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Welcome Back! Alternatively, When Life Gives You Lemons…

Inkwell is back on regular posting schedule today and lucky me, I’m the one assigned for today.

…Truth is, I’ve got nothing. My writing life has kind of been floating in limbo since August and I don’t have the time to write a drawn-out advice post. So let’s talk about when life gets you down! Gives you lemons! What do you do? 

Turn those lemons into…not lemonade. Glorious pieces of prose? Poopy pieces of prose? Oh gosh.

If you’re like me, you probably have ideas floating around in your head all the time. What would happen if I stuck this villain in here or wrote this chapter from this person’s perspective? 

Collect those somewhere before they float away! They’ll come in handy at a later date.

Try to write something, even if it’s just a few measly sentences a day. Squeeze them out like juice from a lemon. This metaphor is going to get old fast, huh?

Can you tell I’m rambling? Well, that’s what your writing might look like for a while. And that’s a-okay. You can always clean it up later.

So yeah. Dedication is key here, folks. Of course, breaks aren’t bad, but try not to take too long of one. You’ll forget what you were writing about and risk giving up entirely. Give it a week or two at the most. Then you can come back with fresh eyes and ideas. Maybe lemonade too!

Now if I could just heed my own advice.

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Reasons Why I Dislike Your Character

With pictures! And gifs! Well, still ones.

I’ve seen a lot of posts buzzing around the internet about why people dislike characters and what acceptable reasons to dislike a character there are. Since I’m a sucker for characterization, I’d thought I’d share what I think are acceptable and..well, not so acceptable reasons to dislike or hate a protagonist.

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Character Creation Exercise

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Starting a new story and need a main character? Or do you need a minor character for an ongoing work? Just interested in some development practice? Here’s a fun little thing you can do.

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A Little Experiment

Yesterday in class, we talked about point of view and how it can change the story depending on who’s telling it. One of the things our teacher suggested doing was to make a list of character names (I added a third person omniscient view too) and then write down the things the story would gain if said character told the story and also what the story would lose if they were telling it.

For example:

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Art or Entertainment: Why Should We Write?

A week or so ago, there was a debate going around the ex-Inkie-Figgie community about whether or not the YA genre (young adult, for the non-term savvy) and books in general hold any sort of literary value these days. By literary value, I mean books that contain the kind of stuff you’d read about in English class: allegories, symbolism, deeper themes, complex plot structures. Books like Lord of the Flies or The Great Gatsby are highly regarded as works with great literary value.

It got me thinking. Is writing to entertain wrong? Should every work of fiction strive to be the next Scarlet Letter or the next great Shakespearean play?

Here’s my personal philosophy on this debate: You should write what you’re passionate about.

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