Saturday, 24 December 2011

Happy Christmas 2011!

I don't celebrate Christmas but I hope all you guys have a happy and merry Christmas!

I'm ill again and so will be spending my whole day in bed while contemplating my potentially impending doom (surgery).

But I hope you guys are happy and making lots of awesome memories!

Kamille

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

I probably spelt that wrong. Oh well.

So anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis will have picked up on the fact that there haven't been many posts recently. It wasn't so much as my laziness that explains it but the fact that I've been ill and the title explains it. And the the post will explain this.

I haven't been officially diagnosed yet but that is what the doctors suspect I have. It's a disease that results in chronic and recurring boils under the skin that progresses and is quite painful. It tends to flare up at time and since November, I've been getting them pretty bad. And with a busy college schedule, this blog has had to take a back seat.

I started getting these boils soon after I got my first period and found myself getting new ones as time went on. Most of them would vanish after a week or two and some of them would burst and leak pus and blood. Fortunately, that stuff doesn't smell bad so I know it isn't an infection.

I've gone through some pretty awful flare ups over time and it's very painful but doctors seem to be reluctant to give me painkillers. They assume paracetamol will do the trick but it doesn't. I've been in so much pain at times that I've seriously wanted to just die.

It's incurable and difficult to treat. Surgery helps get rid of them in some areas but they can come back which sucks.

I won't specify where I get them but they have pretty much ruined my life and I often have to cancel events and stuff because I can't get out of bed.

I hope that there will be a cure one day but if there isn't then I just hope that I can soon find respite. And since it can be passed on to children, I think I'll be adopting. There isn't anything wrong with adopting and I will adopt some children but I only worry that I may get pregnant one day and since I don't believe in abortion unless in extreme scenarios, I worry that I may cause pain to my future child.

But for now, I guess I have to just deal with it. It also means I get to read a lot since I'm stuck at home for a few days every month or two.

But yeah, this is why I've not updated. It's not that I've forgotten.

To add to my health problems though, I've just found a bump like a balloon on my back. 2011 has not been a good year for me has it?

Friday, 2 December 2011

My Life As A Psychic

The woman on the train is staring at the ground. She's thinking: I need to remind the neighbours to keep their dog quiet.

The girl on the swings in the park is looking at the sky. She's thinking:  Why aren't the clouds shiny?

The woman at the till in the supermarket is thinking: These coupons are making my life a misery!

The man standing at the bus stop is thinking: I should have woken up earlier.

I'm not actually psychic but sometimes I just like to wonder what people are thinking. And then I wonder if people are trying to think about what I'm thinking. We can't read peoples' minds but we can certainly look at their faces and listen to them speak and sometimes that's enough.

I know that sometimes I've wished someone could see that I was in pain and help me without me having to tell them so I now make sure I pay attention to everyone.

So if you ever see somebody with a sad face or a miserable voice, ask them what's wrong.

Kamille

Saturday, 26 November 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons

You get some really disgusting lemonade. You need to add water and sugar anyway!

So I went shopping today and totally failed at buying the stuff I needed. Lesson learnt: plan before going shopping. I am tired from the trip though.

I have also noticed that I am behind with my blog posts. This post isn't going to be related to writing but the videos I'm going to show are some really funny ones that I found on Youtube. They're from the British show "Mock The Week".

Rejected Questions From This Years Exam Papers
Things You Wouldn't Hear At A School Assembly
Unlikely Lines From The Last Harry Potter Book
Russel Howard - Young People
Russel Howard - Education


These are probably the best ever clips on Youtube!

I would love to be a comedienne. Ah that would be so fun! If only I was actually funny :(

Kamille

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Because Life Sucks Sometimes

I don't know if it's just the lack of sunlight since we've had really foggy weather this week but I feel so tired and miserable. It might just be the stress of having to work harder to meet the entry requirements to study Law though. I love winter but I'm just so exhausted right now that I'm not in the mood to have fun.

I'm currently going through my little checklist of what to do when you feel like this. I'm gonna share it with you though since I love you so much.

Here we go:

  • Drink a cup of tea.
  • Take a shower or a bath. 
  • Watch a funny movie. 
  • Watch a TV show I love. 
  • Draw a picture.
  • Bake muffins. 
  • Sing a song. 
  • Rearrange my bedroom. 
  • Cook a meal. 
  • Take a walk. 
  • Deep condition my hair. 
  • Listen to my favourite songs. 
  • Go to bed really early so I get a really long sleep. 
  • Cry. 
  • Eat ice cream. 
  • Eat chocolate. 
  • Play computer games. 
  • Talk about something funny with a friend. 

I've highlighted the ones I've done so far! 

So far, nothing has worked.

This isn't a very happy post. Sorry 'bout that.

Here's a video of a song I'm in love with at the moment by Jojo. Disaster.


Kamille.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Being A Writer and Telling Lies

I don't know about other writers but I've found that years of being a natural story-teller has resulted in me being a compulsive liar. I lie at everything. My lies can be cruel, funny, insignificant or even pointless.

It's a habit. I'm addicted. Lying is my drug.

My theory is that my story-telling habits have just led me to enjoy spinning these epic tales of me doing stuff I'd never actually do. But now I've finally had to deal with the aftermath. People remember the lies.

"I thought you said you had a pond in your back garden?"

"I thought you said you were on a diet where you were only allowed to eat popcorn?"

Seriously, they get worse.

I've actually googled this. I've now self-diagnosed myself with compulsive liar syndrome. I was quite surprised this even existed.

I've not met many people who lie like me. Although I probably wouldn't know if they were lying or not.

Anyway, I'm off to do a set of biology questions, a history essay and an english essay. Ahh, the problems that lying give to me and yet I still continue with this awful habit!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

5 Reasons Why I Love Winter

photo from: http://www.epidemicfun.com/2009/the-largest-smallest-funny-and-most-beautiful-snowman/



While summer fades away, awesome winter comes into the picture. I think I have this obsession with winter because I dream of the cold. I dream of waking up one day and finding snow falling heavily. I dream of waking up and finding a thick layer of frost on the ground. But most of all, I love breathing in air so cold, your throat tickles.

I probably need to get some help.

But I guess we can assume that I am madly in love with winter. In fact, I always feel crushed when temperatures begin to rise and the sun is up for longer than it should, in my opinion.

So here are my reasons for loving winter so much:
  • I get to sit inside and drink warm cups of tea, while disillusioned adults run down the streets outside to get back home from the train station. I know this sounds really mean and yeah, I really am such a horrible person. But I always love being comfortable in front of the TV or my laptop, with a warm mug of tea while it's freezing cold outside and knowing that the adults who look down on teenagers like me are suffering! haha! No, I'm just kidding. I like being cosy and it's a bit hard to be cosy when it's so humid, a bird decides to make a nest in your hair. 
  •  TV is so much better in Winter. I really don't understand why but TV shows are better in Winter. And the best thing is the Doctor Who Christmas Special. I swear we should have one every day! and then there are the awesome Christmas time movies you get to watch with a plate of pasta and a fizzy drink.
  • Rain. I love it. I also love sleeping in my warm bed when it's raining pretty badly outside. 
  • Snow. I don't actually love playing in it as much as I probably should. This is how a snow day goes for me:
    • Wake up
    • See snow
    • Go back to bed because I know college is closed and nothing is better than being able to sleep in and knowing that due to the mess that the UK gets itself into every Winter, college will be closed for the next two day too!
  • The freezing cold weather kills off all the bugs and the spiders. And I HATE them. 

You might be wondering why I'm so obsessed with the weather. My answer: I'm British and we Brits are completely and utterly in love with talking/complaining about the weather.

Unfortunately, the weather has been a bit warm here for a while. Hopefully, the snow is coming soon! Fingers crossed for enough snow to make a snowman but not so much the roads come to a standstill.

Kamille

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Really Bad Ideas For Your Novel - Part 2

So, after lots of work, here's Part 2 of My Bad Ideas!

Make sure you have adverbs on every page. Adverbs can be useful when you want to describe something. But too much of them can result in dense paragraphs that will make even Olympic readers shudder. When you're done with the writing, highlight every adverb on every page just so you know where they are. If you see bricks of yellow or whatever colour you're using littered in every paragraph, you know you have a problem. Here's a little example for you:
"Stop talking," shouted Duck angrily.
And change it to "Stop talking!" shouted Duck.

...She ran up the stairs quickly and nervously looked around to find an escape...
The adverbs have been highlighted.
I don't know about you but they do absolutely nothing to excite me and are just a bit dull. Instead:
...She ran up the stairs, panting between every step. She stumbled around to find an escape and took each step with caution... might be a bit more fun to read

Include as many characters as you can. There isn't a quote of how many characters you can have in your novel but make sure it isn't more than 5 or 6 main characters. Even then, 5 characters is a bit much. I usually have 2 or 3 main characters and 3 minor characters. I use as many side characters as I need. I try to limit this because no reader will ever be able to remember 50 minor characters.

Give your character a bit too much personality. It's best to give readers an insight to your character's personality but don't fill her up with too much wackiness. That can be a bit overwhelming for some readers. I tend to follow this guide:
Up to 10% wackiness
Up to 20% shyness
Up to 15% sarcasm
Up to 5% clumsiness (Bella Swan anyone? Seriously, keep away from the clumsiness if you can. It's not a flaw. It's just annoying to read. In real life, it's funny. Ever watched anyone fall into a canal? That's just pure lol. Until they get their foot caught on some weeds and you have to pull them out)
Up to 20% of your best friend
Up to 10% of you
Up to 20% of normal

Change perspectives every few minutes. First, it's confusing. Second, it'll stop readers from forming connections with a character if they only see the character for five minutes in the entire book.

Kill off everyone and I really do mean everyone who appears in your novel. Or you could just hunt down readers and stab them in the heart. It'll save them from actually having to read the book. Plus, the killing bit can make you psychotic.

Hope you enjoyed reading this!

Kamille

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

I Have Weird Chapter Lengths

I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to update since my computer has started acting up again. It will refuse to download and open files which sucks because I can no longer do much college work on my computer. Fortunately, it hasn't acted up in the last couple of hours so I have been able to write this. I just hope it doesn't spaz while I'm writing.

So I noticed that some people have chapters that are all close to identical in length and I began feeling paranoid about mine.

I sometimes get OCD and find it annoying that my chapters vary so much in size. I have some chapters that go past 3000 words and then some that don't even reach 1000 words. I did try and impose a rule on myself that all chapters had to be 3000 - 4000 words in length but ended up with chapters that contained either too much information of half a scene and would be cut up in unsuitable places.

The thing with chapters is that you cannot really determine how long they should be. Your chapters should be short enough to keep the reader reading (I refuse to read extremely long chapters) and long enough to tell the story.

Some might be long and some might be short. But at the end of the day, they need to end at a suitable place. A teacher once told me that each chapter should have one main event important to the overall plot. All other mini events in that chapter should be connected somehow to the main event, lead up to it or show the aftermath of the main event. If you do have a mini event and it is in no way connected to the main event of that chapter, it doesn't belong there and should be its own chapter.

This actually makes me feel better that my chapter lengths are so awkward. I think my shortest chapter has been less than 200 words. The chapter right before that was nearly 2800 words so the short chapter just looks out of place.

So how long are your chapters and do you feel the need to keep them the same length? I'd love to know!

Kamille

Monday, 31 October 2011

NaNo WriMo!

Good luck to everyone doing NaNo this year. I'm not doing it but since I wrote a 34,000 word script in just over a week last year, I want to give some advice out.

  • Remember to take a break as often as you can. I used to write for 30 minutes and then take a 15 minute break. This gave me time to settle and relax and I soon found myself with 10,000 words in one day. It was one hell of a day!
  • Keep water close by. It refreshes you and will stop you getting hungry. In case you do get hungry, keep some finger food close by. 
  • If you're using the computer, turn the light intensity down (it will give you a headache) and every 10-15 minutes, look away at something in the distance. Computer screens are not good for your eyesight. 
  • Give yourself a prize every time you reach a mini-goal. I would set myself a goal every 5000 words and got a little bit of chocolate. Mini-goals will keep you motivated to keep on going.
  • Make sure you have a plan. Seriously, it will help if you have an idea of where you're going to go. 
  • Get some sun on your skin when the sun is out. Along with shorter days and sitting inside all the time, you could get depressed and trust me when I say depression is not fun. 
  • Get exercise. NaNo isn't an excuse to be a slob. Go on a walk and write on your mobile as you walk. 
  • Let everyone in your family know you are working on something very important and will appreciate them not disturbing you. 
  • Last of all, have fun! Keep a smile on your face and be happy. Enjoy NaNo! It's only around for one month every year.
Kamille

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Reflections On My Writing Life - October

Hello! So this is something I'm going to be doing every month, during the last weekend of that month. It will just be a summary of everything that has happened to me as a writer. 

So, this is what happened to my writing life during October:

  • I stopped writing the Gothic novel I was working on. Although I was interested in writing about a teenager descending into madness, I got bored after a while and found that I'm not a good enough writer yet to write about something that's full of a great deal of emotion and execute it well.
  • I started writing a children's book and am currently towards the end of Chapter 2. I'm still planning the rest of the book, am brainstorming and have been thinking about how many books will follow the first since I see it as a series. After years of writing mostly YA paranormal, this has been a welcome change. I'm still a kid at heart and enjoy children's books more than YA books. Also, I've found that it's easier to write about wacky things for kids than it is for teens since my teenage self is concerned about fitting in and being normal and my childish self is concerned about messing around and having fun. 
  • I used to write all my work longhand up until I turned 15. I then wrote mostly on the computer and increased my usage of the pen during the ages of 17 and 18. I'm 19 now just in case you don't know and have now stopped using the computer completely and am back to writing with pens. I want to improve how I write on paper and also feel that my writing is better when I slow down and think very carefully about what I'm writing. 
In my opinion, this have been quite an eventful month for me. I've jumped through a number of genres, I've changed the target audience of my writing and I've changed how I write. I did think about November, especially NaNo, but have decided I won't be taking part because right now, I am busy with college work and have found that NaNo has never worked for me.

So, how was October for you?
    Kamille

    Friday, 28 October 2011

    Movie Review: Johnny English Reborn

    Considering this is a writing blog, I probably should post a book review sometime but I couldn't resist posting a review for this movie starring Rowan Atkinson.



    I loved the first movie which was released in 2003 and I forgot about the movie since it was so long ago. But then I heard about the sequel on the radio and I had to watch it.

    Non-Brits may not be so familiar with who Rowan Atkinson is. He's Mr Bean. Remember? The funny man on TV who doesn't talk but gets into trouble and has a teddybear as a friend? Wiki him if you still don't know. But this man is really funny! He's a genius.

    So the beginning of the movie was brilliant. I won't say what happens but it was LOL. I was convinced this was going to at least be as funny as the first movie.

    We got to see what had happened to Mr English between the first movie and the sequel which played a huge part in explaining what happens in this movie. We saw a cleaning lady who never seemed to disappear. She was an old lady but she was like a arse-kicking ninja. And she was slightly terrifying. There were some really funny scenes, such as the one with the wheelchair and the Grandma/Cleaning Lady/Queen confusion.

    My favourite person in this movie, apart from Mr English, was Tucker. He's a new and young agent and we see some really good moments with him. He's not at funny as Mr English but he was much smarter.

    Overall, this was a good movie with some brilliant laughs packed in. The ending was awesome and I was glad to have watched it.

    I give it 5*s. And I hope there's another sequel. Considering this movie is doing well at the box office, there might actually be one. I don't know if it's been released in non-UK countries though. It has been released in the Netherlands and the Phillipines though.

    Here's the trailer:



    Kamille!

    Sunday, 23 October 2011

    Why I Write


    Before I start this blog post, I hope those who have died in the tragic earthquake in Turkey rest in peace and hope that they get the help they need.

    I've always been a quite person. Even when I was a child, I did my best to avoid speaking. Now, I still try to be quite as much as I can. 
     
    I have always had an overactive imagination though. I like to dream about distant lands where dragons can speak English and people can breath fire. I like to think about what could possibly exist under my bed. My mind can never rest and I am always coming up with these stories. But I'm shy so I couldn't possibly tell these stories to people. I mess up my words and the stories seem to be so much better when they're written down. 

    Writing stories down is the best thing you could do with them. I could just keep them in my mind but eventually, I'll forget and if it's written down, others can read it, even after I've died. 

    If I write these stories down, it feels like they really do exist and I love picking them up again after a long time, to rediscover the worlds I've created. 

    Kamille

    Thursday, 20 October 2011

    Don't Be Afraid To Write The Unwritten

    Everyone wants to write the next big thing and if you do, then you need to write something that hasn't been written before. Now chances are that something similar has been written but you need to come up with something that sets itself apart from the rest of the books like it that have been written already.

    When you read something amazing, you wish that it had been you who had written that book. You could write that book. Well, not the same one but you could also evoke that feeling in other writers but it's not easy.

    You need an idea. And that idea has to have a unique spin on it. You need to be different. You need to stand out.

    And that can be hard because you're worried you will fail. But that fear will stop you from writing that amazing book that you want to write.

    So forget worrying about writing something different. Sometimes, different can be good.

    No one has written about a group of lethal grandmas who roll like gangsters, with pistols sticking out of their heads. It may sound stupid, but people are going to remember it.

    I do recommend working on an idea that works because I doubt you'll see a gangster grandma with a fake hip, limping around the 'hood with knitting needles hidden under her leather jacket.

    When JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter, she wrote something that had been written many times before but she made Harry Potter different. She sent him to boarding school. She made the boarding school a castle. She made wands cool. She made glasses cool (I still hate wearing mine though).

    When you sit down to write, make it your own and then one day, if someone else reads it, they'll wish that they wrote that book.

    Kamille

    Wednesday, 19 October 2011

    Really Bad Ideas For Your Novel - Part 1

    Have a main character who has the personality of a rock. There are too many of these in YA books right now and my theory is that authors want readers to feel like they are the character. However, a sign of a good writer is one that can make you feel like a character who does have a personality.

    Write a dystopian that discusses the most important topic in modern day society, true love at first bloody sight. This is annoying. Dystopia is about a lot more than someone you have loved for a few minutes as a hormone raging teenager. It's about your basic freedoms, your rights as a person and about doing something about someone or something that threatens everyone. Please don't reduce it to a sappy love story. PLEASE!!

    Don't use any description. It's simply boring.

    Don't use any dialogue.Description is needed sometimes to help the reader understand where the characters are. If you love dialogue that much, write a script.

    Use the names of people you know. Including last names. Some people may not like it. And don't use the names of people you know for the really horrible character. 

    Make it as long as you can. And you can almost guarantee that no agent will ever want to see it. 

    Put vampires in it and call it a Gothic novel. And send your vampires to school so they can repeat Year 13 a thousand times. If I was a vampire, I wouldn't be in school. I'd be too busy trying to be awesome! And Vampire =/= Gothic.

    Part 2 will be on soon. 

    Monday, 17 October 2011

    10 Random Facts (I'm guessing about me)

    Janet Sumner Johnson (clicky to read her blog) tagged me on her 10 Random Facts post. Now, because I'm blonde (I'm actually a brunette but that's a different story) I never realised she'd tagged me so I'm gonna be a bit late in doing this.

    1. I once swore in Spanish in front of my Spanish teacher. Instead of telling me off, she was happy that I was using the language in every day life.
    2. I used to tell my teachers in my first year of college that I left my homework on the train and needed an extension. If that was true, my homework is currently hiding on almost every train in the South East of England.
    3. I'm always lying, even when it's not necessary. I think I'll make a good lawyer (I am kidding).
    4. I used to distribute my homework around school. For free. I missed a good opportunity people!
    5. I'm scared of the dark. I'm actually not kidding on this. When I switch my lights off, I keep my little glitter suspended in water lamp on until I'm snug in bed and use my mobile as a light until I've got my head hidden under the blankets so the monsters can't get to me. Yes, I know, I'm a wuss.
    6. I get an itchy throat after eating most fruits. My throat hurts, gets phlegm-y and I feel like crap for a few days but I still eat fruits all the time.
    7. When it's dark outside, I can't look out of the window. It just freaks me out.
    8. I got my first Harry Potter book in 1998. I never finished reading The Philosopher's Stone until a year after I got it but still loved it from the very first day I bought it. The first time I read the books properly was in 2000.
    9. I want to do a stand-up gig one day. When I have the confidence.
    10. Before I die, I want to open a trust fund for an orphan in a poor country so that he/she can get a decent education and build a nice life for himself/herself.
    Some of them may not be as 'random' as others but yeah.

    I'm going to tag:

    Jessica Love from Jessica Love Writes 
    Heather H. from Edgy Author and Beside The Norm
    Clare C. Greenstreet from The Life of a Wannabe Writer 

    You don't have to do this if you don't want to.

    Thursday, 13 October 2011

    ABC - Yeah, My Life Is This Awesome!

    "I saw this list on The Epic, The Awesome and The Random and it's a cool list so I thought I'd answer it myself!

    A. Age: 19. I'm nearly out of my teens! I'm gonna miss being a moody and grumpy teen!
    B. Bed size: Single
    C. Chore that you hate: Don't have any. Yeah I have cool parents. I do sometimes help and unload the dishwasher or clean my room or hoover the living room but it's usually out of my own choice 
    D. Dogs: I don't have any but I'd love a Siberian Husky!
    E. Essential start to your day: Some water. My throat gets very dry so I like to drink something the second I wake. Then, I look out of the window in some hope that it snowed overnight and I don't have to go to college 
    F. Favorite Color: I don't really have one
    G. Gold or Silver? Gold. Or Platinum.
    H. Height: 5'5" Yeah I'm average 
    I. Instruments you play: None. My parents didn't care about music. They cared more about science and maths. Science and maths lay the foundations of life though so they are important I guess
    J. Job title: Writer. Amateur Childminder/Babysitter. Sleeper. Student 
    K. Kids: None but I do treat my cousin's kids like they're my own
    L. Live: .England! Woo!
    M. Mother's name: Anna
    N. Nicknames: Don't have one. I know! I'm weird
    O. Overnight hospital stays: For a month after I was born since I was 10 weeks premature and when I had my tonsils taken out
    Q. Quote from a movie: "I hate that fucking country" It was my first swear word. And "Bloody Hell" from HP!
    R. Right or left handed: Right
    S. Siblings: Two brothers
    T. Time you wake up: 6:30 am.
    U. Underwear? Bikini knickers. Wanna see? lol jk.
    V. Vegetable you hate: Most of them apart from broccoli and sweetcorn
    W. What makes you run late? My brothers. Being sick in the morning.
    X. X-rays you've had: My right ankle three times. I've sprained it a total of five times. I did have an ultrasound once to see if I had ovarian cysts though
    Y. Yummy food that you make: Enchiladas!
    Z. Zoo animal: Tigers. They're stunning creatures!
    Don't I have such a glamourous life!

    Wednesday, 12 October 2011

    How to Start a Novel

    I'm always starting a novel. I write a few pages and I give up. Usually, it's because I'm bored of the idea already but it's usually because I wasn't prepared when I jumped into the deep end with a blindfold on. If you get an idea, the best thing to do is to get the basic idea down onto a piece of paper. You don't need to plan every inch of your story but writing it down can help you transform the idea to words before you set out on climbing Everest writing a novel.

    Recently, I've tried writing down an outline of every chapter so when I start writing, I write the first sentence of every chapter and so have something to work on. At least if I then get stuck on one chapter, I can move onto the next and come back to the other chapter later.

    When you sit down and actually write, think about what you're going to write first. Don't just jump in at the deep end before you can swim. Decide your setting, which characters you're going to use, what your characters are like and other such tidbits of information.

    When you finally have this, start writing. And don't write in heavy description. Write simple sentences and then build up on them. I liken this to making a cake. Add the milk slowly. You can always add more milk but taking milk out of cake mixture is impossible, I think.

    The beginning is always the hardest part for me but once I have the first chapter, I'm usually fine. So get your thinking caps on and think. It'll make writing all the more easier.

    Kamille

    Saturday, 8 October 2011

    8 Reasons Why Books Rock and People Don't

    (This is a joke. Just thought I'd let you all know before I get hatemail for hating the human race.)



    Books are better than real people. Here's why:

    1) Once a book has been published it won't change. People change. Books don't. Your book will never ignore you or bitch about you.

    2) Books don't talk back. Got a friend who doesn't stop being snarky at you? Just pick a book up. They're so much nicer than people!

    3) Books don't have busy schedules. You don't have to call a book up and ask when it can go out. Books will sit on your shelf all day, unless someone picks the book up. Your book will never turn your offer for a night out down.

    4) You can ignore your book and it will never try to get back at you for it. It doesn't have feelings.

    5) It doesn't have feelings. Your book won't get angry at you. Or cry. And it won't ever have PMS!

    6) Books don't die. People do. (God, this point is so depressing!)

    7) You can write a book. You can't make people. If you're a woman, you need a guy to help you make someone. If you're a man, the woman only needs your help. You yourself, on your own, can't make a person. Unless you know how to clone. And if you can clone, just leave me a message explaining how. I need a clone badly.

    8) You can exchange books for other books. Good luck exchanging your family or friends with another family or friends.

    So yeah, books rule! But people are cool too! I think. I haven't been around people much for the past few weeks so I wouldn't know. Anyway. Ha!

    Kamille

    Thursday, 6 October 2011

    A Million Ideas per Hour

    First of all, I just want to say that is it a sad thing that Steve Jobs passed away. He was definitely one of the greatest minds of our era. I hope he rests in peace.

    On to the topic of today, Ideas. I've been having so many this week, I'm completely stumped. Usually, I'll write them down but now I'm so overwhelmed, the second I write one down, I have another two.

    I've always wondered why I will go through a period of new ideas every few hours and then go through weeks of no inspiration or ideas whatsoever.

    This is why it's important to write down all your ideas. When you write down your ideas, you'll have something to refer to when the ideas die down. I would seriously recommend a box or folder where you can put everything that inspires you or gives you ideas. This can be anything from photos, notes, diary entries, tickets and even food packaging. Don't matter about how weird your stuff is, if it means something, keep it. Just one object could spark a million ideas in you later on.

    Are there any weird items/things that you keep for inspiration/ideas? Where do you keep this stuff? Do you let anything see it?

    Kamille

    Tuesday, 4 October 2011

    How To Outline A Novel

    It should be important for every writer. You don't have to follow the outline but it's great as a back up if anything goes wrong, such as, you suddenly develop amnesia.

    Mind Maps


    I find them quite annoying. They're messy and they can get very complicated. Mind Maps will only help if you're writing a simple outline. Some of the other methods may work a bit better for complicated outlines.

    Write down the name of your project in the middle of the page and have different branches coming out that represent the different sections of your novel, such as: beginning, middle and end. Out of those branches, draw a little picture to show what happens in the section, like a comic. 


    Revision Cards

    These are quite fun to use and the great thing is that you can move the scenes around if you need to change the order and you can take scene in and out without too many problems. The only downside I see to using revision cards is that if you lose one then you lose the order. And if you drop your outline and forgot to number each scene, you're dead. Or you have to spend hours trying to remember the order. Yep, dead. 

    Simple. One card = One scene. You can change the order. Just write a little bit about each scene on each card. Having a title for the card can help such as "Jimmy crashes car."

    Post It Notes

    Everyone loves post it notes. They're cute. You get them in loads of colours. They're sticky. You get them in loads of shapes. The way I see it: they fall out of books, they fall off walls, they rip easily, they're easy to lose and they cost way too much if you're using them by the bucket load.

    This is just like the Revision Card method. One post it note = one scene. If you stick them up, make sure they don't fall down. Using pins like the ones in the example picture may help!

    Lists

    They can be both simple and complicated. But you can't change your order easily. And they're no fun. Lists are the most boring way to outline. But for someone who is lazy, they're ideal.

    Do I need to explain this? Take a piece of paper and write down a sentence or two for each scene in chronological order. Keep a few spaces blank for added scenes or extended or edited scenes.


    So here is a table about the outlining methods above.


    Method
    Advantages
    Disadvantages
    Mind Maps
    Fun
    Colourful
    Simplistic
    Revision Cards
    Change order
    Insert/delete scenes
    Losing cards = nightmare
    Dropping cards = nightmare
    Post it notes
    Different colours
    Different shapes
    Sticky
    Annoying
    Not sticky enough
    Some of them are too small
    Lists/Flowcharts
    Easy to use

    Not as fun as others
    Hard to change order




    Now, you don't have to use an outline and for your first novel, I would suggest not using an outline just so you can see if you can write in a straight line. If you find yourself struggling, then stick to always having an outline.

    Why you should have an outline:
    • They will make it easier to write. You will always know what is coming next.
    • You know where you are going. Getting lost gets harder with an outline. 
    • You can use it when you're querying agents. BUT!!! Always rewrite your outline so that it is correct, makes sense and is easy to read. 
    So I hope this helps anyone who is having a hard time outlining!

    Kamille.

    Monday, 3 October 2011

    Prologues: Unnecessary, boring and sometimes a bit too long.



    A prologue is an introduction piece to a novel where the writer can lay down the foundations for the setting or give the reader some important background information to the novel.

    First of all, I should probably make it clear that a prologue isn't a preface. So many people seemed to be confused about this and I see a lot of it on Inkpop.

    A preface is like a short essay at the beginning of the novel, written usually by the author of the book. I did read a children's book once which had a preface written by another author though.

    And yes, Stephenie Meyer did write a prologue and call it a preface in Twilight but then again, she hasn't exactly studied writing, was a newbie when she wrote the book and it's a bit hard to pretend that the book was properly edited. 

    However, a preface is not there serve as a prologue. So use the correct term.

    I have nothing against prefaces. I do however, hate prologues. Unless the author has used it for all the right reasons.

    If you're writing an epic fantasy and need to include a scene about what the country is like or about something that happened long before the start of the novel, go ahead and use a prologue. But if you're writing a paranormal romance (YA) then ditch it.

    Most YA paranormal romance novels are simplistic and require little usage of the brain. And most of the time, prologues are just used to make the book look more like an epic saga.

    Because admit it, having a prologue at the beginning of the novel makes you consider yourself much more intelligent than you are. I have used a prologue before though and it was only for me to read. I only wrote it so I could understand the world a lot more.

    Now here are my points on why you just don't need a prologue:

    - They're unnecessary. Not every book needs a prologue. The best way to determine whether or not you need a prologue is to send a copy of your book to two people. Give one person a prologue and the first few chapters. Give the other person the first few chapters and no prologue. Ask them who found it easier to understand.

    - They're boring. Seriously, even I skip the prologues. Most of the time, nothing happens. Print off the prologue and give it to someone to read. But don't include the word prologue at the top and tell them it's the first chapter. If they tell you it's boring or slow, take it out.

    - They're long. A prologue is not a short story or a mini-novella. Keep it to 1000 words maximum.


    If you really love your prologue, then include it. But don't send it to any agents. If an agent does agree to represent you, then ask them if they would like to see the prologue. They don't need to know about your coma-inducing prologue in your query letter, honestly.

    But I do love prefaces. I don't know why but I enjoy reading the introductions some writers have at the beginning of their books where they tell you some seriously cool stuff such as:

    - how they came up with the idea for the book
    - what they learnt while writing the book
    - whether or not there is a sequel coming up
    - the inspiration for certain characters and stuff.

    So my verdict is: prefaces > prologues.

    What do you think? Do you like prologues? What do you think about them? Have you ever written one?

    Please don't be offended at my post. This is just what I personally think. Feel free to ignore it if you wish.

    Kamille

    Thursday, 29 September 2011

    Books I've read.

    I've seen this list around on a few blogs and got it from Janet Sumner Johnson blog post. I just thought it would be pretty cool for me to see which books I've read!

    The Books I've read are in Green


    1. Alex Finn – Beastly
    2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
    3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
    4. Ally Condie – Matched
    5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
    7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6)
    8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
    9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
    10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
    11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
    12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
    13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
    16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
    17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3)
    18. Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
    19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
    20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
    21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1 , 2, 3)
    22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
    23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7)
    24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
    25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
    26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
    27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
    28. Holly Black – Tithe (1 , 2, 3)
    29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
    31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
    33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1 , 2, 3, 4)
    34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6)
    35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
    37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
    38. John Green – Paper Towns
    39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2 , 3, 4)
    40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
    41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
    42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
    43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
    44. Lemony Snicket - Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3 , 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
    45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1 , 2, 3)
    46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
    47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
    49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
    50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
    52. Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
    53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
    54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
    55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
    56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
    57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1 , 2)
    58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    60. Meg Rosoff – How I live now
    61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
    63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
    64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
    67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
    68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
    69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
    70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
    71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
    72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 )
    73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
    74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
    76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
    77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere carnal over 40 winks
    79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
    80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
    81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
    82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
    83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
    84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
    85. Scott Westerfeld - Leviathan (1, 2)
    86. Scott Westerfeld - Uglies (1, 2, 3, 4)
    87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
    88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
    89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
    90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
    92. Stephanie Meyer – The Host
    93. Stephanie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
    94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
    95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
    96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2,3)
    97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
    99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
    100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped

    Yeah, I haven't read a lot but that may just be because I don't read many current books. I'm working my way through the ghastly classics right now. And yes, I did just call the classics ghastly because they are. I'll explain why in a future post. 

    A list of books I'm reading right now:
    Jodi Picoult - Second Glance
    Michelle Zink - Prophecy of the Sisters
    Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice 
    Pat Barker - Regeneration 
    Pittacus Lore - I Am Number Four 
    William Shakespeare - Hamlet 
    Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights. 

    I know, I read too many books at one time. I'm focusing on Hamlet and Regeneration right now since they're assigned books for my Literature classes. 

    Kamille

    Wednesday, 28 September 2011

    The Teenage Fascination With The Paranormal


    I was listening to some students in my college the other day. This is basically what the conversation went like:

    Person 1: "(Insert name) had a premonition last week and it came true yesterday"
    Person 2: "You're kidding! That's so creepy"
    Person 1: "I know!"

    Okay, I don't know what the premonition was but they talked about it for a few minutes and left.

    I spent the rest of the day thinking about this and was reminded by something that happened last year. I mentioned to some people I'd used an Ouija board before and they were shocked and fascinated. They asked what it felt like? They wanted to know everything.

    And think about another thing. Walk into a bookshop and count how many books (especially YA books) contain Paranormal elements. Teens love it.

    These are the reasons why I think the Paranormal genre has taken off in YA literature:

    1) Teens feel like outcasts. Many teenagers, like myself, feel like we're outcasts. And if' you've been keeping up to date with YA books, you'll know that outcasts tend to be the main characters. Harry Potter was an outcasts. Bella Swan made herself an outcast despite never being one since she was so ordinary. Teenagers can read these books and identify with the main character.

    2) It provides them with an escape route. Being a teenager sucks. Going to college sucks. Growing up sucks. Sometimes, teenagers like reading these books because they just want to forget and I know I like escaping into a book and forget about my science report due in the next day.

    3) It's fun. Would you rather do a chemistry experiment or go on a ghost hunt? I'm sure most teenagers would rather go on the ghost hunt. The point is simple, the paranormal is fun. Most don't believe it can happen but love the idea of meeting monsters.

    4) Rebellion. Everyone wants to rebel but some are too scared to do it. Those teenagers can then rebel in their own way by pretending to be the main character. It's the perfect solution from them. While reading, they can be someone else and defeat an evil vampire but then they can put the book down and just be themselves.


    I know why I love the Paranormal. My life is dull. If only I was a witch and could go demon hunting in the middle of the night. Actually, I'd rather just dream about it, in my comfortable bed!

    So why do you like the Paranormal? And if you don't like the Paranormal, why? I'm interested to know! 

    Kamille

    Sunday, 25 September 2011

    Choose my pen name for me?


    Since I am so bad at choosing a pen name for myself, I am going to ask you to help me! The names I have so far are:

    ~ Natasha Elahi (a more of a Russian accent in the "Natasha" though)
    ~ Kamille Elahi

    I quite like Kamille Elahi since it's the pen name I had for a while but I also love the name Natasha (that's what I'm going to name my daughter, if I have one. I'm 19 so I have time)
    So let me know what you think. Thank you!

    So. My pen name is Kamille Elahi. Thanks for the feedback guys!

    Pen names

    I know that posting regularly is one of the most important rules of keeping a blog. And I have broken it pretty badly. A mix of college, uni applications and being ill have kept me stupidly busy over the past month.

    So here is a post on pen names. I've had many over the past few years and due to them being pure embarrassing, I won't be telling you what they were apart from my most recent: Kamille Elahi. I quite like this pen name but I've always fallen in love with others and I don't really know if I should stick to it. It's better than Ghostie Girl though, which sounds rather childish and since I'm now 19, I should think about something a bit more grown up.

    It's very tempting to change my pseudonym every few weeks but I'm looking for something I'll still like in 3 years. I don't really like my name so I'll keep it hidden for now. I'll tell you my real name when I feel more confident to let people know. I'm always hated my name and I think everyone else does to. It's hard for people to pronounce if they're not from the Indian Subcontinent and even then, I've met people from the area who can't spell it right (there are a few different spellings).

    If you want to be a writer, you kind of need a name which will help serve as an image of you. People will judge you before they see you if they know your name. If you're called "Bannigoolio Riverspickle" then you should probably think about either changing your name or coming up with a pen name. Nobody is going to take you seriously with that name. Although I think I should hope that nobody out there is actually called "Bannigoolio Riverspickle" because I would like to think parents aren't that mean. If that was my name then I probably would never be able to forgive my parents.

    So, if you know any nice names, please could you leave them in the comments? Thanks.

    Thursday, 8 September 2011

    The World Doesn't Stop Changing

    While you will often remain the same person you were five years ago, everyone else seems to have moved on or changed. I know this is the case with me. The people who I was best friends with a few years ago don't really talk to me anymore and I can't even remember what they sound like. And yes, that does sound sad.

    We can't stop the world changing, we just have to be able to move along with it.

    When I left secondary school to enter college, I was dumbstruck. I couldn't understand what was going on. I couldn't deal with such a huge change. I couldn't cope with my feelings and emotions. I couldn't change along with the times. And unfortunately, there was no one really there who could see what was happening. I got really bad grades that year and had to leave the college. Plus, my chances of becoming a doctor now are very slim.

    I am now doing just slightly better now days. While I'm still having some problems (who doesn't struggle in life), I'm doing better than I was in my first year of college.

    A piece of advice: identify the situation and note down how you need to cope with it. How can you cope with it? Do you have any strategies? A good idea is to look at other people and try and note down how they are coping and use it on yourself.

    The most important piece of advice I'll probably ever give out: Don't let changes ever destroy you. The world will change. Your world will change. Don't like it? Just wait a while.

    Note: it's my birthday which is why I wanted to write such a thoughtful mood. This is the last year of my teenage years. Lets hope it can be a good one!

    Tuesday, 16 August 2011

    De-stressing - Because Stress Sucks

    I'm just a day and 10 hours away from getting my college results so I'm stressed to the point that I keep snapping at people.

    Anyway here are some of the ways I've been calming down:

    - Watch a TV show or Movie that you love. It'll help get your mind off things.
    - Drink some warm tea. Just don't put too much sugar in. That stuff isn't good for you.
    - Sit in a dark room and concentrate on your breathing. Humming can be useful.
    - Go on a walk. Nature is beautiful so enjoy it. If you live in a city, go to the park or take a trip to a nature reserve for the day.
    - Bad for your health but can comfort you in wonderful ways. Just don't eat too much. Chocolate cake is good too.
    Exercise - it'll get oxygen to your brain and you'll feel refreshed. Endorphins will make you feel happy too.


    So what de-stress techniques do you use?

    Wednesday, 10 August 2011

    A Video That Will Break Your Heart


    When you see someone in need, you help them up and ask if they need help. You do not steal from them.

    I remember when I'd fallen and hurt myself once. People didn't steal from me. A kind woman had helped me up and had given me a tissue so I could clean the blood off my leg (I had a nasty scrape from falling off a swing). Unfortunately for this boy, Mohammed Asyraf, who is a Malaysian student in London and had been fasting all day (he was going to a friend's house to break his fast), there was no one there to help him. One gang had beaten him up and another passing gang took a PSP, a phone and his money I think. I think his bike was stolen from him to. I felt so sad that no one was there to help him. He has a broken jaw and now needs surgery. His mother is trying to get the funds to visit him.

    So please, if you see someone hurt or in need, help them.

    Happy Ghostings!

    London Riots of 2011



    Enough of the pictures I guess. This has nothing to do with writing but it is something that has really affected me.


    What started out as a peaceful protest of the shooting of a man who hadn't even shot at the police in the first place, descended into chaos as mindless teenagers and those in their 20s decided to show the world how stupid they are. Violence has continued into the fourth night and has spread to other English cities.

    This really makes me sad.

    Last year, when students were protesting about the rise in tuition fees for unis (which was a 300% rise) made me feel proud. I was so happy that people my age could stand up for something they believed in. Young people got off their settees and went out into the streets to do something. Sure, some of these protests turned chaotic but they were generally peaceful. But this makes me ashamed to be a youth in England.

    I know it's only a minority that are doing this, but it's still horrendous. People have been attacked in the streets. Innocent people have lost their homes and businesses and worst of all, these thugs seem to have no idea what they're doing. They're destroying their own community.

    I love my town (I live close to London but not in London and thankfully, there has been no violence where I live) and I would never want to see it go up in flames. So how these idiots can damage their own homes, I don't know.

    Some of these teens are just plain dumb. One girl said this is happening to show the police that young people can do what they want.

    Some other teen said she was trying to get her taxes back. I didn't know people paid taxes to Currys (an electrics store) and at the age of 15.

    I feel ashamed of being in the same age bracket as these idiots. And I really hope this stops soon and those involved are punished.

    The youth of the Middle East rise up to get their freedom. The youth of England rise up for 40" plasma screen TVs. Disgusting.

    Happy Ghostings.

    Just a little update - It is sad but I feel the need to say this. It wasn't just young people in the riots. There were even parents of these thugs involved. What happened to decent parenting?

    Saturday, 6 August 2011

    The Decline of Handwriting

    Back when I was learning to write properly in school, I was taught to write with curves and arcs and to join up my handwriting. I loved italic cursive. It was pretty. It looked nice. But it was hard.

    Recently, cursive has been shunned by teachers who want to teach an easier method of writing to students. The result is, a large number of children who can't even read their own handwriting. This may be helpful for teachers of younger children but the result is older children who get fail grades by their teachers because they couldn't read their writing.

    This has resulted in questions being asked by many. Will we stop writing by hand? How will the future generations read writing?

    I read a report a while ago that claimed future generations will have to take handwritten notes to handwriting experts to have it understood.

    I can understand handwriting is a pain in the arse but I also don't want to see it disappear. I want to be able to write cheeky notes to people in my classes, write "I wasn't here" on the walls of public toilets and just be able to enjoy writing in my diary. Somehow, writing my personal thoughts on a computer scares me. I'd rather keep it in writing.

    So what do you think? Do you want to see handwriting go? Do you think the future generations won't learn to write at all?

    Happy Ghostings!

    Wednesday, 27 July 2011

    The Writer's Block Myth - My Thoughts and Perceptions








    Does it exist? Or is it a myth?


    Some writers believe it does exist and they talk about having it. Then others say that they haven’t had it since it doesn’t exist. The truth is that writer’s block has no physical manifestation and some people have it because they have simply written something that has led them into that position or have written too much in a short space of time and are suffering from burnout.

    There is no pathogen or cause for writer’s block. It is simply something that won’t affect some of them. My theory is that this only happens to writers who don’t plan meticulously before they start writing. You are less likely to encounter writer’s block when you already know what is coming next. Those who don’t plan, may go off on different tangents and write themselves into a hole. Another point, don’t write as fast as you can or you will get tired and writer’s block will hit you. If you get burnout, just take a day off to relax and enjoy yourselves. Writer’s block for writers is what sick days are to employees. Sometimes you just cannot go into work.

    It may result in a few days or even weeks of not being able to write but there are many good points about writer’s block that many do not understand. Instead of describing writer’s block as a curse writers face, we should consider it to be a sign that something has gone wrong and needs to be fixed.

    What to do when you have writer’s block?
    1)     Go back and read through what you have written recently
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    2)     Read/study your outline. If you don’t have one, make one. I’ll write a post about outlining methods soon. 

    3)    Take a break. This could be a day or two. During this break, consider your outline and think about what could come next. Don’t write during this break. 

    4)    Go back to your writing and read through it again while making notes on what needs to come next. 

    5)   Continue writing. If you find you still cannot, something has gone wrong in your writing and you need to go back and find it. You have written yourself into a hole.

    So what do I think about writer’s block?

    Well I’ve had it quite a few times and it can definitely get really annoying. Due to other problems and writer’s block, I’ve had periods of time (anywhere from a few days to about half a year) where I haven’t written at all. It can be stressful at times and at other times, I am so stressed I just stop. I do think it exists but I don’t interpret it as being something bad and instead, I like to know that my body is telling me that I need to stop and take a while off. It comforts me that my body is telling me when enough is enough.

    My personal tips:
    1)       Don’t worry. It will go away soon if you let it. Don’t stress. Stress = can’t write. 

    2)       Keep a diary. When you do get writer’s block, at least you have something to read. Plus, diaries can help you identify where your problems are. And they’ll last forever unlike the memories stored in your brain which will decay as time passes. 

    3)      Explore. Don’t sit in your living room, in front of the television with a packet of crisps. First, you’ll get fat. Second, going out and doing something such as taking clothes to a charity store, going on a run, going swimming, taking a hike, will be stuff you can do while you de-stress and give you more material to write about. Write about what you know. If you spend all day on the settee, you won’t have much to write about and you won’t be a very interesting person. 

    4)      Take a long shower. You’ll feel refreshed and comforted at the same time. I find that my best ideas come to me when I’m in the shower. I don’t know why but maybe it’s because you’re not distracted when in there.

    5)      Be happy. Smile. It’s good for you.

    Happy Ghostings!

    Ghostie Girl