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Wandering Inspiration

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I know I haven’t been posting a lot as of late. Recently I’ve had a lot of things on my plate that I’ve been trying to balance, so once I’ve gotten everything under control I will be trying to post more regularly.

The reason I’m posting this today is because I decided to take a break and watch a few online videos. Now, my background isn’t in sci-fi but for whatever reason my brain came up with so many little ideas for short stories after watching one video. I grew up with Star Trek, Alien vs. Predator, Star Wars, and many other sci-fi movies. Heck I’m even named after a Star Trek character, (Deanna Troi). So, finding inspiration to write sci-fi shouldn’t have been that surprising to me.

Anyways, I know many of you who follow me are exploring a variety of genres and that’s why I knew some among you would enjoy this amazing short film called WANDERERS. This hasn’t been my first time watching it. About a year ago before writing my first book I watch this short film without getting such an overwhelming amount of inspiration from it. Now, a year later watching the same film I thought of the potential of using the bases of this film for a collection of short stories. Weird how time can change your perspective of inspiration. It could also be that when I first watched WANDERERS I wasn’t open to inspiration due to my lack of writing in my life at the time, but now that I’ve written almost every day since and expanded my mind to think more creatively that maybe that’s why I am seeing the potential this short film has to offer.

After all inspiration is everywhere, right?

So, without further delay here is the short film WANDERER. Let me know if you found it as inspiring in the comments down below and until next time – toodles! :3

I love English and I also Hate it!

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Was exploring Facebook the other day when I came across this interesting post:

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I love finding things like this. It not only shows you how awesome the English language is but also how horribly nightmarish you can be. Now, for those who don’t have the time to make up these sentences – don’t worry I’ve got you covered:

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Is there anyone else that thinks this is just amazing? Let me know in the comments below and until next time – toodles! :3

Thinking Thursdays: 1st or 3rd Person?

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Today’s Thinking Thursday is about 1st or 3rd person, which one do I prefer to write in.

When I first started getting into creative writing I found writing in 1st person the easiest way to get out my ideas. I would be able to imagine myself as the main character and write what I felt or saw. This was what was taught to us in school in regards to approaching creative writing. All I knew was 1st person and nothing else.

It was after doing some more research and reading books that weren’t for my age level that I discovered the amazing tense of 3rd person. I loved how the writer could explore a variety of views within one book and make the story deeper, or just write in one person’s point of view for the whole book. It was something new and exciting, which pushed me to practice writing in 3rd person.

As time went on I shied away from 1st person and started writing in 3rd person. Child of the Light (Book 1) is written in 3rd person and so is Children of Sirphan (Book 2). I found 3rd person the best style to use for this series since it follows a large group of people. It has been only recently, as I work on another side project – Too Much Jinn – that I’ve begun exploring 1st person again.

To me I don’t prefer writing in just one style. It depends on the characters and the book I’m working on as to what point of view works for the atmosphere I’m trying to portray.

When it comes to reading books I would much rather read in 3rd person than first. I like to be disconnected from the characters that I’m reading about and that is easier to do with 3rd person than 1st person. I also find a lot of young books are 1st person focused, which I don’t enjoy reading either. 1st person has a lot of I did this, I wanted to do that. With 3rd person the author is forced to explore the world more to capture the reader than just write from one view point.

Anyways… that’s just what I prefer…

What about you? Is there a point of view that you prefer to write in or does it just depend on the story you’re writing?

Leave your answers in the comment section down below and until next time – toodles!! :3

Thinking Thursdays: What time of day do you prefer to write?

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Since we have reached over 560 followers in the last couple of weeks I thought it would be good to share with you a little bit about myself. This way those who have been following me since the beginning and those new  followers will learn a little more about the disembodied voice writing all these posts. 🙂

So, without further delay this weeks Thinking Thursday Question is:

What time of day do you prefer to write?

I’m a night writer. I can try to write during the day but my mind gets distracted too easily. For whatever reason night time my mind calms down enough for me to focus on my writing and editing. It is also when my mind is most creative… probably because it would be the time I would be laying in my bed trying to sleep.

It is also the quiet time of night. With Mr. Canuck in bed I don’t have to worry about being interrupted in the middle of a writing flow or having to pull away from my work to make dinner or clean the dishes. Once 11 pm hits so does my writing drive and I have been known to stay up until 6 am… which works for the moment. This is only become a problem once I get a job and then my writing habits will likely change again. 🙂

What times do you find yourself writing? Do you have any questions you want me to answer for the next Thinking Thursday? Let me know in the comments below and until next time – Toodles!! :3

Inspiration To Publish Your Book

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After getting passed self-publishing one book my anxiety towards publishing a second book isn’t that bad. Then again… I’m like six months from publishing the second book… so we shall see if my mood changes the closer I get to the publishing date.

With that said I wanted to share this with you as I found it amusing. If you ever needed motivation to publish something this is it!

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Thank Goodness For Computers

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I saw this picture a while back and couldn’t help but think, “Thank goodness for computers.”

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With the amount of time I spend writing and rewriting my drafts my room would resemble… nay my house would resemble this picture. Just imagine not having a computer for a moment. As a writer we do not fathom how much paper we would have gone through between our first draft to our last draft with the commonness of computers now-a-days. Some of us still use notebooks but those are organized pieces of paper that can easily be filed away on a shelf or in a drawer. Yes they do take up space but not as much as crumpled pieces like this picture. Imagine every mistake you make and every piece you rewrite only to crumple it and leave it on the floor. Within a couple of hours your room would be filled to the ceiling; you wouldn’t be able to open the door, and a candle would be a death sentence…

We write so much with this technology that permits us unlimited space.

For example: look at your picture file on your computer for a moment. There are hundreds of images both those you’ve taken and those you’ve copied from online sources. If you were to print all of these pictures you would likely run out of wall space before you were halfway finished. On a computer we can store all these images without taking up physical space that wouldn’t have been realistic if we were to make them a physical copy.

Now, consider how many pages you’ve written… even the blog posts you’ve posted. Each page doesn’t take up physical space but if printed how much room do you think it would take up. With my books averaging around 250 pages and I do at least three drafts for each, I know I would run out of room quickly.

You don’t really think about your writing taking up physical space now that you have a computer that keeps in hidden behind zeros and ones. All we need to worry about now is our hard drive running out of room or our keyboard breaking from overuse, (which recently happened to me). Those of course can be fixed or improved. You can add more drives to your computer that sits in the corner of a room taking up very little space. You can buy yourself a new keyboard, maybe one that is graded for hard use like a ducky or alien. At the end of the day we sit here in front of this device that grows in kilobytes whenever we use it. Those books that used to take up the bookshelves in our living room now fit on a device that hardly takes up a corner of a kitchen table. We can read hundreds of books that we couldn’t imagine dragging around in a backpack now on our phones through applications designed to keep your life as organized as possible.

Thank goodness for computers… as my house would be a fire hazard on the daily without it.

But, at the same time I feel like that chaos caused by my paper rewrites and my walls plastered with hardcover books is something a writer or reader enjoy. With the amount of crumpled paper around your feet keeping you stuck to your desk shows that there is progress. Those hardcover books lining the shelves gives you a sense of wonder that each text was someones creation that you can hold in your hands and examine. Sometimes I like the physical messes writing causes. It gives you a sense that the written word can invade your life and take over your living space. It reminds you that its there… unlike on a computer where you can lose a document and forget about it. With a physical book or physical copy of your writing you’ll happen across it eventually when cleaning or reorganizing your work space. The same doesn’t always happen with your digital version.

I am thankful for computers as it has helped me stay organized but I do love the physical chaos paper can bring to a work space.

The Real Steps You’ll Go Through When Writing A Story

There are plenty of posts about the steps to writing a story but very few of them tell you what you’ll actually go through/ feel when writing something. These of course are subjective. Not everyone is going to feel all of these or any of these when approaching their story writing, but I just wanted to share these steps just in case one of you are going through the same thing I have.

So, without further delay here are The Real Steps You’ll Go Through When Writing A Story:

OVERWHELMING EXCITEMENT:

You got this amazing idea! No worries we’ve all got one in our heads. You grad the closest 96781-Anna-excited-gif-Imgur-Frozen-j9Hv.gifthing – let it be your phone or a note book – and begin to write furiously. You have characters lined up and a plot. You imagine being on a popular television show being interviewed by the host that found this idea of yours just as amazing.

Don’t worry, you’re not delusional, you’re a writer. 🙂

When you are done writing down this idea you close the notebook or app on your phone to continue with your day. You will think about the idea, try working out the kinks to your story, and figure out other key factors that you may have not thought about when this idea had taken hold.

REVIEWING THE IDEA:

Now you’re home from the store, work, what-have-you and you sit down in front of your computer or type writers to explore this AMAZING idea further. You pull out your notes and start typing them out on a larger screen. You no longer have that excitement the idea once brought you… actually now that you’re reading this idea it isn’t that AMAZING at all.

You’ll push through, making changes here and there. The ideas flow and you discover this idea is actually growing into something. You are able to write a draft or at least something you believe resembles a first draft. You know the start, are muddy on the middle, but you really like the end. You’ve also started liking one of the characters – it could be something you made them say or do that pulls at your heartstrings but you now vow that nothing will happen to them.

WHAT ARE WERDS?

You are fixing up your draft and hate the middle bit for some reason. It isn’t flowing with the rest of the story… it feels like you were forced to put those scenes together – or worse – you didn’t know what to put in the middle so you just through that part together. That’s fine… the story isn’t published yet… you have time to fix all these growing problems to create the “Perfect Story”. You know perfect is a strong word but you use it anyway because to you, you want this to be perfect.

So, you sit there staring at the screen for a moment reviewing the draft. You change two words, remove one word… but asides that you can’t think how to change it. You get up from your work area and go make something to eat. The second you get to the fridge and are in the middle of working on the sandwich when the curtains rise and you have this idea on how to fix the middle of your book.

Now, you’re in a predicament. You can stop making your sandwich to write down the idea but you don’t know how long this thought train is going to go for. You could write the idea down on the whiteboard you have in the fridge but there wouldn’t be enough space to make this idea clear. You settle on the third idea. Finish making the sandwich and then write the idea down on the computer. That way you are sure to at least one thing that day and you can spend all the time you want writing this idea down without worry of forgetting the half-made sandwich on the counter.

tumblr_ngjzdtpqw41sn03clo2_400You run this idea over and over in your head so you don’t forget. The sandwich is done and you grab a drink from the fridge. Everything is tidy and you go to sit down at the computer. Fingers raised above the keys ready to type the first word and you hesitate. Not for suspense but because the idea has sat so long in your brain that it is stuck in there like quicksand and you can’t figure a way to pull it out. Questions start running through your head like: how are you supposed to start this idea? How do you connect the original with this? Are there other changes in this story you need to make because of this idea?

Soon your mind is so filled with these questions that the idea is now just a faint whisper barely audible to be noticed in this fray your mind is now in. You stare at the screen, watching the flashing black text line beat to the same rate as your heart before your head falls forward to rest on the key board in defeat. The only thought going through your head now is: “Urg this is hard!”

DOUBT & APATHY:

These two are the worst and always come together as a pair. Doubt will creep in first at the darkest moments of your writing. You will sit there staring blankly at the screen or once you have completed everything to your liking and are reviewing the drafts. This is where you will start to think that maybe your idea is terrible. Maybe you are a terrible writer. Maybe this story you’ve written isn’t worth all this hard work. Maybe writing isn’t a job you should look at doing.

When all of these thoughts pull you down and turn you into grey sludge apathy comes in, where you feel like nothing matters. This story doesn’t matter. Your writing is too predictable. Your writing doesn’t matter. No one is going to read this stuff. No one will care about what you’ve written.

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These thoughts are normal. Every writer will have them at least once and if not then they aren’t normal… This doubt and apathy only become a problem if you start to believe it. So, instead of filling your head with all these negative thoughts try thinking these instead.

Maybe you are a terrible writer – but your writing improves with everything you write. Maybe this story you’ve written isn’t worth all this hard-work – but it will feel so good when it’s done and at least one person reads it. Maybe writing isn’t a job for you – but it can be a hobby that you enjoy and it helps you escape. This story doesn’t matter – to you but maybe someone out there needs your story. You’re writing is too predictable – because you wrote it! You’re writing doesn’t matter – it lowers your stress and helps you develop ways to mentally coup with outer stress… so yeah… it does matter. No one is going to read this stuff – if you’re too afraid to put it out there. No one will care about what you’ve written – only if you don’t take the chance to see.

If you are strong enough to counter all of your own arguments and work through your doubt demons than you are a writer. It is doubt that kills ideas… so don’t let it kill yours.

COMPLETION… OR SO YOU THINK:

Once you are out of that funk and everything appears to be bright/ shiny again you will realize that the finished product was worth it. That excitement you felt when this idea first came to mind will be back and you’ll want to share it with the world. You will realize all the hard work was worth it. All those nights staring up at the ceiling was worth it.

7drhiqrYou post your story online or whatever form of publication you choose, and you get your first reader. You may not be on a talk-show or a national bestseller (yet) but not giving up on this project was an award all on its own. You sit back in your chair, read a couple of comments, and then poof! Another AMAZING IDEA pops into your head.

Back to work you go!

 

What Will Make Your Story Unique?

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What will make your story unique can be a hard question to answer. You have to look at your work and examine it in a way, not as a writer but as a reader. What will make your story stand out? What do you want your story to leave behind?

These are questions I ask myself whenever I’m about to dive into a project. As a writer of YA fantasy, I already know I’m going into a competitive market with more talented people with better stories than myself. With this thought in mind I focus on what makes my story stand out… or at least what I can do to make my story stand out.

What I’ve written below are some ways I’ve tried to make my story unique and have given examples to help you follow along. 🙂

THEMES:

Themes are a great way to create interest in your books. Most of mine are focused towards current events in the world. My first book – although based in a fantasy world all on its own – focused on loss, being able to adapt, and trying to keep from losing one’s culture when immersed in a new one. These aren’t common themes for YA fantasy that focus mostly on conflict resolution, friendships, and love.

Book two I focused more towards gender identity and self identity. These are two things I remembered struggling with as a young adult and even into becoming a new adult. I talk about labels and trying to put everyone into neat little boxes when in reality no one fits perfectly…

Its the themes I choose that makes my book stand out and why people have told me they love what I’m writing. The questions my characters ask and the problems they overcome aren’t the usual facing characters in a fantasy series.

ENVIRONMENT:

Now, next to creating your characters the next important thing in the world. What makes your world special? In my case, with fantasy I had to try and get away from the traditional but for some reason ended back at where I was trying to get away from. In most fantasy books you’ll find dragons and other mythical beast. You’ll find magic and elves.

My world doesn’t have the elves… but it is starting to get magic. I wanted to create a world similar to how earth was in the dark ages – swords, knights, kings and so on. I achieved that but I needed something more. I knew I wanted mythical creatures like gryphons, dragons, and trolls, but I didn’t want them just there. I wanted them a part of the world, a functioning part of the worlds ecosystem. That’s why I focused on how these creatures and the creatures I created would work with the world, not against it. I settled with making the dragons more dinosaur like. Some have wings but the majority don’t. They work like work horses for the more difficult of terrain, or as war beasts for those desiring to use them as such.

I did the same thing with the gryphons. They were animals at one time tamed and controlled to be used for a task. Just like we tamed horses, elephants, and reindeer.

The led to how I was going to make the physical world unique. We have the two nations warring over one another – like most fantasy books – but I needed more ways of making Gaitan stand out. Come the actual layout of the map.

The South is desert, half of which consists of lava lands that the Southerns call Fire Lands. This leaves very little area for the Southerns to live, forcing them to push the boundaries of their lands more into the West, North, and East. This in turn creates conflict.

The North is very rugged with rocky hills, dense forests, and cliff faces. Perfect for gryphons to thrive but not so easy for people. Instead of going to war to gain the resources the North needed they allied with the West and East where they were provided was they requested. This rugged land fades into ancient Oak over 1000 years old and into a Valley where lush farms thrive. This is the Western Valley that leads up into the Western Mountains which have peaks so high no one has ever been able to fly over, (expect Har… but no one truly believed that story).

These small elements to my world is what makes it unique. It isn’t fantasy because it’s magic. It isn’t fantasy because it has elves or fairies. It’s fantasy because it is a world you can escape into with it’s premise in Tolkin style world development… without the thirteen pages about a sword that doesn’t matter…

 CHARACTERS:

When it comes to fantasy there is a lot of writers that jump to magic and super fighting abilities. This isn’t the reason I read books. I love human interactions and characters that overcome their problems with their own natural skills.

Yes, my main character has God given abilities but she only uses them when she has to or they manifest even when she doesn’t want them to. With my main character with passive abilities like seeing past, present, and future events or healing people with the touch of her hand – those aren’t useful in a conflict. I have her needing to rely on what she’s learnt from her mentors or reflect on her on capabilities. More times than not Liora realizes she’s gotten herself into a situation that is completely above her skill set but she is forced to figure things out using her mind verses her fists.

That of course doesn’t mean Liora can’t fight. She isn’t officially trained like other characters in the book but if she needs to she can scrap. I wanted to make her imperfect, curious, and troublesome to a sense because most teenagers are. Most teenagers get into situations that are out of their control that they need to fix on their own. Most teenagers think they know everything when they clearly don’t. Most teenagers are still finding themselves or realizing what they are truly capable of.

Liora is all these things and more, which is one reason why I think she’s a very unique character.

 

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Love is love is love,” he sighed, “and nothing’s wrong with that.”

“Nothing?” he watched his sister sway her feet when she had asked the question.

“Nothing.”

He watched he turn to smile at him, seeing the weight that had been heavy on her shoulders lift.

“Then I’d like you to meet her,” that had been the first time in a long time my sister smiled without it being forced. It wasn’t fake as the corner of her eyes crinkled and her cheeks flushed at soft shade of pink. “You’ll like her.”

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