Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Green

“What’s your favorite color?” He whispered behind me, his fingers gently combing through my hair.
“Green.”
“What’s green like?”
My heart tightened in my chest. He would never truly know what green is. It would always only be a figment of his imagination, put together by what others said. He would never know what the waves looked like as they crashed against the shore. Or be able to see the beauty of a setting sun.
“Green is…green is nature. Green is jealousy and greed. Green is money and trees and fresh cut grass. Green is….home.”
I looked into his eyes, his emerald irises staring off, seeing nothing.
“To me, green is love.”

Monday, May 11, 2015

Don't Be Afraid Of Detail

I used to always think I was going into TOO MUCH detail when I would write. I would panic, erase everything, and return to my trusty elementary school simple sentences.
 It took me a while to realize that those details made the story worth ready. Where is the fun in a story in which you can't picture? The whole point of books or stories are to transport you to another world, and to help you find your escape from the rest of reality.
Don't be afraid of detail.
As the saying goes, "No emotion in the writer, no emotion in the reader."
Write what you want to. Don't worry about what other people may think about your work. As long as you are proud of your literary creation, you have nothing to fear.

Monday, April 27, 2015

More Prompts And Ideas

Still struggling with starting off or simply COMING UP with a new story? I have some more prompts here to help give you the swift kick you need.

1."Drugs may kill you," I said, looking deep into her eyes. "But they never break your heart."

2. "You're stepping over the line." He said.
    "Then don't draw one." I replied. 

3. "I took 20 shots of vodka because I wanted to forget your name, but the only name I forgot was mine. And it turns out, either when I am drunk or sober, you're the only thing that's on my mind."

4."A tiger can't change its stripes." He whispered in my ear. 

5."For every sin, there's a price."

6. "Why do you wear polka dots on Tuesdays?"
    "Why do you wear white on Sundays?" I shot back.

7. "The war is in my mind." I didn't dare look up to meet his gaze. "And the battle scars line my skin."

8. "I'd rather walk through hell than be held up on a pedestal, sitting on a throne of lies." Her eyes blazed with an intensity I have never seen before. "I'd rather be alone than spend my days pretending something's real when it is nothing more than playing make believe."

I hope this prompts have helped guide you along the writing path you were looking for! Soon I will be posting a writing contest. Get your pens ready and a competitive spirit! The race will be on, and on,y one can win!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Look Around You

If you are having trouble writing the start of your next story -or maybe you don't know where to go with your current one- look around you. Life is full of inspiration. Did you recently go through a bad break up? Use that. Did something great happen at school? There you go!
The point is, if you really pay attention to what is around you there is inspiration. They key is to search it out.
For example, when I grew up in Arkansas, my grandparents live in this tiny little blue house on the corner of the street. To this day, I pretty much always find a way to use that very house in my stories.
Your life can be the most inspirational thing if you look close enough.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Do's and Don'ts of Writing

I know it has been a while, but I am back with all new tips, ideas, and writing advice like never before! I have been spending the last couple of days researching and exploring the literary world to develop a list of five writing MUST DO'S and DON'TS.

The DO's:
1. Write from your heart. 
2.Write without editing, fixing, or checking.
3. Research what you are writing about. 
4. Maintain the personalities of your characters. Show them evolving. 
5. Put thought into your delivery.

The DON'TS:
1. Using the same plot line over and over again is never a good idea.
2. Don't reuse the same verbs and adjectives in every line. Mix it up a little bit.
3. Don't second guess what you are doing, just write. 
4. Don't write when you feel like it. Set aside time to write at least a little bit everyday. If you only do it when it seems like a good idea, you will never get anything done.
5. Don't work on too many works at one time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Write Like You

As a teen writer, a lot of the time I feel like the works I write are a reflection of the talents of others. After reading The Mortal Instruments, I was determined to figure a way for me to write comfortably. After the Hunger Games and Divergent, I was dead set on writing a thrilling, action packed romance. After Fangirl and The Fault In Our Stars, I was more than ready to write a love story that had the ability to bring you to tears and break your heart. Eventually I had to settle into what I want to write and what I am GOOD at writing. I want to write from my heart, not that of the authors who inspire me and so many others. Don't get me wrong - I would take a bullet for a few mad geniuses who have brought us some of the most amazing literary masterpieces - but I want people to read my things and connect them to me as a person and as an author, not someone else. I want to being people to tears and crack them up by MY WORDS. That's what I have always wanted. If you want to write, let it come from your heart. Show everyone just who you are by the words you share. Let them see who you are, what you represent,

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Character Outline


I feel like I need to plan out my characters before I start writing their story. I usually make a story board, plot board, or a character outline. (I personally prefer the character outline because it goes in depth as to who your character is.) The following is a template I found to fill in with the details of your main character.

ORIGINS & FAMILY:
Name:
Nickname:
Reason for name:
Birthday:
Age:
Gender:
Place of birth:
Places lived since:
Parents’ names, backgrounds, occupations:
Number of siblings:
Relationship with family (close? estranged?):
Happiest memory:
Childhood trauma:
Children of his/her own?:
If so, relationship with their mother/father?:
Age he/she gave birth/became a father:

PHYSICAL
Height:
Weight:
Build:
Nationality:
Disabilities (physical or mental, including mental illnesses):
Complexion (freckles, acne, skin tone, birth marks):
Face shape:
Distinguishing facial features:
Hair color:
Usual hair style:
Eye color:
Glasses? Contacts?:
Style of dress/typical outfit(s):
Typical style of shoes:
Health (is this person usually sick? or very resilient?):
Grooming (does she/he wear makeup? shower daily? wear only clean clothes? pluck her eyebrows?):
Jewelry? Tattoos? Piercings?:
Accent?:
Unique mannerisms/physical habits (bites nails, talks with hands, taps feet when restless):
Athletic?: 

INTELLECT
Level of education (high school drop out, undergrad BA/BS, PhD, MD, etc.):
Level of self esteem:
Gifts/talents:
Shortcomings:
Style of speech (loud, mumbler, articulate, etc.):
"Left brain" or "right brain" thinker?:
Artistic?:
Mathematical?:
Makes decisions based mostly on emotions, or on logic?:
Neuroses: 
Life philosophy:
Religious stance:
Cautious or daring?:
Most sensitive about/vulnerable to:
Optimist or pessimist?:
Extrovert or introvert?: 
Level of comfort with technology: 

RELATIONSHIPS
Current marital/relationship status:
Sexual orientation:
Past relationships:
Primary reason for being broken up with:
Primary reasons for breaking up with people:
Level of sexual experience:
Story of first kiss (if any—if not, how does he/she want it to happen?):
Story of loss of virginity (if any—if not, how does he/she want it to happen, if at all?):
A social person? (popular, loner, some close friends, makes friends and then quickly drops them):
Most comfortable around (person):
Oldest friend:
How does he/she think others perceive him/her?:
How do others actually perceive him/her?:

VOCATION
Profession:
Past occupations:
Passions:
Attitude towards current job:
Attitude towards current coworkers, bosses, employees:
Salary:

SECRETS
(Every character—no matter how minor—should always have secrets!)
Phobias:
Life goals:
Dreams:
Greatest fears:
Most ashamed of:
Most embarrassing thing ever to happen to him/her:
Compulsions:
Obsessions:
Secret hobbies:
Secret skills:
Past sexual transgressions:
Crimes committed (and was he/she caught? charged?):
What he/she most wants to change about his/her current life:
What he/she most wants to change about his/her physical appearance:

DETAILS/QUIRKS
Daily routine:
Night owl or early bird?:
Light or heavy sleeper?:
Favorite food:
Least favorite food:
Favorite book:
Least favorite book:
Favorite movie:
Least favorite movie:
Favorite song:
Least favorite song:
Coffee or tea?:
Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?:
Type of car he/she drives (or wishes he/she drove):
Lefty or righty?:
Favorite color:
Cusser?:
Smoker? Drinker? Drug user?:
Biggest regret: 
Pets?

***It also helps to have a picture or sketch of how you picture this character. Take into consideration attitude, posture, and style of the actual character.***

I hope this template is as helpful as it has been for me!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Writer's Playlist

I have seen around a bunch of writer's posting their personal playlist they use to get in the zone. Let's face it, music is intertwined and overlapped with everything in today's society. But that's okay. Music is a work on it's own. Here is a list of MY top 20 songs I listen to when I am writing.

1. 18 - One Direction
2. Skinny Love - Birdy
3. Weightless - All Time Low
4. Wanted - Hunter Hayes
5. Temporary Bliss - The Cab
6. Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend
7. Somebody To You - The Vamps/ Demi
8. Beside You - 5 Seconds Of Summer
9. Another Me - The Cab
10.  Hear You Me - Jimmy Eat World
11. Try - Colbie Caillat 
12. Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
13. Style - Taylor Swift
14. First Date - Blink 182
15. Sugar, We're Goin' Down - Fall Out Boy
16. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! At The Disco
17. I See Fire - Ed Sheeran
18. Adam's Song - Blink 182
19. Heartache On A Big Screen - 5 Seconds Of Summer
20. 21 Guns - Green Day

I encourage you to make a playlist of your own. Sometimes, when the little voices in your head stop feeding you new ideas, music is the very thing that could pull you out of the slump and put the words back into your mind.
 Music is it's own superpower.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Books,and Writing, and Blogs,Oh my!


E.L. Doctorow once said, "Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." With writing, you can do anything. Be anything. You can go as far as your mind allows you to. Nothing is off limits. Want to be a wizard who turns into a mermaid when they touch water? Go for it! Want to live in a castle in the middle of a volcano? Why not! Want to talk to animals and curse the jerks at school? I believe in you!
The point is, writing has no limitations. YOU have the power to create anything. You could go from fighting demons in a cave somewhere in the middle of Europe to drinking tea with the Queen in Buckingham Palace in a matter of pages. It's your world. All of the choices are in your hands. You are both the source of creation and destruction.
There is no good or bad time to write. Just sit down and let your words bleed onto the paper until you have what you're looking for. You may not always get it right on the first try, but the more you write, the better you will be.