Kids write too!

Where I’m at Wednesday April 23, 2014

This week, I intend to finish chapter 21. Recently I went back, and reread what I wrote. But before I did that, I thought to myself: “There’s no way this will make sense.”, “The story can’t be exciting.”. Then after reexamining my manuscript, I couldn’t believe it wasn’t as bad as I feared. Everyday I fight doubt and insecurities. I get so engrossed in each chapter that I lose sight of the whole picture. Usually I have a well thought-out idea where I want my characters to go, but when I sit down to write, the story takes on its own personality. I forget the monster I’ve created. Going back reassured me that I’m still on-track and sane.

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Kids write too!

 

Kids have profound imaginations and can create amazing stories.

 

Some children express themselves through whatever means their talent compels them to. No one is too young to write stories, poetry or books. In the fourth grade, I wrote a little storybook. A few years later, my abilities developed into short stories, then into writing novels.

 

J.R.R Tolkien, in his early teens, created his own language, which he later applied to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. It would be known as the Elfin Language.
At the age of 15, Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon. It was published in 2002, topping charts and winning numerous awards.

 

Kids amaze me with their wondrous, and [sometimes] humorous creativity. As a parent, I encouraged my kids’ inventiveness.

 

Writing may be the only means of expression for certain children.

 

If you are a parent— acknowledge an individual’s talents and nurture them; they could be the next bestselling authors.
If you are a child writer-  KEEP GOING! I applaud your courage.

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Resources:

25 Ways to Get Kids Writing

Creative Writing – Kids on the Net

PBS Kids Writers Contest

 

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Where I’m at Wednesday March 26, 2014

Traveling can be so exhilarating to brighten the senses. Across country, hopping on a bus, or walking to the nearest park, whatever method you can use to see NEW things.
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In my travels, I confirmed an idea that has been rolling around in my head for some time. Sandstone is sedimentary rock and an amazing spectacle.
These were some pictures I took recently.

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In chapter 20 sandstone plays an important part. I try to describe the details the best I can; however, it’s a lot like pictures–they never do reality justice.

(pictures: Arizona, and El Malpais National Monument New Mexico)

Deadlines

Where I’m at Wednesday March 19, 2014

Getting back into the swing of things

I am officially writing The Omphalos of Delphi again. It has not been easy going from the anxiety of editing to calm, creative story building. But now, I have a fresh mind. Sometimes it helps to step away for a short while. I can clear my head, or come up with different scenarios during intermission. Hopefully, it won’t take long completing The Omphalos. Then I’ll have to reread and edit it before the manuscript goes to the editor. It is suppose to be released sometime this fall.

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DEADLINES

Deadlines SUCK [period] There is nothing that gets your blood flowing more than closing-in on a deadline, and you’re no where near completion. I hate the long hours, the mind-boggling stress, and amount of concentration a project entails; however, I do enjoy having a deadline. When I have an exact timeframe, it persuades me to work harder and faster. I’ll admit that I procrastinate a lot, but it ignites a fire under my seat. So, try not to look at deadlines as a dreadful task. Let the deadline bring out the best in you.
Take care

Wednesday March 12, 2014

Yay!! I finished my edits. The manuscript is on its way to the editor. It’s a remarkable feeling to finish a project. A sense of accomplishment washes over you.
Soon, I will be returning to The Omphalos of Delphi. But for now, I need a break! In one night, I worked 17 hours nonstop. I literary oozed into bed during the early morning hours . Flipping my eyes across pages left me dazed and exhausted. I am glad it’s over.
Rewrites are necessary. You can’t leave everything for the editor to fix. They will hate you! Try cleaning up the grammar errors, spelling, and content. I usually read each chapter out loud. James Patterson remarked that he read to his dogs. Hearing it read helps the “flow” of the story. If you are sick of it, like me, have another person read it to you. In their voice, your project takes on another personality.

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Editing, we all hate it, but it must be done!
Take care, my friends.

Writing Inspiration

Writing Inspiration

Some of the best ideas come from getting outside. Go on an adventure! You don’t need to be elaborate—trekking across the tundra in Alaska, but go out into the world.
If you are writing about crowds, explore new places where people gather: malls, grocery stores, or marketplaces. 
Sometimes the weather keeps us indoors, but try observing the natural aspects.
Since I’m editing my second novel, it helps to get the feel of life outside my cave.image
My second novel is based in Africa, so exploring helps make it concrete. I try to experience the energy—listen to the wind and birds, smell the earth, and touch the cool stones or damp sandy granules. 

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So. . . get out there and have some fun! Enjoy writing what you see, hear, and feel.

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Take care my friends.

(pictures: White Tank Mountains, Arizona)

Pet Peeves

Where I’m at Wednesday January 22, 2014

I am finally finished with chapter 18. YES!! *Happy dance* Now, onto chapter 20.

I’m getting anxious to finish. Even though there is a lot to get through, the excitement builds. The next Diadem is crazy—a hideous beast lingers. The encounter will end well, but in the frightful moment of the creature ransacking the fields, I plan to introduce a new character, Aengus. He will add a bit of humor.

Oh, how I’d love to tell everyone my stories. I would enjoy revealing the journey, trials, and outcome of each person involved. If you have read The Sphere of Archimedes, and are anxiously waiting for the next book in the series; imagine how I feel. I want to hurry, so you can see what has been plaguing my mind for four years.

See you next week.

Take care my friends

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Words have power, use them!

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Apparently, whoever wrote this quote has a pet peeve against colorless words. He/she even goes as far as to insult the writer. I am not offended, because I totally agree with them.
I loathe being promised a trip to an unknown area or planet; only to be disappointed that the literary descriptions are bland. Tell me the mysteries—show me weird creatures, or bizarre peoples. I expect it.
If you are bold enough to drop your readers in the African wilderness—tell us what to envision besides “hot” and “dry”. Be daring to imagine deeper meanings. Close your eyes and picture it perfectly, and then tell the readers as though you are painting it on canvas.
Have you ever read: Dune by Frank Herbert? Herbert takes us on a vivid trip to uncharted territories, political conflicts, and adventure. Describing details of various planets, the intricate bloodlines of the House Atreides, and the race to control all Spice production, the imagery keeps readers enthralled. The characters’ strange customs and hideous monsters are inconceivable. It is so descriptive that we question if the author was truly there.

OH YEAH! THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

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If you are writing a book or novella and it’s your first draft—don’t
sweat it
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Show me the beautiful, hostile, or outlandish world. What sets it apart from Earth? Treat your audience as if they were blind. It is your task to describe colors, sights, sounds, texture, and sensations.