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20 May 2015

SYMBOLISM--Allegory & Tones

Allegories often refers a "type of narrative...represent[ing] specific abstract ideas or qualities..." Concise Companion to Literature, James H. Pickering & Jeffrey D. Hoeper

An allegory represent ideas with political, religious, or moral nature.

It is like a fable with a moral and its set of symbolism. Those symbolism can appear in forms of words, images, objects, setting, events, and characters and action.

Analogy is another way to convey a message by comparing two items together.

Characters
By certain actions, a character represents an idea. For example, if I write a story about seven characters who are neighbors in a mysterious town, each of them can represent an emotion. Then as a result, the moral of the lesson can be 'don't let your emotions carry you away.'

Setting
Not only does a setting set the mood to a story, but it can also convey another meaning. Read several book and observe how setting can influence the story's meaning.

Objects
To also go along with imagery, items from flowers to colors represent various of meaning. Take Gone with the Wind as an example. Green and reds are often used to symbolize greed, lust, courage, and  so many more representation.

Next time when you read a book, annotate the significant things! When writing, write for yourself and put all sorts of symbols that state what you want to say!

14 May 2015

POETRY-Poetry Terms

Allegory: A symbolic term which a certain detail implies another meaning.
Imply: To suggest something else.
Alliteration: Repetition of consonant sounds. Example: Fetch fresh fish from Farmer Florence.
Anapest: Two unaccented syllables followed by an accented one. Example: com-pre-HEND or in-ter-VENE.
Antagonist: Opposing force that another character struggles with.
Assonance: Repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or line. Example: I rose and told him of  my woe.
Aubade: A love lyric which a speaker talks of their love and arrival of the dawn, when they must part with their love.
Ballad: Narrative poem written with four-line stanzas; it has swift action and narrated in a direct style.
Stanza: Division or unit of a poem, like a paragraph.
Syntax: Grammatical order of words in a sentence or line of verse or dialogue.
Connotation: A word that goes beyond its dictionary meaning.
Couplet: Pair of rhymed lines that usually happen at the end of the stanza, being the last two lines.
Dactyl: Stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones. Example: FLUT-ter-ing or BLUE-ber-ry.
Denotation: The dictionary meaning of a word.
Digress: To leave the subject temporarily.
Enjambment: Run-on line of poetry with logical and grammatical sense carries over to the next line.
Epic: A long narrative poem that records the adventures of a hero.
Hyperbole: Figure of speech that involve exaggeration.

Sources:
Glossary of Poetic Terms
Glossary 2

06 May 2015

Elements of Drama

Actors, Audience, & Theater

Plays are rarely made for reading and are mainly performed in a theatre. Actors have to portray the character in symbolic ways that says something about that character. For example, by having a character have quirks or mannerisms in behavior can say how a character can be brave, weak, etc. Using imagery, overall, is important in describing a character in a play.

From what I have observed in plays and movie interviews, actors have various methods in portraying a character, but acting will be for another day.

There are also many types of theatres used in plays. To find out more about the different types of stages, follow this link (here).

Dialogue & Plot

Dialogue is an important portion in play-writing because everything must be explain in either dialogue or action. Dialogue and action creates the plot to progress in the play.
For more info, go to this link.

Format

Examples of format site:



Sources:
Wikipedia
http://www.playwriting101.com/

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!