I’ve been away from social media, but I haven’t been away from writing! ^_^
I’ve been away from social media, but I haven’t been away from writing! ^_^
I’ve been growing a lot lately. It’s not just maturing (I’m turning 21 in 11 days!) as an individual, but also, I am growing as a writer and a performer.
I am becoming more responsible as a young person. I am beginning to take more responsibility for my actions. Normally, I try to brush things under the carpet once I am caught making a mistake. Now, I realize that I need to state that I have made a mistake and not make any excuses. I used to make excuses when things went wrong. It always was for some similar reason. If I had only spoken sooner, there would be no trouble. I am learning that I need to leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of best course of action.
And I am learning that I need to pursue things as soon as I see them go wrong. Normally, I would just put things off and wait. I hope that the person remembers me and remembers the task I asked. Now I am learning to not wait for the person to take on the task. I need to remind that person more. I need to…get on that person’s case. I would prefer to treat people like they are all capable of doing things in a timely manner, but the truth is that they are not. And instead of begrudging them for what they do not do, I need to get on them so they will do. Nothing is more motivating (okay, maybe fear is) than an annoyance.
As a writer, I have been sending out short stories and poems for publication. So far, I have a poem ‘Face Creams’ that will be published in Blackberry: A Magazine. I also sent out a few short stories. One person wrote back to me that she hated my story, nothing was interesting about it, and that it needed more character development. My initial response was of shock and anger. I could not believe that she could not see my subtle symbolism (which I was quite proud of myself for being able to pull off–normally I am as subtle as an elephant dancing ballet…). But then after a month of cooling off, I realized that maybe I could do a little more in the character development section. So I acquired a book, whose title now escapes me, about character development and I am pleased I took the chance. The way the book is written is that it is intelligent (I see T/F tables everywhere. YAY LOGIC! ❤ ) and it explores character definitions in such a way that I am actually growing as a writer. I am impressed with what I can now start doing.
As a musician, I am a beginner at piano, but thanks to my ah-mazing metronome, I am becoming so much more technical in my playing. This is transferring into my singing. Not only am I able to hear the notes better, but I am more accurate with my singing. It is coming along nicely.
In what ways have you grown since January?
This is something I came up with from a writing prompt from 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts by Cohen. Read it in your best noire voice!
It was that time of the year again. Time, I’m always running out of time and now it is my time. I remember when I was just budding, the liquid of life coursing through me. Then I expanded, I grew in the sun and the warmth of summer. Not long ago, I felt it deep within me, I’m running out of time. I thought I imagined the cooling of the weather. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt it. It started with the liquid of life; it started to trickle instead of course. I felt myself get brittle, I no longer can perform photosynthesis. My sides are changing colors: purple, red, and brown. It’s not my imagination any more. I can feel it. It’s coming! Great ATP, it’s here! My death! I feel that I am barely holding AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
You may not be aware of it all the time, but your writing is inspired by something. It might be a song, a poem, a movie, real life. It doesn’t really matter what inspires you. Have you ever had that sudden, inexplicable urge to just write? You had a story or a character that grabbed you and wouldn’t let go? That’s what I call inspiration.
One of the ways I’m personally inspired is by literature. Poetry and classic works inspire me to write modern things. You wouldn’t think it would work that way, but sometimes the underlying truth in something old opens your eyes to something current. One example of this is Emily Dickinson’s ‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’. This simple poem written by a simple girl is one of the most interesting pieces of literature on death that I’ve ever read. It really made me think about how we, as a culture and society, view death. In turn, that thought inspired me to write a story about facing death and the steps from terror to acceptance.
I can’t tell you how many times one of my stories has been inspired by a song. It doesn’t even have to be a song with lyrics. I frequently listen to instrumental music when I write to avoid typing the lyrics accidentally. It happens. But the melody of the song can inspire me to change where my story is going, increase or decrease the pace, and even change my character’s views on occurrences within the plot. Some song lyrics themselves inspire me to write characters in different ways. Hopeless love, abusive relationships, and even puppy love are strongly featured in modern music. Those lyrics help me to make my character’s reactions true to life, even if that is not how I personally would react in that situation.
Television and movies also inspire my writing. Sometimes it is only the thought of: why the heck did they do that? Or: I could write this so much better. Thus inspired, I go off and take the characters on the journey they should have had. This fun writing practice, called fan fiction, allows me to take fully formed characters and explore them in different situations without having to first plot out every single detail on my own. It’s the “cheater’s” way of writing, but it does make for good practice. Of course, no publishing or profit can be made for characters stolen from another. But it is fun to borrow them for a while.
No matter where your inspiration comes from, just remember to keep writing. The more you write, the better you’ll get. Read also, because through reading you improve your vocabulary, grammar, and plot skills. Above all, have fun with what you write. This is your creation, make it what you will.
Coleen Torres is a freelance blogger. Her profile is called phone internet.
10 Hints for Writing Dialogue
Dialogue is one of the hardest things for any writer to contend with. How do you replicate something that is found so frequently? How do you make dialogue not sound forced or trite? Well, here are ten tips that should help you out in your quest to improve your dialogue writing skills.
1. Repetition – There’s nothing that can take the place of practice. Grab every chance to write dialogue. It might be in a dentist’s waiting room, on the bus, or in an airplane. Wherever you are, watch what’s going on around you and fill in dialogue. What are those two murmuring across the room?
2. Snoop – Listen to real people communicate. They don’t use precise grammar. They don’t use complete sentences. At times they talk over each other. Write dialogue like it really is. Dialogue is complex in its own way- the gaps, the crosstalk, the things omitted are just as essential as the words that are actually said.
3. Voice – Read what you write audibly. You’ll hear where it sounds unnatural or forced. You’ll catch where it doesn’t flow, and where it does. If you read quickly enough, your brain will spontaneously correct what you’ve done wrong, so pay attention to yourself as you read audibly. You’ll achieve a lot.
4. Roam – Feel free to yap on. Individuals rarely get to the point in discussions. Unless you’re writing a law enforcement officer or surgeon giving a report, don’t presume the characters will emit just the facts. People prevaricate; it’s a fact of life. Let your character chatter away and they’ll end up much profounder and more authentic.
5. Streamline – Don’t force your characters to say everything. Reduce your dialogue to the bare bones. A ‘yep’ or ‘nope’ can tell you a lot about a character. They don’t always have to reply to others, and they don’t always have to complete a thought. Let your readers fill in some breaks.
6. Chill– Don’t stress about making it flawless. Let your characters have their own voice. They may say things that you never thought they could. If you recognize your characters and let them speak through you, you’ll end up with much deeper dialogue.
7. Jargon – What you communicate in is a living language. It fluctuates. Let your characters’ dialogue echo who they are and where they come from. If they want to say ain’t, allow them to. It’s not your job to be the grammar judge for your characters. People speak poorly. They dangle participles, they use fragments, and they curse. Recollect that it’s not you that’s speaking- it is your character. They have their own opinion, so let them express it.
8. In for a penny– Don’t go to extremes with accents. Tell the reader what brogue a character has and then give tip-offs in the dialogue. No one wishes to read a page of apostrophes and purposefully misspelled words. A ya’ll or a gotta on occasion will remind readers of who’s talking, without the hassle.
9. Keep track – Make sure your readers can keep track of who is talking. A he said, she said will do great things for a dialogue-heavy piece. If you have more than four quotes without stating who is talking, you may want to toss that in. It doesn’t have to be difficult. ‘He hollered’ works just as well as ‘he yelled, crying to the heavens as his thundering shoutboomed off the walls’.
10. Show it– Recollect that people are reading your dialogue, not speaking it (unless you’re a screenwriter). If you want a character to take a break, inhale, or even stammer, you’ll have to write it. Cutting up a quote is a good way to show a pause. ‘It’s this way,’ she said, ‘I’m leaving.’ Because of that cut, the reader perceives the pause without being explicitly told it’s there. Unless you have a character doing something exceptional with the break between words, make it visual but not explained.
This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com.
I just finished one of the items on my list of resolutions!
1) Get 5+ short stories into magazines.
2) Finish writing my book. (This needs to be done!)
3) Finish my fanfiction. (I’ve been writing this since the summer. It needs to be done!)
4) Write a screenplay
5) Get an INTERNSHIP!
6) Get a job (bleh)
Yes, I finished writing my fanfiction, TODAY! It was hard. I have 46 chapters out in that story (it’s called Wyrmling and it’s a Naruto fanfic). The last five chapters I posted today. It was nothing short of intense.
This got me thinking about New Year Resolutions. Just about everybody I know say that they’re going to do something, start and two days later stop. I guess that those resolutions aren’t really resolutions, then. They’re more like…daydreams. It’s something that someone would like to do, but has no real plan of implementing or sustaining it. When it’s a resolution, that means that someone has a plan to do something and not stop until the task is completed.
Maybe I’m wrong….but then again, maybe I’m not…
It would be really great if someone would help me out! I’m a published author and I’m looking for book reviewers. If you’re interested in child/adolescent fantasy books! Please comment. Or if you know someone who reviews, please respond! This is greatly appreciated!