One blog post idea I've seen a lot is discussing the mistakes you made as a beginner in your field. It sounded like fun to me, so here we go! I'll focus on my sixth and seventh grade years, since that was where I first got serious about making a life for myself as a novelist.
Starting that young has some interesting consequences in and of itself. But any beginner, at any age, has a struggle ahead of them. I certainly made a lot of mistakes as I worked my way into being in the know about the industry, and lots of people I've known have made these same mistakes. So if you're a beginning writer, you might take some notes. Get off on a better foot!
It's time for a "last 10 pics" post. Unfortunately, with my old laptop went a lot of my most recent pictures. But I've still got a few, so yeah! Enjoy, thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time for a post on beginner's mistakes.
So, my laptop broke, which is why I'm posting this Wordy Wednesday on a Thursday. I should get a new one in a week or so, but I won't be posting Saturday this week as a result. Sorry!
It's time for Wordy Wednesday! I chose to post a novel excerpt and you guys voted on which one: it was a 50/50 split in the results, so I'm picking THE ICE ENCHANTRESS'S PLOT, the second novel I ever wrote (back in sixth grade), which is an MG fantasy. Here's the first chapter, nice and ready for you to read. Please remember that this is not a final draft!
Twelve Years Ago
A single snowflake fell from the sun-kissed sky, foreboding the future that was coming more quickly than anyone could stop it. Hailie Regna stood between the dunes of sands, a golden shawl wrapped around the top of her pink tulle dress, and kept her gaze focused on her feet. Before her lay the Door, silver, black rimmed, and terrible against the sharp cliff face. These were the Outlands, where no Drachaan dared go. But now, Hailie and her family had no choice. Despite her determination to keep her thoughts clear, Hailie’s eyes filled with tears that spilled over onto her pale cheeks.
To keep things handy for y'all, I thought I'd put together a blog post with all my guest posts and interviews on other blogs around the web. I'll create a page later that has this post's content plus regular updates. For today, here we go!
Posts as a TCWT Writer
On Endings (Teens Can Write, Too!, 12/2/2014)
Introductory Writing Advice (Teens Can Write, Too!, 2/5/2015)
Utilizing Social Media (Teens Can Write, Too!, 4/15/2015)
NaNo Day 5: Interview with Kira Budge (Julia the Writer Girl, 11/5/2013)
Interview with Kira Budge (Chapter One Young Writers Conference, 6/10/2014)
Episode #136: Chapter One Young Writers Conference (Newbie Writers' Podcast, 6/13/2014)
Ch1Con: Panel 2014 w/ Amy Zhang, Patrice Caldwell, and Kira Budge (Chapter One Young Writers
Conference via YouTube, 6/14/2014)
Wordy Wednesday: Interview with Kira Budge (Julia the Writer Girl, 6/25/2014)
NaNo Day 4: Interview with Kira Budge (Julia the Writer Girl, 11/4/2014)
Ch1Con Blog Tour: Interviews with the Team! (Ariel Kalati, Writer, 4/15/2015)
Teen Writer Conferences, Poetry, and Disability in Fiction: The Ch1Con Blog Tour (Teens Can Write, Too!,
Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour! Part II -- Interview with 3 Ch1Con Staff Members (Allison the Writer, 5/21/2015)
Every Story Needs a Beginning: A Look at Ch1Con (YA Interrobang, 6/26/2015)
Guest Blog: Disability (Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew, 6/24/2014)
Guest Post: On the Writing Community (Writability, 4/20/2015)
Tips for Young Writers by Young Writers -- Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour! (Charlotte Gerber, 5/6/2015)
Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour: Kira Budge Guest Post (A Writer's Tales, 5/11/2015)
I also commonly appear in the Ch1Con Chats on YouTube, which can all be found here.
It's time for another "on this day in my history" post, in which I go back through my diaries to see what was up with me on this day throughout the years! I'll be starting with 2006.
June 10th, 2006, Age 12
My family was part of a street-wide garage sale, which I greatly enjoyed. Then I spent a while organizing business and money stuff in the hopes of figuring out a plan to buy a laptop.
June 10th, 2007, Age 13
I went to church, apparently named our car "Subira," and thought a lot about boys. One of the church girls gave me some advice on dealing with braces, and I got invited to join the little string group for our church.
In one of our Ch1Con Twitter chats a while back, we talked about how real life influences our writing and vice versa. This is a topic I personally find quite interesting. Around the time I wrote my fifth or sixth novel, and as I was editing older ones, I realized that my books paralleled my life. This pattern has continued, and though I don't do it on purpose, it seems to be a fact of my writing process. I get an idea I like, I write the novel on the fly like a proper pantser, and it becomes an exercise in overcoming the issues and ideas that are bothering me at the time. Writers always write for themselves first, and for me, it shows up this way.
So today I thought I'd walk you through my life book by book. Should be interesting, right? I wrote a similar post here, but this one will be a little clearer, I think. I'll put asterisks around the novels I'm still working on just so you have that for reference.
The Dragon Slayers: Do young girls have the power to make a
difference in the world? Does friendship make us stronger?
*The Ice Enchantress's Plot: Can young girls be powerful? How
do our relationships strengthen us?*
The Four Elements: How strong is friendship? What about love?
What about family? What if some of my family members are
The Ghost Catchers: What is self? Can I have multiple versions of
myself? Again, what if some of my family members are actually
*The Last Hope: Can I get along with the guy in my science class
on whom I may have a crush? Also, can I have anxiety and still be valuable?*
Fitness Day and the End of the World: Seriously, what do I do about this dude in my science class?
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. Basically, stories are my life.
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