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Naming Your Novel

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Naming Your Novel

*This is also helpful for other types of fiction and possibly even non-fiction.* Note: How careful you have to be naming your novel depends heavily on if you are planning to sell it, and how you are planning to sell it. If you are an unknown who is self-publishing and you want a lot of people to read and buy your novel, you need to do extensive research on the market. This article only covers a few tips, and I am in no way a publishing expert. But, even if you don't plan on going mass-commercial, that doesn't mean you shouldn't spend some time deciding on a name for your labor of love and I hope this article provides some useful ideas. Orga

How to Hook a Reader

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How to Hook a Reader

I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told ‘ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing “rules.” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” This one is just awesome. I adore some subtle humor in a book, and it’s a great way to start out if you’re witty enough. This short and amusing opening line tells us a lot about the character in a very short tim

Mary Sue: Analyzing a Hated Character Type

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Mary Sue: Analyzing a Hated Character Type

Originally posted on Young Writers' Treehouse She's probably the most bashed character in the writer-world...but who exactly is she? And is there a place for her anywhere in literature?Who is Mary Sue? "Mary Sue" is a term used in the world of fiction to represent a certain type of character. It is most commonly seen as a bad thing, but there are also some characters that fit the description who are seen as well-written. There are many attributes that can make a character a Mary Sue and there are a lot of variants so it's hard to define, but I’ve boiled it down to 4 of the most frequent aspects.Special Even if they have humble beginnin

Choosing the Right Main Character for Your Novel

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Choosing the Right Main Character for Your Novel

  Classic Hero The classic good guys. Sure, they slip up, learn things, and grow, but overall they try to do what's right and often end up saving the day. Examples of these types of Main Characters (MCs) are Luke Skywalker, Frodo, Captain America, and Elizabeth Bennet. These characters are what most people think of when they hear the word "protagonist." The reader always roots for them and wants to see them come to a good end. There is a danger that these MCs will be goody-two-shoe Mary Sues if they are TOO moral and noble to be relatable but they are popular because they win reader's hearts by pursuing worthy goals and desires that the read

The 10 Worst Story Openings

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The 10 Worst Story Openings

*disclaimer* I did not come up with all this all by my lonesome, it kind of evolved from things I read by other people when researching how I should start something I was writing, and I noticed a lot of people were saying pretty much the same things. I know I’m cynical and I know there are bountiful exceptions to these so-called “rules.” These are just things to avoid or be careful about. 1. Waking up.    “BEEEP BEEP RIIIING RIIING, the alarm clock jerks 14 year old Jessica Parker out of a sound sleep. She groans and fumbles to shut it off. Her mom calls from the next room, ‘Hurry up Jessie you’re going t

How to Hook a Reader

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How to Hook a Reader

I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told ‘ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing “rules.” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” This one is just awesome. I adore some subtle humor in a book, and it’s a great way to start out if you’re witty enough. This short and amusing opening line tells us a lot about the character in a very short tim

Naming Your Novel

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Naming Your Novel

*This is also helpful for other types of fiction and possibly even non-fiction.* Note: How careful you have to be naming your novel depends heavily on if you are planning to sell it, and how you are planning to sell it. If you are an unknown who is self-publishing and you want a lot of people to read and buy your novel, you need to do extensive research on the market. This article only covers a few tips, and I am in no way a publishing expert. But, even if you don't plan on going mass-commercial, that doesn't mean you shouldn't spend some time deciding on a name for your labor of love and I hope this article provides some useful ideas. Orga

Movie Review: Revenge of the Sith

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Movie Review: Revenge of the Sith

*spoiler alert!! I tell the ending!!* Revenge of the Sith: A Tragic Hero, a Message of Hope    As the third episode in George Lucas’ iconic film series Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith primarily follows the life of Anakin Skywalker, who eventually becomes the infamous Darth Vader. The film opens as Anakin and his Jedi Master Obi-wan are on a mission to rescue Supreme Chancellor Palpatine from enemy captivity. After many obstacles and a crash landing, they succeed in rescuing Palpatine and safely arrive on planet Coruscant. Promptly after his arrival, Anakin becomes aware that his wife, Senator Padme Amidala, is pregnant, which complicat

Movie Review: Signs

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Movie Review: Signs

*WARNING major spoilers! I tell the ending!* Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Signs (2002) may seem like just a sci-fi flick at first glance; but, beyond the breathtakingly tense moments and blood curdling creatures is a powerful story of a man’s renewal of faith. Staring actor, Mel Gibson, aptly spoke of the film’s theme saying, “The humanity in the film comes from the spiritual element, because all of us have within us an instinctual thing that wants to reach for a higher place, that has a suspicion that there is a higher realm outside ourselves that exists and influences who we are” (Whipp, 2002). By liv

Movie Review: Hugo

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Movie Review: Hugo

*spoiler alert! i tell the ending!* Introduction Adapted from The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the New York Times #1 Bestseller book by Brian Selznick, Hugo is best described in a single word as simply magical. This film is aesthetically spectacular with picturesque settings, sweeping camera work, and dramatic lighting that makes this film incredibly beautiful and even whimsical. Hugo is worth watching purely for its artistic value, yet comes packed with a Biblically correct meaning significant for every viewer. Summary Set in 1930s Paris France, with an almost steampunk air, Hugo is the story of an orphaned boy named Hugo Cabret who becomes

Naming Characters (tips for writers)

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Naming Characters (tips for writers)

Choose a Name that Fits People often make judgments based solely on an individual’s name—it’s a natural thing to do. You can use these stereotypes to your advantage—names can be an easy way to give a lot of information about a character without having to say very much. We assume Brutus is muscular, Aiko is a sweet Japanese girl, Chad is a jerk always on the lookout for a hot date, and Agatha is an old lady (or else a mystery writer). If you choose a name with even a moderate stereotype, this is bound to reflect on the character in your readers’ minds. Everyone has different associations with names based on their

11 Awesome Websites for Writers

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11 Awesome Websites for Writers

GoTeenWriters.blogspot.comOther writers I follow are constantly posting articles from this site, and for good reason! You don't have to be a teen to take advantage of their extensive writers-education articles on topics like character background, getting published, how to get good inspiration, developing ideas, writing prompts, and much more! They’ve also got a great Pinterest account and a Facebook group with a fun and helpful community. WritersWrite.co.zaIf you’ve been in the online writing community long, chances are you’ve come across Amanda Patterson’s Writers Write blog. She has many posts on everything writing

Story Structure: Plot Points

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Story Structure: Plot Points

A story without structure is like a body without bones: it’s messy and won’t get very far. Structure gives both you and your readers a clear sense of direction and purpose. If you check around for story structure outlines, many of them will based on Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet. It is a basic plot structure, typically used in screenwriting. However, it can really apply to any media form because it follows a basic three act structure. This one is somewhat based on Snyder’s outline as well. Note that all of the elements of this outline are not completely set in stone, but this is a good structure for sequence of events. Som

Ultimate Character Questionnaire

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Ultimate Character Questionnaire

BasicsWhat is your name? What is your name’s origin and meaning, and how was it chosen? Any nicknames? How tall are you? Who do you live with or near, if anyone? Where is your residence and what is it like? What is your hometown and local culture like? Who are your parents? Are you married, single, seeking a relationship, avoiding romance? What is your class/income level? What is your income source and/or occupation? What is your education? What is your worldview/religion? What is your level of devotion to that philosophy? What are your current life problems? Who (or what) are your enemies? What are your priorities in life? What is your

Apple Juice: Part 1

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Apple Juice: Part 1

 “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” ― Henry David Thoreau    My mind is like spaghetti. A bunch of twisted limp noodles that look like they go somewhere, but when you pull one out, it’s broken on both sides. And that’s how I see the world. Nothing before or after death, and in the middle just a bunch of lives twirling around tangled together coming from nowhere and going nowhere. Why prolong this drudgery, I thought.    The concrete below, oh it did look lovely. Every time I look over the edge of the balcony I lust for a fall. But I’ve got years

Building Plot

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Building Plot

Whether you have no plot, half a plot, or just need to spice things up a bit, this article gives advice on to create and solve conflict in a character-centered story, along with a few ideas for inspiration. Growing Plot from Character In many stories, the protagonist is the heart and the plot is the body. This is a good strategy. The character drives the plot and the plot in turn creates needs for the character to attempt to overcome and structure to make the story flowing and paced. Often I start with a character and a few loose ideas about that character, but not a very strong plot idea. If you’ve got a well-developed character but

Grace Comes to Piney Bend - Chapter 1

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Grace Comes to Piney Bend - Chapter 1

    Grace never thought she’d spend the first day of her vacation with an ax in hand ready to slash evil-doers. Everything had started out just as she had imagined it when she arrived at her backwoods getaway cabin in Piney Bend, Kentucky.    Grace climbed down from the ATV and pulled off her helmet. “Thanks for the ride!” she said, handing the helmet to the man who had driven her to the vacation spot.    The man dusted off the snow that had collected on his beard while driving. “Now you’re sure you’ll be alright? That ice storm done knocked out power ‘round most these parts and it’ll be a w
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Favourite Movies
Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Marvel, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Narnia, Star Wars, National Treasure, Indiana Jones, Pride and Prejudice, etc.
Favourite TV Shows
Sherlock
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Owl City, Coldplay, Enya, Jars of Clay, Phantom of the Opera Musical, Jackie Evancho, Lindsey Stirling, Imagine Dragons, Florence and the Machine, Les Miserables Musical, The Postal Service, Two Steps From Hell, Fox Stevenson, Nick Pitera, Lorde, etc.
Favourite Books
Narnia, Around the World in 80 Days, Mere Christianity, The Thief Lord, Percy Jackson, The Screwtape Letters, Pride and Prejudice, Hoot, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Phantom of the Opera, Alex Rider, The Fault in Our Stars, The Prisoner of Zenda, etc.
Favourite Writers
C.S. Lewis, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Carl Hiaasen, Rick Riordan, Cornelia Funke, Gordon Korman, and so many others that I've only read one or two books by.
Favourite Games
idk... tag? laser tag?
Tools of the Trade
my keyboard, Photoshop, and a wacom tablet.
Other Interests
writing, graphic design, photography, cinematography, etc.

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Emily-ByrdHobbyist General Artist
Haaaappy birthday, dear Laura! So glad you're my real-life bud now. Still unbelievable. :)
LauraMartinArtStudent General Artist
Omgsh thank you!! Yes it's fantastic :D
Happy Birthday!
LauraMartinArtStudent General Artist
Awh thank you!!
PajunenHobbyist General Artist
 
Thank you for the :+devwatch:
dragonfutureHobbyist Writer
Lauraaaaaaaaa thanks for all the faves :tighthug:
LauraMartinArtStudent General Artist
You're welcome my sweet :glomp: