Beautiful People, Stories

Beautiful Books 2017 – NaNo Prep

Hey guys!! Can you believe it?? NaNo is almost here! It seems like the time has flown waaaaay too fast.

This year, I’m going to do Paper Fury’s Beautiful Books again, and introduce you to my NaNo Novel. This year, I’m going traditional and starting off with an entirely new story. Continue reading “Beautiful Books 2017 – NaNo Prep”

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Writing Tips and Tricks

The Importance of Non-verbals in Stories

93% of our emotional communication is through non-verbals.

“What in the world are non-verbals?” You ask.

Well, non-verbals are defined (by my textbook) as “communication other than written or spoken language that creates meaning for someone.”

So, instead of you simply asking what non-verbals are, you cock your head curiously, raise an eyebrow to show that you’re asking a question, and your voice raises at the end of your sentence, verifying that it is indeed a question.

Yes. That.

Why are they so important to add to stories? Continue reading “The Importance of Non-verbals in Stories”

RAKs

YOU can help Las Vegas

What words can describe the horror of Las Vegas?

We were driving through the mountains Sunday night without any cell coverage on the way to a college campus visit and didn’t hear of it till the middle of a class I got to sit in. It was an Intro to Media Writing– intro to writing news stories– and the Prof brought up the Vegas story as an example of how reporting works in the middle of a crisis. There I read the words.

50 dead.

400 wounded.

Worst mass shooting in the United States.

As if everything wasn’t already bad enough, the numbers have risen from yesterday morning. 59 dead and 525 wounded.

There are only a few words that can describe this horror:

Catastrophe.

Calamity.

Devastation.

I’ve often felt that, after a personal tragedy, the world keeps truckin’ on, completely uncaring. That doesn’t have to be–not here, not now, not with this. People, no matter who you are, there are many ways we can help the victims of Las Vegas heal.  Continue reading “YOU can help Las Vegas”

Books/Authors

My British Bear by Dawn Dagger + Giveaway!

Hey, guys! I’m part of another blog tour, this time for Dawn Dagger! She is self-publishing her book, My British Bear, on the first.

Before we learn about her book, I thought it would be cool to have a quick little interview with her. I always think it’s fun to get to know an author of a book I enjoy!

Dawn Dagger has had a passion for reading and writing ever since she could remember. When she was six she drew and wrote her very own book, and though it hardly makes sense now, she was so proud. She has written many books, short stories, and poems since then, and continues to do so. Dawn placed highly in her two middle school years of Power of the Pen and even has her short story ‘The Haunting’ published in an anthology.

She admits she isn’t good at anything physical (except some ballroom dancing), or video games, but she does enjoy a nice game of Mario Kart, a trip fishing, or just a walk in the woods. She has a knack for taking pictures of whatever catches her eye; especially brightly colored flowers. Dawn is a sucker for a good fantasy book, lives off of coffee, and loves her wonderful family and friends, and her dedicated boyfriend, Nevin, who is just like a romance novel character.

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The interview!

Continue reading “My British Bear by Dawn Dagger + Giveaway!”

Writer's Problems

How to Keep on Track With School

School started up for me and for a lot of you too, I’m sure. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s not getting around it. It’s tricky, keeping everything else on track while working on school. Some of you may find that it’s easier to do anything when school’s around because it puts a schedule in your life. Others of you find it harder because school takes up your life. Either way, here are some tips to keep writing while doing school. Continue reading “How to Keep on Track With School”

Writer's Problems

Story Beginnings

One of the teams at the wagon train.

The other day, my mom, sisters, and I were the outriders for a wagon train in our part of the state. (It’s funny the wide range of places you can learn about writing!) After our waltz/drive around the neighborhood, we were talking to some of the teamsters. Ya know, swapping cowboy/horse stories and generally being friendly. One of the teamsters told a story that got me thinking about story beginnings.

One thing I’ve noticed about cowboy stories is that they usually start with the teller’s relation to the person in the story. That’s actually what got me thinking about the subject. My grandpa wasn’t there and I thought he’d get a kick out of the story. However, then I realized that it wouldn’t start off very interesting if I said, “so, the teamster that I just met yesterday–Mark, I think–well, his cousin had a farm with some Black Angus cows on it that he wanted to breed.” There had to be a more exciting way to start it than that! After all, it’s a mystery story, where the calves turn up the wrong color, and where a rogue steals the cows from their rightful, princely bull! Continue reading “Story Beginnings”

Writer's Dreams

Writing on Vacation

Writers are never on vacation… or so it has been said.

My family and I might be taking our vacation a little late… I mean, August is cutting it close to when school starts again, ya know? (Knowing that school starts in 21 days is making it feel like the summer absolutely swooshed by. Anyone else feeling it too?)

Here are some ways that you can keep up with writing as you’re on vacation.

Via Ze Notebook

The good thing about the whole notebook thing is that it really goes anywhere you want it to. I took my notebook down to a balloon festival this weekend. (Okay, I only wrote half a chapter, but…) It fits nice into a backpack, or a suitcase, or a big purse. Then all you need is one pen and you are on your way! You can write in the car, write on the beach, write in the hotel room, write in the tent… there are no batteries to run out of, no screen to crack, and if you ever get in too big of a jam, you can use the empty pages to start a fire (and then listen to your mom when she says to never visit Alaska in the dead of winter.)

Or Laptop

Laptops. Oh the everlasting practicalness and transportability of them. Bedroom? Yup. The beach? Oh yeah. The Appalachian Trail? Uh… if you wanna pack it. Which I wouldn’t suggest. Might wanna go with the notebook there. 😉 Even so, the laptop is great everywhere else. You can write in the car and the hotel room and if it’s charged enough, you can write on the beach and in the tent too!

Writing Prompts Are Great Too

You know all those writing prompts you have on your Pinterest board? Like this one? Or this one? Well, now’s the time to knock them out! Have fun, write to your heart’s content. The wackier the prompt, the better. 🙂 I mean, there are some really awesome ones out there. Like this one:

But Short Story Contests Are Awesome

Ya know… if you don’t want to work on your own, long novel, you could always take a “vacation” from it and try a short story contest. Here’s a site you can check for contests. Look them over, pick one, work on it… bingo. Who knows? You might even win! Wouldn’t that be the perfect vacation? *stares dreamily* prize money… my precious!

Beach scene with smiling sun

Yet If You Need It… Complete Break

You know what? If you’ve been writing for a long time, call it quits and take a break. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Enjoy the sand. Or the mountains. Or old Faithful. Or whatever and wherever you are. Take a deep breath, clear your mind, and take it easy. Have a blast and then when you come back… well, your characters will still be there. Hopefully… they haven’t been too ornery in your absence.

 

So what have you done for vacations? Or have planned? How do tackle writing while on the move?

Writer's Problems

The Lovely World of Word Counts

Good morning! It was a beautiful day when I woke up at 5 AM. The black darkness… gorgeousness. If for some reason you can’t get up that early to see it, I’d suggest staring at a black piece of construction paper– there’ll be the same soul-enchanting effect. I will admit though, it was gorgeous when the sun started showing its face and flooding the landscape with it’s red rays. Try it sometime. Construction paper will not, unfortunately for some, have the same effect.

Anyways, I was wondering what you all thought of the ever present word count. It seems like sometimes, a huge deal is made out of it, while other times it sits idly on the sidelines. What do you guys think about it? Is it worth the hype? Or should it be tucked away in a box in the attic? Continue reading “The Lovely World of Word Counts”