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Thinking Thursdays: Avoiding Alliteration

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If you have followed me for a while you will know that I love using alliteration. For those of you not in the know, alliteration is:

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Thanks Google! 🙂

Examples of alliteration would be this segment (Thinking Thursdays) or even the title for the post (Avoiding Alliteration). There are many people (writers mostly) who say that real writers don’t use alliteration. That is it lazy, not creative, and annoying. I don’t know why that is… I mean if Marvel uses alliteration it must been good, right?

When it comes to how I use alliteration I usually use it to emphasize something in a sentence, or draw a readers attention to certain details. Alliteration helps a reader recall a certain moment in the book later on, or connects a certain thing with a character. I also use alliteration to help with the flow of a sentence or cut down on unwanted word usage to get my point across.

Alliteration is a useful tool for a writer, just like the word said. Both forms are told to be ignored or removed but in small amounts they can help a story flow.

I love how people keep insisting that there are rules to writing… but in the end they are only guidelines to help you get started. In the end you will write the way you want with witty alliteration anyways.

But this is Thinking Thursday, so, I want to know what you think. Should writers avoid alliteration? Why or why not? Leave your answers in the comments below and until next time – toodles! o^.^o

Thinking Thursdays: Research & Writing

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This week I’m tackling the question: How important is research to you when writing a book?
I went into some little detail regarding this question on my author interview with Serious Reading a while back but I thought I’d dive in deeper. So, here we go!

Depending on the topic I could spend 10 minutes to 10 weeks researching. When it comes to my blog posts, most of what I write is opinion based and therefore doesn’t have a lot of facts required. Not saying what I’m writing on my blogs I didn’t research… it is just what I’ve written on here is my formulated opinion on the things I’ve read online or formed after having conversations with others interested in these topics.

What I usually spend time researching is what I’ll be using in my books. I want to be able to share correct information with my readers… as I believe if I am going to have people read my work it should be close to accurate as possible. People learn from reading and I don’t want to be sharing the wrong information. At the same time, I am no close to being an expert as Trump is at being a good President. I do not claim to know all the science behind natural health practices. I do not claim to be an expert in medieval history or military tactics. I’ve read books, I’ve made notes and those notes I use in my work. At the same time, I have to trust that the information that I’ve read is correct. For all I know the six books I’ve read could be a creation of someones opinion and not based in fact at all.

That’s one reason why I love writing fictions because as much as I may have truth weaved between the words my writing doesn’t have to be taken as truth. I could include actual ointment recipes or how to make your own tea within the pages of my book but at the same time not be taken completely seriously because of the fact my characters ride magical creatures and shoot lightening bolts from their fingertips, (all right maybe not lightening bolts… but you get the point).

Research is important. Most writers understand and know this. Most writers want to come across as competent in their craft and at times fear about being corrected or called a hack for not getting something right in their books. I know I have the fear and that is why I spend the time exploring the subjects I include in my books I’m not familiar with like naturopathy, botany, and medieval combat. As much as my world is based in fantasy it is my research that helps ground my readers in some kind of twisted, relatable reality.

Am I the only one to think this or are there some writers out there that feel the same way? Am I doing too much research or is this common for writers to feel this way? I’d like to know your opinion on this matter, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment in the area below.
Remember stay safe, be creative and until next time – Toodles! o^.^o

 

 

 

 

Write Like It Matters

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Wow… it has been a while since I posted. I missed two Thinking Thursdays and two Old Word Fridays… I’m such a terrible person…

At the moment I’m trying to settle into a new routine which has really buggered up my writing time. Normally I can write in the morning or the evening but when I get around to it now I’m either too tired or unmotivated to attempt writing anything on this page.

I’m sorry to say that at the moment my writing has taken a back-seat to my current life situation and yes, that is a problem. I’m trying to fix that as fast as I can because writing is very important to me. It helps me escape and helps me explore new ideas. Writing matters a lot to me.

As bloggers yourselves writing probably plays a big role in your lives as well. What we write and share with the world matters in some way. It may matter to a few readers or just to us but we wouldn’t have written something on an online platform if it didn’t have meaning. That’s the same with writing a book or short story. Somewhere inside us told us that this story was important and needed to be shared. You crawl at the words and climb up those paragraphs in hopes of finding out why your soul has chosen this story of all your story ideas to be shared. Somewhere inside you you knew that what you were writing mattered.

At least that’s how I feel when approaching my series. There is something special about it. I’m not just writing for the heck of it but because something I’m writing, let it be the characters or the themes, are important and need to be shared.

So, I will try to get back to a more regular schedule now and hopefully I’ll be able to post more for all of you to enjoy.

Until next time – toodles!

I love English and I also Hate it!

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Was exploring Facebook the other day when I came across this interesting post:

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I love finding things like this. It not only shows you how awesome the English language is but also how horribly nightmarish you can be. Now, for those who don’t have the time to make up these sentences – don’t worry I’ve got you covered:

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Is there anyone else that thinks this is just amazing? Let me know in the comments below and until next time – toodles! :3

Old Word Friday: Fallaciloquence & Gardeviance

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Welcome back to Old World Friday! This week I have two words to share with you… and both happen to be quite the mouthful.

So, let’s get started.

This first word we are going to work with is fallaciloquence.

Pronounced: fall-a-cil-o-quence

You probably can figure out why that word has disappeared as it isn’t the easiest one to pronounce or the easiest one to fit into sentences but HEY! We can try, right?

Fallaciloquence is a noun that was believed to have been created around 1656 and was used commonly up to around 1761. The word means deceitful or false speech – which is short to write or say that than to put fallaciloquence… but that’s besirdes the point.

It is one of those fancy words that may help you sound smarter… or possibly make a character you wish to be smart sound snobbish or disconnected to common word uses.

Two sentences I came up with to use this word are:

Despite his popularity the presidential candidate was known for his fallaciloquence.

Or…

No one should trust a person with fallociloquence.

The second word I will be sharing with you today isn’t are hard to use in a sentence as fallaciloquence. This word is also a noun thought of have been created around 1459 and lessened in popularity around 1706. The word is gardeviance.

Pronounced: gar – deviance

What is a gardeviance? It is a fancier name for a chest you keep valuables in or clothing in. It is also another word for travelling trunk.

Some suggestions on where to use this word in your writing would be in a fantasy story with a foot in medieval history. Or a historical fiction of some sort based in the time when that word was more commonly used. If you have a time travelling character or an immortal character they could use that word as well.

Two examples of using this word in a sentence are:

Mother kept all my baby clothes in the oak gardeviance in our living room.

Or…

I love going to antique stores and seeing the large assortment of gardeviances.

Out of these two words I would find myself using gardeviance more than fallaciloquence as most of what I write is YA fantasy with medieval details. That doesn’t mean I won’t use both words eventually, I just find that gardeviance is an easier word to use than the mouthful that was the first word we covered.

Do I hope for these words to make a comeback?

No, unlike other words I’ve approached in the past these words would not suit modern day conversation unless you wish to set a bad precedence with being known as a snob. The words would work in conversation with other word lovers but not with strangers at a bus stop.

And until next time – toodles!!

Thanks Phone

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I know it’s been a while since I posted. I wish I had a good excuse but the truth is Canada finally got PokĂ©mon Go and everyone over night has become obsessed – I know I have at least, which either is a good thing or a bad thing. Good in the sense I have walked more than I have ever walked in my measly life to hatch virtual eggs to get more virtual creatures to become the best darn virtual trainer in the world! (If I can find something other than freaking Pidgeys and Rattatas!)

Oh, I’ve also been volunteering this week for Pride, which has also taken my time up! Hence not having an Old Word Friday last week… sorry for those looking forward to that. I will post two words this Friday to make up for it. 🙂

Anyways… the point of this post was to bring up something that made me laugh the other day.

I happened across a post while looking through Pinterest – my other procrastination site of doom. Sometimes I find pictures I keep to myself for my own enjoyment but there are others that I know most of you can relate to. This happens to be one of those posts:

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If you were to go back in time to my high school days and open my bag you’d find a laptop, notebook, notepad, pens, pencils, YA books, and scrap paper. I loved writing so much that I made sure I always had something available for me to write on. I wrote so much that teachers took away my notebooks during class so I would do my work and strangers in the hallways didn’t know me by name but by the nickname ‘Writer’s Craft’, which followed me into university, (that story for another time). The point was I never left home without something to write in.

Thankfully as time continued on and technology got better so did my bag.

By last year of university I had a much smaller purse that carried only my wallet, phone, and charger. I had no notebook, laptop, or notepad in my bag. I didn’t need to carry around books. Everything had magically become an app on my phone.

Need to write an idea down? Notepad App.

Need to write a page of a story down? Notepad App.

Want to read a book? Kindle App.

Saw something inspiring? Camera App.

Want to share my boring life with the world? WordPress App.

You get the idea…

Everything I once carried around, denting my shoulders in the process, is now taking up space on my phone along with my virtual pet collection. I’m still a writer but at least my back isn’t breaking when I leave the house anymore. 🙂

 

Old Word Friday: ECSTASIATE

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I’m going to try something new today. I am going to show you the video I made for this weeks OWF. I’m hoping to turn this into a regular thing, but we shall see. So, check it out and please leave comments below letting me know what you’d like me to do videos on. 🙂

 

 

 

P6 Blog Has Reached 500 Followers!!

Oh my Gods!

So, August 4, 2015 was the first day I ever posted anything to this blog. I had no idea what direction it was going to go. There were no plans laid out as to what I wanted to write or do on this platform… but over time it was clear that a community of readers found something I was saying to be worthy of their precious time.

Today marks the day Prophecy Six Blog has reached 500 followers! That’s half of 1000 and that just blows my mind!

I want to thank all of you for supporting me in your various ways let it be sending me links to help with self-publishing, leaving comments that I love replying to, or just liking/ viewing my content when I post. Whatever you do, however you support me, it doesn’t go unnoticed. So, thank you.

As we have reached 500 followers I’m going to be making a special – What Inspires Me Post with helpful resources or videos that I like to watch when I need inspiration. Some may not be related to writing at all, and some you may consider completely ridiculous but I’ll share them anyway.

I would also like to do a book give away. As I have 500 followers I want to give away 5 signed paperback versions of Prophecy Six Book One – Child of the Light. What you need to do to consider yourself entered is:

  1. Like my Facebook Page
  2. Like this Post
  3. Comment Below

It’s that simple!!

This give away will be open until I have five people to give books to. So there will be no time restrictions for entering.

Now, with that said I have to now go organize all the stuff I want to put into the What Inspires Me post.

And until next time – toodles!

Inspiration To Publish Your Book

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After getting passed self-publishing one book my anxiety towards publishing a second book isn’t that bad. Then again… I’m like six months from publishing the second book… so we shall see if my mood changes the closer I get to the publishing date.

With that said I wanted to share this with you as I found it amusing. If you ever needed motivation to publish something this is it!

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