Creative Writing

So, I decided to make a weekly post, here on WritersLIfesWork. I give to you;

Helpful Thursday.

Creative Writing 1

Today is all about, some of the incredible writing tools, and there’s a certain one I have come to know, is greatly important. So, here’s my ideas and mind of why Creative Writing is so important.

1; Bring People Into The Story, Instead of TELLING Them What’s Going On!

Creative Writing gives your stories a whole new view and other aspects, otherwise you have a written piece; where people can see what is playing out in the story, but you want them to feel the story, smell the surroundings and see a picture clear image of what’s going on. – Impossible, you might say! Well, I did so too in the beginning, how do you accomplish that?

Through, creative writing, senses and the difference between SHOWING and TELLING.

Here’s a little secret from my journey:

First Drafts This is one of the first drafts for The Metanoia Phases, at the time this chapter above was written, the story was called Dragonfly, it had a whole other plot and outline, and in my opinion it was the greatest it could ever be. But, thank god I became wiser.

This page is messy, right? It’s structure is completely mixed. You have the narrative, and can somehow make out from that, what is going on. But, then you have the dialogue, there’s so many way of how I could tell you why this is wrong, but I will minumize that. First, it says who is saying the line, before you even read it, (the only time this makes any sense, is if you’re writing a movie manuscript) and I think I will even go with a different angle to it. Second; we see what the person is say, but we have no way of knowing what there person feels while saying it, or what plays around that. This is a clear example of TELLING!

Back when this was written, my girlfriend told me that, it looked weird and didn’t make any sense, and honestly I got upset, because this was my “biggest” work, and I loved the way it was. But, that was only because I wrote it, and I knew what they person saying the words felt, and what happened around it, but the reader didn’t. Sitting here so many years later, I am happy that she said something, because I learn along the way, that she was right and that was okay, I didn’t suck, I had potential to become even better.

2; Ask For Honesty.

So, I changed a lot of my work, and skipped the dialogue tags, in the way they were above, and I asked a friend to read through it, and I told him to be completely honest, and he was. He read two chapters, and told me that the ideas and characters were great, but there was still something missing. Did, my soul sigh at this point, I think So! But, I wanted my work to be amazing, and affect people, instead of just painting them a picture. He gave me a tool, that changed my writing, my voice and everything about writing for me. I will share this with you, later on.

3; Mix Showing and Telling.

You will come across many people who will advice you to skip TELLING completely, but it will become a heavy load of intense words if you skip out the entire telling, you need the show narrative and make that interact with the story. But, when you are painting a picture, you need to mix SHOW and TELL. It takes a lot of work and practice, but once you conquer that, you have amazing tools for future works, and will stand out as a true professional.

Here’s an example:

The moon was shining, and the rain had just stopped. 

Ask yourself what is wrong with this line. What does it TELL us, it tell us that the moon is shining, so we can merely picture a shining moon, and then it tells us that the rain had stopped. Yeah, that’s all fine, but what is it missing? It doesn’t settle any mood, or clear picture, don’t TELL that the moon is shining, SHOW IT!

The rain had stopped, and the cloudy full moon had appeared, sending a faded light through the window, casting a glow on the blank piano surface.

Now this is a line that shows us something. When I read this, a picture is created in my mind, of a beautiful black blank piano, and I almost feel blinded by the reflecting light on it. I sense the lightness in the air, after rain, and a cozy and serene mood is settling over me, and I believe this is the magic of SHOWING.

4; Senses.

The blank page is your canvas, and your fingers are the brush, and senses are the magic colors to create an amazing story. The senses, are one of the best tools in Creative Writing, to give the reader an idea of what is played out. Before you make a scene, ask yourself these questions;

  • How does it look?
  • How does it smell?
  • How does it feel?
  • How does it taste?
  • What can you hear?

Example;

How does it look; The cloudy full moon had appeared, sending a faded light through the window, casting a glow on the blank piano surface. – You have the picture painted of what you see.

How does it smell; The tea was still standing on the coffee table, not so steaming anymore. – Almost everybody, can tell what tea smells like, the sweet, herbal ish smell, so you get an idea of what it smells like in the scene.

How does it feel; giving me peace of mind and heart. – So, with what is going on, you get the idea of how the person feels like, kind of feeling what they feel.

How does it taste; In any case the tasting is tricky, because it isn’t always the case, that you are actually tasting, if the person was sipping at the tea, that case of course would be different.

What can you hear; Quiet whisper, small child laughter, and piano tunes mixed together in a perfect combination of peace. – You hear the whisper, and the laughter, and then mixed with the incredible play of the piano.

Any reader will of course always make out their interpretation of what it sounds, feels, smells and tastes like, and what they see. But play with these origins of Senses, and you can create written magic;

Quiet whisper, small child laughter, and piano tunes mixed together in a perfect combination of peace, giving me peace of mind and heart. A few hours passed before any of us noticed, that the rain had stopped, and the cloudy full moon had appeared, sending a faded light through the window, casting a glow on the blank piano surface. The tea was still standing on the coffee table, not so steaming anymore.

5; MOTION!

In my opinion the hardest tool of Creative Writing to manage. But, with sounds and what plays out around in the scene, you might be able to bring motion to the story.

I try to use the motion, to bring elements to life; Like rippling, surging and burbling of water, kind of bringing a still object of water into movement by the sounds. Or fire; The crackled and dance of flames, you hear and see how the fire plays out in motion. It’s a hard tool to master, but the only way to create progress, is simply by doing!

 

I hope these Creative tips were helpful. Here’s the thing that changed my life, my writing and the way I see Creative Writing.

ENJOY!

 

Maria

 

 

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NANOWRIMO! – How To Prepare In Style or Fail Miserably.

So, I dicided to tend the nanowrimo, (National Novel Writing Month) this july, and I FAILED, big time! I didn’t type one single word in my new novel; TDOW; Thirteen Days of Winter.

So, hopefully I can help you guys out, so you don’t make the same mistakes as I did.

My intentions were good, but my planning were terrible.

I got it into my mind, that I could prepare for nanowrimo, even though I had my fulltime-job, going into a busy time. And like I said, I didn’t get anything down on “the paper”. The first two days going into NaNo, I had tried to plan it all out in my calender, but still everything was messed up. And here’s why;

I only had the idea in my head, and I didn’t even start the outlining in time, so I had to go with that to begin with, and this project was the first in a very long time, where I had to start from scratch! So half-way through NANO, I had to call quits, I knew that I couldn’t possibly finish 50k words in two weeks, with my day job on the side, so I decided to quit, and focus on TMP instead, because I also had that on the side, with deadlines, and a publication date; July 27th.

Now I am claiming my revenge!
This time I will attempt NANOWRIMO and be prapared for battle.

Here’s 10 tips I would use this time around.

1; Plan, Plan and Plan.

Okay, if you look at it like a total geek, that was technically three advice. But, like I said; PLAN! I decided that I would plan out almost everything I could this time. That said, you can’t plan out everything, but if you get the essentiels down, you’re on the right track.

2; The outlining.

I gave myself the task, I had to write 500 words per day, you can make that more or less, depending on how much time you have on your hands. I decided on 500 words, because I was sure, that was something I could deal with, and get the outlining done in time for the beginning of November 1th.

3; Scribbles.
I scribbled down a bunch of helpful words in the horror genre, putting them in my cheat-sheet. And as I scribble down, ideas started popping into my head, and I try my best typing down any idea I might get. And in a few hours, I came up with names of characters, age, profession and place in the story. So, always type down, any idea you might have, because it might be useful, on the long run!

4; What Could Go Wrong?

In case of an emergency, what are you gonna do if your mind goes blank or your ideas stop?! Well, it’s actually pretty simple.

As you are doing the outlining, you have basically your entire story planed out from the Get Go. So, if you get blocked, you just hop onto your outlining, and see what’s next on the program. If you get totally stuck still, you can try to move on and add new ideas to the next part in your story. It is your story, and your idea, you can always go back and change or edit. Remember you are creating a First Draft with Nanowrimo, not the finished product.

5; Research!
When beginning a story, I come up with some of the ideas, and then I research like a crazy person. For TMP, I used a lot of time on researching Greek Mythology, and Ancient Relics, Latin and the list goes on.

Research gives you a more professional approach as a writer, of course as a writer you can always make up stuff, that is kind of the whole idea of being a writer, but if you want to stand out as a Pro and not an Amature, you simply need to do your research.

Checking into everything you use from Mythology to the description of rain falling down, because you want your work to stand out as being as realistic as in real life, so your readers can relate to what is going on.

Example; In my stories I use the character Hades, the ruler of the underworld, and basically anybody in the world knows that Hades is a bad guy, so in my research I searched for things Hades was known for, always making things mentioned about him circle back to something you could find in the actual history. If you use a “Real Life” fact about Hades, you damn sure need to be certain that it’s actually the way it is, or your readers will lose faith in you. If you say that Hades, the ruler of the underworld could shoot rainbows out of his hands, you would have a hard time placing that fact, if you were making a comic book, or being sarcastic it might fall through, but if you make a dead serious scene about who Hades is, and what he stands for, you are gonna have a hard time, convincing your readers about that fact. So, research, and use your common sense!

6; Use a planner or a Bullet Journal.
If you use your journal, to write down your goals for the week, you can easily keep up with everything. What I do, is that I write down 500words under the days in the calender, and then at the of the week, I write the total goal of the words, so then if I get behind, missing a day, or two, or maybe an entire week. I know how many words I have missed out on. So, if I miss one day, I try to keep up with it, the next days. And if I acheived my daily goal, I give myself  a (+) and If I didn’t I will place a (-).

7; Make Sure!

Once You Enter the NANOWRIMO make sure you have your dealine goals in order. Deviding those 50k words into all the days of the month, except from a few days off, and especially Thanksgiving. So, 30 days minus the days you wanna take-off; in my case one day in each weekend, plus thanksgiving, so 25 days divided with 50k. Becomes 2000words a day, which might seem like a lot, and it is. But so is 50.000 that’s kind of the point with NANO, to test yourself, and your ability to type as many words as possible.

8; Not All Good.

Not everything you write needs to be good, or even perfect. The point is to type those words, good or bad, that doesn’t really matter! The goal is to push yourself, and push your boundaries, and believe you me, you are capable of much more then you think! I didn’t really believe that I could finish an entire book; 106.644 words in five months, but I planned my daily wordcount, and stuck with my planning, and finished my deadline on the dime.

And not all words were good, far from that. And that’s why it’s called Draft, and then we rewrite, reshape and edit the hell out of it, until it becomes everything we wanted it to be.

In my opinion we use NANO to create our stories, and evolve the ideas in our minds, drafting the story of your dreams.

9; Ask Yourself?

Going into the writing world, becoming that writer I always wanted to be, I discovered that with writing abilities, comes the sneaking and devastating doubt. But, once you conquer that, and try to believe in your work, going from amature to a pro there’s no stopping you. There isn’t any writer/author in the world who haven’t experienced the great doubt. I bet even J.K. Rowling and L.J. Smith doubted themselves at some point in their lives, and maybe sometimes they still do. Create a quote or find something that if in doubt, can bring you back to the right path. I created a quote of my own:

“I guess you are a writer, when your mind and thoughts are in narrative speech.” – Maria E. L. Thomassen.

Reading this I am brought back to a time were I truly believed in myself, and if that doesn’t help. I read some of the work that surprised me the most, and play encouraging songs. Flooding it all back.

Here’s a little secret; you will probably always love your work, more than anyone else, and the thing is, not everybody will love your book, or ideas… And the biggest win to you, is to say; That’s Okay! You will find people who will love your work. And if you are like me, you will keep doubting yourself, until finally one day, this reader will provide you with a book review so strong and exciting and all your belief will be flooding back to you, and once reviews keep coming, and they are kind of saying the same thing about the story and the characters, you know that you are one the right path, and doing the HELL of a job, So KEEP GOING!

10; Simply Do It!

My best and final advice, is simply to attempt to do the best you can.

If you like me FAILED BIG AND HARD, comfort yourself with the fact, that NANOWRIMO isn’t a one time thing. It will happen again, so you will always have a second chance.

So, just prepare and just do it, and eventually everything will turn out great!

You Can Do It!

 

 

Maria

 

Author In The Making!

Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce to you!

The Author In The Making; Emily Quinn.

Emily

I came to know Emily through Social Media. In my opinion Emily is a sweet and caring girl, with a great love of Spyro, The Dragon and a deep passion for writing. I haven’t written one bit of her growing story, but I am intrigued by her person and her way of writing amazing Blog Posts. So, I decided to share a little about her and her work in progress.

 

You can follow her journey on her incredible blog, and Twitter & Instagram, Give her a follow and support.

My blog: www.aquintillionwords.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/QuintillionEm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquintillionwords/

 

I asked Emily a few questions, which she answered with style and personality.

 

  1. What inspired you to start your story/stories?

I’ve always thought that being an author was such a cool thing. Having a physical book that you’ve written with your name all over it? What more could you want?! I used to love writing as a kid. My dad told me to try writing my own story one day and ever since then, my love of words continued to grow. I began writing aged around 6 or 7, working on silly stories about animals, friends and all things magical. Moving on quite a few years and here I am. I’ve read more books lately and am so proud to say that my new author friends have given me so much inspiration to get something published, which is why I am working very hard to get there.

 

  1. What’s your favourite writing place/spot?

It’s not always possible, but I do really like being in a big empty space to write. I like being in a place where distractions are minimal and a place where there aren’t any people. In the middle of a field is ideal! Other than that, I think my favourite writing spot has been on a sunbed next to a swimming pool in Tenerife with the sun blazing. Bliss!

 

  1. How did you choose the name for your book(s)?

My current story title, The Kind Stranger, came about after my good friend and colleague told me about an “embarrassing” event that happened on her way to work. She stopped off to get petrol and soon realised that her bank card didn’t work. A man kindly offered to pay for her petrol and left her his details so she could pay him back later. She called him a ‘kind stranger’ which she was very embarrassed about, but if she didn’t, this story wouldn’t be in the making right now!

 

  1. Your favourite writing soundtrack/song?

I love listening to my favourite TV show or video game soundtracks while I write. Something instrumental that I can’t sing along to! At the moment, I have a Spotify playlist containing tracks from Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Spyro, Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet and Clank.

 

  1. Which genre is your book, and why did you pick that?

I’d say my book has a few different genres complied into one! Eventually, I think it’ll be classed as a kind of ‘murder mystery’ type novel. It’s something I’ve never played around with before and writing out of my comfort zone is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m really enjoying it so far!

 

  1. What type are you; Scrivener or Word?

I would love to say I was the Scrivener type, but I’m afraid my organisational skills when it comes to writing are not amazing yet! I eventually want to move to Scrivener (or an equivalent) but I’m now actually a Google Docs kinda gal at the moment. I’ve lost too much work over the years using Word and Google Docs always saves my work for me, which is nice 😊

 

  1. How would you promote your novel in the best way?

This is something I really am a beginner in. My novel isn’t finished yet, so this is something I’ve not looked into too much. The new authors I’ve met along my writing journey seem to really do well across social media, carrying out live streams, making their novel available for purchase on sites such as Amazon and slowly getting more and more positive book reviews. We’ll get there!

 

  1. What gave you the idea of the plot of your novel/book?

When I decided on the name for my book, I had a think of all the different possibilities. ‘The Kind Stranger’ didn’t have to be kind. Nor did he have to be a stranger! (No spoilers…) I then had a think about of my favourite stories, the ones I thought I’d never be able to write for myself. Dexter sprang to mind! My head then slowly became filled with ideas and my plot was formed perfectly!

 

  1. Who’s your writing mascot, if you have any?

I would love to say my dog…but I don’t have one! But I have a little Spyro the Dragon clay model which was made for me by my better half. He’s always sat next to me on my table, whispering words of encouragement 😊

 

  1. What are your dreams/wishes for this book?

My short term wish is that I can keep up with writing a small section each day on this novel, no matter how many words I contribute. I want to continue feeling the excitement I feel each time I pick up my laptop. My long term goal is to have my book printed, so I can hold a copy in my hands and say, “I wrote this”. Can I also say I want to see it on the shelves of book stores later down the line? Time will only tell.

 

  1. How did you plan on reaching your readers?

Social media is a powerful thing, so starting there is where I will most likely begin that journey…when I reach it! As I’m not quite at this stage yet, I will probably do my research and contact a few other authors and professionals for advice. Amazon and Goodreads also seem to be the place to grow your following!

 

  1. Traditional or Self-Publish, why?

In an ideal world, I’d love a book publisher to approach me and say, “We’d love to publish your book!” But honestly, I am open to both methods of publishing. There are definitely benefits of each, so when the time comes, I’ll definitely consider both.

 

  1. What does it say on your favourite cup?

I’m not an avid tea or coffee drinker, so you’d probably find me with a big old water bottle with the quote “Start writing, no matter what”. I must start drinking hot drinks…

 

  1. Tell your readers one thing about yourself.

I’ll tell you two!

Funny (but cute) thing: I love animals and I have two pet chickens called Rhubarb and Custard.

Serious thing: When I have my mind set on something, I don’t let it go very easily. I look forward to the future of my story writing and I am so excited to see where it takes me!


I seriously can’t wait to read Emily’s coming books!

She’s an incredible girl, isn’t she? So give her a like and a follow!

Thank You So Much for joining me on WritersLifesWork! Emily Quinn, ladies and gentlemen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Interview! With An Incredible Mind.

Attention, Attention… Do I have big news for you! Calling out from the deepest, most undiscovered and possibly incredibly exciting parts of Time, Space and Multiverse.

In this edition of Author Interview, I will introduce to you;

Justin Jay Gladstone /\ Nitsuj Yaj Enotsdalg

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  • Let me just ad a little side note to this. How amazing is it, that he flipped his name, mirroring it to make in my opinion a twist to the fact, that the story plays out in a MIRROR WORLD!

Well, back to the point, Justin’s story is called; The Other Side.

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Look at that, It’s got a lot going for it, but with the different phases of the moons, and mirroring, it definitely had me intrigued, it is definitely going on my TBR! How about you?

Wanna get a little preview, check out the intriguing BOOK TRAILER!

 

You can follow him, and his incredible mind on;

  • Book links; https://linktr.ee/theothersideeb
  • Email- TheOtherSideEb@gmail.com
  • Fb.com/TheOtherSideSeries
  • Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat- @TheOtherSideEb
  • Youtube- TheOtherSideBooks
  • Tumblr- TheOtherSidebooks.tumblr.com

Give him a like, and a follow. The writing community is an incredible source, and we should stick together, helping with the means and abilities, that we have.

Justin contacted me, due to a post on Twitter, where I was searching for people to interview. I have been interviewed a few times myself, and I enjoyed it. The questions, and of course the five minutes in the spot light! But, then it occurred to me, that I wanted to do the same for other people. Giving them a hand, and a short time in the spot light, as well.

So of course, since I’m going to interview him, I cooked together some questions, and I also checked out a little on his pages. He seems like a kind of mysterious guy, with a great and expanded mind. I have no idea about this fact, but I think that he could be into some of the same believes as myself; believing in the alternative; Spirituality, The Moon’s power of energy, and that we are not alone out in this great and amazing universe. Reading the questions, he answered, I got a taste of his mind, and oh my was I taken aback. The way he seemed to see, and interpret the world is outstanding. As I first saw him, I saw a guy with a great and intelligent mind, but also, ( I might be very wrong on this, but I’ll go for it) a troubled or tried mind, in which he uses to bring out the greatest stories, to share with the world, and himself, but in someway also the universe. – I know, I know, this might make me sound like a completely lunatic, but what the hell, we gotta be different to stand out, and let’s all Just Live A Little.

So, I won’t let you guys wait any longer, I will give to you; Justin and his off the chards answers, which I was deeply impressed with.

THE Q&A’S;

  1. What inspired you to start your story/stories?

It all started…With a question. 10 years ago, in the ending of Winter, I walked into a community college with my mother. I left the computer room to go to the bathroom.

The bathroom didn’t have a door, and the hallway itself was shaped like an ‘L’. The light hardly crept in so it looked very murky. When I looked into the dank and dusty mirror, a voice in my head asked; “What if there was a world that reflected ours within that mirror?”

I was so shocked from the sudden rush of the idea, that I ran back to the computer room and wrote every thought that I had from that point on. The ten long years have created a book series that spans past 10 books.

  1. How did you choose your name for your book/books?

Over the first two years of writing the book, the first names were ‘The Amulet’, ‘The Mirror’ and many other obscure names that implied a story regarding duality.

The Other Side became the official title after realizing that many of the characters in the story were using it in dialogue. Plus, it was simple, and it fits many themes and puns at once.

  1. Describe your novel/book with three simple words.

A mirror world.

  1. Which genre is your book, and why did you pick that?

It’s very hard to pick a specific genre for the entirety of the book, but I can mention the themes that appear a few more times than the others. I describe it as a fantasy thriller influenced by science fiction. These themes appear most because of what I’ve been a fan of when I was younger. I love space, and everything involving it. I’m fascinated with the many possibilities regarding time and the multiverse.

The story itself is banded with elements from my personal life and the fantasy within, is a science fiction that I’ve always wished to experience.

  1. Who is your favorite kind of character to write?

A character or characters with humor. I love characters that flow together and ones that tease one another about traits. It symbolizes the friendships we have in our day to day lives. Humor is the key to one’s heart. I feel like the right amount of humor in anything can help a character express hidden truths, as well as their ways of exposing their coping methods for what is painful. If a character can make you laugh, they can most certainly make you cry.

  1. Signature line.

“See you, on the other side!”

  1. Your best writing tip, for struggling writers?

My best writing tip, is not to put so much thought into writing.

Ironic, I know. I’ll never be the one to tell someone not to plan, but I think that there’s a certain depth we should attain before delving too far.

We should search for a story, not the people inside. I feel like imagination can be exhausted if we simply try to paint traits and motives right then and there for a character.

It’s a lot of pressure trying to play god, and that goes for both ends. I sympathize for the characters in this case, because they were just thrown into the middle of our planning.

We try so hard to influence the character to be exactly what we want them to be. But when you think about it, aren’t we and our characters a result of what we’ve seen and witnessed all of our lives? I feel that events are more powerful than we, so why let our characters be shaped by us, when they can be shaped by the inevitable- The events of our story? Let your characters be shaped by that story.

  1. Tell a little about the main characters.

The focus is on a boy named Leon J. Granttley, who was diagnosed with split personality disorder when he was younger. He claims to hear a voice in his mind who possesses him to follow after abnormal or unwanted desires. He’s heard the voice since his childhood, and is sent to a place known as The Earthshine Facility to cope with this.

Within this facility, there are three ranks; Pawns, Bishops, & Knights.

At this point in the story, Leon is a Bishop, who is about to become a Knight. However, he and everyone else within the facility haven’t the slightest clue as to what any of the ranks mean.

Regardless, without graduating to the status of a Knight, Leon will never see the end to his torment at the mental institution, or the voice in his mind… so he’s told…

  1. If you had to compare your book/books to a movie or a series, which would it be?

Oh, I like this question. I’ve got to say Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. So what I mentioned is an anime, but I compare it most to that because the themes are very very similar. I first watched this series in 2012, but felt that the tv show was a marvelous medley of humor, intensity, and character development. I learned a lot from watching this show, and thanks to it, was able to give The Other Side, better layering. If you haven’t watched, you’ve missed out. Thankfully we have the internet.

  1. What are your biggest tool to spreading the word, about your book?

Our biggest tool is the main concept of the story itself. The story delves into a world that reflects ours, so my primary focus is having everyone delve into the story of The Other Side, so they not only see what the characters encounter, but also so that people can envision themselves within the story.

Can you fathom a world where people on this other side reflect you? A world where their happiness would equal your sadness? Sure you can. We all can, and that’s the greatest tool to the story. Our imagination to picture ourselves in this opposite plane.

I feel like that with that information, people will wonder what really happens, on the other side.

  1. What’s the meaning of your book title?

The meaning of The Other Side can mean many things. It can mean; The other side of the mirror, or the other side of you, the other side of our feelings- There are many ways to interpret it. I see the title like each of the galaxies, never-ending, boundless, and infinite in sight.

To me, it means everything.

  1. Your favorite writing soundtrack song?

Oh, I’ve got one too many. But I do have a few that I’ve designated for each book. I actually don’t listen to artists or bands when I write. I save them sometimes for driving. That is unless they’ve composed VGM (video game music) written without words and just pure instruments. As for the choice of VGM, it’d really depend my mood overall, and the mood of the story itself. (This includes the cutscene)

So lets say I were writing a dramatic cutscene with heavy dialogue. For this moment I would pick the (ost) original sound track from Fmab (Fullmetal Alchemist)

For anything regarding scenery, I’d pick The Legend of Zelda’s soundtrack, and for anything requiring buildups, or constant reoccurring themes, I’d pick Yoko Shimomura’s soundtrack within Kingdom Hearts. The possibilities are endless.

  1. Who’s your writing mascot, if you have any, (a pet maybe)?

Hmm, I’ve only met one other person with a writing mascot, and she would be my friend Alyssa. Though, I’ve heard of such a term until I met her. I actually do not have one.

  1. Give the readers a fun fact about the book.

This main novel is to be accompanied by its companion, Equilibrium & Chaos. The contents within this said book, will help describe and show many of the things that a character would need to survive or function properly in this opposite world.

 

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The incredible Nitsuj Yaj Enotsdalg even gave us a little insight in what we could be looking forward to in his two-sided, and mirrored book.

Inside One

 

 

Inside Two

A huge Thank You to Justin/\Nitsuj for joining me on WritersLifesWork today!!!

Person of Inspiration.

Today, I will share with you how this wonderful journey started for me, and who inspired me the most, of our amazing selection of writers/authors.

There’s a great list of names to take from, when we mention authors.

I’m a sucker for Nicholas Sparks, yet he wasn’t the one who inspired me the most. I admire the voice and style of F. Scott Fitzgerald. He saw the world different, and sadly he never got around to see how great he became, and how loved he is today.

But, my number one pick is; The incredible Lisa Jane Smith, (L.J. Smith). 

I have a little secret to tell you, to begin with when I heard out Smith, I honestly throught she was a man, why I did so, I have no idea. But then it occured to me, that she was a SHE. Which made her so much cooler in some way. My first discovery of Smith, was through the incredible and exciting series; The Vampire Diaries. I loved the story, and the characters. As the first three season was swallowed, I searched a bit about L.J. and came by The Secret Circle. I received the first two books as a birthday gift, and literately read through the first in one day. Lucky, I had the second, and dived right into that one as well, but then I finished that one, and didn’t have the other, what to do? So, I couldn’t may to buy the printed box, so I got the entire series as E-books, and read all of them in two weeks. I loved the story, the world of magic, but most importantly Her Voice.

I was greatly inspired by her voice, and her pacing. But, my journey goes back way beyond L.J. Smith. Fifteen years ago, I watched the movie or short series; The 10th Kingdom, and a little idea appeared in my mind. I have always adored actors like; Hugh Jackman, Kevin Back, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds… And, a whole lot more… So, at that time I was playing with the idea of becoming an actress, and had a short acting course, and my teacher set me down, and asked why, I didn’t make a story with all these amazing actors, create a world and make them interact with each other. And at that time, I had already started my very first draft, three months earlier.

My story have changed A LOT, through the years, like A LOT, A LOT.

I wrote the first draft, and finished the un-edited book, and then my computer crashed and everything was destroyed, Talk About An Author’s Nightmare. Oh My God, I literately cried as I realized, that I had to start all over, but then when I wrote what I could remember, and some new stuff too, I realized that it had all become so much better. But as my luck, or lack of such would have it.

Yeah, guess what!!! It all happened one more time. My old sucky, computer crashed again. Lucky, I was gifted with my first Laptop and started ALL OVER AGAIN! But, as the first time, this time everything became so much better.

My first language isn’t english, but Danish so my first draft was in danish, and I actually finished three drafts/books only at the count of between 80-100 pages in a A4 size, which wasn’t a lot to begin with. But, then I stopped and thought; No, something is wrong with this. Danish is a difficult language, everything sounds different in Danish, obviously! But, since basically all the characters were either american, canandian or english actors, I made a decision, that I would rewrite all the books, in english. It took a lot of time, and lot of work. But, when it was all done, it was so much greater. Some things, simply sounds so much better in english, than petty danish.

And then the adventure evolved, and I ended up with NINE books of what was that time called; Dragonfly, with nine different under-titles. Then, I made changes again and cooked the nine books down to TWO, and then May of last year, I decided that this wouldn’t just be a hobby of mine. I wanted to do it right, so I almost started from scratch. I outlined, and made characters descriptions, world building, you name it. And I changed the name of the books, and some characters. A friend of mine introduced me to descriptive writing. Where I started using SENSES. And much more descriptive, and professional writing. And then my world changed. I rewrote the first book in seven months. And started the edits, creation of a print format. And started working with a cover designer, and then late December, my dream came true, and I self-Published my first novel. The Second was basically written, so that didn’t take me long to write either. The third was like starting over, coming up with all new ideas, and plots.

So, I decided to give myself a Deadline, I would finished the last and third book in six months. It was a struggle, but a very good motivation, and a great way to push my limits.

I gave myself the daily wordcount of 750 words, which didn’t seem like a lot, but when you have a full-time job along with your writing life, it takes a lot of your time, so I found myself struggling at time; being a week behind on my schedule. But, then I just knocked one out of the park, and wrote like crazy, to maintaine my deadline goal. And I accomplished it, and finished the book.

It’s amazing how much a year can do to a person, and I have learned so much in that year, and I am still learning. There’s no flawless author in the world, anybody can do what they set their minds to; If only they believe enough in themselves. I have doubts, great doubts, often long periods of time… I even have moments, where I think; Fuck this shit, I’m no good, nobody will like my books, I might as well burn it all to the ground. Luckily, I also have my sanity, at least for now! HAHA. I take a deep breath, and tell myself; Everything Will Be Okay. My stories are great, and they will reach the world. I am trying to work to bring them outthere, but it’s not something that comes in a night.

But, I can tell you one thing; I WILL NOT QUIT!

 

 

Maria