Lately I’ve been searching a lot for story ideas (NaNoWriMo, anyone? XD ) and during my thoughts while sprawled on the floor, I was thinking of the experiences I’ve had in life that I could incorporate into my writing. Here are a few examples:
1. When my step grandpa passed away, it was the hardest thing I’ve been through. It was hard to see him so frail and eventually gone. It affected me in a not good way. I’ve had countless dreams where I am reliving that night and I start bawling. It was a hard thing and obviously, very sad. But when I think about it, that experience can help me in my writing. I know now what it’s like to go through something like that, so, as sad as it is, I could write I realistic death scene.
2. I’ve been going through another hard time lately with my brother about to move out and get married. I’ve found myself crying a lot lately, but I’m trying to focus on being happy for him instead of feeling sorry for myself. This could work in a book also.
3. When my sister got married, I found myself actually feeling jealous and a little upset with my brother in-law because he was taking her away from us. Again, I’ve found myself going through some similar feelings with my brother’s marriage about to take place. I know it’s wrong, but it’s hard to let go of someone you love.
So those are just a few things that I could not only use, but the fact that I experienced those things first hand will help me to make them realistic and just feel – well – real. XD
Maybe you’ve experienced a terrible earthquake or tornado and your city went through a lot of damage – use it!
Maybe your family went through a rough patch in life financially and had to economize – write it!
Maybe you had to suddenly pack up and move out to some strange part of the world – use it!
Your experiences can help not only to make scenes insanely realistic, but to inspire your writing, too. When you’re having writer’s block, go through that door in your brain full of life experiences. Even though they may seem boring or just like – that’s not exciting – you can always make them more dramatic or create a whole different reason for why your characters are going through that. The whole point is to get inspired and to use your experiences to add those realistic feelings that will touch your readers heart.
Have you used your personal experiences in life in your writing before?
Have any of you heard of or done a word war before? I just learned about them recently through Go Teen Writers.
Word warring is where you set a certain amount of time, say 10 or 20 minutes and write with someone during that time. Then you go back and say how many words you got.
Honestly, I didn’t participate in any wars on GTW because I didn’t feel it would be something I could do. I am not a fast writer and I think a LOT when I write.
But then last week, my friend, Emma and I warred together. And I couldn’t believe how much fun it was! I wrote hundreds of words within just a few minutes, where before, I had written only a few hundred words in a few hours.
Warring seriously helps you to write and to get so much more done because you’re challenging yourself. You have a deadline and you have to give it your all.
Seriously, I’ve had days where I would write maybe 1,000 words total in a day. That night that we warred, I wrote about 2,000 words in barely over an hour. O_O
Photo via Matthew West
THIS IS SO ME GUYS!!! EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Guys, if you’re having trouble writing because the internet is calling to you, you don’t know where to start, or you find yourself just wanting to eat as you stare hopelessly at the screen (admit it, you’ve done this XD ); I encourage you to war – whether with someone or on your own. You will get SO much done and you will find yourself in awe at what you are capable of!
I’d ask if any of you wanna war, but…. I don’t have anything to write right now… I MUST PLAN FOR NANO!!! INSPIRATION, PLEASE STRIKE ME!!! *cries helplessly*
Do you like to word war? How does that work for you? What do you usually do when you procrastinate writing?
I’m way too excited not to make a post about this, but have any of you noticed that I completely redid my blog?!
I was telling my mom this morning that I wanted to change the look of my blog and officially switch it over to a writing/fandom blog. Almost instantly, she made me the amazing new banner that you see above! I just can’t even. It’s so pretty and me and I just LOVES IT! *dies*
I’d love some feedback if you have any! 😀
You aren’t going to believe this.
I can still not even believe it myself.
Are you ready?
Here we go.
I finished writing the first draft of my book. O_O
I CAN’T EVEN RIGHT NOW LIKE HOWWWW?!?!?
Let me tell you how it happened;
Emma and I challenged each other to write 100 words a day for this month. Well, we were just bosses with our writing (as I quote Emma 😉 ) and were dishing out thousands of words.
Suddenly, as we were writing together (we FaceTime and write all the time!) I realized I was trying to figure out how to drag out the story because I was nearing the end. I knew that if I kept writing, I would finish it that night.
Then depression struck me. I was not prepared emotionally to be done with this book. Yes, I know there’s still lots of editing and rewriting to do, but still. The story in itself was basically written. And that just made me really sad. I thought I’d be working on my book for over a year. I just wasn’t ready to be done.
I turned off the lights and draped a blanket over me so I could mourn. Emma screenshotted a picture of me:
After probably 20 minutes or so, I started writing again. And when the very end was in sight, I told Emma I had to go. I needed to give my undivided attention to my book.
This was the end. The tragic, depressing, terrible end.
And I wrote the last sentence. And I just stared at the screen and then into open space. When I clicked out of my document, I felt dead. Drained. It was similar to how I feel when I watch an amazing movie that kills me. Only, I feel like this was worse.
As I helped my mom make lunches for my dad and brother last night, I had the same expression on my face – so solemn. I looked like I just lost something.
Then, as we were watching The Andy Griffith Show, I read a post on Go Teen Writers about taking 6 weeks off after you finish writing your first draft. She mentioned how exciting it is and how you need time to celebrate and then I realized something – I wasn’t happy at all. I was depressed.
I decided right then that I was being ridiculous. Yes, it’s okay to be sad when you finish your first draft, but hey – YOU FINISHED YOUR FIRST DRAFT!!! That is a HUGE milestone! You should be happy and excited!
I mean seriously, this is the longest story I’ve ever written and I’ve made one step closer towards completely finishing it up and having it published!
So now, I’m not fully depressed anymore – I’m happy. Though there is still that sadness inside me (I CAN’T WRITE IT ANYMORE DURING MY FACETIME DAYS WITH COOKIE!!!! *sobs*) but I’m also so excited! I get to enter a new chapter in the life of a writer – editing. Oh, the horror. XD I’ve heard such terrible things and I know this book needs a TON of editing. *whimpers* BUT I’M EXCITED BECAUSE IT’S NEW AND EXCITING, NO MATTER HOW SCARY IT IS!!! XD
I’m placing my trust in God to help me get through the editing stage. But, you know. I’ll still need all the encouragement I can get from my wonderful writing friends! ;D
Hopefully it’ll be published next year? Maybe? It depends on how much I procrastinate which will definitely be a lot… XD
Well, a howdy-do to ya’ll! *waves* *tips hat* *bows* And all that fun stuff. XD
I was looking through my drafts today and found this insanely random story I wrote in February that makes absolutely NO SENSE WHATSOEVER!!! Which is probably why I stopped writing it at such a terrible spot….
Anyways! I thought it would be fun to share it with you because – who doesn’t love random stories? I remember laughing as I wrote this… I honestly just wrote this story just to write. So yeah, enjoy. XD
Long, long ahead, in the the year 4087, a young girl slips out of her fluffy bed and sets her bare feet onto the cold, hard wooden floor. She flips her buttery blonde hair out of her face and stares at the wall blankly.
Today was another boring, uneventful, tiresome day. It was Saturday and the girl, named Avery, had no plans.
Avery put on her rainbow robe and unicorn slippers and walked drearily down the mahogany stairs, the scent of alfalfa waffles traveling into her nostrils.
“Good morning, Avery! How’s my little cupcake of a muffin?” Her mother cooed as she poured some honey over the crispy waffles.
“Fine.” Avery replied without any enthusiasm. She pulled out one of the bamboo chairs and sat at their table, which also, was made out of bamboo.
Avery’s mother, Mrs. Brown, set a plate of steaming cold alfalfa waffles, drizzled with honey in front of her daughter. Avery stared down at her plate and sighed ungratefully. “Mom, is there no more JuJu Berry Juice?” She inquired expectantly.
“No, I’m sorry, cupcake. The cows have been slacking off lately.” Her mother informed, apologetically.
Avery sighed once again and began eating her alfalfa waffles, spoon in hand. As she brought the spoon up to her lips, she closed her eyes and took a bite. When she opened her eyes, she saw a place filled with millions of exotic plants and hundreds of cows. There were trees growing strong and tall, full of cupcakes, donuts, and wrinkly marshmallows. Growing closer to the ground were peanut M&M, raisin, and cookie bushes, but that wasn’t all. There were spaghetti flowers, banana split clouds, and a cheeseburger for a sun. The cheese rays were shining through the banana split clouds and highlighting a glaze river. Avery blinked her eyes about a half dozen times, but still she remained in this strange land.
“Where am I?” She wondered out loud and startling her out of her skin, a farmer who seemed to be half human and half a milk carton called out, “Why, you’re in Grubba Malanka – the capital of Sugvegmefruitatia!”
Avery’s mouth hung open. “Ummmm…. Okay.”
*nervous giggle* I hope you liked it! XD
Namarie! (I’m feeling so LOTR-ish lately, oh my gosh!!! *dies*)
I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you all know about this super fun giveaway that Katie is having at A Writer’s Faith! She’s giving away an adorable journal and some pens, so make sure you head over to her blog and enter – the giveaway ends soon 😉
Also, just gotta encourage you to browse around her blog because she is amazing and hilarious. I guarantee you will laugh out loud at SOMETHING! XD
Okay, well, that’s all for tonight! I’ll be back with a new post soon
Last week Emma and I were talking about how our phones make us sick. Or, rather, how much we use our phones makes us sick. We both have the problem of checking something (for her it’s Pinterest, for me, my WordPress feed), closing that app, and then instantly reopening it. How disgusting is that, right? Are we really so desperate that we have to reopen the same app once we close it?!
The sad answer is, yes, we are.
So we challenged each other (in an epic conversation of speaking in ridiculously long hashtags) to go a day without using our phones or computers.
These are the rules we made:
1. We can use our phone if a parent texts us.
2. If there was an emergency.
3. For a calculator.
4. We can use the computer to write only.
5. We can’t watch anything unless it’s with someone.
6. Taking pictures is allowed, but no posting.
So Monday was our day we spent away from the online world and distracting apps and games. And each other.
We both recorded our day and here is my little diary of a sort, of what I did and went through yesterday without a phone or computer:
I was woken up from a sound sleep by my mom. Of all days, I wanted to sleep in today, hoping it would kill time of being without a phone. But instead, I had to get up EARLY so I could lock the door while my parent’s went to take my dad’s car in. I was so into my dream!! I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!! *cries* And I’m so dead. *yawn*
While they were gone, I read 2 chapters of The Guardian by Beverly Lewis. It was hard not to go on my phone in the morning and catch up on things…
I’ve been up for about an hour and I still feel dead. Thank God for coffee (may I add that it’s in a BB-8 mug? 😉 )! My mom and I had our weekly planner meeting. I’m moody cause I got up early and don’t wanna do things. I don’t know why, but I was feeling like a failure….? XD
Oops! I was about to text Cookie. I’m feeling better now and more like myself. Now I was about to stalk blogs on my phone. Jaclynn, GET IT IN YOUR HEAD!!! NO SCREENS!!!!
Wow. I’m tempted to use my phone like every 5 minutes. I definitely have an unhealthy addiction.
*deep breath, deep breath* Okay – I worked out and now I’m out of breath. Whew!
What to do…. I guess I could start cleaning my room… *groan* Oh! I tidied up the bathroom! YAY! Why can’t guys put their stuff away after they use it…. -_-
Remember how I mentioned earlier that our car had to be taken in? Well now we also have to take my mom’s car in cause it died. o_o
Cleaning room and watched an episode of Little Rascals with my dad (SPANKY IS SO ADORABLE HELP). I’m really hungry…. still haven’t used my phone. Well, only to read a text from my dad and to talk to my mom. 😉
Well, I ate lunch (teriyaki chicken! Yum!) and watched 2 more episodes of Little Rascals with my dad. I got tempted to use my phone, but didn’t.
Then I watched my mom setting up our new printer. It’s so cool! I need to find something to print out so I can use it (I CAN PRINT THINGS OUT FROM MY PHONE NOW OH MY GOSH)!
Oh! And my room is clean! Now what? XD
Just came in from riding the bike. I usually watch something on the iPad while I ride, but instead I read more of The Guardian. It was much easier for some reason and distracted me from my sore, peddling legs. I think I’ll read while I ride from now on!
Uh, guys? I just used my phone……O_O
BUT DOES IT COUNT?!? I JUST USED IT TO PRINT OUT A PICTURE TO HANG UP IN MY ROOM!!! *cries*
Boredom has kicked in. I really should write, but where do I get the motivation? Ugh. This day is torture in more ways than one. SAVE ME!!!!
Cookies n Cream Atkins shake – pretty good.
My eyes hurt. I should get my glasses, but they’re all the way across the room in my purse. *tries to use the Force* Did I mention that I got a Facebook messenger notice earlier and how HARD it was NOT to read it?!!?! UGH!!!
Still haven’t written. BUT! I did take pics for a very weird photostory featuring Infinity figures!
*sings* I’m a – potatoooooo…. TIRED! Okay. I should write…. Let’s see if I actually do.
I’M WRITING!!! I love this part I’m writing, oh my gosh. I SHIP THEM!!!! Ahem.
Also I’m about to hit 20,000 words, so please celebrate with me in a little bit….
(I forgot to mention that before I started writing I was sprawled out on my bedroom floor singing a very weird version of that song from the Muppet Movie about being a muppet of a man. And then I started quoting things in WEIRD, CREEPY voices. Yeah…. XD )
20,550 WORDS!!! OH MY SWEET DONUT!!! I’ve never written anything this long before!!! *dies*
Yes. I did celebrate (by myself – *cries*). I had a brownie and listened to some songs I thought were appropriate for this occasion. Back to writing!!
Oh, I missed 6, didn’t I? Well, I ate dinner and then we had to pick up my dad’s car (which prevented me from being able to take pictures outside -_- ). Now I’m home and we’re probably gonna watch something.
I WANT POPCORN! *cries cause I can’t have any* (I’m trying to eat healthy, so that’s why I can’t have popcorn 😉 )
I’m so tired. We are watching Big Hero 6 and I’m working on an order. Crocheting makes me tired. Need. Sleep.
Movie is over. I’m so tired. I think we’re either gonna watch Mayberry R.F.D. or make lunches for my dad and brother. Can I just stay in this chair? Or better yet, move to the couch? *heart eyes*
I know it’s early, but we’re gonna watch Once Upon a Time and I don’t wanna interrupt it. I’ve almost survived!!!
Time to get ready for bed! I SURVIVED EVERYONE!!! I LIVED A WHOLE DAY WITHOUT INTERNET, MY PHONE, OR WATCHING SHOWS ALL DAY!!! *celebrates* *dances around*
Here’s a little Q&A for myself:
Q: Was it worth it to you?
A: Well, I guess it was. I went through some boredom and had to resist the temptation to use my phone which was hard, but I’d say, it was definitely worth it.
Q: Would you do it again?
A: Yeah, I think so! I feel like I’m constantly disgusted with myself by how much I use my phone. It’s probably because of my phone that I need to wear glasses! Our phones really keep us from socializing and talking with our families. I’ll be doing a post on HRMW soon about this problem. But all in all, I would like to do it again. Maybe make it a weekly thing just to get a break. It’s also crazy how much easier it was for me to write yesterday….
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’re feeling the same way about your phone and/or computer, I challenge you to do this, too! Though it is hard, it’s really refreshing
Have a great day everyone!
If I did this challenge again, would you want me to make another post like this?
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but as what happens to many bloggers – I’m having some blogger block lately 😉
Today I END THAT.
Because today I have something of interest to share with you! *conscience whispers to me* Oh. Right. The title already told them what it is….
Okay, well, yes! I do have a book blurb to share with ya’ll! In case some of you might not know what a book blurb is, it’s the description that would go on the back of the book 😉
Alright, enough rambling. Here is the blurb for my book – True Colors:
In Shano, the people are quite different from you and me… Or rather, their hair is. In this small town, everyone has multiple colors in their hair that represent a different part of their personalities. It’s understandable then that the people of Shano are outraged when head of the town council, Zachariah, appoints Connor – a redheaded, hot tempered, grump – to lead a foursome of young adults; courageous Astrid, optimistic Alina, and clumsy Sawyer to seek out and destroy the prophesied Dark Warrior. How could Zachariah choose someone as hot headed as Connor to lead this group on such a dangerous mission?
As the four depart on their journey into The Wild, they all must do their part to help Connor stay on the right path, but with some bumps along the road, things don’t go quite as they had expected. With Connor’s hair blackening more and more each day, they begin to lose hope of ever succeeding. Astrid, however, is determined to help Connor overcome his evil in any way she can – at least until she learns some distressing news that would jeopardize their whole mission.
Will they be able to work together to find and destroy The Dark Warrior? Or will petty arguments and disagreements get in the way of their mission?
So, I’m not sure if that’s all staying, but for now, that’s what I have
True Colors is still being written (still on the first draft. I’m a slow writer 😉 ), but my goal is for it to be published – one day. And yes, I’ll definitely tell you all when that happens
Oh, and in case you’re all wondering, yes, that is the Connor you’ve been learning about in the Character Studies 😉
Well, I need to get ready for my soon to be sister in-law’s bridal shower, so I’ll talk with you all soon! Make sure to tell me your thoughts on my book!
Bye- bye! 😀
P.S. Emma will be posting a blurb on her blog soon, too, so be sure to look out for that! 😉
Guys. Rogue One trailer.
Go watch it.
I died. So hard.
The music. Everything.
How will I live until December. O_O
With love from a very dead,
Hi everyone! I think you all seem to enjoy these, so I thought I’d post another one today! :)
Character Studies is done by Morgan. So basically what you do, is you copy and paste the questions from her blog and then have your character answer them. My main character, Connor, in the book I’m writing will be answering the questions below
1 – What are you afraid of?
My hair turning black, being killed, losing someone…
2 – Do you have a temper?
I’ve already said this like a million times. YES – I have a temper!
3 – What kind of things would make you lose your temper?
Just about anything and everything. Like the previous question.
4 – If you’re angry, how do you (try to) calm down?
Taking deep breaths, clenching my fists, biting my lip so hard that it should bleed. None of it usually works, though.
5 – You’re in an argument with your best friend/significant other. What’s it about?
I already told you, I don’t have a best friend OR a significant other!! But the one person I thought could be my first best friend (actually friend in general) lied and tricked me!!!…….. I’m not continuing with this question….
6 – What’s your worst habit?
Punching anything in sight when I get dangerously angry.
7 – If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be and why?
My height. I’m tired of being laughed at for how short I am. I’d want to be at least 6 feet tall.
8 – What about your personality?
….I guess my anger… But don’t let anyone else know that or you’ll have me to deal with.
9 – You’re working with a group of people on some kind of object. What role do you play? (leader, strategist, laborer, etc.) Do you like your role?
Psh! I would never be a part of anything like that! Didn’t you hear? Everyone hates me! But, I’d probably be the one doing all the hard work cause I know how to work hard. I don’t think I’d mind. It’s a good way for me to let out my anger.
BONUS: What’s your favorite kind of animal?
I don’t care about animals. I’m a hunter.
Wow, Connor. That was pretty harsh. XD
I hope you all like Connor! I personally adore him! LOL!