A while back, I did a lazy day post full of infographics about why it's important to read regularly. More recently, I talked about how you can't learn to be a writer in school. But there are many valuable writing skills you can learn in class, and these writing skills are just as important as reading skills. Besides allowing for better communication, writing skills greatly affect your career success, your academic achievement, and the way that others view you, both professionally and socially.
In accordance with Grammarly.com, a grammar checking program used by over 4 million people, today I'm sharing an infographic explaining why these skills are so important. In return, they will donate in my name to Reading is Fundamental, the largest American charity promoting children's literacy! You can click on the infographic to see the full size at the Grammarly website.
Thanks to them for providing this infographic, and thanks to my readers for checking it out. <3 Keep reading, keep writing, and I'll see you next time for our Short Story Saturday post. *Post removed*
I have three favorite categories of pins on Pinterest: fan art, humorous posts, and fan theories. Today, I wanted to share with you some fan theories! Fan theories are where people basically do literary analysis to figure out deeper meanings and possible future plots in their favorite movies/TV shows/books.
Harry Potter, of course, is the "gateway fandom" with the widest and most loyal modern fanbase. Due to this, and also due to the general genius of the story, there's a ton of fan theorizing. So I'll be sharing a few of the cool Harry Potter fan theories I've pinned as a tribute both to fandom and to Harry Potter itself. It takes a really legit book series to have this much brilliant theorizing! So take a look at exactly how cool Harry Potter and its fans can be. Check out more pins like this on my Stories board on Pinterest, and click on each of these images for the source/full size. *Spoilers ahoy!*
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time for a post on the importance of writing skills.
Ready for another recommendation list? In accordance with the recent #gdbluemonday campaign on Twitter, here are the best YA books on mental illness that I've read! If you're interested in mental illness, have a mental illness, or would like to broaden your worldview and be smart and empathetic and cool (basically, if you are a people), you might want to give these books a try. <3
*Check out this post for ten more recommended YA novels about mental illness.*
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time for some Harry Potter analysis! Got any recommendations to add to this list? Seriously, I love good books about/including mental illness.
Images via Goodreads.
Today, I am tired, so I'll just like to give you a general update, I think, on how things are going.
Now that I'm off school (besides one religion class I'm taking online), I've got some time to actually work on my writing. A lot of this time is taken up by family and recently I've been working to fill up my blog post queue on here, but as of this week I should be writing again. So I've been doing a lot of prep work, trying to figure out where to go from here.
It's hard sometimes. I've been writing novels since I was about nine, finished my first when I was eleven, and started sending out at age twelve--and here I am, still doing the same thing. The industry moves at an incredibly slow pace, but the trends move so quickly it's hard to keep up.
For me, the biggest struggle is knowing which book to send out when. I've written eighteen novels so far, with about half of those still in my queue to edit and send out. I'm in process of writing two more books, with a few other ideas waiting. With all of those options, I get really nervous about which one I have the best chance with. Every time I start sending a book out I find myself thinking, "What if I sent out a different one? Would that work better? What if I'm missing my chance right now by sending this book out instead of another one?"
It's a poisonous thought chain, really, but it does matter. It takes luck to succeed in the industry, on top of talent and hard work. It makes you wonder what more you can do to get that kind of luck.
Today I wanted to talk about romantic relationships in YA, specifically, the issues we have with portraying healthy ones. Because teens are young and learning their way around stuff, it's easy to just fall into the trap of letting the characters have unhealthy relationships. Also because of sexism and stuff like that. But it's superbly important that we portray healthy relationship models in our literature, ones that can be sexy and invigorating and fun while also being uplifting and realistic.
Unhealthy YA Relationships
In my last post, I talked about some of the things in romance that I think are done poorly: love triangles, the girl deciding she's "unworthy" of the guy, and instalove. There are books where these things are done in a healthy way, but it's hard to do. The most obvious example of an unhealthy relationship in YA lit is, of course, Twilight, which utilizes all three of these tropes.
I do like Twilight, but I'm not going to deny that the relationship between Bella and Edward is unhealthy. Twilight has the most famous love triangle of all time (Edward-Bella-Jacob), Bella constantly puts herself down in comparison to Edward, and indeed, there is some definite instalove. Ohhhh, the instalove.
Those tropes are just the beginning when it comes to how Twilight fails at portraying good romantic relationships. As many others have pointed out in the past, Twilight also matches almost every red flag of a potential abusive relationship.
Hi guys! It's time for the January TCWT blog chain! This month's topic is "What is something you feel is generally written well in fiction? What is something you feel is generally written poorly?” So I'm going to put together a list for both (focusing on YA lit since that's my jam, yo).
Done Well in Fiction
Today, I present a video with some of the stuff that writers say. Enjoy!
So. In the midst of all the revamping that went on with this website, I somehow managed to delete the 2014 version of this post, which means I don't actually know what my resolutions last year were. I'm sure I wrote them in a journal somewhere, so let's take a moment to go find them...
2014 Resolution Results
1) Get published.
Wuahahaha. No. As usual.
2) Get A's, no B's or lower.
Yes, I got my usual nice grades.
3) Make progress on mental health.
Yes, I have made good progress with my OCD, thank you. I mean, a year ago, I didn't even
know I had OCD, so that's pretty darn good.
4) Donate blood.
For a more accurate review of my 2014, you can see my first TCWT post here.
1) Start sending out to agents again.
2) Finish writing at least two novels.
3) Do well in school. (Grades all in the A region, preferably above A-.)
4) Go on at least one date with a guy.
5) Maintain a healthier lifestyle.
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