Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Story Parts

Hello! Happy Wednesday! Today I'm going to be telling you about what makes good beginnings middles and ends in a story.

Different people have different points on view on which of these are harder to write. I find endings hard, but that's just me.

Beginnings: Some people will stop reading a good book just because of a boring beginning. Of course, you can't start every story with a plot twist and a page turning battle. Please don't be one of those authors who spends four chapters with their character's doing nothing! I have quit many stories this way, because nothing exciting seems to be happening. Yes, I understand that you need to describe your main character and start to develop them, but please don't take four chapter to do this! Your beginning needs to be strong, you need to pull your reader into your story right away to keep them reading. For example: In a far off land past lush rolling hills and tall mountains. Past the Camelot River, lived a girl. Please don't do this! Describe the land later, most people would prefer to go straight to the girl. For example: Sadie rushed up the stairs of her empty house to her bedroom where she threw herself on the bed as tears fell from her large brown eyes. Imminently your reader will want to know why Sadie's crying and they're hooked!

Middles: A story won't be good if it has a strong beginning and ending, but a weak middle. The middle can be the hardest to write, because coming up with plot twists can be difficult. The best stories have unexpected plot twists in the middle. Please don't do the secretly twin sisters/brothers plot that everyone does! Do something unexpected like maybe quickly mention that the secret agents life was so dangerous that she had to give her own child away, and maybe later introduce her long lost child as one of the main character's if you want to do something like that. All I can stay is shoot for the unexpected to keep the reader hooked!

Endings: Like I said before, endings are hard to write for me, so my tips will be limited. Always end strong. This is very hard for me to do, but please don't do the and they lived happily ever after type of ending! Please end strong especially for the last book in a series! This is all the advice I can give you for this one... My apologizes.

I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Quote of the week

Hello! I'm SO sorry for the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks. My swim season has finally come to an end, so now I have the time to start blogging again! Thanks for bearing with me!

Here is today's quote of the week! Please enjoy!

This is a great quote. It's not just talking about baseball in case you were wondering! It's talking about life! Never let your fears or your doughs keep you from doing something you love!

I actually have a real life example for this one. Just last Tuesday I was in a swim meet and I got disqualified in one of my races. I was already planning on swimming that race at our championship meet the coming Saturday and I began to worry that I would be disqualified on Saturday. When Saturday came I decided that I wasn't going to worry and that I was going to have fun! I did get disqualified again, but I had fun, and that's what counts!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Short Snippet!

Hello! I hoped you all enjoy my short story snippet last Sunday! Today I have part two! Please comment below if you enjoy it! I also take criticism!

          Then Father turned to Elaina as he did every night and asked her the same question he asked us all. “How was your day Elaina?”
            It was great!” giggled Elaina. “I met the new family down the road and they have a girl my age! Her name is Sara!
          Father then turned toward Eric and he took a breath, but mother interrupted him.
            Eric, was very disobedient today,” sighed mother. “I called him for supper four times before he came down.”
            Eric,” began father. “You need to show your mother respect and come when she calls. “I expect better from a grown boy like you.”
            Yes sir,” mumbled Eric.
          When it had been quiet for a few seconds, I began to speak, “Today I finished new clothes for Elaina, Elliot, and Hazel. I also went for a walk.”
          Father then turned to Elise and she spoke last. “I invited James over for dinner tomorrow. He wants to discuss wedding plans with you both.” I smiled. I really liked James he was a wonderful man for Elise.
          Then, Father began to speak. Today,” he began, “I went over to Gandote today, the town right next to ours, and three more children have disappeared. That makes eight children in all. I just don’t know where they might’ve gone or who might’ve taken them. Also, Anne-Marie Riper has disappeared too!”
          I gasped. I knew Anne-Marie. She was eight years old and lived next door to, Hazel.
          Supper ended with some delicious blueberries that Eric and Elaina had picked that afternoon.
          After supper, all my siblings helped Mom clean up and then started their homework. Eric headed outside to practice with his bow and arrows. Elise was finished with school so she didn’t have homework.
          I climbed the stairs to the loft that Elise and I shared. Mother and Father slept in a room with a pullout bed for Eric and Elaina and Elliot slept in a crib. Next month when Elise would be married then Elaina would move up here with me.
          I slowly pulled on my night dress and then sat on the end of my bed running through my day in my head.
          After a few minutes, Elise had climbed up and got dressed for the night. She pulled out a hair brush and began to brush my hair. It was a soothing feeling and I enjoyed it very much.
            Your hair is beautiful Erin, so long and dark I wish you could see it!” mumbled Elise.
          As her fingers gently began to braid my hair my thoughts flashed back to the day I became blind. I had been four years old. It was a warm summer day and Father was taking a break from chopping wood to drink some water. I had been a curious child and of course had wanted to see if I could chop wood like Father. I had almost reached the ax, when I tripped over my long dress. I had fallen onto the ax cutting right through my eyes and leaving a huge scar across my face. Then I just remember darkness and so much pain.
          I ran my fingers across my scar which I was sure was ugly, just as Elise gave a tug on my hair telling me that she was done. I thanked her and covered myself with a blanket and tried to sleep.
          After Elise had brushed and braided her own hair, she joined me in bed. Her cold feet touched my warm ones and I squealed.
            Sorry,” giggled Elise.
            Sure you are,” I accused.
            Goodnight,” whispered Elise as I heard her blow out the candle.
          My thoughts rushed too little Anne-Marie. I had thought that my home town Allyin was safe, but apparently not.
This is officially the end the end of chapter one! I hope you enjoyed it!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The First Fun/Mystery Friday!

Sorry about the lack of Wednesday and Thursday blogging, but once again swimming took over.

And today the day you've all been waiting for... drum role please... it's Fun/Mystery Friday!!! YAY!!!
I will be giving you a sentence just one sentence and your job is to make a short story teaser from the sentence! Ready?

I always though that he was teasing, but as I felt the monsters breath on my face and it's teeth as they dug into my arm, I knew that his story had been more then a legend. 

Please comment below! I'm looking forward to hearing from you all!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Insperational Quote!

Hey everyone I came up with this one all by myself, but I'm pretty sure I've heard it before. If you enjoy this quote please comment below with what it means to you!

Happiness doesn't mean that life is perfect, it means that you've decided to look on the bright side.

Wow! I mean it is probably pretty obvious to you all that life is not perfect, but some people think that unless their life is perfect they can't not be happy. Even in your worst days there are SO many things to smile about. Look on the bright side and keep an eye out for the good things hidden in the bad things because everything happens for a reason. Then happiness will cover you and stomp out your anger, and sadness. I leave you with one instruction, keep your eyes open to the things around you. You pass so many amazing things everyday yet many people are so stuck to their troubles that they walk right by the small things that could put a smile on their faces.