can peak the reader’s interest. They are prompted, perhaps compelled, to continue on to find out the answer. An answer which could lead to so much more.

 

DESCRIPTION

Enchant your reader with a beautiful detail description. Draw them in with an augmented version of your world with precise adjectives and nouns. Make them see the ordinary in a new, vivid light. Avoid clichés and adverbs if possible as well as archaic or embellished language that don’t make sense in the context of your story.

 

PROLOGUE / FLASHBACK

Prologue is the introductory scene that takes place prior to the stories beginning. It is events of the past depicting reasons or cause for why the problems of the present are taking place.

This method acts in similar to a flashback. It is important to remember for both that if you are to use a prologue or flashback, it must play an important, necessary role to the rest of the story.


Not all methods work for everyone. These are methods I’ve used before and have found helpful. How do you prefer to start a story?

As always, happy writing!!!