Motivated Writing

Alright, so, I have no doubt that you’ve. heard about Covid 19 by now (to that I attach, stay safe, but also be considerate of others; it’s a crazy world we live in). I’m not sure how things are working for you right now, whether you’re required to stay inside, or you’ve chosen to-or maybe you’re like my family, and because of my parent’s jobs, life has to go on. But even with all that said, I think we can agree comfortably that almost all places have either closed/ or just aren’t the most ideal place to be right now. So, I realize that for a lot of people, that means that they aren’t going to be in their writing element/ finding inspiration is going to be a bit of a tricky task. So I decided that now would be a perfect time to put together a list of ways that you can stay motivated to write, even when you’re usual inspirations/motivations aren’t accessible.

1. A Playlist

There’s a good chance that you’ve already done this, but I thought I’d go ahead and add it to the list. If you don’t have one, take time to put together one; if you were to picture your writing in a movie (or documentary), then what would be the soundtrack you’d like to see go with it? North Central University wrote an article (most likely for their students), discussing how listening to certain music can help with studying. Their top suggestions were something with 60-70 beats (Beethoven’s Fur Elise), or if you’re not a classical type of person, New Age or ambient EDM.

Science of the People also wrote about how it helps with memory. They cited a study completed by Kansas Medical Center, where they investigated the effects of music and the cognitive effects of it. In it, they drew this into how Doctors also use music to help with memory loss. Which, all of these are extreme cases, but, if you were listening to specific music before, I have a suspicion that what you were writing before, might just be triggered by the music you play. And if you weren’t listening to music before this, now’s a good reason for you to give it a shot.

2. Pinterest

Personally, I love Pinterest. It might be a dangerous place for me to try and exist (oh the memes, I love a good meme), but I also have several pinboards for my stories and writing tips, (so I can download the memes to my phone-I’m shameless), that I can add to, or revert back to when I’m on the struggle bus with inspiration. To be completely honest with you, I didn’t really consider it as something for my stories until I was talking with other writers who suggested it. Now I have boards where I store my character’s clothing/appearance inspiration, and aesthetics.

Lengthy spill out of the way, I will say you should check out The Fake Redhead, she has fabulous writing prompts (I don’t think she’s solely on Pinterest, though you can find several of her prompts on there), they’re really funny and make for a great read. My personal favorite pass time last year was stringing them together trying to make a coherent story (chefs kiss, let me tell you).

3. Set up a designated writing space

I don’t know how some people go out in public and write their stories; I’m a paranoid baby, who is embarrassed by her work (irony, I know, it’s irony). I also can’t write very well when my families around-again, easily embarrassed. So really, I write in my room. On my bed. Under the covers. With a lock on all my documents-OKAY, I’m getting off-topic, (but like I said, paranoid, prideful, those are two ‘P’ words to describe me). So anyway, I’ve been working on the idea of having a designated writing spot, other then my bed, I have a desk, which, funny enough, I’ve been using since yesterday-however, beforehand I would make my bed and try and make it comfortable enough as a writing space. I added these really cool bulb lights, and then when I moved over to my desk and bookshelf, I decorated those (a little, it’s a small desk). Just having some organization and having some of my favorite little nick-nacks surrounding really does help. Not to mention, I think there is something to say about having a designated workplace, that you look at, and it reminds you to write-HOWEVER

4. Switch it up.

If you’re a writer looking for their inspiration in the outside world, then it might be best to take some time to move your room around, or even moving to the living room or dining room to write; the change might give you a fresh outlook. If the weather’s nice, maybe try opening a window (or if your window’s always opened, try closing it). WGU also suggests finding better lighting for your studying (which can of course, be applied to your writing as well). I don’t really have science behind this tip, it’s just a suggestion that sometimes I, even the awkward paranoid writer uses from time to time. I understand that your space may be limited, but that’s when it’s time to either break out Pinterest again, and get some tips, or even just switch something up that’s noticeable, like, as aforementioned, your lighting or maybe try a new candle.

5. Work on a writing warm-up.

I don’t know if I’ve used this before, but it’s probably one of the best ones that I have; mainly because it’s not mine, but my friends. Before they write, they have a wind-down/ warm-up for it. Which makes sense, because when you’re in sports, you warm-up, and work to get yourself motivated to do it, so it’s really the same effect with writing. Essentially the idea is, you have a list of things you complete every time you get down to writing. I.E, maybe you read a chapter in your favorite book, or a book closely related to what you’re writing, and you have your favorite snack and beverage before you do so. Maybe you do a yoga routine or even watch a movie or tv show. Ultimately, how you prepare to write is up to you, but I do think that it’s something to look into doing, just the idea that after some time, your brain will use these as triggers to settle down and focus, instead of wanting to go a million miles a minute.

I just want to clarify that these tips might not work for you, but if you have some tips that worked for you, please feel free to share them! I think ultimately it will vary from writer to writer, and maybe you just really need your favorite spot for inspiration. Above all else, however, I’m truly praying for you. During this time of uncertainty and concern, I pray that you and your family remain safe. Remember to follow the suggested protocol, try to keep others safe who might be highly contagious, and above all please, be polite to others. The saddest part about this isn’t even the disease itself, but rather how people are reacting. Be kind and courteous, think before you make large purchases of items (no shame, just remember there are other people), be courteous to retail employees (it’s already been a time for them), and if you see an opportunity to help- do it. I understand (especially as somebody who has an autoimmune disease and asthma) that it’s a dangerous time, but again, if the opportunity presents itself-help, that’s really the only way we’re going to actually make it out of this situation okay.

SERIOUS PARAGRAPH OVER, I hope y’all have a ginchy week, and I’d love to know, what’re your motivational writing tips when you have to write at home/or need inspiration?

So I’ve Put Together a List of Writing Help

Well

So I’ve done a thing…

I’ve found some very interesting ways to improve your writing.

Whether it be prompts to tips on the internet-Welcome to your go-to-guide on Writing Help.

Let’s have a look-see at what’s been found.

1) Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts are incredibly helpful, and I believe I have found the best source, would The Fake Red Head. She has writing tips and prompts that can be accessed on both her blog-and on Pinterest.

2) Grammar Advice

If your anything like yours truly, you might find that you have a hard time with certain types of grammar rules/writing. There is help for that so you don’t have to spend hours browsing the internet looking for the perfect source, I can give you the one I learned from my English Class. (My college English class, so you know – educated). Grammar Girl has been the best-found source, and personally, I do enjoy the advice it gives. It offers the information, practice activities and provides it in a way that’s short and simple.

3) Character Creation

Having a hard time figuring out how to write a character-or even creating a character? Well here’s a Character Generator website for you to check out. It offer’s fun details about a character, and gives you a chance to expand your horizons on how you usually write characters!

4) Character Profile

Dani Lee Collins offers excellent tips and layout profile templates for those in. With an array of other articles on the website- this one, in particular, offers the templates that I would highly suggest using.

5) Grammar Checking

Unsurprisingly, one of the websites that I’m here to suggest to you is commonly known- and used already. If you haven’t heard of it though; and you’re looking for an excellent grammar checking website (I’m currently using it to write this post and if you think this version is bad, you should see the errors that pop up while writing it) is Grammarly. There are a variety of ways you could use Grammarly, and I actually used it to double-check errors made in my essays.

6) Story Structures

While there are a plethora of sources for finding the perfect way to layout your story,  Kristen Kieffer, of Well-Storied offers an excellent source, providing 3 plot structures -giving you the optimal options for your storytelling.

With these websites, I hope you find some help with whatever your struggles might be. I personally have recently discovered or used these sources for a while. As someone who’s just getting back into the writing game, I find myself more excited about the idea of using these.

And don’t worry, if you’re more of a mobile device user (I started off that way), then I have a list compiled of the apps I suggest for you.

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Have you used any of these sources-and if so, what are your thoughts? Do you have any source suggestions? I’d love to know!

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Articles Referenced

Kieffer, Kristen. “3 Awesome Plot Structures For Building Bestsellers – Well-Storied.” Well-Storied, Well-Storied., 8 Feb. 2015, https://www.well-storied.com/blog/3-awesome-plot-structures-for-building-bestsellers

Collins, Dani Lee. “Free Character Profile Template: The Author’s Journey.” Dani Lee Collins, 27 Nov. 2018, http://www.danileecollins.com/2018/05/character-profiles/

 

Writers Square, How to Start a Book

I just want everybody to know two things:

1. I find myself utterly fascinating

2. I cut out over one-hundred and fifty words that were completely irrelevant to the post, be I value you, and your reading time.

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to start a story (or if you’re somebody who’s free from the binds of such a compelling intense matter), but it can be hard.

REALLY hard. Especially if you write a story in your head, BACKWORDS.

1. Start at the End. It’s the simplest way a story might start, and the simplest way to end it. Sometimes, for a story to start, it needs to have an ending, so start there, and if you don’t plan your writing-well now you’re just writing backwards, and that sounds EXACTLY like something I would do.

2. Start with a tale. It doesn’t have to be a “Once Upon a Time” scenario but start it as a tale. Describing the character, giving the emotions, or the backstory. Think the beginning of “The Kissing Booth”, only you don’t have a slightly-uncomfortable relationship with boys, or wear short skirts to school, because for whatever reason theirs no DRESS CODE.

3. Start in the middle. Nothing spell DrAmA like reading the cliff hanger, and to be honest, nothing get’s me going like an exhilarating scene.

4. Start in the Future. How is your character, did everything turn out okay? Was their life like they wanted, and for extra spice, what would they tell the younger them who went through the situation?

5. Start with a thought process. Give the readers, and yourself, a chance to understand the character, give them simple daily tasks, and paint a picture of how the character thinks.

In conclusion, there are just a few ways to start a story, and when writing, never forget the Hero’s Journey as something for you to lean on.

ALSO TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO HERE ME RANT ABOUT HOW NOT TO START A STORY.

Do you struggle with writing the start of stories? If so, how do you have a strong start? I’d love to hear below.

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

When Creating Characters

So when it comes to creating characters, there are a TON of “questionnaires” for your story characters, so when you go to create them, you know everything.

Down to their Social Security number.

And if that doesn’t scream creepy-suspicious, I don’t know what does. (Or maybe it’s going to a higher-end restaurant, and still having your CARDS STOLEN, by someone who couldn’t afford four dollars from the Red Box, so they steal it from a SIXTEEN year old, who has to pay for COLLEGE and a CAR. It’s been a long week).

That being said, here a list of questions for your character that I find to be the most important (mainly ideas being pulled from a few different choice questionnaires, one even from Proust).

1. What’s your full name?

2. In ten words, how would you describe your flaws?

3. What’s the least favorite thing about you?

4. Retrospectively, how would you describe your perks?

5. What’s the favorite thing about you?

6. How would you describe your stance with your family in ten words?

7.  What is your greatest fear?

8. What is one quark of yours that doesn’t seem that big of deal, but is in your eyes?

9. Do you have any distinguishable scars that few people know about?

10. What was the best moment in your life?

11. What was the most trying moment in your life?

12. Given a chance, how would you change a recent situation that you feel disdain towards?

13. Emotionally, what is your biggest pet peeve?

14. What is one song you would use to describe you and your life?

15. Throughout the years we have lost lives that should never have gone the way they should? How would you save them? Who would you save, if you could choose one life?

 

I more-or-less wrote this Questionnaire on the idea that you’re building off of your characters flaws, and weaknesses. Rather then starting with appearance, I’ve found myself struggling to keep in mind what keeps a character running.

For example, when writing a character that might have experienced a death of their parent, due to cancer, their response to each once might vary. Often times these are questions we might find ourselves unintentionally asking characters, as we read or watch works of others. Fast and The Furious wouldn’t be great, if it wasn’t family driven, if connections wasn’t a motivation. The characters wouldn’t be as enjoyable, and would be less developed. It would be like Mr.Smith Goes to Washington, only Mr.Smith doesn’t go to Washington and spend days fighting to make a point, because Mr.Smith doesn’t care.

So, that being said, I’d say that when writing characters, knowing looks and age will most definitely help, however, knowing what makes them would be the most important.

Someone might answer the question about scars about something physical, but a character that’s more philosophical would respond with something more deep.

And that concludes today’s Writer’s Square.

I want to apologize for the lack of posts, my past week has been filled with fun, fun meetings, work and you know, movies I almost payed for but never got to watch.

That being said, I hope ya’ll have one ginchy day, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Writing Reactions-Negative Emotions Part 1

Writing emotions is hard for me, they either turn out to flowery, and I find myself up-chucking, or else I sit back and wonder, what the SUGAR COOKIES IS GOING ON IN THIS CHAPTER.

Which made me wonder-do other people have these problems? And can we solve them together?

Well, let’s find out if my marvelous tips, are what we needed all along.

So for each character you write, it’s not going to follow this list, but the general idea is how they would respond to a sad situation. As a reader, I find far too often that a usually moody character would break down and cry, when they would most likely loose their temper, or a character who is bubbly let’s aggressive, and not to say it’s incorrect, but as someone who knows someone similar to all these characters, it’s more common for a weak smile to be ones response, and anger to be another’s. Anywhozzles, here’s the Short Description.

  • Sensitive Character- Might sob hysterically, struggle to make sentences, and might even cut one’s self off from human activities such as showering/eating
  • Moody Character- Will act steely throughout thing, might blame others, most likely in order to cover up ones shame. Shows sadness through aggression
  • Bubbly Character- Looks at the situation through a cheerful point; I.E, celebrating life, but deep down has inward turmoil, refuses to cry, but will most likely break down at something small at the end of their charade, like forgetting an apple for their lunch.
  • Edgy Character- Will make uncomfortable jokes, in general would enrage someone like Moody Character or make the Sensitive one cry. Edgy character’s emotional response, rather than crying would be silently berating themselves, most likely to be perseeved as a narcissist, or over dramatic.
  • Drama Character- This character would have a tendency to talk about the situations in blown out proportion, will either over-cry, or be over eager about telling the story.
  • Numb Character- This character probably suffers severely from past problems, so their response will seem cold to the whole situation- don’t make them too numb, though, as their response inwardly would be possible PTSD responses, or even anger responses, similar to the moody character.
  • Intellectually Driver Character- As in a character who forces intellect in more of their everyday responses, not just someone who’s intelligent. Their responses would most be akin to frustration from lack of control, but also a driving determination for the solution. While a common response of these characters, I believe they would be wise to enough to call it quits at some point, and not let it drive them insane. Speaking of wise,
  • Wise Characters- While commonly portrayed as some one who has a level head, and they will keep one, they will often understand that they too need to handle the process in their own way, and will know what it takes to keep a level head.

And this is just part one! Before I round this blog post up, let’s give some common ques that any character might use to show/or what you could write to portray the emotions of the character.

I’m starting to use images, impressed?

How do you write your characters response to sadness, does this quick list help in anyway, should I continue this series? I want to hear your thoughts!

Thanks so much for reading, and don’t forget to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

I GIVE YOU MAGIC!

AKA

Writing Prompts

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been trying to write these for a while, but I was really struggling, because some of my prompts were romantic ones that made me cringe. Either way, I give you some MAGICAL writing prompts, which I pray will benefit you in some way. So sit back, break out your pen, and get ready to write. Also, I promise these are my own creations, and if they’re like any other prompts out there, that was accidental.

The Prompt that physically makes me cringe…

**Character A watching character b try to fall asleep.
B: You’re being creepy again.
A: You’re cute when you sleep
B: Will I still be cute when I’m snoring?

A: At least I’ll know you’re alive

That prompt that could work as a serious story or a thoughtful one…

And while darkness was the only thing she had truely seen, it seemed as if the light was something she had known for years.

The Secret Agent One…

*Character A(secret agent), working desperately to try and win Character B(villain) on their side *

A: You know that it shouldn’t end like this. You know that you’re not a terrible person.

B: But what if I am? What if everything you knew was wrong, and everything I’ve done is all an illusion?

A: Because you’re to stupid to be an illusionist, you went out to become a bad guy, knowing full well that you’ll get caught because it happens in every story.

*****Please note that A’s last remark was my inner goofball showing through, and even though I love a good secret agent story, I hate serious ones. Also, this could be used as more than just secret agents, that’s just the idea I had in my head.***

The Character Trope One…

A really cool Asian character that is sassy, clumsy, and not a total genius…

Okay, my reasoning behind this one is that I dislike the lack of diversity. Like, don’t get me wrong, Asian’s can kick butt, I mean, you don’t know living until your butt’s kicked by a tiny Asian woman who’s ticked off. It’s just, not all Asians are savage kick-butters, or genius stars. And really, while my character would probably be oriented around a Japanese/Korean/Chinese character because of my own personal relating to a character, I also totally love to see a South Asian AT ALL. It’s great to see African Americans being represtended (like really), but it’s still a matter of half the population missing in stories.

RANT OVER.

The Non-Fiction Prompt…

What was the hardest experience you faced? How were you effected in Emotion, Thoughts, and actions? How is it currently affecting you? If you could tell yourself something during the experience, what would it be?

AND THAT CONCLUDES TODAYS MAGIC! I promise that it’s not the last of my writing prompts, and if you liked them, or are going to use them, let me know! Do you have any writing prompts that you love to use?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Setting Slip Up

My adjective use in my stories is terrible. I’m always either too descriptive, or not enough. However terrible it may be, my settings are always so careless.
That being said, I do have a few tips for you that might help you like they help me when your setting…slips up.
1. Time for some meditation. Now, I don’t actually meditate, because for me it’s completely bizaar, sitting in a quiet place clearing your mind-it doesn’t leave me refreshed, it leaves me feeling stressed because I actually wasted time doing something like that (as you can tell I lead a never-ending-circle of stress). But really, I’m not sure if this is how it works, but close your eyes and picture the place your writing about. Pretend your narating it for a documentary. Note some of the characters. Not only is it a great fun excersice that might help, but you might get so into it that you end up actually speaking, and thank God you had that talk-to-text thing going on your laptop, which leads me into the next tip.
2. Talk-to-Text. Having trouble writing it? Do the idea up above, but rather than just think it, say it, and let the computer copy it. Maybe the problem is your fingers are scared, but your brains not.
3. Leave the house.
Don’t get me wrong, leaving the house is terrifying. I hate it, and love it. I feel judged (trust me, it’s common where I live), and am constantly anxious that I’ll screw up. Not to mention I’m really struggling in the clothing department, but I’m rambling, so let’s stear back on track.
Leave the house, hit up any place of your choice. Coffee Shops, libraries, grocery stores, grave yards, the mall, labratories with suspicious red colored floor…
just go and observe-not just the people, but the scene around you. What does the buggie feel like? What does the chair feel like? What do you smell? Does the smell of burnt coffee beans float your boat? What about your character?
4. Walk away. Sometimes the scenes aren’t just behaving like they should. That’s when it’s time to walk away, and get a vacation from the observation station yourself.
5. Still struggling? Then force it out. This will most likely be your first struggle, that will eventually work itself out by first or second draft.
6. Write about what you know. If your struggling with scene, maybe you’ve picked something a bit too ostentacious. Even if you’re desperate to set it in the scene, consider scaling back. If they have to do it in movies in order to make it right, than you’ll have to too. Instead, set the scenery in something you know, not something you think you know.
7. Write from your heart. Your soul is everything-and if your scenery has the same heart and jazz that you do, it’ll work out just fine. I know it seems totally clique, but all the greats didn’t work from brain. We wouldn’t have Frankestein, or Renegades without heart. We wouldn’t have reviting non-fiction, auto-biography/biography books like Corrie Ten Boom without heart.
8. Adjectives are everything. Don’t throw them in half-hazardly, but don’t put them in specific spots. Like I said, it has to flow. Watch your adjectives, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel your writings slow
9. Read other books. Let me just tell you there are incredible authors out there who would write stories unimaginable, with description that pulls you in.
10. Practice. Stop the story and start your practice, before your return. Here’s an example before you go, of my terrible, but best attept at settings description:
Twili looked up at the enormous, Victorian looking building that stood galiently before her. Despite the colorful, bustling, slightly impatient crowd that moved passed her, the building almost seemed to stand still, along with time itself. Finally, she brought up the courage to enter the building, and to her surprise, despite the warm vintage exterior, she was met with a slightly cooler, modern inside that shocked her system. She turned about, trying to regain her boundaries as she recognised the coffee shop she was looking for. It wasn’t hard, really. Just look out for the smell of over-used perfume and coffee beans. She entered the coffee shop that held a fairly warm feel, much like the outside. Families, friends, and business partners all sat, looking rather foolish in her opinion, drinking their over-priced coffee, and talking about mundane topics. She passed multiple tables to reach her destinations, unfortunately one of them being a painfully loud family with rambunctious children that scampered and yelped in every-which way. Finally, despite her fighting to get passed the disrespectful set of people, she found her destination with an elderly-looking man, who sat at a worn, wooden, gum-infested looking table, looking bored, and rather arrogant.
Twili smiled, and greeted the person, despite the sinking feeling that may or may not be the cologn of the Barista who clearly forgot deodorant, or quiet possibly, the factor of standing in front of her greatest enemy, and closest friend. “Hello Merlin.”
———I know where this stories going. I have an obsession with King Arthur, and Merlin. Atlantis, and King Arthur and the Knights of the round table are my love, along with magic abilities.———-
Side Note: For all of you writing fictional stories, make sure your careful in your wording. Whether it be first or third person, make sure you are still in your characters mind-sight. While you might have taken on the daring task of writing a hopeless romantic, your not going to sell it if you have a disdain of it yourself, and it shows through your writing. Once again, I can’t stress the importance I find in becoming my character. (It’s how I actually meditate, besides the main thing being prayer).
Thank you all so much for reading! Let me know what helps you with your setting slip-ups, and how you handle them. Also, let me know if these help, because I’m not a pro, but these see to help me do the jest. Don’t forget to also comment your thoughts on my little settings script.
Stay Ginchy!
HaziWords