Well, I've got one session left in the private writer's conference of this weekend. It's gone really great so far! I should live in a world with just these people. They're so my kind. I seriously adore them. (Editor's Note on 1 October 2016: This private conference was the first of what would become the public conference Ch1Con.)
This also means that I just finished my session in which I taught about including romance in novels! And I'm going to give you an overview right here.
Romance: Yeah, You Need It
First off, romance is vastly important in storytelling. I don't even WANT to have to argue this again. It just matters. Love makes the world go round, is all you need, etc. Character relationships of all kinds are founded in some shade of love, and they're necessary to character development, plot structure, and most of all, emotional impact. Friendships, family, you need positive interaction to reveal all the depths of your story. It's what readers connect to most! Romantic relationships are just another form of this, as well as a powerful, key part of human existence. I doubt the existence of many books/movies/TV shows that don't portray romance of any kind, even if it's only background romance between side characters (even between the main character's parents!).
This week I am feeling very in love with the Internet--and here's why.
1) Writing Conferences
Yes, indeed, with the modern Internet, writing conferences have become easier and more fun than ever! This weekend I will be attending and giving a lesson at a private conference with some of my closest writing friends through the wonders of video chat! I'm super excited, and I'll update you later with some selections from my lesson. (Editor's Note on 1 October 2016: This refers to the first ever session of Ch1Con, back before it became an official, public conference.)
Another online writing conference I will be attending is Write On Con, which is entirely virtual, focused on children's literature, and supremely awesome. It's right before I go to college--like, RIGHT before, so mid-August.
2) Internet Surfing Tools
By this, I mean Stumble Upon, a website where you select interests, and it'll pick websites all over the internet for you to look at. Totally fun and addictive, and a favorite of college students everywhere. I've found so much great stuff through this tool. See below:
Updated on 24 May 2015.
Hello, my friends! This is my last post of the week. I intend to post regularly twice a week, like my friend Julia in her blog. Of course, this week was extra special, as it included the debut of my blog!
So, quick update on the CHOSEN FOUR series. I finished my edit that splits the first book into two, ON THE DAWNING and ON THE BRINK. I still need more editing on ON THE DAWNING, which is the most important as it's the one that gets sent out to agents. It also needs the most help. There's some punch lacking there. But I'm working at it!
Today's topic is causes. I believe everyone should have, and probably already do have, at least one cause that they fight for, an issue that is dear to their hearts. This becomes even more of an obligation for people in the public eyes, like famous authors--which is what I want to be. It's important to use that power to make a real difference! What else are we here for?
With that in mind, here are the causes that I fight for:
My first cause is that of awareness and treatment for fibromyalgia. This being because I have fibromyalgia.
For those who don't know, fibromyalgia is a disabling chronic pain and fatigue disorder that's absolutely no fun at all. To make things better, medical science is still struggling to figure anything out about it at all! I could probably tell you everything you want and more about the science, experience, and lifestyle of fibromyalgia as well as about the ignorance of the populace in general when it comes to chronic illness. But let's just stick with, there's no cure, treatments are varied and often crazy, and no one really knows what causes it, although there are lots of hormones and proteins and neurotransmitters that are way out of wack in fibro sufferers. My personal story is linked up above.
Hello everyone! I'm posting, first off, to let you know that the bonus material is all updated and completed as far as I am able to complete it without spoilers. This INCLUDES audio versions of chapters from ON THE DAWNING, along with two character profiles, some more information from the Factbook, a chapter list, a quiz, and an open Q+A session. *Editor's Note on 10 October 2016: Content is no longer available.*
Today I'm also posting to talk about my favorite books! Hopefully most of you have read these--a few of them I will have to kill you over if you haven't. So...
The first book I'd like to talk about is The Giver by Lois Lowry. This book is the first of a sort-of trilogy, which is also fantastic, but The Giver itself works great as a solo novel. It's a YA dystopian sci-fi following twelve-year-old Jonah as he gets his adult job, which is the very unique Receiver of Memory. He will be the only person to have memories of what life was like before the Council removed all difference--the only one to know pain and love and color and music. His journey through the new memories shows him terrible truths about his own society, leading to his final, drastic action.
I love The Giver because, first off, the incredible sameness that it begins with. The depictions of the society Lowry writes are incredible. They fascinated me the first time I read it, and they still fascinate me now. The Ceremonies especially are well-written. Secondly, I love all the moral questions The Giver raises, acting as dystopian fiction before dystopias were hot stuff. And Jonah is an extremely relatable character as well, his actions at the end especially proving him to be a great man.
Because I might as well make this worth something now that's it's up--here are my recommended online communities for writers!
For younger writers, I highly recommend the Scholastic Write It! boards. This is the community that essentially raised me as an author. I'm still very close friends with a lot of the people on/alumni of the boards, though I no longer traverse the site. These boards are heavily moderated for safety purposes by a very nice mod named Bronwen. Give it a whirl!
The community I'm currently in is the Figment writing community. I'm not as invested in this community, but it's a good place for writers to network and post some of their work.
However, it is severely biased towards shorter pieces, so poets and short story writers would do better here. It's also unmoderated, although you can flag posts. I also consider the contests to be bunk, but that's a personal thought. It is definitely a good place to find fun content to read!
Finally, there's NaNoWriMo, which, besides being a community, is also a contest/objective. National Novel Writing Month in long hand, NaNoWriMo is a sponsored challenge in November to write a novel/reach a word goal in that one month. There are two websites, the adult and the youth. Both have vibrant communities, and either way the challenge is hugely fun and something to be proud of. I've won NaNoWriMo three times now, and I do recommend it.
So check 'em out, and have fun in your writing journey!
Pictures via Scholastic and NaNoWriMo.
I did not anticipate going live this quickly--that's what I get for pushing random buttons! Well, the good(ish) news is that this website for THE CHOSEN FOUR series is up and running. A little early, considering the series is now going through reediting and will not be sent out to agents/publishers for some time, but I intended to create a website for book publicity anyway.
So anyone interested can check out the sparse material there. *Editor's Note on 10 October 2016: Content is no longer available.*
Otherwise... welcome to my blog! I'll be covering lots of random stuff--what's going on with my writing, tips on how to write novels for anyone interested, and my own interests in pop culture and such. I guess I'll also talk a little about my personal life, though that's hardly the point.
So... whatever you want to hear about, let me know! Posts will be coming here and there and everywhere. Enjoy!
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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