When it comes to books “don’t just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it but you will never grow from it.” This is a quote from one my favourite motivational speakers Jim Rohn. Where I don’t agree that an easy read won’t help you grow (as we all have to start somewhere) he does have a point.
Hey there fellow writers, I'm back. This is the continuum to my introductory piece, "On How I Found My Voice," over in Education. So you don't feel lost, I'd suggest reading that baby before you dive into this little list of recommendations.
Meg sat at her desk. Her pen hovered over the parchment. Many times the pen moved toward the parchment and then away. She had writer's block. Her new book had just been published. She had promised a series of three books. A story that told tales of dragons, villains, and, of course, the fairy tale love story. Instead of writing the sequel, she sat stumped. Worried she wouldn’t be able to deliver.
I've honestly been writing stories since before I can remember. I've always been a creative child, and I've grown into a even more creative, but now experienced, young adult. Here are some of my favorite things about writing and why I've stuck with it for so long.
Trying to finish my novel has brought me a great deal of anguish and uncertainty. I just can’t seem to stay with it long enough to finish. The novel is done but the rewrites seem endless.
NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is one of the most widely undertaken annual writing exercises in the world. Every November, thousands of writers — amateurs and professionals alike — attempt to write 50 thousand words in their chosen niche. The rules are simple: you can't include any words that were written before November 1 in your word count, and you must reach the 50 thousand word goal by 11:59 PM on November 30. The rest is up to you. If you make it, the NaNoWriMo organization rewards you with a lovely certificate and a coupon to get the critically acclaimed writing program Scrivener at half price.
A book would be nothing without characters, and with such an important role, it’s vital that we create ones that are strong and stay with the reader long after they put down your book. But why stop with the main characters? Make your supporting characters stand out too.
I have been writing fanfiction for thirteen years; sometimes I am very on top of my game, while the rest of the time I am glaring at my computer screen like it is the reason I am unable to think of anything. When I first started writing I did not even have a computer—I literally had a binder with a divider for every story I was writing at the time, which was a lot, and probably a dozen notebooks—and my ability to write was laughably terrible.
This book is #9 this month on Amazon's most read books of the month and has been in the top twenty for 9 weeks in a row. If you have ever thought about reading this book you are part of a large group of people that have speculated what this book is about since its publishing date in 1936.
"I Just Sued The School System" in many ways has emphasized the overall core issue in the U.S. Education System. The one size fits all, cookie cutter issue. It has also explained a major issue within standardized testing.
I felt recognized as worthy, in that moment. As though I would soon be formidable competition for those authors that I'd so admired. The notice came that Hellion would be published, although my request to be identified by my pen name would be ignored as Hellion by Hellion (am I over using the word "hellion" at this point?) was deemed too confusing for readers. I felt light and powerful, like my words held such strength that the publishers couldn't help but bend to their will. I felt the corners of my mouth reach for my ears and I couldn't help but release a piercing squeal of joy when I received the news.
I always struggle with finding a perfect plot for my stories. I have a stash of awesome characters, but as soon as I put them together nothing is happening. It's dull and not interesting. I'm bored, my reader is bored. Maybe I should just rewrite the whole thing? If you ever felt the same frustration, this post with help you discover the plots and subplots of your story.