Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

I’ve never really watched Mad Men, but I’ve heard it’s a really good television show. My communications teacher actually showed us this clip in class I was just overcome by how much emotion that came from this small piece of script writing…and I haven’t even seen the show. I felt so much for the character right then…even though I don’t know who he is! If I ever become a professional writer, I will make sure that I keep this small clip in mind. Because the writing of this clip is genius.

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Lately I have been reading:

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Oh. My. Goodnesspants.  This is one awesome book.

Why is it awesome? Well, let’s start with the characters.  There’s some pretty awesome stuff present in the characterization.  George R.R. Martin does a good job of capturing each character so much that I’ve become attached to just about every single character.  My favorite character happens to be Arya, but that’s largely due to the fact that I really like female characters who take part in fighting.  I understand Sansa and feel a bit sad for her, but I still prefer Arya over Sansa.  I also like Jon…possibly out of pity but he seems to be a more down-to-earth character.  I definitely enjoy reading about Jon and Arya’s relationship.   Daenerys is also a character that I look forward to reading more about especially since she’s so young to be who she is.  Maybe not in the fantasy world, but in general.

I don’t know why I haven’t read this sooner.  I wish I had.  There some awesome world building going on accompanied with a detailed history.  Of all the houses.

After some thought I came to a conclusion that I definitely like reading high fantasy more than writing it, but it’s still great to try and create a world of my own.  It’s not easy.

This is also a great book for plot development.  I think that George R.R. Martin does an excellent job of showing the reader the story, not telling.   There’s a bit difference between the two.  I don’t feel like my intelligence is being insulted when I’m reading this book and that is a very, very good thing.

I can’t wait to finish the book and the rest of the series.  Maybe I’ll even write.  Who knows?

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(The girl in the jewel doesn’t look anything like the main character…)

This book by Rae Carson is the second book in a trilogy.  I read the first one last summer after deciding to purchase it from Amazon.  I believe that this is the first set of books that I’ve read with a monarch as the protagonist.  I don’t read much YA fiction anymore (even though I’m technically not too old to read it), but I like the main character because she grew tremendously throughout the story.  I like characters that grow as they experience things because that makes an interesting character.

The first book is called The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Elisa is the main character of both books; the prose is written in first person without POV alternations.  There’s quite a bit of action in both books with enough characterization for the main characters.  It’s a very easy read, but an interesting story nonetheless.  It was a quick, but suspenseful read.

Elisa is a sixteen year old princess who is married off to a foreign king.  She’s also a Bearer, or someone who is chosen by God.  They are marked with a jewel in their navel.  The jewel, or Godstone, possess magic that is used to fight magic (that is used by those whose purpose is to harm).  Naturally, there are people that want to kill her because she posses the stone that harnesses magical abilities.  Whoever bears the stone bears the magic.

How it inspires me: 

Elisa is a character that shows growth.  I love growing characters and I especially love the fact that she struggles with the duties of being a queen as well as a human being. I want my characters to grow and to be as strong as Elisa’s character, but I don’t want them to be perfect and vain.  I happen to have a character that rises to the role of monarch, so I think that Elisa is a good example of a main character who is also in a ruling position.  She makes mistakes.  A lot of them.  Not only that, but she struggles with mundane things such as love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. Everything doesn’t work out for her even when she has power; she’s still a normal person even though she’s not in a a normal position.  Overall, I like the sincerity of the series.  I can’t wait for the third!

I really like the word “quell.” Why? I’m not so sure.  It just sounds powerful.

For example, “She quelled the crowd with only a slight ascension of her hand.  It was a small movement, but the power of her presence was nearly overwhelming to the majority who admired her.”

I came up with that myself.

Definition: 1. To put down forcibly; suppress.  2. To pacify; quiet

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This isn’t a new movie, but I just recently watched it.  I’ve always wanted to see it because I love Thomas Newman’s scores and wanted to watch the story that was worthy enough to have Thomas Newman as its musical story teller.  I didn’t know much about the movie at first, but as I whole I thought that it was a very decent movie.  It was really, really sad and almost left a mark on me, but I’m glad I watched the film.

In short, it’s about a couple who gives up everything to pursue their dreams.  They are a couple who repeatedly falls in and out of love, but one day they just decide to risk everything and go to Paris.  Things don’t go as well as planned, however, and things start to go downhill.

I don’t want to say too much about it, but I was really surprised by how tragic the story was.  I had my opinions before I decided to watch it, but I wasn’t expecting the story to be so real about relationships.  It’s truly a tragedy.  It was a bit strange watching it at first because I kept thinking about Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic and how they’re a completely different couple in Revolutionary Road.  It’s a different story, also a tragedy, but more of a tragedy than a love story.  At the end I felt sad and disorientated for a while.

How it inspired me:

Relationships are in no way perfect.  Even “perfect” couples argue.  There’s a couple in one of my books who are almost the same way as the couple in Revolutionary Road.  They are perfect for each other, but they fight and fight.  They disagree, they yell at each other.  As a youngish person who hasn’t been a relationship yet, the movie helped me to round my characters relationship more fully and realistically.

The score is pretty good too.

Writing is my favorite thing to do because I spend so much time reading and thinking. While I spend most of my time studying, I spend the rest of my time trying to figure out how to organize all the things in my little head which means I write.  A lot.  So I suppose I could call myself a writer even though I don’t write every day (ssshhhhhh!!).  I should, but I’ve been staring at blank word documents all day instead of typing…maybe this blog will help me juice my brain.

I’m currently working on two major projects and several smaller ones.  I was half way through the first one until a great idea happened (and so I decided to scrap the idea and start over).  I’m constantly trying to make sure that what I write is something that I and other people will like (but mostly for my own entertainment because at my writing stage I care more about what I like more than what other people like).  Let’s just say that I haven’t really finished a first draft…

I’m going to change that.