Monday, January 16, 2017

Looking at the Old and Growing

  Wow. I really wish I had looked back at my first posts before I quit. I have been looking back and catching up with my fifteen year old self. I can say with confidence that I have grown so much in my blogging skills. It's embarrassing to think that anyone read what I wrote back then. I'm also sure that in another two years I will look back and grimace at what I'm currently writing.

  I forced out every word. My humor was dry. I honestly sounded like a baby trying to be a guru.

  I do have a point to this though. Don't beat yourself up about your writing. Trust me, everyone sucks at first. Think of all of the professionals out there. Oprah was fired from a job at 23. Most of us know that Steve Jobs was a high school dropout. Yet this didn't stop them. It grew them into very successful people.

  I have a challenge for each of you today. A somewhat painful one, but it's worth it. Go back through your posts to day one and read at least three old posts. When you are finished gritting your teeth go forward to your last three posts and read those. Can you see the change? Can you see yourself before as the old, and now as the new? As long as we keep writing, we will keep improving.

  So, go be inspirational! Keep getting better and better until your a millionaire. (When you get really famous and make lots of money remember me. Remember that I gave you this inspirational post and I foretold the future. (Don't just remember me though, call me up, make your your right hand man gal))

Keep writing!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Write Your Dreams

  This is an article from my other blog that I spruced up and am publishing here so that you amazing people can read it. I just want to note that you guys are writers, mess up what I wrote. Over analyze it, under analyze it, make it your own. Take my ideas and turn it into something that works for you as an genuinely terrific individual. However, you may feel free to do exactly as I say as well. :)
  The very first thing I do when meeting a new character is daydream. I love doing this, I have always loved daydreaming ever since I was a little girl. It earned me a lot of homework when I was a public schooled kindergartner though. First, I choose my character and put them in their world. And I have them interact with other characters and such. I let myself have bunches of fun with this step. I do anything I want romantic scenes, fights, crying like a Disney princess. And I try out different personalities and looks.
What do they look like? 

  I slowly fill this in the more I daydream. What do they wear? I like to add a personal item that everyone will someday see and start fangirling over because they recognize it as one of my characters. You know like, converse, red and blue handkerchiefs and shirts, bowties, scarves, and deerstalkers. These things will be a trigger when readers are out in public. 
What do they sound like? 

  I like to also give each character a word or two that they would never ever use. Then one or two words that they use all the time. Maybe your MMC hates it when people use the word gorgeous (don’t ask me why), try making it a word your FMC uses whenever she wants to irritate him. I am always trying out new words to expand my vocabulary, try having your character do this and often misuse words. Fitting this in with your character's backstory will give them more depth.

What do you want?
  Then for my next step. I tend to do this when I can’t think of a scene that I want to keep, but one that I want to write anyways. It’s pretty much the same as daydreaming. I just do it on paper. It’s a good writing exercise and it’s fun. Plus there’s no pressure on you about writing well. It’s all about finding out who your characters are. I often try out romances this way. But writing out backstories, nonessential scenes, and just goofy fluff is never a waste of time.

(I am posting this today to get my blog rolling again but you can start expecting posts irregularly on Mondays. I am trying to be more consistent, but I'm not promising anything because I have let you guys down too many times before)
  Do you have any tips or things you would like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love, love, love reading what you guys have to say.

Keep writing!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Back and at it Again

Hi my lovely friends,
  You thought I was never coming back? Yeah, well, so did I. But, because of my lack of being here for (how long?... almost two years) I have realized just how much I needed you and this blog to continue my writing career. You guys are my inspiration. Without this commitment my writing has fallen by the wayside. I have missed this more than I could ever admit.

  As many of you know I went over to Wordpress for a while. I was getting sick of the same look and when I had tried to redesign TWoS, I only made it worse. Why did I choose green? Green is one of my least favorite colors, especially that shade. It killed my inspiration. So, I gave up instead of changing it and switched my domain. I had one follower there and it was not the experience I was hoping to have. Now, that's not to say that normally I wouldn't keep writing, even if I only had one follower, it just was one more thing added to the list of why I should quit. So, after not very long there, I did end up quitting. It was a good break for a while, but then it was not. But now I am ready to come back and start 2017 with coming back.

  I cannot wait to get reacquainted with all of you. :)