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Food For The Soul

28 Dec

Books, books, books, books, books. For a writer books are pivotal if you want your soul to survive and stay weird and writer-y, as opposed to normal. I mean, think about it, what if our souls could survive on thoughts and feelings regarding the household, shopping, and whether or not our neighbour likes us.

No, our soul needs to swim in the energy of the worlds that we read about, the beautiful words that are constructed like an intricate sculpture. Energy we need every day or our souls will slowly dwindle down to Normal.

There are so many things good for us. So many things we should do daily, like walking/exercising, meditate, hug someone, drink water, and all that kind of nonsense. Well, I’m here to tell you that reading should be on that list too. Because if reading is on there, writing will surely follow. Trust me, I know. I’ve had the writing itch for a long time but my fingertips don’t bleed ink anymore, they’re dry. I know why. It’s because I can hardly remember the last time that I read anything other than the tests my students make. This year has been so hectic and stressful that I SHOULD have been writing my ass off, diving into other worlds and lives than my own, but the thing you really do when you get home is fall down on the sofa and find that you’re stuck to it. An invisible person has glued you to it, and that invisible person is called Stress.

Now it’s the Christmas holiday and I have a moment to breathe. More importantly, I get to read! And wow, have I missed it. Also, now the writing muscle needs training again. Why not start with a blog post? (I have missed you, Bloggy.) And after that, work on a story, no matter how rubbish I may have gotten with all that slacking off.

Then again, it really does help to remind myself, that writers don’t need to write in order to write. And any time my mind has wondered off (and it has done so often) conjuring up images of tough chicks, lonely detectives, murders, unusual people, and unexplained situations, I have been writing. I HAVE BEEN WRITING.

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A Bad Example

21 Jun

The best way to learn is by seeing how other people do it. Good stories teach us how to write. As a writer I’m already very critical when reading stories, I can’t not be. With such an intense love for stories, it’s only natural to drink in the story completely and immediately taste when it’s bad. Sometimes it’s not enough to make you stop drinking, but sometimes it is. A story needs to sustain the willing suspension of disbelief. If you notice mistakes or discrepancies of any kind, it takes you out of the story and if there are too many, it’s impossible to get back in the story. It’s a writer’s job to do the story justice, unfortunately not everybody does that (or wants to do it) since it’s so easy to get your story into the world these days. But that’s a whole other blog post.
Reading bad stories is, however, not a waste of time. A bad example is still an example. Seeing how others do things can teach you two things. Either how to do it, or how NOT to do it. In either case you learn. But in only one case you have fun while learning.

I still write whatever story comes knocking in my head, but it used to be that those stories were mostly fantasy stories. I have a big imagination and like what you can do with it in the fantasy genre. Then, since I’m a lover of mysteries, I stumbled upon a cosy mysteries and fell in love with the genre instantly. I started with a series which ended up disappointing me in terms of characterisation and plot development, two VERY important parts of a story. This inspired me to write my very own cosy mystery and since then I actually can’t imagine ever not writing them. They are so ME. Which is why I’m glad that I was disappointed. Although, I doubt it would have taken long before I would have been inspired to write them based on reading good ones.

Is it strange to be inspired by bad writing? What inspires you?

Pick a Jar

27 Sep

Pick a jar that has a (short) story. Any jar…

Jar 1: Your character is on his way to work, he’s the only one on the road and encounters an injured woman lying in the middle of it. What does he do? And what happens? How did the woman get there?

 

Jar 2: Your teenage character wakes up with different parents and in a different house. Pictures show that her confusion is misplaced, but she knows something is wrong. This is not her home and these are not her parents. What happened? How does she try to figure out what is going on? And…what is going on?

 

Jar 3: Your character is a liar and known for her lies too. This time she witnesses something important but when she tries to warn people about it, nobody believes her. What is it she saw/heard and how does she go about proving she’s being truthful? What are the results? Is she making it worse, or better for herself?

 

Jar 4: Your character breaks into an old house that is supposed to be haunted, but also owned by a wealthy person. Your character finds a lot of jewellery, but also something else. What is it? And what does he do with it? Things get interesting when the house does indeed appear to be haunted. Or is it? *insert evil chuckle*

 

Jar 5: Your character is a child and has built himself a tree house. His own little lair surrounded with all the things he likes and bring him comfort. He even has his own binoculars. He secretly skips school while his parents are at work and explores his neighbourhood from his sanctuary. He seems something shocking and goes to investigate. What does he see and how does he investigate? What happens?

 

Dum dum dum dum. Make it exciting, or dramatic….make it whatever you want. The paper is your playground, have fun!

 

inspir.

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