I’ve stumbled upon this blog recently, and it’s gotten me really interested in poetry.
Before I read that blog, I had barely looked at poetry; the only time I had written it was the time I was forced to for English class, and I’d rarely read any of it willingly. I knew there was something about lines and feet and meters, but I figured that most poems just rhymed with the exceptions being Free-verse or Haiku, and that was that.
Only now do I realize how wrong I was. Poetry is really something deeper than I realized. It comes from the soul, and is really quite beautiful. The different types of poems; from Luc Bat, Diagonal Acrostic, Sestina, or just a simple Couplet, are really quite amazing and can be quite complex.
I’m not claiming to know a lot about poetry (or even writing prose, for that matter). But that’s something that I definitely want to change. I feel that with writing and gaining skill in poetry, I’ll also gain skill at writing prose, which is still going to remain one of my more prominent art forms.
I apologize for the short post, but I almost forgot about this and I had to write a little quickie.
It’s a struggle that all writers face at one point or another. No, I don’t mean writer’s block. I mean The Middle.
The Middle is generally the place where writer’s tend to slack off a bit in their writing. And that also happens to be the same place where readers tend to zone out a little bit, so oftentimes we can get away with this.
Frankly, The Middle is always the hardest part to write. It’s that part of the story where sometimes you feel as if you’re pouring all of your energy into your writing and yet making little or no headway at all. You’re not quite sure of where you’re headed, just knowing that you want to hit that seemingly unattainable ending. At times, you can’t even see that light at the end of the tunnel. You’re characters are beginning to get on your nerves, and more than once you’ve found yourself writing little side stories where your characters die slow, painful deaths. You might even skip to the end or abandon the story altogether.
I’m here to tell you that this is normal. This isn’t you being a bad writer. During NaNo, this is the part where I generally want to abandon my novel and just write something else. But trust, me, as soon as you get to the end of the tunnel, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment; and a second writing is almost always easier, because you’ll know what you want The Middle to be about.
So don’t fret. Persevere through that boring middle part, and wow us all with what you produce.
Hey everyone, I’m back! I’m sure you all missed me!
It’s the end(ish) of March. And you know what that means; Script Frenzy (Screnzy) is around the corner. What is Screnzy, you might ask? Well, it’s when authors from around the world try their hand at writing a one hundred page script in just thirty days!
Will I be doing this come April? Absolutely.
Scriptwriting is very fun. There are certain things you can get away with in scripts that would be a sin in a novel. For example, I’m very bad at description. While in novels I have to spend painful minutes trying to find out how to describe the house, in a script I can just say exactly how I want the house to look.
A con of scriptwriting is that you can’t give background, which I love doing (though not very well). Perhaps they come across an old relic that has been used in sacred rituals for hundreds of years. I can’t just write that in the description; if it were an actual movie, they wouldn’t know that, so it wouldn’t be important.
So overall, I encourage all of you dear readers to try your hand at scriptwriting this April. Will all of you succeed? Probably not. But that’s not the goal; the goal is to have fun with all of your other writers while trying something new.
Writing for assignments.
Frankly, I hate it.
The thing that I hate about it is the limits on your creativity. How many times have you wanted to go somewhere with a story for school, only to realize that it has to be only three pages, or there can’t be anything too gory, and you’re left with barely a fragment of what could have been a beauty?* That’s what I feel.
Personally, I think that all English teachers who force their normally writerly-type students to stray from their creative system should be shot.
*I apologize for the massive sentence here.
Hi, everyone. As a group, the four of us have decided to slow down our posting. We’re all busy people, and we want to keep this as time efficient as possible. We’re splitting us so we only post twice a week for two weeks, and then the cycle starts again. So, Hunger posted yesterday, Raven will post Wednesday, and next week Lectin will post Tuesday and I will move my day to Thursdays. We’ll all still post about the same topic, this block’s being Inspiration, we’re just spreading it out a little.
What does it take to inspire? That varies from person to person. For me personally, I take a word, or a phrase, or just some feeling that I have, and continue to develop that into a plot. Oftentimes the original inspiration is lost in building the story; however, that is only to be expected.
What you need to do to find your muse. Listen to music a lot? Well, then just listen to songs. Get a taste for them. While your listening to them, write down how you feel, and go from there. Maybe some people like taking walks, looking to nature for inspiration. Some people may be inspired in completely unexpected places, like in the shower, or driving down the highway in the middle of the night. That’s why it’s always handy to have a pencil and notebook handy. Keep one by your bedside, in case you wake up from a dream that shows promise. Whatever it is, just find your muse.
One thing that definitely shapes a book is the point of view (POV). I’m not going to insult your intelligence and tell you what each of them are, merely explain the benefits and cons of each. Here goes:
- First person is probably the easiest to write well out of the different POVs. It makes sense; if you’re in the person’s head, then that obviously is going to help out with character development, and it can help give a background. The relationship to other characters is easier to make clear, too.
- However, first person is extremely limited. You only know the thoughts of one character (maybe a couple more depending on the situation), and action might be going on somewhere else while your main character is occupied with some unimportant tasks (i.e. sleeping, serving the princess, trying to turn a frog into a toad, etc.) .
- Well, the only thing I’m going to say about second person is that you’ll be talented to not make the reader seem like a creeper.
- Third person, while possibly being the easiest to get out, is a tad more difficult to write well than first person. The fact that you’re outside of the character limits the chances to build background without just telling everyone that this is what happened. You have to link it to the main task – whether it be an object reminding them of a loved one, a memory that needs to be shown in order for the prose to make sense, or some other reason is up to you. (Another way to do it would be to tell two stories at once, such as I’m doing with my Hunger Games fanfic.)
- Through third person you can have multiple MCs without it being so confusing. You’ll also be able to cover multiple events, and it also adds a certain mystery when the main characters aren’t revealing every one of his/her thoughts. Be careful, though – don’t make it too vague, and don’t have sixty MCs. That’s just overboard.