8/30/17

Weird Things My Non-Writer Friends Have Said/Done

    
     I was looking for a post to do and then I thought, why not talk about my weird non-writer friends? And then I saw that Jem Jones uploaded something similar to my idea, and it was HILARIOUS, read it HERE.
     So I decided that I'm going to go through with my post idea! Here are some weird things my non-writer peeps have said…



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Friend: *Is in an argument with a random stranger, while I stand to the side, rolling my eyes* I don't care what you think, I'm right, and my friend would agree with me, and she's a writer, so she's super smart!

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Me: Guess what! I self-published my book!
Friend: DUDE, that is so cool!! Let me advertise for you!
Me: Ummm, what?
Friend: HERE I GO. *Dashes out of the classroom and into a hallway full of people, while shouting* BUY GRAY'S BOOK, GUYS. IT'S LIT!!!!!! *The sound of him running into a trashcan rings through the halls*
Me: *Still standing frozen in the room* ….
Friend: I'M OKAY, HOMIES!

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Friend: I read your book, you need to get it on audible.
Me: That would be cool, but I don't know how and besides, it's not that good-
Friend: I can voice it!

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Friend: If one of your works becomes famous, will you let me star as your main character?

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Friend: I have an awesome story idea! How about I tell it to you, you write it, and we'll split the money!!
Me: Hahahaha! Oh, wait… you aren't joking… ummm, well, no?

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Friend: Don't worry, if Twilight became a bestseller, you'll be a superseller one day!
Me: *nearly dies laughing*

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Friend: This story of yours has a girl with curly hair… is she you?
Me: Nope!
Friend: This character has freckles, is she yo-
Me: NOPE.

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Friend: So you're going to be the next J.K. Rowling, right?
Me: Hahaha, no pressure there.

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Friend: You are such a talented writer, you have such a way with words, and-
Me: Have you read anything I've written?
Friend: One time you wrote on the dry-erase board for youth group, does that count?
Me: No…?
Friend: Well, I hate reading. If I didn't I would totally read everything you wrote.
Me: Okay, but then how can you say I'm a good writer?
Friend: *Pats my head* You have the big eyes of an author.
Me: …..

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        To sum this all up, I have some weird friends. But I love them. XD

Has one of your non-writer friends ever made a strange comment without realizing it?
What was it??

Happy Writing,


8/26/17

How to Make Your Villain Unforgettable

     
     On Friday I watched Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan, and I was totally blown away by the whole film.
      I am a huge fan of M. Night Shyamalan, I love how he creates such gripping plot-lines, and his plot twists are always astonishing and well thought out. I have never been able to correctly guess one of his plot twists, they always completely catch me by surprise.
    BUT, Unbreakable made me speechless.
     The character development was exceptional.
     The storyline was awesome.
     And the plot twist, I can't even begin to describe how brilliant it was.
      But what struck me most was the main villain. I loved the villain, so much that this one will be unforgettable for me.
     And that made me start to think, What makes a villain unforgettable?



     1. An authentic backstory. Where does your villain come from? What emotion will their story stir inside of the people who hear or read about it? Fear? Anger? Hate? Sympathy? You don't have to put the entire backstory into your book, but knowing it will help you as the writer to put hints of your villain's past here and there, making them more genuine, and in some cases, terrifying.

     2. A goal. Too often I read about villains in YA who are evil just to be evil. But making your villain have a goal will make the reader feel more than one emotion about them, it will literally tear them to shreds on the inside, and since writers are cruel creatures, that is your goal. In Unbreakable, the villain reveals their goal at the very end, making your heart go out to them, “The scariest thing in life is not knowing why you're here.” In this case the villain's goal was finding their identity.

      3. A personality. Once again, back to the cliché of villains simply being evil. Everyone is passionate about something, some people are just better about hiding it than others. Honestly, one of these days I want to read a book based off of one of the villains in Rapunzel that liked baking cupcakes! I can see it now, “AHA! I have caught you, hero, prepare to die!!!”
The faint sound of an alarm going off in the distance rings through the air, the villain shifts, hanging the struggling hero by his shirt to a tree limb. “Right after I get my cupcakes out of the oven, excuse me.”
      I would totally buy that book. XD

       4. Make them cunning. Back to Unbreakable, in the movie there is another amazing quote that relates to villains, “The villains that fight using only brute force aren't the hero's real enemy, the hero's real rival is the smart one, the one with the brains.” So true. Who doesn't love a good cat and mouse game?

       5. Make them stand out. What makes your bad guy different than the hum-drum thugs, villains with corny capes, and scoundrels with booming laughs? Is it something they wear? Maybe they have their own little catch-phrase? Pick something that makes them different from the normal “evil one” mold, it doesn't have to be big, it can be as small. Just give them something that is their own.  
       Example: President Snow from the Hunger Games stands out with the fact that he loves white roses, and the reason why is revealed later in the plot.


        So that's all I have! Go watch Unbreakable, it's really a good film for writers to watch, especially if you're writing a villain. I wouldn't recommend it for family night, since it does have some more grownup themes, because the hero is fighting against modern day evil (sex traffickers, murders, etc.) And more intense fight scenes.
         But it's actually one of M. Night Shyamalan's cleanest works. The others have a lot of language and more suggestive scenes, but I ignore that because the of the amazing storylines and plot twists.
         I didn't notice any language in this one, but it's not like I was listening for it.
         Speaking of language and swear words, I will be doing a post on Rebellious Writing on September 16th, explaining why I don't like it in YA, so go follow us HERE or go to www.rebelliouswriting.com, so you don't miss that... *cough* PLUG *cough, cough*

       So, yeah. You should watch it and take notes on the character development. And then you need to come back here and contact me, so we can talk about it! XD



Have you seen Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan?
Do you have any tips for creating unforgettable villains??


Happy Writing, 





8/24/17

The New Schedule//Braces



      Well, guys, another school year is upon us. I wish everyone luck with middle school, highschool, or college!

       With the return of school I am going to have to bring back my schedule from the dead. I started blogging at the end of the school year, and at the time I would post only on Sundays and Wednesdays. But when summer started I stopped doing that, and now I'm afraid I have to again!

         I will try to post on either Saturdays or Sundays, I'm not sure if I'll post during the week, because of school *cough* Chemistry *cough*

         Anyways, I just wanted to tell y'all that, so when my posts get less regular, y'all don't wonder what's going on. 

          Also, does anyone have any post suggestions? With the school year I won't have as much time to plan posts, so it would be nice to have a few ideas under my belt. Email me using the contact form on the sidebar, or comment below!

         Sooo, I also wanted to say a quick thank you, to you guys for encouraging me about my braces. Thanks for the tips, the prayers, and the kind words! It helped a lot. <3




Happy Writing,




8/20/17

Dear followers,

      

       I just want to take a moment to thank my followers... Without them I wouldn't be a blogger, and that would be very sad.
       
        So THANK YOU,

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    Whew! Going through my feedburner isn't as easy as I thought!!! I have around 71 followers if you combine the people who only follow by email to the people who only follow by blogger. And that just totally blows my mind! XD
       I still have no idea how I even have more than one follower, but around 71?!?! WHAT IN THE WORLD??

      Also from this list, I have discovered that a lot more people that I know in real life follow my blog than I was aware of, including some of my mom's friends.

       HELLO. I didn't know y'all were with me... *awkwardly waves*

       But seriously, a big THANK YOU, TO ALLLL OF YOU. Y'all are amazing!

        Thank you for following, subscribing, reading, and commenting. Thank you for the encouraging emails, those totally made my day.

          Just thank you for being here. That alone means so much to me!

           Today I just wanted to say how grateful I am. <3

            Seriously.

That's all I can really say. <333




8/18/17

The Character Karaoke Tag


      I've been tagged again, and since I feel really bad for being horrible at doing tags, so I'm doing it (also this tag is awesome, so yeah).
      I think I've been tagged for this three times? Maybe four?

      The most recent people to tag me for this were Quinley and Ivie, and I can't remember who else tagged me, but I remember being tagged for this before… I'm sorry, but I really can't remember. So if you tagged me for this, comment below and I'll add you up here! XD

         EDIT: Abigail Lennah also tagged me! Oops.
       
       Now I actually have a WIP, so that helps with tags like these!!! Before I didn't, so I was just like, I have no idea how to do this tag, I need to start another story! And now I have, yay!

BUT FIRST, AESTHETICS.



I know it isn't the best, but I couldn't resist playing around with it! XD


It's your OTP's wedding day, what song plays during their first dance?

       Of course, the first question had to be about romance, which I don't have in my book. I know a lot of people are going to be shipping Josh and Piper, but guys, the last time I tried to write romance I flopped dreadfully!
But I do have a song, if (and that's a big “if”), they do end up becoming more than friends…

Stay with Me by Christina Grimmie


        UGH. I shouldn't be encouraging the shippers, but that song feels like it's MADE for Piper and Josh. It's deep, but it's also energetic and unique.
        I can also see Piper's younger brother, Alex being behind the electronic beat!

       At the wedding this song starts playing, and then someone's like, “Wait, who let the fifteen year old take over the DJ booth?!”
      And then Alex goes crazy with the beat. The wedding guests will be all confused, why is there a fifteen year old boy messing with the beat of the song? Since when did dubstep songs become good wedding songs?? And Piper and Josh will just smile and completely love it, and dance away.

         I am too encouraging, THERE WILL BE NO ROMANCE. I'm sorry.


What song describes your protagonists?

        Well, I have three protagonists right now, because I've decided that I want my book to be told through three different points of view, Piper's, Josh's, and Alex's. Basically, I'm going to write a novella of each of the character's story, and then later combine them into one novel. Piper is really the main MC, but Josh and Alex don't know that, so I write them like they're the MC.

Piper's song is probably Moon and Back by Alice Kristiansen


This describes Josh's life pretty well: Alone by NF


And Alex is a bit more emotional with You Don't Know cover by Ben Thomas


Any characters with instruments or ties to instruments?

       Alex. Even though he currently only has his voice, he's very musically skilled, so he wouldn't have a hard time picking up an instrument and learning it with ease.


Go to songs for romance, or intense scenes?

        I like listening to Simply Three, Dallas String Quartet, Jennifer Thomas, and Lindsey Stirling while writing.


What song matches the first scene of your book?

        Since I'm writing Alex's story first, and Piper is going to open the book, I technically don't have a first scene yet… But if my book became a movie the song to open the movie would be We Don't Eat by Alice Kristiansen


        It would show Piper and Alex getting ready for school, eating, grabbing their backpacks, and not looking at each other or saying a word. Then it would cut to Josh, lurking in a dark alley in a big city, leaning against a wall, smoking, and looking bored. Then back to Piper and Alex walking to school, and then back to Josh throwing his cigarette on the ground and stepping out into the sun, glancing around, and so on.
         Meanwhile the song plays. Does that make sense? It does in my head, but I'm not sure about on paper…


If your book was made into a T.V. show, what would the intro be?

        I honestly don't think my book could be a T.V. show, it's not that kind of story. Also, intros for T.V. shows are usually catchy and upbeat, and that's not my book. Honestly, if I had an intro it would probably be more gloomy and depress everyone watching, so that they all click off… XD


If you received a call from an agent saying you're being published, what is you celebrating song?

     Besides the sound of my overjoyed and disbelieving screaming? Um, I don't know…



       This is an open tag, if you want to do it, feel free and consider yourself tagged!
 Have you heard any of these songs?
What did you think??

Happy Writing,

8/15/17

A Tag // I Reveal My Latest Plot and WIP!



    I was planning to do a tag before school started, unfortunately I lost my (very long)  list of tags, yes, I actually had a handwritten list. It was around two pages, because I am a horrible person who takes forever to do tags. XD

        But luckily, Ry tagged me! AND I'M GOING TO DO THIS ONE.


I guess I should give y'all a brief update abut my writing life...

           Remember the story that I told y'all about, the one with a dragon trying to raise a human baby? Well, that's not on the back burner or anything, I just decided to put it down for a while, because I don't think the story is complicated enough for a whole book or even a novella, so I'm thinking about re-writing it into a children's book someday! (Like when I learn how to format that...)
            Now, I have another story brewing, and it's kind of complicated, and I haven't thought up the WHOLE plot yet, but y'all have read of few of the snippets in my posts about snippets...
          
             Here we go!


Who is the most favorite out of alllllllll the characters you've  ever come up with?

Piper Anson! Even though she is still just an idea followed by a few snippets of writing.

Why?

Because she's going to be my MC, so I naturally get attached to my MCs. Although I might get attached to Josh (Yes, the guy who paid for her to go to the art show in one snippet) more, because he already has a good backstory and I love it when my characters have automatic backstories!


What are some positive and negative factors about them?


Piper is very selfless, she loves others and would do anything for her loved ones, which also makes her very loyal. Unfortunately, she is a bit naïve, and at times she struggles with herself, because she wants to be selfish, despite her selfless heart.

Josh is a rougher type of person (No, I promise I will never describe him a "brooding", heavens forbid!) I have decided not to reveal his whole backstory with y'all on here yet, due to some more PG13 level to it. But soon. Anyways, back to his character, Josh is a very tenderhearted person, although he hides it well most of the time. He's a big dreamer, even though he let's reality crush his dreams too often. His biggest weakness is his love for money.


Do they compare to you or someone you know in anyway?


Nope! I try not to do that with characters, although sometimes I see my characters having similar traits as my siblings... oops. I doubt Piper and Josh will though, due to the fact that they are teens, except I might make Josh a little older, around twenty.

What's  their favorite color and why?


I've never thought of this before... umm....

Piper's is probably yellow, because she's a generally happy and cheerful morning person.

Josh likes red, because he can be impulsive at times and he feels like red reflects that.


Do they have siblings? Elaborate



      Piper has a fifteen year old brother, named Alex. And she also has a twenty-four year old brother named Ian.

Josh has three younger sisters he hasn't seen in years.

Do they struggle with anything?


Piper struggles with the fact that her mom is in the hospital with the need for surgery (I haven't done a lot of research yet, sorry for being vague) and the fact that they don't have any money.

Josh struggles with his past.

Are they popular, outcast or just "ordinary"?

Piper is just ordinary in the eyes of most teens her age. Her family is lower-class, but she carries herself in a way that people immediately like her.

Josh is a complete outcast, considering his line of work...


What is their motto, goal or drive?


Piper wants to travel from Seattle all the way to New York in order to showcase her artwork at a national show, in order to make money to pay for her mom's medical needs.

Josh wasn't a good guy when he met Piper, but for some reason he feels compelled to help her reach New York.  


So what did you think?


Happy Writing,

8/13/17

Should We Hate Romance in YA?


         Every once in a while, I'll check out a book from the library and decide that before I read it that I want to see what other readers thought, so I go to Amazon and read a couple of reviews, and there's always, always one review that says something along the lines of this, “It would've been a good book, if it wasn't for the AWFUL romance! Why can't guys and girls ever be just friends in books?!” 
         And although I am not one of those romance haters, I can understand why people would feel that way, and maybe why I should too. Which, brings up my question of the day: Should we hate romance in YA?


            So romance. I'm personally not a hater, but I'm not a huge fan, once a month I get into this weird mood, where all I want to do is curl up with a work of Jane Austen, L.M. Montgomery, John Green, or Stephanie Perkins, and so I do. But then after that I return back to my top three favorite genres, General Fiction, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. And that's basically the end of my romance novel reading until next month.
          But I don't hate romance novels, and I have no problem with reading books that have a romantic subplot, sometimes romantic subplots are necessary or they help add more to the story.

          Let's look at this debate from both sides, first we have the cons. The cons are against romantic subplots, and they prefer not to read romance novels all the time, which is totally fine. But why are the cons so against love in YA? Well here are a few of the reasons:

  • People can just be friends. It seems like every single girl and guy relationship in YA just can't stand to remain platonic, when in fact in reality, a lot of girls and guys that are friends are just that… friends. No benefits, no nothing. Just two people who enjoy each others company like they would enjoy any other of their friends companionship.

  • Takes away from the actual plot. Sometimes romance simply isn't needed. After all, shouldn't the two main characters be killing bad guys, coming up with a plan, or saving someone's life, when instead they're kissing? Shouldn't they be more concerned with their problems than making out??

  • Insta love. It feels like sometimes the author of the book your reading makes two characters fall in love (or in infatuation) just to make them fall in love. They don't really connect and their relationship doesn't add anything to the story, its just there.

  • The mushiness. Ugh. For the sake of our sanity and our gag reflexes, spare us from the constant PDA and mushy dialogue! No one needs or wants this!!!


            Okay, now that we have looked at some of the cons points, let's examine some of the pros. The pros think romance is beautiful and necessary to most books, they like romantic subplots, and they believe if done right, romance in books can perfect them. Here are their reasons:

  • People fall in love. This is pretty apparent, it's kinda the reason mankind is still around, so why hide this fact for the sake of people who want more platonic relationships in YA? Sure, guys and girls can be just friends, but they also can be more than that too.

  • Adds to the actual plot. Subplots are meant to add to the main plot, and a romantic subplot is nevertheless a subplot, whether it be romantic or not. Love can give characters motives, it can make characters do great or horrific things.

  • It's reality. Most people fall in love at least once in their lives, even some teens actually fall in love, so why shouldn't it be the same in books? Aren't books suppose to be something people can relate to??

  • It makes sense. If you're in a tough situation with someone, there's a chance that at the end of the ordeal, you'll both be attached to each other emotionally, now maybe this isn't the most stable thing, but it does make sense, and it does make for a good story and a happy ending or a tragic one, depending on the way one twists it. 

         All in all, I can see both sides, and I agree with both sides. Although I prefer to not write romance or even romantic subplots, since I have no real personal experience with such things, I have no problem reading them or even with other people writing them.
       And who knows? Maybe one day I will write a romance novel or have a book with that as a subplot, and that day could be soon. It all depends on what I think is best for my story.

        In the end, it's your writing, and it's your story, no one but you can write it for you. If romance adds to your plot and strengthens or weakens your characters in a good way, by all means, do it.

         Like anything, romantic subplots can be used in a way that is good and fun to read or it can be used in the opposite way. It all depends on the author.

So, which side are you on, and why?


Happy Writing,



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