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Rules for Your Writing Resolutions 

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Happy New Year!  I’m certain 2017 will be a wonderful year full of success for those who are diligent. 

Resolutions for the new year are always difficult to keep, but with these helpful pointers I’m sure everyone can become closer to achieving their writing goals!  

1. Create Goals.  Be thoughtful about what you wish to accomplish this year.  Challenge yourself, stretch your writing capabilities like never before!  Choose a goal, no matter how large or small, for each month of 2017.  

2. Make a Schedule.  Simply creating deadlines for yourself will push you to getting closer and closer to completing your goals!  Be sure to make the deadlines realistic for each month to enable you to complete a task within a comfortable amount of time. 

3.  Set a Time.  Scheduling a goal to accomplish in a month is important, but so is scheduling for the week.  Set a time at least once a week for yourself to be alone and work.  Add on to a character description or write a page for your current chapter within that time. Life is busy, I know, so if you miss a week you could always do double time the next! 

I hope these quick rules aid in your writing resolutions!  Be sure to comment your resolutions for this new year! 

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17,19 ~ 

Unfortunate School

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School has started and students everywhere are dreading early mornings, late nights with homework, and sports conditioning.  These things only worry me a little bit, but I have bigger problems ahead of me.

Last year I took the pass to use the restroom during my math class.  Easy thing to do, use the bathroom and get back to class, but that’s not how it went.

I walk back in to class and hang the pass on the wall.  I turn to see a class full of unfamiliar faces staring at me.  Every eye looking at me humorously, I froze.  Then the teacher made a comment about me being in the wrong class which did not make anything better.

I said “Oh crap” and then walked out briskly with the pass.  I walked into the class before mine!

This is the problem.  Will I walk into the wrong class again and freeze in front of twenty some people?  Probably.

I’ve already walked into the wrong class and I’ve had three days of school!  That calls for an unfortunate school year ahead.  One full of laughs, awkwardness, and fun all in one!

Email me with any of your embarrassing moments from school, I’m sure they are just as bad as all of mine!

What is Conflict?

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Conflict is a serious argument or problem.  How are you using conflict in your story?  Are you using it to develop your characters or are you writing little quarrels just to fill the pages?

Conflict is a serious argument or problem, typically what motivates your character.

Conflict is not to be taken lightly, it is a main part of your novel!  Using this allows you to create suspense and intrigue your readers.

Using conflict not only captures more attention, but also exposes your characters’ traits.  In life, if you go through a rough time, it really brings out who you truly are, so who are your characters?  Are they strong and capable, or do they crush under pressure?

As conflict is a natural part of life, it is a natural part of writing as well.  Conflict is necessary to keep a story going.  The main conflict in a story is the primary plot, but don’t exclude minor conflicts.

Don’t just write useless conflicts between characters to add length to your novel, write conflicts that give more depth to your story.  With main and minor conflicts, your readers will be able to see what motivates the character, which is oh so important!  Without motivation, what’s the point of your character’s life?  What would they strive for?

Write conflict, write about how life is hard, write about why your characters do what they do.  Conflict makes your story great, so don’t ignore it!

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”  Thomas Paine

James 1:12

Writing in a Journal

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Writers write.  We dream, we think too much for our own good, and we people watch.  All of these things help a writer complete a story, but what about your story?

Journaling is writing down personal experiences, ideas, and reflections kept to one’s self.

I can not stress the importance of journaling enough!  Journaling has helped me in my faith with the Lord, through depression, and through other personal problems in my life.  Writing down thoughts and ideas has made me ask more thought provoking questions, seeking the truth every where I look.  Making me more attentive to the world around me.

Keeping a journal not only helps you grow independently, but also helps with book ideas and plots.  Writing down reflections on life, people, and your surroundings will enable you to create an extraordinary world within your novel.  Each little entry you write may end up making the difference between a mediocre book, and one that wins awards!

Journaling keeps you writing, and as a writer, that’s important.  Writers need to write constantly because it is a skill, and practice makes perfect, right?  Whenever you think of an interesting question, write it down in either your phone or notebook.  Write down anything and everything you think, and don’t forget personal experiences.  Writing about your own life not only helps you vent, but it also allows you to laugh about things later in life.  Who knows, your journal could be published later on in life as an autobiography.

Write as often as you can between work, school, athletics, family, and friends.  Take some time at the end of the day today to write about what you are thinking.  This not only allows you to explore your imagination and mind, but creates a more critical thinking process in the real world.

Journaling has many benefits, and did I leave out how fun it can be just to write about whatever?

“And so I kept writing to myself.” ~ Kimberly Novosel, Loved

Psalm 119:1-2

 

Character Personalities

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Characters are so exciting to develop.  You create a back story, physical features, likes, dislikes, and flaws.  Aspects like this build a real person hidden within the depth of your book, but you need to know exactly who your character is before you start writing.

Just as the writer has a real personality, so should your characters.  I would recommend finding out at least your main characters personality type before writing your story.  Take the 16 personalities test and answer the questions as your character would.  Be your character during the quiz, imagine what they would think and react to the questions.

When you’ve finished the short questionnaire, you can look at certain parts of that personality like flaws, attributes, summary of personality, romance, and so on.  This information helps you perfect your character, making them a real person!

Knowing my character’s personality has allowed me to make my character’s life more relatable, and overall who they are more realistic.  With a back story, personality info, and silly quirks you make up, your next lead character will be so well rounded people won’t be able to get enough of them!

Doing a little extra work for your main character will go a long way in your book.  Audiences love characters they feel connected to, characters they feel like they know.  Don’t give away your character right at the beginning though, expose who they are through out your book.  A little mystery never killed anyone, right?

Go to 16personalties.com for a free personality test!  I have never taken a more accurate personality test in all my life.  Let me know how you like it!

Phillipians 3:13-14

Revising & Editing

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Revision and editing, two of the most dreaded words for many writers.

Though these two words create stress and frustration in any writer, these mean different things.

Revision is the act of going through your story and fixing holes in the plot, or perfecting the plot to your liking.  Reading each every page changing events, characters, or even the setting.

Editing, on the other hand, is reading each line critically, correcting even the smallest grammatical mistakes.  Through editing, you change verbs to more impactful ones, fix run on sentences, and so on.

Each of these are so important!  They should not happen simultaneously because if you are editing while revising, you may not be able to create the scene you want.  It is better to first revise after taking a break from your novel so you have fresh eyes and fresh thoughts.  Revising helps character development, eliminating unnecessary parts, and enhancing what is presented.

After revising, take a short break from your book then begin the dreaded editing.  Read everything critically to fix spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and vocabulary.  Be sure that the way you are writing is the same through out your novel.

Revise and edit as many times as you need, I certainly have.

If you have any questions about revising and editing, feel free to ask!

Memorable Characters

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I love reading a book where I feel as if I truly know a character, where I can see their physical features in my head, and know their personality.

In order to create such a character, you as the author need to know them completely.  Write a back story about them, even if you don’t use it, just to get their personality forming.

Did they experience some sort of family trauma as a child?  Is that what makes them unable to trust others?  Did their house catch on fire, so they lost everything?  Is that why they don’t take anything for granted?

Give your character a distinct voice, so when they are involved in dialogue, the reader will know just who is talking.  If they say “well” before each sentence, or “hm” in every conversation, use it!  It builds character!

Quirks and flaws always build your character into a more interesting person, so don’t be afraid to give your character anxiety or stupid humor.  No one likes to read about a perfect person with no problems.  Make your characters relatable and realistic so the reader can connect on an emotional level.

In any book, characters equal action.  Keep your readers on the edge of their seat by making your character do unexpected things.  This will draw in the reader’s attention and ask “why did they do that?”.  This will encourage the audience to keep reading your story!

Give specific details about your characters eyes, smile, or body, but don’t go explaining everything.  Minor but exact details are key in helping the reader create your character in their heads.  Being imaginative is always the fun part of reading, so don’t steal that from anyone!

Does your character have something to live for?  In the middle of your plot, allow your character to want something more.  If it’s a mystery, your character may want to solve the crime, but they may also want to find out a family secret in the midst of everything else.  Keep it interesting!

Having trouble creating a character, regardless of advice?  Pick someone who has a big personality in your life, and remake them into one of your characters.  Using traits and personalities of people around you is always a key inspiration to write and create someone.

 

5 Ways to get Your Story Started

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As a writer, it gets hard brain storming the perfect book, especially when you feel as though you just can’t think straight!  Here is a list of ideas to get your mind working!

Remember Your Dreams!  Have you ever woken up one morning and thought “that was a crazy dream”… Write it down!  You never know if an action packed dream can turn into your next book.

Look Around You!  Is there an interesting man keeping to himself at the cafe?  What do you suppose he’s up to?  What kind of a life do you think he must have?  Why is an old building being torn down at the corner of the street?  Who wanted it torn down and why?  The world is an interesting place, just be observant and start asking questions!

Read!  You never know if you’ll come up with an incredible plot when reading because it gets your creative juices flowing!  Read newspapers, magazines, books, and the CNN website; you never know what intriguing story may be waiting within the depths of illegal actions and drama.

Listen Up!  Eavesdrop the conversations that are happening around you.  Teen drama, marriage problems, or even a nasty boss at work can get a story forming!  Listen to everything and anything you over hear and ask questions to yourself, something good may come out of it.

Be Aware!  Know what’s happening in the world of terrorism and politics, these issues could potentially give you an idea for a thrilling mystery.  Pay attention to criminal activity and presidential speeches, these topics always make for a popular novel.

Use these tips to create your next book!

Which tip helped you the most?  Contact me at theblondequill@gmail.com.  Thanks!

 

Can Creative Writing be Taught?

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The huge question in writing: can it truly be taught?

Can you teach a person who doesn’t like telling to stories to write them with such detail that attracts audiences?  Can you teach someone to be imaginative in their own way?

Immediately, my answer is no.  You can not teach a person how to imagine their dreams and fears because it is a part of who they are!  What you imagine is unique to you, and if someone isn’t very imaginative, you can’t teach them to be.

Creative writing is something you either have, or don’t have.  If you have good plot ideas with unique creativity, but your writing isn’t very good, you can learn to write in your own style.

To learn your writing style is through reading.  Read, read, read!  Through analyzing different authors and their writing styles, you can find your way in the writing world while using basic tips and tools from others.

Once you have a writing style for yourself, you add your creative stories and unique twists to create a novel.

Creative writing cannot be taught because your creativity must come from your own mind, your own imagination.  Imagination isn’t something you can teach to a student, sadly, but writing itself can bet taught and built upon with time.

Be yourself, write the way you want to, and open up your imagination!

Narrative Writing: Share Your Story Well!

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Narrative writing is story based, usually ending in a moral or greater idea.  You want to leave your reader with new insight, having learned something fresh.  In all writing, you must have a main idea or point to your story, and in narrative writing, be sure to have an eye opening purpose.  Readers will appreciate it.

Whether writing non-fiction narratives or fiction, use detail!  Use them precisely to create an image for readers, but don’t become distracted from the story you are telling by explaining everything.

To further create your setting, be sure to use all 5 senses so your reader engages in every aspect of your story.  This is key in all writing to accomplish a well rounded world.  Don’t just focus on the visual, other senses are just as important!

Narrative writing appeals to humankind’s instinct to share stories.  Share the story in chronological order of time while using details and senses.  Keep it action packed and interesting, add some pizzazz!  Use concrete language also to encourage clear understanding throughout the narrative.

Narratives are infamous for giving readers empathy for others.  Do so if it fits the topic of your story!

Now you have a few tips for your narrative, now go write!

“Writing is a dangerous profession.  There is no telling what hole you may rip in society’s carefully woven master narrative.”  Danielle Orner    https://www.pinterest.com/shesnovel/quotes-on-reading-and-writing/

Matthew 23:12