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....
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-
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....
- Forget everything- don't think.
- Include as much detail as you want, it can always be edited out later.
- Don't worry about overusing words in the rough draft
- Stay to say, said, asked most of the time
- Don't know how to spell it? Just keep writing.
- 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.
- Try writing junk during writers block.
- 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.
- Try to stay in the mood that you started writing in.
- 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.
- Write down ideas while you still remember them.
- 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.
- Keep going even if it doesn't make sense.
- Put blanks if you don't have names yet.
- Wing it with whatever information you have.
- So what is its a bit cliche? You can always go back and edit.
- Try writing a poem if you're stuck.
- Write it even if it's not grammatically correct
- In one way or another, get it on paper.
- Weird conversations can make a book interesting
- Laugh at your own jokes
- Doodles are pretty and often inspirational
- If it's not really real make it fantasy
- Quotes are fine, but not all the time
- When in doubt kill a character, then nearly kill the main one.
- Show, don't tell
- I know, I know. You've heard this so many times... But what does it really mean? It means instead of telling, show it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
Peace, Love, And Writing!
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