The Quite Place

Yesterday I planned to see Avengers Infinity War, but couldn’t, because it was sold out. Luckily there was a sliver lining. The Quite Place was about to start. I heard good things about it from family and friends so we bought our tickets and ventured into the dimly lit theater for this joyride.

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The Quite Place is like a dystopian, apocalypse, horror,  thriller following the life of a family from the Midwest. They’re survivors of an alien invasion. They must remain as quite as possible or else the aliens get triggered and hunt them down to eat them or split their insides out. The family live on the outskirts of a ghost town on a quaint little farm. The farm is set up for survival with trails of sand to walk across to make zero noise or lights to click on when danger is lurking about. The film started about 90 days after the attack, so we don’t really ever learn where the aliens originated from or how they got here. There was newspaper articles covering the basement walls of the families home reporting these events, so I guess I can pause and check out that information when the movie comes on Netflix or whatever.

The wife and mother( Emily Blount) is pregnant, so there is a problem. They had three children when the movie starts out, but from bad parenting and dumb mistakes their youngest child gets himself killed. Oops!

 

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The family speak to each other by sign language. A cool nugget is the actress who played their oldest child Ragan( Millicent Simmonds) is actually  deaf in real life. Ragan blamed herself for her brothers death and the dad( Jared Krasinski) avoids her being put into difficult circumstances. The big problems start out when the mother’s water broke. As she’s walking down the steps of the basement she accidentally steps on a nail and cried out. Here come the aliens! A majority of the film the family is figuring out how to survive this terrible night, but do figure out how to stop these creatures during the climax.

Overall The Quite Place was a solid thriller. This movie was so quite, but full of suspense. The tension, conflict and stakes were none stop and drove the story forward without having to deal with much backstory. It does a good job of escaping those unanswered questions.  Based on reviews of this film it has done a good job of keeping the viewers engrossed in the story. The Quite Place was a true horror film, but had a deep message  of family and how far a father and mother will go to keep their family safe from danger.  The setting for this film was amazing.
I like these type of films, because they’re thrilling, yet also a bit humorous. There is scenes were you sit there and are like” Ok, that didn’t make much sense.” but it doesn’t ruin the film. It’s meant to draw the audience together and leave us with a cliff hanger. Well done. I’m unsure if this was on purpose or not, but this movie seemed to draw inspiration from Christian theme’s. As the brother and sister are struggling to survive the son fully believed their father would come to their rescue and he makes the ultimate sacrifice to keep them alive. Nicely done.

 

My grading for The Quite Place is 4 stars out of five.

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Point of View

 

My last two attempts at creating a blog post today were down right travesties, so I decided to create  a video instead. This is a little clip into my opinion on point of view. I did pretty well with this video. I’m getting the hang on creating content for YouTube. Plus Lauren Rihimaki followed me on Instagram and her channel is pretty well known, so I must be making someone’s day. Enjoy and comment below what POV you enjoy writing from. Thanks for the support guys. Have a fantastic day!

New Writing Inspirations

Good news. Writers block is over. Procrastination hit me hard, but I’m getting back into the swing of things. Instead of forcing myself to write I took a few days off and relaxed. It’s so weird, but I can literally feel my brain calming down. As I took a minor break I realized some issues with my writing. Issue’s I won’t forget.

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Less binge- reading.

I’ve been reading too much. I’m a total binge reader. I pile a stack a books around the house each month and try my best to read a majority of these books, but I’ve decided to change this tactic. From now on I’m going to keep my attention on certain books. If I started reading this book toward the end of the last month or the first week of the present month I’ll try to complete this book by the end of this month, but if I haven’t finished reading it by the first of May, June, July I’ll screw it and move on to another book. Wow. That was a lot to say in one sentence, but back to the point. I’ve been reading way too many articles, novels, short stories etc. It’s a lot of fun, but time consuming. The last few days I’ve read bits of Joyland by Stephen King. My mind is focused on a single book not hundreds. If i can read the entire Harry Potter series in two weeks surely I can read any other novel in lesser time if I have my thoughts wrapped around a single book. If I can’t read it in a month then I won’t read the book. It probably wasn’t for me.

2. Genre

I pretty much understand the basic’s of genre. Instead of reading from books which genre and theme’s have nothing to do with the WIP I’m working on I’ll skip those books and scroll through novels similar to my own work.  If I’m writing a mystery, horror with a hint of coming of age a dystopian romance won’t be beneficial.

3. Hitting the Reset Button

The same tactic will be applied to my next goal. I have many word documents. Some I haven’t checked on in centuries figuratively speaking. Out of my bundle of joys I haven’t completed a single first draft.  My plans are to get an idea for a story, keep my attention on a single idea and craft it until it is complete or if I can’t complete the first draft out of three months I’ll nip that doc in the bund, because the chances of the idea ever blossoming into a flower are null. Writers are always worried about losing their docs or are afraid to let the past go.  As Stephen king once said,” Kill your darlings.” Words are words. They’re replaceable. Perhaps those stories aren’t  meant to be written yet.

4. Discovery Myself

I’m a discovery writer. No disrespect to my outlining friends, but that road isn’t for me. I start with a character, put him on a journey and see how it goes. Outlining is helpful and necessary to some extent, but it usually leaves me complexed. When I read the term” put flesh on the skeleton by.” I run and hide. In modern times stories are about how it happens. We have to entertain and fulfill our promises. The short stories I upload on WordPress are normally written in a single day. A week at the longest. I don’t get worried to upload those stories. I’m excited to get them out here and see how much you  guys enjoy them. When I try to write a novel and outline I tense up and feel like what the heck am I doing. I’ll apply my short story tactics to the big boys.

6. Enjoying your muse.

Authors like Stephen King are said to be writing genius. I think if you told Stephen King he’s a genius he’d probably laugh at you. I believe it has less to do with intelligence and more to do with creativity. As I read through Joyland and other books by Mr. King I see his love on the pages. He was enjoying every second he wrote those books even those terrible days when procrastination hits like a brick wall. Stephen King isn’t Superman. He’s figured out a way that works for him and enjoys every second of it. Joy is something writers must find.  Joy overcomes all the pain. Joy doesn’t last, but when in joy allow yourself to write and enjoy the process.

7. Don’t Write

Lebron James is the greatest basketball player today, but does he play basketball every single day? Emma Watson is a brilliant actress, but does she act every day? Monsters and Men are a wonderful band, but do they preform music every day? No! If those people or groups don’t do their thing every day why are writers expected to write every single day? We’re not slaves to our passion. We do this, because it brings us joy, but I’m not going to write everyday. Maybe sometimes when I feel really joyful, but that isn’t every day and that is ok.

So those are my latest inspirations. Maybe they’ll help you out or not. Thank you for reading!

 

Stubbornness is a Positive Trait for Writers

The title of this post is vastly long, but the information is true. Writers are stubborn or at least the best ones are. Family has been visiting since last week. We’ve gone out to eat, shopped, visited the grandparents etc. Time with family is good, yet it also leads to conflict with writing. With everyone roaming about I haven’t had much time to sit down and read or write. Yesterday I got an opportunity to chill and read. I started reading from a Stephen King novel called Joyland and it’s fantastic!

 

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In the evening a wrote a paragraph. The paragraph was short and no where near complete, but boy did it feel good to  write.

Time with my family, friends, and  energetic canines is good, but to be a writer and a darn good one at that I must be stubborn. I must say the word no and not care whom gets offended. I can’t think about writing if I’m not writing. Many writers live lonely life’s, but that is ok. I’m not the type of person who needs a bunch of people around me to have a good time. Just reading from a good book brings me joy. Some people go to a mall or an amusement park to have fun. I enjoy going to those type of places, but it takes me away from what I enjoy doing most of all… Writing!

I hope I don’t offend family too much with this post if they ever read this posts, but it needed to be said. I also needed to put my mind and fingers to work.  I tried to write Sunday evening, but the events of the weekend left me dazed and confused. It reminded me of a math class I took in college. What a nightmare!

To fellow writers…. Just write. Don’t worry about those nay sayers. They don’t understand what we go through. They don’t understand how we feel and that is ok. We most likely don’t understand them. Humans are a strange creature. If you desire to write, but others get in the way calmly tell them” Excuse me, but I really need to go do some writing now. TTYL.” Those who truly love you will understand and cheer you on.

 

The Graveyard

Most humans fear graveyards

They fear the day when they’re stuck six feet under

Buried underneath a pile of dirt

Never to breathe again

 

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I’m not afraid of graveyards

I know it sounds silly

But it’s true

They bring me solace

 

Graveyards are full of stories

Stories that were never told

Stories we’re left to imagine

To hope went well

We hardly knew these people

They could had been our neighbors

But we never spoke to them

We only got to know them when they died.

So many souls

So much life

So much loss

If only we’d paid attention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#QuoteofToday-To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

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I like to share quotes from novels, movies, or whatever else on my Instagram page.  It’s fun to create art on Canva. I’ve been trying to do these #QuoteoftheDay posts each day. Today’s quote comes  from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. A lot of inspiring quotes from this classic. If you enjoy this post follow my Instagram account. Search for GarnetNGold22 and you’ll surely find my account.  Have a great day!

Genre

Genre is a simple, yet  difficult egg to crack. A majority of new writers jump straight into writing their premise before actually knowing what their story is about. Don’t fret. If you understand genre, you will know what to do.

Genre is what category a story fits into. If the story takes place in outerspace and deals with advanced technology it’s science fiction. If the story is about vampires or werewolves it’s fantasy, but the genre of these type of stories are more than one thing.

Genre’s get mixed and mashed. A writer can take a few big genres like scifi or fantasy and mesh them together with other big genres plus sub genres. It’s all about that genre. Lets take a look at the genre of something popular like Star Wars. The force is strong in this genre.

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Star Wars is science fantasy. The people of this massive universe have spaceships and fight with light sabers, but those are science based not fantasy based. This is where the force comes into play.  The force is like this out of body experience that gives regular people incredible strength. We don’t have the force in reality. Fantasy is based off magic which isn’t possible( OR IS IT!), so George Lucas took two separate, awesome genres and blended them together to create Star Wars. Thank you George Lucas.

Now scifi and fantasy are two big blocks of the Star Wars universe, but there are other genres within the realm. There was romance between Han Solo and Princess Liea or family issues between Darth Vadar and Luke Skywalker. To put this shortly, stories are based entirely off of genres.

If or when you decide or decided to write a story you had to figure out the genre. The  genre is the stepping stone toward success. The old motto is read and you will write. This is excellent advice. To learn how to write you must read, but don’t read every book, thinking it will lead you to creating a book without understanding the genre.

It’s great to learn as much as you can about writing, but if you desire to write a steamy romance with hints of horror reading a bunch of fantasy dystopian novels probably won’t help. In my opinion, read a few books and discover which genre you either enjoy to read or better yet enjoy writing. Likewise to basketball we each have our own sweet spot aka an area of the court we know best.  If you like supernatural, fantasy romance create a story based on this genre. Why waste time creating a story you don’t care about? Let someone else write that.

Thank you for reading today’s post. I have relatives visiting, so I don’t have as much time to write at the moment. I did get to study genre somewhat yesterday and had to write a post about it. Writing is easier when you know what you’re doing. I’m happy to help everyone out cause writers stick together!

 

The Pros and Cons of Camp Nanowrimo

Camp Nanowrimo is a worldwide event online. Writers either work solo or within a group on a story and have deadlines to follow such as word count goals. Camp Nanowrimo is an excellent experience for writers, but is it also harmful to a writers progression?

 

I’ve taken part in Camp Nano since the fall of 2015.  It’s  connected me with hundreds of wonderful writers through social media groups on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It’s gotten me out of shell and brought so much friendship. The information I’ve learned is great, but one thing camp Nano failed at, with me at least, is getting me to write.

The idea of writing 50,000 words in a single month is terrifying, unless you know what you’re doing. I, like so many others, jumped into Camp Nano, expecting to write 50,000 words, because that was the goal. Surely everyone must be able to write such a long, vast amount of words in a single month. Camp Nano is urging us to do this. I can do this. I have to do this!

 

I don’t mean to sit here and bash Camp Nanowrimo. Again I must mention the benefits of Camp Nanowrimo. It draws writers from across the globe together. We cheer each other on and cry over each others shoulder. We lift each other up and tread on. Camp Nanowrimo is a wonderful experience, but don’t go into camp Nano expecting everything to go exactly as planned. We’re writers, but most importantly we’re humans.

We’re going to screw up time and time again. If you don’t feel confident enough to reach those goals, don’t worry. The best of the best writers can write or type out 50,000 words in a couple days, because they’ve worked hard to get there. We can’t write 50,000 words if we don’t know what we’re doing. Don’t allow someone else’s success to harm your craft.  Keep writing, listen to your friends and mentors, and hone in on your skills. Someday you will reach that goal no matter how many words you’re striving for. The rule might be 50,000 words plus, but writers use tools not rules to succeed. Anyone can tell you how to write a story, but to write an actual novel, short story, flash fiction or whatever your heart desire’s is entirely up to you!

Last night, while watching the NBA playoffs, an idea exploded in my head. I grabbed my Ipad Mini, tapped the Google Doc icon, and went to work. About 40 minutes later I completed the first chapter and wrote over 1,000 words. Ba-boom! Will I write another 49,000 words before May 1st? Maybe, but most likely not. The important part is I’ve got a brand new work in progress.  Whether I complete this bad boy in 40 days, 100 days, or even 1,000 days I’ve got something to work with. That is the magic of storytelling.

The Story Pitch

Good morning WordPress. I recently picked up a couple writing prep books on kindle by an author named Scott King. I swept through each book and am left speechless. Guys. The advice from Scott King’s books was amazing. It will help my writing a lot, so I wanted to fill you guys in on what is called a story pitch.

 

Blurbs are used to entice readers to purchase a book. In its infant stage, a blurb starts out as a story pitch. Story pitches are like shortcuts into how a story is made. Mr. King’s story pitch starts out with four elements: Character, want, conflict, and stakes.  Lets begin with character and want. We have a wise character named George who is thirsty and wants a glass of water. Moments  before the scene started he’s handed a glass of water. How ironic! Let’s  start the sentence like this.

 

George sipped at his glass of water. Boom! Story over. That’s all folks—-NOT!

If you wrote George sipped at his glass of water you’d have a character and a want, committing an action, but this isn’t a story. No one wants to read a story about George drinking H20. Too simple and nothing is challenging George. George is a big boy. He can handle some tension.  A story can’t be without conflict and stakes. Conflict and stakes  drive a story forward. Next lets  add in conflict by saying this.

George sipped at his water, but spit it out.

Now we have a character, a want, plus conflict. George spit out the water, but why? I’ll explain in a moment, but what we’re still missing are stakes. Stakes make our heart beat faster. Will the dog rescue his owners before the crooks toss them over board? Will the heart surgeon face his fear and save his son’s life? Lets add some  stakes into George’s world.

George sipped at his water, but spit it out. He spilled the liquid to the floor. The floor evaporated and sent a chill down George’s spine.

 

George nearly drank poison. If he had drank the poison,  he would had died! Being a smart cookie George realized  his mistake and spit out the poison before it killed him. My three, basic sentences consisted of a character, a want, conflict, and stakes. It’s that simple, but there are other things to add into developing a story like genre, theme etc. If you plan a story, starting with a story pitch, things will be interesting and go smoothly.

Hope you guys get the point and get to check out Scott King’s books. A lot of good information. Write on guys!

Instinct

It’s 5AM, yet I’m wide awake. I have no clue why I woke up this early. Maybe it’s from the juice I drank before dinner, the start of the NBA playoffs, or the hype from FSU’s spring football game got me turnt. I’ve already binge watched a couple episodes of the new Lost in Space series(SO GOOD!),  read books off Kindle, yet am still awake, so why not use this moment to write. I’ve wanted to wake up earlier to write, so maybe this is the beginning of something new.

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Last week I was wasted and I don’t mean by alcohol. I don’t drink that rubbish. What I’m referring to is the moment when you’re so invested in something your brain literally shuts down and tells you to chill. I can’t speak for everyone, but I think this is a normal occurrence especially for writers.

It amazes me how much information the human brain can muster before we turn the internal computer down. There is so much to learn. So much information to help us improve. For some reason, society instills in us a fear to learn like it’s not cool or something. Some teachers enjoy striking fear into their students which I’ve always found as strange and morbid.

God gives us talent. We’re born with these skills, yet it’s society and our internal problems that plague us from success. We think we can’t do something, because some moment wounded us. It holds us all back and the only way to overcome it is by fighting back.

I learned how to swim when I was around seven or eight years old. Probably older then that, but this inciting moment revealed to me how learning is important. I wore those water wing things. I wanted to be able to swim without them, yet I was afraid of drowning,  because I almost did drown to death the year prior. One afternoon, while my mom was getting my rings ready, I stood on the ladder and leaped in. I swam around the pool for a minute or two without realizing I wasn’t wearing those stupid water wings, but as soon as mom told me I wasn’t wearing them I climbed out of the pool. I should of allowed my instincts to overcome the fear.

 

I love storytelling. It brings me a ton of passion and drive. My desire had been to write novels and publish them, but I didn’t have the rules aka the guidelines down. Fear kept telling me I couldn’t do this, because I didn’t understand. Well one day I took a deep breathe and realized I needed to do some digging to get better. I’ve been digging a while now and boy was it rough. I’m at a point now I’m no longer fearful and anxious to write more and more. Look at me now, giving out advice on how to write!

Never allow fear to hold you back. Do what you want to do unless it’s robbing a bank or something sinister. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You’ve got some desire waiting to be explored. Plant the seed and watch it grow. Before long you won’t be afraid. You’ll do it on instinct.

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