Sunday, January 2, 2011
Or you're just new. The two are about equally likely.
I realized shortly after creating this blog that aside from posting poetry and the occasional interview, I had no idea what to do with it. I got carried away with the general idea of it and came back to earth with a loud thud when it hit me...I really had no clue what I was going to do with this blog.
So I'm going to ask you right now, what do you want to see here? What sort of tips and advice would you like to read? Any ideas for fun stuff to do? Surveys, quizzes, memes, etc.?
I'm on my knees here, people. I still love the idea of this blog but I need to know why you would bother to come here so I can provide good reasons for you to continue coming here.
So, if you have ANY suggestions or ideas, please (please please) post them in a comment!
Thanks a bunch!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A long time ago, I was told that when the block strikes, the best thing to do is just go with the flow. Write whatever comes into your head and hope that gets the wheels turning a bit. In short, float lazily along down a stream of consciousness. You won't be writing top-notch literature, but the idea is to give your imagination some exercise, even it's just a slow walk. In my experience the result is usually some hardly coherent nonsense that I immediately want to throw away. But then I read it again some time later, and maybe a line or a paragraph or just an idea will inspire something else, something worthwhile.
So remember that next time you can't think of anything. Grab a notebook and your favorite pencil, find a cozy spot and just write down whatever pops into your head.
If nothing pops, then Helpful Hint #2 is "look around". Write what you see. For example:
My cat is orange and cuddly
Ben's putting on his shoes
A blanket is crumpled up on the floor
Is that a stuffed moose?
See? That's what I saw, and while it may not make any sense it does sort of make a funny little rhyme. (For the record, it's not a REAL moose that's stuffed, just a toy.)
I hope you've found this worth reading and helpful in some way. Somehow it's helped me enormously, writing this blog post. Writing/blogging doesn't seem like such a chore anymore and I actually have ideas for more posts here. They may take a while to put together, though, so please be patient and don't give up on my little Story Club.
A Writer No Longer On The Block
Saturday, December 4, 2010
But the final was today, and now there is just a little homework to finish and a test or two to retake, then I'll be done with chemistry hopefully forever (and ever, as Giselle would say).
In the meantime, I'm terribly sorry for having somewhat neglected this little spot. Gas laws and nuclear equations left me little time for blogging but hopefully now I'll be able to get things moving here.
Thanks for bearing with me,
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
When did you start writing?
When I was seven, I drew the cover for a short story, "The Four Flower Fairies." I never wrote it. The first novel I actually started writing was a ripoff of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques called The Warriormaids, which I never finished. I was nine.
What first inspired your novel Stars Over Llorleya?
Your faith always comes through in your work; your novels, specifically, contain many Christian themes and ideals, and characters often pray and refer to God. Was it at all difficult to incorporate this very real faith into an imaginary world like Llorleya, with imaginary beings such as elves and fairies?
Where do you get the names for your characters?
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Who has been your greatest supporter in your writing?
My parents for funding me in more ways than one, and the folks at Apricot Pie. I wouldn't be a writer if not for Apricot Pie, I'm completely certain of that.
Is there any music you like to listen to while writing?
You completed a novel of high fantasy when you were only 13, do you have any advice for other aspiring young writers?
One, Bonnie Trenga in The Misplaced Modifier: "Having a problem? Just rewrite the sentence."
Two, Advice to Writers for the Daily Press, Joel Chandler Harris: "When you've got a thing to say,
Say it! Don't take half a day.
When your tale's got little in it,
Crowd the whole thing in a minute!
Life is short, a fleeting vapor--
Don't you fill the whole blamed paper
With a tale which, at a pinch,
Could be cornered in an inch!
Boil her down until she simmers,
Polish her until she glimmers."
Thanks, Anna! :-D
You can read her works at her apricotpie profile, and she also has a blog.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Such recluse backdropped by evening's fields
all spiky white in bloom
for fear of treading bees, wander with care;
not one for wearing shoes.
Such mind enclosed, and wreathed in sun
its glow revealing dust
more threadbare each year do we find the couch,
yet find such things, we must.
My dear, in secrecy of thought
so silently, I should--
yet I cannot disrupt the quiet hum
or a weeping dove, disturb.
A vase of amber glass reflected
so kneel, and hemmed inside
a shard of amber light refracted
through the mirror of your eye.
Ever seek the summer evening's fields
kneel among the fleshy blooms
for fear of treading bees, wander with care;
but do wander, my recluse.
-by Hannah W. age 15
Friday, November 19, 2010
Your Shy Violin
Play me a song
On your shy violin
Tuck her in gently
Under your chin
Tickle her softly
With the bow's string
Let me hear her laugh
As you help her to sing
Lend her a voice
With your firm fingertips
Let your bow kiss
Her beautiful lips
Oh the songs she will sing!
And the tunes she will spin!
Play us a song
On your shy violin
By Anna S. age 17
This wonderfully talented girl has an equally wonderful blog, which I highly encourage you to check out. :)
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The idea is for this place to be a haven of encouragement and inspiration for teen writers, be they poets or novelists. I know several such folk and hope that they and you like what I have in store. As you no doubt can see, there isn't much here right now. I'm currently working on appearances and settings and such and as soon as this blog is shipshape there'll be all sorts of good stuff coming your way.
Thanks for stopping by!
Sometimes it's OK to be a follower. ;) *hint hint*