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Sunday, June 28, 2020
Now, this is not to suggest that you shouldn't introduce controversial topics in books at all, just that I appreciate it when an author writes about mental health with dignity. I also enjoy an author that carefully cuts out the cuss words. And for the love of all, keep sex in its place, not on the pages. When it came to things like Ender's Game, the story is good, but there is entirely too much cussing in it for my liking.
Getting into it, this is my list of tried and true beloved Authors or stand-alone works that do uphold good Christain values.
1) Brandon Mull:
A Latter-Day Saint Author from Utah that writes Juvenal and Young Adult Fiction. His most popular work is the five-book Fablehaven series. The first book he published was the Candy Shop War through Deseret Book. His newest series Dragonwatch is a continuation of the best selling Fablehaven series. Beyonders is a Young Adult fiction series that follows a land with royalty and mythical creatures as well as some pretty interesting choices of villains. Five Kingdoms is another of his teen fiction series.
Brandon's hit series Fablehaven follows two kids Kendra and Seth into a stay with their grandparents who live on a preserve for magical creatures. Each book has a different preserve that they visit together in it. From magical items and battles to save Fablehaven, Kendra and Seth discover special powers such as being able to see in the dark, recharge magical objects or repel magical fear. Dragonwatch focuses on the dragon sanctuaries within the Knights of Dawn as well as introduces some more of the cousins as new characters.
2) Richard Paul Evens: Michel Vey Serries
He is most commonly known for the Michel Vey series about a group of kids who were all in an experiment involving electricity. Michel and the kids each gained a unique electric superpower as a result of the experiments. I have to say that as a dyslexic reader, I rarely read a full book in the span of a few days, but, I read the first book in just a few days and I was hungry for each release that followed. Now the full seven-book series is out. Michel is chasing down Hatch, the villain of the series who is out to kidnap and control every electric kid in the world and then use them as his own personal weapons. He first finds out that other kids have electric powers when he meets Taylor, a cheerleader at his high school who can reboot someone's brain. I really love most of all that the series is written in first person from Michel's perspective.
3) Heroes of Olympus
It's funny but I actualy like this serries better than Percy Jackson. A giant michanical dragon might have something to do with my opinion on this one though. Camp Half-Blood summer camp and Demi God powers are sure to keep you turning pages.
4) Being Sixteen by Ally Condie
Based on her true story about the Author's sister who suffered from Anorexia Bulimia, this book tells the story from Alison's perspective and a few fictional elements. While the book is technically considered to be a work of fiction, everything she writes about the eating disorder her sister had is true. This book was truly a hidden gem from the library that I found a while ago.
5) By Your Side by Kasie West
6) Shyelle - Rise of the Dragon Kingdoms by Amanda Evergreen
Did you really think I wasn't going to put my own book on the list? It deserves an unofficial entry at least. And since it is my work, I cheated a little by just giving you the synopsis from the back of the book because I could. You can read more about the author information from the link.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A discovery writer allows the story to write itself. The characters become well developed, realistic, emotional characters. However, discovery writers work can be disorganized. Some writers love to hash the heck out of an outline, others never write an outline.
Writing fantasy is a process of discovery! It's jumping into a broad dimension of possibilities! Writing is an escape and its work. You can write to you and your enjoyment or you can write to the world.
"Never be embarrassed to only write as a hobby." - Brandon Sanderson
If you really want to write, you're got to do it a lot. I'm talking about MANY hours of writing. Creating a career in writing is a long process. Often you will need to study a career that will have guaranteed chances to make a living. I've said this a lot here, I'm a writer who's also in school and I work part-time to fund my schooling.
However, writing still has value even if it never makes you a single cent. Brandon Sanderson brings this out and it's the greatest thing you can ever learn as a writer. Don't stop if one book fails! If you are gaining pleasure from writing then isn't that enough?
I wanted others to enjoy my work as well. That's why this blog exists! It's the cultivation and documentation of the journey.
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So, what are the best secrets for productivity?
In truth, I think the best secret is to take frequent breaks. Yeah, it sounds a bit counterproductive, I know, but hear me out here. I've found that home is full of a lot of distractions and they will continue to distract you if you don't take some time to address them. If I am to be entirely out there with you when you work from home, the laundry comes with you, the phone comes with you, and even the dishes come with you too.
The best way to make use of the time is to try to keep your routine as normal as possible when trying to work from home. Yes, the current situation is anything but normal, but believe me, you want at least a little sense of normal. Don't forget to enjoy some sunshine too! It's mood-boosting after all.
Friday, January 31, 2020
The thing is that creativity and book ideas have always been this crazy spur of the moment ideas that I either trashed or was able to run with. It makes sense given that I deal with ADHD that inspiration to write would come this way. But, my reliance upon such ideas has now led me to a bit of a dry spell as far as my fictional works are concerned.
I also think that a lot of the creative block I've been experiencing has to do with the deterioration of my health. Sadly I just don't have as much energy as I used to for writing and schooling and everything else that is going on in life. After all, it isn't easy to be a part-time writer and still be producing content regularly. Part of that content creation also involves keeping the readers engaged.
I have found an interesting connection to not being able to do certain things. It seems to be a theme popping up in my dreams too. Recently I recalled a dream where I couldn't pick up food with a fork. It was extremely irritating. Sometimes the simplest things are what we take for granted until something blocks the everyday functions.
Here is another example, before the crash, I could run around and I was quite active with a regular exercise schedule. Then, an injury put a sudden and abrupt halt to these habits. Nearly two years later, even walking requires considerable energy and even mental effort. Losing my feet for a long time also meant losing my hands for nearly eight months. I lost a lot because of the accident. To be blunt, there are times when I wonder if the tormenting pain will end.
But, in all my wondering, I am reminded that without conflict in a story the characters have nothing to allow them growth or development. The breaking points for your characters may very closely resemble your own challenges in life. You may be writing in a roundabout way your own personal story of overcoming something that once felt impossible to you.
Very rarely does a story character become better on their own. They need the wisdom and experience that a mentor figure provides. So it is with finding your way in your own writing journey. You must have phases of self-discovery and encouragement of others. Learning from the near-fatal mistakes of those who come before us will also prevent us from making those same painful mistakes for ourselves.
Friday, January 24, 2020
I was taught this saying many moons ago during my years of traditional grade schooling. Yet, it is still true for me today that reading is a great source of both entertainment, ideas, and a way to observe the writing styles of others. I would even suggest that reading best-sellers are one of the best ways you can notice what makes a book a best seller for yourself.
So what can you do if you don't have time to read? It's understandable, for whatever reason, you may not have a few hours to sit down with a book. This is why I often prefer to use audiobooks during the school year. However, I haven't been the best at writing down the things I like and don't like from different authors. This is where reading becomes the most useful to you as a writer.
Some writers closely follow the model of the hero's journey, others deviate from it quite a bit. Looking for why is important! Look at why or why not the author's chosen writing model kept your attention. How could you implement something similar for your own work? Another thing to consider would be if you even know what the hero's journey is, and where it classically has shown up over time.
What else could you learn from reading the work of other authors? We could analyze theme, tone, plot, character development, backstory, climax and a host of other literary elements. Why would you want to do this? I promise that literary analysis isn't intended to take the fun away from reading a good book at all! Its purpose is to get you to slow down enough to read between the lines, to really think about what you are reading.
Keeping a record of your literary analysis notes will be huge in inspiring your own writing to become better. I had to analyze a few books in school a while back, at first, I will admit I didn't really like doing it. However, as I started to see real things that I liked, things that made a book stand out, I also saw that I needed to impliment these kind of elements into my own work.
Reading allows us to gain perspective and greater vocabulary as writers too. We gain real experience with another authors ideas though physical and tangible pages! Isn't that alone motivation enough? A lot of work goes into having a published work of literature! It isn't easy by any means, the challenge seems to still be my call to adventure.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Writing somehow seems to connect me with all the elements of my true self, the nature of my humanity. Stories are built around conflict, unrest, dystopian and unpredictable conditions. It is the unknown that drives readers to keep reading those stories. It is challenging obstacles that build and develop characters in our favorite novels, even our most loved films. Yet, when faced with real-life obstacles, many of us feel alone, vulnerable, or possibly even hopeless.
The very thing that we know builds character suddenly becomes terrifying to us in the real world. Why? It is the unknown that builds tension, even anxiety. The real world endings are often far from a carefully crafted Novel. Things happen to us that are cruelly unfair. The bad guys do sometimes win, and they do sometimes feel as if to have stolen our thunder.
Someone did try to steal my thunder, my spotlight in my novel of life. It was cruel, unfair, unreasonable, and prejudice in nature even. Disrespect came from a lack of understanding me. Yes, at the time I had differences within me that could make me a complicated person to deal with from time to time, but still, I do not see why it had to be that way.
I'm trying to see challenges and discomfort in my own life as an opportunity to build Character, though positivity is not always my strong suit. I'm real and quite bluntly open about things like depression and anxiety. Those things are very real, and I have not only seen these illnesses in myself. Many of my friends have fallen victim to the terror of it too. Mental illness advocacy is something that deeply matters to me, it's why I did quite a bit of extensive research to write it as authentic as possible even within a novel that is of the fictional genre.
Mental illness though is a real challenge in our world outside of books. I simply gave it a voice by writing about it. Some may dislike how much I advocate against mental illness stigma, but, those are they who have not yet taken the time necessary to understand that they could one day save a life by knowing the warning signs of struggling souls.