Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Book Review: Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

Rating: 4/5 Stars

NaNoWriMo'ers this book is for you! This book caught my interest because as a Writer I also have so much to learn. I am not a perfect writer and I will never be one but I do not shy away from learning. Reading this book will take you on a step-by-step plan, to create a novel from the first inkling of an idea, to a complete layered outline hat evolves into a first draft with the productivity, and grasp of an enthralling final draft. One of the things I have done as a writer is always plan, plan, plan, this book helps with all those steps! 

I would recommend this book to writers, inspiring writers and people that want to teach writing!

Friday, October 14, 2016

I Am Fern Walters

If you have ever read or seen the Arthur series, then you know exactly who Fern Walters is! If not, then I feel sorry for you, but she is an amazing character. Fern Walters is a secondary character in the series Arthur by Marc Brown and she is the embodiment of me. She is shy, a daydreamer and an imaginative writer.

Recently Season 20 of Arthur was released on PBS Kids and I watched the second episode titled “Fern's Flights of Fancy”. In this episode Fern decides to enter a writing contest in the newspaper after Buster mentions it. Everyone remarks that Fern is a prodigious writer and should enter, so she does. She writes a remarkable story and awaits the results. Unfortunately, Fern idea is rejected and feels unworthy of her talent. She gives up her dreams of being a writer and tries to indulge in other hobbies. Yet she cannot help to daydream and write in her diary. George Lundgren, her best friend finds out from Harry Mills, a reporter of the newspaper that he believes Fern will be an astonishing writer but she was outvoted. George tries to inspire Fern to enter other contests and gives her story to Francine to publish it in the school newspaper. The story is published and all the students clamor, she is an amazing writer and valued her story. Although Fern is dismayed with George she thanks him and elects to write again.

The reason I mentioned this episode is because as a writer we all shared this feeling. I’ve entered contests and did not win all them. That feeling pits in your stomach and you go over your writing with disappointed eyes. Feelings of failure grow into despair and the idea to give up is a strong one. One would not admit this, but I teared up during this episode. The connection with Fern was a strong one and I hoped she wouldn’t give up. She didn’t and the proud feeling swelled inside.

“Fern's Flights of Fancy” is a cautionary tale of not to give up. With rejection comes acceptance. You won’t win all but you can win some. Do not compare yourself to others but focus on your own work.

Happy Writings!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Art: Character Aesthetics

As a writer we all imagine certain things about and for our characters. I break down all my character into boxes and specifics until I see an image in my head. This can lead to either great things or horrible mishaps. (I have a tendency to be disappointed with myself). So as an inspiration tool I decided to create Character Aesthetics. Basically it's an image made up of things that are a representation of that character. Doing this helps me narrow down what my character(s) is about. 

This year I decided to take my talents to NaNoWriMo and create designs for others. Doing this allows me to practice as well as build up my portfolio. Plus it's a great way to make friends with other writers and artist! This NaNo will be a great one and if anyone wants to add me you can go right ahead. Phoenix.Trinity

Examples of my work! 

Gabriella Alejo from Breaking Down

Sijak for a NaNoWriMo Writer

Good Luck!