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Chemical Reaction
Dec 4th, 2014 by Coral

One of the fun things about characters is they can be like volatile chemicals. Personalities, histories, emotions, all the components of a person, just waiting to be mixed with other characters and situations. Writers get to play mad scientist, throwing them into situations and seeing what fun explosions come out.

 

However, I have sometimes seen writers, myself included, forget this aspect of writing. The characters don’t react and things don’t happen the way they should. Not because it’s a plot twist, just an inattentive narrator. This is a very dangerous thing.  When this happens, it can create terrible anticlimaxes. Anticlimax is one of the most disappointing things a story can do, in my opinion.  It is a very irksome thing when a writer builds up to something, hinting at it’s importance, and making it something you think about, have anxiety about, and can’t WAIT to find out how it ends up and then, all the cards fall into place AND-

Nothing. It just….wasn’t that big a deal, nobody really noticed. And the reader is sitting there, very confused, thinking “Well, this book sucks.” Which is NOT what you want them to think! Your book may still be excellent, just with that flaw, but that kind of flaw sticks out like a sore thumb.

Character chemical reactions are fun, you can throw in a catalyst and turn the entire story on it’s head, going a new direction! Or, you can forget the power you hold and leave people wondering why they started reading this story at all.

Writers hold an immense power in their finger tips, do not forget. With great power comes great responsibility!

 

That’s all for now, see y’all later.

Drown In Thought
Dec 3rd, 2014 by Coral

This is a poem written, not by me, but my best friend, Katie. 

Your mind is a vast and endless sea;

your thoughts swirl and sparkle in the water.

What is swiftly said floats upon the surface,

and deeper thoughts dwell below

in the subconscious.

 

You can talk on and on forever

using just the thoughts that float.

But sometimes, you glimpse something

of great worth to you, glittering at the bottom

and so you dive.

 

You hold your breath

and swim down, down

until your hand scrapes the bottom

and you grasp that glittering thought—

but now you’re out of air.

 

You clamber for the surface

and come up gasping for air;

making your diction stuttered and clumsy

as you strive to relate what you’ve found;

so no one listens.

 

So you go back down to

find another thought. Like before,

but bigger, to stem the raucous

the laughter of those that mock

your precious, stuttered thoughts.

 

As you dive again, you soon find

that you like it better there,

among the deeper things of your mind.

So you take a heavy breath of water,

and let yourself drown in thought

 

Life can still be revived in you when

your corpse floats back to the surface,

and the air of reality is forced into your lungs.

But who among the dead wish to be living?

and who when they’re asleep wish to wake?

Finding Snapshots
Dec 2nd, 2014 by Coral

A child’s laugh, a sunlit picnic,

pink icing on slices, balloons and gifts,

friends and family gathered around,

in an innocent snapshot, joy is found.

 

Arm in arm with friends of old,

coats and companions fend off the cold.

A secret adventure, shared only with two,

in a time worn photo, find friends with you.

 

Frowning to focus, frozen in action,

twisting blue strands of soft yarn,

old hands of guidance meet young in craft,

a moment of teaching, traditions that last.

 

Tucked away in drawers forgotten,

to be found in the rain of remembrance,

time stands frozen for your recollection.

Eternalized in perfect imperfection.

Apologies
Dec 1st, 2014 by Coral

Well, I haven’t posted in a week, and for that I sincerely apologize. When I returned home for Thanksgiving, my father discovered some problems with my computer’s security system, and it was then out of commission and I wasn’t able to use it until yesterday, and then I was in a car all yesterday getting back to college. I’m back now, and I will very soon have much fun stuff for you all to read.

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!

Best Friends
Nov 24th, 2014 by Coral

The best thing about you is the smile you greet me with,
the exclamation point at the end of your hello,
the way you make me feel inside,
the way you’ll never leave.

The best thing about you is that I always know you care,
the way you always listen,
the way you understand,
the way you laugh at my jokes, and your laughter never hurts.

The best thing about you is the way you worry about me,
the way you help me, even when I don’t ask you to,
the way you mean so much to me,
and the way you’ll never know just how much you mean.

The way you’ve been there through the hardest time in my life,
you were a best friend to me when that’s what I needed most.

You probably have no idea how much the smile and exclamation point meant.

The best thing about you is that you are the best best friend,
and that you probably never guessed how great you are.

Book Review: Mind Games
Nov 23rd, 2014 by Coral

Today I will be reviewing the book “Mind Games” by Kiersten White. Yes, I know, a lot of book reviews lately, I’m sorry, I will have other stuff coming up. Over Thanksgiving I’ll have the chance to get a ton more written, but for now, book reviews!

Mind Games is a completely enthralling book about two sisters, both inserting themselves into the older sister role and trying to protect the others.

I absolutely love the main characters, Sofia and Annie. We’ll start with Sofia.

Sofia. Oh. My. Gosh. I love Sofia, she breaks my heart and makes me laugh almost in the same instant. Sofia works for a mysterious agency that deals with psychics. Sofia is herself not a psychic, but instead moves on pure instinct. Without planning, how can a psychic foresee what you’ll do? It’s ingenious and incredible. Sofia’s state of mind makes it impossible to predict what she will do, she can’t even predict what she will do.

Annie. Annie, the older sister, is blind but can see glimpses of the future. Annie tries to protect her little sister, but doesn’t know how most of the time. Annie is an equally intrigueing character, but I can’t say too much without giving big spoilers.

The book had me guessing and wanting more from the first page and did not disappoint as it went on. The end, well, I really didn’t see it coming, which made a great impresion on me.

Kiersten White has not disappointed, and I may even like this series better than the “Paranormalcy” series which first introduced me to this writer.

I’ll leave a link to “MInd Games” below, and you can check out Kiersten White’s blog on the left sidebar, and her other series, Paranormalcy on the right. Enjoy, and I encourage you all to read, if not this book, then something!

 

Writing Thought: POV
Nov 23rd, 2014 by Coral

Today’s writing thought is on the point of view of your story. It’s a serious aspect to consider for your writing. Different POV’s can be beneficial or detrimental to your story. Third person is more common, and in some ways easier. That way it’s more like you are narrating the story, where sometimes getting the character to tell their own story is hard. First person POV can be good when there are things the character doesn’t know that shouldn’t be revealed, while third person can be helpful for the same reason, if they do know something the reader shouldn’t.

When choosing a point of view, remember that in first person it is harder for the main character to have secrets from the reader. (Not impossible, just more complicated to manage.)  Both POV’s have pros and cons.

I typically prefer third person, though first person has proved useful at times.

That’s all for today, sorry for the shortness, I’m just busy. I’ll get some more stories and stuff up soon.

Book Review: Mockingjay
Nov 21st, 2014 by Coral

Today, to celebrate the movie release, I will be reviewing the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Most of you probably know the basic story of Mockingjay, and the Hunger Games trilogy in general, but you may not have taken time to read it. So, here we go.

Mockingjay is the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, following seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen through the most traumatic ordeals of her life. After going through the Games twice, Katniss finds herself the Face of the Revolution, aka, the Mockingjay. Most of the people Katniss grew up with are dead. Killed in the bombing of her district brought on in part by her actions in the Quarter Quell Arena. Peeta is in the hands of the Capitol. She and the rest of the District Twelve survivors are being housed in District Thirteen, which they all thought was dead.

Okay, this is not going to be a complete recap of the book. That was just context for me to begin. Mockingjay is an intensely emotional and psychologically compelling book.  The book has gone from the personal fight of one teenage girl to an all out revolution for an oppressed country.  I hear a lot of complaints about the darkness of Mockingjay. To that I say, well, hon, it’s a war, and they’ve been through the inferno, and they aren’t even done yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

 

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