You’ve made it to a new year! Congratulations are in order. Pat yourself on the back. Make yourself a snack. Take a shower.
The New Year: a perfect time to evaluate where you are in life, where you want to go, and how you want to get there. That’s why man invented resolutions; to help us start the year traversing a path towards improvement.
What better time to set some writing goals for yourself? I’ve got a few in mind for you.
Inspired by Kate Cavanaugh Writes on YouTube, this article features a character-building exercise. Have you ever panicked when someone asks you what to get you for Christmas or your birthday? Knowing our wants and needs can be a very tricky thing, but how good are your characters at knowing themselves? The following five prompts will allow you to learn more about your characters through gifts.
There are the old hags in America, vengeful and miserable. There is the Kalku in Chile, beautiful and terrible.
There are witches in films such as Fear Street, old hags who are reminders of what beautiful young women become due to mass hysteria and wrongful persecution. There are the sexed-up witches, the girl-next-door who comes into her femininity through witchcraft. There is Jadis, Lewis Caroll’s beautiful White Witch who freezes Narnia as revenge for banishment.
The season of snowfall, gifts, and Santa Claus - The Christmas season is almost here. And if you are someone, who like me, prefers to stay in their rooms on Christmas Eve, with warm blankets and hot chocolate while reading Christmas stories, then I got you covered!
The following are some short story recommendations that will help you get through the Christmas Eve.
I used to find resting scary. During long breaks, I used to play a video game or watch a show after long weeks of hard work, and I felt like I was being unproductive. My brain automatically made a list of the things I could be doing instead of resting. The only thing I ended up doing was getting stressed and spoiling my fun (plus, I became an expert procrastinator). To be honest, I still think this way from time to time. Sometimes I overwork myself to exhaustion, and I harm my health in doing so. However, I am now making an active effort to avoid this way of overthinking. I am proud to say that I am making slow but steady progress. I know many young writers might struggle with this as well, so here are the three main things I am doing to take advantage of winter break in a healthier way.
During the wintertime, I like to shut myself in my room and read some of my favorite books. I often come back to Blankets, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson.
You’ve been writing your story for a while, when you notice that the plot is going to cross over the winter months. To include or not to include the holidays? Only you can answer that, but I hope to convince you why you should include them in your plot. Not only can they naturally serve as plot devices, they can also provide a contrast to the rest of your story. It’s nice to have a breather, to be on holiday time for a while. Here are eight reasons why you should include the holidays in your book.
My book donations have always gone to the library. Every year, I’d do a quick check to see if the donation box was out yet, and I’d call in, ask what they needed, and drop off a bag of books. I’m fortunate enough to have access to a well-funded library – one that is even willing to request books my region doesn't have from other places in the state, but I understand that many libraries aren’t funded or managed well enough to do that.
As writers, we tend to have a lot of books, especially those of us fortunate enough to be able to spend on them. If you’re here, then reading has probably made some sort of difference in your life, and there are many ways to use your gently used books to pass that on to someone who may not have access to those books otherwise.
Surprisingly, for a lover of horror, it’s not often that you’ll find me reading a book about vampires. This may be in part due to the saturation of them in the media, or my preference of werewolves (#teamjacob) but this only makes it more intriguing for me to find well written pieces of vampire fiction. That’s why I was lucky to come across the Forget Me Not book tour and engross myself in its first chapter.
On this blog, I frequently write about the importance of focusing and enjoying the little details in our everyday lives. Incorporating it into our writing can broaden our horizons in ways we never realize. I’ve finally found an example that captures the heart of this idea: Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro.