Archive for January, 2011

Writing Books and Making Pie


06 Jan

  I have always loved to write, but I have also always loved to cook. The holidays have just passed, and during that time, I decided I wanted to make a pumpkin pie.

  Now, I figured it would be rather simple. I’ve made many pumpkin pies before, and by now I should have it down pat. What I didn’t realize was that the recipe I was using was different from the last. Imagine how shocked I was when my pie turned out to have the consistency of yogurt.

   What I realized from this was that without the right ingredients, pies just won’t come out right, and, I know, neither will books. If your story isn’t made right, it will be like that pie. 

   I’m not saying that your story will have the consistency of yogurt; what I am saying is this: to write a successful story, you have to include all the parts (a good protagonist with which the readers can associate, the possibility of redemption, and an antagonist are some of the ingredients to a good tale).

  Another important thing is that, just like when you check to make sure you have all the ingredients before starting to bake the pie, you must check your plot before you write, to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything that could add spice to the story.

  Last, but not least, write with good taste. If your story is bland and ordinary, who wants to try it?

  So, that is what I learned from my pie-baking attempt. For now, I think I’d better stick with writing.

                                                                                                         -R.A. Spyder

(This is similar looking to my pie. Like many stories, it looked good, but was a lot different when you tried some. In my pie’s case, it was soft and runny.)

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.

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