I've mentioned before that I don't really like writing anything short. I'm not good at it, I mean, there's a reason I focus on novels and have 63 diaries.
But I have written some short stories in the past, mostly for creative writing classes. Since it's been a while since I shared some of my writing, I thought I would post a couple of the ones I actually like for Wordy Wednesday. 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 me to share more of my writing (and what kind!)
“Hey! Hey Harrison!”
I turned around to see Jeff Darren standing on the outdoor basketball court.
“Hey Jeff,” I said, grinning.
I already did a post on quotes about writing, but I thought I'd share my favorite quotes in general. Some of these will be repeats from that post, so I apologize for that.
Quotes are very important to me. All the beautiful wordy words. I use quotes in my books sometimes, which is really fun. I had them all over #ChosenFourStory, for example. So let's enjoy some beautiful quotes today!
Music is love in search of a word. -- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
In a gentle way, you can shake the world. -- Mahatma Ghandi
Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. -- Albert Camus
Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are. -- Louisiana Creole proverb
I believe the universe wants to be noticed. -- from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt. -- from The Fault in Our Stars by John
--listen, there's a hell of a good universe next door; let's go. -- from "pity this busy monster,
manunkind" by E.E. Cummings
The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great
caution. -- from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I've talked some about my favorite authors before, in terms of my admiration and my writing goals, so now I'm gonna do some research and write up some official information so you all can see the awesomeness behind the people that I idolize the most as a writer.
As the famous author of the Harry Potter series, she used the pseudonym J.K. when publishers said they didn't think boys would read something 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 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.
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 daughter 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 as a struggling single mom.
1) Publish one of my novels.
Well, obviously this is my life's goal. Frankly, if I only manage this first little bucket list thing, just publishing one novel, I'll probably be upset.
2) See one of my books become a movie.
This one I'm excited about. This would mean I really got to about the level I want to be. Bestselling and cool enough to have a movie. Plus, I really like movies.I think I've talked about this. Trailers, scores, stories, all of it.
3) Sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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, 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.
4) See a musical live in person.
Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm pathetic for not having seen one when I'm, you know, a music major and everything. But I'm just a deprived child, OK??
5) Play cello with Steven Sharp Nelson.
He's my cello idol, the cellist in The Piano Guys, who is very gifted and funny and just great. I feel like it would be awesome to meet him, and even awesomer to play something with him.
6) Play "Pas de Deux" from The Nutcracker with an orchestra.
This is my favorite classical (technically Romantic era) piece ever, and I want to play it so badly. It doesn't work for solo cello, let me tell you. You need that full-on orchestra sound. I consider this one of the best romance tracks ever. I use it a lot when I'm writing.
Naturally, as a writer, English has always been my favorite class. (Although my last English class was horrible because it was all essay writing that I'd already done in high school.) Generally, though, I love English. I like to read 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 class is archetypes.
Archetypes are all about the similarities between human stories. We humans 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 each other. Character archetypes in particular are familiar to most media consumers. These are the roles that characters play within a story.
Here are some common character archetypes for you to check out:
This is related to the antihero, where a character must overcome their ego before succeeding at heroism and fame and all of that. Then they can protect others and fight evil as they were always meant to do.
Quinn from #ChosenFourStory and Bodhi from #ProphecyStory are examples from my own works.
The orphan moves through pain and loss into accepting help and then finding independence. Often you'll see orphaned characters also moving on to heroism, especially in children's literature.
An example from my works is Augusta from #IceEnchantressStory.
When your passion is also your career goal: sometimes you start thinking about whether it's okay to have other interests because maybe they have nothing to do with it, maybe you're not really furthering yourself. Well, that's not true for any career. Varied people have more perspective to offer in their work, and this is especially true for writers!
So, how do my other interests apply to writing? Let us see.
Psychology is a huge thing for me. I love researching it so I can understand myself and others. You wouldn't believe all the random facts I know. This, of course, would naturally be applicable to writing. You gotta understand your characters as much as you would any other person. Psychology helps me get in their heads and figure everything out. It's fun!
Well, obviously, this is my other major. But how does it apply to writing? I've written a number of stories that involved music: mostly lyrics. I like writing song lyrics into my novels, although I'm not that great of a songwriter. #FibromyalgiaStory is about a songwriter, so there's a lot of that involved. Music also inspires me a ton. It's very emotionally involved and supportive for me. I always listen to it when I write.
...okay, I'm not sure what this has to do with writing. But cats give me love, and love makes the world go 'round!
If I have to explain this... you weren't paying attention.
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