If mythological creatures are creatures of myth and imagination, then why do we still see dragon after dragon? I’m guilty of it too. Fantasy has a lot of the same thing repeated throughout, and it’s easy to keep repeating it in our own works. Hence, we have a lot of unicorns, pegusi, and dragons.
But why do we keep writing the same things? For one, it’s effortless. It takes less brainwork to insert a dragon than it does to add a snarflump. No one’s ever heard of a snarflump before, and you’re on new, uncharted territory. People might not like it.
But fantasy writers should try to push themselves out of the habit of using the same creatures over and over again.
And, hey, you’re a writer. You literally create worlds and characters and plots out of thin air. How hard can creating a new thing be? Continue reading
Anyone who knows me could tell you that I am a perfectionist. Not an obsessive perfectionist, but you know, an obsessive perfectionist.
Most of the perfectionist thoughts are aimed at making me a perfect human. This can be very damaging.
But it can also be good.
If there’s something I’m bad at, I’ll often throw myself into the thing until it’s better.
I have a few fears, like everyone does. But instead of avoiding them, I say to myself, “Wouldn’t it be a great idea to conquer the fears, so you’re not a weak human? You need to be strong and perfect.”
This has gotten me into some unpleasant situations. 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 like making sarcastic posts. This is one of them.
Recall, if you can, to all the posts around the last week of December/ first week in January. If you can’t remember, I’ll tell you. There was lots of “Goodbye, 2016, you were an awful year.” And “Hello 2017! I have resolutions and goals and you’re going to be an awesome year, not like 2016!” Do you remember now?
Yeah. I got a little sick of it too. After all, years are just a celebration of making it once around the sun. Like, YAY! We made it around again! I wasn’t too sure that we’d make it this time! And by the time 2018 rolls around (it’ll be here before you know it) everyone will hate 2017 and applaud 2018 just because.
So I got thinking. (Always a dangerous business.) Continue reading
Maybe you’ve seen a few posts and stuff with the hashtag RebelliousWriting. When I found out what it was, I jumped on the bandwagon. I’m not usually one to do stuff like this, but I emphasize with the message.
So, Aster, now that you’ve rambled on for a few sentences, what is Rebellious Writing?
It’s a movement started by Gray from graymariewrites. Since she put it so eloquently, I’ll just paste what she wrote.
#RebelliousWriting is a movement that demands for wholesome books. Books that are full of light, good morals, family, friendships, and adventures, instead of books full of darkness, swearing, sex, vile relationships, and lust. Let’s rebel against the social book standards that scream at us to fit in, in order to be cool or relevant.
Let me say a scary word. GOALS.
Ah, goals. They’re shiny, impossible things that everyone wants to conquer, but they are kind of scary to because no one ever seems to complete them.
I have too many of them. And yet I add to the on-going list all. the. time.
Now, some people might say it’s good to make goals. People tend to make goals during New Years, but February rolls around, and everyone has quietly dropped those goals. (Except for the select few that actually keep those goals. In that case, good for you.)
Here’s the problem with goals. They tear me down. Continue reading
Shout out to all who have already broken their writing New Year’s Resolutions… Yeah, that would be me.
I took this (short) interesting quiz of sorts. I’m a pretty big fan of The Rebelution, and they have some good articles, so you should check them out. Back to the topic, I took this quiz they offered called the WriterScore (free). It was helpful for me to figure out where I was lacking. The result categories are: Continue reading
Okay, I’m laying out all my cards on the table. I have no idea what to write about today. I know, crazy. What writer doesn’t have anything to write about? So, you’ll get your book review tomorrow, but today is just for funsies. It’s late, but here is a list of 2016’s best. (All pics from Pinterest) Continue reading