What To Write?

Do you want to write? Maybe you have a character but no story to throw them in? Maybe you just want to write something fun? Start a new story, but you have no story? Well here are some things you can do to get you going.

5 things you can write when you don’t know what to write~

  1. Prompts:

    The internet is full with them and especially if you go to Tumblr, you can find blogs upon blogs dedicated to nothing but prompts. But to make things easy for you, just a little, here is Writer’s Digest List of Creative Writing Prompts and a list of 365 Creative Writing Prompts.
    For this, I have six storytelling dice. They all have different images on them and when you roll them, you can make up your own little prompt with them.

  2. Images:

    Stretch those writing muscles with some description. Find pretty, haunting, or any kind of image online and write about it. Write what you see and what comes in your head.
    Get those writer gears turning.

  3. What if:

    What if you already have a character or two but you have no story to put them in? Play the “what if” game with them. Make up something funny or something that would just never happen. Do you have a fantasy character? What if you put them in little coffee shop in Paris and saw what happened when they showed up?
    You have a contemporary character? What if you threw them in an apocalyptic universe and watched them lose their mind.
    It doesn’t have to be more than a couple hundred words, just a scene of something. That’s all you need really.
    What if.

  4. Fanfiction:

    It is a thing many people do and the internet is full of it. Get your favourite characters from your favourite show/movie/book and start writing about them. You know, for fun.

  5. Pets:

    Okay, now bear with me. This is going to sound weird. Look at your loyal pet. Or disloyal if you have a cat. If you don’t have one, you know someone who does. They have their own personality and their own life. Maybe they are a rescue, maybe you found your cat out on the street, maybe you got your puppy from a breeder.
    Whichever the case, describe their lives as if they were human.
    There is your protagonist, there is your story. Have fun with it.

And that’s the important thing. No matter what you have, maybe a bit of story, maybe a character or two, maybe nothing at all, the important thing is that you have fun and you enjoy what you write about and what you do, no matter how crazy the story or how unbelievable. It is your job after all, to make the most out-there scenarios seem possible.

~Harris

 

Camp Nano Prep , GoT and Writing (Finally)

Camp Nano Prep , GoT and Writing (Finally)

“Do you want to repeat that to my face, Terron?” Ayla hissed, half raised from her seat.
“If I could bear looking at it, I would.” he answered, raising his voice louder when he spoke this time.

So Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and I am so so so not prepared. Its what, five days before the first. Starting tomorrow at least.
Preparation isn’t a strong suit of mine.
How Harris can manage it I have no clue but she wonders me with it.
I still have almost a week though. I can do some prepping still.
I have my lovely planner and notebooks and I have printable stickers that I could use in them. I should do exactly this.

Because I want to hit my word goal and maybe even beyond. Actually I want to finish up this draft of my book and get to the work on… well editing? Rewriting? What comes next?
I suppose that is a to each their own thing. Some people prefer to let it rest and I may do that. We will see how I feel by the end of it all.
Like me being a teary wreck, because I am a person who cries easily over books and characters.

Even in my role-plays with Harris this is true. I can end up a wreck from it, but don’t worry. Once I cry it out a little I recover pretty well.

Books, writing and role-plays aren’t the only things though. There are other things. Like TV shows.
Like… Game of Thrones.
You probably don’t know I am a GoT fan but I so am and last week… well. I wasn’t in tears but I was worked up over the brilliant episode.
Battle of the Bastards. Bastard Bowl some say. Jon vs. Ramsay.
I’m not that much of a TV watcher. Sometimes though I get wrapped up in shows and I can;t quit. Most of the time I lose interest because I miss too many episodes and before I know it I’m five seasons behind.
Game of Thrones I started late and I ended up addicted enough to blow through four seasons in a couple of months to be ready for the fifth season.
Yes, I was bad and tomorrow night and eager to get to it.
I had a moment today that I thought it was Sunday and was so excited because… Game of Thrones.
So I had the little excitement and then all of it crushed when I realized its only Saturday.
Though today is my blog day, so that was going for me.

Now I’m rattling on off topic.
Back to writing things. I have been writing a little bit. I wrote some the other night that was fairly amusing to Harris. More she seemed to love the little bit I showed her so that is the bit I am showing off now.
Just a little tiny bit with an insult from one King to a Queen. A very unhappy one for that matter.
Just for the record, she isn’t his queen.

I for one, love to right bickering between characters and yes, having them insult each other. Sometimes I’m just tapping along on my keyboard and BAM!…. burn. This is considered a burn, right? I’m calling it so anyways.

I just like to amuse myself and Harris. Especially if any of the characters are her favorites. (which is most of them, not kidding)
Though these two are new and well… they aren’t main characters. I am kinda feeling them out. (No, not in that way, I promise. Keep your minds from the gutter.)

Fellow writers, you understand, write? I mean right. Definitely meant right. Anyways, I am glad Terron is out to anger her, I like when I can get a hold of a character’s personality (however big or small a role they have) and hold onto it and hold onto them.
Some have taken hold so deeply, that may be the reason I feel so deeply for them, When they are in love, in anguish, dead, dying, insulting one another, or just having a plain bad day.
I feel for them…. but…. I suppose that I don’t feel bad enough that I can’t make things worse chapter by chapter. Then maybe throw in a nice thing or two that makes them hold on a little longer.

I’m starting to look forward to putting them through more torment, good oR bad, this Camp NaNoWriMo. So whether you are writing about love, mystery, fantasy, fiction or non-fiction. Or  a mix of the possibilities, just do what you love and try to enjoy Camp.
Try not to stress or struggle, like me, and Happy Writing!

P.S. Look out for some future posts from my co-Wordsmith on Camp Nano Preparations. I’d like to say I had more of a hand in it, but a small job had my hands tied on helping her sort it out. So in these last days before Camp starts, we hope they can help you get yourself ready for a month of Camp, again.

Update: Also, I did change my picture. I felt it clashed a little with my white worded title. Just so anyone who saw a glimpse of the old one won’ be confused.

~ E.C.Thorn

Clockwork Angel: Book Review

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/Boy, oh boy. We’re getting to the good stuff.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been a huge part of my life for so long, I can’t remember what I was like before getting to this world. I’m quite literally a walking Shadowhunter Codex at this point, and have sufficiently gotten Harris and Thorn into this as well. Sorry not sorry, guys.

But enough of that. This time we’re going back to the start, where the journey first began. ~ Gee

 

THE NON – SPOILERY TALK

The story starts off  in 1878 with Tessa Gray, a 16-year-old girl from New York on her first trip to England, to visit her brother who’s been living there for a while. But instead of him, she is taken by two old ladies, who end up keeping her hostage (yes, there isn’t much waiting there, right on to the point). They then start to “train” her, as she finds out she isn’t a human, but a Downworlder that can change forms and make herself look like other people. Their motive to that seems to be because they are prepping her up for something big, something and someone she doesn’t know of.

Luckily Tessa manages to run away with the help of a young team of Shadowhunters coming to her aid. They take her in their Institute, regardless of her “tainted” nature, and work together to find out what truly happened to her brother. In the meantime she tries to discover what is actually happening to her, why she has this ability and where it came from.

Now I love fantasy themes and historical fiction, and these series combined it perfectly. Anyone who is also into this concept, I’m pretty sure you’re going to like this one a lot. The beginning is a bit slow, taking its time to explain everything to the reader that they have to know. Once you get to know enough background information on this world building, it picks up the pace.

I also can’t help but love how all the characters are written. The characters that are good, the characters that are not so good, the characters that made a lot of mistakes on their way to their own right path, the “villains” of the story. It shows how diverse each of them is, what each has in mind as the right thing, and how far a person would go to do what they want in life. Each character has different aspirations and morals, and not one of them, from background characters to main, felt two-dimensional. I found myself relating in bits and pieces of each one, and I think that is a very important achievement for a writer to pass off to their readers. Cassandra Clare’s writing never fails to blow me away.

So, the pros of this book are: good story, witty writing, and realistic characters. The cons are: slow build-up at the beginning (but for a good reason), and…well…a bucket full of feels (I feel like I should have put that one in the pros though).

Obviously this story is very dear to me, and hasn’t let me down at all. And if you think I’m biased, ask the other girls about it. They’ll say the same thing, trust me. That’s why I’m urging anyone who likes this kind of theme to get their hands on this book right away. It’s a must.

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