Today I'm going to introduce you to the YouTube series that I watch. A lot of these series 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 movie storytelling, which works well because they teach me writing skills through pop culture humor. Screen Junkies is one YouTube channel that does this. My favorite series by them is their Honest Trailers, where they take movies suggested by viewers that have come out on DVD already and create trailers that more "honestly" reflect said movies. They make some good points. Below is one of my favorites, the Thor Honest Trailer.
Hello! I'm continuing this post today by listing four things you need to do after you write a novel. Enjoy!
You deserve it. This is a huge milestone, one that merits jumping, screaming, dancing, and general merrymaking. Just enjoy yourself and your accomplishment! 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 from all the hard work you've done. This will help you in editing and just in general with your mental health and all. Go do other things and be successful. When you've done this for at least a couple of weeks, preferably more, you can move on to the next step.
Most of writing is, in fact, editing. If you're planning on creating a true masterpiece out of that dear novel of yours (or at least a sellable work), editing is a must. Trust me. Even J.K. Rowling edits. Even Stephen King edits. Whoever it is you idolize, they edit. A lot. So should you! Dig your heels in and get to work.
I have a lot of favorite characters from books and movies and TV shows, but I'm rarely all that into the bad guys. People 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 whose character writing I truly fell in love with. I now have two and half on my list of favorite villains.
Maybe I'm just picky. Seeing as all of them are from TV/movies, maybe I need a real face to put to the villain. Or maybe I'm right when I say that it's hard to write an exceptional villain. I've written eighteen novels myself, and here are the main antagonists: girl possessed by evil plant, power-hungry enchantress, father possessed by Incarnate Evil, power-hungry group of criminals, scientist possessed by his viral creation, middle school bullies, power-hungry rebels, boy possessed by I-don't-even-know, secret government agency with bad intentions, man driven insane by government experimentation, Incarnate Evil himself, demons, and various abstract concepts.
As you can see, I have some patterns. Most writers do, and it's hard to break from the cliches. I often shy away from writing human beings as being responsible for their own evil, for example, and the rest of the time it's all about power. But my favorite villains don't shy away from their bad guy label at all, and their interest in power is a bit different. One thing they have in common is a bit of insanity.
The Joker from The Dark Knight
I discovered the first of my favorite villains the summer after twelfth grade when I went on a superhero movie streak. Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight made that movie one of my favorite superhero films. I don't really know why the Joker spoke to me so much, but I fell in love, for the first time, with a villain. It's not the kind of love I have for other characters, but instead a sick kind of love where I'm just going, "That. Is. Brilliant." To this day, I smile when I think of Heath Ledger's Joker. Which is somewhat ironic, but anyway.
Today, I thought I'd try something I found online and give you a history of my life based on this one day. I did not choose this date specially; it was just the next open space in my blog post queue, haha.
I've written in diaries since November 1999 (though they were sporadic until 2005 or so), and I'm moving into the seventies in journal numbers because I am a prolific little writer-face. So there should be plenty of fun material to paraphrase for your reading.
No January 18th entry in 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003.
January 18th, 2004, Nine Years Old (Fourth Grade)
My youngest brother had pink eye, and my class was given notice about an upcoming book report. I concluded this entry with "NMTS," which stood for "Not Much To Say."
January 18th, 2005, Ten Years Old (Fifth Grade)
Choir "made today nice," but P.E. was "yuk." In GATE, we were doing debates, which was also "yuk".
Today, I'm going to list four things you need to do before you write a novel. I've seen so many writers fail again and again to finish their first book, 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, you can focus in on that for your reading, but all kinds of books will 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 #PsychicStory because I then had to rewrite the climax three times. Keeping that ultimate moment in mind will really guide you, especially if you start running into roadblocks or losing steam.
3) Prepare for novel-writing to take some time out of your life.
It doesn't just happen magically. Novel-writing takes real work, effort, and time. So get ready for the potential time crunch. If this is what you really want, then it's worth sacrificing for. Also, while you're writing, you have to actually write. Don't procrastinate or you'll never get anywhere. Stay focused, and put that butt in that chair.
Hello, and welcome back to top 25 music comparison, where I compare the top 25 songs on iTunes today with the 25 most played songs in my own library. As always, explicit songs will be marked as such. Tracks that have risen in the ranks on my list since last time will have a green <, and those that have fallen will have a red >. 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 for Snow White
and the Huntsman
3) "Adiemus" Adiemus
4) "Bad Romance (Hillywood Eclipse Remix)" Lady Gaga < 3
5) "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" Fall Out Boy > 1
6) "The Phoenix" Fall Out Boy < 7
7) "Counting Stars" OneRepublic > 2
8) "Coronation" James Newton Howard for Snow White and the
Huntsman > 2
Today I'd like to talk about a special experience I had a few years ago. I've been thinking for a while how everyone who blogs seems to have 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 about my LDS Youth Trek in 2011, which was the best experience I've had in my life so far. It's appropriate to share now because I'm at BYU - Idaho as a new transfer student, surrounded again by kids from my own religion, like I was on Trek.
Below is one of two pictures from Trek that I have. I'm right there in the middle, on the wheeled thing with the blanket--that's called a rickshaw, friends, and this is where the story of my Trek experience begins.
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