I’m not the biggest advocate of TV, but I do think that ideas pop up when watching sometimes. I watched videos one day and came up with a story titled Just Gotta Make It. Not all of my ideas come from watching TV, since I rarely watch it, but it can happen to the best of us. You should also go out and have fun. Maybe while out with friends you may get an idea to write about a group of friends whose lives are so intertwined and they can’t help but discuss everything that is wrong with them, but also what’s going right. I think I write my best work when I’m happy and content with my lot in life so I try to have fun as often as possible. Other emotions can give our writings a different edge, but sometimes I can’t write when I feel a certain type of way. My advice is to figure out when you write your best and try to achieve that emotion.
In life the main thing we need is often what we don’t have: belief. You have to believe that you can do something or are someone in order to succeed. If you want to be a writer believe that you are and any naysayers that come your way will not be able to discourage you. You have to believe that you can create a novel that is epic and maybe it will be in due time. I believe that after I copyright then self-publish my books they will sell and I will garner a fan base that looks forward to my next book. When people lose their belief in something, everything seems to go downhill from there and it is very hard to get back up. So believe you can do it and watch and see what happens.
I don’t profess to be a know-it-all when it comes to writing. I’ve learned many things over the years about it though. Every time I go back to read something that I’ve written a few years ago I find so many mistakes and grammar issues. Then I’ll read something more recent and say to myself, “Now that’s what it’s supposed to look like.” It’s very frustrating to have to go back and edit everything and I could say forget it, but I want everyone to hear the stories that I have to tell. Not to mention the fact that all of my older stories are handwritten and need to be typed so that you—my readers—are able to read them. Writing is a tedious process and I love it, but it is hard. It truly is, but if you love something you fight for it or with it to get your point across and make it yours. I’m still learning about this, trust me, and you’ll learn too.
Today I woke up and thought that I’d share a little more of my books with you guys. So far I’ve posted recipes, poems, recommended reads, and short stories. Now I’ll post excerpts to some of my longer stories. Look forward to more coming soon under the Books tab.
The worst thing we can do as writers is not give our characters personalities. A personality draws the reader in and keeps them there if it is done right. A character can be witty, charming, driven, funny, bad ass, a diva, or even shy. Whatever you choose stick to it. Even if your character somehow goes through trials and tribulations that make them think twice about how their life is going, don’t change their essential essence—they will never be the same if you do. If you think things are getting too boring, spice it up. Throw some drama in the mix or even add a new character who is nothing but DRAMA. A personality is everything. Find out what kind of personality your character has.
Always keep a pad of paper and pen on the side of the bed for those moments in the middle of the night when you have an idea and you don’t want to lose it. I have those sometimes and when I was in school they came frequently for the many papers that I had to write. I used to get frustrated when I was out and about or somewhere where I didn’t have a piece of paper and pen or I couldn’t use my phone. The idea would just float away. Now, I am prepared at all times whether I use my phone (which I honestly prefer) or pen and paper. It would be such a tragedy to lose some of the ideas that we come up with in the dead of the night.
A good example is the short story that I plan on writing today called Submit. Look for it later on today. You’ll be sure to like it.
The best arsenal that we have as writers is our experience. If you have had several things happen to you then you are able to draw on that in whatever you write. Our experiences shape how strongly or poorly we feel about things that go on in our lives and in the writings that we put to paper. Reading can also help since we tend to remember certain things about how a writer has described a certain scene, but it can’t compare to actual experiences.
A good example would be experiences with family or friends. If you have a big number of either you can describe it better in your stories because it is something you know about. Trust me it is very okay to step out of your bounds and write about something you have never experienced especially for us fiction writers, but the best of us our writing draws from our daily lives.
Here’s something funny for you to consider:
Every writer has a preferred genre whether it is romance, fantasy fiction, nonfiction, horror, or some other genre. I prefer urban erotica and fantasy fiction myself. I have rarely stepped out of those boundaries and fantasy fiction is a new genre for me. I have two stories that are geared towards young adults, but they were not my idea to write. I co-wrote it with a friend of mine years ago, but I doubt if I will go that route again. Urban erotica has always been my thing. There is just soo much to write about, so many different ways to explore our sexualities and human interactions that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.
In recent years I fell in love with fantasy fiction. That is basically all I read now no matter what. Urban erotica has a lot to give, but fantasy gives even more because you can build your own worlds and as I read these various novels their worlds come to life for me in my mind and I love it. At the beginning of 2013 I decided to have a go at writing something in the fantasy fiction category and I am enthralled with it. I haven’t built my own world, but I have delved into the supernatural one. My story has vamps, witches and Fae and who knows—I just might add other supernatural creatures. I’m enjoying playing around with the idea of these various things interacting with each other and can’t wait to share this book with the world.
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Just thought I’d give you a laugh for today
Is this a new trend?
I think writing makes a lot of people happy and it definitely makes me happy. I like telling a good story just as much as I like reading one. Word of advice for everyone out there: Find something you love and go after it. If you are doing something in your life that feels mediocre then it is. When you find a job that you love then you’re overall much more happy with your lot in life. I decided to go to school for Creative Writing probably during my junior year of high school, but it turns out I didn’t much like analyzing my own writing. It seemed as if I wasn’t truly learning how to be a more creative writer so I didn’t continue.
I feel like I learn more just by people watching and learning from everything that goes on around me. Take my friends from my job. They’ve taught me a lot about cooking even though I’m not big on culinary as much as I am about Baking and Pastry, but I appreciate their help and I’ve put it to use at home in my own cooking. This is by far not the only way to learn, but it is my way of learning. I’d rather learn from those around me or those that I meet on the ‘L’ or from the various amounts of books that I read on a regular basis.
Find your niche in life and if it is writing like mine is then decide if you would be better off learning at school, reading and drawing knowledge from books, or from everything and everyone surrounding you or a combo of all of those. No matter what be happy and find something that makes you happy.