Growth So Far…in 2013

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?

Best,

Ariel Ceylan

Leafy Death

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!

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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!!!!!!!

Writing Prompt (For the end of the SUMMER 2012)

For all of you who are looking to have your creativity jump-started, here’s a prompt for you.

 

Words have the power to change minds, shatter boundaries, and open doors. Pick a word that describes how words make you feel or what you feel they do and run with it: Fear, Hot, Clouds, Internal, Eternal, Existential, Empty, Sunshine, Awe (etc).

Post your response below!

 

Ariel Ceylan

Developing Your Minor Characters

Developing Your Minor Characters

Every author understands the importance of developing their major characters because the book’s success revolves around how well your readers will relate to them. Without adequate personality development and background, your characters will fall flat and your readers will be left unengaged. However developing minor characters is another story. These characters are harder to develop because it can be more difficult to determine where to draw the line between spending too much time on them and not spending enough on them. When you do start develop them, keep these tips in mind:

1.      They need some background time too. Think of strong minor characters in books and you’ll find they all have one thing in common: you know something about their lives. For example, take Ron Weasley from Harry Potter; you know a little about his back story and you love him all the more for it. Readers have to be able to feel the connection between the protagonist and his sidekicks; otherwise the sidekick becomes an awkward addition.

2.       They have to have some distinct personality traits. If you don’t spend time developing somewhat of a personality for your minor characters then they won’t end up being memorable to your readers, and if they aren’t memorable what’s the point in adding them into the story? Give them some distinctive personality traits so that your readers can easily connect who’s who while they’re reading.

3.      You shouldn’t get too wrapped up in explaining them. There is a fine line between developing your minor characters and explaining them so in depth that they end up turning into a competing major character. Your minor character needs time spent on him, yes; however you don’t want to give him an equal amount of time to your major characters.

4.      You can’t have too many competing minor characters. Every protagonist will have a few relevant supporting characters, however there can’t be so many minor characters that you end up spending more time with them then you do your major character. Give your major character a sidekick or two, develop some family members, and have a few people who give recurring appearances, but don’t be so overrun with characters that your readers have a hard time following who is who.

Your minor characters are what help color the storyline past the major character’s end goal and give the whole story extra flavor and personality. They need time and development to establish a solid place in your book, but not so much time that the lines begin to blur between who the protagonist is and who the sidekick is. If you find that your minor character is competing with your major character, it may be that the minor character is in the wrong role. Spend adequate time with your characters and give each the attention they deserve; after all, each has their own distinct role that shapes your story.

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.

5 April 2012

I wrote a few poems this week and I have a few plans for the weekend. I don’t feel like typing it, but I feel like talking about it.

How’s that for blogging? It’s VLOGGING, boo-yeah!

Thanks for your time.
Ariel Ceylan