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/had 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, Name Lists, 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,
 
 
 

11/17/17

Let's Talk: Romance in YA


      Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or whatever you drink, and let’s talk about romance in YA.

 
      This is going to be a very different post than my usual ones, because instead of you reading my thoughts before you comment, I want to read your thoughts before I comment!

      Romance is such a big debate in the YA bookish world, and I’m curious to see what y’all think. I’ve lowkey ranted about this on here before, so I know a few of you have the same view on this as I do, but I also know that I’m getting a lot of new readers, and that brings more diversity to this blog.

 

       So romance. What do you think about it in YA? Comment below, talk to me, talk to other commenters.
       Please keep this discussion/debate civil! We all have different views, and the purpose of this post is to read what other people think and why.

         I might do a post expressing more of my opinions on this topic later next month.


            Well, enough rambling!
Let's Talk:
 
Romance in YA
 
Thoughts?
 
Yes?
 
No?
 
Depends?
 
And why?

UPDATE 11/21/17: And if you'd like some food for thought on this subject, check out Catherine's post: Why All the Romance?

11/9/17

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,
YOU HAVE NO POWER HERE!  
 

THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. *Daydreams*

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

 


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