I have no legitamate idea how many posts I will make today. I’m writing this on my WordPad app, and then am going to copy and paste it onto my website, so, we’ll see.
Anyway, I finished writing Dreamlands and Drafts moments ago, and am now going to bring you to the next step up of your writing journey-
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The character blocks.
I think I wrote about this once before, but here I go again.
Here’s your cure for Character Cough ups, Congestions, and Colds.
1. Cosplay your Character. For a day, dress, act, speak, and walk like you character. Handle situations like your character. Not only will you look like a lune, but it’s great fun too.
2. Put ’em through quizes. Seriously, take the Sixteen Personalities test as your character.
3. As tipped by the great Crystalsandcurls (Seriously, her posts have been some major help), check out Devianart for Character Questionaires. They’re pretty helpful.
4. Have someone hate your character-you’ll find yourself justifying them, and really, that made me say things about my character I never would have expected.
5. Google what you think your character would like. Not only will you look like a creepy stalker, and have weird looks when people see what your researching in public places, but it gives you visuals.
6. I get weird looks for this one, but I have the Sims 4 game (I’m sure you’re sighing in your seat now-but what can I say? I like the game.) specifically for the reason of creating my characters, even if all I have is the City Living and Holiday Expansion pack, and a bunch of broken custom content. I find that by creating my characters by drawing them, and/or creating them in games (this specific game), I’m more interested in them. Weird, right?
7. Ask for help. My final tip, is just asking other writers for help. When you get tired, or can’t seem to write your character, help is exactly what you need for it. Don’t be afraid to call in reinforcements, and more importantly, it’ll give you a fresh perspective.
Thats a wrap (I’ve got a chicken salad sandwhich, how about you?), folks. Let me know if these tips helped, or just kinda had a heavy-truck-stuck-in-mud side affect. Also, for all my Christians out there, it can’t hurt to pray-God can help with simple things like this.
Keep Writing and Stay Ginchy!
I think I went through a stage where I was really questioning if I was worth everything God had done for me. Anyways, another poem I found in my journal, I hope ya’ll find it interesting!
The solemn silence that fills this place.
The Broken hearts longing to be replaced, the worried tales of a lie, the painful sounds of unspoken cries.
The lost cries to the wind, the silent pain and suffering, wondering if it will ever end.
Am I trapped here, am I lost? Will I ever be the worth of the paid cost?
Will I ever find my peace?
The hope of a truth.
The pain of a wound, the cry of the lost, it comes at a cost.
Am I trapped here, am I lost, will I ever be the worth of the cost?
All the lies they ever tell
All the stories they never
Faces, laughter, pain, they’re becoming the same.
Cries to the wind, lines and truths, they blur.
The cost is higher than my worth, it seems official, I am lost.
In the pain, and suffering, crying and the pain, freedom sounds to the wind
Something inside me breaks.
The cost paid in full. Tears of laughter, and of hurt, finally have it’s worth. I have finally found my worth, paid at the cross.
Dream Lands and Drafts
Greetings and Salutations *Explosions happen behind very proffessional looking oak desk, and comfortable looking office chair that I am sitting regally in*, today I’m giving you tips and tricks for your draft, you dreams, and your unearthly schemes.
Most of my schemes are from Mars.
It’s why they’re, you know, out of this world. *Chair and Desk disappears, explosions stop, silence beckons, Guinea Pigs chirp angrily in the background.*
Seriously, though, here are some tips and tricks to turn your dreams into drafts, so you can then take them further!
1. Get a basic idea of what you want your story to look like. In fact, right an exepret for it, imagine what the inside flap, or the back of the book it was in would look like. Write it down. Don’t plot exactly everything that’s going to happen. This is a draft, not the Declaration of Independence.
2. Get the basic idea for characters-but don’t go the whole nine yards. You’re going to find yourself altering your characters, so for right now, just get the basics.
3. Don’t stress about grammar or inaccuracies. You’re going to make mistakes, let it happen. If your proud of your work, keep it.
4. When writing drafts, don’t worry if you like it or not, this isn’t the final draft or copy (I hope), and you’ll probably want to change it a thousand times.
5. Let the draft write you, not the other way around. I know they often suggest to take control of your writing, but I find that it’s easier for me to let my writings just spill out onto the paper. This is a draft, and honestly, your subconscious is probably a better story writer than your real concious.
6. Don’t show the world your draft. I think it’s great to have a close set of people you show it too-but don’t show the world. I’ve seen several stories posted online, and while they’re great, I admit that they make me want to cringe. One thousand writers grading your work would be worst than one writer-specifically because you’re going to try and please everyone, and then get hurt when people find flaws. Find that one person you trust to be honest, but see the good in your writing. (Yep, I’m a hypocrit. I post drafts online, mainly because my editing skills are terrible, and Grammarly is bit more pricey than my monthly allowance of-I have problems with spending small amounts of money on stupid things.)
7. Absorb the world around you. Don’t get to involved in your draft. In fact, by watching movies, books and observing life itself, you may find your story improving, without you even putting pen to paper, quill to paper, chalk to chalk board, or fingers to keys.
8. Don’t touch the backspace unless it’s something you catch right away. If you catch something right away, like a grammar area as your writing the word, or you just finished, than go ahead and try that backspace, espicially if your OCD about dead giveaways like lower case “I’s” and things that are dead giveaways. However, if you catch something from a bit ago, leave it.
9. Avoid over-critisizing people. For the draft, at least, other wise, dude,
“Surround yourself with people who challenge what you think, not nod their head and act like they agree”. Over-crisitizers (which is why you avoid posting drafts online) will hurt you, and you’ll get angry. Like I said, find someone who is open to reading your writing, and willing to see your potential, but is also going to tell you what needs work.
Like me. (I’m serious, my Contact Me page is going up soon, so feel free to use it).
*Adjusts blazer, does hair flip in proffessional manner*.
10. You are the best writer you can be write now.
I went to a writers conference, and when one of the speakers said this, it stuck with me like glue. Your draft was the best you could do at that time, and only you could do it, so that’s pretty dang fine, if you ask me. The world needs your writing, you just have to remember when you look back at your drafts, your writings, and see how they evolved (not in a “came from the mud” kind of way, I mean, seriously, no offense if you believe it, but Darwin took this theory from a guy who also thought his son’s arm was lame, because the boy’s father had an accident and broke it as a child), you were the best writer you could be then, and you will continue to be the best writer you can be, and that’s, pretty Dr.Seuss-y.
So that’s all I have for you ginchy people write now (see what I did there? Yeah? Pretty clever, write?), so make sure you read all my other posts, and stay ginchy. Let me know if my redundant tips helped (seriously, I just realized I repeated myself just to reach 10 tips), and let me know if you have any yourself. Also, like I said earlier, if you need help with anything, want to collab, or do casual talk (don’t expect any adresses, pal), than make sure you use the Contact Me that I will one day post.
Stay Ginchy, and Keep Writing!