How do we Become the next J. K. Rowling?

“You’re a writer Harry!”

I‘m sorry to say, the Harry Potter series are already taken, and we are left with such a successful writer and storyteller such as J. K. Rowling. Which, hard work surely deserves the reward of a net worth of over 650 million (according to Google search) and is wealthier than Queen Elizabeth II.

But the question remains, “How do we become the next J.K. Rowling?”

Trials, Tribulations and Time.

J.K Rowling (Joanne Rowling) didn’t have it as easy as you may think. Some may know, others may not that Joanne was originally a single mom, struggling with bills and on welfare (not hating, just stating).

We know her by her famous works the Harry Potter series and also her recent and upcoming stories.

But what a lot of people don’t really know is that it took six years to write and complete the first Harry Potter, but also after that, it was pitched and rejected over twelve times before hitting it big.

Imagine that! A series so popular, so beloved, was rejected.

So if your manuscript gets rejected or you get told it’s stupid or not good, then I encourage you to keep trying! If it wasn’t good, you wouldn’t have put the time in.

The Idea

Let’s rewind to June 26th, 1997. 

One of the reasons HP become so successful was because the idea was a rare beauty. We understand that being different from society is repelled by most citizens. Yes, it is true, by jealousy or insecurity we are pushed down because of our individualism, but think of really popular book/book series?

Hunger Games series.

Twilight series.

Harry Potter series.

The Fault in our Stars.

What do these have in common? They’re different and that’s what people like, let’s not even mention the long list of literature classics that can be included. So don’t worry, be yourself and write your story!

The question remains

So how do we become the next J.K Rowling? We must indulge in our story and writing, no matter how long it takes. Put it out there, even after rejection. Be unique, be different, and maybe we’ll have a chance for our passionate work to produce something better and more meaningful!

And plus, you’ll be Rowling in dough! Get it? No?

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Film or Fiction? Why Movies Ruin Good Books.

I couldn’t tell you how many times going home from the theater I was disgusted by what Hollywood replaced for such a wonderful story.

Don’t get me wrong, I love certain movies somehow they managed to filter through but it doesn’t make up for the list of endless fails.

So why is it? Why do movies ruin good books? Well, first off I’ll go on a leap here and say they don’t try to, they just manage to quite often.

  • Cutting out for time management.

Time management with life is an absolutely wonderful thing. The quote, “Time is money.” isn’t taken lightly. Huge corporations, businesses, or even entrepreneurs take that to their advantage. You know who shouldn’t? Movie productions.

Okay, I get it. You needed that five minutes spliced for advertisement money to go to the actors/actresses, the producers, the directors, the writers (sometimes being us), even the guy who sweeps the floors at the end of every scene.

But what is so unsatisfying is when you read that one paragraph you love with every drop of your soul and then they either don’t put it in the movie or it’s portrayed incorrectly or badly.

Come on, Hollywood!

  • The “wrong” actors.

Come on, we’ve all done it, you know exactly what the character looks like in your head, some of you even got the way they walk, how they chew food or how they smile indented into your head.

But what’s bad here is everybody has got that. Everybody has that perfect character in their mind for movie roles, the problem? It’s usually different for everybody.

You’re probably thinking in your head, “They have to get John Travolta in the lead!” but they end up with another actor.

It’s an emotionally wrecking experience when they either don’t place our ideal actor or one that can’t portray the acting right at all.

  • Low budget, big battle.

In the filming industry, it’s hard to go about any film under 1 million. This is because the actors/actresses, renting, sponsors, camera crew, directors, trainers for anything, and much more is in the act. I hate to admit it, that cost a lot of money.

Some stories we love may be worth millions within our hearts, but not that much on screen.

So when we’re forced with that reality, I think we either don’t see a new movie, or we don’t see a good one

  • Final thoughts

Now I know I’ve been harsh and for all the film lovers, I want you to know even though I’m a harsh critic on how stuff can be portrayed, I devour new movies once it hits the theaters. I love seeing a story from print to premiere, it’s a wonderful experience and I am so happy to see all the ones behind the curtains reaping their rewards.

Once I’m published, I hope I can do the same one day, but as of right now, I will just judge all the other films that I think should’ve been better.

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The Writers World Of Aesthetics

When I sit down, I’m amazed. I’m baffled at how beautiful the writer’s world can be. Think about it, your words are flowing from your head to another. In your mind, you think of a scene, how everything looks, how everything smells, what the weather feels like, the emotions riding through you. Then, the person reading can get a whole other effect.

This is the writers aesthetic.

You ever read a book that really captivates you? Personally, I’m guilty of discarding material if it doesn’t reel me in, hook, line and sinker.

But that book, that one story, it captures every aspect, every element, and it brings it to life. I hope mine can do the same, I hope to be that remarkable of a writer.

  • How do we achieve this?

Simple enough to ask, but hard enough to answer.

  • Target your audience.

I think it’s a safe bet to say, everybody has a different thought in mind when we say aesthetics. But we also have different styles of writing, we can fulfill and fit together those pieces to finish the puzzle.

Target your audience.

Whether it’s an enriching romance or a terrifying horror, we can all agree there is a group of readers ready to devour our works.

But, as well, every category has its aesthetic.

“I stared because their faces, so different, so similar, were all devastatingly, inhumanly beautiful. They were faces you never expected to see except perhaps on the airbrushed pages of a fashion magazine. Or painted by an old master as the face of an angel. It was hard to decide who was the most beautiful – maybe the perfect blond girl, or the bronze-haired boy.” – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

We can all agree, that the passage above is a beautifully described and aesthetic, but obviously, we know Twilight is a fictional romance.

Learn your audience!

  • Describe, describe, describe!

Don’t be dainty, describe all you can, but target a more poetical, a more beautiful type of form, be lustful in your words.

  • Let’s dive in!

Let your passion shine! The tool of aesthetics can make a story gorgeous. Recommended, from yours truly!

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Post Schedule

Quantity or quality? I prefer quality, so that’s why we are having a new schedule!

Now please hang with me, this is trial and error. So, I’m going to shoot for three days a week and if that doesn’t help then we’ll see from then on out.

I will be posting on/at every:

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Wednesday: 2 PM (EST)

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Character Development, “What’s the Big Deal?”

There’s a secret to successful long-running series, novels, movies, and shows. What’s the secret? Well, if you know, let me in on it!

We know the ins and the outs of storytelling, unless you’re new, then you have a long road ahead. 

What is character development?

“The definition of character development refers to the process of creating a believable character in fiction by giving the character depth and personality.”

When I first started writing I had pretty static characters, they never changed, they never were just overly exciting. But over the course of time that I began writing more, it seemed like it began to branch out and turn into more dynamic personalities. 

Another hardship of mine was over-relating. Oftenly, it occurred that I was basically writing myself in my characters. Which is usual for first-time writers because that may be all they know, is their self.

My first big character in one of my novels was a huge step for me because I was so done with writing my personality onto characters, that finally, I wanted to write a complete opposite. 

So, I did. I wrote my first big character by the age of thirteen-years-old. 

I still keep the manuscripts close to my heart until I can find a publisher, which is why I give little-to-no-detail.

So how do we go about character development?

 

  • We need to analyze the start

The start is where our characters are formed, like with potter and clay, or us in the womb. We have to realize that we are the ones who created this creature or human being, and so we are the ones who destine their future.

Character development, in my humble abode, means mostly the changing.

Like how the nerd becomes the hero, or how the proud becomes the humble, or vice versa. 

So one thing that I would really like to recommend is to set the course of your character throughout the entire story with dilemmas and problems. People change, and most of it is situational.

 

  • Remind the readers

Oftenly, I find myself at an end of the story to remind our readers of what our character was like at the beginning of a story.

Whether it’s through narration or it’s through character dialogue, more often then not our readers are going to feel nostalgic, love and compassion for our characters backgrounds and their rising. 

 

  • Let’s finish this thing

When your character is ending, whether it’s in death, in love and admiration, completely different or the same. The ending is what sets a lot of stories off, most of the time I hear people talk about the ending rather than the beginning.

So with all of the conflict, lust, love, upbeats and the downbeats, I would just like to remind you that like the greek say, “τελείωσε” meaning, “It is finished.”

 

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Uh-Oh! Writing Cliches!

 

Late for the wedding

 

The guilty pleasure of watching / reading a cheesy romance is always in order, have at it!

But how many times have you seen the woman marrying the wrong man and the right man comes busting through the door, and the timing is so perfect:

Priest: “Any objections? Speak now or forever hold your peace.”

Right man: “Don’t do it!”

Then you see the crowd gasp dramatically, the priest surprised, the dad ashamed and in dishonor, him asking his daughter if this is what she really wants. Then slowly, the father starts to accept him.

Yes, I’ve seen way too many romances. And of course, when Shrek does it.

 

 

What a wonderful morning!

Let me ask you this, how many movies have you watched / books have you read where the character, first chapter, first scene, will wake up first in the morning?

Then you see the character get ready, or rush for school or work, and they’re always late.

This isn’t necessarily bad, just way overused. I have done this before in writing, back in one of my first fanfics, it’s very worthy of all cringes.

Yes, characters have to begin their day, but having a chapter where it starts with their morning routine, breakfast, blah blah blah, is a bad way to introduce this. Honestly, the best way to start a scene is before, or right at your first sequence of events, this way it isn’t dragged out and you have a nice flow.

 

 

Mirror, mirror.

How do you describe a character? It’s hard sometimes, but a huge cliche is looking in a mirror/reflection and pointing out your appearances.

Nobody does this! Unless it’s your hobby or something.

You know whats worse? I used Mirror, Mirror and what a wonderful morning, in the same chapter. If I could, I would look back and say, “Oh Alisha, young sweet Alisha, you must understand that this is indeed a catastrophe.”

But I didn’t understand, this is what I was used to stories starting off like, from a bunch of 80’s films with usually overly peppy people singing in the background. This is all I knew, at the time, so I continued, “I have green eyes, blonde hair, dimples at the end of my cheeks that blush because I’m a bashful schoolgirl. Not to mention, freckles, a gnarly overbite and that gosh darn mole I need to get removed. ”

Please, I beg of you, anything than this.

 

 

The Cure

Don’t romanticize disease or illnesses. Now when I say romanticize, I don’t mean stories The Fault in Our Stars, I was obsessed with that book/movie as much as the next girl. So fangirls, don’t come at me! I love John Green as much as the next.

Romanticizing, meaning cures.

Am I saying a cure isn’t possible? Of course not! I am just saying that cures usually at the end of a plot, usually are miracles. And honey, if you got the luck I have, then you surely won’t have this. It’s reality, sadly. 

You’re about to die with liver failure but all of a sudden a miracle bestows upon you?

(If there is a secret potion, please let me in on it)

 

 

The Working Man

Or, as I like to say, the brown-noser.

The man who tries so hard to get a promotion, to get that raise, to get that short lasting handshake, or a fist bump, or anything! But instead is met with the cycle of disapproval from his greedy/selfish/rude boss, all this man does is continuously fail.

We see this so often in stories, and as much as we can relate, I’m sorry folks, it’s made the cliche list.

It is quite more realistic than some others, but yes, it’s a cliche.

 

 

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Why we Choose Imagery

 

I have mentioned this several times before in my blog posts, it’s not a secret when I say that Imagery is my strong point. But why? Why is there some writers better at imagery?

First, let’s read the definition of imagery,

 

im·age·ry

ˈimij(ə)rē/

noun

  1. visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.visual images collectively.

 

To me, imagery is poetically and artistically pleasing, it doesn’t only describe maybe a situation, but as the definition states, a “visually descriptive or figurative language.”

 

It’s beautiful truly and works in many pieces.

 

“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!

Her beauty hangs upon the cheek of night,

Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear”;  

 

(Romeo and Juliet, act 1, scene 5, page 2. A great example of imagery)

 

Whether it’s short and sweet, or long and descriptive, imagery is a way to spice up writing. Instead of saying, “Sally did this, Sally did that, and on the weekend, Sally did both,” it’s interesting to put a literature aspect to it, so let’s invest into it.

 

Regular:

 

Springtime was filled with pollen, it covered over flowers. The breeze drifted through the mountains, the ones that were touching the sky. White clouds were flooded over the sky.

 

Imagery:

 

Pollen decorated over the colorful tulips, the crisp wind went through the valleys and towns. The mountain stood tall and proud, only splattered with green. Deep blue skies, only complemented by marshmallow clouds.

 

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Types of Mother’s (in Writing)

In honor of Mothers Day (2018), I am going to blog about mom characters!
When you’re writing a mother figure, there are so many types of personalities and roles, and today we are going to exercise that here today

The Self-less Mother

A mother already is the most self-less person a world could ask for. They’re caring and dedicated towards your care that they will go through the ends of the earth, give or take a few.
So how do we write a selfless character?
I think the number one factor here is conflict, without conflict and tribulations, how do we really know they’re selfless?
Of course, I am a crime writer, I’ll throw out conflict like candy at a parade.
But mothers, it’s special. It’s one of the only characters I have a hard time throwing these hard situations at.
So of course, study conflict, the in’s and the outs, and create trouble!

The Over-Emotional 

The over-emotional, not quite just tears. Little Timmy dropped a whole bowl of Cheerios and Mother got so mad she flipped her lid at him.
As we can see the stresses of the outside world conveys through moms with anger, only triggered through Little Tommy, this is the offset from this character.

The Careless

 
Some mom’s either do not want to be a mother or hate to be.
Immaturity can travel through this situation making the mother careless, and self-centered.
They can either desert their kids at home, away from home or leave, which brings a lot of pain and conflict onto the children, I play on this one a lot in crime writing.

The Absent 

This one is self-explanatory, but also depressing.
Through either leaving through the door or the death gate we are left with the harsh realization and heartbreak.
Really focus on the devastation, and push your power there.
As much as it sucks, it is apart of life and adding this to your story could really make things complex and difficult, I recommend it!
Alright, guys, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you enjoyed reading and happy Mother’s Day!
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Plotting: Do or Do Without?

“Plotting or no plotting, that tis’ the real question.” – Me

 

When you’re writing the next upcoming bestseller, you have a realization of how to go about. Plotting, or rolling with it.

 

See, use to I was the strict plotter, I couldn’t live a moment writing without it planned out, start to finish. But as my experience grew, I found that actually sitting down and typing has more to it.

 

Life isn’t always plotted, and the longer it took for me to realize that the worst it got. 

 

When writing, I found that I do need the main idea of my characters and the scenery and what it is about, I couldn’t just wing it! 

 

But what was a hard realization was when I sat down, I filled in way more and I changed the plot quite often. 

 

Like a great quote states, 

 

“The first draft is just telling yourself the story.” By Terry Pratchett

 

 Yes, that’s true. When you start to feel out your characters, you realize it would be better, funnier, dramatic, sadder etc, with another situation.

 

For me personally, I would find a happy medium. Don’t labor the roof work before laying the foundation, if you have an idea go ahead and develop it into an actual storyline. 

 

But also, BREATHE, don’t be so strict and straight-laced where your stories have no room to become a wonderful project, if you do this you’re forced with a bland and lifeless story, so loosen up a bit and roll with some punches!

 

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What You Know or What You’ll Learn?

What You Know or What You’ll Learn?

There’s a border for writers, we struggle with what we know and what we don’t. just like any human. This applies to life, I know how to cook scrambled eggs, but I don’t know how to cook clam chowder, which is I’m going to be more comfortable cooking? The know how.

The spectrum of writers, in every field, is huge, but what I find fascinating is whose not scared to step out into a world of acknowledge.

Some live by “Safe than sorry.” and others live by, “Well, I made it this far, might as well take more risk it all.”

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Humans are embedded with familiarity, advertising gimmicks, magazines, fashion and yes even writing uses this to its full advantages. It’s only apart of the psychological world, to go by what we know, like survival tricks.

The only difference with writers is if all we did was written what we knew, we wouldn’t be getting anywhere, we need new and exciting things to be written, not the same ol same ol.

If we stopped learning to read at, “See dick run.” then we would be in a mess now, wouldn’t we? We would miss out on all the fine pieces of literature of the world or even modern series.

So I encourage you, find something you’re fascinated about, and research all you can about it, our minds can never have too much, so fuel it with all the facts you can. Then, use that research, along the time you’ve probably thought about an inspiring storyline or two, so use those clash them!

The sky is the limit, but not for us astronauts. 😋

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