Friday, June 26, 2015

Run with the Story!

Watch out!

Story got me on the run!

Move out of the way!

You will get written into the story!

If the story is just writing itself, let it. Don't stop writing. Don't think about it, just write. I know it sounds crazy, but sometime you just have to write whatever comes to mind...you can always fix it or deleted it in the editing.

My first novel, which I do talk about a lot on this blog, Slayers wasn't plan. I had an idea and a character, that's all I had. I wrote the story as it came to me, all the things I thought it would need to be say/read, all the confusing parts and stupid parts are there. I wrote it and I am very happy with what I did. Now was it done the "right" way, nope; but it's written. Is there a a lot to fix, hell yeah. This is the "fun" part, said Hubert to me, the editing part. You ran with the story, now you have to slow down and pick at it.

First your mind will race itself to write the story, confusing part and all. Then you will have to put your brain on slow motion, and slowly read every word it wrote. Once you get a hand of it, you will see the "fun" part of editing.

I don't know what else to tell you. It isn't something hard to understand, most quotes on writing are like:

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” 
― Madeleine L'Engle

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” 
― Toni Morrison

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” 
― Ana├»s Nin

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 
― Robert Frost

“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.” 
― William Faulkner

“The first draft of anything is shit.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of. ” 
― Joss Whedon

Those were my favorites...sorry I couldn't help myself. LOL

Night Owl,
A.Goddess

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Potential but Not the Right Time?

Some day no one want to do anything. Other days we want to do everything. In the world of a writer, we have to write every day, even if its not for the story we are working on. This post is about when the story can make it but it might not be the right time to write it.

Story giving you a hard time,

STOP,

BACK AWAY FROM THE STORY,

and

GIVE IT TIME,


That is the key to writing. Sometime you have to step away from the story and write something else. I would know. Let me tell you a little story about My First Novel. It starts like this:

Freshman year, in high school, I read Twilight, all the books. I finished the last book, Breaking Dawn, walked up to my dad and said, "I finished all four book and I know I can write a better book."

He looked down at me, "Then write it."

I went back to my room and began to write my first story, which became my second book to my saga. For a person who never wrote a story before, it took some time to write it. First off, I wrote the second book, stop writing it, and wrote the first one. Took a year or two to write it, and took two or three more years to actually start to edited the story.

Once I edited the story, I found out I didn't have a plot. Yeah I know I die when I found out. Now, at this very moment, I am rewriting my first novel. Now the reason why it took me so long to edited was because I didn't like it, didn't know how to do it, and I had decided to take a step back from the story, even if the story was calling my name to rewrite it. I did from time to time, fix some spelling mistakes, fix grammar, had Hubert comment on it, and fix some of the details.

Some people might think it was a waste of time to beginning writing without knowing how to write an novel. I don't see it that way. Over the five to eight years, I wrote other stories and kept working on ideas. I learned so much within those five to eight year, that now I can write with my eyes close (Not really but hey). I have seen my writing grow and I have learn so much more about writing.

My first blog was a mess. I have no idea what I was doing, or at least I think I know what I'm doing. Now I have a plan for this blog. I want new writers (and maybe even old writers) to learn from my mistakes before they make their own. So if the story has potential, but it might not be the right time to write it, step back and write something else until you feel it the right time. I did, you can do it too.

Vampire in the Coffin...Soon,
A.Goddess

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Throw in the Towel: the Sad Truth

Your story idea is dying on you and you're starring to think that it's time to throw in the towel, then go ahead. Throw the towel.

I have had this problem many times, and it's okay to have it. It's a normal thing with writing, but how can you tell if it's time to kill the story?

Sometime the story isn't right to write it. Sometime the story might seem like you have everything, then you ask yourself one question, and it falls apart.

Throwing in the towel doesn't mean that the story can't come back into your mind. Sometime you might need some time to think about another story until the one you feel like throwing away come back into your mind.

You have to make sure that the story is no long a good story to write. You decided if the story is time to go into the book graveyard.

If I were you, here is going very good to have, a file name book graveyard. Keep all your throw away stories. You never know when you will need them again.

Night Owl,
A.Goddess

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Characters and Their Voices

Characters have voices?! What?!

Yes they do, and you are the only one who can hear them. Now that you know who's in your head, just listen to what they have to say.

Help me! Write my dying story!

Yo, you with the hair! Write my story!

I hear voices too...what to write about all 7 of them?

I need a pen and paper! Does everyone in here have pen and paper?! No...damit...hey writer!!! Write my story!! These loser don't have any good stories to tell! Hurry before you forget about me!

If you are hearing  voices in your heard, write down what they are telling you. Now you also have to get their voices down on paper too.

Why?

Well, you want the readers to hear their voices too, if not it sounds plain and boring and like a robot. And who would want that?

"I would," robot voice said.

Um...anyways, *looks at robot* back to the writing. Not all robots should sound the same, so haha robot in your face! Same goes for your characters, they all have different pitch.

Would a guy be reading my blog in his voice or in my voice? My voice, is the answer...and if you're not reading it with my voice, then I shouldn't be writing this blog at all. If you can't put down your own voice down on paper, then you need to work on that. And I have the perfect homework for you.... :)


HOMEWORK:

I want you to write two different personalities for one character. Find the voice for the character between the two personalities. See the character in your head's eye, and feel out what their voice would sound like. It it all down. Every thought and feeling you are having at that moment. 


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Morgan voice for example.

She is a very strong female, but due to some asshole of a vampire, turned her into a weak female. Her fighting spirit is died. She going doing everything they tell her to do, she make sure she is helpful and out of everyone's way, and she always reminded herself that she is a slave, a nobody. Over time, she starts remember how she was before the supernatural world took over the human world. She start becoming that very strong female character again, just as she about to meet her soul mate. 

But then again, what kind of writer would I be if I didn't try to kill her off and her soul mate. *evil laugh*

I feel that the more you write and learn about writing, the better you will get at catching your characters' voices. Just keep working and writing and you will see the different at the end.  

Night Owl, 
A.Goddess

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