It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Poetry Series day 3! Today we’re moving on to sonnet 34, which i find very entertaining in general, and I think highlights a lot of Shakespeare’s more whiny characteristics
Welcome to Poetry Series day II! Hopefully y’all are interested in Shakespeare Sonnets, because I’ve read (quite literally) every single one for this class and will be sharing about 11 with you guys.
Today, we’re talking about sonnet 27, which is my personal favorite of all time, and I think you guys will really enjoy it.
Hey guys! Welcome to day 1 of my poetry series! So for those of you that don’t know, I’m taking a class this semester on reading poetry. It’s been super cool because we get to analyze poems, which basically just means reading them and then doing a discussion style class where we sit around and talk about our feelings on them. Essentially, there’s not a ton of writing involved, but now that we’re halfway through the semester i’ve accumulated a decent base of short writings on poems that i’ve decided to share with you all. So, for the rest of the year, and then for however long it takes after that, I’ll be sharing one poem a week, along with whatever I wrote about it. some days, this might just be a short paragraph, and other days it’ll be a full essay. hopefully at least someone finds this interesting!
For today, I’ll be sharing some notes I wrote while reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 9
Writing poetry can be an intensely, deeply personal experience. For those of you that have been around the blog for a while, you probably know that there was a time where I had some of my poetry and writing posted here. Well, someone from irl found my blog and i took it all down because it freaked me out. I mean, I was on the verge of deleting this blog completely and then i realized how absolutely ridiculous that would have been and i changed my mind. But basically, that experience (and specifically the way it made me think about my poetry) has inspired me to write this post.
I’m super excited for today’s blog post, because not only am i actually publishing something other than a book review, but I have the opportunity of posting something written by Gia Cribbs! Gia is a debut author whose first book, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOAN SULLIVAN, is coming out May 29th. I was lucky enough to get to talk to her and have her write a guest post for the blog, so I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I do!
It’s November!!! The leaves are finally changing color, it’s getting COLD (which I didn’t think I would ever enjoy, but the warm October made me actually miss it), the holidays are almost upon us, and generally everything is amazing. Plus– it means that it’s time for NaNoWriMo!!
For those of you that don’t know, NaNo is National Novel Writing Month. Basically, it means that a whole bunch of people try to write an entire novel (50,000 words) over the course of a single month, with varying degrees of success and failure. If you’re interested in joining or just want to learn more, click here (yes I casually directed you to my profile, add me as a friend while you’re at it) I tried to do NaNo last year and failed miserably, both because of a lack of time and because I hadn’t planned anything out in advance. This year, I’m taking a very different approach to “novel” writing.
I’m super excited about today’s post, because it’s written by Savannah over at The Book Prophet! I absolutely adore her blog, because it’s so full of great reviews and posts and literally everything. Plus, she’s great to talk to! So if you’re looking for an awesome new blog to follow, head over and check her out. Starting to write a book is SO FREAKIN HARD and so Savannah’s post will surely come in handy for lots of us bloggers who want to take the next step to becoming a writer. Make sure you let her know how much you appreciate the help by commenting!
How to Start Writing a Book
Hello everyone! My name is Savannah and I blog over at The Book Prophet. Joce gave me this great opportunity to write a post on her blog and I decided that I would talk to y’all about the fundamentals of writing a book.
Besides being an avid reader myself, I am also a writer, as many of you probably are as well. Reading and writing kind of go hand-in-hand. If you like reading books, there’s a big chance you love writing them as well! Only, reading a book and writing a book are two very different things.
When you read a book, you’re being carried away to another land, while when you write a book you’re the one to carry people away.
Sounds more difficult, right?
Well, it is.
I’m here to give you that extra push to start writing the book you’ve been imagining in your head since the beginning of time. You might not know where to start, you might be too afraid, or you just might think you can’t do it.
I mean, those are all valid excuses, but they’re stupid excuses too.
I’m here to remedy those doubts because I used to have those doubts.
TBH I still do.
Side note: There’s no particular order to do these steps in.
Choose your project
All projects start with an idea. Once you have an idea, then you can expand that idea and start thinking about what characters would fit into that idea, create a structure for your story, a world, etc.
You might also be wondering how you know if the idea you have is THE idea. Well, little grasshopper, when you find the right project to start you get a tingly feeling in your stomach and you can’t stop thinking about your characters and story!
With the book I’m currently writing, I am always thinking about how my characters would feel in a certain situation, plot points to add or delete, etc. These characters and the story I want to tell is flowing through my veins and when you’re passionate about something, you will write it.
Create your characters
Creating characters that are unique and three dimensional is so hard! Besides world building, creating characters has to be one of the most difficult parts of writing. What helped me create my characters is by filling out a character form (http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/jun98/how-to-create-a-character-profile-6986).
Filling out all the entire form forced me to learn about my characters from every angle and point of view possible. You never know when you’ll need to tap into your character’s past or delve into their passions and emotions!
These forms not only help you learn about your character, but it also helps remind you of who your character is. I think we all sometimes forget vital aspects to our characters. I for some reason can’t ever remember their birthdays.
Create your setting
Whether your book takes place in a fictional world or a real-life location, you have to have a mental picture of what that world looks like. When you already know what it looks like – and even smells like – then when you get around to describing it in your book, you’ll be both consistent and less stressed.
Having a world where your characters live and thrive and die in is something that’s way more important than you’d think. Depending on where your character lives can change aspects of your character.
For example, if your character lives on a pirate ship they’ll probably know how to fight and will automatically know how to swim! And life on a pirate ship would make anybody kick butt with a sword.
Outline your plot
Outlining isn’t necessary, but it helps a lot once you actually start writing your book. If you don’t have an outline it can feel like you’re walking through a desert with no map or any direction to – anywhere, really. I’ve only outlined one of my books and it’s the book I’ve had the least trouble writing AND the most fun writing! Although outlining isn’t necessary – I’ve heard loads of successful, published authors don’t outline – it does help you from getting writer’s block and from feeling lost in your own book.
I hope this post helped you figure out how to start writing your book! Now go and let the words flow because there’s no better time than today.
Or tomorrow, if you’re a procrastinator like me.
Did you adore Savannah’s post? Wasn’t it GREAT advice for starting your book? What’s your current WIP? Are you a procrastinator too? Do you love Savannah as much as I do?