I thought I'd weigh in on this common blog post with my own picks. So take a leaf out of my book and look at my commandments of novel writing. I tried really hard to make them good. TAKE THE COMMANDMENTS! TAKE THEM! AND HEED THEIR WORDS OF WISDOM!
1) Thou shalt have much focus on reading books.
2) Thou shalt not write untruth of any likeness or form, and shall not serve it, but write only what thou knowest and lovest, for words, the seat of truth, are jealous words. Words shall show mercy unto those who worship them.
Any of you who have been paying attention know that I don't like writing anything short. I'm not good at it, I'll tell you that right here and now. There's a reason I focus on novels. And that I have 63 diaries. But, I have written some short stories, mostly for creative writing classes. Since it's been a while since I shared some of my writing, I thought I would put a couple of the ones I actually really like in here. One of them you can also find on my Figment profile, the second is a brand new reveal for you guys.
So enjoy the awkwardness, and let me know when you want more of my writing (and what kind! I've got memoirs, essays, poems, short stories, novel excerpts...song lyrics...)
“Hey! Hey Harrison!”
I turned around to see Jeff Darren standing on the outdoor basketball court.
“Hey Jeff,” I said, grinning.
Jeff and I, to put it mildly, had an interesting past. I’d met him in sixth grade, and had immediately hated him. Unfortunately, I’d also had a huge crush on him. I'd spent the first three months of school planning his demise. It’s not like he didn’t deserve it. He’d said a lot of nasty things to me. I’d gone home and cried more than once, and I’d spent the first week after I’d met him looking over my shoulder to make sure he wasn’t there. He had a well-deserved reputation.
But something funny had happened after those first months, and that something was that we became best friends. I’d never been much for making friends with guys, especially ones who liked to make me cry, but it had just... happened. I’d helped him out a few times when people were messing with him, and he’d listened to me a few times when I needed to rant about the world, and suddenly, he was more than just a cute-looking jerk. He was a cute-looking best guy friend of a jerk.
I already did a post on quotes about writing, but I thought I'd show you my favorite quotes in general. Some of these will be repeats from that post, so I apologize for that. You might have noticed that I really, really like books and writing... LOL. Well, quotes are very important to me. All the beautiful wordy words. I use a lot of quotes in my books, which is really fun. I had them all over THE CHOSEN FOUR series, for example.
Anyway, enjoy the beautiful quotes!
"Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." -- Albert Camus
"Show me what's it like to be the last one standing / Teach me wrong from right / And I'll show you what I can be." -- "Savin Me" by Nickelback
"Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are." -- Houssaye
"...as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfill--I will fight your battles." -- D+C 105:14
"The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution." -- Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I've talked some about my favorite authors before, more in terms of my admiration and my writing goals than anything, so now I'm gonna do some researchy official stuff so you all can see the awesomeness behind the people that I idolize so much.
The famous author of the Harry Potter series is actually named Joanne Rowling. The pseudonym J.K. came into play when publishers said they didn't think boys would read something obviously by a female author. She made up a middle name, Kathleen, for them to use in the initials. But in the end, she showed them...
Rowling was born on July 31st, like Harry Potter himself, in Gloucestershire, England. She wrote little fantasy stories from a very young age, mostly at first for her younger sister Dianne. Her teenagerhood was difficult, as her mother was extremely ill from multiple sclerosis and she and her father didn't get along. She isn't on speaking terms with her father nowadays because of related issues.
She went to college at University of Exter and got a B.A. in French and the Classics (Literature, basically), and then moved on to work at Amnesty International for a while. While on a train, she got the idea for Harry Potter. Soon after she began writing, her mother died, an event that would severely effect her and the series both.
While writing, Rowling met Jorge Arantes, whom she later married and had a child, Jessica Arantes, with. She divorced Arantes later, and it's believed she suffered domestic abuse, leading to the separation. Soon after this she developed severe depression, which lead to the conception of Harry Potter's dementors. From there on she spent her time raising her daughter, working, and writing, struggling as a single mom to handle the situation.
1) Publish one of my novels.
Well, obviously this is a huge part of my life's goal as it is. So this was a no-brainer. Frankly, if I only manage this first little bucket list thing, just publishing one novel, I'll probably be upset. Which I guess leads us into...
2) See one of my books become a movie.
This one I'm real excited about. This would mean I really got somewhere, somewhere about the level I want to be. Bestselling and cool enough to have a movie that would actually make some money. Plus, I really like movies. A lot. I think I've talked about this. Trailers, scores, stories, all of it.
3) Sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Like, when I'm really old and retired and no kids and stuff. Since I'm Mormon, and I love to sing, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of the greatest choirs in the country, no joke, I'd love to have one of their two-year stints. It'd be really cool. Of course, it would require a lot of skill, I have no doubt. But luckily they switch out a lot. And I am learning to sing better at college.
4) See a musical in person.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm pathetic for not having seen one outside of movie versions, when I'm, you know, a Music major and everything. But I'm just a deprived child, OK??
Naturally, as a writer, English has always been my favorite class. I can only name one English class that wasn't my favorite--actually, I hated it--and that was because of how boring it was. Essay writing that I'd already done in high school, basically. Generally, though, I love English.
There are a lot of reasons for that. I like to read all the books they assign us, I like to learn Latin roots, I'm decent at grammar, and the teachers always like me. But one of my favorite topics in English has always been archetypes.
There are a couple different ways to look at archetypes. There are the classic literary archetypes that are usually brought up, and then the Jungian human archetypes, psychology stuff, which also intermingle with literature. The point of archetypes is to express the similarities between all human stories. Because we humans, we have sort of a shared consciousness. The same themes appear in our art repeatedly simply because we've got that huge backstory, the deeper truth that connects us to everyone else.
So what are some of the most famous archetypes?
Well, there are an incredible amount, to be honest. I'll be focusing today on character archetypes. Most of these, you'll probably recognize.
Well, this one's pretty darn obvious, but the main concept here is the actual archetypical hero, also known as the Warrior, often has issues with an ego that he/she has to overcome before succeeding at heroicism and fame and all of that. Sometimes this is like the anti-hero, like Hans Solo in Star Wars.
Quinn from THE CHOSEN FOUR series could be an example from my own works, or Bodhi from THE PROPHECY KEEPER.
This is something a lot of people confront when their passion is also their career goal: you start thinking maybe you shouldn't have other interests, that maybe they have nothing to do with it, that you're not furthering yourself. Well, that's not true, not for any career. Varied people are more cool, and they do better with their work. And this is especially true for writers!
Writers need different experiences to write something more full. You can always apply the things you go through and the interests you cultivate to your work. Writing especially can be expansive this way.
So, how do my interests apply to writing? Let us see.
I've talked about this a bit. Psychology is a huge thing for me. I love researching all of this stuff, so I can understand myself and others. I'm both intro- and interspective. You wouldn't believe all the random facts I know and games I've played. This, of course, would naturally be something applicable to writing. You gotta understand your characters as much as you would any other person. So psychology helps me get in their heads and figure everything out. It's fun. It's fun to mess with characters.
So theoretically, as my readers, you might want to know what my ideal vision for the future is. So I'm going to tell you. I've actually drawn some pretty decent pictures of this in my diaries, but finding them would involve looking, which would involve effort. So I'm going to make a very messy version on Paint. Trust me, I'm awful at Paint. I'm decent at drawing in real life, but not on Paint.
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