Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Write Your Favorite Book

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” 

- Toni Morrison

People say, "Write what you know" but sometimes I think they should really be telling us, "Write what you want."

What's the point of writing what you know if ten other people have already written that? Not that you can't get creative with what you know. But write the story that you've always wanted to read. When people ask you what your favorite book is, shouldn't it be your own story?

So what if it's unconventional?

So what if you're not sure how all the elements of the plot will work out?

So what if people tell you your plot is too complex?

So what if they tell you it's too simple?

This is your story. As long as you're open to feedback, keep your chin up. If that story's building inside you, shut your ears to the haters and let it out! Be unique!

At the same time...so what if it has already been written before? Who says you can't take a cliche and add that dash of you and make it unrecognizable?

If you want to write that story, go ahead and write it. Save the editing for later and the self-doubts for never.

~ Gabbi


Sunday, August 31, 2014

How to Spice Up Your Novel

How to Spice Up Your Novel

(Picture from
goldendivineblog.com)


  Are you giving up after five minutes of trying to write because there is no interest?
Here is how to spice it up!!

Look for inspiring blogs/pictures.  How?  The answer is Pinterest!!  If you follow me (Emma Gibfried) you will find me following tons of young authors just posting pretty much nonstop inspiration for your book.  Just get on there and start looking at their boards!
When you find that perfect idea/picture then get a notebook and write down the story inside your head.  It will grow, and grow until it is enough for a perfect nail biter scene! 
Another way is to just get pen and paper and write whatever comes to mind.  Write your heart out, just let your fingertips bleed!  When you start writing, you might just end up surprising yourself by creating five or ten scenes in one sitting. 
The secret is just letting yourself get inspired, look at your surroundings, your life scenery, or even just look up writing prompts!  ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU ARE AMAZING, no matter if you don't really feel like it at the moment.
 
Never Give Up!!  
Emma <3










Aside from coming up with writing prompts, I also want to share some quick tips and bits of advice. Therefore, I am proud to introduce:

Writing Smart

Writing is never quite as easy as it initially seems. I have so many friends who excitedly tell me, "I love writing stories!" only to go on to admit, "but I can't get past the first couple pages."

The thing is, ideas are everywhere. Seriously. Look immediately to your right and you'll probably find something that can trigger an idea (even if it's only a blank wall; prison scene, anyone?).

It's much harder to carry that idea through.

My advice? Before you dive into your new story, make sure to at least consider two things:
  1. What is the main conflict?
  2. What might be the resolution?
Ideally, you also know the crucial first conflict. Also, be aware that any of these things can change. But having a general idea of the main conflict and resolution will give you a much better idea of your story than the vague concept of "a story about an orphaned alien" or "a story about a freshman who pretends to be a senior" or something.

~ Gabbi



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Writing Smart - The First Idea

Aside from coming up with writing prompts, I also want to share some quick tips and bits of advice. Therefore, I am proud to introduce:

Writing Smart

Writing is never quite as easy as it initially seems. I have so many friends who excitedly tell me, "I love writing stories!" only to go on to admit, "but I can't get past the first couple pages."

The thing is, ideas are everywhere. Seriously. Look immediately to your right and you'll probably find something that can trigger an idea (even if it's only a blank wall; prison scene, anyone?).

It's much harder to carry that idea through.

My advice? Before you dive into your new story, make sure to at least consider two things:
  1. What is the main conflict?
  2. What might be the resolution?
Ideally, you also know the crucial first conflict. Also, be aware that any of these things can change. But having a general idea of the main conflict and resolution will give you a much better idea of your story than the vague concept of "a story about an orphaned alien" or "a story about a freshman who pretends to be a senior" or something.

~ Gabbi

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2nd Person




Gabbi here. Enjoy my first writing prompt! If you're daring, care to share the first couple of sentences in the comments?


~ Gabbi





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Invitation By: Emma Gibfried


This is my first short story written off of my writing prompt.  It is no masterpiece but it was a lot of fun!  Here it goes, deep breath, okay.





"You are personally invited by the prince

to his beheading.

Signed,

Prince Clan"

          The letter shook in my fingers.  It was today.

                I went to my room and my maid helped me put on my dark blue dress and pearls around my neck. 

Would I be able to actually watch?  Would I be able to see that one vital part be separated from the others?  Would I be able to be strong enough?   No.  But I had no choice, because this may be my fate one day.  Very soon.

                A black carriage came to my door and a knight helped me down the marble stairs and into the carriage.  It was a bitterly warm day, my dress was getting sticky.  We arrived at the castle, there was already a great crowd around the courtyard where it was to take place.  The great blood stained block was in the middle, forever unmovable.  And his blood was soon to be a stain there too, mixed with all the guilty people.  He was innocent.  He was innocent.

                I was escorted next to the queen, my was soon-to-be mother-in-law.  She stared at me with no sympathy but a bloodlust screamed in her eyes.  I would be dying today.  We sat there for a few minutes and then the queen, the glorious queen, raised her scepter and the crowd roared.  There he was, strong face, no emotions.  He didn’t even look at me, he knew I was here.  Come on, I thought, look at  me.  I couldn’t let him die without him looking at me one more time.  He was placed at the block, face down.  He never looked at me.

                Before I knew what I was doing I ran across the platform, down the cold stone stairs.  My footsteps were the only thing that sounded in that place.  I pushed the executioner back, catching him by surprise.  I pulled the prince up, even he was surprised to see me.  He smiled and pulled me close wrapping his arms around me and kissed me, I put my hands in his hair.  This was the last kiss.  I heard the queen announce that we both should be executed today at the same time.  I shuddered but was not surprised.  I had expected this.  I just kept my lips on his, I would die with him.  Another executioner was summoned, one on each side of us.  I just kept my lips on his.  He put his lips on my cheek and whispered, "When I say go you grab the axe and hit him with it and then run.  I heard the queen say swing and at the same moment the prince said go.

                I turned around, letting him go and grabbed the axe as it was coming for me, ripping it from the executioner's hands and threw it at him.  I watched as he fell over dead.  The prince grabbed my hand and we ran, we ran through a secret little door, through empty corridors, and out of the castle.  We ran across the cobblestone street and into the woods surrounding for miles and miles.  We would never be found here, we might just be  free.  After all these years we were no longer under the iron rod of the queen.

Long live the Glorious queen.


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Emma <3

My First Writing Prompt

 

 
If you're going to write a writing blog, then you've got to have some writing prompts!  This is my first, comment on how I did!
 
 
 
Emma <3 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Second Person

 
 

Gabbi here. Enjoy my first writing prompt! If you're daring, care to share the first couple of sentences in the comments?
 
 
 
 
 
-Gabbi
 
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

About Us, Emma and Gabbi

Emma, Author of Writing Lucid, GAPS Teen, and Co- Author of The Movement of Hope





Hi, my name is Emma!!  I am a fourteen year old homeschooler and love writing, reading, singing, cooking, blogging, and just about everything artistic!  I hope to bring to this blog inspiration, facts, and just random awesomness for every writer out there, especially the teen ones!

I am working on my first novel, Lucid in Paris and hope to make this into a mini series.  I will be posting clips of it on this blog so if you like it, press like or, even better, Comment! 

Thanks so much for visiting this blog!!








Emma <3












I'm Gabbi!  I'm newly eighteen and studying political science and Spanish, planning on going to law school as soon as possible.  I am not an artistic person except when (I hope) it comes to imagination and the art of writing.  I hope to bring this blog inspiration and advice, but especially inspiration.  I've written eleven complete novels and one complete novella.  Although the quality of these novels may be questionable  at least it is proof of determination.  (Unless I trained my cat to walk back and forth over my keyboard until I hit eighty thousand words, but I promise I didn't.)

Welcome to this awesome blog!  You should also check out creaology.blogspot.com to visit my other blog.