Sunday, January 31, 2016

Interesting Articles, Part 14

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Another round of interesting articles, this time with a more literary bent. Be sure to also check out the posts on Irish DNA and Celts in Europe! Great inspiration for a fantasy, historical, or alternate universe story. I especially recommend the Electronic Literature article on Story Structure Models. Here is an brief excerpt:
Whether or not you can create a couple generalized models and be “right” is pointless if those models don’t actually help readers understand and appreciate art, nor help creators create new and interesting work. Criticism should be helping us have a deeper and more nuanced view of art, not a more simplistic and shallow one.
Enjoy the list, and I hope some of these articles inspire you!

Friday, January 29, 2016

WYNM, Victory 3: Your Hero

Continuing with our walkthrough miniseries on Jeff Gerke's Write Your Novel in a Month,* today, we are looking at Victory 3 which focuses on choosing a hero for your novel. All opinions are my own.

Last time, we looked at Gerke's methods (and reasons) for selecting a genre before you even start writing.

Let's delve into what he has to say about heroes.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WYNM, Victory 2: Genre

In our continuation of the walkthrough miniseries for Jeff Gerke's Write Your Novel in a Month*, we are going to be covering the second chapter or "Victory 2." Victory 2 focuses on genre. All opinions are my own.

Note: The post from yesterday was a whopping 2k words! I am going to be cutting back from now on; I will still cover the entirety of each chapter, but I will not be waxing as poetic in the future.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

WYNM, Victory 1: The Ultimate Story

This post is a continuation of the walkthrough mini-series covering Write Your Novel in a Month* by Jeff Gerke. All opinions are my own.

Today, we are going to be talking about the first official chapter or "victory" of the book entitled "The Ultimate Story."
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Write Your Novel in a Month, Walkthrough: Introduction

A few weeks ago, I told you all that I got some sweet writing resources from my SO and family at Christmas. One resource has inspired a few posts on setting and such, I decided that I wanted to do a mini-series over the whole darn book.

That is why I am doing a walkthrough of Write Your Novel in a Month.*

I reached this decision after the planets aligned, so to speak. Every time I open Gerke's book, I find something new and exciting that I want to apply to my own writing. In addition, I am on the way to finishing the first draft of my WIP. These things in conjunction with my recent re-connection with the world wide web (via free wifi at my local eatery) has sparked my desire to share this information with you all.

Today I am going to give you a general overview and cover the introduction of Write Your Novel in a Month by Jeff Gerke.
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Are Long Sentences "Bad"?

Are long sentences "bad?"

After hearing numerous friends and students complain about long sentences making a book hard to read or boring, I find myself pondering this question.

The first time I thought "Wow, this sentence is huge" was in middle school when I started reading Jane Austen's work. Even at twelve, I loved how long sentences kept me engaged. They made me feel like I was deep within the narrative itself, and Austen quickly became one of my favorite authors.

Flash forward to today. Austen is still one of my favorites, and I still love long sentences.

Here is a single sentence from her novel Northanger Abbey:
Her plan for the morning thus settled, she sat quietly down to her book after breakfast, resolving to remain in the same place and the same employment till the clock struck one; and from habitude very little incommoded by the remarks and ejaculations of Mrs. Allen, whose vacancy of mind and incapacity for thinking were such, that as she never talked a great deal, so she could never be entirely silent; and, therefore, while she sat at her work, if she lost her needle or broke her thread, if she heard a carriage in the street, or saw a speck upon her gown, she must observe it aloud, whether there were anyone at leisure to answer her or not. (119 words)
Clocking in at 119 words, I LOVE that sentence. It isn't exceptionally poetic or descriptive, but I am enamored with sentences like this one. I am also a big fan of descriptive language bordering on purple prose, so you may want to jump ship from this post now if you heartily disagree.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Checking In, Jan 21, 2016

Just dropping in to say hello. I have no internet at the moment, and writing blog posts on my phone is not an option (way too typo-prone).

Hope everyone is doing well, and I hope to start posting regularly to the blog again starting next week!



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Interesting Articles, Part 13

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More interesting articles on literature, history, science, and more! Remember: Inspiration comes in many forms. Search through some of these articles and see what could inspire your fiction. I have also sprinkled throughout this list articles on writing in general as well as critique articles, infographics, and articles on current events in literature. Look out for more interesting articles next week!

"The Most Neglected Writing Tip" -- Goins, Writer
"Obama as Literary Critic" -- The New York Review of Books

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Review: The Shannara Chronicles, S1E1

Okay, so I literally just finished watching the first episode of The Shannara Chronicles on YouTube (beyond glad MTV put it up, or I wouldn't have seen it). I have to say: I really enjoyed it.

Nay, loved it even.

So this is the beef that I have with the critiques (like this one) that I have read about Shannara:
The Shannara Chronicles is a post-apocalyptic fantasy produced and marketed to Young Adults. It is not high fantasy; Brooks is not Tolkien. Yes, it is tropey.* Yes, the language and acting and drama is all very modern and tween-y.
But here is why that shouldn't matter.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Writing Basics: Establish Setting Using Comparisons

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I guess I am just all about the setting this week, you guys.

Reading Write Your Novel in a Month by Jeff Gerke has me wanting to focus on the way I craft the settings in my story, and I am rehashing and refining some of my thoughts on the blog.

Today, I want to focus on how you can establish the scope of your setting by using comparisons.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Writing Basics: Grounding Your Scenes in Setting

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Relating back to my post on beats in dialogue wherein I referenced incorporating setting into some of your beats, this post is going to deal with grounding your scenes in the setting.

This post was inspired by the book Write Your Novel in a Month by Jeff Gerke.

What does "grounding scenes in setting" mean?

I don't know about you, but I often get so lost in writing my story that I forget to focus on the details.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

What Is on Your Reading List for 2016?

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I got quite a bit of reading done last year, but I want to set a steep goal for myself in 2016. No, I don't mean that I want to read a set number of books in the year.

My goal for 2016 is to read the texts I should have read and to reread books of consequence.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Top 5 Reads of 2015

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If you guys don't know this about me by now: being a day late and a dollar short is one of my trademarks. I procrastinate, I brood, and I work to deadlines. I have come to embrace this part of me and hope that you all can learn to feel the same. And all of this is to say that I will hold out on an idea until I am good and ready to produce it.

With that fluff out of the way, here are my top five reads of 2015!

Monday, January 4, 2016

5 Fairy Tale Movies for Adults

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I know it is the new year and I should have a post about my Reads of 2015 or my New Year's Writing Resolutions or my Reading List for 2016. I know this. But . . . I am still so darn hung up on fairy tales!

But we have to ask ourselves: Are there any fairy tales suitable for adults (not Disney-fied to death)?

Check out these trailers for five very adult fairy tales, and tell me what you think about them in the comments below.