Writing Rules I Hope/Want to B R E A K

There are several writing rules I want to break someday...

 I am in an IEW writing course and I have been in IEW since I can remember, I don't necessarily like IEW...at all. In fact, I have hopes of possibly switching to a different writing course next school year! So just a heads up, if you see a strange writing rule, it's probably from IEW! :P

1. The question rule. In my writing class we went over introductions recently, and one of the rules was that you may have one or three questions in the introduction, never more, never less. But that got me thinking, why not? I get not doing it for a paper, which is what we were talking about, but why not disobey this rule whilst writing a novel?

        I want to have a book where the whole first chapter (or at least page) is entirely made up of questions, maybe I'll make the main character have anxiety.

2. Pretty red bow. IEW has this thing about happy endings and everything tying together, which is great for  boring college essays and all, but who wants that in a story? NOT ME. *Evil laughter* I'd rather make my readers suffer by ending things with a bang, although I do sometimes like to write happy endings.

3. "Said is Dead" rule. NO, NO, NO, NO. IT IS NOT. Okay, do you know how annoying it is when every dialogue tag and action tag is an adjective?? I look back at my old writings where I thought it was a sin to ever use "said", and I cringe. It looks as awful as using "said" for every dialogue tag! Mix it up.

4. No more than three short sentences a paragraph. I agree with this rule sometimes, but other times, no. Sometimes action scenes are way better if they read fast and chipped, it creates a sense of urgency. I like books that use a bunch of short sentences every now and then.

5. Don't began your sentences with And, But, or So. Hahahahaha, I break this one all the time on here, because I can! And you can't stop me. Also, it feels so stiff sometimes to not have one of those three words as the beginning of a sentence.

6. Don't have the guy saves girl cliché. Why ever not? Come on, honestly, what girl doesn't secretly want to be swept off their feet and saved by a knight in shining armor, however unrealistic that actually is?!? I think it's sweet in stories--the perfect fairytale, but I do agree it would get old fast, so I would try not to overdo it or get to cheesy!

7. Romance. I like romance in moderation (read about that HERE), but I do hope to have a few novels with NONE! *Appalled gasps from the crowd* I know! A YA book with no romance, pretty rare, am I right?!?? XD

      Because, guys, why are we constantly encouraging this? People, especially teens, who are still young, don't need significant others to validate them, or at least they shouldn't, goodness!

8. Don't open your book with your MC waking up. I get this one, it can get old, cliché, and just plain boring. But I think that if done right this could be an awesome way of introducing the world your character is in.

     So in the end, I not only to break some of YA's unspoken rules, but I also hope to break my English Teachers' rules! Maybe I should send them copies of my books when they're publish, or dedicate a novel to them. It would go something like this:

Dear 8th through 12th grade English teachers I had,


What writing rules do you hope to break?
Happy Writing,


Why I Hate Strong Female Characters

          Why do I dislike strong female characters?

            Well, I don’t necessarily hate them.
            But I hate the fact that the writers don’t understand that there are different kinds of strengths.

            There are more powers and strengths than just the whole “girl kicks butt whilst wearing high heels” stereotype.  
            The whole “we need stronger female leads” movement has created dozens upon dozens of the exact same girl in every YA book.
            Same angsty dull personality, and of course, she’s so not like the other girls. She hates everything feminine, because makeup and personal hygiene will give you cancer and make you look like all the other weak females, duh.
            The difference in every book? She looks slightly different and her name has been changed.

            I hate strong female characters, because instead of building women up it tears us down. Instead of giving credit to our normal personality traits and strengths, it gives credit to the brawny tomboys, and only them instead.
            NEWSFLASH: Most girls AREN’T as strong as guys, ESPECIALLY IN HIGH HEELS. Sorry, YA authors!
            Kuddos to the ones who are, but most of us aren’t.

            It’s okay to have girl characters cry, it’s okay to have girl characters like girly things, it’s okay to have girl characters who want to be pretty. It’s okay to have girl characters need a guy to help her sometimes.
             Nia Wingfeather is one of the strongest female characters I've ever read. She is a single mom, who has lost almost everything but her father and her three children.
              No, she does not lead a revolution or fight a bunch of armed men with nothing but her heels, instead she loves her children and teaches them grace, dignity, and reassures them of who they are.
               She makes countless sacrifices to save and protect the ones she loves, and she doesn't need her fists.
             THIS^. Is an example of a real woman in YA.
            Not all girls are body builders.
            Not all girls are sarcastic and mean 24/7.
            Not all girls are angst filled creatures, who hate the happy airhead wearing frills.
            What is wrong about the happy airhead wearing frills, anyway? I’d like to read about her instead for once.

            There are so many different kinds of girls with a huge range of different strengths and weaknesses, physically and emotionally.
            Why just write about the same one over and over? 
What do you think about females in YA?
Happy Writing,



Being Real

            I’m totally stressed and tired out right now for no apparent reason, send help.

    Being real is hard.
            I look at other bloggers, writers, and people in general, and they all look so cool, like they have it all together. It makes me wonder what vibe I give off when people are reading my words…

            I mean, if people read my posts and imagine me to be a sloppy mess of a teenager in desperate need of the prick of a magical spindle, or a bite from a poisoned apple (a hundred year nap, that is effortless? Yes, please), or for all math and science books to be burnt ASAP, they’d be right! 

            But the fact that anyone might think something other than that ^ or “Sheesh, that girl loves books,” totally blows my mind.

            I mean, I’m just me. Gray Marie, a fourteen-year-old girl who has a passion for creative things. A girl who believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save her and everyone else from sin and eternal damnation. A girl who would almost rather face a zombie apocalypse than that test or quiz for school!


            And I don’t know how I could ever be anything else.

            I still struggle though, and I’m sure you do too, because sometimes in the rush and bustle of life, we lose ourselves.  

            The tragedies. The sadness. The depression. The fear. It’s just so easy to let it all slip away, like sand falling between the cracks in your fingers. Going, going, gone.

            It’s maddening. One second you’re so sure of who you are and why you’re alive, and the next you’re unsure.

            Then comes the crippling anxiety. Are you still you? Or have you changed completely? Do you still have a voice that needs to be heard? DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY CARE AT ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT?

            The isolation sets in, and you feel like you are all alone—the only person in the universe who is like this.

            You’re not. I promise. And I want you to know that, I want everyone to know that.

            A girl once asked me why I talk about myself the way I do,  how I laugh at myself and the mistakes I’ve made.

            It’s because I’ve learned that it’s better to laugh at yourself, and because I want people to feel less alone.

            I know how it feels to be lonely. I know how it feels to hurt. I know how it feels to be an outsider.

            Sometimes I still find myself trying to keep secrets. I want to hide the ugly side of me, to erase my imperfections. I don’t want people to see the flaws that I have.

            I have realized something important though, I have wasted so much time trying to hide my mistakes, that I have neglected learning how to fix them.


            Being real is hard, it means being brave. It means admitting the fact that I’m not perfect.

            No one is perfect.

            I’m a mess. You’re a mess. We’re all one big disaster.

            But you know what? That’s okay. Every good story has a hero, but if everyone in the story was perfect, who would the hero save?

Whew! I hope you enjoyed my rambling, and my very Christian themed post, which I didn’t intend to be Christian themed... *shrugs* this is what happens sometimes when you’re a Christian writer, it sneaks into your writing! XD
What do you think about being real?
Happy Writing,

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