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22 April 2015

Journal-Keeping

Journal Prompts:

  • Important Events
    • Write about births, weddings, concerts, school/work events, etc.
  • Counsel or advise from a friend
  • Blessings or promises that happen in your life
  • Daily Routines
  • Description
    • Yourself
      • Personality
      • Clothing
      • Looks
      • Uniqueness
    • Family
    • Teachers
    • Celebrity
    • Places
    • Goals
    • Dreams
    • Wishes
    • Pets
    • Animals
    • Fictional creatures
  • Rush writing
    • For 5 or so minutes, write the first things that come to your mind.
    • If stuck, write I don't know what to write until something quick comes, but do not write that every single time for the things you note down. (It helps with boosting creativity.)
  • Lists
    • Books
    • Crushes
    • Celebrities
    • Movies
    • Songs
    • Food
    • Jokes
    • Classes
    • Friends
    • Colors
    • Pets
    • Cool or weird animals
    • Fears
    • Random words
    • Favorites
  • Emotions
    • Vent your emotions in a journal or diary.
    • Explain why you are feeling that way.
  • Letters
    • Write to a celebrity, friend, or family (or even a future spouse) for fun.
    • Write to someone who annoyed you in that journal as well.
  • Past Memories (earliest recollection)
  • Dreams
  • Testimony of a religion
  • Challenges
  • Conversations
  • Prayers
  • Write down favorite songs, poems, or talks in your journal
    • Write why you like it.
  • Write a short story
  • Doodle or draw

15 April 2015

ADVICE--Story Writing Process

For stories, the limit is only in your imagination. There are so many freedoms in writing a novel and also can present a challenge.

Timing

Paying attention to the times and stay up-to-date with trends.  As the Writer's Handbook (1992 Edition) states: "You've got to feel along with the public."

In a story sense, when you pick a time period for your tale, what are the view of that time? People had different ideals in the 16th century than for society today, so research how society would be in that era you choose to write on.

Motivation

Why? Writers are often motivated by a desire to convey a message or story in a book, but if unmotivated, forget it. 

Often times, writing can be fun, yet on some days it will feel a bit dull; so keep on going with your motivation!

Creating Characters

"Creating believable characters is the hardest part...if you're serious about novel writing, so will you you. You will be close people watcher, observant of mannerisms, susceptible to inner reactions, a bit of psychologist and emotionally able to get under their skin." Pg. 94
Characters can be based off of people and even the smallest, funny little detail of the characters are useful. I suggest writing a mini-bio on all characters to fully create a real character. However, not all details on a character will be used on the final story draft.

Imagination

08 April 2015

DIALOGUE---Random Class Scenarios

The following were based on true events (give or take a minor change or two).

Teacher: Okay, class, we will be watching a movie in class!
Class: Do we need to take notes?
Teacher: Nope! Just don't fall asleep.
Class: YAY!!!!!!
Teacher: *Puts in movie*
              We will be watching...
Class: *Wonders what movie it is...*
Teacher: We will be watching Twilight!
Class: NOOOOOO!
Me: Fuuu--*Curses like a sailer*
Half an hour later, the janitors found the classroom door mysteriously left open, the desks were turned, and a pile of bones sat in the corner on the teacher's desk.

Scenario 2
Teacher: Okay, class, we will be watching a movie in class!
Class: *Holds breath*
Teacher: We will watch... Spongebob Squarepants on Youtube!!!
Class: *Sighs of relief*
          We love you!
Teacher: No notes!
Random kid: Noooo!
Teacher: Just kidding....we'll also be watching Insidious 2 clips on Youtube...as well as a bunch of horror shows I love (Walking Dead).
Me: *Thinks: Shoot...*
Teacher: *Turns on the projector showing Youtube.*
Me: *Ghost flies out*
      Bye....guys....

31 March 2015

POETRY---Finding Too Much

Often wandering, but not quite lost
          The destination I find brings a cost
          Do you feel short on the reward that destination brings?
          Sometimes the reward brings too much or too less of things?
Then smile again because there will be more
More to cling to
More to sing to
Treasures uncovered than the ones before
          Those are the right moments in life if you simply look harder
          Harder, except the right times come without a good fight
          Fight reasonably and through a bloody fight or a subtle reason
          Reason can even make the wise seem the fools in those
Finding too much or finding too little
It’s all in the mind of all such people
The pain of heart that hurts too much
And the joy of life that is too little
It’s alright to be scared
It’s alright to be imperfect
          Never let someone be a no one

          Always know for ignorance is the worst part of bliss

28 March 2015

PROMPT--Finish this Sentence!

For this up-coming week, here are prompts to get your creativity going for each day! Either on this blog or in a journal, finish these sentences:


  1. You thought dragons didn't exist....
  2. The nation is controlled by....
  3. The most beautiful smile I ever saw....
  4. Write about someone's or your spirituality/religion by starting out: I was born...
  5. Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright harvest moon. The bluebird swooped down and...
  6. The young politician held the magical talisman in his hands...
  7. List a couple of synonyms for vomit. Then write: Would you like to know about 'second-breakfast?' It was....
  8. (Bonus) <-- Choose a prompt from this website in the link.


25 March 2015

CHALLENGE--Read a Book

Books are a wonderful thing to learn from. A person who reads a book, lives another life and explore an unknown world of imagination. Challenge: Read and start a new book this week!
Currently, I read Hamlet by Shakespeare. It is difficult at first, but it's a great book! Not all books are easy, but I challenge you to read something new!

For this week, just read! Here is an idea: get your friends and family to join in by having a book marathon where everyone reads for an hour each day. That can be before bedtime, after lunch, or for an evening activity.

Bonus: Write a summary of the book you read in a journal and why you liked it or not. Discuss it.

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~James Bryce

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." ~Unknown

"A good book has no ending." ~R.D. Cumming

"If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. " ~Toni Morrison

"I find the television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book." ~Groucho Marx

"Books are the quietest and most constant of frineds; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers." ~Charles W. Eliot

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." ~Chinese Proverb

18 March 2015

Introductions

Introductions can be fun and yet, be a headache. How would an author start out a story that will capture a reader? Start out with a 'hook.' A hook is an opening start for a story, a starting paragraph. That usually starts out really unique and just out there.

According to the Writer's Handbook, the 1999 edition, their advice for a good hook is:

1) Open with an attention-getter
2) Include an appealing premise
3) Move on with a convincing folllow-through

Observe several stories out there and see how they all start out. Here are several examples:

Scarlett O'Hara was a beautiful lady, but men rarely saw it.

In a hole under the ground lived a Hobbit.

I stood atop a cliff with a head in one hand and a sword in the other. How did I get here? Let me begin...

For a challenge, think of a story and write possible introductions to them!

03 March 2015

Importance of Story-Telling

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” 
― Gilda Radner
Stories are the memories of life and for me, I learned that someone can't write a story without having someone else be upset or enjoy that tale. But when the stories come, make it state something. Every story usually has a moral to go with it or an opinion. Whatever you want to tell, do not be afraid to tell that tale to the world.

In this world, some writers may have the fear of being highly criticized, but do not let that stop you from writing.

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” 
― Ben Okri
One of the worst things that can stop a writer is political correctness. It's an idea meant well, but lately, it made so many people worried to speak out about what they really think, thinking their idea might be 'politically incorrect.' Restricting ideas is a wrong in society and as a writer, getting an idea out is important. Speak up, tell your story.

"I got a feeling about political correctness. I hate it. It causes us to lie silently instead of saying what we think."
-Hal Holbrook 

25 February 2015

POETRY--Villain's Villanelle (by T. Theroux)

Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
Villain, and thief of my heart—lover.
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.
Breaking a good heart, beware of the tolls!
Be of stealth in taking hearts undercover.
Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
Now revenge is mine in time, I’m taking control!
Flee, miscreant, while you can take cover—
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.
Lovers we were, except you’re gone, not whole…
For I found you with another as discovered.
Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
For once you were a hero, a sweet roll…
My broken spirit, heartless, unrecovered
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.
Shall I toss you in an abysmal black hole?
Criminal, you no longer hold thunder—
Burn my very heart, yet don’t take my soul.
I gave you my heart, though yours be of coal.

18 February 2015

ARTICLE---Dreams

Dreams are full of mysteries and looking into the depth about them, here are some Top 5 facts about dreaming.

Number 1: REM Stands for Rapid Eye Movement.
According to the National Sleep Research, REM occurs about 2 hours a night after 90 minutes after falling asleep. REM is the part of sleep that happens to be the deepest moment of sleeping. When people are awaken in the REM stages of steep, their bodies can go into a temporary type of “paralysis” as their bodies adjusts from sleeping to waking. In that lapse of being between waking and sleeping, study shows that one may go into a shock or panic or even hallucinate on extremes. On a brighter side, REM helps with maturity of the brain, especially in children.

Number 2: Dream Cultures in Other Countries
In some countries, dreams are taken in various ways. According to Random History, the people of the Fu-Kein province (China) believe that their ancestors give them revelation through dreams if they sleep on their ancestors’ graves. For Ancient Egyptian pharaohs, dreams are divine given by the gods. The Iroquois have a dream-sharing festival which dreams are acted out. Finally, in ancient Greece, dreams are brought before philosophers and wise men to interpret meanings from the future to inner knowledge.

Number 3: Types of Dreams
According to the Dream Dictionary, the falling dream contains several meanings, but the popular meaning could be a memory. As toddlers first take their steps into walking, the many stumbles along the way recreate a fall in dreams. A person in dreams, even if unrecognizable, is someone one has seen before. Also, people who dream of losing a tooth usually means a fear of losing something or someone.

Number 4: Famous Inventions
“Yesterday,” the Beatles song was created because of a dream; the same can be said about the Periodic Table according to Mind Power News. When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein after a dare, she stated that the plot came to her in a dream. The sewing machine was also created from a dream.

Number 5: Miscellaneous Facts

Studies show that some over-the-counter sleep aids are “reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares.” There is a link between hallucinogenic drugs and dreams that dates back to older societies. These hallucinogenic drugs were often used for oracles to “induce dreams” for various reasons. Finally, childhood dreams are 40% nightmares which is a coping mechanism and children dream more than adults.