Friday Quote (24)

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

-Sylvia Plath 
~Nightsong

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The Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated by the wonderful Angelica over at The Book Cover Girls !! Thanks so much! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you totally should! She has a great blog!

Rules: 

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their links.

2) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

3) Also inform them about their nomination.

4) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

 

7 Facts About Me:

 

My favorite sport is basketball. I have played the sport since seventh grade, and I loved every minute of it. My usual positions were either shooting guard or point guard.

I used to hate reading. Yep! When I was younger, it would be a battle just to get me to read a few words. But once I started getting the hang of it, I never wanted to stop. My favorite place to be became the library. Now, things really haven’t changed much. Except now I prefer to buy my books so that I can add them to my own personal library.

I love dogs! If I could rescue all the dogs in the world, I would. As of now though, I own two dogs. One is a Yellow Labrador named Cruiser and a mixed breed named Skylar.

My favorite animated movies are the How to Train Your Dragon movies! Because come on, who doesn’t love Toothless?

I have been blogging for one year! I just got the notification the other day. I was actually surprised. It didn’t feel like I had been blogging for so long.

I own thirty or more fish. One of my favorite hobbies is fish keeping, and I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. My largest tank is 100 gallons and has been running for two years. The fish are getting so big!

My favorite flowers are Orchids. They are just so beautiful and I would prefer them any day over roses.

 

Well, that’s seven facts about me!! Thanks for reading:) As for tagging, I tag everyone. So if you are reading this, consider yourself tagged!

~Nightsong

 

 

Creating Fictional Animals

IMG_2168.JPG If, like me, you love to create new creatures for your fantasy land there are a few tips that I have picked up that have really helped me with the creative process.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still love the original and well-known fantasy creatures like the dragon, gryphon, and unicorns, but sometimes I want to add an original flair to my fantasy novels.

1) Use existing creatures for inspiration.

When I think about creating new creatures, I will many times look at animals that exist today.  It is fascinating how many unique animals are around right now.  For instance, take the common hummingbird.  The hummingbirds brilliant throat color is not caused by feather pigmentation.  Instead, it is caused by iridescence arranged in the feathers. Light level, moisture, and angle of viewing influence just how bright and colorful the throat may appear.  And, although the average hummingbird weighs only 3 grams, (less than a nickel) their maximum forward speed is 30 miles per hour (60 MPH) in a dive.  And most amazing of all, a hummingbird’s wings beat between 50 to 200 flaps per second.  Now, I’m not writing this post just to talk about hummingbirds.  NO, I’m just giving you an idea of different attributes of a creature that you can use for your own unique creations.  Think about it, let’s say you want a unique flying creature.  Well, using the hummingbird as inspiration, you could have your winged creature have iridescent feathers.

2) Visualize the creature that you are describing.  Try to sketch it.

Sometimes when creating new creatures, we can get a bit carried away.  We can give our creatures ridiculous characteristics that sound fine when we are writing, but look very humorous and odd once properly visualized.

One way to avoid this is by sketching the creature.  And don’t worry if it’s not perfect.  Nobody will see it but you.  Sketching the creature just gives you an idea of what you want your creature to look like.

3) Decide what type of creature that you want to create.

Is your creature social or solitary?  Are they able to be domesticated?  What is the creature’s temperament?  Does it have special abilities?  If so, what are they?  Did they always have those abilities or did they come after some event?  Where does it live?  What kind of fur does it have?  Is your creature a herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore?  How big is it?

4) Decide on the color of your creature.

When doing this, take the function of your creature into consideration.  Is it an ambush hunter?  If so, you should probably consider giving your creature a color that would blend into its environment.  Consider the lion.  They live on the savannas and like to ambush their prey.  Their tan color gives them the ability to hide in the grass without being spotted by the prey.

Is your creature poisonous?  A poisonous creature can stand out.  In fact, a lot of poisonous animals today (like the Poison Dart Frog) are vibrant in color.  It warns other animals and humans to stay away.

 

So these are just some of the tips and tricks that I use when creating my fantasy creatures.  I plan to be doing a Part Two later.  Till next time.

~Nightsong

I’m Back!

Wow, it has been so long since my last post!!  I’m sorry for the prolonged absence, but I have plans to get my blog back and running:)

Get ready for more quotes, writing advice, book reviews, and book tags!

As a parting note, the book I am currently reading is Heartless.  I have just started it so not sure how I feel about it just yet.  But considering it is written by Marissa Meyer, I am expecting great things:)


Also, I would like to give a big thank you to anyone who has followed my blog!! I can’t believe that I have reached the 100 follower mark! 

~Nightsong

Friday Quote (22)

“There’s a rule of writing: if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is sad, nothing is sad. You want that contrast.”

-J. Michael Straczynski

~Nightsong

Creating a Fantasy World

Hey everyone!  It has been a while, but I am back!  And I have decided to dedicate a blog post to creating fantasy worlds.  So let’s get started.

When creating a brand new world, writers need to employ logic and emotion.  They need to capture the power of the reader’s imagination in a way that allows them to experience the world as if they too were living there alongside the characters.

So what are some ways that we can do this?

Well, to be honest, I have struggled with creating new worlds in the past.  I get carried away and have to backtrack so that everything makes sense.  So let me give you  seven things to do when creating your fictional world.

1) Draw a map.

Seriously this helps.  I used to get all turned around, forgetting where certain towns were located or which direction characters were even headed.  But now that I have started drawing maps, it gives me a much better lay out of the land, and it helps me to picture it in my head better.  Physically mapping the world grounds the land.  Meaning, it gives the writer the sense that their world is real and that it has real boundaries.  I seriously am always looking at my map when I write.

2) Give your fantasy world rules.

Consistency is a crucial aspect of world-building.  This is because the world provides a foundation for the action that is to take place in the story.  So let’s say the world has magic.  What are the rules?  Do magic users need a conduit to use magic, say a wand or a staff?  What are the limits placed on the use of magic?  Are characters born with a magical ability or do they have to spend years unlocking it?  The important thing is to build a foundation that works for your world.

3) Decide who the main intelligent inhabitants of your world are.

Do humans exist in your fantasy world?  If so, are they the only intelligent life?  If not, decide if there will be fairies, elves, dwarves, or even a race of your own creation.

4) Figure out the government system of your world.

Is it a democracy, a monarchy, or a republic?  Or even something else.  Who holds the authority in your world?  Who makes up the ruling class?

5) Decide what you want the world to be like.

What is the relationship between the inhabitants that the story is focusing on and the rest of the world?  Are they part of the dominate culture of the world, or are they the ones being oppressed?  What is their society like compared to the rest of the world?  Are they hated, loved, or considered untrustworthy?  What types of morals does their society uphold? Also, what is the climate of your world?  Is it hot, cold, mild?  Are there seasons?  How long is a year?  And make sure to decide what types of technology that you want present in your world.  Is this world’s technology more or less advanced than our world’s technology?  There are so many more things to consider, but this is a start.

6) Think about the basic infrastructure of the world.

What do they eat?  How do they grow food?  How do the people get around?  How do people survive?  When creating a world, you are constructing an economy.  And in an economy, certain things are expected of people.  Are the peasants the ones producing all the food?  Who is responsible for providing the military with weapons?  Does your fantasy world even have an army/military?  If so, who is allowed to join?

7) Try writing a quick summary of what a day would be like for a random and ordinary inhabitant of your world.

This is a fun exercise to do so that you can get a feel of the lives of the other inhabitants of your world.

 

These are just a few things to consider when building your world!  Hope you enjoy.  Happy world-building.

~Nightsong

The High School Book Tag

Hey everyone!  I’ve been tagged by the awesome Angelica over at The Book Cover Girls! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you should.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you come back.

Are you back?  Good!  Let’s get started.

The Rules:

  • Thank the creators: Namitha and Jasmine.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to, of course)
  • Tag (about) five people.

 

A+ on the test: A book or character that makes you smile?


Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson series, and the Heroes of Olympus series.  He is just so funny and witty.  But he’s also nice, brave, and loyal.  He’s just great.

Also, the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. 


Sports team: A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

I would have to say the Rampion crew from The Lunar Chronicles.  Even though they are not a “real” family, they care about each other.  They also have good dynamic and they would do anything to protect each other.

Class president: A book that tries to make a difference?

For this, I’m going to have to say The Chronicles of Narnia series.  This series was so influential and well-done.  It was written to teach people about the Bible through a whole different perspective.  The symbolism in this series was just incredible.

High school sweetheart: A book character you have a crush on?


Um, Percy Jackson or Peeta from The Hunger Games.  Peeta is just so nice and he never gives up on Katniss, even after he is brainwashed.  He is loyal to the end.

Prom night: A book with a beautiful cover?


Flame in the Mist! I haven’t read the book yet, but I am in love with the cover!

Spring break: A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

I don’t really re-read books so I don’t have an answer for this question.

School lunch: A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles.  Or Percy Jackson.

Halloween party: A book character you would like to be for one day?

I’ll be honest, I don’t know.  Haha!

School bully: A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

The Collector from the new book The Valiant.  This guy is seriously creepy even though he is not even mentioned much.  Or Commander Natasha Jameson from the Legend series.

Graduation: A book with a bittersweet conclusion?


The Legend series has such a bittersweet ending.

*Spoiler Alert*

It’s so sad that Day forgets about June and that they don’t get to see each other until years afterwords.

 

 

I Tag: 

Tiana

Shadow Summit

Akaluv

 

~Nightsong

 

 

 

 

Tips for Avoiding “Telling” When Writing

  1. Name things.

Instead of just saying hat, you should say baseball cap or cowboy hat.  It will give the reader a better picture.

2. Instead of using adjectives that tell, you should use verbs that show.

Instead of old wood, you could say the wood crumbled beneath my fingers.  This shows the reader that the wood is old instead of telling them.

3. Eliminate the word VERY.

Instead of saying it was a very cold evening, say it was a frigid evening.  Better yet: The night was still, empty, as if even the animals knew to hide from the frigid weather that had numbed the world.

So this was just a short post.  There will be a part two later.

~Nightsong