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Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Zombies, and Other Avoidables


03 Sep

Cliché Alerts…

Vampires, Aliens, Zombies, Werewolves, and other Avoidables:

First off, topic of the morning, Vampires. What to do, and what not to do unless your life goal is to be the social outcast of the writing world is here, so read on.

If your writing has to do with vampires, my advice is this: avoid the classic ‘trying to save the people I love from myself’ point of view. It is way to overused recently. I’d rather read about an arrogant blood-sucking monster than read another freakishly handsome boy saying “I love you, but I want to protect you from me, so I’m going to dump you, and leave you heartbroken, after which you’ll do something desperate and hopeless, and I’ll have to save you, during which time we’ll decide our love is worth the risk.” So go classic or try for something that is not cliche. Vampires were a legend created to be scary. They were the boogeymen in the closet. Now, they’re the images on children’s t-shirts and birthday cakes, they come on sheets and full body pillows, and they are WAY overused.

Aliens. What do you picture? Great, now the image that comes into your head has to come from somewhere, everything in the imagination is limited to pieced together concepts you have already seen, so take that image that pops into your head… and trash it. What society has seen, they do not need to see again. What people will remember is something unique. Would a Toyota Camry catch your eye better than a cherry red 73 Mustang convertible?

Werewolves. Sure its cliche sometimes, but there’s tons of leeway for this one. What’s more important than the creature itself  (how many ways can you say hairy in the English language?) is the plot and the supporting characters. A good werewolf story- or a vampire story for that matter- is never just about the werewolves.

Zombies: fun but gory. Takes effort to give it a deep side though. Have fun. Too much advice will limit you too much. Zombies require you to be unique, so brainstorm. You’ll think of something. However, like werewolves, zombies need support. Two hundred pages of brain-eating gets tiring.

Vote For Me!


03 Sep

I’m not actually running for anything, but I’m having a vote on the name of my new book. the choices are:

Fate


Star Crossed


Temper


I will be putting up a post soon about the story itself to give you a better idea of what you’re voting on.

Fanfiction…


03 Sep

So, I’ve been bored lately (and yes, I have been working on Part 2) and I found something new for me to write… Fanfiction!  It’s fun, and it’s a good chance to practice writing, hone up them skillz. Shows like Psych (you know that’s right), NCIS (It’s always the wife… or the maid), Young Justice (How can you help but love it?), Monk (I’ve been watching that one since the first season), and Supernaturals (they have great suspenseful music) can be a lot of fun to write for and are always good to practice with.

The End Of The World!


21 Apr

2012!


Apocalypse!


NUCLEAR WAR!


Aliens!


Cryptids?!

What do you think the end of

the world will be? Say It!


The Ten Cheesiest Evil Villain Lines


12 Apr

10. So, we meet again.

9. I’ll be back.

8. This isn’t over!

7. I will rule the world!

6. I’ve got you this time.

5. You cannot escape!

4. Soon the Whole World Will Be Mine!

3. This isn’t over!

2. Muhahahaha!

1. Number one is to be decided. Propositions will be voted

on. Go ahead! What do you think is the cheesiest villain

line?!

Scholarships…


06 Jan

  For those of you readers in middle school and high school, you might want to check out www.artandwriting.org. Sponsored by scholastic, they have a lot of opportunities available for people in this age group.

Pen Names:


01 Jan

     First off, you need to know that pen names aren’t always necessary. When, as an author, you use a pen name, it should be for a valid reason. Part of the reason for this is that if you use a different name than your own, there can be more rights debates regarding your work and you loose the automatic fans and interest generated towards your work by the people you already know. If you do have a reason to use a pen name, however, the following guidelines can help you while creating one:

1. It is often better to present yourself with either a male-sounding name (statistics show that often books are sold better when written by a male author), with an ambiguous sounding name (ex: Alex), or with a striking name that will make your book stand out (ex: Lemony Snicket)

2. Don’t choose a name commonly found among authors. You don’t want to get lost in the masses.

3. Its often good to use a common name with peculiar spelling, but not something that people won’t remember, like the difference between Sara and Sarah or Dannie and Danny.

4. Think about it. Don’t just choose a name at random. Choose a name with meaning, that you can associate with yourself.

5. Relate the name to your own somehow.

Good luck, and have fun coming up with your own pseudonym.

The Rights and Wrongs of Killing off Your Characters:


23 Dec

This is a fun subject that every good writer eventually encounters: When is it ok to kill off your characters, and what is ok when killing him off? Here is a guide to all of the literal literary pitfalls and traps you’ll encounter when trying to kill one of your characters.

Tip 1

The main character normally does not die, or if he does, he comes back. Sometimes you can get rid of the persistent person for good, but normally only because he’s “gone to a happier place.” Got it. So avoid releasing your homicidal urges on the main character and try for the minor characters or supporting leads.

Tip 2

If your story involves a complicated love-triangle, don’t just kill off everyone who doesn’t fit into your desired romance, keep an ace up your sleeve for these situations: a charming person  to even out the story’s romantic interests.

Tip 3

When you kill off a character, don’t expect the reader to care much unless:

a. the victim was very close to the main character

b. the victim’s death was essential to the plot

c. the victim was an important supporting lead

d. the victim had been/would be discussed a lot during the rest of the story’s duration

e. the victim was close to a supporting role to the point that their death would define the character in some way

f. the victim’s death leads up to something

If none of these apply, its safe to say that it doesn’t matter that you’re killing off the character, and their death is an unnecessary inconvenience that does not require the elaboration of being expounded upon. In other words, don’t bother.

However, if any of these do apply, you may feel free to do whatever killing you feel is required.

Writer’s Block


09 Aug

How to Cure It:

  There are as many ways to cure writer’s block as there are possible reasons why you have it. Most commonly it’s because you can’t think of what could happen next, but there are many other reasons why you might have it. If you have it, you may be finding that what you normally do to solve your problem isn’t working. Luckily for you, there are tons of other ways to solve your problem. Below is a list of cures for writer’s block. They’re not guaranteed, but chances are, one of them will work for you like they’ve worked for me and the other writers I know.

  • Break your routine: if there’s a pattern to how you normally write, for example if you always write at your desk in the morning, switch it up.

 

  • Live a little: A boring life makes for boring writing, try something new, do something crazy.

 

  • One thing I’ve tried that’s easy to use and helpful is something like Wreck This Journal, a journal made to be destroyed. It’s something out of the ordinary to try. One of the main points of this cure and many of the others is to introduce creativity. This, I have found, is normally the best thing to do for a case of writer’s bock.

 

  • Do something you haven’t done since you were little. Memories will create emotions, which will inspire you in your own writing.

 

  • Create a story behind the next person or everyday object you see. For example, on the train in the beginning of the book Silverfin there is a part where a character is watching his fellow passengers and making up stories for each of them (the man in the corner with the briefcase robbed a bank and is escaping with the money). It may seem strange, but it helps you with your creativity.

 

  • Alternate Reading Material- If you normally read a certain type of book, try something new, it is surprising how such a little change can make such a big difference in your own writing. 

 

  • If you have writer’s block regarding a particular story, don’t add on to it without inspiration. Edit it. Go back and remove a little until you have changed it enough that you can make the plot run down a different path. If it doesn’t work, you can always change it back.

 

 

Getting Involved In Your Community


20 Nov

  I have included here some suggestions on how you can get involved in your community:

  • Join Relay for Life: Relay is a society of people toiling together to   work towards giving everyone all over the world an opportunity to recognize the people who have battled cancer, to remember those we have lost, and to fight back

 

  • Volunteer at your local library: if you talk to your local librarian about volunteer oppurtunities, she/he willl supply you information on what’s available

 

  • Join National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society: these organizations were formed to help middle school/ high school students get more involved in their community

 

  • (Helpful Hint: each of the suggested organizations count towards the hours required for a high school diploma and count in Florida for Bright Futures)

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