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Creating a Writing Playlist

Sometimes music can help open your mind and let loose your soul. This is why, when I’m writing I always create a playlist that supports the themes going on. Click the picture below to be teleported to my author website to read the post!

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Does a big ego help or hinder writers?

This week’s question is: does a big ego help or hinder writers?

I usually stay neutral with questions like this but today I’m going to choose a side. That side is, I believe it hinders a writer.

Now, to understand this question we need to know what an ego is. According to the grandmaster of search engines, Google describes ego as:

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I have a mild ego. One that has enough self-esteem to know I’m worthy of the life I have, and a desire to strive for something better but I don’t think I’m the “greatest” person in the world that can be the only person that can make the world “amazing” and everyone should listen to me. In other words I’m not a narcissistic Cheeto but an average human being.

This average view of myself helps me stay neutral when it comes to judging my writing, and I also don’t raise myself up on a pedestal to preach how great I am to the masses… I think the world has enough of that at the moment. I think having a average ego helps me as a writer because I don’t belittle others striving towards their goals. If anything I’m more willing to help where I can and share my experiences.

There is a downside to having an average ego though…

I, at times, don’t know my worth, which allows others to take advantage of me. Someone with a large ego is more likely to know their worth… maybe even surpass their worth because of their view of their own self-importance. This could help them with getting noticed but can also hinder them with burning bridges.

The best authors, in my opinion, are those that are average egos.

They release their worth and they use it to better others. J.K. Rowling – yes, I use her a lot for examples – is the perfect fit for this example. She knows what it is like to be at the bottom of the income ladder. When she became famous for her series she didn’t let that fame go to her head, and instead used the money that she had and influence that she gained to better others around her. You could say the same about Bill Gates. He knows how powerful he is and he is using that power to help others not help himself.

I think someone with a high ego wouldn’t do well within the writing community. Okay, maybe at first… but other time their inflated sense of self-importance and arrogance towards those around them may cause their popularity to fade.

So, as much as a big ego goes it may help a writer in the short term but hinder them in the long term.

What do you think? Do you think a big ego hurts a writer or helps them? Put your answer in the comment section down below, I love hearing your answers. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always Toodles! ^.^

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

 

The most common traps for aspiring authors that come to my mind are three things:

  1. If I write it they will come.
  2. Everyone will love my book.
  3. No one will want my book, so what’s the point.

These are the three I’ve faced and the three I believe I’ve gotten past since completing my second book. When you are new to the writing game there is very little guidance and most of the work you have to be willing to do.

If I write it they will come – is such a common trap.

The reason for this is due to most aspiring writers approaching their writing from the wrong angle. You are looking at it from a readers standpoint not a writers stand point. As a reader you found a book on a shelf that you liked and in a sense that author did make it and attracted you to the work. But, new writers don’t see the middle part.

Authors spend just as much time figuring out ways to attract the reader to their book as they do writing it. They didn’t just make the book and wait for people to find it, most authors – at least the successful ones – had a plan to get people to read their books through marketing it or getting out there to show their face at certain events. I am still learning this part and trying to figure out a way to reach the people I know would enjoy my books. Being an author is equal parts marketing to equal parts writing. At least that’s what I have found.

This follows with – everyone will love my book.

A very unrealistic point of view. You love your book because you wrote it. You love your book because you created the story and put in the hours making it. Just because you love your work doesn’t mean everyone will love it. Not everyone reads the same thing.

For example: I love writing fantasy but I don’t enjoy reading them. I love historical non-fiction and memoirs mostly… that is when I find time to read.

You have to approach writing realistically and with some idea who you want to market your book to. Age, gender, location, interests… etc., these are all things to consider when thinking of who your reader is going to be and who may love your book.

The same goes with – no one will want my book, so what’s the point.

Just like not everyone will love your book, not everyone is going to hate it either. You wrote a book or short story or poem that you needed to write. Something inside you called to you and said, the world needs this. That same voice is the reason why there will be people who will love your writing. Someone out there needs what you’ve written, and you may never meet them but they are there. The world is a big place with 7 billion people and there will be those that will not like your work but there will be just as many who will love it. You can’t be afraid of those few for the possible many that will embrace your creation.

So, in conclusion:

Always think of ways to engage your potential readers, (maybe start a blog like I did), or become part of a writing guild in your community to learn and get to know other creators.

Not everyone is going to love your creation as much as you will. It is your baby and in that sense you see it through rose coloured glasses. Get someone you trust to review your work and see if there are places where you can make your piece stronger. Also never be afraid of criticism; take it as a chance to grow.

At the same time, not everyone is going to hate what you create. Explore places where those that might enjoy your work may be hanging out either online or in the real world. Try sharing your talents in small ways to build your confidence and maybe your following. Who knows? Your work may touch more people than you could have imagined.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

 

How I Came Up With Names For My Fantasy World

Hello Everyone!

When I comes to world building picking out names for the places, people, and things can be a challenge. Sometimes there isn’t a story behind a name for a location on the map or a name just pops into your head that will, ‘work for what I have planned’. Today I’m going to talk to you about how I came up with the names for my fantasy world and maybe my methods will help you build yours.

Let’s starts at the beginning with the name of the world – GAITAN.

When I first started writing about this world back in grade eight the world was called Arrogwin and was much less developed/ much smaller. Over time, and years of improving my writing skills, I decided my world needed a face-lift and along with that face-lift would be a name change.

Gaitan is a massive planet. You can’t tell as you – at the moment – only see one continent due to the lack of technological development and other barriers (Western Mountains). The series Prophecy Six takes place on this one continent and there isn’t much talk about even knowing if there are others out there. To those of this first continent they believe they are the only people in the world of Gaitan, but they would be wrong. More on that at a later date.

When I came to thinking of the name for Gaitan the process was pretty much, how would I describe the world? Giant Earth. What’s another name for earth? Gaia. What’s another word for giant? Titan. Combine the two words – gaia and titan – and Ta Da you got yourself Gaitan.

Once the name for the world was made I created the map for the continent. I wanted to see the visual before I went around naming things. I knew I wanted dessert lands to the south, rocky lands to the north, mountains in the west and east, and lots of water. After playing around with some ideas – also flipping North and South so North is down and South is up – I got a map I was relatively happy with:

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That’s when I went around placing circles where I wanted my capitals or cities, squares where I wanted smaller settlements like trading posts or villages, and later on I started placing X’s where battles were fought.

For the most part I reused the names for the North, South, and East. Derlin, Syder, Arrowgrav, Arrowhilm, and Calin were names I came up with in grade eight… which I honestly don’t remember how I came up with them but I liked them enough to keep. Other names like King’s Port, Stone Creek, Yorn, and Bay’s Lake were all references to places I read about or grew up near. Stone Creek is reference to Stony Creek, Ontario. Bay’s Lake is a reference to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Yorn is reference to the Norn, which is the race I usually play in Guild Wars. King’s Port is reference to the Port of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec as it is one of the major shipping ports in Canada.

Places like La’reen, Mispick… and many others were created from random thoughts in my head or from things my characters would say. Sometimes I would be writing and my characters would throw out a random location and the name would stick. The majority of the locations on the map as like that, but over time I’ve made up backstories for all of them. Some of these backstories I’ve even shared on the Prophecy Six Official site – FOUND HERE.

So, to recap:
  1. Combine two words into one – Gaia + Titan = Gaitan
  2. Find real life influences: Stone Creek vs. Stony Creek, Ontario
  3. Let your characters guide world creation, (they live in the world after all).
  4. If all else fails, make it up.
Anyways, that’s all I have for today. If you have any questions leave them in the comments down below. If you liked this post or want to read more like or follow me. Until next time, remember, stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles!

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I’ll Write When I’m Inspired

I hate when people say that they will write when they get inspired. I hate it even more when they then complain about how they never get around to writing anything or they don’t understand why they haven’t finished _______ writing project they have been trying to write for ______ number years.

“I’ll write when I’m inspired” is one reason why you are never going to get to writing. If you wait for the inspiration fairy to come visit so you can write you’ll miss all the opportunities to improve and even more opportunities to discover. If I waited to “feel like writing” or “feel inspired to write” I wouldn’t have two books published, my blog would be empty, and my websites would be non-existent.

Yes, it is easier to write when you’re inspired. Yes, writing can be more enjoyable when you are inspired. But 9 times out of 10 your best work isn’t going to be when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps make a foundation for ideas but pushing yourself to write is what gets your story built.

Here are some ways to put inspiration aside and get right to writing:

1. Making writing a habit:

Wake up every day and write a sentence down. Force yourself to post something on your blog or even write a response to someone else’s post. The more your write the easier it becomes and the better chance you’ll get to feeling motivated to write because you’ve made it habit instead of waiting for the inspiration fairy to come visit.

2. Explore other pieces of writing:

Checking out what other people are writing might help you get ideas on what you want to write. Better yet, write about your experiences or events that happened during your day. You don’t have to share them online but writing about your day can help your develop better writing skills.

3. Find fun knew ways to describe boring tasks or happenings.

In other words narrate your life. This can tie into number 2 but I find this helpful. Narrating your life like you’re a character in a book not only gets you writing, but you learn to develop your voice and what you should or shouldn’t add to scenes. It also is awesome at annoying housemates if you start narrating out loud.

4. Read something online that you think you could improve.

Write about that. Like I said above it doesn’t have to be published online but it gets you into a habit of writing.

5. Learn a new word and write down sentences you can use it in.

I do this with my Old Word Friday posts. As I love learning words and I am interested in old words I try to challenge myself with finding old words online and bringing them into current everyday conversation. Learning a new word and using it in sentences not only improves your vocabulary but gets you to think outside your current collection.

There you have it 5 ways to put aside your inspiration fairy and hopefully help you get into the habit of writing. These are also helpful with fighting writer’s block if you happen to be suffering from that.

Of course this is just my opinion… someone who writes for fun and for a living… so no reason to listen to my advice. You keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll just be over here writing about it. ^.^

Where do I get my ideas?

Hello World Out There World!

Today’s Thinking Thursday I’m focusing on a question that I get on a regular basis.

Where do I get my ideas?

When it comes to growing my ideas for my books or short stories I know many of you expect me to say something along the lines of, “It came to me in a dream” or “Some television show inspired me to write this.”

The truth is… it is both of those and more.

I could be walking down the street and an idea pops into my head… usually in a ‘what if’ sort of question. I could be eating lunch, listening to a song I never heard before, talking to my peers, standing in my shower, sitting on the bus, volunteering at the ARTS Project… be anywhere and doing anything when an idea pops into my head.

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grow my creative side. When I was a kid I had an overactive imagination and even had moments where I mixed fantasy with reality – most people would call that ‘make-believe’. As I got older I worked hard to keep that creative imagination in me alive. I did this through writing and not being afraid to explore my mind through creative expression. This made it easier when I became an adult to tap into my creative mind to find new ideas for things or what some people may call ‘thinking outside the box’ for solutions.

Now that I’m 25 (soon to be 26) I am able to tap into my creative mind whenever I want. When something inspires me my brain is the first one to react with an overflowing amount of questions. When I want to create something it usually takes me a couple of minutes to find something to explore creatively.

Yes, this gives me an advantage but at the same time I can easily burn myself out. When my brain is in this continuous drive to create there are moments it reboots or shuts down… and this can last for days even weeks. People would call this writers block… and I call it annoying. I’m used to the overflow of thought always going on in my head and when there is this sudden silence due to creative burnout I’m at a loss. The silence is eerie… and so I do what I can to avoid that burnout as often as possible through taking regular breaks or even suppressing my desire to create.

So, where do I get my writing ideas?

From everywhere and anything that makes my brain tingle. Usually EDM or Netflix is guaranteed to give me some creative ideas. I also like learning new things which leads me to finding creative ways to explore what I’ve learned.

Everyone has their own way of discovering what ideas they want and where they can get them. If you are having trouble at the moment, don’t worry, relax and the ideas will come.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

Writing Prompt: Golden Ship

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I sat there in awe… unable to believe what I was seeing. There had been legends and tales of the God of Sun’s ship sailing the horizons at dusk but never had he come to shore. As the large vessel drew closer the beating of the horses wings echoed in harmony with the waves crashing against the shore.

When the ship reached the port the sun had set and there awaiting the arrival of the God were my people packed along the boardwalk. I stayed where I was, standing now awaiting to see this man of legend.

Thinking Thursday: Why should you read the Prophecy Six Series?

When it comes to buying a book it depends on what your interests are. For example, I write young adult fantasy but I can’t stand reading young adult fantasy. My interests fall under non-fiction, historical fiction, or online comics. I find that a lot of young adult fiction follows too many clichés, has predictable story-lines, and boring/basic characters.

This could just be me… since I’m a 25-year-old… but specifically young adult fiction annoys me. I think it is the way the world building is approached. Yes, the book takes place in a universe completely new to the reader but there is so much useless information in a book that doesn’t add to anything pertaining to the characters or story-line development.

Prophecy Six Series doesn’t have that!

Every piece: dialogue, element, development, character in the story has a purpose. It may not be clear at first but maybe you’ll catch the reason in the second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth book.

My favourite part about reading is finding hidden meanings or making connections to things that the writer may have put there just to see who would catch on. Since I love that element as a reader I added it in as a writer. I love leaving breadcrumbs for my readers. These breadcrumbs could be as simple as finding out a secret to a character’s past or could be as mind blowing as to lead to the reveal of a new member of the Six.

Prophecy Six Series if part of a larger universe:

Once I’m done with the Prophecy Six Series there are going to be more stories to tell. I have planned out two more series and at least four more separate books which take place in the Prophecy Six universe. The world of Gaitan is a vast place with rich history and interesting legends that hasn’t even begun to be explored.

If you didn’t know that you should check out the official website where you can find all kinds of information about the world, characters, and creatures. You might even find some interesting additions to the published works and fun reference to the books.

This Series Tackles Social Issues.

Child of the Light was inspired by the children effected by the conflicts going on in Syria. Liora was based off of the experiences of these children who not only lost their homes and family but also were forced to adapt to the rules/ culture of a strange land. Like these children, Liora isn’t able to go back to the place she calls home because it isn’t safe or in Liora’s case there is nothing/ no one to go back to. She has to learn to adapt to new people, new rules, and is forced to fit into their culture by, at times, having to put aside her own.

This is further explored in the second book of the series where Liora is struggling to find herself, understand the terrible event that killed her people, and hold onto what little she has left of who her people were. We also approach the topics of gender identity, gender roles, and gender policing in this book. While Liora is wishing to learn ways to protect herself those around her try to fit her into the box of being a ‘proper lady’. Liora struggles to fit these conditions and eventually turns to following her heart. Each of the younger characters in this book face these issues in their own way and in the end come to their own conclusions on how to deal with their current situation. Book two also approaches issues on mental health and LGBTQ issues, similar to what our current world is facing today.

What I try to put into each book are examples of understanding, acceptance, self-discovery, and most of all empathy – something that I find this world is lacking these days. Each book has its focus around a certain set of difficult social issues and in the end allows the reader to come to their own conclusion regarding these issues.

Lastly! The most important reason to why you should buy this series:

It’s fun!

The Prophecy Six Series has its dark moments but like life there is always a silver lining. With realistic characters, a well developed world, and diverse/ deep story-line the books of this series are something new for young adults to experience. Those who have read my books have laughed, cried, and are counting down the days until the next book is released. This book shares elements of the fantasy series but does not share the same fantasy epic feel like Lord of the Rings or Aargon but it is one worth taking the time to explore… and maybe even enjoy.

SO, IF THIS INTERESTED YOU CLICK HERE TO FIND THE SERIES AND START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY!

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