Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I finished the Night Stalker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Can you believe it? I barely can! Seven months ago, it was a alien concept and now I'm done!!!! 458 pages. I finished at 9:46 PM!!!!!!!!

Now I get to edit! Yay!!!

Thats all for now!


Thursday, April 21, 2011


I love nature, always have, always will. This video is amazing and I'd love to see these things before I die...
And the music is amazing.

Beautiful Link!

So, what inspires you?

Make a list or start an inspiration notebook to writing down your ideas or musings.

You never know when they will pull you out of writer's block.....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feeling Amazing(ly tired)

With track, softball, Script Frenzy, and the Night Stalker taking up all of my free time..... That sentence was going somewhere..... I just can't remember where.

Anyways... I feel like I should do more write-y stuff and tips....

But first a few updates....

Script Frenzy-

Status: Very Suckish

Data: I am on page 23 and have been for the past week. I am supposed to be on page 43, I think.... Maybe, just maybe I'll have time over the weekend. =D

The Night Stalker-

Status: Amazing!!!!

Data: I can't believe how well it's going. So far I am right where I want to be. I just filled my third notebook and I am on page 446. The final battle is just barely 11 hours away and so far in the last "hour" Gail has had a melt down and two people have been stabbed by Justin.  I can't wait!!! Then over the summer I am editing and typing it up. I have no idea when I will start Night Stalker 2.0. It depends on how much free time I have in the summer.


Status: Tiring but fun

Data: Our first meet was Monday and our team won second place.

Now- Write-y stuff.......

I think that this week I will share the tips that I try to follow while writing. You do not have to use them, but you can modify them to fit you're needs....

  1. Forget everything- don't think.
  2. Include as much detail as you want, it can always be edited out later.
  3. Don't worry about overusing words in the rough draft
  4. Stay to say, said, asked most of the time
  5. Don't know how to spell it? Just keep writing.
    1. When I don't know how to spell something or a piece of information may not be correct, I put a question mark in the margin to remind myself to check it while editing.
  6. Try writing junk during writers block. 
    1. When you write junk, you're basically getting a new sheet of paper and writing what ever is on your mind on it. Usually mine look something like this- My foot hurts. My pillow smells funny. Gail should jump off a cliff and nearly die.... Sometimes new ideas can spring forward or something you write down will make you start to think again.
  7. Try to stay in the mood that you started writing in. 
    1. If you're like me, then you're mood will change often. When I write, I like to try to stay in the same mood. Why? Because my writing style depends on my mood. If I'm angry, my writing voice will sound angry. Or if I am happy, good things will happen to my story and my characters will sound a bit happier. 
  8. Write down ideas while you still remember them. 
    1. I have terrible trouble with this one. An idea will pop into my mind and either I won't have paper near by or I'll get sidetracked. By the time I finally have time to write it down, I won't remember it anymore. The best solution that I've come up with is to carry an "Inspiring Notebook" around. I can write down beginnings to stories and story ideas or anything else that inspires me in it. 
  9. Keep going even if it doesn't make sense.
  10. Put blanks if you don't have names yet.
  11. Wing it with whatever information you have.
  12. So what is its a bit cliche? You can always go back and edit.
  13. Try writing a poem if you're stuck.
  14. Write it even if it's not grammatically correct
  15. In one way or another, get it on paper.
  16. Weird conversations can make a book interesting
  17. Laugh at your own jokes
  18. Doodles are pretty and often inspirational
  19. If it's not really real make it fantasy
  20. Quotes are fine, but not all the time
  21. When in doubt kill a character, then nearly kill the main one.
  22. Show, don't tell
    1. I know, I know. You've heard this so many times... But what does it really mean? It means instead of telling, show it.
      1.  Here's an example of telling: A long time ago in a far away place there lived a Queen and King who had a beautiful daughter named Rose. One day as a child Rose was kidnapped and never seen again for ten years.
      2. An example of showing: Rose picked up the sea shell and ran her tiny fingers over the rough edges. She turned it over, smiling at the pretty pink glimmer on the inside. A sea gull squawked loudly and she looked over at it as it flew off. Not ten feet form her was a crippled woman. The old woman smiled and beckoned Rose with a long, knobby finger.
    2. See the difference? No? When you tell, the reader is just getting the basics. They don't know what exactly the character did, how they did it, or what they looked like. In my example, you know that Rose has been kidnapped, but you're being told straight to your face. Can't see Rose or the kidnapper. In my second example, the showing example, you can see Rose looking at the shell and rubbing the edges. You can imagine the old woman beckoning her over. You can guess what will happen next but you are never actually told "Rose was kidnapped." You can see it happening, unfolding right before your eyes. 
Well, I hope that helped a bit. If you still have questions, just comment below and I'll try to answer the best I can.

I have an idea for next week's blog. I think I might try to email some well known writers and ask them- What inspires you? What are some writing tips that you have?


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Friday, April 8, 2011

If Friday were a Person...

If Friday was a person, I'd date him. I mean I'm sure that somewhere there is a person named Friday, but I'm talking about the day. For me, Friday is the best day ever. It means no school for two whole days, sleeping in til noon, staying up til midnight, seriously recking your sleep habits, and managing to play sports and still write thirty pages.
I've taken to drinking coffee in the morning (actually I can't stand coffee unless it's in Mocha form) because if I didn't I'd fall asleep in reading on one of those comfy bean bags. And, I've heard that coffee in the morning is good for you. I try to get at least seven hours of sleep, but psychological questions and chats with my friend about them usually keep me up until one in the morning. I'm going to get in to Aristotle pretty soon. And Homer. And more Shakespeare. Okay, Shakespeare has nothing to do with psychology, but I love Midsummer Night's Dream. =)

Okay, enough about my sleeping habits. Lets talk scripts.

Washington's Secrets has been falling behind all week mostly because when I come home from track, it's shower, eat, and bed.

I am supposed to me on page 26, but I am only on page 23. It's better then what I did last year before my computers died. RIP Little Laptop. But, I've gotten to that awkward part. You know, that awkward part when you're writing and it's going absolutely amazing then all of a sudden you come to that point where you don't know what to do next.
Currently Annie, Todd, Joisie, and Holly, Todd's sister, are looking over letters written by this 19th Century lady named Christine Rose de Ronchambeau. Holly just came in the room and Annie and Joisie introduced themselves. Now, it's kind of awkward and I'm not sure what to put. Comment below with ideas! Please?

Now, this is a writing website, so I do feel that I should do something involving writing. So, to better your writing I came up with these writing prompts and challenges.... I actually made them up during the 2010 Winter Olympics for a writing website that I sometimes use, behindthename.com. The writers there enjoyed them, so I hope you will too.

Writing Olympics Challenges

-Day One, the 16th
Squirrel Challenge: The story must involve a squirrel, must be in the past, and involve plumbing. 

-Day 2, the 17th
Minus the letters Challenge: Write a story. You can't use the letters y, q, z, v,  or x.

-Day 3, the 18th
The Misunderstood Challenge: The story takes place in the evening. During the story there is a misunderstanding, a question of authority, and a cat riding a dog down Main Street.  
-Day 4, the 19th
Shakespeare Challenge: Nay! A Shakespeare challenge! Upon this day tis thou's turn to scrawl a tale o' magnificent wonder using Shakespeare's language. (Example: Tis time for thee to retire to thou's bed.)   
-Day 5, the 20th
Disney Challenge: Create a twisted Disney type story. Include an undefined evil character that does evil and good, no happy endings, and anything else to make it unDisney-like.   

-Day 6, the 21st
Elmer Fudd Challenge: I'm gunna get that wascally wabbit! Include an animal that's smarter than it's predator and a human who has twubble with the lettew r.
-Day 7, the 22nd
Harry Potter Challenge: Include a wizard or two that has a quest to complete, but is killed by Lord Moldywart in a vehicular crash.  
-Day 8, the 23rd
Evil Animal Minion Challenge: Include an evil animal minion. It might not be all that serious, but haven't you always wanted to say "Release that radioactive super-intelligent bunny rabbit!"
-Day 9, the 24th
People Challenge: Include an annoying screw-up sidekick who seeks to avenge the murder of his family, a super-smart and super-tough genius adventurer whose odd ideas are actually true, the last survivor of an alien race who surprises people with his/her ability to survive and has a treasured personal weapon, and a wanderer with a unique gift.

-Day 10, the 25
The Glory Challenge: Write a story including the Olympics*, being mistaken for Shaun White, the Harry Potter look alike, or a Olympian from your country**, having to do that Olympian's sport, and winning the Gold!

*Winter or Summer
**Some people of the world would prefer if you didn't write about the Luger that died. But, if you want you can in his good memory. 

Well, I hope you try a few of those. I'll have to post a sample or two....

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

30 Second Rant

Sorry, but this will be my second post of the day.

I just have to get something off my chest.

I just went and saw The Adjustment Bureau and I thought that it was about the crappiest filming of a movie that I have ever seen. In almost every scene there was a boom mic just hanging there. I don't know if it was intentional, but I was about ready to kick something. It bothered and distracted me. I don't know if the editors were lazy or what but really, they could have edited it out or if it was intentional, say something about it or at least film it better! Come on people! Plus I thought the filming was really crappy. I hated the shots they used. They were almost always straight on. Get creative people!

Okay, sorry that might be a little longer then 30 seconds, but I needed to say it.

All in all the movie's plot was really, really good and the characters were well played. I would have enjoyed it much better without the mic  hanging in the middle of every scene.

Sorry. Good night.


Who's up for a movie?

Well, Script Frenzy is well underway. I'm already fourteen pages in and hopefully I will be close to thirty by tonight.

Joisie and Annie have already found one clue and teamed up with Todd. They are discussing the clue and trying to figure out the secret message that is on it. And the plot thickens as they say.

This morning I was also pleasantly surprised when I learned that my friend who moved away texted me. It's a long story that I'd rather not tell.

After a run and lunch, I sat down and just thought a bit about last night. Last night was one of the saddest nights ever. I can't tell you why I cried because it will completely ruin the Night Stalker.

I'll say this- someone really close to someone died from something and the dying someone said really inspirational and heartbreaking words to someone right as the someone died. Then the someone who the now dead person told the inspirational words to went completely insane and completely closed everyone out until about two weeks before the final big battle. Now the insane someone is being comforted by someone so the insane someone can help lead the army to somewhere to fight the Alliance.

I think that the Night Stalker will be finished within the next thirty pages. I'm so emotional right now. I'm happy that book one will soon be done and proud of myself for actually finishing a book and so sad that this story will soon be over. I don't want it to be over but at the same time I do. It's so complicated!!

Now that you are thoroughly confused, I will continue. =)

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,  
Love like you'll never be hurt, 
Sing like there's nobody listening, 
And live like it's heaven on earth." 
— William W. Purkey

I think that that quote is amazing. One it is inspirational. Two it tells you to just be yourself. Three No one's perfect, but it is those imperfections that make us human and lovable.

Think about that for a while.


P.S. Doctor Who Season 6 Starts April 23!!!!!!!