Modern Day Magic

•August 29, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Hello my dear readers! Yes, I know, I haven’t posted in a while, but in my defense, it’s been hectic getting ready for and starting school!

So lets talk about music some more! I love music so much (as you well know)! I love finding a new song that I instantly fall in love with. I have so many playlists on my iPod, each with it’s own little treasure trove. My favorite artists and songs change constantly and there are so many to choose from! But these artists are always going to be in my top favorites: Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, Bridgit Mendler, and R5. 

I often listen to music while I write and that can be a little difficult. It’s often music that has lyrics. Sometimes I find that I’m writing the lyrics to the song, not my novel. That’s why I’ve recently been using a lot of instrumental music and film scores when I write. Film scores are awesome because they are meant to be ‘epic’ and exciting, and it helps with the mood I like to get into for writing. Some of my favorites are the film scores for the Batman movies (you gotta love Batman!) and the scores for the Pirates of the Caribbean!

So what are your favorite songs? I’d love to look them up! Maybe they’ll be some of my favorites too!

Also, check it out! I updated ‘My Playlist’! I have a bunch of new songs and a few familiar ones.

And a quick shout out to one of my bestest friends! We’ve recently just started talking to each other again (we just get so busy)! She’s really is an awesome person, and being around her always makes me smile! You know who you are:)

Listening…

-Emma

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Opening Line

•July 23, 2013 • Leave a Comment

     Last post, I talked about the title. Now I’m talking about something just as important; the opening line. The title does part of the job of getting the attention of the reader. The opening line captivates the reader even more. The opening line is the most important sentence in a book. Here are some of my favorite opening lines:

“It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon.” Dragon Slippers ~ Jessica Day George

“That fool of a fairy Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me.” Ella Enchanted ~  Gail Carson Levine

“The dungeon was a miserable place.” The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell ~ Chris Colfer

These aren’t the half of it! There are so many amazing opening lines! Find the best ones and then send them to me. I’d love to read them.

Reading it….

-Emma

The Title

•July 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment

     You see! I have not forgotten! I’m still posting. I’ll try not to disappear on you again. Not for a while anyway. 😉

     When you’re at a library or a bookstore, where do you look to find a book you want to read? The title. The title of a book is what first captures the reader’s attention. You could write a really exciting book about a warrior on a quest to fight a dragon, (okay I have the Hobbit on my mind) but if you call it “Sam”, most people won’t even read what it’s about!If you call it something like “Sam’s Quest” or “The Journey of Sam”, that’s a little more interesting. The best kind of title for a book, is a captivating one. One that will catch the read’ers eye and that won’t let them forget about it. Find the right title, and you’ll do just fine.

Loving it…

-Emma

Writer’s Block: Part Two

•July 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

     Yes. I am alive! I am so sorry that I have neglected this blog and all of you. In June, I was finishing up school (high school’s next!). Now I’ve been occupied by cleaning, baking, and writing (not so much). Anyways, I’m back and I’m going to try to pay much more attention to my blog!

     Right now, I have writer’s block, so what do I do? I write about writer’s block! Even now that I’ve decided what to write about, I barely know what to say! Last time I wrote about writer’s block when writing a book. Now  I’m talking about having writer’s block when you have a blog.

     When you’re writing a book all writer’s block can do is push the finish date, and no one is the wiser! (Unless you’re a contracted author with a deadline.) When you have a blog, writer’s block affects it greatly! Everyone who follows your blog notices (as I’m sure you have I noticed I seemed to have disappear for a while). If you don’t post for a long time, people will stop following your blog. Luckily, none of you have stopped following my blog, for which I thank you 🙂

     Basically, writer’s block sucks. For things you can do to try to get rid of writer’s block, I refer you to the first post I wrote on writer’s block.

Stuck…

-Emma

Cupcakes!

•June 11, 2013 • 1 Comment

     Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve completely run out of blog posts and I can’t think of a single idea! Finally, my obsessions with cupcakes and all things baking has rescued me!

     Recently, I’ve been baking a lot. Oreo Cupcakes, Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes, Seven Layer Bar Brownie Cupcakes. I was looking on the internet for some new recipes to try when I discovered this blog: http://www.yourcupofcake.com/

     Lizzy Early has published a cook book (Your Cup of Cake) and has been baking for years. Her blog is the best baking blog I have found! I honestly can not wait until I can try some of these recipes and I’m thinking about buying her cook book. You all should definitely check this blog out!

Baking…

-Emma

Right Turn or Left?

•June 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

     No doubt, at some point your MC will face a choice. He can abandon his mission and get his heart’s desire, or he can continue to fight for the greater good. Only you can decide what your MC does, but how can you choose between giving the character you’ve grown to love what he wants most, and completing the story so that everything in the land will be all right again? 

     Taking the hard road is something every MC has to do. You have to lead your MC down the correct path. Sometimes you’ll have to double back, but you’ll get to your destination.

Thinking…

-Emma

What’s Next?

•May 30, 2013 • 2 Comments

     It’s happened to every writer, and it’ll most likely happen again. You’ve been writing smoothly for hours, days, maybe even weeks, and then everything just stops. It seems like you can’t write a single sentence worth reading. It’s almost like your imagination juices have just stopped flowing. You keep re-writing over and over, but you just can’t get it right! Maybe your MC (main character) was traveling down a dirt road when your imagination “fizzed out”; now your MC’s short journey has turned into endless wandering. Or even worse, you MC was in the middle of a battle and every outcome you manage to think of ends in your MC’s death. Not good.

     Basically, you can diagnose this as don’t-know-what-to-do-itis. There are several possibilities to attempt to get over your don’t-know-what-to-do-itis. Here are a few possibilities.

     One: Write several possibilities to your stumping predicament. Some won’t work at all, and some will be almost perfect, but not quite right. Maybe you will stumble across the perfect way to continue your story,

     Two: Take a break! Your don’t-know-what-to-do-itis maybe be your brains way of telling you that it’s tired of writing and wants to do something else. Take a walk, watch TV, read a book, call a friend, or take a nap (one of my personal favorites). After a while, go back to writing and everything might just fall into place.

     Three: Ask a friend! Send the cause of your don’t-know-what-to-do-itis to a trusted friend. Perhaps they can present you with a cure!

     Do you have your own way of curing don’t-know-what-to-do-itis? If so, I would love to hear about it! I’m always looking for new ways to cure it! If nothing works to get rid of don’t-know-what-to-do-itis, you’ll just have to wait. Eventually, you’ll find the right way to continue your story and everyone will live happily ever after! Maybe 😉

Writing…

-Emma