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Month: August, 2014

More Story Submissions

I submitted my second and third stories today. So now I’m waiting to hear on three stories. I have four more stories that I’m hoping to submit. With any luck one, or more than one, will get published.

I do want to make some money on these stories: it would be nice to spend money I earned as a result of my writing. That, and right now most of our money is going towards bills. The school semester starts in about a week, so we’ve had to pay for classes and books. But I also want to get my name out there. I want to get people interested in my writing. I want to be able to point to some published work if and when I find my self looking for a publisher for my book.

I’m excited to have three stories submitted, but I’m also nervous. If any of them get published, I’ll be thrilled. But I don’t really want to see any of those dreaded rejection letters. I’m bound to get a few…but still. It’s one of those things that you know is going to happen but you’d rather avoid. So now I’m hoping for acceptance letters and expecting rejection letters. But, with any luck, it’ll all be worth it. And only 4 more stories to go.

Determining a Main Character or Many

Writing a lot of characters can be difficult. This is one reason why most stories have a single main character. But some books have many main characters. How would you write a story if you were writing about a large family? Would you focus on a single character? If so, who and why? Or would you try and make every character a main character? If so, how would you do this?

Personally, I think I’d focus on every character (minus infants) and I’d write it George R.R. Martin style with each character’s perspective being presented in their own chapters.

Some Thoughts

I didn’t write anything yesterday because I wasn’t feeling very good. It was a beautiful day though. Now the weather has turned dark and wet. It makes it very difficult to try and write anything. I have to submit my first entry for one of the contests before midnight tomorrow. I think I’ll do a last edit and send it off tonight. The next two will be due on the 31st. I’ll likely do a last edit for them on the 30th and send them off. Then there are two due on the 1st and two on the 2nd. Then I’ll go back to writing stories here. I’m looking forward to having all those stories entered into contests. With any luck I’ll soon be able to say that I’m published ;).

A Beautiful Hike

I am absolutely exhausted. I spent the day hiking in the mountains with my partner. We live in the foot hills of the Canadian Rockies, so going to the mountains is literally a day trip.

We went to a tourist city called Canmore to grab some water (we forgot ours at home) then went to one of the near by walking trails, Grassi Lakes. It was a very beautiful walk. The mountain that we went up has a wonderful view of the lake at the bottom after the first 15 minutes or so. As you get higher, you can see a dam with Canmore in the distance. Eventually you get to a few small waterfall, and, eventually, a fairly large one. If you keep going, there is a small bridge so that you can look down at the waterfall from above. And eventually you get to a beautiful, clear blue glacier lake.

Along the way, you walk through tall lodge-poll pines. The area around the trees is green. And even at this time of year there are wild flowers along the path. It is a gorgeous walk. And it is part of the reason why I love living where I live.

Where Do My Characters Come From?

Writers often talk about the inspiration for their characters. Many seem to get inspiration from their kids, or another family member. Sometimes their inspiration is a personal hero or another fictional character. But I find that the best inspiration for my characters is me. I know myself far better than I know anyone else. I know how I’d react in certain situations, how I feel about different things. So when I write a story, I always write about something I’m passionate about. And I always take that passionate part of me and turn it into the main character.

Of course, this character isn’t exactly me, and they don’t have all of my characteristics. That would be boring: all of my main characters would be the same. No, I just put a part of me in them and then create their distinct personality around it. I find this to be a great way to both know the character and assure that my characters are different from each other.

For example, in one story I have two main characters. In one of them I put my tom boy-ness. I made a character that likes to fight and go on adventures. I also made her rebellious. She doesn’t like rules and she was willing to risk everything to do what she wanted. That last bit is the opposite of me. I have an anxiety disorder, so I’m not really prone to risk-taking. In her twin I put my anxiousness. Her twin is more concerned with toeing the line. However, I put a religiousness in her that is not in me. I made sure that they both had something in them that I could draw from. Something that I could know intimately. But I also made sure that they were different from me, and thus different from each other.

That is where my characters come from. Where do your characters come from?

On Good Books and Knowledge

“The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.”-Walter Bagehot

I came across this quote today and thought it was very interesting. How many of the books published each year are actually good books? This is hard to say because different people like different types of books. How do we determine which books are good and which aren’t? Is the determining factor popularity? Or is there a more objective way to determine the value of a book?
When this quote was written, most people were still illiterate. School was still completely private and very expensive, and education was viewed as a luxery. There certainly weren’t nearly as many books on the market as there are today. So how has time changed this quote? Has the quality of the books available improved or diminished? Most people today, at least in the west, are literate and have easy access to information, so we can write well and know things. But do writers take sufficent advantage of this ability? And has the raise of self-publishing affected the quality of books on the market to any significant degree.
What’s more, how do agents and publishers affect the quality of books on the market? I’d hope that editors can only improve the state of books on the market, but can agents and publishers contribute to more bad books being put on the market than should be there?

What are your thoughts?

Screen Writing

While going through all the on-line writing contests, I came across a few screen writing ones. I’ve never really had any reason to read a script before, and my closest experience would be the Shakespeare plays I read in high school, but it got me thinking. I love movies. I prefer books, but sometimes it’s nice to watch the story. So, while I have no intentions of ever becoming a screen writer, it would be interesting to learn how. So I’ve decided to learn how to write a screen play.

Any advice on some good resources?

Taking a Break From Posting Stories

I’m going to be taking a short break from posting stories. I’ve found a bunch of writing contests that I will be entering, so I’ll need my story ideas for those. I’ll post more stories after September 2, but until then I’ll just be writing about writing here.

1000 Followers

I now have 1000 followers. Thank you everyone for all the support 🙂

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I have been nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by http://unendingreverie.wordpress.com. Thank you very much, and sorry for taking so long :/.

Here are the rules:
The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog they got nominated from.
The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

Here are my nominees:
http://onestreetlevelmiracle.wordpress.com
http://taulsn.wordpress.com
http://only365words.com
http://deamonfh.wordpress.com
http://bestfriendforhire.wordpress.com
http://wrlreadthis.wordpress.com
http://freestylerevolution.wordpress.com
http://nsberanek.com
http://richarddaybell.wordpress.com
http://mindlovemisery.wordpress.com
http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com
http://proverbsnineteen21.wordpress.com
http://elodienowodazkij.com
http://selfpublishingauthor.wordpress.com
http://jollyfem.wordpress.com

Thank you all for writing such wonderful blogs. Can’t wait to read more of your work :).

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