Friday, March 18, 2016

Writing Tips: A few things I've learned along the way

Hello, everyone! It's Saturday and by now you should all know what that means. Another longer blog! Today, I'm going to give a few random tips that I've learned or acquired in my writing journey thus far. These tips have helped me to overcome writer's block, pick up where I had abruptly left a story hanging, and correct grammatical and linguistic errors.

Tip One: If you're stuck in your story and can't remember what was going on, read what you have already. This is one that has helped me regain my bearings in a story where I'd lost focus or wasn't sure where to go to bridge the gap. It also helped me remember where some stories were headed, even after I'd let them sit for years.

Tip Two: Keep a ring of index cards handy. Write down names of main characters along with a description of their general attitude and looks too. I find that having this nearby helps when you've put down a story for awhile, also having index cards allows you to quickly write down where you were going with a story if for some reason you need to stop abruptly to go do something important.

Tip Three: When you feel as if your stuck on a scene, but have an idea for a different scene to come in a different chapter, write that one instead. I know it sounds strange to jump ahead only to come back, but hear me out, it can help you bridge the gap and you're not giving up on your story you're only writing a different part. This helps me with that dreaded thing called Writer's Block. I take an idea that I have in my head for a scene later on and write a few pages or a chapter then return to where I get stuck and let the creative juices flow.

Tip Four: Don't Stress about not being able to write. I have days where all I want to do is write, but then other days my mind has misfired and I can't think enough to even write a proper sentence. I'm not saying don't write on those days. I'm saying to read your story again and edit it down on days you can't get that creative switch to stay on.

Tip Five: Don't let the story die! If you have a story going and have a social event or get Writer's Block take a notebook everywhere you go. I have an app on my phone that I use to access documents and write too, and I never go anywhere without my iPhone. If I can't write or don't have access to Internet, Data, or a notebook and I zone out I'm usually thinking about my story. I'm Thinking: Where has my main character come from? Where is she/he going? What has to happen between where he/she is now to where they are going?

Tip Six: Sometimes making an "outline" doesn't hurt. I know, I know, but you don't outline. Actually, I don't, but the way I write isn't the only way to write. Sometimes, I start writing after dinner, get super involved and drawn into the story only to look at the clock and it's 4 a.m. which is why my eyes won't stay open. That's when I outline. I quickly write down what I want to happen next as bullet points to help me stay on track later or remember what I was aiming for when I wake up in six to eight hours.

Tip Seven: If (I should say when) you're editing, have a program read it aloud to you. On a windows computer there is a Narrator program, on the iPhone there's a text to speech in the settings, and on Mac, there is also a Narrator (or so I've read, I've never personally used/had a Mac though I'd love one). Having your story read to you helps with grammatic errors and also pinpoints when a sentence doesn't flow properly.

A little about life: I'm thinking about making a WattPad app for my some of my stories. Let me know what you think. That's all for today. I hope these tips will help you on your writing journey. I'll link my social media below and As always, go be awesome (because you are ;) )

-Jennifer

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Character Introduction: Lucifer Angelic

**Disclaimer** the introduction is done in a question and answer style with a short biography at the end and a quote from the character that appears in one of the books. The question and answer portion is done from the characters perspective.

Name: Lucifer Angelic
Alias: No comment
Nicknames: Lou, Luce, Satan, Angel of Light.
Race: Angel (the fallen type)
Job: Owner of the Rotting Corpse Bar and Dance Club, Founder of the Preternatural and Mythical Creatures Agency.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Dark Red Brown
Skin Tone: Pale
Scars and Tattoos: Scars are funny things, they can be on the mind or the body.
Siblings: There is a group of our race that call each other "siblings"
Parents: The Maker created me from nothing, so I have no parents.
Significant Other: Lilian Angelica
Children: I have adopted six adopted children and have two biological daughters.
Best Fried: Beelzebub
Worst Enemy: Those that decide to kill and abide outside the law
Favorite Pastime: Watching over my brother, Ashton's children.
Pet Peeve: When Agents accuse my brother of things he never did.
Powers; There are far too many to name.

Lucifer is as mysterious as his origins themselves. He is best known as the devil himself and no one crosses him without paying a price. He is a diplomat and has worked for years to get the American Government and the world in general to accept the preternatural community. He succeeds and formed the Preternatural and Mythical Creatures Agency a branch of the government that deals with the preternatural. They have their own judicial system and punishments for crimes. He has a charismatic personality and a carefree lifestyle until you cross him and the law.

Quotes:
"I have many names, among them are Mephistopheles, Greatest Demon on earth, Ruler of Hell and everything that is to be in it, but my personal favorite is Lucifer, fallen angel of Light."-From Book Six.