12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS//WRITING

I am going to talk about my writing this post, because why not I am out of all other ideas. I honestly have no idea how I am going to do for the next eight posts……..*cringes* 

My writing: 

This year in March, I was hit with an idea for a new book. I would love to say that it has come along good, but I am still a new and wanna be writer who has no order to my life at all. The past nine months have been full of plot developing, character developing, wishing I was writing, actually writing, and lot’s of writer block.  I honestly think I have sat and looked at a blank screen rather then actually writing. 

It is really hard being a writer!! You get these amazing ideas for scenes and then once you’re done, your mind decides to go blank and refuses to work and be creative. It stinks!! I feel bad for my one friend that I rant too all the time about not being able to write any thing. He has been so supportive though. He actually is the one to blame – er – he is the creator, of one scene that is in my book. 

Seeing that there is only eight days left till Christmas, I am going to list eight things I have learned this past “year” about being a writer. 

  1. Surround yourself with fellow writers, especially those who hold the same beliefs as you. I have met so many amazing Christian writers who have helped me so much grow in my writing. Thank you guys!! 
  2. Don’t be afraid of what other think as your writing. Everyone has their different preferences in books, plots, content, and characters.  Write what makes you comfortable and glorifies God! Who cares if that one person didn’t like your book, there will be people out there who love your book. Don’t let one person get you down and discouraged. Even though, no one other than my family has read any of my writing. I still get intimated by my other writer friends publishing book after book and getting so much popularity for their book, it’s makes me fear that no one will like my writing. I then take a step back and remember that this is my first book and that it’s all in God’s hands. He will do what He wants with my writing!! πŸ˜€ 
  3. Get a Pinterest! I LOVE Pinterest. It has helped me so much come up with scenes, characters, and so many other things.  Also having Pinterest, is a great way to find pictures of what you imagine your characters look like. Sometimes, I just surf Pinterest to get inspiration when my brain is done with me. It is very helpful!!
  4. Be open to critiquing. Sometimes other people can see mistakes or plot holes in your book that you can’t. Don’t get angry when someone says maybe you should change this to this instead. Take their advice with a humble heart. However, you still have the FINAL say on what goes in your book.  So if you don’t like the idea that,  that person gave you then ignore it, but it’s all up to you! *shrugs*
  5. Get beta readers. I have not gotten to this part in my writing yet, but I have beta read for multiple people and have seen the impact on a story that your beta readers have. They help with multiple things like grammar errors, miss spelling, and even small mistakes in your story that you eyes have not noticed from the hours of pouring over and editing your story. 
  6. Read, read, and read more! I have not really done anything to improve my writing, yet my grandmas has seen a huge difference in it from when I first started till now. All I have done is read. Reading books helps you in your writing SO much!!!!!!! Just trust me on that one! πŸ˜‰ 
  7. Subscribe to writing advice places like Story Embers (Kingdom Pen; their old website), Go Teen Writers, or any other popular writing advice places. Also don’t be afraid to ask others what their opinions are on certain things, especially your fellow writers!
  8. Guys! (Or girls, if you’re a guy.) Having someone of the opposite gender to go and ask questions to is the greatest thing you could ever do for your writing! Especially if you are like me and don’t have the slightest clue to how the opposite gender works. Sure elvery person is different but if you find someone who is like that guy (or girl) you should be fine. See my problem is if I tried to create a guy from scratch without asking one of my guy friends for help, he would end up so girly it wouldn’t be funny. *whispers* My poor baby!! 

So here are my eight things that I have discovered in writing the last few months. I hope you enjoyed!! 

Abigail

What are some things that you have learned from being a writer? Did you learn anything new from what I have learned?

18 thoughts on “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS//WRITING

  1. AMEN to all of these points! I relate especially to #2: worrying that no one will like my stories. But hey, sometimes you just have to write for yourself sometimes…. πŸ™‚ Great post, Abigail!

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  2. I’m going to save you and not write a 5-page essay debating both sides of your last tip lol. I’ll just stick with the fact that I’m a girly guy (in a sense), and I’m actually pretty popular, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world if that happened. I’d strongly advise against manly girls, however, because that’s very mainstream; it doesn’t help forge a unique identity for your books
    .
    As far as future posts for this Christmas series, it depends what boundaries you’ve set up for them, but they can be tips for making friends (don’t; just an example to invoke thought. There are a thousand ways that could go wrong, and you’re likely to get criticism), home decorating tips for the holidays, cooking tips (whether for the holidays or not), favorite food cultures (like, listing your favorite countries when it comes to food. And we both know Mexican is on the top of the list, right? Not the Americanized version, either, true Mexican food is amazing), or something like that

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    1. Oh, side-note, don’t take my first comment as meaning, “Don’t talk to people of the opposite gender”, that’s still a great idea. For instance, girls see more color than boys do, arguably they have stronger mental capacities, and then boys have larger bodies, are capable of building muscle faster, and have better lung capacity overall. All this to say, it’s still good to talk to people of the other gender. Tbh, doing that so much is probably why I’m more girly, nowadays πŸ˜›

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    2. Lol, I also agree strongly against manly girls because it really is a very main stream topic in YA right now. Also, I didn’t mean to offend you or anything by my last tip. I’m so sorry if I did! I do know that there are “girly” guys out there as you said that you were one of them.

      I’m hope you didn’t take it that I was saying there was not any of you guys out there. My main guy in my current book I’m writing is a male character that is really far from girly so that’s why I included this in my tips because I know that he wouldn’t be the hard, shut off guy that he is unless I ask some guys for their advice. However, I do have other male characters that are more girly in a sense so then I don’t have to ask advice for them.

      Thank you so much! I will definitely have to take some of those topic ideas into consideration especially now that I am what three days behind in post…..whups! Lol, yeah authentic Mexican food is on the top of my list. Like come on who can’t love authentic Mexican?!?

      Also I am always jealous of how fast you guys can build muscle……..grrrrr πŸ˜‚ I knew you weren’t implying not talking to the opposite gender, so don’t worry!!! πŸ˜€

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      1. Oh, lol, you won’t be able to offend me, don’t worry XD
        It is true, asking the opposite gender helps, though
        Ikr??? I mean, MEXICAN XD

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  3. OKAY. So. I loved this.
    There is SO. MUCH. TRUTHNESS. packed into this posttttt!!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Also, your story idea sounds amazing even tho I don’t know what it is about πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚
    And also, should you ever want beta readers (when the time comes and you are ready) can I????? *puppy eyes* I would really love to.
    And like…..YES WRITER COMMUNITY!!!! I love my writer community! Also, I’m a part of Story Embers!! Are you? I haven’t been up on the forum in a while, so they probably all think I hate them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    And yes. I have been called out. I need to be open to criticism. I get waayyyyy too defensive with my book and like get annoyed when someone leaves me a very kind and helpful suggestion But I get moody coz I was sure I got it right THE FIRST TIME (I don’t understand why I am like this πŸ™„πŸ˜‚) And I’m like, “No. I have it right.” But three months later I go back and read the feedback again and I’m like, “Lol yeah you were right I’ll change that.”
    (Why. Am. I. This. Way.)
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    And YES I’m terrified that no one will like my stories!!! But if I lived in fear of that, I’d never know they joy of sharing it!! Thank you for that reminder, Abigail!!! ❀❀❀
    Also, sorry I’ve been so behind on your blog!! 😭😭😭😭 I’ve been a terrible blogger and friend lately. (What is your problem Penny seriously.) But I’m back!!! Thanks for always keeping up with my posts too!! ❀❀❀❀
    This comment was very strange and long. XD

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    1. I think you actually do know my story idea. It’s Dalkeith, the one with the Scottish dudes in it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      You may absolutely positively be a beta reader!! I would LOVE for you to beta read my book, Penny!!! Lol, no I am not on the Story Embers forum, maybe soon but right now I just can’t be in a forum, because like you I would never be on it…….πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I do follow their posts though. They are SO HELPFUL!!!!
      Penny, we all are like that. Even me and I tend to be a more open minded author about my book. There are just those few critiques that make me get really moody because in the back of my mind I know that the person was right but I wish with all my heart that they weren’t…….πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      It’s fine, we all get busy. I am three blog posts behind for the 12 days of Christmas thing so you are fine!!! Lol, I LOVE your long and strange comments. They are the BEST!!! ❀❀❀❀

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      1. Oh YES! I know that one. I just thought you meant you had come up with an even newer story πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        And REALLY??? THANK YOU!!!πŸ˜„πŸ˜„β€β€β€ When the book is ready for beta readers, just like dm me on Instagram and I’ll give ya my email address and such πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ
        And yessssss. I’ve got to be more be more open to criticism. I’m praying I’ll be better at it!! πŸ™πŸ™
        And ha ha thanks!!! I love commenting!!! ❀❀❀❀❀😘

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      2. Oh okay, no I still am working on Dalkieth! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Okay when I need beta readers I will most definitely dm you! I love you commenting! I always love talking to you!! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜„

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  4. Great post! On the side of that you were developing a new book but have problems with writers block, designing the story, etc., I have some advice (well, what’s helped me)!

    Go outside or for walks with music playing. Idk if you like Ambient sort of music (the kind of music I typically recommend in my Quote of the Day posts), but I LOVE it. It helps. I typically use it as a jumpstart for my brain, when I do school, when I’m designing a story or even writing one. Here are a few I love (you can check them out on YouTube and decide if they might help): Eureka by Huma-Huma, Etheros by Au5, What Happens Now? by Hans Zimmer, Sent Here for a Reson (Man of Steel OST) by Hans Zimmer, New Beginnings by The Captive Oceans, Open Sea Morning by Puddle of Infinity, When the Sun Kissed the Earth by Chasing Dreams, Look, the Sky Is Crumbling by Turion, Everdream by Epic Soul Factory/Cesc Vila, and Ether by We Are All Astronauts. Those are a LOT of great tracks. Well, my opinion, anyway.

    I hope that might help you. Good luck!

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