So some news first before I show what I quickly threw together for the writing prompt:
Taking 4 AP courses at once is a lot of work; dont do it fellow high schoolers unless you have a lot of will power, you'll need it
I'm visiting Arizona soon and on October 24th (Thursday) I am giving an Author presentation to Canyon Rim Elementary. I am very excited!!
One morning you awake to find yourself in a strait jacket, being taken off to an asylum. How do you prove your sanity? What do the guards and psychiatrists say you did?
Well, everyone has had those bad mornings. You know, the type where you find yourself in a very uncomfortable jacket where your arms have basically no movement and you feel a bit like a taco. You know, the mornings where you can hear the slow beep of a machine. The type of machine you later find attached to your arm. You know, the average morning when a few doctors in a lab white coat is standing near were you lay with two guards standing guard. You know, your basic not so average day!
That happened to me. To say the least, I was a bit confused. “Why am I in a taco?” I mumbled pulling at the sheets that were wrapped around me super tightly. Oh wait, those weren’t sheets. That was a strait jacket. I never thought I was claustrophobic, but suddenly realizing that I couldn’t move if I wanted to, began to put me on edge. “And why are you marshmallows have me plugged into this stuff?”
I like food, if not noticed, hence comparing my situation to being in a taco and to the whiteness of the doctors’ uniform to a marshmallow. The “marshamallows” were giving each other some strange looks before finally talking to me.
“There is no food in here right now,” Doctor number one mumbled, obviously confused.
“You are in a research facility,” the second one offered.
“An insane Asylum,” the third one corrected through a small laugh.
“Wait, What?” I shouted, a bit too loud, “Why am I in a place like here?”
“You were talking…”
“To yourself,” the youngest one interjected.
“Having a food fight…”
“With yourself,” the youngest one jumped in again.
“With yourself,” the youngest one added.
“Would you let me finish!” the first doctor said, clearly annoyed.
I laughed. “Hey, Hope. You seein’ this?” I asked the girl who was always so critical about everything.
“See you’re doing it again?”
“What?” I asked, innocently.
“Talking to yourself!”
“You’re so funny,” I laughed, “You agree, right Lokie?”
“I think I know what this is,” the middle doctor finally spoke since the first time, “this is the classic case of Author Syndrome. Their characters become real to them!”
“Is there a cure?” The youngest doctor asked.
Grimly the main doctor frowned, “None has been found.”
I just laughed, these guys were crazy, but at least all my friends were here!
Till next time,
Top 10: Never say to a writer
Sooooo, read it. Enjoy it. After you have done that you should click the “read more” button on my blog if you want to hear my commentary on the list that this guy made. But before you read it: I loved it and found it very enjoyable!
Advice 2 writers
So, I have decided this is a writing blog (somewhat of a ‘duh’) and by that I mean I’m giving out writing advice. Now, everyone has to find what works best for them so not all of my advice I give out will always work for every writer. Other things are pretty basic.
I plan that I will post once a week (most likely on the weekends), but I might randomly post other times as well. For the most part week one is advice to writers, week two is some article or other thing I found on the internet that I’d like to share, week three will be a bit random but will usually include a book suggestion (as all good writers should be good readers), and the fourth week will be a little writing sample. I’ll explain the fourth week in more detail in a second.
Anyway September has 5 weeks in it, so all the weeks are just shifted down a bit.
ADVICE #1: Write.
This might seem a bit like: What are you talking about Natasha? Of course writers write it’s in the name! But this can seriously be one of the biggest pieces of advice out there.
A great idea in your head, is just that, an IDEA. If you don’t take the time to write it out, put pen to paper, nothing will appear. It isn’t that magical, sadly. I know lives get busy (trust me, somehow I signed up for FOUR AP classes), but finding time to write is needed to develop and grow as a writer.
Try (and it’s understandable when you don’t always do it, but try) to write EVERYDAY. It can be for five minutes, it can be for an hour, anytime you can set aside is valuable time. A chapter that didn’t exist can sit there on your computer saying “Look, you accomplished something!”
That doesn’t mean you always have to continue writing what you were writing the day before. Short stories are a nice little trick. It’s over and done with. You get the sense of accomplishment from completing something and you can learn something new from every story you write and apply it to future writing.
If you do stick with one long story over time, it’s very difficult to reach the spot where you can write two words “The End”. Two words that can fill you with such an incredible feeling of joy (I threw myself a little ice cream party when I wrote ‘The End’ on the first draft of ‘The Dream Prison’).
There is a method I use to help me write a bit every day and I’m going to share that (if you don’t know of them) and those are word prompts. Short little prompts that can start you off, get over a bit of writers block (an entirely different topic), and towards a little warm up of writing. A fun one at that.
I mentioned that the fourth week needed to be explained more in detail, well, here it is. At the end of the first weeks post will be one of these prompts and on that fourth week I will post mine and if any of you have scribbled your own answers to the prompt, add them to the comments. It should be fun! Enjoy writing!
Writing Prompt: One morning you awake to find yourself in a straight jacket, being taken off to an asylum. How do you prove your sanity? What do the guards and psychiatrists say you did?
^^thanks to http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts
Can't wait to see what I and you come up with.
Okay so a quick recap on my month: School started and I’ve been having a hard time finding that balance between writing and school work. I have been able to finish writing a short story though which was very exciting.
Another thing of importance is that I’ve been messing around on the web for a bit and I’ve learned a few things from other writing blogs and decided to make mine like one of those. It would be a slow work in progress, but comments will be VERY MUCH Appreciated and hopefully my blog will start to spread.
My blog will contain advice to fellow teen writers (and I guess other more adult like writers if you want to listen to a 16 year old), reposts of other articles that I found, as a writer, very enjoyable, and other information so that it’s not just boring “Me, me, me” stuff.
Well, this post was short to introduce the change. Expect frequent updates from now on.
The Author of the Dream vs Reality series and student at AFNORTH International High School.