12/30/17

GUESS WHO'S BACK!


 What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?
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A synonym roll. XD
(This joke was found off the internet, I do not own any rights to it).

 
          I’M ALIVE, I’M FIFTEEN, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY: I’M BACK!!!!!!!
 
         Did you miss me?

        So, hi! It’s nice to be back and one year older, although I still feel like I’m twelve… I thought about doing one of those posts where I write about what I’ve learned and the wisdom I’ve gained over the years, but then I just thought, what wisdom???? So, eh, no.





 
      
      I’m still trying to figure out what’s so thrilling about fifteen, except the fact that I am one year closer to *gasp* driving, and *double gasp* being able to get an actual part time without my dad putting a plug in for me! I can get a learner’s permit now, which is also exciting.
Where are all the cool posts I promised y’all? Well, I have a few ideas and a few in drafts…
I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas over the break, and yes, I do have a few thoughts on that, which I hope to put into words on here soon.






 

To all those whose blogs I’ve failed to keep up with this December, I’m sorry. I tried, I really did. But lifeeee.
Honestly, I’m just super happy to be posting again, it feels like ages. Although, I will be VERY busy this weekend and I'll be in the black hole of no internet service, so I’m sorry in advance if I don’t get around to a few of y’all’s blogs, just know I’m trying my best!

 Happy New Years!

<3

 

12/14/17

New Posts Coming Soon...

 
      It’s been nine days since I last posted, which I know isn’t super long, but it feels like forever.


        So first off, I’m sorry! Life has been crazy and stressful. But since I should be on winter break next week, I will have more time to actually work on some posts for y’all.








               
          The real question is, will I be able to post them this month? It’s easy to say December is one of my most busy and stressful months, and although I love Christmas, my birthday, and New Years (seriously, they’re all right next to each other, I hardly have time to breathe), I will be super happy when December is over.  

                Summer is too far away.

                Anyways, I just wanted to drop in and say that, no, I am not abandoning this blog. I will be back, soon, hopefully!
 
      Also, it’s this blog’s one year anniversary on February 13th, so it’s coming up, and I’m already trying to brainstorm ideas in order to celebrate! Yay!!
 
      I do plan on posting again this month, but in case I don't... Merry Christmas! 
 
 

12/5/17

Creating Great Atmospheres in Your Stories

     
       Last Saturday my family and I were at my grandparent’s house when my youngest sister asked my mom if she could go shopping.

       My grandparents live in a German tourist town, so everything is beautiful and picture perfect.
        I threw my hair up into a ponytail, rocked the no makeup look (since I had brought none), and my granny, my mom, my brother, my two sisters, my cousin, and I went for a ride and then a stroll down main street.

        Remember, we’re in a tourist town, everything is meant to attract customers, so as we’re browsing through shelves of knickknacks and passing these gorgeous stores I found myself thinking about story details and how to create a great atmosphere in my stories.


        First off, story details are crazy fun and crazy difficult at times. It is so hard to find the balance between too little detail and purple prose, which is a whole other post… oh, man.

       But as I walked through these beautiful, beautiful stores I noticed how there were so many things, and colors that I couldn’t simply observe them in one glance. Which leads me to my number one tip:


 

 
 
 
1. DON’T try to show everything at once!
I know your character is probably in a really pretty gown in a stunning palace or they’re out battling a ferocious dragon in the light of the blue moon, but finding the line between too little detail and TMI, is pretty important. Long tip short: Your character won’t notice everything at once.
See this picture? I took it while wandering this store, in the moment I mostly noticed the red car, snapped a picture, and hurried off to the other side of the store, but looking back I notice a ton of other knickknacks that I overlooked before.
         
        2. Remember the five senses.
 The basic five senses are sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, I say basic because there are a few others such as gut-feeling that are still being debated about.
 
 
 
 
 
Do the floorboards creak? Is the air heavy with the scent of must and lemongrass tea? Can your character taste sea salt in the air? Do they feel the coolness and roughness of the sword hilt they're gripping? Does the sound of clanging metal and the shouts of dying men still ring in their ears long after the battle? Does your character notice the soft white flower swaying in the breeze? These are questions that need to be asked and addressed, they'll make your story better.
I took this picture at an ice-cream shop, which had a very retro style that I loved. (It was also playing Grease on one of those older TVs, and my mom said that it constantly plays Grease over and over again, like, how cool it that??) Anyways, I feel like it’s kind of obvious what caught my eye first, which was the ball of fortune. Because it’s glowing and eye-catching.
 
 
 
 
 
3. Quality adjectives are essential.
In this case scenario quality adjectives are the distinction between *yawn* boring! And *gasp* ooohhh!  You could write that in the corner there is a blue ball of fortune surrounded by a few other games, which is okayish, but why do that when you could describe it in a little more detail?
It’s glowing, it’s an appealing light blue, and it’s pretty much lighting up its whole display case.
So at the end of this post, think details, stray away from too many, but try to still sneak in a few describing adjectives, and do try to use the five senses every once in a while!
 
 
Let's just pretend that this wasn't a complete ramble + an excuse to show you a few of my pretty pictures, okay? Okay.
That aside, what world building/scene creating tips do you have?
 
Happy Writing,
 

11/29/17

The Bibliophile Sweater Tag


     It's time for me to finally do a tag... and I've been wanting to do this one for a while so I stole it from Faith! All of the books titles are links to their goodread's page, and I will also link any reviews I have on the books.

 

THE RULES:


1. Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (since no one tagged me can I keep them for myself?!).

2. Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic somewhere in the post.

3. Pass along the tag to at least five other people.

4. Wear a sweater. (Optional) (And since the only sweater I have doesn't fit and since it's super hot where I live, nope).
 



 
        
 Fuzzy Sweater (A book that is the epitome of comfort.)
 
 
            I’ve loved this series forever, so re-reading them is so comforting. If you haven’t read them, what are you waiting for?! They’re amazing.









        
 Striped Sweater (Book you devoured every line of.)

                                          Heartless

 
              This is probably one of my favorite books I read this year, I started reading it not really knowing what to expect since I just got through a bunch of trashy books, and it went way beyond my expectations. Read my review here.








            
              Ugly Christmas Sweater (Book with a weird cover.)

                                    Gork, the Teenage Dragon
 

              
           Let’s just say that this book’s quality in plot, writing, and characters are as ugly as this cover. Ew. Read my review here.

 







      Cashmere Sweater (The most expensive book you bought.)

           *racks brain* I don’t buy books a lot, I usually ask for books I want for Christmas or my birthday, so I really can’t remember.
 







    Hoodie (Favorite classic book.)
 

                                 The Lord of the Rings

 

            Because it’s The Lord of the Rings, and it’s epic.







            
Cardigan (Book you bought on impulse.)

              What book? I honestly can’t remember! (This is really sad, I need to buy more books). XP








      
Turtleneck Sweater (Book from your childhood.)

                                    Cricket in Times Square



            This is just precious, I still adore it.









           Homemade Knitted Sweater (Book that is Indie published.)

                                  Kingdom Tales

 
        I’m semi cheating since they recently got professionally published, but they were first self-published, I still have the spiral version! I know it’s a children’s book, but I still love it, I have a thing for allegories.  
 







        
V-Neck Sweater (A book that did not meet your expectations.)



        This fell so flat. Read my review here.

 








         Argyle Sweater (Book with a unique format.)




        The format of this book is that it’s written entirely through emails from three(?) (I can't remember) girls to their friends (this was before texting). The uniqueness made me pick it up last year, and I hated it from page one but I forced myself to read on.
        Imagine a bunch of valley-girl middle school brats emailing each other their petty shallow thoughts, and you have this book, just ick, no.










          Polka-Dot Sweater (A book with well rounded characters.)

 
       I ADORE this series! The first book has a few rough spots and the characters aren't really well developed or rounded, but by the end of the series they are so real in a way that is super rare in books. By the end of the series you feel like you know them like one of your best friends.
      Read my review here.
I TAG....
 
      If you've already done this tag, it's no biggie! ^_^
 
 
Have you read any of these books?
What did you think of them?
 
       Also, what do you think of my new blog look? I'm trying to make this corner of the internet more aesthetically pleasing and welcoming.
 
Happy Writing,
 

11/26/17

How to Find the Perfect Name for Your Character


I know a good number of writers who say that naming their characters is one of the hardest things for them. And although I don’t usually struggle with finding names for my characters, I totally understand, finding the perfect name for your character can be ridiculously hard.

If you struggle with naming characters or if you’re trying to find the perfect name for them, never fear! I’ve been naming things since I could talk, strangers, furniture, kitchen utensils, animals (let’s just ignore the fact that I named them all after me… *cough*).

I like to think of characters as a blank piece of paper, they have so much potential and future personality, and because they are still blank it can be hard to name them. Try to get to know your character first. This will help you to figure out their personality, which can lead to the perfect name for them.

Ways to do this:
1. Fill out a character personality sheet. Character sheets will ask you a bunch of questions about your characters, their age, hobbies, likes, dislikes, and pretty much everything. It can really help when trying to figure out who your character is. I found a good article with some personality sheets, check it out HERE.

2. Look up pictures of what you think your character looks like. I personally think that Pinterest is the best for doing this, there’s less risk of accidentally looking up something more explicit. Just search your character’s gender, any details you’ve decided on (hair color, eye color, etc.), you can put photography or even character inspiration, and bingo!

Finding a picture that you think looks like your character can help with figuring out their personality and name.
 
And lastly, my personal favorite: 3. Talk to your characters in your head. I first read about doing this in Seize the Story: A Teen’s Guide to Writing, and it works for me. I like to imagine my character and I sitting across from each other in a coffee shop, and I just ask them what their name is.

Okay, okay, maybe that sounds crazy. But hey, if you’re a writer you are crazy, so accept that fact and try this!
 

Still stumped? Or you want to try a faster way?

1. Google baby names. Yes, if anyone goes through your search history, they’ll probably think you’re expecting or just weird because you’re on a lot of baby sites, but this works and you can find some great names this way! My favorite baby name sites: babble.com and BabyNames.com
 
2. Mix n’ match names. Movie credits, people you know, etc. Works well.
 

Types of names to stay away from: 
1. Unnecessarily exotic names. Nothing screams “Mary Sue” and “special snowflake” like an exotic name on an average person, so unless your character’s parents are hippies, yeah, try not to do this.

I’m looking at you, Bella Swan and America Singer!
 
2. Names of celebrities. Always, always, always, google your character’s name to make sure you’re not naming them after an actor, author, comedian, or political figure.
 
 
At the end of it all, make sure the name feels right. Names are sometimes overlooked, but they are important. Take one of your favorite characters from a book and give them a different name. Feels wrong? That’s because the name most likely doesn’t fit their personality, which just goes to show why your character needs to have a solid name.
 

 
Do you have a hard time with naming characters?
What has helped you?
 
Happy Writing,
 
 
 

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