Hi everyone! I'm so glad you stopped by to visit Ink in the Book! And I am thrilled to be part of the
A to Z Blog Challenge!
It's a huge, gigantic list of participants, so I have added the linky list to the right sidebar, over there --->>> for you to click that will bring you to the post. If I posted the linky every day, well I guess you can figure out why I'm only posting once...
Yes, this is my first year and I am so excited I remember seeing it around last year and thinking "What is this?" I read a ton of posts and and realized I had missed a great thing! I'm happy to be here, and I'm even happier to meet you!!
I'm a writer and a teacher, so my theme this month will be....learning the art of writing! Or something like that:) Actually, I've planned a series of blog post on a variety of ideas, inspirations and learning. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing these.
For my letter A, I have chosen the word
How do you inspire yourself? When you run into a brick wall, what is the
best way to see light again? I don't recommend busting through it.
That might hurt! But you can climb over it, or possibly dig under it. You can AWAKEN your creativity through ordinary
New writers, as well as established authors, occasionally walk around in
the dark, needing some creative light to spark their pen! That is not
always easy. What can you do to motivate your thought process? How do you AWAKEN the inspiration already there, when the only thing that stops your learning process is a blank canvas you want to desperately to fill with beautiful colors?
For starters, take a look around you. What do you see?
Your inspiration could be right in front of you~
Look for fascinating colors, intriguing art, peaceful lakes, or rustling
streams. Your sight has the power of innovation through seeds of
What scares you? Heights? Then take a look at
tall buildings, or climb a mountain for views of height.
and look at the objects and artifacts on display. One small
arrangement of jewelry, statutes, utensils, or tools might AWAKEN your
imagination enough to pull you over that wall.
And, while we are discussing the word AWAKEN, let's take a look at Pixar's Blog Challenge #6, getting your character into deeper circumstances, out of his comfort zone, and pushing him to AWAKEN those choices he needs to make.
As you plan your novel, or while you are revising, keep this thought in the forefront of your mind. A character with no conflict to work through may be a boring character. Why are you writing him into your story? Is it because you came up with an awesome name and wanted to write that name over and over because you liked the way it sounded, or the way it looked on paper? If so, well, my advice would be to start over. You must AWAKEN the conflict, the motivations, the desire to overcome dire circumstances.
A page tuning story is one that brings the MC to the brink of disaster right when you think things couldn't get any worse. The conflict doesn't have to be action. It can be emotions, passion, decisions, or any such thing. Yet, if you don't AWAKEN the character and his turmoil, you may loose the reader.
Thanks for visiting today. You know, I think you're all beautiful guys and dolls, right?