My English teacher just discovered fanfiction. Let’s just say that she was more than a little horrified. My English teacher likes normal, traditional novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables. So, we all got a rant about fanfiction. The whole rant went something like this:
“Have you ever heard of a thing called fanfiction?”
Since most of us are nerds, we all said yes.
“Do you know what it is?”
We all said yes.
“Well it’s garbage.”
To be fair, she was looking at Pride and Prejudice fanfics. I would expect people who write p&p fanfics to be slightly more cultured, but it turns out that my dear English teacher was horrified that anyone could take a perfectly good story with perfectly good characters and a perfectly good plot and change it. Continue reading
Dear Younger Me:
Hey you, yes you. Eight year old me. I know you’re thinking about other worlds, places, magic, unicorns, and other things that don’t really fit into everyone else’s real life. That’s okay. You’re not weird, even if the other kids think you are. You’re going to learn to embrace that for who you are. Because you didn’t really fit in this world. You’re going to create new different worlds that those kids could never dream of. And you’ll fit in there. You can be as crazy as you want to be, and trust me, you will.
You had stories pulsing in your blood, even if you didn’t realize it. You were always making your friends act out in elaborate tales, sometimes against their will. You created a lot of half-finished ideas, but left them because you thought they were bad. Continue reading
Hello peoples! I’m kind of in a writing slump. Which isn’t good, considering that NaNo starts today. So here for me is the great and noble Wysteria Campion of headintheclouds is here to deliver to you a lovely guest post about nanowrimo. I’ll hopefully be back next week, but in the meantime, check out her articles and musings.
Nanowrimo. The beast that slays all writers yearly. We say to ourselves, “We will prepare to conquer the beast!” But when the time comes, our courage fails us and we flee, and blush to mention our unfinished project that sits around until next year. Last year I wasn’t really worried about Nano because I wasn’t a serious writer yet. I only began writing my blog and for fun in September. But this year, my first “I know somewhat of what I’m doing” Nanowrimo approaches. But when people ask if I’m scared I just laugh and say:
Veterans might say: “Oh poor thing, we’re veterans so we know how hard it is. You poor ignorant child in over your head.” I laugh at them and here’s why. Continue reading
It’s October. And you know what that means. No, not Halloween. It means we only have a few weeks before the biggest noveling event in the world begins.
I’m going to assume that everyone knows what NaNoWriMo is, since you’re on a writing blog. However, if you’re feeling rather clueless, you can find out more about it at the link. nanowrimo.org/about
And, of course, I’ve already extensively planned my entire book, and am all ready to start a killer novel. *laughs nervously* No. I told myself last year that everything would be planned out, down to the tiniest detail. I was frantically planning on October 31, and I’m pretty sure I had only gotten to the first chapter by November 1. It’s probably going to be the same this year.
I found a notebook while cleaning my room recently. (You find all sorts of things when you clean your room, don’t you?) I was curious, and flipped the notebook open. I started reading. Then I remembered I wrote a story on a long car trip in that notebook when I was in fourth grade or somewhere around that age. I got about a quarter a way through writing the story until I quit because it was basically a Magic Tree House book.
I still regard it as my first major foray into writing, however. (I don’t count the numerous fifteen sentence stories I wrote as a kindergartner.)
So, to see how far I’ve come, I decided to rewrite a portion of the story. Continue reading
Guys. It’s been one whole year. O.o This is a bit of a momentous occasion, and it calls for a post to celebrate. I also have a poll at the end of this post, so please take a sec to complete that! 😉 Continue reading
I saw this tag on loren’s blog, and decided to try it myself. The rules are as followed:
- write 30 character names on pieces of paper
- fold them up and put them in a bowl or whatever
- pick two slips of paper and decide between the two for each question
I tried to use well known characters, but there may be a few weird ones. Continue reading
Dialogue prompts are great fun to read and write. These are a little more sarcastic and sassy in tone than my other writing prompts, but I suppose that’s the nature of dialogue prompts.
So, I saw a post similar to this on his instrument’s rad blog with Disney gifs. So go check that out. I was inspired to do the same, only with Pixar gifs. (Because Pixar is amazing, and shouldn’t be left out.)
When a story idea comes to you
Alrighty. Those of you who know me in real life know that I’m not a hopeless romantic. I’m not a anti-love person, I just have a lot of problems with the way it’s presented in media. This post isn’t going to focus on that as much as the cliches I see over and over in books.
This post could go on and on, but I’m going to focus on a few main areas. The “Insert Love Interest So Readers will Read My Book” trend, and the “Love at First Sight,” and “Damsel In Distress” cliches. Continue reading