May 30, 2017

Is Writing Easy?

        



          A few days ago (actually tonight as I'm writing this, but by the time you read it, it will be a few days), I was at my little brother's soccer game when a guy I sort of knew sat beside me. We started talking about random things and the subject of the heartbreak and betrayal one feels when their favorite character dies came up, (he was talking about TV shows, because he doesn't read. And I was talking about books because I don't watch a lot of TV shows, but still we both could relate because they were all still characters). And then he said something along the lines of: Writers are so heartless, how hard is it to keep a character alive?
And I had laughed and told him that I was a writer. The following conversation went like this:

Him: Oh, well, I bet I could write a book.
Me: Well, really anyone can write a book if they want too, the question is; will it be good?
Him: Yeah, but I could write a really really good book.
Me: But you said you don't read books outside of school… (y'all know my views on what you have to do in order to write better).
Him: But I have an awesome imagination.
Me: …okay…?
Him: And how hard is it to write a book? It's easy. Besides, I have an amazing imagination and mind.
Me: …………
Him: *clueless to my silence* Ugh, they're playing soccer wrong, I want to go out there and teach them how to kick!

       This brought up our topic for this post!

Books. Particularly, the writing of one. Is it as easy as most non-writers think? If you're a writer, you're probably laughing and shaking your head “no”. But if you're a non-writer, maybe you share my friend's mindset.
       After all, how hard can writing be? All one has to do is come up with a plot, characters, settings, scenes, and then write it all down. Right? Right? WRONG.
       Guess what aspiring writers and non-writers, writing is hard.
Yes, there are joys and fun parts, and yes, it can be super fun.
But no matter how creative you think you are, you'll undoubtedly end up staring at a blank page one day, drained of all imagination.
       One day you're going to think of an epic story idea, and then you'll write thousands of words without stopping.
       Annnnnddddddd the next day you'll realize how stupid the idea was or how bad your writing was, and you'll end up deleting the whole thing.
After a while you'll find yourself typing the word “the”, re-thinking, deleting it, and typing “the” again.

       Discouraged yet? We haven't even begun to talk about what happens when you finally find the perfect story…

       Sooner or later, you're finally going to find a story, that you are able to keep your impulsive critical side from deleting, and then the real fun begins.
You will spend hours and hours working on this story. You'll get overly excited over the tiniest thing your characters do, for instance, you might find yourself opening the door to your room and announcing to your family that your character just sneezed.
You'll most likely fall into depression when you realize you have to hurt your character, and then eventually you'll most likely go crazy and enjoy such things as character killing sprees.
And then once you finally finish, and your story is b-e-beautiful then editing comes and crushes your dreams.
       Long story short: your paper will be bleeding red ink in a matter of hours.
But there are rewards to writing.
      You get to create, inspire, and explore new worlds. You get the thrill of starting a story. And the happy high of finishing one.
But just like anything, writing is hard. So before you dive into writing, I'd advise you to re-think. Why are you writing? If it's because you want to be famous or rich, stop. Do something else, writing isn't going to get you there. It is extremely rare to turn out like J.K. Rowling.
Another thing to keep in mind is, IF YOU'RE NOT A READER, THEN YOU'RE MOST LIKELY NOT A WRITER! I've said that before and I'll say it again. You can't be a good singer if you never listen to any music, and you can't be a good writer if you don't read books.
I guess my point is this; if you want to write, by all means, write! But please, don't just assume that's it's going to be all roses. And don't go around saying that writing is easy to writers! I know most of y'all don't mean anything by it, and you're not trying to be rude, but it's rude. If you're a passionate gamer, I'm not going to walk up to you and tell you video games are easy (they're actually super hard and frustrating). And if you're a football player, I'm not going to walk up to you and say that football is easy and I could be really really good, because I'm a fast runner!
      So if you're a non-writer and you're reading this, just remember to respect other people's passions and don't shrug it off as elementary. And if you're a writer reading this, just remember that non-writers usually aren't trying to be mean, so don't blow up on them or write them into your next story as the victim just yet.


Have you ever had a conversation similar to mine? How did you react? Oh, and also, do you like the new font?

Happy Writing,



May 27, 2017

My First Q&A!



    Get ready....

for the most awkward Q&A to ever grace the blogosphere! Along with my friend, Emory, who decided to come over and hang with me!! Before you click on it, I want to give y'all a warning: I filmed this with my phone, so not the best quality. We were also pretty nervous and awkward... so here it is!!!






     Sorry for the poor quality and audio, we did our best! And I might of gotten a little too excited over some of the questions, which made me skip over others, so sorry!!!! XD



May 23, 2017

My First Q&A Vlog! (questions needed).



      The title basically says it all... I am so jazzed to tell y'all that I am going to do my first Q&A vlog this Saturday!!! Of course, I will need questions, so please comment them below! They can be writing questions, random questions, questions about cupcakes (like, how are they so good?! My answer would probably be; It's unhealthy), etc.
        So that's about it! Please comment all of your questions before Saturday, you can publish them at midnight for all I care, but please do get them in before then. And I will try to upload my video before Sunday!  :P

Have a great day!

Happy Writing,





P.S.
Appropriate questions, please. I don't really see the need to tell any of y'all that, but just in case. Let's keep it G or PG at least!

May 21, 2017

Where Yo At, Healthy Fams in YA??


If anyone is curious, yes, this is an old family picture.
And I covered everyone's faces with letters so they wouldn't kill me for posting old pictures. Of course though, I wasn't able to cover eight year old Gray's face, so yeah. Look away! Look away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've glowed up over the years, hopefully..

Random person: Actually, you haven't.
Me: Shsssss, let Gray dream! :P



A quick note:

    Heyyyyy guys! I'm sorry for being SUPER irregular when it comes to when I post!! I've just been tired and not very busy (does that make sense? I think not). Buuuuuuuttttttttttt, yeah! I will try to get into more of a blogging schedule again, because I use to have one, but then I got busy! Let's get on with this post!!




      Have you noticed something off about the families in YA? Pretty much all of the families are dysfunctional. Think about it, for the most part the parents are either dead, divorced, ignorant of pretty much everything, or one of them is evil *coughs* stepmothers…

      As for the siblings, they're either evil or non-existent. And I did do a post on how to create authentic children a couple of weeks back, so if you haven't read it you can HERE.

     But on with this post! The more I thought about it, the more confused I became, because I realized how true this was.



three examples of this lack of normal families:

1. Harry Potter (The last two were YA, or was it the last three)? Anyways, his family is obviously not the most normal, especially with his hateful aunt, uncle, and cousin.



2. All of the Cinderella re-tellings. Let's be real, there are enough Cinderella YA re-tellings for us to fill a few great libraries (think the Green Hallow's Great Library from the Wingfeather saga size).


3. Warrior of the Son. Evan does not live in a normal family. His father is a king, but his mother is simply a girl, who… (how do I keep this G? The book is meant for sixteen year old boys, so it's a bit more mature in topics, but I don't follow rules). Okay, fine, I'm just going to say it; his mother is just a girl that the king took to bed one night. Whew! I do my best to keep this blog as clean as possible.



         Those were just a few that I thought of! But believe me, there are MANY more!!





three examples of normal families:

1. The Wingfeather saga, my Wingfeather fans saw this coming, didn't y'all? While it's true that The Wingfeather's father is dead, their mom and their grandpa loves them dearly in a way that reminds me of my own parents.

2. The Door Within, Aidan's parents both love their son, and it's so beautiful and realistic. When Aidan becomes a Christian it is so sweet and a bit heartbreaking when he tells his confused non-Christian parents. And I just loved reading about where his dad asked him to explain his beliefs. It's just so good and realistic and it really shows the tough but special relationship between parents and their teenage boy!

3. Viking Quest, even though we don't get to see Bree's parents for a long long time, because Bree gets stolen… slight spoilers, so I shan't go on. Anyway, it's obvious that Bree's parents and their siblings love each other.



         Now, I am not saying that writing about kids with single parents, divorced parents, non-caring parents, and spiteful vile parents is wrong and unrealistic, because for many teens it is a harsh reality. But where did the healthy families go? The messy, overwhelming, but loving group of people stuck with the same last name and stuck in the same house? I think YA is just slowly getting darker as time goes on. I pick up a book, open it, and the overall message I get is: Your parents don't understand anything and they think you're a waste of space.

And again, yes, this is the harsh reality for a ton of us teens, but there are also families, who despite their shortcomings, love each other.


         Just a thought. Write about divorces, abuse (verbal and physical), parents who neglect their kids, and common major family issues, if you want. We do need to spread awareness that this stuff does happen, and it also probably is comforting to kids who are going through similar struggles, to know that they aren't alone. But please, PLEASE don't forget the healthy families. 

Have you also noticed the lack of happy families in YA?
What are some of your examples of normal and not normal families from YA??


Happy Writing,


May 18, 2017

Mystery Blogger Tag

         The wonderful, fantastic, and awesome Mary Kate at Sarcastic Scribblings tagged me once again!


LE Rules

1. Put the award/logo image on your blog
2. List the rules
3. Mention who ever nominated you and link to their blog.
4. Mention the creator and link to their blog
5. Tell the readers three things about yourself
6. Nominate some people
7. Ask your nominees 5 questions




          This tag was started by Okoto Enigma, you can find her at okotoenigmasblog.com I did, in fact check her out, and I read her most recent post at the time which was discussing the controversial series Thirteen Reasons Why, suicide, and verbal abuse, and it was really powerful, so do go check her out as well as Mary Kate.




Three things about me:

1. I have little to no filter. This freaks a lot of people out because I'm not really shy when it comes to talking about the most awkward and weird things! :P


2. Some of my closest friendships started out with me being annoyed by the very existence of  my now closest friends!


3. I am very blunt. Although I've been trying to hold my tongue more, because people don't seem to like the ugly truth, it isn't really working... 





The Questions For Me:


1. Favorite book character

  Evan McKeth from Warrior of the Son! I've said this before and I'll say it again, Evan is bae.




2. List three books you've read more than three times


    Warrior of the Son by Samuel Schiller, Mage by Elleanna Vines (I'm sorry if I got your pen name wrong, but you keep changing it and my little brain can't keep up)! And The Last Light by Terri Blackstock.




3. Favorite book cover

      WUH?! I HAVE TO PICK?!? HOW?!?!?!?!?!
Probably Fire From the Earth though...

I have a thing for more artistic looking covers!






4. What is your favorite place to write, and why?

     My desk, I'm not sure why... OH, WAIT. My laptop is kind of big and bulky, so moving places like my bed, the living room, the library, etc. is a pain.




5. What snack food or drink do you use to power you writing? (Or do you starve yourself while you write?)  

     Hahaha. I don't starve myself, that's pretty apparent... BUT I usually only drink coffee, and that's only if I write in the mornings. Sometimes on the weekends my dad will get me a coke and a chocolate bar though, and I'll snack on that.




Here are my questions, I'll nominated people afterwards!

1. If you could be good at one thing, what would it be? Why?

2. Soda or coffee?

3. What is one of your fondest memories?

4. Look at your bookshelf (or go through your movies if you don't read), what is the weirdest title on there?

5. What are five words that describe you best?



 I nominate...

Well, anyone who wants to do this! May seems like the season for tags, and I feel like I'm becoming rather annoying because I am tagging everyone right and left! I LOVE tags, so being tagged doesn't annoy me, but I know it annoys some people, so I'm just going to leave this open! If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged and tell me if you'll do this in the comments below!!!

Happy Writing,








May 14, 2017

How to Deal With Spoilers! Besides, Well, Murdering Them in Their Sleep...

    


       You know what I hate? Spoilers. And I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. So many books have been ruined by spoilers.
       True Examples From My Life:

The Fault in Our Stars
 I straight up wanted to murder the person who spoiled that.

The Crown This was mostly my fault. I had the audacity to go online right after this book was released, and since The Selection was pretty popular, the internet blew up over the unexpected twist in the last book. It was heartbreaking.

Me Before You I had just checked it out and I was stupid enough to bring it to youth group and this heartless girl came up to me and was like: So you're reading that?
Me: Yes.
Her: Have you gotten to the part where _________ does __________ to ______?
Me: *Closes book* No.
And guys, I never read anymore of Me Before You, I read the first chapter, but after it was spoiled I was just like, no. I did make an exception for the Fault in Our Stars, but that was because I was on the third chapter and I was already attached.

Strangelets I was checking this book out and I kid you not, this guy walked up and said: _______ was actually the monster. And I just stared at him until he turned and walked away. BUT GUYS. Strangelets was SO good! Yes, it was spoiled for me, but AH, IT WAS STILL AMAZING. In fact I wrote a review on it on my other blog, so check it out!
          So how do you avoid spoilers? It's simple; when you get a book, put on earbuds, turn up your music to full blast, run home, lock yourself in your room, and whatever you do DON'T GO ONLINE UNTIL YOU FINISH THE BOOK!
         Oh, and also if anyone does ruin the book you're reading don't murder them like I did….Wait, what?! Did I say that I murdered my spoilers?!? Nooooo, I was just joking… *Laughs nervously, and kicks the arm sticking out from under my bed back under*

Do you have any tragic spoiler stories? If so, do tell! Then we can mourn together. Also, Happy Mother's Day! 💖💕

Happy Writing,





May 12, 2017

Meet the Characters

        I'll be honest, I had no idea what to post, but I got this  idea. Today I am going to introduce you to some of my characters! Because, well, why not?
       I also want to say I'm sorry if I haven't commented on some of y'all's blog posts lately, internet has been sketchy. But I shall try to catch up today! So onto the characters!!!


Who can forget about Kimberly Wallace?
Now seventeen, she is still very much the hot head, but despite her hard shell, she has a secret soft spot for her family and friends.

           When I told one of my friends that I was writing a story from Brad Wallace's point of view six years later, she made me promise that he would be cute. So there. Happy? But he's twelve, so he's way too young for most of you!
Brad is sweet, but a little too trusting sometimes, which is really how his story really kicks off.

Ah, Frump. Dear, sweet, Frump.
Loyal and trusting and very clueless on most things.
He leaves for college this year, but don't worry,
Frump has a habit of sticking around, even when he's gone...


And Lana, Frump's mom.
Where do I start? Well, she's one of the reasons Frump is so weird, besides, well, Frump's secret (Which some of you may know if you read Forest Zooks).
But Lana is the quirky owner of the only store and gas station in Zookville.


            So you met some of the characters! Not all of them, because I couldn't find pictures that I thought looked like Mr. and Mrs. Wallace and because I haven't fully developed all of the new characters yet... Now I'm off to go catch up on y'all's newest posts!


What did you think of my characters? I know I didn't put a lot of info about them, but did any of y'all get any thing out of that? Lol. Oh, and how did finals go? I know some of y'all went through them last week, I'm sure I'll read about them when I go one some of your blogs!!!


Happy Writing,






May 9, 2017

Liebster Blog Award




         I got nominated for the Liebster Award by Karyssa at No Coffee, No Can Do. So thank you, Karyssa!!! And for all of y'all who don't know, Liebster is German for darling, and I didn't even have to look that up because I'm cool like that. :P 
        Anyways...

Rules:

-Link back to the person that tagged you
-Answer the eleven questions
-Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you tagged them
-Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions



Questions



1. How long have you been writing?

        Since I learned how!



2. When you write, do you like to type or write by hand?

          I type, I use to write by hand, but when I turned thirteen my grandparents gave me a laptop. This laptop is probably the best thing that has come out of being a teenager so far!

 3. Oxford comma: yay or nay and why?

          YAY! One time I told someone that I didn't trust people who didn't like Oxford Commas and they asked me what an Oxford Comma was, and I just looked at them like:



4. Do you prefer movies or shows?

         I don't have Netflix, so probably movies, but I do love Larkrise to Candleford, The Duke Boys (original, not the messed up version), Emergency, Adam Twelve, and so many more. But they're all old and no longer airing, so movies.

5. If you could only visit one other country, which one would it be?


          Germany. It would be cool to go back to my roots.

6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

           I am an introverted extrovert! Thank you Sarah for giving me a name for my personality!!!

7. What's one random thing about that few people know?

      OOooo, the secrets I could spill.... but I need friends, so here it is:

       1. Elena texts like she's from a Shakespeare play most of the time
       2. Wilsy is terrified of spiders
       3. Emory wears a lot of bright neon pink and it hurts everyone's eyes
       4. Skyler refuses to shave

8. What is your favorite animal?

         Cats!


 9. What quote (from a book, movie, YouTube video, etc) do you find yourself saying often?

          On movies: If you didn't see it, it didn't really happen- Jordan Taylor, Blimey Cow


 10. Would you rather live in the city, or the country?

          Country! We might not have much internet out here, but we know how to have a good time!!

 11. If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, friend's, your local librarian, etc.)

        Hmmm... hard one. Probably...oh, man. I don't know!! I honestly don't think I would if I could. I mean, wouldn't that make it super awkward for me afterwards?! I couldn't ever look at that person the same way again.


I Nominate:

Evan White


My Questions

1. What is your biggest pet Peeve?

2. What is your one of your favorite things?

3. Do you have a song stuck in your head? If so, which one?

4.  What is your favorite book you read this week?

5. What is your favorite movie that you watched this week?

6. Do you have a favorite YouTuber? If so, who?

7. White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate?

8. What is your favorite word?

9. Do you have a secret talent??

10. Who is the first person that pops into your head when you think "weird"?

11. Would you rather be super famous or rich and unknown? Why?


People like these the most for some strange reason...