Core Identity

Motivation is an important aspect of writing stories. The character wants something and goes after it. What they want will most likely be difficult to achieve, but there is another step the writer must check before they force their characters down the yellow brick road. First figure out the characters core identity.

 

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So what is this  core identity? Well it’s something they either long for or think they have control over. This could be anything like love, freedom, acceptance etc. It’s what we want most of all in life.  Here is an example of Katniss’s core identity.

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In the first novel of the Hunger Games series Katniss’s core identity is protecting her sister prim. She longs to protect Prim within their dystopian world, but Katniss’s core identity is threatened when Prim is chosen as the volunteer from District Twelve. DUN, DUN, DUN!!!!!! Katniss can’t protect Prim if she’s in the Hunger Games. This major inciting event forces Katniss to do something. Do I make myself clear?

To sum this up, The core identity gets attacked by the big bad inciting event. The character’s core identity is then threaten by conflict which forces the character to do something. There should also be some type of stakes, but I’ll leave that for another post. Hope what I told you makes sense. Lots of writers fail to understand what they’re doing and get stressed out. If we can figure these tips out together we will be writing in no time. Take that stress!

 

Btw I got this tip from here https://www.udemy.com/writing-fiction-novels-write-novel-plots/learn/v4/overview Take this class for sure!

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300 Followers

My blog has reached a total of 300 followers! Honestly I never thought this would happen. Is this really happening? This can’t be real right now. This is crazy. This post maybe a bit rambly, but go with it ok 🙂

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I started this blog about three years ago. I created this blog out of frustration. I wasn’t happy where my life was. I wanted more, but didn’t know where it would come from. I prayed and prayed, asking God to show me the way and He has through blogging.

I heard about blogging  and thought it would be a cool way to share my world. I tweeted  my friends on Twitter if they knew about any sites for new bloggers and was sent the link. WordPress enticed me, so I joined and the magic began there.

I didn’t have any idea on what I wanted to say, so I randomly posted blogs on my thoughts, media and other stuff. Events around the globe would occur, so I’d blog my thoughts and ideas on those events. I spoke about faith, politics, video games etc. A year went by and I had almost 100 followers. I left WordPress and did some blogging on other sites, but those sites didn’t bring me the joy I received on here. I returned to wordpress and trudged forward.

Back in 2016 is when my passion for writing bloomed. Y’all know I’ve always desired to be an author, write, publish and sell books. My family and friends supported the idea, but I was a long way from understanding the point of writing. I seek advice and made a bunch of connections. They taught me lots of writing tips, yet I didn’t truly understand  the art of writing.

From then to now I’ve studied writing. It’s like breathing to me now. I listen and think long and hard about what I’ve been told. I put what I’ve learned into practice and share my opinion with my audience. I still get writers block, yet I know how to defeat it. Each day I wake up excited to learn and to write.

The only person who can stop you from achieving your dreams is yourself. I believe it with all my heart. Each of us has our faults and flaws. You can allow them to hold you back or overcome them. I stick to my motivations.  I live a positive lifestyle. I’m thankful for the knowledge and support God has given me.  Since I learned about my rare disorder, when I were only nine years old, I’ve trusted in God and He’s helped me to overcome all my obstacles.

My cousin Jennifer aka my mentor told me I’m strong. I’ve always felt strong, yet my strength doesn’t come from me. It comes from God and those who have given me their strength. A countless number of souls have entered my life and helped me to grow as a person. I’m thankful for the support and knowledge. Never be afraid to learn. Somedays we fail, but failure is one step away from success. Merci Beaucoop to  my family, friends online and offline especially to my WordPress family. You guys rock!

 

#Motivation

Life isn’t fair

And it never will be

Stop thinking it could be

Cause it won’t

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I’m not trying to insult you

I’m giving you the facts Jack

Stop worrying about simple things

Things that are out of our control

You can’t publish a book if you never wrote a single word

The cutie on the cheer squad won’t go to prom with you if you never ask

Don’t demand respect

Cause respect is earned knucklehead

Control your whiny emotions

Fail today

Succeed tomorrow

Just do it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Coddle Your Characters

Hello WordPress. Last week was a bad writing week. I was super stressed and didn’t feel like writing at all, so I took a little break from my usual writing habits and I’m feeling better. One thing I thought about a lot while not writing was characters.

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Characters are the forefront of our stories. They’re the eyes and ears of pretty much every story, yet characters are not simple one dimensional  characters. Characters can be hard to create, but I think I’m starting to figure out why it’s so difficult to create them.

Right now I’m speaking to you in my voice. I’m typing out words I normally say. This is how I speak, but my characters don’t speak nor act like me. Some do more than others, yet the characters within stories are not like us. They may do things in a similar way, but they’re different. It’s good to create characters who relate to us, but clearly they’re not like us.

Think about your closest friends. You know how they act. All of their wants, quirks, phobias and secrets. Some secrets at least. The closer you get to someone you begin to act more like them, yet you’re not exactly being them. You’re acting like them in your own way. If you don’t know how someone acts or their thought process you’re most likely not their friend or at least not as close as you thought. Sorry to burst that bubble.

To develop a character you must understand them. You must learn their gender, race, identity etc. You should know what their place is within their world. How will they react when something happens? What are their thoughts on the environment or religion? Do they love dogs or cats? Do they want peace or to rule the world? Why do they think like this? What makes them, them? A character’s thoughts maybe completely different from your own. If you don’t know what makes them tick the chances of writing a 100,000 worded novel or even a few paragraphs with these  characters will most likely not go smoothly.

There is hundreds of characters. Each character has his or her own purpose within their story. Mary and Pippen don’t have the same purpose as Frodo nor Sam in Lord of the Rings. Imagine if Alfred were the protagonist in Batman. Alfred is a cool butler, but him as the protagonist wouldn’t be as exciting as it is with Bruce Wayne. If you write a story and don’t feel you have the correct protagonist or antagonist you may want to do some soul searching. Figure out the physical and mental aspects of the characters personality.

Developing characters is sort of like parenting. You want the best for your child, but if you coddle them too much they’ll grow dependent. They’ll become lazy characters. Don’t coddle your characters. God gave humanity free will. Writers should have the same type of relationship with their characters. Peace out y’all.

Rainy Days

It’s been raining a lot in Florida and it’s not suppose to let up until the beginning of next week. I like rainy days. Gloomy afternoon’s full of clouds. There is something about it I enjoy. I guess I love it so much, because Florida is within a warm climate, yet I’ve grown to appreciate the warmth. A lot people assume Florida is always hot, but it’s not true. The weather can get cold. So cold it can kill the oranges. Ask my friend Haley and she’ll confirm the chill.

 

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Florida is a beautiful state. There is a lot she offers us residences. From the beach to the magical realm of Disneyworld.  Those who settled within these lands at its origin brought along plants and other neat things  from their countries. Florida truly is a melting pot state. People come from all over the world to either live or visit. I’ve met so many wonderful people from places I’ve only dreamt to visit. When they tell me my home is awesome I feel a little embarrassed. We have so much, yet don’t always see it that way. I love where I’m from. It’s a part of who I am.

 What is the weather like in your neighborhood?

Avengers: Infinity Wars Film Review

What’s up WordPress? I finally saw the newest Avengers film and absolutely loved it! Lot of characters died tho 😦

 

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The third installment was a bit grim. This had to be the darkest of Marvel films, although it had the right touch of comedy relief. And I thought you Marvel fanboys hated DC Comic films. Anywho this film was a none stop action adventure. Unlike the other Avenger films the bad guy wins. Thanos was an excellent villain, but I’m not going to sit here and act like he’s the best baddie all time. Please. Villains like Thanos had been done before, but not to his success. Thanos had motivation and a skillful plan to  get there. Plus the Hulk and Vison were at their weakest moment, creating havoc and chaos for the Avengers. Set backs were a must.

I enjoyed how the characters were spilt into three groups. We had Thor with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Star Lord,  Mantis and Drax paired up with Iron Man, Doctor Strange plus Spider Man or as I like to call him reboot 2.0 Spiderboy.  Captain America( or Charon) fought along side Black Widow( Why does she have blonde hair tho)  and Sam Wilson. The trio teamed up with Bucky and Black Panther plus Vision and the Scarlet Witch, although they were more just there for the ride. Stan Lee and Peter Dinklage also played a part. The dialogue between characters was a little choppy at first, but overall it did the film justice.

This film really reminded me of the good ole days of chilling on Saturday morning, watching cartoons. It’s a huge cast of characters dealing with a crisis together. I think this was the best we could had hoped for really. Now will the success of Infinity War spoil the sequel? Maybe, yet I’m interested to see what direction the next film takes. Ironically, during the resolution, we’re left with the original Avengers members minus Hawkeye, yet I’m sure he’ll turn up soon. I noticed Ant Man wasn’t in this film, yet he has a new film coming out soon. Will Ant Man two collide with Infinity War’s story line? Maybe Deadpool will come to their rescue? Something fantastic will surely happen next.

If you saw Infinity Wars tell me what you thought. Have a great day!

Netflix’s The Week Of Review

Adam Sandler stars in Netflix’s new comedy The Week Of. The main protagonist Kenny Lustig is a positive, yet gullible, cheapskate  father preparing to give his little girl the greatest wedding of her dreams, but things sure do go from bad to worse. Chris Rock also co stars in this film although his character moments are pretty short and lack comic relief. Plus these dudes are getting sort of old.

 

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Adam Sandler is far from the popular comedy star he once was, yet The Week Of was a decent film. It had a few quirky antics, but overall the film satisfied me with cheesy humor. I liked the character Adam Sandler portrayed in this film. Kenny seemed like a happy go lucky type of guy, yet his internal problems were out in the open. He cared about his family deeply and tried his best to provide for them, although his choices weren’t so grand. The Week Of had a strong message on family which is nice to see in today’s world, although the outlandish stuff shouldn’t had been in a so called family film, but this is what we get from Adam Sandler. The Week Of is a poor man’s version of National Lampoon’s Griswold family. I’ll give it three stars out of five.

Tomorrow I’m heading to the movies to finally see The Avengers Infinity War. I’ve escaped most spoilers, so please don’t spoil me guys 🙂

 

How to Improve Your Writing

What was the first thing you did when you woke up and got out of bed this morning? Maybe you took a quick shower. Rinse and repeat. Then you turned on your phone or tablet and checked out the latest posts on facebook, text messages or tweets. Yon probably sat there for about ten to twenty minutes and got hungry, so you filled up a bowl with milk. By the time you take the first bit out of your cereal you had most likely been awake a few hours. You most likely haven’t written anything except a few tweets or posts which I myself count as writing to some extent.  In two hours you could had wrote 2,000 words or more. You could had completed an entire chapter within sixty minutes.

 

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 I average about 100 plus words per minute. I can reach 1,000 words in just ten minutes and so can you. Writers tend to worry about the bulky number of words required.  It’s not that big of a deal. Back when I went to state college, before I dropped out, I took English 1101. This class was pretty much hell on earth. The instructor was cold blooded. The research was intense. So intense a classmate whom served in the United States Navy thought it was absurd, but we had to do it. I don’t remember the exact total number of words my essay on social media reached, but it was a lot.

I hated that class and the ridiculous assignments, but I still completed them and somehow passed. If I could finish an assignment I absolutely did not enjoy I can complete a story I’m desiring to write. And so can you. We’re no longer in the dark ages. Today we have the internet. We have word documents online and a massive search engine. All we have to do is click on a device and get to work. If you fail congrats! Failure is one step closer to success.




Ready Player One

 Stephen Spielberg does it again! His latest action adventure features a group of youths joining forces inside of a massive multiplayer video game to defeat big daddy corporations from ruining what they love. Now I’m not a big fan of Mr. Spielberg’s opinions, but his craft as a director sure does  get me thrilled. The second the film ended I had to play a few video games.

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Originally Ready Player one was a novel written by Earnest Cline. If you checked out one of my latest posts you’ll understand the book didn’t catch my interest, but as I expected the film entertained me. The film had so many flashbacks to other films and video games. The pace of the film was like playing video games. Each scene kept me interested. So many quality plot points. It was a plot driven story to the bone which is why I wasn’t interested by the book. The film version it’s so much better! The message was also perfect.

Today we live within a world of virtual things from social media, chat groups to video games. It’s a fun world to live within, yet we’ve seem to lose focus on our reality.  Kids today get hooked to video games, because it’s a safer place than the real world. It’s easier to speak to someone online with your hip avatar characters. It’s easy to get lost in the madness. After all we’re humans and humans are full of emotions. On the other hand the  commodity between players is  special. Within a few seconds we can plug into the virtual world and have a blast playing games with people we may never see. It’s kinda creepy, yet cool at the same time.

One point in this film I absolutely hated was the instalove between Wade and Samantha. The story seemed to have taken place within a few days, yet the protagonist and his crush fall into love straight way. Samantha tells Wade they’re not truly in love, yet a few scenes later they’re kissing.  They had little to no relationship except in the game and even that was overdone. Do we really need a romantic relationship in every story? No more instalove please!

If you enjoy video games or are a big fan of Spielberg you’ll love this film. I’ll give it 4 stars out of five!

A Kind Stranger

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A crowd gathered around me

Holding sticks and stones

I begged them for forgiveness

But they didn’t listen

The crowd wanted me dead

To get rid  of my sin

Death’s sweet kiss would bit me like a viper

And end my life

But as they prepared to sentence me to death

A man in a dirty clothe approached me

I assumed he desired to cast the first stone

But he only smiled

He told me do not be afraid

then he helped me to stand

And then he looked at the crowd who prepared to take my life

And he told them” Whoever here is not blemished by sin may caste the first stone.”

I closed my eyes expecting them not to listen

Three seconds passed by and nothing happened

Two seconds later they dropped their stones

And scattered

I looked into the kind strangers eyes

And he looked again at me

He then placed his hands on my shoulders

And told me to go and sin no more

And I listened.