Victor Hugo (via wordsnquotes)
I write to not be alone. Sounds kinda stupid, but when I write I transport to another world and just watch the characters. I feel like I am part of something even though my voice and my entire being is practically non existent. I’m an invisible ghost in their world writing down what they say and do, and even think. When I’m with them and hear their thoughts I don’t feel alone.
Unlike in reality. I have a best friend, but I can’t always tell her things. It’s stuff she can’t fix and doesn’t need to be weighed down by. I have other friends too, but telling them personal things is hard because I know they won’t fully understand where I come from. And then there’s my family. Telling them anything is a big fat joke.
For me there is also God, but God usually never talks back. That’s ok.
Anyways, back to the point, when I first discovered writing stories I had just pulled myself away from the edge. I was suicidal for most of my teen years and writing was the only thing that helped me through that. I simply sis not want to exist. Writing allowed me to not exist in the story, but at the same time create. Living in that paradox is paradise to me.
However, in my experience, the writer’s life is so lonely. You either go out of your way to alienate yourself or people alienate you because they just don’t get why you strive and give up opportunities just to write. Then they say you live in your own little world and because of that no one can relate to you anymore except for those rare few. Even then those rare few only understand either parts of yourself or just the surface. Everything under the iceberg is just for you to deal with.
I’ve come to accept all that. Even if I’m a great writer or a shitty one I can never stop writing stories. I’m only truly happy when I can dish out a scene (without any blocks) and be a part of whatever world I’m in. And if that story touches someone else in a deep or light way then that also brings me joy because then I feel like I am connected to that person and I feel less alone than before.
So, if you like, share why you like to write. How did writing come about for you?
I’m just curious about how many of us are actually on this site. It doesn’t matter what you write, if you see yourself as a writer please reblog.
I’m a shitty writer, but a writer nonetheless.
Totally. I am a writer.
Yeah I write things…
Keep writing every day. That novel isn’t going to write itself.
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I didn’t have much of an understanding of character voice two years ago. I’m an English graduate, and none of my professors in college really talked about it. I think I remember learning the definition in high school and reading it briefly in a few writing tips.
In truth, I’ve probably heard the fact that “voice is one of the biggest draws for getting an agent or editor” more than I’ve actually heard tips on writing voice. Since then, I’ve gotten to the heart of what voice is. Or so I think. You’ll have to judge for yourself. Here’s what I found for anyone who might be struggling like I once was, or anyone who wants to learn more. The stuff in this post is what helped me bring that elusive voice into focus.
First, by definition, "voice" can refer to the writer’s style, the narrator’s style, or, your characters’ persona, thoughts, speech patterns, and word choice.
Sometimes when people think of character voice, they think of first-person narration, but really, all characters have a voice of their own, even if they aren’t telling the story. To illustrate, here are three lines from Harry, Ron, and Hermione:
- "Don’t go picking a row with Malfoy, don’t forget, he’s a prefect now, he could make life difficult for you…"
- "Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender?"
- "I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me."
If you’ve read the books, I bet you can tell who said what.
Voice is made up of two things: What the character talks (or sometimes thinks) about, and how she says it. In other words:What the Character Talks about + How She Says it = Voice
Hermione believes in following rules and frequently tells Ron and Harry to do likewise. She’s also very logical and intelligent. In the first line above, she chooses to warn Harry, and then explains, logically, why he should heed her warning. Ron usually says those comical one-liners, and his language is usually a little coarser than the other two, so his quote is the second one. Because Harry is frequently accused of things, he often has to defend himself, “I don’t go looking for trouble.”
What Your Character Talks About
So, What does your character choose to talk about? What does he not talk about?
Make sure you check the meaning of the words by clicking on them before you use them!
To help your characters grow, put them through things that challenge their beliefs, viewpoints, emotions, and physicality. This isn’t to say that their beliefs have to change, but it forces them to think things through and make a decision.
famous writers believe in you #4
I Promise I’m Not a Murderer: The Story of a Researching Writer
now with a sequel:
I Swear I’m Not Pregnant, I’m Just Naming Characters
Don’t forget: I’m not Trying to Break Into This Building, I Just Need to Know the Layout of it
And the ever appealling: I’m Not Planning on Killing Myself, I Just Need to Know How a Character Could Commit Suicide Whilst Making it Look Like a Murder
I’m Not a Terrorist, I Just Need to Know How a Criminal Mastermind Would Properly Construct a Bomb
And my personal favourite
I Swear I’m Not Sick I Just Like Making Characters Suffer By Giving Them Deadly Diseases
And then of course there is: I’m Not an Arsonist I Just Need to Know How to Blow Up a Government Building so That my Villain Can Capture the President.
This is a great, unique little tool I found by browsing for writing resources. It’s name speaks for itself: it’s a synonym finder.
The site is clean cut, has soothing colors, and to-the point results for any word you look up.
For example, when I look up the word “romance,” I get this:
Synonyms: romance, romanticism
Definition: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
Definition: an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Usage: the quality of mercy is not strained—Shakespeare”
I had no idea what a “hypernym” is. Apparently it’s a word with a more general meaning that a more specific word fall under. Like, color is a hypernym for green.
On the right corner there’s a button to make graphs! So you can trace each synonym from it’s root word, and see how far the other synonyms connect in comparison to others.
I really like it, so I’m going to definitely bookmark it on my writing tools list.
HEY WRITER FRIENDS
there’s this amazing site called realtimeboard which is like a whiteboard where you can plan and draw webs and family trees and timelines and all that sort of stuff. you can also insert videos, documents, photos, and lots of other things. you can put notes and post-its and, best of all, you can invite other people to be on the board with you and edit together!!
this is really really awesome and a great tool for novel planning, so if you’re doing nanowrimo…. this could be good for you!!