A to Z 2017, Writer's Problems

U: Unify

Have you ever seen those unification scenes in movies? Where the fighting, bickering main characters finally get it together with their team and you finally know that everything is going to be okay? An example:

Yes. I am using Guardians of the Galaxy as an example cuz Vol. 2 comes out soon. 😉

The fact is… when this scene happens in the movie… everybody knows that everything is going to work out just fine. Ya know what I’m talking about?

Now the question is… how do you do this in writing? And, actually, do you even want to do it?

For example, maybe you’re writing a story where you don’t want everyone to know that it’s going to be okay until… it’s okay. (That is soooo me. Make you think that everyone’s going to die until… everyone dies. Or survives. You gotta wait to the end. :P)

What do you guys think? What is your style of writing?

A to Z 2017

O: Older

How many of you have noticed that as you get older, your stories tend to change?

For example, when I was really little, my stories were about princesses and their one true loves. Then I got a bit older and I wrote about horses. Those stories were terrible and thankfully none of them still exist. Then I wrote about Whitney, a gang girl in a collapsing country as she tries to find a reason for life and… just plain survive.

And then I waffled through a ton of short stories (some are terrible and should be destoryed and some are actually, surprisingly, not that bad) before finally arriving at where I am now. Now I’m writing two seperate stories: one about a girl with hearing loss and another about a guy in the 1940s experiencing Pearl Harbor first hand. It makes me wonder how my writing is going to grow with and after these stories. It seems like an adventure!

How has your writing grown as you’ve gotten older?

A to Z 2017

M: Missed– My Excuses for Thursday and Friday. And Star Trek. And Hot Air Balloons.

Okay, so yeah. I’ve missed a couple letters. *hangs head in shame*

Fortunately, though, I have great excuses! *waits for applause* Continue reading “M: Missed– My Excuses for Thursday and Friday. And Star Trek. And Hot Air Balloons.”

A to Z 2017

J: Jack of All Trades

Jack of all trades and master of none.

jackofalltrades.pngOr so goes the saying. The question is… is it better to be a master at one or a jack of all trades? This has been a long standing debate in our family (extended family included) with each one of us flipping sides (back and forth, forth and back) as time goes on.

It’s not easy to decide this. However, something that both sides have pointed out is that when you are a jack of all trades, you have more adventures, more experiences.

On the other hand, your work isn’t as great as a master of one. For example, if you bounce around in different writing genres, you will never be the J. R. R. Tolkien.

I did something completely new (I guess making me a Jack of all Trades?) and put together a little (and generalized) infographic of the differences between Jack of all Trades and Master of Ones.

Continue reading “J: Jack of All Trades”

A to Z 2017

G: Gophers

Today is G and I want to talk about all the different ways you can include gophers in your writing. I’m sure you’re thinking something along the lines of “Wow! Jaylee! What an amazing and inspiring topic! Where did you ever get an idea such as that?” Not. Lol.

I haven’t written anything goofy for a bit and felt the strange urge to do so. So without further ado…

GOPHERS! Continue reading “G: Gophers”