Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What Should I Read Next?

This is just going to be a quicky post on some ways to find your next book to read that I've complied over the last little bit. It can be a really hard question to answer sometimes, especially after a few books that were less than impressive leading you to doubt your ability to pick good books!

Here's to helping you find a good book!

  • Check out this website. You type in the name of a book that you liked and it comes up with a list of other books/authors that you may enjoy.

  • Join Goodreads. You can enter all the books that you've read with your ratings and then it will come with recommendations for each genre that you've read books in. Goodreads will also keep track of all the books you want to read so you never forget a book! Here's my recommendations based on my favourites shelf:
  • Pay attention to what other people (online and off) are talking about. Often bloggers will post reviews or have a list a favourite books which are good places to start. I have a little favourites bookshelf down at the very bottom of this page. Also, you can talk to librarians and other bookish people and ask them for their opinions. They will love that.

There you go, three ways to find a good book. I know the last one is kind of "duh", but you'd be surprised how many people don't even think to do that. Have you got any sure fire ways of finding a good book?


What I'm reading: Fire by Kirstin Cashore and The Con Artist Handbook: The Secrets of Hustles and Scams by Joel Levy

What I'm listening to: United States of Pop 2009: Blame it on the Pop by DJ Earthworm (I know, classy)

What I'm watching: Covert Affairs and White Collar

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Interview With Teen Writers: Part 2

Hello everybody, it's time for part two of the interview! If you missed part one you can read it here. Enjoy!

The interviewees:
Jane Shaw
Elizabeth Watson
Ravena Guron - Ravena Guron
Dakota Densmore - My Frantic Scribblings
Bria - Pursuing Stories

7. What's your motivation for writing?
Dakota: Motivation? You sound like an over dramatic actor being paid way too much to do little of anything. Ah, my motive it FUN, and of course, the dream of any aspiring author, to be published. Perhaps even made into a movie. ;)
Bria: I love stories (as if that wasn’t obvious from my blog name). I love telling stories, I love listening to others tell stories, I love stories. My love of writing is based on this love –and obsession with –stories. Everyone has a story and everyone’s is different (even twins’ stories are unique!). This intrigues me and so I pursue stories. I creep on them and I find them and then I write them. It’s just so fascinating to me!
Ravena: I have no idea. No, seriously. I think that even though at times I have to force myself to write, or it feels like I would rather stick needles in my arms then sit down and make words appear, I love it.
Jane: Everything, no seriously everything. I find motivation mostly in other books, movies, and T.V, shows. I find inspiration when I'm at work, or when I'm on the way to work, or when I'm taking ling trips, and when I'm trying to sleep and my mind is running a mile a minute.
Elizabeth: My motivation is what I call my “writer’s waves”. If I get an idea, I have to write it down.
8. How has your writing evolved since you started writing?
Dakota: Well, it's not written in crayon anymore, for one thing. Haha, I use a computer now, instead of scribbling in notepads held together with tape. Erm, I suppose it's become more mature, hopefully more in-depth and involving....but probably not. ;)
Bria: My voice has certainly improved as I’ve been writing. When I first started to write consistently about two years ago, I was childish in my writing. I liked to make my writing seem clever by telling jokes. Of course, this didn’t make my writing clever; it only made me look stupid for sacrificing the story for petty jokes. And now, instead of that, I sound like this. Let me tell you: this is much improved. The only way this evolution in my writing came about is because I write, so write. There’s no way to become better at writing if you never write.
Ravena: I used to fill up notebooks. Now I use a laptop. (On a serious note... I like to think I've gotten better, that I'm using less unnecessary words and am able to end up a piece of writing which is closer to what I imagined in my head. I can't really say though. I mean, it happens over such a long period of time, evolution, that sometimes it seems like nothing has changed at all. Oh no wait... nothing has changed at all. I still write like I did when I was eight. *Cries.* Let's move onto the next question :)
Jane: Refer to 6th question.
Elizabeth: My writing evolves constantly as I get older and my writing improves. It also evolves based on my current major influences and inspirations, as well as my experiences.
9. How do you feel about teens being published/self published?
Dakota: It's awesome!! :D I applause them with a vigor spurred by both jealousy and pride. I SALUTE THEE, SIR!! And madame. ;)
Bria: Respect. I am nowhere near publishing anything (besides blog posts). I have so much respect and admiration for teens (anyone, really) who can control and motivate themselves enough to not only finish something, but to publish it too. If you’re reading this and you’ve published something: you’re awesome!
Ravena: OMG I AM SO PROUD OF THEM I WANT TO GIVE THEM ALL A GIANT HUG. Good for them for proving the stereotype all teens are lazy dodobrains (yes I made that word up) is wrong.
Jane: I think it's awesome, but only if they have talent. I'm always drawn toward books written by teens, I feel that they have a pulse on how teens actually think, and do. Better then a 30 year old woman. I'm not saying that the 30 year old woman doesn't have any talent, but sometimes a teen just hit's it on the nail.
Elizabeth: I think it’s great that teens are published. It’s valuable experience, and it shows that creativity isn’t restricted by age.
10. How do people react when you tell them you write, if you tell them at all? If you don't like to talk about it, why?
Dakota: If I tell them, they're usually like, "Oh, that's cool. What do you like to write?" If I don't tell them, it's b/c I don't think they'll care/appreciate it, or b/c I'm still insecure/self-conscious about what I'm writing. Also b/c doing something, no matter what it is, without anyone knowing about it, gives whatever you're doing a secretive, dramatic, spy-like feel, and makes it 10x more fun!! :D
Bria: People know that I like to write, but not many people realize that I want to be a writer. This is probably partially due to one of my friends. You see, I told one of my best guy friends that I wanted to be a writer. He looked at me and he was confused. “Why?” he said. I told him, but the confusion didn’t go away. “Why would you want to do that?!” …yup. Just so you know: this guy is not a jerk. Some people just don’t understand.
Ravena: I hate telling people I write, unless they're other writers. People don't understand how much it means to me, or they generally tend to think I'm strange (I've only talk about it with a few of my closest friends (hi Asli, Mariana and Jodie) plus my mum but she doesn't count.) I guess I don't want to bring it up, because I feel weird.
Jane: I don't really tell people. Writing is more of a hobby for me, then a serious thing. When I tell my friends there okay with it. I don't really bring it up, because it's kind of hard to bring it up without bragging, so I don't unless I'm asking for advice or trying to work out a plot point.
11. How would you like people to treat teen writers?
Dakota: As equals? As interesting people that matter? As individuals with more things to say and more creative ways to say it than most people realize? Something like that, I suppose.
Bria: Respect would be nice. And encouragement. We are going after our dreams and an awareness of that would be awesome. Awareness by way of less homework would be especially nice. Hint, hint, cough, cough.
Ravena: Like royalty. Only joking (a little.) I would like people to encourage teen writers, but take us seriously too. Is that possible?
Elizabeth: People should give teen writers a chance. We don’t all write high school dramas or vampire novels. There are some extremely gifted young writers who are just as good as older writers and they deserve to be taken as seriously as anyone else.
12. What is acceptable content for a teen to be writing in your opinion? (Eg. genre, romance elements, age etc.)
Dakota: Hmm, anything but smut. SMUT MUST NOT BE WRITTEN!! BY ANYONE!!! EVER!!! But especially by teens. Mature (in body) and independent as they may be, THEY'RE STILL JUST KIDS!! Basically, anything you wouldn't want your parents, or grandparents, to read, you probably shouldn't write it.
Bria: I don’t know. I’ve never thought about this. Generally, I don’t write characters who are older than me, because I don’t know if an eighteen-year-old will have different thoughts than little sixteen-year-old me. But that’s just me.
Ravena: I think anything is acceptable. Teens know about the goodness and the badness in the world, and all the little bits in between. They should be able to write whatever they want.
Jane: Basically anything, except hardcore erotica or any romance novel where the characters aren't teens.
Elizabeth: In terms of content, I hate smut in books from any age, but I think it’s something teens especially should avoid because it reaffirms stereotypes about young writers.
13. What advice do you have for teen writers who are just starting off?
Dakota: Hm...For starters, ignore the doomsayers, or course. ;) And, DON'T be like me, meaning that you should have a writing schedule, even if it's just, "I will write 100 words this week," or, "Every Tuesday at 6, I will sit down and write for 15 minutes." It doesn't have to be a lot. Hm, what else? Write whatever you like (yet remembering what I mentioned before), however you like. Sci-fi in a notebook, fantasy on the computer, mystery on you iPod. Whatever, it's entirely up to you. Never let anyone tell you a certain genre or way of writing is stupid or wrong. And....PUNCTUATION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!! Example:
"Let's eat grandpa!!
Let's eat, grandpa!!"
You see????
Oh, and one more thought; A cup of tea (or coffee, but mostly tea) is a writer's best friend. ;)
Bria: You tend to hear the same advice so I’m going to try to throw something new in. “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12, the Bible) Don’t be discouraged and don’t believe that others are better than you simply because they are older and “wiser.” I’ve read plenty of books written by people who should be old enough to realize their writing stinks. (That sounds harsh, but we all know it’s true. Some people write bad books.) Get yourself some confidence, get your writing out there (blogs, contests, etc.), and live by this quote from Ray Bradbury: “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories –science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
Ravena: Don't ever give up, no matter how many rejections you get. And there's no rush to get published. Some of our favourite authors weren't published until they were waaaay out of their teens, but look how happy they are now!
Jane: Take inspiration from everything. Write different things until you find the one that's your fit. You don't have to be an author to write, just write. If you’re good, good for you, if not that's okay because no one has to see it.
Elizabeth: I advise young writers to practise constantly. It’s the only way to get better. Experiment with other genres you don’t usually write in, and read lots! Reading different genres from different periods from an array of different authors also helps a lot. Keep exercising your creativity. Challenge yourself to be inspired by anything – this helps avoid writer’s block. It gives you a chance to discover what works and what doesn’t. Also, do not get stuck in one genre (especially fanfiction!)
Hope you enjoyed the interview! Feedback on the interview is most welcome. What would you have liked to see more of, less of? What did you like?
What I'm reading: Fire by Kirstin Cashore
What I'm listening to: The Barr Brothers
What I'm watching: Suits

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Interview With Teen Writers: Part 1


As promised in my last post the teen writer interview! If you'd like to see my thoughts behind this little project you can see them near the end of my last post. Basically, I emailed all interested people the questions for this interview, they emailed me back with their answers, and then I combined them all into one post for your reading enjoyment. I've split it into two parts, so I don't overwhelm you with the sheer amount of reading. Now, before this gets into a rambling post filled with content from me (and not the lovely interviewees) let's get started!


The interviewees:
Jane Shaw
Elizabeth Watson
Ravena Guron - Ravena Guron
Dakota Densmore - My Frantic Scribblings
Bria - Pursuing Stories

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, how long have you been writing, and what you write)
Dakota: I am 17(@ sunny, lol it's close enough), and I have been writing since I was very little, say 4?
Bria: My name is Bria. I am sixteen. I’ve basically been writing since I was six (I mostly plagiarized stories then), but got serious about writing (realized I could be a writer!) two years ago. I write stories with a bit of everything. Some have fantasy feels, some have a sci-fi sense, and some are stories about normal people doing normal things in a non-normal way.
Ravena: Well, I'm sixteen and I've been writing since I could hold a pen (I know... I'm so funny.) I tend to write science fiction or fantasy because I love creating new worlds.
Jane: Started writing in grade 6. I first started writing the stereotypical girl crushing on the stereotypical senior boy, because in my mind it made sense that the senior boy would like the freshman girl, of course once I got to highschool I realized how naive my grade 6 self was, but I digress. I then moved on to writing books where the main character suffered from some tragedy that left them blind. deaf or some other physical disability. I then moved on to writing story's where the main character was an orphan and they would go on a quest to find their birth parent's. As I matured I started getting into writing fantasy, and this is where I am now writing Urban Fantasy.
Elizabeth: I’ve been writing since I was 4 or 5 (around 15 years). I write a bit of everything. I probably won’t pursue writing full-time (can’t afford to), but I’ve always written in my spare time.
2. What is your favourite book/author (and yes you can give more than one:P)?
Dakota: Good gosh, don't ask me that! I'm the most--SECOND most indecisive person in the world!! But if I absolutely HAD to pick an author or two or else I'd DIE, then I'd have to go with Wayne Thomas Batson, Jill Williamson, and....Donita K. Paul. hmmmm....yes, let's go with them. :)
Bria: I don’t have favorite (I’m American, ha) books, just favorite authors. Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, John Steinbeck, and Joan Bauer are my absolute favorite authors.
Ravena: Argh! I can never answer these questions, because I'm terrible at making decisions. I always feel like I'm picking favourites, and that the books will get offended and cry (if, you know, they could and all.) I think I'm going to play it safe and say my favourite book is "The Lord of the Rings." The world Tolkien creates... oh gosh I have no words to describe how in awe of him I am. And, of course, the "Harry Potter" series (I'm cheating, I know.) It was a huge part of my childhood and Rowling's world building is wowza (am I getting a little predictable? Okay, here's a fun fact: when I turned eleven I waited for my Hogwarts letter just like everyone else. When it didn't come I told my parents I wanted a house elf for a birthday present instead. I got a pen (or something completely ordinary that wasn't a house elf.)
Jane: Favourite Authors: Ally Carter. Patricia Briggs, Alyxandra Harvey, Nalini Singh, Anee Bishop, Tamora Pierce, and Jane Austen! Favourite Book: I Hunt Killers (atleast for now) :) there are many others...
Elizabeth: Shakespeare, Jane Austin (Pride and Prejudice), Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Secret Daughter), J. R. R. Tolkien
3. What is the first thing you ever remember writing, that wasn't for school?
Dakota: BAHA!! Ah yes, I remember it well....I do believe I was four, or thereabouts, and had just completed my first-ever story. It was perhaps four pages long, two of those pages being drawings, and all written in crayon. It was about a family of people that suddenly got mad during dinner and threw all their food on the floor and in the toilet. I can't remember how it ended, tho.... But it was a happy ending, I know. ;)
Bria: If we don’t count the stories I wrote/plagiarized when I was six, it would be this story I wrote when I was nine. It was about a kid who liked to invent things. His name was Peter. He ran away from home because…actually, there wasn’t a reason. Anyway, he ran away from home with his little sister and they lived in a cave in the woods. Peter invented things to help keep them alive. Yeah, it was a cool story, and Peter actually won second place in a character-making contest with Scholastic Storyworks. I won a notepad.
Ravena: A "novel" when I was six about two parents who went to the beach with their two children and forgot them. It had about ten lines of writing, and lots of awful pictures. I even "published" it by getting someone to staple it for me. Thankfully it got lost.
Elizabeth: I wrote stories on a 90’s computer program called Storybook Weaver. I wrote about horses (my favourite animal).
4. What's your writing schedule (if any) and how often do you write?
Dakota: *chokes on and spits her drink halfway across the room and falls to the floor in an insane laughing fit* SCHEDULE??? Oh, you poor, dear, soul, you. Ah, I don't HAVE a schedule. My ADD and laziness won't allow it. I merely write when the mood strikes. That, while not being an efficient writing strategy, is more fun for me. ;) hehe
Bria: I try to write something every day. I don’t have a certain time or place because my schedule fluctuates and changes depending on school and church and my job and family and just life. If you want to know how I balance all of these things, the simple answer is: I don’t. Mostly I compromise on my sleep. As I like to quote: You can sleep when you’re dead. (Not that you should compromise on your sleep! Don’t get into that habit!)
Ravena: I write everyday, for at least an hour (by that I mean I try to. I'm lazy) When I can I write in the morning because that's when I'm "freshest." If it's a school day (and too often it's a school day) I'll write in the evening.
Jane: I don't really have a schedule I just write when I feel like it. Yes, I know it's bad, but that's what I do.
Elizabeth: I write every day, with few exceptions, for at least an hour. It’s part of my life as much as eating and sleeping.
5. Have you ever taken any classes/studied writing in some way? If so, how has it helped you? If not, why?
Dakota: Yes, I did take a class. Twice! The same one. ;) haha. I can't say HOW it's helped, b/c I have difficulty pinpointing that kind of stuff, but I know that it has. :)
Bria: Last year, I took a creative writing class at my school. It was interesting. We wrote a travel piece, illumination essay, play, dystopian, some poems, a children’s book, and a short story. What was really cool about this class was the community. We were all writers, so we all understood the voices and the story urges, and we all enjoyed talking to ourselves; basically, we all had the weird writer quirks and it was stinkin’ amazing! Lots of encouragement, definitely.
Ravena: I haven't taken any classes, because there aren't any where I live and if there were I probably wouldn't be allowed to go anyway. I'm planning on watching Brandon Sanderson's lectures (although I haven't yet.) I've also ordered Stephen King's "On Writing" (which has yet to arrive.) (A recurring theme... I'm not making excuses, I swear!) In Year Nine, when she found out I liked writing, my English teacher gave me a book which eased me into the world of publishing. That counts right?
Jane: I took a Creative Writing class in highschool. It helped me, by teaching me different ways to write, and the process that you can take to write a story. It also taught me about different types of creative writing.
Elizabeth: I’ve attended some writer’s classes and conferences. I went to my first one when I was 12. Everyone else in the class thought I was lost. I also took creative writing classes in high school and university. They’re helpful because they teach you a lot about writing “theory”. They point out flaws in your writing that you’ve never noticed. They also give you a chance to get feedback from a variety of other writers.
6. Who/what influences your writing?
Dakota: Mmm...video games, both fortunately and unfortunately. Fortunate in that it gives me a plethora of fantasy-type names and ideas for fantasy-type places, but unfortunately in that it messes with my plot lines. I end up picking up too many characters. :P
On the other hand, my friend Sunny is a great help to me in my writing, being both inspiring, helpful, and encouraging. :)
Bria: Life influences my writing. The people I know and the circumstances I live in influence my writing more than anything else. Honestly, people should be scared to talk to me, since so much of my dialogue comes from conversations with people.
Ravena: I would say every book I've ever read has influenced my writing in some way (although I can't exactly say how.)
Jane: I started writing when I was in elementary school. It was my 4th grade teacher who had everyone writing story's for English class. She was the one who opened my eyes to writing. I'm also a huge bookworm (I work in a library, for petesake), so whenever I finish a book I was always think wow I love the way this character said that, or that was cool the way she wrote that, and then BAM a story idea pops in my head.
Elizabeth: Tamora Pierce, Tolkien, and Austen
Stay tuned for anther seven questions next time (including questions on appropriate content and teen publishing) as we bring the teen interview to a close. Have you got an answers to these questions you are dying to share? Let us know in the comments.

What I'm reading: Jane by April Lindner
What I'm listening to: Mumford and Sons
What I'm watching: Alphas

Monday, August 13, 2012

Of Profiles, Pinterest and Other Things

Last night I did a little bit of internet housekeeping. I took, edited and changed my profile picture:
Can you say addicting? It's loads of fun, but wow, I must have spent an hour just looking at random stuff. Anyways, I created a board with pictures of people that could lead to character ideas. It's called Possible Character Ideas (original, I know).

I added a little text box in the sidebar with a list of everywhere you can find me online.

And, the most important, I GOT AN IDEA!!
So here it is. I wanted to conduct an interview with teen writers and post it to the blog. It would end up being a piece from teen writers about teen writers. I've read a lot of stuff about teen writers, but never anything in an interview style with multiple opinions. Naturally, I know some teen writers in real life, but I wanted to open it up to other blogging teen writers as well. And what do you get in return? Well, you'd be welcome to post the finished interview on your blog, and you'd get a chance to get your name (and blog) out through A Splash of Ink and the other participants who choose to post the interview. Of course the whole process would take place through two or three emails, so it's minimal work for both ends. I thought I'd throw this idea out there, so if you're interested and fall between the ages of 12-20 leave me a comment or email me at sunny.smith@hotmail.ca

What I'm Reading: Graceling by Kirstin Cashore
What I'm Listening to: The Killers
What I'm Watching: Rookie Blue *GASP* Did you see last week's episode?!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Second Hand Books and a Partially Empty Bookcase

Today was a thrift store day.

Honestly, I wasn't even thinking of books when I went into the goodwill store (shame on me!) but I eventually gravitated to the bookshelves at the back of the store. I think one of my bosses at the library would have had a heart attack if she saw the state of those book shelves. Books were piled every which way like someone had come along and dumped them onto the shelf with a tractor.

So why was I looking for books (besides the reason that they're books)? Well I've had a little shelf evolution. I went from one over stuffed shelf to one big one and three little ones that I got from Canadian Tire. As you can see in the third picture one of the shelves still has some space that needs to be filled up, so I've been hunting around for second hand books to put there.


Back to the thrift store.
They had it set up so that the children and YA books were all mixed in together. I cringed slightly at having to hunker down and really sift through them, but I did it for the sake of my bookshelves. So there I was squeezed in between two seven year olds one looking at Hannah Montana books and the other looking at Wild and Wacky Science. Needless to say, I'm sure that I looked comical, but I did come across some interesting finds:
-Artemis Fowl 2 and 3 by Eoin Colfer. I got a little bit excited when I saw the Artemis Fowl name across the spine, but at a closer look it was the ones I already had. I've been trying to collect this series second hand and so far I've got 1, 2, 3 and a french copy. I bought the french one accidentally at the library's book sale and oh was I ticked with myself once I got in the car and saw the french writing. Anyways, I didn't get those because they were repeats.
-Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. I read some of them a long time ago, but I didn't remember liking them enough to buy, so I passed over those.
-Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It sounded mildly interesting, but it was the second in the series and I really didn't want to pay for it. It was in really good condition which is why I picked it up, but I figured that I really didn't need it. I might get it from the library. Have you read it? Is it good?

What I did get:
-Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I seem to recall reading this a long time ago and when searching it on Goodreads I had rated it 3/5. I'll read it again and see what I think. An interesting side note: this book had an inscription in it. It said "Merry Christmas 2002 Jessica. Love Uncle Neil and Auntie Sandra". It's kind of fun getting a book with an inscription in it; it's like it has a story to it.

Then of course there was a shelf dedicated to the Harlequins, ever faithful to any second hand store. With a chuckle to myself, I moved on. I didn't buy any smut; I do have SOME standards. Next was non-fiction. Normally I would bypass it all together, but ever since I started working at the library I've been exposed to more non-fiction and have started to enjoy it more.

There was the usual (self help, cookbooks, a few Bibles etc.) and then there were the ones I ended up getting:
-Author and Grow Rich: How to write a money-making book in only 12 hours! by Glen Dietzel. I just noticed that the subtitle in that picture and on my book are different. Anyways after having a good laugh over the title that basically went against what many people say about writing (you shouldn't write to get rich and it shouldn't be a snap process) I bought it. Somewhere in there must be something helpful!

-The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I've heard good things and it looks like an easy, substantial read, so I picked this one up as well.

Overall it was a good book day. I think I got all these books in good shape for ten dollars including tax. My only bit of advice is if you're looking for second hand books take your time to look through the stacks, flip through the pages to make sure there's no marks/damage, and keep checking back! You never know when something new will show up.

Do you have any good second hand book finds?

What I'm Reading: Graceling by Kirstin Cashore and Anishnaabe World by Roger Speilmann
What I'm listening to: One Direction ("The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed!")
What I'm Watching: Suits and the Olympics

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

The other day my sister emailed me a link to this video and I've been hooked ever since. It's Pride and Prejudice told via vlog by Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet mainly and with help from Charlotte, Lydia, Jane, and "Bing-Lee" so far. I'm not a huge Austin fan (I know, shun the non-believer), but I know the basic story of P and P thanks to this movie, the Bollywood version of P and P:
and the helpful, knowledgeable audience who watched it with me. Anyways the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are so fun to watch, although I will warn you there is some language (especially from Lydia). So enjoy and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Insecure Writer's Group: August 2012

Today's insecurity is scene structure. You may or may not have seen my last post, but I discussed the structure of a scene. I was feeling pretty good about scene structure after taking apart that scene from Harry Potter and seeing how it fit in the scene structure pattern. That feeling was dampened though when I started writing. I started to realize that I wasn't really following the structure that I had so diligently researched. So that's my insecurity, that I will never get scene structure right. I know in my head that it will just take practice, but it's still an insecurity of the moment. And to finish this post off, a little inspiring quote:


"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
~Henry Van Dyke


What I'm reading: Graceling by Kirstin Cashore
What I'm listening to: The Weepies
What I'm watching: Alphas and the Olympics
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