Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
And now, I'm going to give a little something back. Now is your chance to win "The Dreamers!" And not just any copies, either. These eBooks I send to the winners will be personalized and signed by me! To learn more about this incredible testament of modern technology and the evolution of authors, check out this post all about autographed eBooks and see how it works. In addition, the two grand prizes will also include a copy of "The Nightmarers" signed to them! These grand prize winners will have the entire series, signed! Check it out and enter!
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My Twitter followers get an automatic 10 entries. They'll get an additional 5 entries every time they tweet about it! Another five entries can be gained by liking my Facebook page, and an additional two can be given when you join my email list. Because there are 5 autographed copies of The Dreamers ready to be won, and two complete series packages available, there are quite a few opportunities to win!
I feel like this giveaway only scratches the surface on how grateful I am that I have reached this milestone. It means so much to me that I have 5,000 people supporting me in their various, awesome ways. That's a small town's worth!
Thank you all, and good luck!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Today, I am happy to present to you the fourth guest poster for our Writing Extravaganza "series," if you will. Oksana Carlier is here to write about something. I guess you'll have to keep reading to find out what...
I have extremely limited time to write this post. If I don't finish it in time, you can decide what you think I was trying to say because it will not be complete.
Half-posts aren't really my style so I am going to do my best to finish this.
My topic is...well, it's not essential knowledge at this point in time. You don't need that information (although if you are a true follower of Dahl's blog, you might know from one of his recent posts).
What I'm talking about today can be created in many ways. It often shows up in action, crime, and mystery novels but is certainly not limited to one of the three.
It is something that keeps a reader reading not only while they are lounging, but also when they go to get a snack or walk downstairs or empty the dishwasher.
What is my topic, you ask?
Are you sure you want to know? Really quite sure?
My topic is suspense! Although, you probably won't truly comprehend my secrets of suspense until you finish reading my post.
Suspense can be created in a few ways.
A. Dialogue. One character might have a question they want answered but the other character is decidedly trying to avoid answering. The reasons behind the question and lack of answer can get quite complicated but the reader will want to know the answer right along with the character and will keep on reading.
B. Action. I can describe a form of this in one short line. Who will win the war and who will die for their cause?
C. Hints. Let your character be nervous or excited for an upcoming camping trip, but don't explain why they are so excited or nervous. Hint around the edges of your sentences about how something will be different this time but don't say exactly what. For example, tell the reader that an old friend will be camping with them but don't say how your character knows them but rather show how emotional your character gets about them.
While I think dialogue, action, and hints are a great way to generate suspense, I would humbly say that suspense really does come down to one main idea: letting the reader know that something exciting is going to happen but not telling them what.
Whew! I managed to finish my post on time!
Oksana Carlier has been writing stories, blogs and to-do lists for too many years. She enjoys putting her mind to work to capture truths about the world in her writing. She blogs over at livetidbits.wordpress.com.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
How to Make Dynamic Characters
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
To answer your questions of "How do I get inspiration?" or "Where do ideas come from?" and even "How do I stay inspired?" is Zara Hoffman, fellow teen author. Take it away.
Zara Hoffman is a teen author. She spends most of her time doing homework and writing new stories. When she isn't wrapped up in projects, Zara can be found relaxing with friends and family, listening to music, reading and writing, or playing with her dog, Riley.
Connect with Zara online at www.zarahoffman.com
When I can catch some z's, my dreams are almost always about my stories, ones I'm already working on and new ideas, too. My issue most of the time is that I'll get distracted by shiny new ideas while writing a WIP, and have to take a break to write it down, or else I'll forget. I now have 6 stories going. One is waiting to be edited, I'm writing the sequel (or trying to, but I really want to work on a different story), the third in the trilogy isn't started, I have one story that's half-finished, and two that are waiting in the wings. Ah, the pitfalls of being an easily-distracted author.
Anyway, where does my inspiration come from? My emotions. Most of my story ideas are born from an overwhelming feeling or situation that have really happened to me. That's my starting point. Well, most of the time. Other times it's just me rambling in my thoughts and I stumble across an interesting idea and start asking a million "what if" questions until I've formed a coherent plot sketch.
For those who have a hard time finding inspiration, don't worry too much about it. Try taking a break and doing another hobby that makes you happy, or at least relaxed. If it's not writing related, that may be best, but even writing a different WIP (if you have multiple going simultaneously), can help get your creative juices flowing, and in the process, a new idea may hit you. When I'm stuck, I read, sing, dance, and watch a lot of movies. By the time my break is over (which may take a few days), I feel renewed and ready to tackle writing again–even if it's gibberish just to get me going.
What's your creative process for finding ideas?
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Regardless, the "surprise" remains awesome. For the next two or three weeks, I have had six incredible other teen(ish) writers from the Facebook page, Go Teen Writers volunteer to write guest posts to you guys about different aspects of the writing process. From characters to editing groups and settings to plot, we're going to have an awesome next couple weeks. These posts can help you out with Camp NaNoWriMo, if you're participating in that, or just your writing in general.
Look for the following posts soon, or subscribe to my blog to be notified when they're up! (The subject of the post is a link to their post, their name links to their various respective websites/blogs)
I like how somehow Oksana, writing about suspense, ended up being last. I guess we'll all have to experience some suspense for ourselves waiting for her post to be up!
Anyway, I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that we have quite the line up. I hope you are all as excited for these as I am! It's gonna be great!
Meanwhile, I have traded guest posts with these awesome people. I'm posting on their blogs as they post on mine. Here's a link to all of my posts on their blogs. Be sure to check them out, learn a thing or two, (or three or four...) and get these people some blog traffic. They all deserve it.