Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Nine ] What are you writing?




OH MY GOSH. I AM SO BEHIIIIIIIIIIIND. MUST PLAY CATCH UP!


Day Nine: What are you writing? Today we are going to share plots/characters from stories we are currently working on. Have fun with this!

Brothers of Mage.
(I'm still working on the title.)


Ten years ago a war started in Brinton, a war which spread into The four empires like a deadly virus. it ended when a seventeen year old Mage named Elliot Blackire invented a terrible weapon which was stolen by the Briatons and used to kill hundreds of civilians. Due to suspicious, damning events Elliot Blackire was convicted as a traitor and exiled, never to return home on pain of death. 

Five years after that fateful day, a man by the name of Evan Blackire is convicted of the murder of the High Mage. Elliot, now a Draek Mage, returns to his home country to help his brother escape. Together, they discover a astonishing, fearful conspiracy festering in the country, and must find someway to stop it. Unable to trust the Office of Mage or the Union Government, the brothers plunge headlong into an undercover mission to save their country from self-destruction, recruiting some very odd allies along the way. The future is warped and strange, and it the more the brothers learn the more they realize that many things may not be what they seem. 

Juliette Greywell A.O.A (A -of the- above)

This series is going to be fun I think! It's about a private detective who lives in a small city. Her name is Juliette, she is twenty-three and she stands at just barely 5'2. She often jokes that sleuthing is her hobby because she doesn't earn enough money to call it a normal job. (She works at Ross to cover all real expenses.) While solving one of her cases she meets up with an ex-hacker named Zoe and together they run around solving crimes. They began to spread out, working in the bigger cities that are close to their own and making quite the name for themselves. I'm excited.

LE SISTER STORY!!!


This story is beautiful. I can't say too much about it yet, but I will give you a basic plot. It's about two sisters, Renetta and Jailene, who live in a slightly steampunk/fantasy world. When they're fourteen and twelve they get separated and from there their lives take very different turns. Renetta grows up learning the art of Earth Lore and, while Jailene learns the art of Energy Lore. As the two girls reach their individual birthdays, seventeen and fifteen, the world begins to slip into darkness and much is at stake. Both will play a key part in the future of the Quinton, but it is quite possible these two keys do not fit they same door.

A MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!

YES I AM ACTUALLY WORKING ON A MUSICAL! I am working on two, in fact. One is like a fan-musical of sorts so I won't say too much about it yet - the other one is about a widow who's world literally turns grey after her four year old son is killed in a car accident. For three years she can't see color or beauty in anything. It's all black and white, cold and hard. Every day is a struggle. Then a young photographer comes into her little town and things slowly start to change...


What do you think, writers? You like?


*swings around cape and leaps off stage*


Bella

Writers Camp [ Day Eight ] Happily Ever After





Day Eight: Happily Ever After. Today we are going to discuss movies/books that have good love stories in them, and especially the meaning of Happily Ever After.

What to avoid in a romantic relationship:

Abusive relationships.

The man/woman thinking of his/her spouse as an inferior

I'm going to give a quick example of an emotionally unstable/manipulative/emotionally abusive relationship.

Rumplestilskin and Belle: Once Upon a Time

"You'd never give up power for me, Rumple. You never have, and you never will."

I haven't watched OUAT in over a year, and this is a big reason why.

In Seasons 1-2, Rumple and Belle had an intriguing Beauty-and-The-Beast story. Rumple started out cruel and wicked, but Belle seemed to bring out a side of him that had been buried in darkness for hundreds of years. He wasn't wholly evil. He was trapped in a terrible curse and it twisted his heart, making him colder and colder. But there was still a spark of good in him, and Belle brought it back from the ashes.

However, as the show went on, Rumple's redemption arc was messed up in a big way. The writers went overboard with his darkness. You should never put your character through a great arc and then take him right back to square one. It's bad story telling, and it's unfair to your character. Rumple was growing. He was changing for the better. Then out of the blue, he just decided he wanted to stay Dark and powerful. What?

He was horrid to Belle. Did he care about her? Yeah, that was obvious. Was he more gentle and kind with her? Yeah. Did he try to protect her? Sure, always. But he was incredibly two-faced and hypocrytical. He'd promise Belle to do one thing and then find the loophole in order to get out of it. He lied to her all the time. He pretended to give her his dagger, the only thing that could control him and the link to all his power, as a sign of his love for her, and then proceeded to go behind her back, using his magic to steal power from other people so he could leave Storybrooke. He uses Belle's own friends against her to "Spy" on her by taking their hearts. He manipulates her. He uses her. He's a huge jerk. Does he have a soft side? Yeah. But the bottom line is, he doesn't care enough about Belle to be better. He doesn't care enough about her to give up being the beast, to give up the evil power festering inside of him. He doesn't love her selflessly. He's hurt her over and over, when he's suppose to be the one that protects her.

I just wanted to be chosen.
I know OUAT isn't over yet. Maybe Rumple will eventually give up his own selfish needs, and grow, and be the man Belle actually deserves, but I don't see that happening. Even if it does, how could Belle ever really trust or rely on someone that has betrayed her so often? Plus, what kind of stupid writing takes a character on great arcs only to knock him back into his self-absorbed, twisted ways two episodes later? Wit no explanation??

So basically? Don't write love stories full of manipulation and selfishness. And don't have romances full of needy angst and one spouse thinking themselves better/more important than the other. And never write a romance where a spouse will choose his/her own happiness over the happiness of their loved one.

It is a plague in our society that even such a thing as true love has been stripped of it's true value. So often it seems that marriage just won't last. Divorce happens six times out of ten. Why is this? I think it's because people expect to be perfectly happy. They demand a pleasing, perfect happiness with no trial or suffering. If you and your husband fight, if you have bad times for more than a couple of years, well obviously you made a mistake in being together and it's time to cut it off. I hate how easily people go back on their vow "To have and to hold from this day forward." I think people have forgotten that being in love doesn't mean the end of hardships, and getting marriage doesn't mean you are going to have a picture-perfect life with no problems. Very often it's the opposite. There are struggles in every single relationship. Hard things always happen, sometimes really bad things. What people don't take into consideration is that there are good times too, and you can't give up on a lifetime of good just because a few years have been bad. Marriage is worth fighting for. If someone made you see stars, if someone made you feel light and giddy and free, if someone loved you enough to want to spend the rest of time with you, that is worth fighting for. No matter what.

Now, I get it. Sometimes things happen and they suck. I have personally witnessed some marriages that have hit bad times and there is nothing fun about it. It's horrible. There are fights, tension, lack of peace in the home - all in all, not great. And maybe it's sort of understandable why people want to run away from the problem. But you know what? Statistically if you can just hold on through the rough times - if you can just hang on for a little while - it always gets better. Typically the longest a rough patch will go on is five years. Five years in a lifetime! Isn't fighting for thirty+ years of love better than giving up on it altogether and giving in to heartache and pain?

I know that sometimes you have bad marriages. I understand that. I know sometimes there is No Way for the marriage to work anymore. Like with physical abuse, addiction - whatever. However, legitimately un-fixable relationships are fairly rare. I think some of these issues could be averted if people were more careful. People should stop getting married so fast. We should go back to courting, and it should last for at least a year, even two. You should really get to know the person you've vowed to spend the rest of your life with. That's super important. If people were more careful before saying the magic, I do, things might work out differently.

Another thing is, don't give up on your spouse because they have a couple bad months or even years. It's selfish and stupid. I wonder, if your best friend was going through a rough time, would you give up on them after only a couple of years? Or would you try to help them as much as you could? Your spouse deserves at least that much consideration.

Marriages can work. They can last forever. You just need to be brave enough to keep your promise and stay faithful to each other. Even when money is tight. Even when work gets in the way. Even when you have family issues. It's time we have stories beyond Happily Ever After. Happily Ever After is just page one. Happily Ever After isn't something that's guaranteed, and I think people have forgotten that. You have to fight for your happily ever after. You have to chop down the thorns to get to the golden castle. You have to overcome the trials, bear with the irritations, work through the times when things are rough or just plain hard, and you feel like your whole marriage is failing. You have to get through the night to witness another day. That's just how things go. The trouble with the world isn't that marriage can't be happy. It's that people are no long willing to put up with each others issues every now and again in order to get to a point where they can be happy again. They think if something isn't fixed within a few months, or even a year, it must mean they're no longer meant to be together. In reality, they just need to hold out until the sun rises, and they'll realize the new day was well worth the wait.


"It should be hair-rasing," he added.

There is no such thing as being happy all the time. That would be dreadful. Imagine being in a constant state of excitement?? You'd feel jittery all the time, and it would get exhausting. Every relationship has dark spots. It's okay to have a few fights. It's normal to have long periods of time when a Marriage isn't growing or supplying any happiness at all. Humans are silly and they make mistakes. We all have issues. Sometimes problems take more than just a year to fix. Sometimes they'll take three, five... it's just a matter of fighting for the soul that made you feel loved and whole. Fight for the soul that made you believe in a fairytale ending. You want to be happy? Fight for it. Don't give up it. Don't let the nights, however long, scare you away. Be brave and wait for the sun to rise. I promise you, It always does. When you meet someone that makes you feel that alive, that loved, and that happy, even for one day, he/she is worth holding on to.

So, what are some good, realistic married couples in books and shows today? *rubs hands together*


Amy and Rory Pond: Doctor Who

"You and me, always."


"I don't care that you got old. 
I care that we didn't grow old together."

Amy and Rory are pretty much the OTP to end all OTP's. Their love is set up kind of like a fairy tale too, so I'm going to use it as my first example. Rory and Amy are friends first. They are the definition of falling in love with your best friends. They put their friendship before the romance, before sexual need, before the necessity of happiness. They put each other before themselves continually, willing to risk their happiness to keep the other safe/make them happy in some way. They care about each other deeply, and would do anything to save each other.

What I loved about Amy and Rory was how little could seperate them. Not time, not space, not struggle. I loved that SPOILERS!!! Amy broke herself out of a nightmare, crafted to seem perfectly real, just to save Rory's life. I loved that even after Rory died and was erased her memory, Amy still had this feeling of loss and grief. I love that Rory waited 2000 years outside a box of stone to keep Amy safe. I love that, when Amy was trapped in another time-stream and grew old, Rory told her he didn't care that she was old, only that they hadn't grown old together. (And then he still tried to save her. Her age didn't matter to him. Not at all.) I love that Amy tore time apart, sacrificing that version of herself so to save the younger Amy, and giving Rory all her days; So she could still grow old with him. I love that Amy and Rory wanted a baby, a family, a home. I love that Amy tried to leave Rory because she realized she could never have kids, and he had always wanted them... but Rory wouldn't let her. I love that it was proven, once again, divorce is not the answer. When you love someone, you fight for them. No matter what. *END SPOILERS* I love that they fought, but never walked away for good. I love that they always waited for each other, that they put each other first always, that they were brave enough to face the stupidity of the world together. I love that they almost got divorced but realized their love was more important than any problem. I loved that they grew old together. I loved that they stayed faithful. I love that they were friends.

Carl and Ellie: Up


"You don't talk much. I like you!"

Carl and Ellie only had something like ten-fifteen minutes of screen-time, but by the end of it you were a dripping mess of emotion. They were childhood friends that got married when they grew up, built themselves a house, and had the essence of Happily Ever after. Like Amy and Rory, Carl and Eddie wanted to have dozens of kids, but the Doctor discovered Ellie would never be able to conceive children. This was a devastating blow, but Carl helped Ellie through it, and together they were still able to have a beautiful life with a lot of joy, laughter, and adventure.

LOTS OF BABIES!
Carl and Ellie have a sweet, romantic relationship, with a foundation rooted in friendship and devotion. They have the type of love we should all aspire to have, the never-giving-up love.

Arthur and Molly Weasley: Harry Potter


Yes, well, your father and I were made for each other."

As a note, I'm not wild about the Harry Potter books. I don't think much of J.K. Rowling either. That being said, Arthur and Molly are pretty great. I have only read to book five in the Harry Potter series, but I have watched all the movies and I enjoy them when I'm in the mood. I think the movies were better, to be honest. The Weasley's are my favorite part about the story. I really loved that Arthur and Molly raised a big family in a small house, and that they were always full of humor and happiness, even though money was tight and they weren't always able to afford lots of things. I loved how much they cared about all their kids, and how they were able to give them happy, beautiful lives even though there were lots of hand-me-downs and not much that you didn't share. I think they showed that you don't have to be rich to be happy, and that having a lot of kids is a blessing, not a curse. They were cute and sweet, and I just really like them. I like them a lot.

Martin and Iantha Penderwick.

These two are just adorable. They're there for each other through all the rough times, they take care of each other, they love each other, they both like being a Mommy and Daddy; - Basically, just read the Penderwicks. Everything created in those pages is perfect.


Marriages that take you by surprise but somehow work:

*SPOILERS*

Eugenides and Attolia. Oh. My. Gosh. Definition of saved through love. That marriage is so layered and complex. They both care for each other deeply, but their love functions on a rather different level. Eugenides brings out the girl behind the mask, while Attolia draws out the Eugenides not many people see. Rough, coarse, and vulnerable.

River and The Doctor:

I'm not even sure why this marriage works. I think it is very much a Love-Comes-Softly situation. Neither River nor the Doctor trusted each other at first, and the Doctor took a long time to warm up to River, but somehow these two time-travelling oddities, forever meeting in the wrong order, fell into a peculiar, hesitant love, burning through time and space. I know some people don't ship The Doctor and River, but I think the fact that he breaks her out of jail every night to take dates and take her dancing is proof enough that they're in love. Plus, he literally settled down on a planet and spent twenty-four years of happily ever after with her. (SO CUTE, YAR???) River and the Doctor are a complicated love story, but I want to show the different marriages that work and last. Capisce?

Aragorn and Arwen: The Lord of the Rings

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I know they aren't a huge plot line, but I liked how Tolkien showed Aragorn and Arwen's love. It was mysterious and beautiful. To think that an Elf, blessed with long life, would accept mortality in order to marry a mortal man. I love that Aragorn was willing to let her Journey to the Undying Lands and leave him forever, but Arwen wouldn't do that. She wanted to be with him, because she loved him. Isn't that beautiful?

I also liked the special touch in the movie, where Arwen was travelling to the Ships going West, but then she saw a vision of Aragorn and her son, and she realized that there were things that meant more to her than immortality, than leaving with her family and her people. She wanted to be the wife of Aragorn, the mother of his son. Isn't that the most beautiful, tender thing you've ever heard?

"I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone."

The same goes for Faramir and Eowyn:

"Would you have you proud folk say to you: "There goes a lord who tamed a wild
 shieldmaiden of the North! Was there no woman of the race of Numenor to choose?"



Jimmy and Mae Braddock:

I know they aren't fictional, but I had to use them. They're sweet, they're strong, and they are actual real! So ha! There is proof marriages can last a lifetime! Jimmy and Mae did it, and they had to live through the Great Depression together. If they can survive that horror, you can survive the bad things that happen too.


"I can't win without you behind me."
"I'm always behind you."

I really loved that Mae was a supportive wife. I loved that she stood up for Jimmy and never quit on him, but would get upset if he pushed himself too hard. I really love how much respect Jimmy had for his wife, how much he cherished her, how he treated her like a lady at all times. I love that they were solid walls of support for each other, and even when they fought and argued, they always came back for each other. Every. Single. Time. It was adorable and sweet, and it was real, and I think everyone who gets married should try to hold the same courage as this couple that survived Depression and sickness and fear, and got through it, still married, still in love, still the very best of friends.

You're everybody's hope, and your kids' hero.; and you are the champion of my heart, James J. Braddock."

That's all.

I mostly wanted to talk about married couples, but any love story should be built strong and made to last.

Shawn & Juliette, Jaron and Imogen , Michael & Sara, Hale & Kat, Sam & Jules, Sophos and Eddis... These are good romances.

What do I want to see in a romance? Give me romances that love. Fall in love. Stay in love.

I leave you with this song.


Peace out y'all!

*Swings around cape and leaps off stage*


Bella


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Seven ] Love/Family





Day Seven: Love/Family

I'm like, three days behind. I'm sorry guys. You all know you can post before me, right? Okay.


Today we're going to cover the importance of love. In all forms. Love at its simplest, love at its greatest.

We're going to cover books with the love that exists between families and friendships. Mention some things you'd like to see in these stories, and which stories you would personally like to see in books today.

I am going to update this post when I'm finished, but please feel free to start yours. I feel so bad. Things go insane, and now I'm very behind.  8-( Apologies all around! I'll need to play catch-up.

I am so sorry. This post is shorter than my other ones. My computer shut down and I lost a whole post, and I was sad. I tried my best though. 8-D Today we're going to cover books with the love that exists between families and friendships. Mention some things you'd like to see in these stories, and which stories you would find very rare.

The Ascendants Trilogy: Jennifer Neilson

The Runaway King

For me, The Ascendants Trilogy is one of those books that catch your interest almost instantly, and you're hooked until you finish. It has great character development. I really liked how a bunch of different friendships evolved throughout the series, constantly growing, changing, and getting better.

Franz and Japhet

Franz and Japhet are precious human beings and must be protected at all costs!!!!

Brothers-in-Arms 

Raven's Gate Series: Anthony Horwitz

This series does have a lot of good friendships, and there are some twins that are introduced in book three that I kind of really love. However, it can be incredibly dark, grim, and bleak. It has a very apocalyptic feel, something that has made me struggle with reading them. I have yet to finish the last book. It's just so sad. I have a couple sisters who have read it, and they all say the ending is good, but very sad. And I know why it's sad and I just can't. 

However, the writing is good and the story is good, even if it is serious and war-like. 

Inkworld: Cornelia Funke

Farid and Dustfinger. Black Prince. Mo. These books!!!! I love these books so much!!! 8-D

BBC Merlin

Merlin and Arthur encompass what it means to be best friends. I love that they make fun of each other all time, but they know if necessary. they would die to keep the other safe. It makes me feel warm and happy inside. This friendship is perfect. (I also ignore everything the writers say on this subject, as well as most of the cast. They're annoying.)

Gallager Girls: Ally Carter


Yas!! A Girl's school for the gifted... especially those gifted in the art of secrecy. These books are basically about a spy/special agent school for girls. They're excellent. And they have lots of female friendship. This makes me very happy, because those are very, very rare.

The Penderwicks: Jean Birdsall

I cannot say enough good about these books. They family is perfect. The relationship between the sisters is perfect. The fact that they adopt friends into their family is perfect. Their Daddy is perfect. Everything about this series is perfect. Just read them.

The Ascendants Trilogy: Jennifer Neilson

Oh, lala! Yaaaaaaas! The friendships in this book are golden! There is so much development and change that occurs. I love them. 

The Lord of the Rings: J.R.R. Tolkien

We all know Tolkien is King of friendship stories. "I CAN CARRY YOU." *dies of feels*

What do I think we need in books today? First, more sister stories. Good sister stories, sister stories about two girls who will protect each other, tease each other, die for each other. Second, more brother stories. More friendships. I want friendship where the boys meet when they're little, grow up together, and love each other with all they have. I want friendship where they meet later in life but still grow close and dependent on each other. I want friendship where one person will tear apart time for another. I want friendships where everything falls apart and the only thing left is each other. I want friendships where friends hold hands as everything freaking implodes on itself. I want friendships with love and laughter, friendships with hugs, friendships with shared morning coffee, emotional connections, dinners together, funny car rides, insane deals and sacrifices, long walks, friends having each other for a flat mate... I just want friendships that defy everything society says and prove that you can love someone without it being romantic. 

That's all. 

What are some friendships you all like?


*swings around cape and leaps off stage*



Bella

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Writer's Camp [ Day Six ] Break Out of the Mold!





I've been working on this too long and it will probably be very ranty. I apologize in advance.

Day Six: Break Out of The Mold:

Have you noticed that a vast majority of books now days seem to have that certain mold? Now is time to break out of that!  Believe it or not, a lot of people want fresh ideas, despite what you see on the shelves. So today I'm going to write a list of common cliches and mistakes in books today. After you read through my list, I want all of you to blog about authors/books that you see as unique. Books that Stand Out. You can talk about what you think makes them different, or keep the post super simple. Either way. 8-D

Writers I that I think Stand Out:

Jean Birdsall, 
Anthony Horowitz
Katrina DeLallo (She isn't published yet, but she should be.)
Jack Lewis Baillot
Diana Wynn Jones
Brian Jaques
J.R.R. Tolkin
Cornelia Funke
Martin Levitte
Megan Whalen
David Blake. (I've just started his books, but so far they're really good!)

Each of these writers have their own style and voice. Each of these writers have interesting, layered characters, both in protagonists and antagonists. Each of these writers bring something different to their story, even if its an age-old plot. Each of these writers dare to go one step farther, think bigger, open doors wider. They're creative, clever, thoughtful, imaginative and enthralling. They break a lot of molds and they aren't afraid to stray from the recipe of "Proper Social Books."  

Common Cliches/Mistakes (You can totally make your own list, but that's not required. I'm mostly doing this to show you the mold and how to break it. But whichever you decide, please share this list, or the link to this list, on your blog!)

I know this list is really long. You don't have to read the whole thing. I just thought it might be helpful. :-)

1.) The Brooding males with a dazzling smile, muscly arms, and a mysterious attitude.

Boy characters don't always have to be brooding, mysterious, and strong. Write boys who are funny! Write boys who like books! Write boys who are clever! Write boys who are gentle, boys who are loyal, boys that get scared. Write boys that love an awful, awful lot. Write boys that aren't just bags of sarcastic comments and rough, moody smiles. It's really annoying.

Some Good Male Characters: (IMO) Michael Scofield, Prison Break. Lincoln Burrows, Prison Break. Hale, Heist Society. Dustfinger, Inkheart. Eugenides, The Queen's Thief. Jeffrey Tifton, The Penderwicks, Franz Kappel, Brothers in Arms. Arthur Pendragon, BBC Merlin. Merlin, BBC Merlin. Christopher Chant, The Lives of Christopher Chant.

I know guys can be soft-hearted and gentle. I know a couple guys who are very, very sweet and kind. So don't think some of your guy characters can't have those traits. Rule One is, Guys are Human and have as many different personalities as girls. However, you ought to keep in mind that men aren't typically emotional, expressing sorts. From my experience, boys like to be tough and strong. They don't like admitting how they they're wrong, and they don't like getting emotional. They tend to say things how it is. They want to fix the problem. They don't often share feelings or personal issues. They're more likely to seek advice from a sister/wife/female friend, than to seek advice from their 'brother' - though sometimes they will open up about certain things if they've had a really rough time. They express love through actions more than words. They're can be shy or uncomfortable around girls, especially if they're interested in them. This can change depending on the character, but in general this is true for most guys. They're weird. I would recommend talking to boys if you feel like you want advice on how to write for them. Also, watch how boys interact with each other, especially with their friends.

Basically how guys interact.


I know it can be hard to write male characters. If possible, try to base at least traits of your boy characters on boys/men you actually know. This helps a lot.

I found a really great link on How to Write from a Boy's POV on another blog. I found it helpful (and relieving) because it means I have the right idea about how guys think and feel. 8-D

http://inkandquills.com/2015/02/25/how-to-write-from-a-guys-pov/


2.) YOUNG TEENAGE GIRL WITH A BIG DESTINY, WHO MUST SAVE THE WORLD!

Please. Stop. Enough. I'm so done with the special eighteen year old girl who is destined for greatness and has to save the world. It's okay to have special characters with special destinies. I don't mind books like that because they can make good stories. Just do it right. Make the destiny something besides "You are the last of this and that thing!" or "You are the only one who can stop said person!" If you can create a character that is unique and fresh, these plots might seem new, even exciting, but otherwise this recipe for Hero is old and annoying.

I'm not saying plots like this can't be done. But make it your own.

3.) YOUNG TEENAGE BOY WITH A BIG DESTINY, WHO MUST SAVE THE WORLD!

Again. Stop. Do something more interesting. If you're going to go for a Must Stop World Domination story, play around with it and make it your own.

4.) Zombies/ghosts/the undead.

What exactly is wrong with living, breathing people???

5.) Young teenage boy with anger management issues. (And he may really like his childhood friend.)

Again. Not every stupid male protagonist has to fit into the same stupid mold. Stray from the recipe for Male Protagonist. Make your protagonist have other issues. Make him have something besides anger. Do something else with the poor guy! He isn't just an empty vessel capable of one trait!

6.)  Young teenage girl who fights and has a whole lot of sass. (Sometimes said girl is also in a love triangle.)

GUUUUUUUUUYS. Contrary to popular belief, a whole lot of young girls don't freaking fight and punch stuff. Make a girl who is protective and funny. Write girls who are bossy. Write girls who are sweet. Write girls that want to ride horses and pick flowers. Write girls who want families. Write girls who are happy to be girls and don't want to be macho and masculine. Write girls that like being feminine.


"I'm no good at statues and stories; I try."
Girls tend to be more emotional and empathetic. We think things through a lot more, in fact a lot of times we over-think. We're more tactful, and we tend to talk things out. We tend to have a lot of intimate moments, and we like sharing our feelings, concerns or worries. Usually we don't even want a ton of advice, just someone to listen to us and be there as morale support. Again, this can change depending on the character, but girls tend to be more giving, open, and expressive. We also tend to be more gentle, romantic, and sensitive. We're less likely to speak our minds, but in our heads we've corrected you big time.

If you want a warrior girl, go ahead and make one but give her other traits besides sass and the "I am Everything" syndrome. That drives me insane.

Good Girl characters. (IMO) Charmain, House of Many Ways. Eddis, The Queen's Thief.  Juliette Silverton, Grimm. Keturah, Keturah and Lord Death, Sophie, Howl's Moving Castle. Peggy Carter Agent Carter.  Clara Johnson, The Light in the Piazza - (musical)


7.) The Sympathetic Villain.  

Not every villain should be an insane, annoying vessel of rage. Villains have a story of their own, and you should give them depth while keeping them villains. A popular theme in writing today is to make the villain sympathetic and lovable. While I don't mind sympathetic villains, you shouldn't make your villains into the "Tragic Victim," because it's frustrating. Villains are people who do very bad things and have a lot of bad raging inside them. They aren't meant to be tragically heroic.

Good Villains. (IMO.) Loki Layfison, The MCU. The Master not Missy, Doctor Who. Azula, Avatar, The Last Airbender. Paul Kellerman, Prison Break. Capricorn, Inkheart. Opheus, Inkdeath, The General, Prison Break. The Old Ones, The Raven Gate series. Wilson Fisk, Daredevil. Julian Verres, The Masterful Monk.


You should have feared me more!


*note: there is a difference between villain and antagonist. Remember that your antagonist isn't necessarily a bad guy. He can simply be a man in a hard situation, doing bad things. Villains are legitimately bad people who have done bad so long that bad is almost all that's left in him.

8.) Feminism. Feminism everywhere.

Feminism is supposed to mean that men and women have equal rights and opportunity. That is great. I don't think woman she be thought of as less than men, anymore than blacks should be thought less than whites or vise-versa. I get irritated, however, when feminism becomes Woman can be like Men!, instead of Women are Humans too! Almost every girl character in society today is a sassy, snarky woman who is full of herself, some sort of spy/assassin/fighter, and doesn't need a man. I think Feminists are getting out of hand. I love girls. I am a girl! Yay, girls are important, and amazing!! Go girls! But I think the tables are flipping and now it's like Girls are more important than Guys, girls are better than guys, girls deserve more respect than guys, girls can totally wipe guys out! I'm annoyed with girls wanting to prove they are just as tough as guys and basically, trying to be guys. It's really frustrating. It's not bad to be emotional, fellow females. It's not bad to be different than men. It's not bad that we have different characteristics. Stop trying to be so tough and aggressive. And stop making girls who want to be feminine, and kind, who want families, who want to garden, or read books, or spend the day cooking - stop making them seem silly and shallow. They aren't. Not everyone wants to be a violent fighter. And you know what? You can know how to defend yourself and still like cooking, dancing, knitting, reading, being open and friendly.... you don't have to push all female tendencies out to be able to take care of yourself.  

9.) SACRIFICING CHARACTER FOR PLOT.

Oh my gosh. This is the biggest trend in our modern world. Authors just love those plot twists, and who cares if said person acts completely out of character? Now we have more drama!

Please stop. If you need to force your character out of character for your epic drama, it isn't worth it.

Stay true to your characters. Feel free to push them and give them stakes, but don't make them do things that aren't true to the person they are. (For example, Nick Burkhart randomly having a fling with Adalind. No. Sean doing what he did to Meisner. No. Ronan Lynch. No. He wasn't. He wouldn't. That wasn't him. Steve Rogers in the Comics, with the whole HYDRA thing. No. It wouldn't happen! Stop!) You can gradually push a character to doing something drastic he doesn't usually do, but don't don't randomly have him act out of character. You also have to be careful with how far you push them. For example, what Dean Winchester did in S10 of Supernatural was too much. They pushed him too far. He was no longer Dean. He was out of character, even with the whole Mark thing.*

The point of no return.


*I DON'T WATCH SPN ANYMORE, I HATE IT, AND THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY!

10.) Using lots of adjectives and adverbs. Oh, and freaking CAP LOCKS. 

I understand that you need to describe some things, but it is very annoying when a character can't just say something. It's all, "She snapped" or "He grumbled," or "She said tightly," or "He said hotly," and it's very frustrating. Use the simple yet effective technique. Don't overdo your descriptions. Don't let adverbs and adjectives drag your writing down.

11.) The use of too many commas, dashes, ellipsis, or inflections. (Italics, bold, underlined, etc.)

This goes along with #10. Used sparingly, dashes, ellipsis and such like can be very effective, but they're like salt. Use too many and you taint the whole dish.

I'm not trying to hate on Harry Potter. They're not bad books.
But do you see all the adjectives and the ellipses? And this is only one page!


12.) Modern story telling, especially in Fantasies. If your book is in another world/fantasy setting, please, please don't use modern storytelling! Please use a style that's more old-fashion. Particularly if your world is  in a medieval time frame. 

I understand that there are different styles in writing, but fantasy books typically shouldn't have things like "Shut up," or "Oh my gosh!" or "Holy crap, that's hot!" Those sorts of phrases belong in 21st Century Earth, not a fantasy world. Usually if it is fantasy, you should have a more old-fashion feel. Even medieval. There can be some exceptions to this. I bet some writers could have modern-ish language in their fantasy and get away with it. I'm sure Diana Wynn Jones could've made it work. But as a rule of thumb, you really shouldn't go there. It's too easy to make it sound modern and fake, throwing your audience out of the story.

13.) I'm straight...! No wait, I'm not.

I'm aware this is a dangerous thing to say, but I'm a little tired of the IN YOUR FACE Queer people in books. This is a personal preference. I wouldn't mind so much if they started out like that, but when they turn queer on me, quite out of the blue, its very vexing.

14.) Lack of brother stories, friendships, sisters, and family in general.

I repeat an early rant: not everything is a romance! I like love stories, but seriously. You don't have to make everything romantic. Books are sorely lacking in friendship and family stories. This needs to be fixed.


Skye should have stayed with Jane, not deserted her in her hour of need. No good leader would. Would Caesar have gone off looking for golf balls when his soldiers were at their breaking point? No.
       And neither would he let a wounded soldier be carried off the field alone. - The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

15.) Post-Apocalyptic World! 

I know this idea is fun to explore, but I wish there weren't so many authors exploring it. 8-/ The best thing about Dystopian is that you can use it to reveal a future we might have if things go badly. When handled right, a Dystopian story can send some pretty good messages. Like, The Giver showing that losing sorrow means losing joy too, and that all life is important, and we shouldn't give up our individuality.

What this boils down to:

As Writers, we need to try creating ideas outside the box. There's so much that society thinks we should include in our stories that our creativity is being suffocated. It is my humble opinion that almost every bookworm today has hit a terrible Readers funk because writers have an inability, or perhaps just a fear, of creating anything different.

Try Different Plots.

Everyone loves the Villain Taking Over the World/End of the World as We Know It plots, but when those plots are all you get, it is a little exhausting. There is nothing wrong with war stories, kings trying to conquer other countries, battles, expanding empires; these are all things that happen in our real world and so they are very relatable and realistic. But this shouldn't be the only plot left in story telling and if you go for that plot, make it yours!  Also, try to experiment with villains! Give them back stories, wants, needs, fears, weak spots! Make them human. They don't have to be good. They don't even have to be sympathetic. They can be downright creepy and twisted. Just make sure they are given as much thought as your heroes. There are some exceptions. Demons, dark spirits, and monsters don't need to be so complicated as a human villain, but there should still be enough to them that they aren't just sacks of evil. Take the Black Riders in The Lord of the Rings, for example. Their back story made them even creepier, and there was a sort of horrific pity to what happened to them. Or Capricorn, in Inkheart. He was super evil, but he was human and that made his wickedness worse. There is nothing more evil or horrifying than a corrupted human soul. Make sure to remember that.

Play around with your heroes! You shouldn't make them perfect, but neither do you have to make them obnoxious. Give them depth and interest, give them faults and struggles, and make them human. I have found an appalling lack of truly Good Characters in books. Characters that have morality, decency, a big heart and a lot of love, they don't seem to be very popular. Everyone likes the villains. You can have good men who have depth. Steve Rogers has a lot of depth. Merlin, from BBC Merlin has a lot of depth, and there is a definite struggle that you see in him quite often. Natasha Romanoff, Aragon son of Arathorn,  Tony Stark, John Watson, Juliette Silverton, Eugenides, Eddis, Sophie Hatter, the Black Prince... these are all characters who have very good hearts and try to do the right thing. Are some of them giant brats? Yes! Are some of them bossy, nosy, snarky? Yes! Are some of them flawed and broken? Yes! but they are all good. They are all the good guys. Don't be afraid to write characters who are really good. There seems to be a strange beliefs circulating through society, that if you are good you are flat and boring. That doesn't have to be the case. Good characters can even be more in depth than evil ones! It's harder to be good than to be evil. It's harder to do what's right  than to do what's easy. I really, really want good, kind, strong characters with big, warm hearts and emotional, moral strength. It makes me sad that these characters are thrown to the wayside so often, and I would be very happy to find more writers taking on the challenge of Good characters who have layers and flaws, but are still good.

Eugenides.

Remember to write characters first. This goes for males as well as females. Write people first. Everyone has hopes, dreams, needs, wants, problems, anxieties, inner and outer conflict. Everyone has feelings, even if they don't express them the same way as we do. Write people first. Worry about technicality later.

That's all.

God Bless!

*swings around cape and leaps off stage*



Bella

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Five ] Bring Out the Books!



Day Five: Bring Out the books!

Today, everyone will share certain Authors/book/series that are their personal favorites, and explain why they like them, how they were inspired by them, and how others might be inspired. (if a movie/tv show inspired you, you are allowed to mention it. Just make sure to mention some books too!)

Tolkien:

Tolkien Quote

J.R.R. Tolkien was a very big part of my life. Even when I was little my big sisters were always talking about him, about Lord of the Rings, about the characters he brought to life with his pen. I first read The Hobbit when I was about eleven. Tiny and I read it together. I cried at the end. Thorin and Bilbo, and their stupid friendship! *sigh* A couple years later I read the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy and fell in love with the way Tolkien shone hope into the darkest times and made your life a little easier to bear - because, hey, maybe your situation sucked but at least you didn't have to carry the Ring to Mordor before an Evil All-Powerful Lord took over the earth and made every living thing his slave! Tolkien inspired me a lot. He still does. I want to touch others with my writing the way he was able to touch me with his. He showed good and evil in a strong, certain way, and he showed how anyone can be corrupted, but in the same way anyone can rise again and be great. That is something not many people in today's society do anymore. (Or when they try they sort of mess it up.) 

Diana Wynn Jones:

Chrestomanci.


OH. MY. HEAVENS. We need more writers like Diana Wynn Jones! We need writers to follow in her footsteps, to make stories full of adventure and comedy, love and friendship, happiness and hopelessness... and best of all, character development!!! She did such a great job blending humor and tension, such a great job writing ridiculous, funny, wildly entertaining stories and making them believable, emotional and memorable. If I can be half the writer she is, I would consider myself victorious in my talents. She's clever and creative, and her characters are wonderfully, perfectly, human. I read her books when I need motivation. She makes me want to write. She makes me want to bring my characters to life. 

The Queen's Thief: (Series) - Megan Whalen

"I can steal anything."

*Drumroll* BOW DOWN BEFORE THE QUEEN OF CHARACTER PERCEPTION!  BOW DOWN!

If anyone ever tells you J.K. Rowling is master of character perception and development, she's not, I would just like to say that no, Megan Whalen is the master above all masters. That women writes characters that you start out hating or at least violently disliking, and then she turns the tables and you see them, all of them, and suddenly you don't hate them anymore. You care about them. You are invested in their story, in their well-being. Even with her protagonists she is master of development and perception. You read all about a character for two whole books and you know him and love him; and then you see this other side of him, and it's so cool! It was a part of him all along, really, but in that third book you actually see all of it, and it's absolutely brilliant! It makes you love him more! You also want to slap him  or shake him, but you know. Isn't that always the way? Also, the protagonist in the fourth book. Talk about development! That boy grows so much!

I can honestly say that The Queen's Thief is one of my favorite series ever. Every few months I get this itch to re-read it, and I have to restrain myself because the longer I can wait the better it is when I read it again. And I don't want to kill it's intrigue by reading it too often in a year. That would be sad. I haven't read anything else by Megan Whalen, so I don't know how her other stuff is. But I know that regardless of she writes about, she is extremely talented and capable of brilliant things. And her Queen's Thief books are the bomb diggity. They deserve all the awards.

Keturah and Lord Death - Martine Leavitt
“The soul, it longs for its mate as mas as the body. Sad it is that the body be greedier
than the soul. But if you be happy all your days, as I was with your grandfather,
 subdue the body and marry the soul. Look for the heart-and-soul love.”

Keturah and Lord Death. This book... oh my gosh. It is the kind of book which you finish and you're overwhelmed with warmth. I sat in silence for a long time, hugging it, and feeling ridiculously achy, full of bittersweet emotions. It is amazing and beautiful, and there are so many lines that just sweep your soul up and make you think. The writing is incredible, the characters are in-depth, flawed, and beautiful, and the whole story is an absolute masterpiece. I really love Keturah. She is a strong female, in ways that you hardly ever see female characters in society today.


Jean Birdsall -  (The Penderwicks)



A Professor and a lot of girls.


Jean Birdsall is one of the very, very few writers who has managed to write about a big family with a bunch of sisters, and do it well. She writes the challenges of being part of a big family well, and she shows how a family crisis shouldn't mean the end of the family itself. (Like.. the only time I was a little skeptical was in book four when there was some money problems. Coming from a big family I kind of know how money works, and with both parents working well-paying jobs, and some of the girls helping out, I really don't think money would have been that big of a problem...otherwise, that book was great! AND SAD! But really great!) Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty are all unique and different, but you can definitely see their similarities, and the way they play off each other is absolute perfection. Jean Birdsall writers sisters who are goofy, and fun, and silly, sisters who bicker, who tease and make fun, sisters that take care of each other, sisters that love each other.  Sometimes they get themselves into trouble because they are crazy, adorable dopes, but they always try to do the right thing and be honest. They're good girls with an incredible Daddy, and a really sweet aunt, and they tend to adopt people into their family. I love them.

"Tell me how Mommy gave me my name."

Rosalind is the oldest Penderwick, the sensible one with a motherly attitude, who can be quite the firecracker when needed. Skye is the middle Penderwick, brazen and full of integrity, clever, and fierce. Jane is the third child, passionate, energetic, full of imagination, and an aspiring writer. Batty is the youngest Penderwick, imaginative, shy, curious and basically the sweetest sweetheart you will ever meet. The four of them together are pretty much perfect. Of course, I also have to mention their adorable adopted brother Jeffrey, and they're equally adorable adopted sister Mercedes, They're adopted brothers from next door, they're adopted Uncles, and they're adopted Mommy and adopted little brother... (They adopt about as many people as we do. lol.) In fact, there is too much I want to mention about these amazing books. Now I feel like doing a Penderwick Readathon! *aggressively fangirls*

Birdsall shows in a realistic light, how sisters relate to each other, how sisters act with each other, and how sisters can be best friends, even if they don't always get along. I really love that Skye and Jane are close even though they seem so different. I really love that the sisters acted like sisters. I loved that they were friends with their Daddy, but they also respected him and treated him like their father. I loved that Mr. Penderwick was sweet and gentle and protective. I really loved that the family was honest, decent and goodhearted. Basically they are everything society needs to remember about what it means to be a family. I highly recommend these books. They're incredible. Simple, yet emotional, humorous and heartwarming. Sometimes surprisingly sad; and other times incredibly sweet. They make you laugh, cry, and feel better about life in general. seriously. Read them.

What are some of your favorite writers/books? Who do you draw inspiration from? Tell me all the things!




*swings around cape and leaps off stage*





Bella

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Four ] Plot&Bunnies Reveal!






Plot Bunny (1)

Your Protagonist has just lost his/her sight. He/she wakes up alone, isolated. He/she can hear voices a little way off. His/her hand's are bound and there are strange bandages surrounding his/her head. Where is he/she? Why is he/she there? Where is he/she supposed to be? What now?

I Present A Beginning Chapter! (This actually relates to a book I'm working on about sisters. I'm really excited because I haven't been able to do too much with it yet, but this gave me a sort of jumping board. I kind of know where to go with it now.)

      She woke up in a room that smelled like winter. She could feel her hands pinned together in front of her by some sort of heavy chain, cold and sharp against her tender skin. She tried to sit up and instantly felt a surging, rabid pain flood her head. Quickly, she lay back down. She now noticed that her ankles were shackled too and her feet seemed to be bare. They were simply so numb she hadn't noticed until now that there was nothing guarding them from the chill. Far below her feet she could hear a distant murmur of voices. So she wasn't wholly alone, then. But why was it so cold? Where was she? 
     As these questions entered her frightfully muddled head, she took in two things at once. First, that she could feel nothing upon her eyes, yet she had open them and seen nothing. The second, was that her mind was as dark as the world around her, offering no answers to her present predicament. It couldn't even bring her name to the surface. She struggled not to panic. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Her breath was thin and coarse, and whether for that, or for the fact that she was finally starting to sense feeling under the numb pricks encasing her skin, she became aware of a strange pain in her chest. It seemed to spread for her back, through her ribs and into her legs, rough and sore. It made breathing difficult. Carefully, carefully, she drug herself forward, feeling her way with her fingers. The ground beneath her was terribly cold, almost wet. It reminded her of something. Ah yes. Ice. She jerked to a stop, the length of her chains apparently coming to an end. So she turned and tried the other way. 
   At last she felt a wall against her fingertips, just as cool as the floor beneath her. She leaned up against it and waited, listening. 
    She had just drifted off again, when she heard something like a metal gate being lifted seemingly only a few feet away. She kept still, wondering what on earth was going to happen next. There was the soft pad of leather shoes against ice and then, hands on her face. This made her start so violently that the hands fell away. She kicked out with her feet. 
 "Stay back," She rasped. Her voice was strange, she noticed. The accent was deep. rough. How strange the experiencing that you were hearing yourself for the first time. 
   "Now, now, none of that," said the voice. It was a man's voice, high and silly. "I was just trying to make sure of a pulse, is all. Most people die in here after the first night. Especially the likes of you." She heard some more shuffling, then he was back. "I've brought you something to drink," he said. "It's hot, so don't burn your pretty little tongue. We'll be needing it later." She felt a flask get placed in her hands, but they were so numb and stiff she had difficult feeling the heat from the liquid inside.  She took one careful sip, then another. The liquid was warm and strong, the taste odd, but not bad. She quickly finished off the flask.  "There you are," said the man. "That's a good girl." She heard to sound of water splashing, his voice, "I'm going to see to your eyes now," and the touch of a towel against her face. The towel was warm and there seemed to be more than just water on it. Suddenly she was very, very aware that her eyes were injured. She flinched back, but a hand came behind her neck to stop her movements. The man was quick,and not cruel, but the ointment on the towel was burning, and with every touch he seemed to reveal more cuts and bruises. What had happened to her? She couldn't say. In a few minutes the procedure was done. There was some more shuffling. "I'm putting a bandage about your eyes," he said. "Don't hit me." She felt the material on her skin. It seemed to have some of the same ointment on it that the towel had. It burned, but not unbearably, and she kept quiet. She was too tired to make noise anyway. The man drew back. "See if you can get some rest there, dear. If you make it to this evening we'll see what her Ladyship has planned for you."
    She heard leather on ice, the sound of a gate, then silence again. She leaned against the wall, breathing shallowly. Her eyes hurt. Her head hurt, hurt with emptiness. Her lids closed on muddled, strange tears.
  "Renetta?" Another hushed voice filmed the room, this time from behind. It seemed to be coming from the wall itself. Inquisitive, she turned to face the wall and answered back, in the same tone, "Hello? Is someone there?"
   ""Oh, Renetta! Yes, Yes! I'm here. My cell is just opposite yours. What luck." The man's voice dropped with anxious relief. "It is you, isn't it? I'd recognize your voice anywhere. Its so good to hear you! I was sick when I heard they brought you here. I'm so sorry. You never should have been caught. I don't know what went wrong" 
    Renetta. Renetta. Renetta who? "Do... Do you know me?" She asked. 
There was a pause. "Aree, it's me. Purcello."  
   "I'm sorry," she whispered. "I, I can't remember. You know me? I'm... Renetta?" 
   "You don't remember?"
   "No. I'm sorry. Do we know each other?
   "You don't remember," Purcello repeated, soft and tight. "Yes, I know you. We're friends, you and I. You promised me to stay behind at camp. I thought you'd be safe there." He paused. "What do you remember?"
  "Nothing." Renetta. Her mind rolled the named around like the sea does a stone. Renetta. Unfortunately, the sea could not tell this stone anything about itself. 
    "Dear lord." Purcello whispered. "That man. He said your eyes - can you see?"
    "No. I think they've been wounded."
    "Oh no, Renetta. I am so sorry." 
"There was a long moment of silence. "How are you fairing?"
      "I'm alright." Renetta answered.  And she was. She was surprisingly calm and collected. Her main concern at the moment was to get as much information from this man as she could. "How do you know me?"
   "We fought together." He sounded very quiet. "You were looking for your sister." 
   "My sister?" Renetta's heart fluttered in bewilderment. "I have a sister....?" 
   "You certainly do; and we found her. Listen, Renetta - " Before Purcello could finish Renetta heard metal scrapping and rising, and a confused scuffle as her informant scrambled away from the wall. She heard the same high voice that had been in her cell only a few minutes early. Purcello raised his voice, perhaps for her benefit. "No! I'm not going anywhere with you!" 
  "That's what you say!" the voice shot back. She heard something that sounded like a sharp thwuck. A heavy dragging noise. The gate lowering again. A Silence, so much grimmer than the silence before. 
    Purcello had been taken. She was alone again. She was a prisoner; and her gut told her she was in terrible danger.
 

Writing Prompt (6) Did you think the blankets could hide you from me? Well, I suppose that's what all children think.

This prompt turned into a poem. *shrug* A sort of creepy poem.

Monster, Monster under the bed, creaking, creaking,
Smelling of dread
No one tells you the truth about Monsters
That they can hide anywhere, in closets, in cupboards
No one tells you how much they can do
That they're full of anger, that they're actually real.
All the grown ups smile and humor you,
Checking the closets, 'There's Nothing There'
The floor boards are empty. You're safe and sound
You've nothing to fear. 
It's funny that no one knows, 
Monsters can hid in the ceiling and walls. 
They can slip in the dark, become one with the shadows.
No one can see them, nobody knows
They actually exist; Your fears are true.
Well, perhaps I speak too harshly when I say Nobody Knows.
Children are clever. Children can see.
Children hear the crawling, children aren't deceived.
Lights go out, drapes are shut. 
Shivering child, all bundled up. 
Wrapped in your blankets, how funny you are!
Did you think the blankets could hide you from me?
Well, I suppose... that's what all children think.


There's my finished bunny/prompt! I can't wait to see all of yours. This is fun!



*swings around cape and leaps of stage*



Bella   



Monday, August 15, 2016

Writers Camp [ Day Three ] The Writers Tag




DAY THREE: THE WRITERS TAG

1.) How long have you been writing? 

I've been writing for a long time now. Even when I was little I always told stories to my little sisters, and would write short stories in notebooks. I've had story ideas for as long as I can remember, but I think I successfully completed my first book at about seven. However, I didn't actively become a writer until about four years ago.

2.) Why do you write?

Well, because stories bound about in my head until I can't stand it anymore and need to put them on paper?

I write for lots of reasons, the biggest is that story telling is a way of expressing myself and connecting to others. It also is a good way to send a message to the to other people, even if the message is subtle. You can touch others, inspire them, help them.

3.) What are your favorite type of books to write?

I really like writing fantasy. I like Adventures/Quests, and I really like writing about friendships and family. There isn't enough of that in society today. I want to attempt a romance, but since I've never been in love, I'm not sure how to do that. 8-)

4.) How many books have you successfully completed as of now?

I have successfully completed a grand total of two books. The others I am still working on.   (I may or may not have had half-a-dozen books deleted from my computer two years ago. Demoralizing.)

5.) What are three things you hate about writing?

Writers Block. Writing the In-Between moments. The Why-Am-I-Even-A-Writer Quandary. When you want to write, and you have your pen and your notebook (or laptop or whatever) and Writing is like, No.

That was four things. Oops.

6.) What are three things you love about writing?

World-building!!! It is so much fun fitting your world together, like connecting pieces of a puzzle!!! 8-) Also, character arks. Those things are difficult, but very, very rewarding. Oh, and that amazing moment when you get feels from your own writing and you just need to sit back a moment and breathe, and smile (or cry) because you really can write, like, wow.

7.) What story are you working on Right Now?

I am working on a Detective series, a brother story which concerns five swords, and a sort of dystopian-ish/fantasy story. I don't know how to describe what it is. BUT IT HAS TRISS AND RYAN AND IT'S A BROTHER AND SISTER AND THEY ARE COOL.

8.) When is your favorite time to write?

I like writing any time, but I like writing in the evening/night best. If I can lay out on the grass in the sun, I really like doing it in the afternoon too.

9.) Do you write short stories, children's books, novels? 

I guess I write novels, fantasy novels mostly.

10.) Do you draw inspiration/is your writing style influenced from any particular author?

My writing is influenced by Megan Whalen, my sister Kat, Diana Wynn Jones, and Tolkien. I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from them, and I've adopted aspects of their style into mine. I think this is mostly because like fantasies with a higher aspect to them, rather than just modern writing mixed with magic. This means I'm more slanted toward Medieval-like writing. I hate modernistic books that are supposed to be fantasy/other-worldly, but their characters say things like "Gosh" or "Crap," or just use modern language/phrases in general. They're written out like the story is taking place on earth in the twentieth century. No. Don't do it.

11.) Do you write trilogies/series?

Trilogies are my favorite things to write! I feel like just one book is never enough for my whole story ark. I get a bit over-zealous, Write ALL the character arks! Explore ALL the plot twists! Use ALL the ideas!

12.) Have you experienced Writer's Block?

Ah, Yes, I have indeed. I'm experiencing it right now. It is quite dreadful.

13.) What was the fastest you ever wrote a book? 

I wrote a full book in thirty days. It was NaNo. 8-) I never did that again.

14.) Do you hope to be published one day?

That would be wonderful!!! I definitely hope to be published one day!

15.) What are some things you hope to share through your books?

A few thing I'd like to share through my books are the importance of Faith, Family, and Friendship. I want to show that whatever happens you should never give up the fight, and no matter how bad things get, there is always hope. I want to show good VS evil in a realistic light, and I want to show that even if someone is broken, there is always time for a second chance. I want to show you are never too damaged to come back. Even if someone is a real, malicious villain, there is almost always a scrap of humanity left in them somewhere. (Unless that person is Alexander Pierce. People like him have no Humanity left in them at all.)

Okay, Writers! Write!!! 


*swings around cape and leaps off stage*


Bella

Pile of good things

Pile of good things