By Estora Adams
Two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. It’s a simple enough concept well understood by anyone like me with a fair amount of midriff pudge who’s tried to fold herself into some of the common yoga positions. No matter how free my hamstrings are, my belly won’t let my chest reach the front of my thighs. But I’m working on that.
Perhaps, though, tangible objects are not the only things that must find their own space. Maybe thoughts and ideas need their own room to breathe as well.
Those of us who are blessed enough to live in first world countries are inundated with information, stimulation, and communication. Some of us feel like we aren’t maximizing our time if we aren’t multitasking with at least two screens going--the television plus the phone, the tablet plus the laptop, a notebook sitting alongside the iPad. I’ll even admit that occasionally I’m watching something on the television while another project is going on my laptop, and my phone sits on the arm of the recliner in case I get a text. I miss the days when the phone rang and I had to get out of my chair to answer it despite not having a clue who was on the other end. Focus was so much easier back then. So was falling down the rabbit hole of creativity.
I have a few friends with whom I can lose vast amounts of time talking about ideas we have and feeding off of each other’s thoughts. Nothing nips that stream of creativity in the bud like a text or Facebook notification, though. I have yet to stop my Facebook scrolling, however, to jot down some earth-breaking new idea in my journal. With two exceptions (podcasts and an artists’ FB group), all of that media to which I feel constantly drawn contributes almost nothing to my intellectual or creative growth. Instead, the space in my thoughts occupied by Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. is space in which new ideas seem to be completely unable to grow--mental soil choked by weeds.
Only when I shut off the phone, the music, the never-ending input, do the ideas begin to flow, so I’ve started making the drive to town without turning on that podcast or audiobook I’ve been listening to. My workouts don’t always have a soundtrack these days, and when I sit down with those friends, my phone stays in the car or face down with the ringer off. I’ve been rewarded for my efforts with new ideas for my work in progress or my blog or my art. Problems that are vexing me get sorted through faster, and I catch the nuances of beauty in my world much more often.
Mind you, my Facebook account remains active, and I still love to see what my friends are up to on IG, but occasionally, I make space in my brain for the muse to play. Apparently she likes wide open spaces.
If you’ve enjoyed this post and would like to read more of my thoughts or connect further, please visit me at my website, EstoraAdams.com, or find me on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. My Twitter handle is @Estora_Adams.
By Rebecca Dooley
I have always had an active imagination. Being a socially awkward child, I spent more time in my head with my imaginary friends than I did with the few real friends that I did have. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I began to put my imaginations down on paper. My best friend and I were pretty much on the lower rungs of the social ladder and nowhere near the radars of our crushes.
So what do nineties high school girls do when they’re bored in class? They write notes. (Remember this was pre-everyone-has-a-cellphone era. The cool kids had beepers.) I had nothing of interest to write so I wrote a quick little romance starring my best friend and her crush, complete with happy ending. Later that day she bested me with the one she wrote starring me and my crush. That went on for a while and though she lost her battle with health issues recently, I still have the stories that she wrote and I’ll treasure them always.
Fast forward, to a young wife and mother that drifts away into her imagination while doing boring housework. I wasn’t writing anymore but I was still hanging out with my imaginary friends. But that all changed with a dream one night.
The dream wouldn’t let me go, so I wrote it down. Then I began to expand on it and the characters, setting, and everything else began to come to life. I worked on it when and where I could, albeit sporadically. Almost fifteen years later and I’m still working on that piece, though I have set a deadline to finish it and publish before the end of summer. You can follow my journey with it on my social media sites below.
But what solidified my drive to achieve my dreams of becoming a published author? Fast forward to June 2015. I’m a stay-at-home mom of two, a teenage daughter and a six year old son on the autism spectrum and the idea for “Rhona’s Cottage” begins dancing around my imagination. And I ran with it.
The writer’s enthusiasm for a new story took root and at the end of the day, I was on cloud nine with the determination to complete this one. How did I do it? (FYI, I’m easily distracted by other ideas.)
First, I built an author’s page, invited my trusted friends and family to like it first and began telling them about the journey of writing my first book. All of the triumphs and accomplishments (writer’s high), my frustrations when I sat and stared at my screen for hours or distractions due to life in general, and everything that went along with it.
Next, during one of the days that the words wouldn’t come, I built a website. I am in no way shape or form a tech person and building the site took a while and more frustration than I want to admit.
What does either have to do with writing? For me, I created the author’s page on FaceBook and the website to keep myself focused on the long term and committed to finishing the book. And it paid off. I finished and self-published. Was it or is it perfect? No. But I learned from my mistakes.
The entire process was a learning one for me and that’s exactly what I told everyone that stuck with me till the end. I’m learning as I go. I learned alot and I still have much more to learn. But I’m happy with the process and experience. And thanks to dragging my family and friends with me on this journey ultimately resulted in more interest in my first book than I ever imagined.
To follow my ongoing journey, visit the links below.
I am a woman, a writer, who cannot seem to live without being a part of the book industry. In the last year...my life, career, and every minute of my day has begun to revolve around it.
Waking up: Heading first to start coffee and then to the computer. Plugging in phone, because you forgot to charge it the night before because you were on it until you passed out. It’s time to start the day and that begins with checking emails in your multiple email accounts, because this is necessary. To have a business account and then a personal account and if you’re in my shoes, you end up having 2 personal emails because one has become so bogged down with ads. The other is just for those important things. Then a couple of business emails. For me it pertains to my design and PA business, and then another for the Publishing biz. Everything has to be kept separate so I can keep myself organized. That’s the way I like it.
Following that is visiting all social media networks to see what has been going on since I’ve slept, because those 5-8 hours that I missed, I could have missed a lot. There’s usually some missed.
Either way, I know we all have our routines when it comes to being writing obsessed. Some of those things are doing anything else besides writing because our characters are being nags. (As I commented on in my previous blog article). I know I don’t write nearly as much as I should, but I can’t get out of the writing industry, never would I want to.
If I’m not writing, I’m usually reading (for my upcoming blog article reviews of books and interviews, or for my publishing company), setting up designs for logos or book covers (for my book cover design business), if not that- then I’m working on social media posts for my clients. I now offer to assist authors as a Personal Assistant with graphics design to create covers, teasers, website/social media/blog blocks- I offer website/social media/blog creation and updates. Plus, I offer help with finding a target audience and other projects. Just doing what I can to help those authors that need assistance in furthering their writing career.
I know how much time is used during the day: all of it, and I know that it is difficult to find that time, so I try to offer mine. It’s something I enjoy. I can’t stay away from any part of it. My days are spent lost in books and I am grateful to have this time to do so.
There are so many reasons to hate writing, but I will only name three things here.
Writing can be so complicated, especially when you want to take it steps further to set up a blog, or write a novel. And it gets even more complicated when writing is something that you are meant to do, something you’ve been doing all your life and you can’t get away from it. Either way, we all have those reasons and here are mine…
The Voices (characters of my stories) can be so infuriating; they don’t listen to me – EVER. I set up an outline of how I want things to go in their story and instead of following it and making it easy, they change their mind and follow some other path that obviously leads to something much more difficult and into the world of something dangerous or evil or both. They start talking to me at the most inappropriate times.
Not only is it the fact that my voices pick the most inopportune time, but there is the whole fact that I can hear voices at all. I’m sure most writers understand this, because I have spoken to others that hear the voices as well. They nag you until you actually start writing their story. Or if a specific scene is meant to happen, they put images in your head and tell you to write NOW. It doesn’t go away until it has been written.
And although, these voices are in my head, making me write; I usually don’t mind them. This reminds that I can tell stories, and each time I have that dream or hear that nagging voice: I know that means that I’ll have a new story to tell. That makes me happy.
My Imagination is just as equal to my five year old son’s imagination, as if hearing voices didn't give that away. We are both always creating something either together or separate. Ideas are always rolling throughout the house to either build a new toy out of Legos, to make a new something out of construction paper, or watching some new DIY video on YouTube. Then on top of that, he likes to create his own games and as he does that, I’m adding onto them, and then we are playing something off the wall.
Creativity and imagination are something I hold dear, but sometimes knowing that you have just eagerly created a game that involves imaginary creatures, walls – with a starting and ending point in this game; joining in with the five year old’s own thought… it can be a bit much sometimes. However that is how I have come up with certain scenes in the books I have written; so it isn’t all bad.
I proofread EVERYTHING. Things that I send, even a text, and even those that are sent to me. I’m glad they don’t offer an option of a red pen on the phones, because I would be correcting things all the time. My eyes catch those things without even meaning to. I attempt to read and re-read everything. Even menus at restaurants, websites that I visit – everything. I can’t help myself and I wish that it would shut off, but that is a burden of a writer. Your mind is always on. Possibly worlds away, but if words are put in front of you; your mind is caught in that moment. ‘SSSHHHH don’t interrupt me as I read this long text and mentally correct each misspelled word and make faces at the misplaced word, or the missing period. SSSSHHHH just SSSSHHH let me edit. I’ll be with you in a moment.’
It’s hard to function as a writer sometimes, and only other writers would ever understand that. We try to join in with all conversations but sometimes the voices in our heads are just too much and we must write NOW. We’d really like to contribute to this really interesting discussion; however I have just settled the moment for when my main character is going to really fall in love with her destined true love – or that the bad guy is going to strike. I can see it now and I must grab whatever is close to me and write down everything that I see and hear.
Although, no one can really complain, because in the end it is these stories that we are picking up and reading and losing ourselves in. Getting lost in a new world, a new love, or a new villain. Without us being just a wee bit crazy, we wouldn’t be able to sit down and get these stories out for everyone else. So, there are sacrifices we have to make, but for us it’s life. It’s fun, and entertaining at ALL times.
By Eris Marriott
For writers, creating art is a bit different than the other mediums out there (music, dance, painting, etc.) but it is an art all the same. For the painter, paints, brushes and canvasses make up the majority of their portfolio and the types of paints all affect the outcome of the work they put in. A dancer may try different moves for different styles or build up certain muscles over others to accomplish that one part of their routine that just won’t come without the input. To work those muscles, they may go to a nicer gym where there is better equipment or more knowledgeable personal trainers on staff to help them achieve their goals.
As a writer, whatever your goal may be (accomplishing deep POV, cutting out your habit of info dumping, knowing when to stop using clichés and when they’re okay to integrate) one thing is certain: talent only gets us so far. Aside from practicing hard, writing has more to it than just sitting down at a keyboard and tapping away. I know that, for me, while much of my writing comes from my keys, much of it is also honed in by pen and paper. In fact, my “draft zero” is being crafted right now in a hot pink composition notebook from Walmart. That being said, I still chose the nicer composition notebook and I have about 100 pens to choose from to color code plot points on my poster boards, sticky notes in every drawer to put side thoughts down without interrupting my main stream of consciousness, and a pristine fuzzy notebook with my star sign on it to write down each plot point one more time before I stop to pen a chapter. Once I finish, I transcribe it in to drive, add the missing pieces caused by my impatience with handwriting and try to implement as many edits as I can before copying and pasting to Scrivener.
I’ve got book after book (most of them unread but at least skimmed through) on the art of writing, bookmarked images of how plot structure works and I’ve paid well over two-hundred dollars to get past query letters and synopses critiqued. And don’t even get me started on the costs of writer’s conferences. You might think: geez, writing takes a lot of money. But, here’s the thing: it doesn’t and it does.
As an analogy, I’ll use a personal experience to show you why I choose to pay so much to invest in myself as a writer, even when I can’t always use all the resources I pay for right away to improve myself and my craft. For those of you that don’t know: I play guitar (electric to be exact). Back so many eons ago (okay, two years) when I was sixteen, I got my first real guitar. It was an Epiphone. I didn’t have an amp, let alone a pick, so I used a thin seashell to pluck along at strings that had corroded at the pawn shop I purchased it from. When I got back from my vacation with my beauty, I invested in new strings, bought a pick and went to my first guitar lessons. After having purchased a beautiful amp, I played my heart out on that thing. I can remember finishing sections of my AP tests and miming chord shapes while I waited for sections to be called so I could move on to the next parts of the test. It became my world. I made strides like you wouldn’t believe in only four months. I practiced when I could (which was a lot more at the time than I do now, sadly) and my teacher was pleased with my progress. My mom saw my passion growing and went out and bought me the guitar I now use (and doesn’t fall out of tune every five seconds) a Schecter Demon-6 (sunburst red, for those of you drooling). I had everything I needed. Then, college came and I had to quit lessons. I wasn’t prepared for the workload and sadly, music isn’t exactly a career option for me (and kudos to you if it is for you, you are blessed).
A year and a half later, we had moved and my amp was broken. Desperate to get back into things, I signed up for lessons with a new teacher (my old teacher had moved, or so I’d been told) and I came in with an attitude of “I can pick this back up no problem.” For the first two months, I didn’t have an amp. My old one broke in the move and I was just desperate to feel the strings of my beloved Schecter beneath my fingers again. It hindered me to play without one; I made very slow progress. Lessons and practice became a chore. Finally, with what little money I did have (and with help from my mother) I took what I could get in the form of a Frontman 10G off of Amazon so I could at least hear myself play again. Let’s be frank guys: a $50 amp is good to hold you over for a while, but you’re still not going to see much progress in the way you play. Such was the case for me. Going to lessons became an embarrassment and I felt like a musical failure (which was not the case when I was 16 and going in and coming out with the confidence I needed to retain knowledge of chord structure and the knowledge that I was getting better each time). I’m still on the same song we started two months ago. But I know that’s about to change: my mother was kind enough to get me a Fender Mustang I and I can already sense the change in my musical quality. I’m playing, dare I say it, like I used to and I’ve only used it for one practice session. One can only stand so much of the gaping hole of what they are missing when they know there’s something better out there.
So, you may ask yourself, how does this compare to writing? Well, both music and writing are types of art and each one relies, as I said, on more than just talent and dedication. I have a talent for music—I know I do. Just as I do for writing. But my writing is way better than my playing right now. Why? Because I invested in my writing and let my music fall behind. While practicing guitar was becoming a chore, with each rewrite of my draft and each visit to a conference or each article/help book/support group post I read or bookmarked, I saw progress. With my guitar, because of my poor equipment, I did not. I began to hate doing the very thing I loved because I knew I wasn’t getting much better because I didn’t have what I needed. And, my friends, I do fervently believe that if I didn’t invest at least a little in myself and my crafts that I wouldn’t get any better at writing either.
But you’re scrapped for cash, you think. And I, of all people, know this. I’m in college, have a part-time job and a car payment. I’m even scrapped for time studying for my LSAT and preparing to take 18 credit hours in the spring along with a funded research project by my university. Money, time and energy are all scarce. And, I’m not saying that you can’t use poor equipment. I still wouldn’t change for the world that I got a Frontman 10G. It held me over until I could get something better and at least gave me hope by letting me hear myself play. And that’s important. It gave me the time I needed to save up for something better; to receive it as a gift, no less, was an additional blessing.
What I’m saying is this: if you can’t afford the nice word processor or conference or computer, that’s completely fine. I’m not a snob and I don’t want to come across as one. What I am saying is this: use your poor equipment for as long as you have to, but don’t be afraid to invest in the nicer things once you’ve saved up for it. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to spend that extra $100 on a conference when you could use it on something else. Everything has it’s value; if it’s the difference between eating, then spend it on the food, of course. But if you have that extra cash finally saved up to spend on nicer equipment, do it. Your art is an investment—for yourself most importantly. That writing class might make the difference between finishing a book or letting it rot in a drawer before you ever wrote the words “chapter one.” I know, for me, I came very close to giving up the guitar. When I didn’t have all of my writing tools, I let my skills rot untouched for four years; the quality of my work, though improved with age, could have been so much better had I known to invest in myself while I was struggling back then. Had I a better computer or more stationery, I might have finished the book I am still struggling with today. I might not have had to have rewritten it. But I don’t regret my past actions—I’ve learned the value of what I do have by having failed.
And that’s what I want to impress upon you guys: take what you have and use it to the best of your ability, but don’t beat yourself up if it’s not giving you the results you need. Sometimes, it’s nothing to do with you—it’s to do with your computer, your circumstances, or your time (which really is money, so I think it more than applies to this analogy). So while you’re waiting for your break or your raise or your new job or something to let you invest in yourself (because you are worth it) take some time to breathe and realize: you’re a good writer in that you’re trying. But if you don’t have the proper pens to write with, it might take you a little longer to get the results you want. And, that’s okay. Progress is more than seeing improvement—it’s being okay with the wait and the effort it takes to fully invest in something you love.
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A month has been picked and the year has finally come that my first novel is going to be TRULY released. It has been a long back and forth journey since 2011 and I can’t wait to get this going.
A few people know the story behind this novel…
It all literally started with a dream. I’m being truly serious about this. I had a dream about Rena, and vampires. It was an intense dream. Even to this day I can picture it all. The colors and smells were so distinct that I felt as if I was there. It was amazing and I couldn’t wait to write it all down. There was no hesitation. When I woke up, I jotted all details down. In 2011, I started writing it, and within six months; a full manuscript was complete.
However I did a horrible thing after that… This is a piece of advice I would offer to anyone writing a novel, or anything for that matter: Don’t rush your work, don’t run with something like this, take caution. All P’s and Q’s need to be taken care of. I rushed it, and although the novel did receive quite a few downloads, it also received quite a few negative reviews. There were so many things missing, but I couldn’t wait to get it all out there. Even the first handful of covers were horrendous…this was what also got me into making covers and into graphics design in general. I knew I could do better.
It wasn’t until I wrote the second book and realized I was still missing so much, that I pulled everything from production. It needed to be redone from the beginning. Jen, a very close friend of mine now, had accepted my book to be published at her publishing company however she saw that it was a mess of sorts. Although, her words stuck… “You tell a great story, there’s so much potential.” That made me feel good, and the thought that she would take on a mess was incredible, but as the publishing option diminished; I continued to take her words with me and finished the rewrite.
Now, in the year 2018, I can officially say that my first novel is getting published and it has a true shot to be something amazing. It has a new title, and a new cover that may surprise my past readers, but in a sense it portrays the true story behind it all. The new title speaks volumes and tends to drop it right into that spot that I want it.
I still have 2-3 more chapters to go, final edits to run through, but my first novel will be out for people’s viewing pleasure in March of 2018. Yearn for Blood, the first book in the Blood Origins series, will follow the growth of the main character, Rena. She is a high school student, just trying to make it day by day…that is until debilitating dizzy spells begin to wrack her body, and an attractive stranger steps into her life. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye, after getting past the dark hair and crystal blue eyes; she finds out about a world of the supernatural that she never even knew existed, and even scarier…is that this is the world she’s meant to be a part of.
Please be sure to check out my new site at authortiffanyheiser.weebly.com to catch quotes and even some sneak peeks into the story to come.
Oh and of course the Cover Reveal is now! I hope you are drawn in as much as I am.
Thank you all for the support, for those that have been through it all, and those that are now a part of this amazing journey with me. I hope you enjoy.
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Book Release Facebook Event
Tiffany has been a part of this for other Authors and intends to have her own for her next book release in February. I will be creating a Facebook event on her fan page that will also host other Authors. The goal is promote her book release with the support of those other Authors who will also generate more attention for their books. We will have games and contests for anyone to join, with prizes being given away. Anyone who wants to join these games & contests for free, just has to join the event and participate! That's all! Then in turn, Tiffany & the supporting Authors can market their books with little effort.
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By Eris Marriott
As a writer, you’ve probably come across the point in your creative process where you realize one of the following things, if not something similar:
At this point, you’re probably thinking:
“What was I thinking? I’m going to have to start over!”
Before you come to this as your sole conclusion, ask yourself if you can salvage what you have before scrapping. How extensive is the task of self-editing based on the conclusions you’ve come to? Now, don’t make those decisions right away. Wallow in the frustration—take a break. You make poor decisions when you’re upset with something that is like an imaginary child. It hurts when you come to these conclusions and there’s no sense in denying it. However, just ensure that it’s not extreme self-doubt, frustration from trying to edit too early, or something else.
If it’s not and you really are one of the proverbial pickles mentioned above, stop and think carefully about what that means. Some walk away with a negative association with a conclusion. You think, “I’ll never be a good writer.”
I daresay, if you acknowledge one of those three points or something to the effect of those three, you are a good writer. If you’re finding mistakes you never knew you were making and you know that they have to be fixed in a revamp, then isn’t that evidence to state that you’ve become a better writer? That you’re growing, learning, and have the skills to make something even better than when you first started?
Many writers go through tens of rewrites before they have something they’re ready to put out for publication, whether they go via self-publication or traditional publication. Just think: you’re already in good company if you’re like other writers in the way you approach the process. You acknowledge, “This is no longer my best; I know I can do this story more justice.”
Now, don’t rewrite yourself into oblivion, but if it takes you a few tries to get the book right, then go for it! Each draft is, essentially, starting over. You’re back to draft zero or one or whatever you want to call that first hodgepodge of thoughts. Maybe make a draft zero where you’re just outlining and rebuilding character arcs. Maybe make that draft zero something that every “pantser” knows and understands to be your barfed up beauty. And that’s okay!
Embrace the process! Embrace the fact that you’re going to want to start over. It just means you’re dedicated to producing something beautiful, rather than something you can never find pride in. If you’re at the point where you think nothing you do is good, now is not the time to try writing it again. Let yourself get past the self-doubt. If you’re at the point of self-deprecation where nothing seems good, maybe it’s time to talk to someone about it so you can move forward, as there is a point where you have to acknowledge that your work is done.
Even still, every writer knows there will be a point where they’re not happy with their old works anymore. But the reason why you’re not happy is something to rejoice in: you’ve gotten better and more defined in your style and prose. And that’s a wonderful thing to understand.
So write away and rewrite until the words on your page sing. Eventually, something will stick and you can finally start looking at getting your work out there and sharing with others. Don’t be afraid of starting over. Sometimes, the lessons we learn the first time serve to be invaluable in our second, third, and so on attempts. Without them, we would never become the great writers we stand to be by moving forward.
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By Eris Marriott
For a writer, finding balance between the things that make our mood swings take flight in a proverbial breeze and the step-by-step underpinnings of our work is tough. Too much emotion puts us on the verge of melodrama and too much logic makes a book sound more like a “how-to” manual than an enjoyable piece of literature. (However, if you’re writing a ‘how-to’ manual, perhaps this doesn’t apply to you. Even still, not sounding at a level of appeal to your audience can affect the reception of your ‘how to’ manual as well. So you’re not entirely off the hook.
Some people argue that experience helps an author capture the framework of what they’re writing. In a sense, I agree. However, I cannot experience what my main characters have experienced because 1) the MC in my sister series is a Reaper who collects souls and travels time and 2) my other MC is dying and will die of lung cancer (not major spoilers, they’re accepted early on in both plots—there’s more to my circus than just the monkeys). So, if I can’t die and I can’t collect souls, how on Earth do I find the ability to generate something comparable to what a person would actually feel?
First off, there’s some good news. If you don’t know, your reader probably doesn’t either. However, much like you, they do know what doesn’t work. When a character just keeps chatting after someone’s died, there might be some question as to whether or not being aloof to such a thing would make sense to that character. Do they display sociopathic tendencies (I wouldn’t label them as such in a post as my mother has a degree in psychology and might kill me for diagnosing without more information; having information to remove your insensitivity is another key point that I’ll mention now but leave for later) or is the death just not framed properly in relation to the character for them to give more than a “meh” to the corpse on the floor.
On the other hand, having someone fling themselves into hysterics and going on and on about it might seem out of place, too. So, you have to ask yourself: what would I do? More importantly: what would your character do? And once you’ve asked yourself that, show the reader what you would do so that your response explains itself. Don’t just tell. “Show and don’t tell” is one of the most important things you can do as a writer. I’ve never shape-shifted into a wolf, but my character does (a Dire wolf to be exact) and for him, that’s a natural occurrence. Now, do I get the feeling of natural shift completely right? Well, it’s an in the works first draft, so I’ll be the first to admit: no. I still have a long way to go to get it right: self-edits and then professional.
But I can say this: my character doesn’t say much about how odd it is except for in relation to other shifters like him and, to him, he’s accepted it as a part of his reality. I’ve laid the groundwork of the past to keep you guessing, indicating he wasn’t always like that, but it’s a part of his personality to just accept things and move on throughout the rest of the novel (no matter how strange) and that’s what he does when he shifts. He does; he does not stop to think until it’s over. I know this because it stemmed from a personal option on how to respond. His opposite, the co-MC, reacts with caution, suspicion and disbelief without corroboration from him. She is left emotionally and mentally scarred from her first discovery of her powers. Two separate responses, that I came up with, are established in the framework of the novel so later actions don’t have to be justified so much more than painted into the blended concoction you’ve already made.
Now, this is a lot of self-analogy here and, realistically, I can never get it right because “right” varies by author and I still have a lot to learn on this, just as experts in the field do. Writing is a process of constantly growing. But I can say: this is what has worked so far for me. Establishing narratives and frameworks unique to each character to justify their actions, while putting in my own apprehensions of believability into the scene, I can create something (I hope) that is as realistic as can be in a world where time is something that can be bent and 18-year-old high school grads can work for the Grim Reaper.
For you, the reader (and writer), I daresay the answer for what works for you is based on your own perception and the editing process to come. But, most of all, don’t be afraid to get it wrong. I know I have, despite my examples. And that’s okay: I’m going to edit it to make sure it’s streamlined. And so will you. But, often, getting it wrong is what makes the difference between getting it right someday or knocking it out of the park.
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By Gabriel Eziorobo
Cliches are words or sentences that have been used over and over in time past. They have been used by different people both in speaking and in writing. As a result of this familiarity. They are no longer interesting, attractive, valuable, or charming for readers to read and also writers to use when writing.
- You will reap what you have sowed.
- The man has kicked the bucket.
- Charity begins at home.
- Show me your friends and I will tell you whom you are.
- Bad manners corrupt good manners.
- If you are in my shoes what would you do? e.t.c
There are lots of them but those are the common ones you can easily see. They need to be replaced with your own words or sentences. They no longer attract readers and readers are not looking for writers who make use of cliches when writing. It doesn't impress your readers and it doesn't make you a creative writer.
1. It doesn't make you a creative writer:
It will not make your writing a unique one or special. It will not impact something new to
your writing. And it will not take you to a higher dimension as a writer. Why? They are outdated for you to use and should not be found in your art work. Writers have been using them for long and the new generations are still using them. You can see it doesn't make sense to begin using cliches. You have to put your words or sentences in place of them for your work to look different.
2. It doesn't impress your readers:
Readers are getting tired everyday by day from reading books or articles that contain cliches. They want to read something new. Something new they can share with their friends or family members when they finish reading. This is something you should be concerned of as a writer and stop using familiar words. It doesn't impress your readers to keep reading your written work.
Note: Cliches are not only the words or sentences that have been used by different people in time past. It can also be the things writers have been doing in the industry that are no longer attractive to be used when writing. You should avoid cliches in your writing. Make use of your own words.
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Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.