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Be Who You Are: Writers
Dec 10th, 2014 by Coral

Being a writer isn’t just an occupation. At least not the way I’ve seen it done. Being a writer is a way of life, a method of living. Writers see the world through a different lens than everyone else. Poets, short story, and novel writers alike all have a literary viewpoint of the world. Every writer has their own personal perspective, and they can share some of their enlightenment through writing. That’s what makes us special.

My being a writer affects how I live my day to day life, believe it or not. I carry a notebook and pen with me everywhere, I ask people how to spell their names and where their names come from when I hear cool ones. I take pictures of cool stuff so I can remember it later. I will drop what I’m doing to write down an idea, even just for a cool sentence, at any time of day. I have woken up in a cold sweat with poems that needed to be written down and lost sleep for them.

Sometimes, people tell me I should “Take a break” from writing, they want me to “live my life, stop stressing over your work.” Those people clearly don’t understand who I am, not quite.  I can’t just “take a break,” from being a writer. That’s preposterous! I could no sooner take a break from breathing! I can’t stop looking at the world the way I do, because that’s who I am.

Yes, people will think it’s weird. People won’t understand, may even ridicule you for your ways as a writer. But you know what? Don’t let them scare you, don’t let them get you down. Writers change the world. Writers capture history, emotions, legends and myth. What a painter does with color, we do with words.

Writing is an art. We, writers, are artists. We can do things no one else can, NO ONE else can write your story, or the story of your character. Do not let people heckle you into trapping all that inside you, give it release. Let the world see what wonders you are capable of.

In the past, I have been extremely self conscious about my writing. It took a long time for me to let other people read what I write, and I still sometimes have anxiety that people won’t like my stories. I have to remind myself that’s not what’s important. If I like it and think it’s good, that’s good enough for now. Eventually, if I try hard enough, other people will see what I see, and they  will feel what I feel, and experience my stories. I can get other people to taste my worlds, but only if I keep writing and let people read what I write.

That’s the writing thought for today. Keep being a writer, in everything you do!

Multitasking
Nov 25th, 2014 by Coral

Okay, here’s the writing tip for today. Do not do your serious writing while multitasking. Serious writing does take focus. It’s the reason I can’t get you a better bit for today, for which I am truly sorry, mind you. Because I have so much going on, I haven’t been able to sit down and write or really adequately brainstorm. Multitasking makes it very difficult to get anything done in your story and keep it comprehensive.

Again, short stuff today, sorry, I swear, longer posts with more juicy stories and such are coming. They’re almost ready and I’ll get them over the break. That’s all for today, a warning against multitasking and writing, see y’all tomorrow!

Notice Stuff!!
Nov 20th, 2014 by Coral

Okay, so I’m a little crunched for time today, so my thought is short. Here it is.

Writers, when you are out and about in the world, you need to pay attention! All around you is material for your stories! We need to be the people that stop and smell the flowers, and notice the different ways the weather affects our surroundings, and how people treat each other and act, and, well, everything. We need to notice everything and think about it, it’s all part of the world, and that’s what you write about. A world, whether it’s this one or another, we, as writers, need to understand a worlds components.

 

Audience Appeal
Nov 19th, 2014 by Coral

Today I’m talking and thinking about my audience. And your audience, too. Audience is an important element to a writers success. You shouldn’t, however, tailor your story based off of what you think the audience wants. That will cause unnecessary grief on your part, with your characters being forced into situations un-befitting them and the story. No, see, your audience does not want you to predict their desire.

Typically, the audience wants to be surprised. They want you to throw out new ideas at them, new combinations and realizations and thought. Write for yourself, not the reader. You, the writer, are the most important part of the writing process. If you don’t like what you write, most likely no one else will, either. Treat it as though you are the only audience.

Up to a point, anyway. Don’t let the audience dictate what you write, instead, dictate what the audience feels. You will have to think about what the audience will be interested on occasion, and give thought to what they will understand, so that you don’t end up with a confusing mish-mash of ideas that only you take meaning from. Audience is the end result, so think about it as such. Take your writing in the present, focus on making it good, not making it “right.”

It’s something I think about when I see book reviews for series’ calling them “The next ‘Harry Potter'” or other such nonsense. Because there will never be “another” Harry Potter. That, my friends, would be plagiarism. There will be other books that become great and popular and are fantastic, but Harry Potter will always occupy it’s own niche. A very large niche, at that.  Do not write to become “The next such and such.” Write to be YOU.

Every writer has something unique to bring to the literary world, and the most tragic thing I can think for you to do is to smother that by solely imitating other writers. Imitation is well and dandy in moderation, use some techniques here and there that work for you, but do not drown yourself out of your own work.

When I read your work, it needs to be yours, and not what you think I want to be yours.

That’s my writing thought for today, folks.  I’ll talk to you later, in the meantime, keep writing.

The Character Brain
Nov 15th, 2014 by Coral

Alright, so today I’m going to talk about characters and their brains. Characters are fun, character’s are awesome, and more often than not they take on a life of their own once the story gets going. Without characters, there is no story.  But where do we get these characters?

I mean, after all, we are only one person inside our brains. We can only come up with so many variations of just ourselves. To get the numerous characters required to create a realistic world, writers are constantly pulling from other people around them.  “Stealing” isn’t the right word for it, no, don’t get confused with that.  I’ve met some writers, indeed, I used to worry about this myself, that worry that their characters will be recognized for “who they really are” if they use real people as inspiration.

Well, okay, this could be a valid concern. If you literally take the person and stick them in your story. This is, however, very hard to do. For one thing, you don’t know that person inside and out like you need to know your characters. For another, in most stories, circumstances will be different than their actual lives were, they literally CAN’T be the same person.

Using components of other peoples personalities is good, necessary, even. Copy and pasting people into books, is bad, if you can even pull it off. Like, seriously, use all that effort to make a new character.

“But that won’t be original!”

Stop right there. That’s the same argument as worrying about stealing. Yes, you can still be original, but you have to draw from your pool of knowledge.  Otherwise, you’re about to write something none of the rest of humanity will understand.

That’s all for this writing thought, have a great day!

Writing Thought: Perseverance
Nov 7th, 2014 by Coral

I didn’t get the chance to post yesterday, and for that I offer my most sincere apologies. When I finally got home from work, my laptop decided to do an update and reboot, and by the time that had finished, I had to go to bed so that I would be rested for my Latin Test this morning. Well, the Latin Test is over, the update is complete, and I am back.

So, the topic for today’s discussion is motivation. Two kinds of motivation, really, yours and your characters. We’ll start with character motivation.

Every character needs to have clear motivation. Even if it isn’t meant to be clear to the reader, it needs to be clear to you and to the character. If you don’t know why the heck the character is doing what they’re doing, it won’t feel real and won’t make any sense to the reader.  Strong motivation makes meaningful actions from your characters. Another thing to consider is that your characters are subject to change, just like regular people. They can change their minds, their perspectives can go through a metamorphosis, and this is a very good thing. Even if you have a principle that they stick to, they can still change how they approach it, adding in an understanding of other perspectives. This is an important part of character development and story texture.

 

Now for your motivation. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing Process
Nov 3rd, 2014 by Coral

Alright, today’s thought is on the writing process. The process that gets you from raw inspiration to a finished, polished, published product. Now, just to be clear, I am NOT giving you a formula. That would be kind of a little bit idiotic.  Everyone is different, and processes vary accordingly.

The process for writing is something that must be discovered individually.  The first step, or the step that I am choosing to write about first, anyway, is finding your high energy points of the day.  These are different for everyone, some people are morning people (I know I’m not), and some people are night owls.  For me, I find I have better focus and creative juices during afternoon, late evenings, and, unfortunately, in the middle of the night.  I know other people that have the best window in early mornings, just before noon, and varying other times.  Once you’ve identified your writing peak times, it’s a good idea to plan on writing during those times. Read the rest of this entry »

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