November 26, 2013

NaNoWriMo Guest Post: Emma (and what's coming up!)

Hey everyone! I am in a fantastic mood because it's snowing!! I'm hoping and praying for a snow day tomorrow (well I guess that's today since this post has been written the night before), but I doubt that will happen :( 
News flash: It's almost Thanksgiving :) I am thankful because I think I might just complete my NaNo goal after all! Or if I don't, I'll be this close *holds up arms to show you how close.* Now that musical is done, I'll have a little more time to write and I'm really optimistic about it. 
I haven't really had time to post much this month, but I do have some fun things in store! 
I'm hoping to get a few more entries in my writing contest in which you can find the requirements for HERE so I can carry on with the whole judging process soon. 
Also, I just finished The Fault in our Stars by John Green, and I'm planning on reviewing that soon. 
In addition to that, I wanted to write a post about my whole Fiddler on the Roof experience :) Our performances were last week Wednesday-Saturday. 

After that slight delay, I am finally here to introduce our guest poster today! Her name is Emma from Bookworm/Future Author and she was the very first blog I ever followed! I don't know how I even stumbled across her little space on the internet, but I did, and I've been reading it ever since. She posts things like excerpts from her writing and reviews, plus every Friday she hosts "Random Friday's" at her blog! You can find her blog HERE!
~July

Hi, everyone, I'm Emma from Bookworm/Future Author.  This is my third year of doing NaNoWriMo.  One thing I've learned, especially this year, is that's it's okay to lower your word count and not write 50k in a month.  The other 11 months matter more because you have to keep writing.  You can't just write during November, especially if you want to become a published author.

Last year, I wrote about 35-40k specifically in my NaNo novel and then 10-15k in a side project.  By February 20 at 10:30 PM, I finished that novel.  Because I edit as I write, I had read over that manuscript so many times, I was almost sick of it.  So I shoved it aside until about April or May and then began revisions.  I had a really good friend read it and give me feedback, and then finally, in September, I let my mom read the project.  She had a LOT of suggestions to improve it, and I'm so thankful for her.  But I also need to find real critique partners because, although my mom is great, she can't be my sole critic.
By the end of October, I felt like my novel was finished.  I mean, obviously, I could probably reread it a thousand times and rewrite every scene, but then that would be a never-ending cycle.  So once the holiday season is past, I'll start querying agents.  I've been working on my query letter lately and getting it just right.  A fellow young author (who's actually going to be published next year!) gave me advice on how to write a query, and what she did when she was querying, and even shared the letter that got her an agent.  She's been a big help and a huge inspiration.
What's important, though, while you're revising, querying, and then submitting to publishers, is that you keep writing.  You need to have other projects to keep those brain juices flowing and in case your current WIP doesn't work out.  I have about three books in progress right now.  It really helps if I get stuck on one; I can just switch to another.  Since they're all so different (contemporary, futuristic mixed with historical fiction, and a retelling), I can separate them easily.  I know that my novel ready for querying may not be good enough for agents or it's just not what they're looking for, so I want to be ready in a few months to start querying again with a different book, if things with this one don't work out.
Good luck with all your writing endeavors, and if you have any questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments below. :)

November 24, 2013

NaNo Guest Post- Annanya

Hello everyone! I apologize for not posting lately, it seems like I end up saying that on every post, but I really have been busy. Hopefully I can write a couple of good posts during Thanksgiving break this week (well, we don't have the whole week off, just Thursday and Friday). Anyway, here's one of this week's guest posts! 
Today it is written by Annanya who is from India! I just started talking to her about a month and a half ago and she is a very sweet girl with an interest in learning languages and writing! I don't know much about her yet because we are just starting to get to know each other, but she gladly volunteered for a guest post to review a book she's read :) Click HERE to visit her blog! 

Room by Emma Donoghue

Summary- A five year old boy, lives in a locked room with his Ma. His name is Jack, he has a TV in the room and he thinks the things in the TV are fictional like other people, cars, airplanes etc. Things change when Ma tells there is a world outside and they try to escape.

Good- the book is quite nice and engrossing I could not put it down easily! The book is written from the view of Jack, so there is a pinch of innocence in every line he says.
The book leaves you wondering what might've happened next. The sarcasm in the antagonist makes you wish you could go inside the book and beat him!

Bad-Nothing in the book was bad, this book was short listed for Man booker prize! There is no major adult content and when there is, its from an innocent view of Jack. 

Rating- 4.5 
A definite recommendation from my side!:)

Love,
Annanya/Anya

November 13, 2013

NaNoWriMo Guest Post: Seana J. Vixen (and my NaNo update)

Hey! First off on this post, is going to be a NaNo update. My word goal was 20,000 words and I was very confident I could write that this year, however I did not think I would be as busy as I am with the musical. (Our shows are next week Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday!! we still have so much to do!) The first few days of NaNo I was writing like crazy. I got up to around 10,000 which seems really far along, but it took me a long time. I really haven't made any progress at all after that though, because I have musical every day after school, except today, until 6:00-6:30. I don't get home until 7:00. Then I still have to do all my homework to do, plus showering, and all my normal chores such as dishes, cleaning up, etc. Let's just say NaNo is not going well right now and I think I might have to lower my word goal. *dismay*

Now let me introduce this week's guest poster!! Her name is Seana J. Vixen.... you guys may have heard of her ;) Anyway, Sea is one of my best friends <3 and thankfully she was kind enough to come back this year to do another guest post (she did one last year during NaNoWriMo too)! Sea loves to read, write, draw, sing, all the fun stuff! She writes some book reviews, writing tips, and other hilarious posts on her blog which you can find HERE

Imagine a dragon. Imagine this dragon with a pink tiara, when out of nowhere, BAM here comes Prince Charming coming to save the princess from the dragon in the pink tiara. What does this make you think of? Chicago? Of course not. Unless you live in some part of Chicago that I've never heard of that houses dragons, it's probably part of a fantasy world.

I've always been a bit of a fantasy nut, and I've found a few ways to boost up your fictional (and possibly fantastical) world so that you not only tell the readers how amazing it is, but you suck them into an amazing place that takes all of their senses to explore.

- GIVE IT A NAME

Give your fantasy world a name. It doesn't matter if you simply call it Earth, Utopia, or Land of the Frozen Ducks, giving your world a name will make it stick with the readers. Without it, it just doesn't have the same impact. When choosing a name, think about what's in it. If you name it Land of the Frozen Ducks, make sure that there's are reason behind it. Maybe the guy who discovered it lost his pet duck in an ice storm and that's why it's called that. Having a reason for the name of the town, city, or entire world will show that you put a lot of thought into it.

- GET TO KNOW IT

If you're planning on showing your readers this magical world, you should know what's in it beforehand. Ever tried to describe somewhere you've never been to someone else? It's really hard. You can't say what you smelled, heard, or tasted. Your description falls flat. What I like to do is create a map of my world. It doesn't even have to be detailed. Mine consists of a purple blob called "The Mountains" and a giant orange splotch that represents the castle. Get to know your world's little nooks and crannies, and it'll be much easier to bring it to life.

- KNOW WHO LIVES THERE

You also gotta figure out which of your characters calls this place home. If Susan lives next to Bob, but Jerry lives next to the giant lake full of squids half a mile away, you have a visual of how long it will take Susan and Bob to run to Jerry's house and save him from the squids. Knowing who lives in the area will help you to get to know what customs that town or world might have that's different from people who live in another part of the country.

- HAVE FUN WITH IT

This is your baby. This is the world that you're creating from the ground up and building. Don't feel like you have to keep it low key so that readers aren't scared away by the frozen ducks. Make it yours. Don't be afraid to just spend some time coming up with as many wacky and unusual things that will make your world yours. Play with those little details that will paint the reader a picture of the sights, the sounds, the smells, and everything else that goes along with the Land of Frozen Ducks.

That is all.

Cheers,
Seana

November 06, 2013

NaNoWriMo Guest Post: Hilda Leticia Dominguez

It's July! Since it's November, I am going to have one or two guest posts every week for the month. 
I shall quickly introduce today's guest poster and then I must get back to writing! Hilda is my "sister" and an awesome supporter of people's blogs, writings, ideas, etc. She speaks Spanish and English (which is the coolest thing ever!) and has a very strong faith. Visit her blog HERE! Also, buy her book, The Invisible Spy, HERE! I will be reviewing it after NaNo is done so watch for that :) Thanks so much Hilda <3 
*sorry about the lack of sentence length variation, I've been writing for a long time and I'm a little exhausted at the moment.....
Love,
July

"Hey guys, Hilda here. July is busy expanding her cranium on NaNoWriMo and letting her creative juices flow. Good luck to you Sis! Let's help her out by saying a little prayer for her.


     Since this month of November lots of busy writers and authors will be doing the NaNoWriMo, I thought, "hey,why not write about something relating to writing, OR about the story of the creepy cabin guy who likes to kidnap kids to his cabin and show them video after video of Sesame Street?" :P

     Okay, writing it is. :)

     Tip #1: When writing a story during it's rough draft, don't worry about spelling and grammar errors at this stage. Just keep writing your story. Dream away.

     Tip #2: If you get stuck on how to write the story, pretend you are telling the story to a friend or family member.

     Tip #3: if you can't decide which way you want to tell a story, whether first-person point of view, 3rd person, narrator, etc., Think how will your story would sound in each way. Which one sounds better to you?

     Tip #4: Remember not to let others' negative feedback get to you. The truth is, not everyone is going to like a story you write, but there will be others who will LOVE IT! Why? Because everyone has different tastes. There's no right or wrong stories. Each writer has their own "voice." Don't be afraid to use it. By voice, I mean your "voice" on how you tell the story. So dream and write away. 

     Tip #5: If you are not good at grammar, spelling and punctuation, you can ask someone who knows to correct it for you. Just be cautious because some get carried away and end up adding their "voice" into your story and changing it somehow. Remember, it's your story, and you just want someone to correct your spelling,etc. Reminding them would be a good idea. Here's how:

     "I like where my story is going, but I need help with my punctuation and grammar. Can you help me? I just need someone to correct my punctuation and grammar."


     Tip #6: Remember that there are lots of jealous and insane writers out there, so if you read a negative comment or feedback, don't take it personally. It's just that they have a problem. I've heard and read once a poll on a writer's magazine that the majority of authors/writers are ... Let's just say, crazy. But of course not every one. So don't be surprised if you get a stupid feedback on your story. They are just jealous. Don't believe me? Have you heard of Stephen King? He had bought the van who almost runned him over and pound it with a hammer. No joke. Talk about insane in the membrane. Look it up and you will see. You don't hardly hear this fact but it's true.


Tip #7: Just get an idea for a story or one you have in progress and write on. Enjoy what you are doing. Remember, it's YOUR story. Good luck! ;D "