“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Latest Writing Mood

What happens when a heartbreak song becomes your inspiration? What if there is a different world for each decision you could have made - and you have once chance to go back and choose one of them? The boy at school is a Hunter and you become entangled in his world? We're fighting for a better world by taking them down one by one. We dance to the sound of heartbreak, and we're getting better from it. Cinderella wasn't forced to be a slave to her stepmother and stepsisters - she chose that life.

These are the ideas that have been running through my head recently, especially now that it is NaNoWriMo season. I've decided that I'm not going to join this year - mostly because in previous years I haven't even reached a halfway mark, but also because I'm super busy with school. HOWEVER, I'm going to use this time to develop ideas, write in my journal, and maybe start a story or work on a previous one.

Yes, I'm back. Don't expect too many posts because midterm season is over... because now it's essay season up until finals. But do expect some posts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quotes about Writing

"The novel is easily first among book that people read willingly and it is rightfully first. It has known how to keep the charm of the story, and to add to it the attraction of almost every interest. ...Scarcely any predicament, moral or psychological, has escaped its study, and it has so refined and perfected its methods that antiseptic surgery itself has hardly made a more beneficent advance. It began with the merest fable, excluding from the reader's interest all but the fortunes of princes and other dignified personages for whose entertainment it existed, until now it includes all sorts and conditions of those men, who turn to it for instruction, inspiration, consolation. It has broadened and deepened down and out till it compasses the whole of human nature; and no cause important to the race has been unfriended of it. Sometimes I have been vexed at its vicious pandering to passion, but I cannot think, after all, of any great modern novel which has not been distinctly moral in effect. I am not sorry to have had it go into the dark places of the soul, the filthy and squalid places of society, high and low, and shed there its great light. Let us know with its help what we are, and where we are. Let all the hidden things be brought into the sun, and let every day be the day of judgement. If the sermon cannot any longer serve this end, let the novel do it."
- William Dean Howells, from "Novel-Writing and Novel-Reading: an Impersonal Explanation"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

have a slice of cake, ms. writer


I can hardly believe it! I just wrote my final French written exam (it went okay, if anyone was wondering), and then I just my oral exam tomorrow evening. Then regular school starts, but at least I'll have time to write for a few weeks before the essays and exams and blogging hiatuses begin again. And, honestly, I'll probably have more time for blogging/writing during regular exam time than the "free time" I had while studying for this French exam. I don't think I've ever had to study this hard for an exam.

That being said, it's time to answer a poll about writing from Anne-girl's new blog, Half Baked.

1. What is your favorite kind of cake? 
Rich chocolate cake with lots of rich chocolate-y frosting. But angel food cake would be next because it's so light and fluffy.

2. How long have you been writing? 
I started writing when I was almost eight years old.

3. Do you read books and blogs about writing? If so what are some of your favorites?
Oh definitely! I love to read other's work and writing tips are great, too! I love The Notebook Sisters (does that count since they write a lot more about books than writing?), Anne-girl's blog Scribblings of My Pen & Tappings of My Keyboard (and I'm sure I'll love her new blog), Scribblings of a Janeite (okay, maybe part of the reason is her beautiful WIP collages), and To Write Something Worth Reading.

4. Do you believe it's important to study writing as an art form? Why or why not?
I'm one of those people who read more for plot than style. However, I'm not going to enjoy something that is has errors in form. So, yes, I agree that studying writing as an art form is important.

5. Who's writing has influenced yours the most?
Tolkien's, of course.

6. Do you consider writing more important than food? Why or why not?
Well, that is a very difficult question, my friend. Especially since eating is one of my greater weaknesses. But to answer more seriously, food is essential for body. Writing creates literature which improves the mind. But I think to be able to enjoy literature, you have to be more than just alive - so I say food first, writing later.

7. Tell us the thing you are most excited about with your writing.
I love it when I am puzzling over in my mind how to get over a plot hole and I am doing something else (such as drying the dishes) and BAM! I have it! I can't stop grinning idiotically to myself from the excitement.

8. What are you dreading most in your writing?
Figuring out how to fix my loopholes, as well as copying another writer's work in my own and having to fix that.

9. Would you rather have people love your book now or be considered a genius after you are dead?
On first thought, I would say the former. But I think in the long run, the latter.

I will be talking to you all again soon, my lovely followers! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Great New Blog about Writing

Some of you, my lovely followers, may know about the amazing Anne-girl (see her blog here). Well, the thing is - Anne is starting a new blog that is dedicated just to the writing process. I know I am pretty excited because I'm sure Anne will have lots of very helpful tips on this new blog. Here is what Anne has to say about her new blog:

Half Baked is a blog dedicated to the art of writing and exploring what goes into a solid story. The blog operates on the principal that most stories are like cake, delicious and scrumptious and all the other cake words that are out there. But just like cake, a story can come out gooey and shaky in the middle, half baked. This blog is meant to help turn awesome ideas into solid, fully baked novels. Stop by ahalfbakedplot.blogspot.com on September first to join in the release party. There will be contests and a giveaway and of course virtual cake. 

Thank you all so much! 

So make sure you check out Anne's new blog!

Friday, August 15, 2014

good mood = writing

It's weird how the strangest things suddenly put me in a mood that says, "Hey, let's write!"

This morning, I was browsing the Internet, pretty much just wasting time. Then I thought, "I really want to listen to 'Counting Stars'. Just because." (Ever get that song craving?) The good-mood song was coupled with the fact that I was eating green grapes, which I love.


"Now I want to write."

What makes you WANT to write?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

it came from a line

Sometimes I wonder why I ever spent so much time dreaming about a project not writing it down.

Sometimes I wonder if the story even means anything to me anymore.

And it still does...

All it  means that I've got to keep following where the muse takes me.

And I find my writing mood takes new directions whenever I've watched something new.

I've been thinking about the movie The Hunger Games and Haymitch's line "They aren't very happy with you". And the scene that follows is so powerful, I was just blown away. It looks simple to the eye - the man that leads the killing under President Snow's command, Seneca, is called to an audience with the President. He has just done something that the President didn't like. Seneca looks around the room, until he spots... a wine glass full of poison berries. To some, the image might not mean anything. But in a dictatorship/police state like Panem where no one is really safe no matter how high up in power you are, the message is clear.

I've always intrigued by apocalyptic and dystopian stories... because I see the world that we live in. A lot of people may not realize it, but there's already police-state elements underneath the surface in the world we live in today. The world we live in is slowly moving towards the like of Panem. It isn't so much the story of The Hunger Games, but the little elements here and there that blew me away - the crowds cheering madly like a bunch of immature children, thirsting for the bloodshed shown on TV (just like in the times of the gladiator) ... the rich people dressed in gaudy clothing and ridiculous makeup, who (as I've seen in a clip on YouTube from this movie's sequel) throw up on purpose to make more room for other delicacies (which reminds me very much of one of the greatest books I've ever read, Quo Vadis).

This was what directed my thoughts towards my story idea entitled (at the moment) "To Kill a President". The idea has changed its course a lot since I first posted it on this blog. But I feel it's ripening and maturing even more now.

Which is just great because I have so many things on my hands now, especially with college starting up again in a few weeks. I thought I was going to work on Innocent... but I suppose I should let those ideas simmer a little now that I just did an outline for a full re-write of everything I've ever done on this project. Then there's two contests I have a mind to enter... one is the The Beauty and the Beast retelling contest that I mentioned on here earlier. The other is an opportunity to be a writer of one of my favourite series - John Paul High II. While I doubt I'd win and I doubt I'd have time, I think I'll try, anyway. And if I did win, then I'd be willing to use all my free time to work on that - because it is a chance of a lifetime.

But, as I said before, I'll follow the muse.

List of works that have inspired this flicker of a flame so far: my own thoughts about the world today and how it could be in the future, The Hunger Games, Quo Vadis1984 (which I still have yet to read)

And I'm going to figure out how to work in the element of heightening the theme of instability and a dictatorship/police-state into my idea... and the way that the government hides from its citizens that they are really in a prison, but they don't realize it.

You could see the fear in the children's eyes.

You told me to run once, now it's my turn to tell you. Run. 
Just run. You have to get out, Lona.

But how could I possibly bring him back?

Be strong, my daughter. Be strong.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Okay, Wow

So after saying that I would write 50 pages of Innocent during July and then that turned to outlining and then that turned to extending the deadline to also including August and then I didn't write anything for a long time... I started writing again. I got massive ideas (including during church - I'm sorry, but sermons can be very inspiring!). I got up to 24 pages and I even started dating events in my book (until I got bored of that and did some outlining using the amazing book 45 Master Characters).

And it's been decided. I'm scrapping everything I've done over the last four years (besides the major plot ideas) and I'm starting completely over again. I'm making the first chapters more believable and not the ridiculous close-to-garbage I was proud to show off a few years ago (this is why I'm taking longer on your ebook, Jessy - plus that I was on another unexpected vacation - but I will get it done at some point, I promise!). I'm giving other characters more things to do. And mainly, I'm very very very VERY excited. And so will all of you be. Because...


I feel like I could use some alpha and beta readers. (The following descriptions are mostly in the words of Anne-girl.

Alpha readers are people who read a book while you write it. This will be only for Innocent at the moment. I will send them out to my Alpha readers as I write the sections. What I'm looking for in a reader is for someone to write comments in red{or blue or whatever} beside the story. I want to know what made you squeal or squirm or bored. I'll send you the story in the body of an email which you are free to past into a word document if you like. Please do not steal my work or print it out or anything like that {but we all know you wouldn't right?}.

Beta readers read the first draft once it it finished. These readers are asked to read the whole thing strait through comments are encouraged but you don't have to if you don't want to. When you are done I'll send you a list of questions about the book to answer and ask you to tell me your favourite thing about the book and the thing that irked you the most.

Why won't I be posting excerpts on the blog (except in some cases where interview questions like "Actually Doing Something in July" asks me to... or I feel like doing doing so)? Because my dad, who is an editor (and so he knows these things) told me that once you post something on the Internet (including a blog) it's considered already published. Therefore, if you want to get your book published, don't post anything more than small snippets on the Internet.



That's about it.

Not a big deal, is it?