Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Writing like an Immigrant

Yesterday my dearest father told me I write like an immigrant. It hurt and it broke me from the inside, but then I got mad. So mad that I had to write this post about how a person write and how no one should tell you that you write bad or badly.

In a world were you are learning how to write, you will get it wrong. I didn't have the best teachers, growing up and my parents' English is what some people would call a broken English. So my English isn't as well as a full white person, but I'm working on it. I'm working on my writing as well.

I feel like he had no right to say my writing was bad. He doesn't know what it is to grow up in the United States and to go to school where no one really teaches you everything. You were lucky if you got homework to take home. Now I know that I should put in more work, but how can you teach yourself how to write if you don't know if you're doing it right in the first place. No one took the time to show anyone how to write.

I live in Miami, Florida, which was the last state to get school in the United States, which means from the start our schools where behind on learning. Then we have teachers who just sit behind their desk, tell us what pages to do, and turned it in by the end of class. Those are the teachers who we should call Bank Teachers. You have a hand full of good teachers, who actually teach. the only problem with these good teachers, they can only have 25 kids and 5 classes, sometimes 6 classes. Those good teachers are also known as the AP Teachers. I didn't want to take AP classes, too much work and not enough hands on.

School, or the people who work in them, forget that not even student learns the same way. That could be the reason why there are so many drop-outs or gangs. Teachers don't take the time to help the students. Yes there are a few new teachers that do, but after they lost hope, its all over. They lost hope in their own teaching, which is how they become Bank Teachers.

But none of that has to do with writing. Back to the subject at hand, it doesn't matter how a person writes. Doesn't matter how many mistakes they have. Doesn't matter how much their grammar sucks. A writer learns every day of their life, how to write, how to become a better writer, how to become a better person, how to become so many things or so many people. It doesn't matter how a person write, if the message is getting across, does it matter if they have "comma splice" or if they have mistakes. Even when a person corrects it, it is not a bad comment. Those comments are there to help you become better as a writer. Hell, maybe you didn't have the time to fix your mistakes, or you did but you miss a few.

No one is prefect. Anyone makes mistakes and misses the small things. And if someone said your writing is bad, smile and asked, "Is it as bad as 50 Shades of Grey?" (Sorry to whoever loves the books, I couldn't read them because TO ME that was bad writing.)

If they answer yes, smile again and said, "Watch me make it big, while you stay right where you are."

If you write every day, you become a better writer. Trust me, I know. I've looked at my old work and thought, Wow this is bad. Now I looked at my writing and think, This is better, but it could be very better.

My point is this, don't let anyone put you down. Write whatever you want. Write whatever way you want. If it bad, fix it and learn from it. Grow as a writer and don't hold yourself back from anything.

I am a writer and a GREAT writer,
A.Godess

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Characters' Background

Everyone has a background.

A story.

A personality.

So let's write about your characters' background. Start with the simple parts: Favorites.

Everyone loves the favorites questions. Color, food, candy, clothes, place, country, show, music, subject, etc.

But here is a better picture, and something I love to do with my characters, here it is: (an Example:)

• Raven Cross
o Age—18
o Sex— Female
o Personality— Gothic, loner, bitch, scary, bookworm, lovable,
o Looks— long black hair that reaches her lower back. Purple colored eyes as soft as the sunset sky. pale white skin, cold to the touch.  ETC.
o Job—student
o Weapon(s)—fangs
o Race—vampire
o Powers—mind control
o Marital Status—Single
o Scars or other notable physical attributes—fang bite on the neck and moon scar on right should blade.
o Brothers/Sisters—none
o Relationship with parents—died, many years ago.
o Enemies? Why?—maker because she didn't want to stay with him.

There are more questions you could write down...which I had, but I can't find them. Like I can't find my lovely questions, I found Gotham Writer's Workshop questions. It really easy to fill it out and add more questions to help you make up a character. Yes, you can make one for each character if you want. Any question you can think of to add, let me know about it.

Charcaters,
A.Goddess

PS I'm trying to blog on weekdays only.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Plots and Sub-Plots

Lights!

Camera! 

Action!

Forget the lights and camera, for right now. We haven't even published a book yet, to start thinking too ahead of ourselves. Let's talk about the action part, or at least the plot and sub-plots. You would think that plots and sub-plots are easy to do, but it's not.

Plots can be tricky, you think that its your main plot, but it could be sub-plot. I have had this problem. I am currently rewrite a whole novel because I didn't have a strong main plot.  

So the plot is the main point of the story, what makes the story move forward. These a beginning,  middle, and end. Beginning is where the story starts of slow and the drama takes place. The middle is where all the problems boiling point takes place. And last, the end were you tie up all the loses end. 

To do all of this we have "rules" to follow:

1-Brainstorm

Example: Chicken, Bird, Big Bird, Street, Death, Life....

2-Connect ideas together (Which make sense.)

Example: Death, Life, and Street.

3-Outline your characters

Example: Strong, boy, girl, tall, short, hair, scars, so on...

4-Chose a plot

Example: There streets are where I took my first breath and my last. It all started with that untouchable girl, who was with the gang leader.

5-Setting or Make up a unique setting

Example: New York. Busy street. Dark alleyway. Old building.

6-Character Finalize

Example: James Doorman; main character. Lucy Heart, untouchable girl. Mark Winchester, Gang Leader.

7-Problem

Example: James and Lucy are in love and want to run away from Mark. Mark doesn't want anyone else to have Lucy.

8-Conflict

Example: Lucy doesn't want James to die, but she doesn't want to stay with Mark neither.

9-Rising action

Example: Lucy and James meet and hang out. Slowly start to fall in love with each other.

10-Climax

Example: Mark finds out about Lucy and James and their plans to run away together. Mark and James get into a fist fight.

11-Falling action

Example: James loses the fight and is dying on the street.

12-Organizing your thoughts

Example: Is Lucy there to see the fight? Yes.

13-Plot Twist

Example: James doesn't die. Lucy kills Mark and become Gang Leader.

14-Write the Story

Example:....Just write the story. Have fun with the plot and characters.

Everything must be thought out careful and plan to the last word. Everything has to connect, the character must go with the story, the conflict and plot twist must make sense. You have to remember, you aren't just writing a story, you're making a movie in someone else mind. Here is more links, to explain more about plots:

Write a Good Plot

How to Create a Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps

How to Build a Story from Beginning to End


Keep Plotting,
A.Goddess

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Characters and Their Sexiness

Hi my name is Hubert and I'm looking for a writer who can write my story.

Hi Hubert, my name is A.Goddess and I'm a writer. I would like to get to know you so I can write your story. 

Hubert and A.Goddess went out to have coffee and had a good time. Hubert had agreed to let A.Goddess to write his story.

And that ladies and gentlemen is how you meet your main character. Slowly you start to learn more about him/her. Sometime they will talk to you and sometimes they won't talk to you at all (This is writer's block.)

On the name of this post, it says Their Personality, so that what I want to write about, but also the character's look. But first let start out with how they look. 

The readers are always going to have a different person in their head when they think about your character, but that doesn't matter. What matter is how you want them to look. To describe a character you start with the base. 

Let's start with color: Hair color, Eyes color, and Skin color. 

After color, pick one of the three, hair. I like hair, so I pick.

Hair: Hair color, Length, and Style. You can use hair to make your character seem sly or afraid of something or some one.  

Example: The longer the hair, the stronger the power. At least that was what I was told. My short brown human hair made me weak, yet my true hair was long and deep blood red, the color of the UnSeelie Court. Yet, someone was trying to kill me. I was mean to be Queen, my hair is more Dark Court than my brother's long dirty blond hair. He was meant to be in the light, yet the more I looked at his hair, I could see a small amount of black hair. That didn't sit with me well. It wasn't the fact that I wanted to the throne, it was the fact that the more I starred at his hair, the more black it got. No one seem to notice, the black cloud of hair my dear brother was getting...(Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)

Eyes: Eyes color, Shape, and Meaning. Remember the eyes are the windows to the soul. 

Example: I looked into his eyes, with that one look, I knew I could trust him with my life. With someone trying to kill me at every turn, I had to look into his soul to know the true, His eyes held no evil, only sadness and lost. The wise blue-grey pools watched me as he waited for an answer. 

Skin: Skin color...this goes with more, like: Body type, Bone structure, Face shape, and Hands/Feet. (I'll talk about the Character's body in a different post.)

Example: My flesh against his chest, I could feel his strong body wrapping itself around me, protecting me from the light. His moon-kissed skin cloaked my body from the attack, whom ever was trying to kill me, or whatever it was. His smooth skin felt too soft to take a bullet for me, yet I knew he has taken more than just a bullet. I could feel his extra fingers grabbed onto me, as he use his other hands to shoot back. Other extra fingers I was once afraid of, but now I couldn't wait until we were alone together....(Sorry I got really into it. It for a story I'm working on.)

Every detail you put into your character must be important to the story/plot. Now I'm not going to go into details with this post, but I am leaving some Links down at the bottom, so you can check them out. Also I have some "Questions" you can ask your character while having coffee or tea. (Click on Questions.) If you are looking for a boom to have more of a better picture how, what I think is the best describing ever, check out any book from Laurell K. Hamilton. (Click on her name.) 

Now the personality, that is very easy, right? It's not. You have to become someone else and have a different personality and write it down. It take times to get the character's voice and personality down, I would know. I have a story called, Spectrum, and the character's voice and personality isn't as strong as I would like it too be, but the story itself has 213 votes, 8.48 views, and 9 comments. (Check it out. Click on the name.) If I remember correctly, the story had more votes the first time it was up, but I took it down thinking I had a chance to publish it. It had turned out to be no money publish, so the company would get all the money for my hard work and I would only get my name out there...didn't feel right to me. 

Any who, personality is just getting to know your character as well as you know yourself. Dislike, likes, favorite color, food and so on. You have to sit down and talk to them, learn about them and who they are. It's not hard to do it, its more tricky than anything else, but if I can do it so can you. Just listen to your character's voice, become the character, and you will be fine. 

One more thing, the way I started this post, was just a funny way I thought I would start. Hubert isn't any character, he's an actually person and my best friend. He has his own blog too...I don't know if it's up...but next time I'll put his link. (When I find out if he has one still.)

Learning Personality,
A.Goddess

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Beginnings With a Goddess

Everyone has their weakness in writing. I haven't figured out what is my weakness, even if I think its grammar and spelling. Anyways, This post is about beginning your story and how to go about it. I thought it was a great way to start my blog...with the BEGINNING! lol

I read a blog about "The Rules" in writing (Check out the link). It have 5 rules about what we shouldn't do or start a book with. The five rules are then explain on why they are there and why we shouldn't do it.  I'll name the rules and explain them my way. 

#1--Don't start your novel with a prologue. (I have done this when I first began writing.)
Not a lot of book are using prologues anymore. Plus not everyone reads the prologue to begin with. The only time you should use this is, if it is part of the story, not a background or loads of information. 

#2--Never start your story with your character waking up and going about his/her business as usual. (I can't think of any story right now that i have started this way...but I probably have.) 
This rule is put here because everyone knows what a person does in the morning. Agents and readers need to be hook to your book from the first sentence. Ignore the rule if your character's life changes dramatically by the second line. 
  
#3--Never start your novel with a dream sequence, or a fight scene, or a dialogue, or in the middle of the action. (My friend and I wrote our first chapter in a dream.)
If the dream has nothing to do with the story/plot, delete it--or not start it at all. The readers have to get to know the main character before the action/fight take place. Fight scene that show the character's personally can stay; same goes with dreams. 

#4--Never start your story with a character looking in the mirror. (Something I have done before.)
You don't want to give the readers too much details about your character in the first sentence. It doesn't make the story flow like it should and it is a lot better if you describe the looks throughout the chapter. 

#5--Don't use Adjectives and/or Adverbs. (Again, I have done this before too.)
You don't want to tell a story, you want your readers to see it. So show your story, don't tell. 

If you read the link above, you get to read the "real" "Rules" that they have and see how they explain it too. As you can see, I have "broken" every rule here, and guess what? It's okay to break them, We all have to start somewhere and learn from our "mistakes." Not a lot of people know they are starting wrong, hell I didn't. I found out I been starting my stories wrong...I think...last year. My friend Hubert send me the link and we were talking about it the day before he send it. 

It's good to have friends that are writers, they learn from you and you learn from them. So read the "rules" and find writers to be friends with. (You can't have my friend...He's my best friend.)

To Better Beginnings,
A.Goddess

Monday, February 9, 2015

Who am I, You Ask?

Hi world! Hello readers!

My name is Annabel Guerra. I'm 22 years  old and a college student.  I'm going to be the next lawyer of Florida. I'm a writer too. I go by A.Goddess.

The reason between the pen name is easy. A for Annabel and G for Guerra. Now the reason between goddess is because I love Greek Mythology.  That's how I came up with the pen name.

Now the reason behind this blog is because even if I haven't been a writer for long, I have learn a lot and like I still considered myself a beginner, I thought why not write to other beginner writers. They can learn and I can learn from them.

I might go off topic sometimes and I'm going to try not too. I also want to say I'm sorry for the bad grammar and spelling. I will fix as much as I see, but if I miss something just like me know.

Let's learn together,
A.Goddess