A couple of you have already had the honor of reading this: my first novel attempt that I actually have a record of. This story, which I wrote when I was about nine, was called The SuperSonics. It was slightly inspired by my then-obsession with the Weather Channel and starred me and my best friends at the time (last names and location removed).
I promise I've improved in my writing since. But you do have to admit, this shows spirit!
Chapter 1: The Explaining
“Why do I feel this way?” asked Kira.
"I feel it, too,” chimed in Amy and LaPriel.
Kira is a 12-year-old girl with long, gold, wavy hair and blue eyes. She loves to write. She has a beautiful kitten called Angel who calms her down.
Her best friends are Amy and LaPriel. They both have brown hair and brown eyes. LaPriel is thin and shy, and Amy is average and totally not shy.
Kira, the main character, has 2 little brothers, one 9 and one 6.
I should go back to the beginning.
I'm looking for some help choosing my Halloween costume! For the last few years, I've dressed up as the main character of whatever book I planned to write for NaNoWriMo, which started the next day. This year, however, I'll be writing a sequel to the book I wrote last year, and that means no new character. Which means I need a costume! I've got three ideas, and I'd really really like your input. Please vote in the poll! Thank you.
Option One: Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Obviously, the heroine of one of my favorite series is a good option. I've never dressed as Katniss before, and I think it might be fun, although it is a bit cliche. Plus, dressing as her gives me the opportunity to pretend I'm actually, like, tough and stuff!
If I used this costume, I could reuse it in November when Catching Fire comes out and be one of those people who dresses up to go to a movie premiere. My friend Julia did this for The Hunger Games, so it's not like I'm the only one. Also with this costume, I get to dye my hair brown for a month or two, which is something I'm really curious to try but have never been brave enough to do.
Here are the pieces I'd use for this costume:
Here it is, my post sharing writing advice from my personal writing idols, a list that's growing as time passes. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything from Hans Christian Andersen, since he is quite long past, but I got some good stuff from the other ones, so read on!
From J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter and more
From Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games and more
I talk a lot about writing stuff, for obvious reasons, and I'm realizing now that some of you might not know what the heck I'm saying half the time. So today I'm writing a dictionary of the language of the writing world to help you out as you read through my posts.
For those of you who are aspiring writers, this might also give you a better idea of how to interact with this wonderful weird world. I'm not going to define basic English class terms (plot and metaphor and such), but if you have a question about a particular term at any point, just let me know! I will add to this post as necessary
Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC): An early copy of a novel given to reviewers as a promotion before publication. This edition is also used for final proofreading, and is therefore sometimes referred to as a "proof." It may also be called a "galley."
Alpha Readers: Trusted people who read a writer's story while they write, generally chapter by chapter, to give critique.
Alternate Universe (AU): An alteration of an existing fictional world, often seen in fanfiction, fanart, or other non-canonical creative works.
Audience: The readers of a piece of writing. Every piece of writing has a specific intended audience, but not all its readers or fans will be in that audience.
Beta Readers: Trusted people who read a writer's story after they are finished writing to give critique.
Sorry for posting late this weekend. My grandma died, and her funeral was yesterday. (I'm okay, so don't worry, though I know I'll miss her.)
I did a post a while back about how words are awesome. Today, I thought I'd talk about how names are awesome. Like most writers, I have a thing about names and their meanings. I love playing with them in my works, and I like looking them up in real life, too.
I guess I've always been interested in the topic. My mom picked my first name for the meaning, and I don't remember ever not knowing about it. She used to show me the name "Kira" in her beat-up baby name book: "light" and "sun," two similar meanings that originate in the Sanskrit, Egyptian, Persian, and Russian languages. I thought this was fascinating. The complexity of language and the labels we take on for ourselves is perfectly captured in names.
By the time I hit middle school, I'd found out that my first name had other meanings, too, from various different languages, creating a bundle of contradictions that beautifully reflects the human condition. Besides "light" and "sun," there's also "dark" (Celtic), "lady" (Greek), and "beloved ruler to whom the people look" (Russian). In Hinduism, "Kira" is associated with sacred bells, and in Japanese, it is associated with the words "killer" and "glittery." I loved the idea of having all these multitudes of meaning inside of me. What could be more perfect for a writer?
Before I start this post, I'd like to let you know that I've joined Goodreads and am semi-addicted. Here's my page.
Now, those of you who are familiar with me and my work know that I am a terrible, terrible romantic in basically every sense of the word, and tend to weave that in very tightly with my novels. I even won a gag title in a character contest some young writers were having, "Most Romantically Inclined." I already wrote a post about how to write romance. Now I'm going to tell you about some of my favorite romances, most of which you are probably familiar with.
Ron and Hermione, Harry Potter
It's natural for me to start here, not only because Harry Potter is my fandom, but because Ron and Hermione were the first couple I ever shipped. From the beginning of the series, I was positive they were going to end up together. Nothing says love like bickering and trolls.
I love Ron and Hermione (also known as Romione) firstly because of how much they fight. Some of the best couples in fiction fight all the time, and through all their differences, they're able to really communicate. Ron and Hermione balance each other out, as different as they are.
They also have so many commonalities, in the traits that made them both Gryffindors and friends with with Harry. Plus, they represent the male and female fighters of the overarching war against evil. Ron has a number of masculine traits, while Hermione shows many feminine traits. As the best friends of the central character, the hero, Harry, they become humanity's representatives within the story, elevating normal people to a direct standard. This makes it natural for their romance to bloom as it did.
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