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When will we find it?

When will we find it?

It’s a tricky thing you see,
We strive for something beautiful,
Our future’s under lock and key,

The thing we seek,
Plays hide and seek,
It’s a cunnning little guy,

We seek out peace but,
Never really fight for it,
There is no winner in a war,

When will we find it?
There will be a day,
Hopefully soon,
On which we abandon our weapons on the moon.

No Survivors

So they fall screaming,
Deep into the abyss,
Our warriors won’t hear them,
They believe that nothing is amiss,

Burning of skin, death en masse,
This isn’t the first time,
That was with chambers of gas,
By the guy who wrote Mein Kampf,

We are ruled by the greedy,
Who control us with fear,
Terrified of our shadows,
We demand a strike back,

But who are we fighting?
Who’s really to blame?
Who wins in this battle of cruelty?
Who shall stay on the field?

Nobody wins in a game of war,
Nobody will ever find peace,
For there is always something to fight over,
We begin before we are three.

I fear for the survival of humanity,
All we do is fight,
When will peace ever defeat,
When the ones in power, always cheat.

The Beauty of Writing

The beauty of writing is that no single line is the same even if it is.

Writing isn’t just the words on a page. It’s the subtext and subtle hints that differentiate it from other words. Whilst writing this I mean to inspire you to write and continue writing, even if you get compared to another writer. Every story has been written before but the subtexts and slight alterations to the characters and plots make it brand new each time. So long as you don’t directly plagerize an original manuscript, you can be a brilliant writer.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. They cannot be inside your mind or truly inside your world the way you are. Stand by your writing and you will be successful.

Staying Strong

Writing is hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either one of the stupid people or they’ve never attempted to write a creative thing in their life.

When we write, we are making ourselves more vulnerable than if we were to strip naked and run down the highway, because not only are we sharing parts of our soul with the world but we are also creating our children for the purpose of judgement. It’s terrifying.

But there are ways to overcome the fear.

  1. Focus on the praise- In the beginning, you are likely to have more haters than fans but if you focus on the positive things they say or do, you will be far happier about releasing your work to the public.
  2. Remember why- Did you want to share your story with the world? If yes, then remember that. If you wanted to be an international bestseller? {Guilty.} Then remember that your first isn’t going to be perfect and it’s not likely to get you there but you can get there. If you persevere.
  3. Build a support network- This doesn’t have to be family and it doesn’t have to be friends. This can be random strangers with the same aspirations as you. For instance, I am a part of an international writing support group called ‘The Write Place’. This is located on Facebook and they are vital to me. Obviously, having people IRL to talk to and rely on is great to but chances are that people won’t support your decision to be a writer.

Those are just a few ways to overcome the fear. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.

Writing Powerful Characters

More than fiction

Hey guys,

This topic is written about and covered in multiple blogs but time and again, people continue to write hollow characters. The truth is, your characters need to be people you could see in everyday life- even if they are half goat, half dragon beasts. If they are sentient or can speak, they need to be flawed, breakable and alive.

I will give you a breakdown of what I mean.

  1. Do they have a back story? If the answer to this is anything but yes, then you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole to failure. While you don’t have to have every single year of their birth written down, your character has to have lived a life before the start of your novel, even if they’re only twelve years old.
  2. Are they faulted? No matter how perfect they are to you, if they have no faults or errors, then your audience will not be able to connect with them and thus won’t love them too. Even a minor scratch to their perfect facade would make them more relatable- but I wouldn’t recommend leaving them so godlike.
  3. Do they have redeemable qualities? While they shouldn’t be untouchable and flawless, your characters should still have at least one good quality about them. Even your antagonist should be redeemable. Even if their fate is death, they shouldn’t just be a mass of pure evil, or your audience will struggle to understand them.
  4. Are they one-dimensional? Do they like juggling for the sake of liking it or did they learn the hobby after going to the circus on their seventh birthday? Every fact and stray line in your character profile needs to be there for a reason. Even if your character just wants to do something for the sake of knowing it, state the reason. A multifaceted character will portray as human thus allowing your audience to relate and adore them that much easier.

 

If you leave your characters one-dimensional, history-less and too perfect or irredeemable, you are going to struggle with conveying believable people to your audience. This can lead to a lack of interest in your manuscript.

Is This Real?

We fall into the darkness,
Supressed by an innate fear,
A whirlwind consumes our emotions,
Destroying our sensibilities

Heart pulses beyond control,
Mind spins webs of insanity,
Images form behind your eyes,
A future forms ahead,

One single fear forms inside,
Is it real? Who can tell?
Does this love exist?
The only way to know, is to jump right in

I Am A…

I am a ‘pantser’!

When I write my novels, I don’t write outlines and I don’t plan it all out in advance. I begin with a character or a vague idea of a potential manuscript and I go with it. Often this means that I don’t finish the story or don’t even pursue it for any length of time, however if I attach myself to an idea, it becomes my obsession. I know that there are some writer’s out there who would probably think I’m insane for even attempting an unplanned novel but I hate to conform to a specific idea and if there were a plan written down, I’d feel compelled to follow it.

Having no plan also means that I have to rewrite several times. I always begin with a handwritten draft that usually just ends up being the vague idea. With Moonlit Tragedy, I am already on my fourth rewrite and it hasn’t even been seen by an editor yet. It is exhausting sometimes but completely worth the time. I love to write and seeing my novel improve with each version brings me so much satisfaction.

Q/A

  • Did I ever try writing a plan? After discovering that I was in the minority of writer’s who didn’t, yes I tried it. No, it didn’t work out.
  • How long does it take me to complete a book? I’ll tell you when the time comes. However, my first draft of MT took approximately 14 months.
  • Is it better to be a ‘plotter’ or a ‘pantser’? It all depends on the way your brain works. My mind is in constant hyperdrive and ideas bubble out at twenty per second. I couldn’t answer this question for you.