Today I'm going to introduce you to some YouTube series that I watch. A lot of these series, I think, actually have some educational value, particularly for--you guessed it--writers! Some are just fun. Most are both. So here they are!
Honest Trailers by Screen Junkies
Most of my favorite YouTube series are about movies: pointing out inconsistencies, illogical points, and other humorous bits. This works well for me because it teaches me about stories and plotting, using something awesome! Screen Junkies is one of the YouTubers that does this. My favorite series by them is their Honest Trailers.
To create the Honest Trailers, Screen Junkies takes movies suggested by viewers that have come out on DVD already and create a trailer of how the movie "honestly" is. Naturally, they are very sarcastic, but they make some good points. Below is one of my favorites of theirs, the Thor Honest Trailer.
Hello! Today, I'm going to tell you what four things you need to do after you write a novel. Enjoy!
You deserve it. This is a huge milestone, and one that needs jumping, screaming, dancing, and general merrymaking. Just enjoy yourself and your accomplishment, and also be sure to gloat to everyone, because that makes you feel even better.
2) Take a break.
Don't look at, think about, or even dream about your novel. Leave it alone. You need to get some space after all the hard work you've done. This will help you when you get around to editing, and just in general with your mental health and all. You can't celebrate forever, my friend. Go do other things and be successful. When you've done this for at least a month, preferably more, you can move on to the next step.
All right, I know this is almost no one's favorite thing, but if you're planning on doing anything with that dear novel of yours, this is completely necessary. Trust me, you must edit. Even J.K. Rowling edits. Even Stephen King edits. Whoever it is you idolize, they edit. A lot. So must you! So dig your heels in and get to work.
Today I thought I'd talk about my favorite villains. See, I have a lot of favorite characters from books and movies and TV shows, but with a few exceptions, they're all good guys. It's relatively easy to write one of those, but when it comes to villains, it's hard to write an exceptional character.
Or maybe it's just me. People always say that villains are the characters you "love to hate" but I never experienced that until the summer before college. That's when I encountered the first villain I truly fell in love with as a character. I now have two and half on the list. Two and a half villains that I genuinely consider brilliant characters.
Maybe I'm too picky. Seeing as all of them are from TV/movies, maybe I need a real face to love a villain. Or maybe I'm onto something. I once read an article about the standard kinds of villains out there, and I have to agree that so many of them are overdone. I could easily exemplify this with my own antagonists.
I've written eighteen novels. The main antagonists in these books are girl possessed by evil plant, father possessed by Incarnate Evil, power-hungry female, scientist possessed by his own creation, power-hungry group of dudes, power-hungry rebels, pride and prejudice, fear itself, boy possessed by I-don't-even-know, man driven insane by torture, secret government agency with bad intentions, secret government agency with good intentions, living being of Incarnate Evil, demons, and prejudice.
As you can see, I have some patterns. My tendency when I was younger was to have people be possessed, because I didn't like human beings being responsible for their evil. I don't have that problem so much anymore. But of all the villains I've written, there's only one I'm truly proud of, and that's the "man driven insane by torture." Maybe that actually reveals my preference when it comes to favorite villains. They really do have something in common: a bit of insanity.
Today, I thought I'd try something I found online and give you a history of my life based on this one day. No, I did not choose this date special, it was just the next open post on my planner, haha.
Basically, I've written in diaries since I was in first/second grade, and at this point, I'm moving into the seventies in journal numbers. Because I am a prolific little writer-face. So today I'm going to go back in my diaries for this date, January the 18th, and tell you what happened.
Anyway, should be fun! We'll start in 2004, with my first January 18th entry.
Today, I'm going to give you a list of four things you need to do before you write a novel, namely, your first novel. I've seen so many writers fail again and again to finish their first, and it's such a sad thing to me. So here's a bit of advice, in list form.
1) Read lots and lots of books.
Because duh, how can you write a novel if you don't even know how a novel works? If you've got a particular genre in mind for writing, you can focus in on that for your reading, but all kinds of books can give you inspiration and knowledge. This advice has been given by every successful novelist ever, so I suggest you use it. You can also spend time on movies and TV shows to follow the storytelling there. You can learn from everything!
2) Know where you're going.
For pantsers and planners alike, I think the most important thing is to start off knowing what your climax is going to be. I figured this out after I wrote THE PSYCHIC STORY, because I then had to rewrite the climax of three times. Keeping that ultimate moment in mind will really guide you, especially if you start running into roadblocks or losing steam.
Hello, and welcome back to our top 25 music comparison, where I compare the top 25 songs on iTunes today with the top 25 songs in my own library! As always, explicit songs will be marked as such. Thank you for reading, and please enjoy!
Top 25 Songs in My Library
1) "Supermassive Black Hole" Muse
2) "Death Favors No Man" James Newton Howard, from Snow White and
3) "Adiemus" Adiemus
4) "Bad Romance (Hillywood Eclipse Remix)" Lady Gaga
5) "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" Fall Out Boy
6) "The Phoenix" Fall Out Boy
7) "Counting Stars" OneRepublic
8) "Coronation" James Newton Howard, from Snow White and the
Well, I thought I'd talk today about a special experience I had a few years ago. I've been thinking for quite a while how everyone who blogs seems to have this great fun/inspirational stories to put up, and I don't. So I've been trying to think of a good story to tell, and finally I decided that the best one I've got is, fittingly, about the best experience I've ever had in my life, and that was my LDS Youth Trek 2011. It's kind of appropriate to share now because I'm at BYU-I, surrounded again by kids of the same religion as me, as I was on Trek.
It's a common theory that the incredibly popular movie Inception, directed, written, and produced by Christopher Nolan and starring Leonardo DiCaprio (and half the cast of the Batman trilogy), is in fact a metaphor for flim-making, put together by Nolan to describe what its like to be a producer. For those of you who haven't seen Inception, I recommend you stop reading now and go watch it, a) because spoilers in this post and b) because it's one of my favorite movies and thus you must watch it.
In basis, Inception is a science fiction movie about a man, an "extractor", who can get into your dreams to steal ideas/secrets/information. He's been separated from his family because of this ability, and is now doing it illegally for pay. In Inception, he's given the task to instead implant an idea, a thing considered impossible, and told that in return for completing the mission he will be able to return home.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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