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Thursday, May 28, 2015

When Love Gets in the Way

Have you ever heard of the term "ship", or "shipping"? These terms are commonly used in phrases such as "I ship such-and-such-a-couple", and "Are you shipping this-couple?". But what do these words mean?

According to the Urban Dictionary, "it generally refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer to platonic ones as well". The Urban Dictionary also mentions that the phrase "ship" comes from the term "relationship".

When a couple is shipped, that usually means that their names are mushed together. For example, Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians have the shipping name Percabeth. Or, in other cases, two titles can be meshed: Captain Hook and Emma Swan of ABC's Once Upon a Time have won the shipping name Captain Swan.

Where am I going with this? Some authors experience a little issue when they're writing about a romance between two people who are just not meant to be together -- they become attached. Even though it might not be in the characters' destinies to be wed and grow old together, the writer will still notice the flaws in the relationship -- and just how much the two characters are meant to be together.

I like to call this problem one of the many "writer's issues". Seeing as the writer often falls for the characters even harder than the readers do, they find destroying the two characters' relationship incredibly heartbreaking. And they're stuck.

What to do! Some writers shove aside their feelings and ruin the characters' romance; others simply sigh and look for a way around it. My advice? Take serious note of all the flaws in the relationship, and move past it. Remember that the whole point of their failing love is for your story. Just don't do anything rash...

Image author unknown; recovered from this link.



Friday, May 15, 2015

Signs of a True Unicorn

Unicorns are legends of mystical creatures representing purity and innocence, and though there is a possibility that there was a time in which they existed, there are, indeed, true unicorns walking amongst us, today.

But what might a true unicorn look like? Well, you can't just look -- you have to hunt, for them, really. You must befriend and analyze someone to determine whether or not they are a unicorn.

What's a true unicorn, though?

A true unicorn is a girl (usually in her teenage years, or at the age of a young adult) who fits the standard stereotype of a unicorn, which consists of purity and innocence.

Still not sure whether or not you know any unicorns? Take the test below. You might be surprised -- if you're not a unicorn, your best friend might be one, herself.

1. You would rather use Roman numerals over Arabic numbers, any day. Yes or no?
2. Italics are fun. Yes or no?
3. Blue is best. Yes or no?
4. You've often been described as "innocent". Yes or no?
5. You prefer hot cocoa over hot tea. Yes or no?
6. You prefer rain over sunshine. Yes or no?
7. You're a writer and/or an artist. Yes or no?
8. When it comes to candles, you prefer earthy scents over rich ones. Yes or no?
9. Chocolate is wonderful. Yes or no?
10. Coffee is drinkable, even if not the best. Yes or no?
11. There's a higher chance of you becoming a vegetarian than a meat-lover. Yes or no?
12. You enjoy wearing the colour black, but only because it's soothing. Yes or no?
13. Sparkles are love. Yes or no?
14. You're an introvert. Yes or no?
15. You want to be successful, which includes going to college. Yes or no?
16. There is a country in Europe that you are obsessed with. Yes or no?
17. Dogs over cats. Yes or no?
18. Reading is an adventure. Yes or no?
19. You often cry when something sad happens in a movie or TV program. Yes or no?
20. Drama on social networks is not okay. Yes or no?
21. When it comes to stress, you just need to relax. Yes or no?
22. Sparkling cider is man's greatest accomplishment. Yes or no?
23. The term "north" is more appealing to you than "south". Yes or no?
24. Autumn and winter over springtime and summer. Yes or no?

The more "yes"es you chose, the more of a unicorn you are! Congratulations! :)

Image by Anne Stokes; recovered from this link.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When You're Fed Up With It

So the main character is based off you -- and you're starting to hate them.

Uhg! Isn't that annoying? Someone you could relate to is now your worst nightmare! Perhaps you've slammed the screen down and snarled, or taken a deep breath and tried again. But things aren't going the way you planned. It's writer's block, no self-compassion towards your character, and even worse: you had so much hope! It feels as if the relationship you had with your character is falling apart -- or, perhaps, their world is. If you speed up the novel progress, then you might just ruin your chance at writing it, so what can you do?

Take a deep breath. What is your character doing that's annoying you?

Are they too cowardly? Too selfish? This character was (most likely) based off you, and now they're driving you barking mad! So what do you do.

First of all, give your novel a little bit of space. You have time, and if it doesn't ever get published, it's not that big of a deal. At least you'll have written it, and, should no publishing office accept it, you can always turn to self-publishing.

Secondly, relax and think about your character. I'm guessing that they were based off you. What is it about them that is driving you crazy? Maybe you're not able to relate to them, as much. Just calmly step back a little bit, and give yourself some well-deserved self-compassion. Don't ignore your novel, because you won't get anywhere if you do that.

Just watch your character and decide what it is that is bothering you. For example: they're too cowardly. (Now, remember: being a coward does not mean that you're afraid; it means that you are acting upon that fear.) So what do you do?

  1. Think about you. Are you too cowardly? (Remember to allow yourself some self-compassion!) Did you ever consider the idea that you're being too hard on yourself, and causing the character to become a twisted version of you?
  2. Now, look at the character. (Let's just say that they're a reflection of you.) Give them some compassion, and remember that you can change them come the next draft. Are you giving them the same compassion you're giving yourself? Ease up on them, and maybe lighten their load a wee bit.

But I still have writer's block! A-and...!

I know, I know! Believe me, I know! Truly think about your story. If you had known what is happening now when you were writing a few pages back, would things be different? Consider the situation, and try not to look for an easy way out. Just slowly ease yourself back into your writing, and consider your story. If your characters are suffering, what can you do to change that? If necessary, throw in a little twist the reader wouldn't expect. And remember that if things aren't working out (or if they are, but you still need some guidance... or just do it anyway), then just pray!! :)



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Here Comes the Summer!

Here it comes! The SUMMER! The SUMMER!!!!

So many things are here because of it! And even though we students must suffer through dead week, exams, and the wrap-ups of our semester projects, summer is finally here -- and there are so many things to do during it! There are

                            SONGS TO BE SUNG,

                                                ADVENTURES TO GO ON,

                                                                                  AND NOVELS TO WRITE;

and the best part of it all? We have three entire months to do it in! For most students (whose school dips into the season of summer), that's about
                   eighty-seven days of freedom!!

And it's only four weeks away!

But what songs to listen to on those long road trips to faraway meetings? Or when you can't decide which movie or program to watch? And what things to do when you're at the peak of boredom? Well, you could...

Read these lists? And decide what to do from there. :)

XXV of Summer's Best Songs

(Not ranked.)

  1. "While We're Young" by 1 Girl Nation. For those times when you're crowded into a car with all your best buddies.
  2. "In the Morning" by Megan Rae. For those times when you feel lost.
  3. "Agony" by Chris Pine and Billy Magunssen. For those times when you could fall over laughing.
  4. "Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato. For those times when you want something crazy.
  5. "22" by Taylor Swift. For those times when you just want to have fun with your pals.
  6. "Write Your Story" by Francesca Battistelli. For those times when you feel thankful to God.
  7. "Boston" by Augustana. For those times when you just can't wait to escape.
  8. "What You Never Know" by Hayley Westenra. For those times when you feel as if you don't know yourself, anymore.
  9. "Touch the Sky" by Julie Fowlis. For those times when you feel so happy, and so free.
  10. "Better Dig Two" by the Band Perry. For those times when you feel mysterious.
  11. "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic. For those times when you feel incredible.
  12. "Demons" by Imagine Dragons. For those times when you could lose yourself.
  13. "Rescue" by Alathea. For those times when you feel content with who you are.
  14. "Zephyr" by Mary Chapin Carpenter. For those times when you feel calm like the wind.
  15. "The Call" by Regina Spektor. For those times when you feel like you're about to go on an amazing journey.
  16. "Distant Shore" by Orla Fallon. For those times when you feel content but sorrowful.
  17. "Beautiful Day" by Jamie Grace. For those times when you feel particularly thankful for God's creation.
  18. "Prove It" by Rachel Chan. For those times when you feel happy, and completely ready to shrug irritation off.
  19. "Give Me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath. For those times when you feel like a psychology student.
  20. "Ready or Not" by Britt Nicole and Lecrae. For those times when you're just so ready to let God's light shine.
  21. "When Will My Life Begin" by Mandy Moore. For those times when you're in a working-mood.
  22. "Wake Me Up" by Home Free. For those times when you feel as if no one understands you.
  23. "May It Be" by Enya. For those times when you feel ready for the road ahead.
  24. "Fallin' for You" by Colbie Caillat. For those times when you feel strange and quite.
  25. "Our Solemn Hour" by Within Temptation. For those times when you feel barking mad.

XIII of Summer's Best Movies & Programs

(Not ranked.)

  1. Pride and Prejudice; 1995. For those times when you need some sweet, sensible romance.
  2. Sense and Sensibility; 1995. For those times when you need more sweet and sensible romance.
  3. Cinderella; 2015. For those times when you need even more sweet and sensible romance.
  4. Maleficent; 2014. For those times when you need a Sleeping Beauty story that doesn't revolve around romance.
  5. Once Upon a Time; 2011-present. For those times when you need some fairytale magic in your life.
  6. How to Train your Dragon; 2010. For those times when you need to see a human-pet relationship that isn't cheesy.
  7. The Lion King; 1994. For those times when you need that Disney in your life.
  8. Beauty and the Beast; 1991. For those times when you need a bit more Disney in your life.
  9. Doctor Who; 2005-present. For those times when you need a charming, life-saving Doctor.
  10. Sherlock; 2010-present. For those times when you need a sociopath detective with Aspergers.
  11. Merlin; 2008-2012. For those times when you need medieval heroes.
  12. The Paradise; 2012-2013. For those times when you just need Victorian.
  13. The Making of a Lady; 2012. For those times when you need more Victorian.
And, finally:

XI "Unique" Summer Activities

(Not ranked.)

(...And no, these activities aren't really "unique".)

  1. Have a TV or movie date with some of your buddies.
  2. Go to the mall with some of your friends.
  3. Colour in a colouring book.
  4. Go for a walk.
  5. Mail.
  6. Mow the lawn.
  7. Tend to the garden.
  8. Go to the beach.
  9. Nap in the sunshine.
  10. Read a book.
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Keep a diary or written inner monologue.
  13. Attend gospel meetings.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Expressing Yourself Through Your Passion When the Words Can't Seem to Come Out

Don't you just hate it when you know what you're thinking, but you don't know how to express yourself? Perhaps you are feeling lonely, but you don't want to tell anyone. What do you do? Some people sing it out, others paint a picture (literally), and still more might simply... write it?

"I'm a fiction writer."

Okay, so I kind of figured that you are -- most young writers these days are. And you're probably asking:

"But how can I express myself through fiction?"

Aha! Ever heard of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe? It was the novel that, according to legend, started the American Civil War. Though I never really cared for the story, I have to hand it to Stowe -- she did a pretty awesome job of expressing herself. She created characters that lead the reader on a journey, causing the reader to either love them or hate them. In the end, Stowe had clearly proved her point: that slavery is wrong, and it affects people more than they think.

"Okay, but how can I express myself through my writing? I don't even know how to create the proper story, even if I do love typing away!"

Calm down and just breathe! It might seem like a huge bundle of work to express yourself through your writing, but it is honestly much easier than you would think.

To demonstrate how to express yourself, here are my tips. I might be a little unskilled at novel writing (seeing as I'm still working on my first book, right now), but here they are:

1. Just start writing. You don't necessarily need an outline or anything of the such, but just start. Create at least two characters right off the bat, and instantly label them.
2. Once you're a chapter or two into your tale, define the purpose. What sort of point are you trying to make? For me, it was proving how rejection can affect people. If your point is something that will make the character suffer, fine then! Make the character suffer. You will soon find yourself relating to the character as you write, such as crying when they cry and laughing when they laugh. And you know what that means? Your audience is likely to relate to them, too!
3. Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid of what will happen to your story! Remember that this is only the first draft, and there are likely to be several more. If there is an item or a character that is disrupting the way you'd like the story to go, then do away with them! You'll be able to edit everything more, later, when you move on to draft two.
4. Fall in love with your story. Remember that, for now, this novel is about you! You may be writing this to prove a point, but in the beginning, this story is helping you discover who you are!
5. Don't worry. As my final note, I'd like to remind you that God is with you! Just trust in him, and you'll do great.

Lots of love,



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