5 Things I’ve Learned From Writing 20 Pages a Day

This past week, I’ve tried to finish my newest fantasy story – currently with no title, so I just label it ‘D & H story’ for demons and humans. And in order to move forward quickly and efficiently, and most importantly without that little voice in my head constantly trying to correct and perfect my words, I decided to write 20 pages a day.  So far so good, guys!

Through this entire process, I’ve learned a lot of things, especially about myself, which I wanted to share with all of you. Continue reading

The Short Story

short-story2-10af47pI’m back everyone!

I have to apologize for not posting anything in such a long time. It’s been a combination of a hectic schedule and not having much to say to you all. But I’m back, with a new posting schedule to get back into the groove of things.

Anyway, what I want to talk you to all about, or more specifically what I want to ask, is what qualifies a short story? In my previous writing class, I worked on what I felt was a short story (30 pages of pure fantasy goodness~), allowing my other works to rest just a little longer. When the time came to critique my story, I was both extremely nervous and excited to hear what my classmates had to say. But my biggest worry, above all else, was if my story felt like a short story. Continue reading

The Individual, The Community, and Their Value

For the past couple weeks or so I’ve been talking about my current classes, specifically my Literature class, and how much it’s helping my writing.  And now I want to share some of those interesting ideas with you all.

This post is mostly going to be about the Leaders of the societies your writing about, whether their ruled by one person, or a group of people.  And even though what we discussed in class was about the right ways of forming a democracy, in terms of the greek myths, I feel that by playing around with different aspects of your world, you can create very interesting, and thoroughly developed place without in necessarily having to be a democracy.  Continue reading

What’s Up Wednesday

WUWWreath2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Still reading story for my classes, while still trying to set some time aside for personal reading. That isn’t working too well, but luckily, I like most of what I have to read for my classes.

The one story I want to share with you all is Joyce Carol Oates “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” It’s creepy, a good creepy, and I love the way the tension seems to rise so clearly and easily within the story. I’d read it again, because I know this is one of those things where I’ll find something different and knew each time I go through it.  If anyone has read it already, let me know what you thought of it!

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What’s Up Wednesday

WUWWreath2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme where we writers can interact with others in this large community (because writing can be a lonely road to travel, if you let it) and share what’s going on with us each week. If you’d like you join us (or are simply curious to read more about other writers) you can find out more about it at either Jaime or Erin’s blogs.

What I’m Reading

Just finished reading a few stories for my writing workshop: Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady and The Toy Dog”, and Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”.

The first story is about a Russian man and woman, and their affair. No spoilers, since you find that out in the first paragraph. And the second one is about four men and their experiences after being shipwrecked, floating along the sea to the shore.

I’ll talk more about Chekhov’s story because, even though the MC is selfish and disrespectful towards women, he was a very interesting character. I loved reading his thoughts and way of justifying his actions, and even though generally nothing really changed in the end, I was satisfied with the ending.

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Small Writing Update

I just wanted to share a very short story I wrote recently, posted on Paradise on Paper. It’s part one of two, and was based on a writing excersice where we had to write a scene with two characters in the place we grew up. Click the link, read the first part, and let me know what you all think~

 

P.S. Part two should be posted around the same time, next week so look out for it there (or here, where I’ll post a direct link to it)!