Writing

Creating an effective setting

Hey M’lovelies,

Today I wanted to talk to you about creating effective setting in your writing.

Setting is so incredibly important when it comes writing a story because it can really draw the reader in. However, it has to be done right or it can completely ruin it.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is ‘why is this relevant to my story?’ because a setting should always serve a purpose. For example, a characters bedroom should tell us something about them or where they live should tell us something about their upbringing. Is your character part of a specific culture? Can the setting be used to tell us more about that culture?

If it adds nothing, then it doesn’t need to be there.

Include the 5 senses. Our senses are the most powerful tools and all serve a very important purpose. If we lose one sense, the others heighten which goes to show how key they are to human survival. Using the senses creates a strong visual image in the readers mind and pulls them in.

Use pathetic fallecy to aid the setting. It’s all well and good having a creepy house at the end of the street or a beach, but the weather will help the setting to serve its purpose. A dark stormy night will make a creepy house a lot scarier than a sunny day. But remember, it’s okay to do the unexpected and juxtapose the two as well.

I hope you guys have found this useful and I’m sorry it’s short but I didn’t want to make it a long and boring read. Please let me know any ideas or feedback you have in the comments below.

Writing

Adulting

It takes some getting used to,
This adulting thing.
Or so I hear.

From pocket money,
To hard earned cash.
Don’t worry, you’re saving some for later.
From grotesque canteen … whatever the hell that was,
To your homemade ‘gourmet’ chicken.
two pounds for six in Iceland, half hour in the oven.
From drinking and dancing until dawn,
To ‘goodnight love’.
It’s already 10pm, best be getting to bed.
From sneaking through the back door,
To staring at the clock.
‘I told you to be back by 8!’

From being nagged to do the dishes,
To not having a bloody choice.
Well the dish fairy isn’t going to do them. Is she?
From the excitement of the break bell,
To lunch on the go.
The bench in the nursing home yard.
It takes some getting used to,
This adulting thing.
But don’t worry,
You’ll get there eventually.
Writing

Planning my novel.

Hey m’lovelies,

So today I wanted to talk to you a little about my novel. I’ve briefly mentioned before that I recently started writing my novel again and I’m not going to tell you too much about it because I do plan on eventually sharing it with you guys but I don’t want to keep it totally private either. I thought rather than going into detail about the plot and characters (bar names), I would go through my planning instead because that would allow you guys to see my writing process.

I started by doing a character profile for all four of my main characters which are Angela, David, Katie and Dale because I wanted to make sure that I knew the characters like the back of my hand. I find that when I know my characters well that it is very easy for me to get into the mindset of that character, which means I can make them very realistic. I write down their age, surname, partner, parents and then write a little paragraph about their backstory which would also include their traits.

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Once I had completed the character profiles I decided to do a plot summary page which contained all the major details and I then did a very brief description of each chapter which meant that I had a guideline for each one. It’s good to make sure that you know where you’re going with your story because it is easy to become stuck in the rut of writers’ block but having a plan means you have a rough idea even when your brain is being a dick.

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I will give you guys a very brief description of the novel but I’m not going into detail. It is about a young boy called David who is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and is horrifically bullied as a result. I have decided to tell the story from his girlfriends’ point of view as I wanted to show it from a different perspective than you would usually expect.

When I had finished the brief description of each chapter I decided to do a full-on chapter plan which meant that I listed everything I wanted to include in that chapter to make sure I didn’t miss out any important details when writing it. After that was completed, I decided to do a mood board of one of the central locations in my novel which is Angela’s bedroom and I did this because I write better descriptions when I have a visual image to work from. It was quick and easy to do but it was also a lot of fun and incredibly helpful.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and I’m sorry I couldn’t give much away but I promise you that I will soon. Are you guys working on any cool projects? let me know in the comments below.

Writing

Creating realistic characters.

Hey m’lovelies,

Today’s post is going to be for all you writers out there that want to be able to create realistic characters in your pieces.

Creating characters isn’t easy to begin with and it certainly isn’t easy making them believable to an audience by hopefully this post will give you some pointers.

My first pointer for you guys is to give your characters both good and bad traits or maybe even weird traits. Nobody is all good or all bad in this world and your characters shouldn’t be either, even if they are the protagonist. If your character is one dimensional then they will appear boring to your audience which is something you really don’t want.

This leads me on to my next point which is to base your character loosely of people you know. That doesn’t mean make them exactly the same as the person but just take some of their traits and give them to your character. This will make them seem more realistic as a lot of your readers will identify with them.

I personally find that creating character profiles before you start writing your piece allows you to really get to know your character before you put them on paper. Write down their age, date of birth, physical appearance, relationships with any other characters and any little details about them that you think could be relevant. That will make your characters consistent as you will know them like the back of your hand.

Finally, have fun with them! These are your characters and you can do whatever you like with them. People love those quirky and funny characters.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful! Comment some of your quirky characters below! I’d love to hear all about them.

Writing

With you

The best moments in life, are spent with you.

Your head on my chest,

eyes closed as you rest,

breathing so peacefully.

Your hands around my waist as you pull me close.

Laughing, as I push you away,

Telling you off for that cheeky kiss on the neck.

When I’m curled up in your arms,

your hands running through my hair,

Everything feels like it’s falling into place,

Everything feels right.

Those moments when you look at me and smile,

Out of the blue,

My heart warms and my stomach flutters,

Like butterflies on the lose.

Those are the best moments.

The moments I look forward to.

The moments I cherish.

The moments … I’ll never forget.

Lifestyle · Writing

Why I Started Writing

Hey m’lovelies,

Today I want to tell you guys a little bit about my journey and why I started writing, I realised that I haven’t really shared anything with you about my love for what I do here and I just can’t leave it that way now, can I?

As a child, English was always my favourite subject because of all the books we got to read and the stories we got to write. It allowed me to visit new worlds and create some of my own. I remember reading ‘Kensuke’s kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo in year eight and I couldn’t put it down because I found this strange man so fascinating and I wanted to learn more about him … about his life.  It made me realise that I want to make other people feel the way that book made me feel. I wanted to give people an escape which is exactly what reading became for me because my mental health was a mess at the time but I could temporarily run away from it all with a turn of a page.

A lot of my own personal work is based around experiences in the past that lead to me not being in a great place mentally. While it is difficult for me to write about it, it gets easier once I have done so. Writing a poem or a short story based on what I went through is my way of processing what happened in a healthy way because if I don’t get it out in writing then I won’t at all and bottling up emotions isn’t good for anybody.

Poetry always worked well for me because I found it to be the most expressive way for me spill my feelings onto a page. I could write what I wanted to say but sometimes in a way that only I could understand the true meaning. People would be able to take away what they wanted from the line but only I could really know the purpose of it, which is the way I wanted it to be. I could process what I felt without making myself completely vulnerable to the judgement to anyone may who read it.

Articles allowed me to delve deeper into issues that affected me in a factual way which meant I could learn more about why I felt the way that I did and how I could improve it but it also raised awareness to the issues so that people could spot the signs.

During my second year of college my lecturer Rhodri introduced us to his blog, where he shared his own work and encouraged us to do the same because he believed it was important for us to share our work and get the discipline that comes with a blog, the discipline that all writers need. I went home and set one up that night.

Some of you may have been around for that but as you all know, I recently took that site down and completely rebranded it all together. I did this because I was not being consistent and not exactly professional either because college work and exams got in the way, but now I am on a regular writing and posting schedule.

My aim for this blog is to make people laugh and help guide them in whatever way I can, I’m here to provide entertainment and a safe space for you.

I do have a piece of advice to end this post for all my fellow writers out there and it is don’t be afraid. Tell your stories the way you want to and do not care what other people will think of them because for every person who dislikes them there will be many more that love it and somebody who is going to be helped by them, whether that was your aim or not. However, it is completely okay to keep your work private as well because what you do with what you write is your decision and you don’t have to share a thing if you choose not to.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and it’s told you a little bit more about me.

See you Friday for my next post.

Writing

Voices

I sit there,

back against the wall,

of my only sanctuary.

Then, the voices come,

The ones in my head saying,

‘You are not pretty enough to have friends’,

and ‘you’ll always be alone’.

The voices come.

Ones that belong to the people who ignore me,

laugh at me,

leave me sitting alone .

I tell myself,

it is all in my head,

but it is no use.

The voices come.

They always consume me,

I will never get what I crave.

So, I could end it all now.

No goodbyes or voices for me.

I hope that one day,

the voices will let me be.

by Paige Bowen