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How I stay motivated to write.

This is a topic that I’ve given a lot of thought. How do I stay motivated to write? For me, that’s an easy question, I’m not always motivated to write but I have to. When I realized that I had to write in order to finish writing a novel (who could’ve guessed it) I realized I couldn’t wait until I was motivated.

I try  to write everyday, at least a paragraph. Writing is time consuming and some days you’re too busy or you don’t feel well, but writing at least a paragraph was better than not writing at all. I can’t stay focused on one writing project for too long so I try to write my novel for two days, and then give myself a break by only writing a blog or a poem. This helped me stay motivated, because I wasn’t writing the same thing constantly. I can’t tell you how to stay motivated because what I do may not work for you, but writing anything is better than writing nothing.

 

Why Harper Lee is my favorite author.

Harper Lee is known for her novel To Kill A Mockingbird, it was published in 1960 and in 1961 it won the Pulitzer prize. This was the only book she had had published for quite sometime, until 2015 when Go Set A Watchman was published.

I was in a high school English class the first time I had heard of Harper Lee, I thought To Kill A Mockingbird would be another boring ‘English class’ type book. I was wrong, I loved that book from the first chapter to the last, I bought the book a read it again at home.

I couldn’t help but think about how much guts in took her to write a novel having to do with racism and inequality at a time when these things were  at a major peak. I quickly realized that it wasn’t a novel about a mockingbird, it had a much deeper meaning. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. When I was older and I read Go Set A Watchman in had a very similar affect on me. Though most books leave some kind of affect on their readers, no author had managed to touch my mind in the same way Harper Lee had.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing.

As with my last post I have been doing some research on publishers and here’s another incomplete list of the pros and cons and traditional publishing. This isn’t a complete list and this may not apply for every publisher, this is just what I’ve found while researching for personal purposes.

PROS OF TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING

  1. Print distribution is easier than if you self-publish.
  2. A sense of validation.
  3. Editors are typically provided by the publisher.
  4. You don’t have to pay for it as you often do with self-publishing.
  5. In a way it gives you a better chance at making it big and becoming a well known author.

CONS OF TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING

  1. Slower publishing process.
  2. You don’t usually have complete control.
  3. There’s typically a lower royalty rate.
  4. As with self-publishing, marketing can be tough.
  5. You don’t have to pay for it, but they don’t have to publish your work.

Pros & Cons of self-publishing.

This is based solely on research that I have done, because I am attempting to get my novel published so I’ve done a fair amount of research on this so here are pros and cons, that I’ve noticed, about self-publishing. I have self-published a children’s book on Amazon. These can be different depending on who or what you use to self-publish.

PROS OF SELF-PUBLISHING

  1. It’s easy and anyone can do it.
  2. You’re in complete control, every decision is up to you.
  3. Typically, you choose the price your book sales for.
  4. Usually, there’s better royalty rates than with traditional publishers.
  5. It’s easier to make changes than it would be if you went the traditional route.
  6. The publication wait is much shorter.

CONS OF SELF-PUBLISHING

  1. Anyone can do it, so you aren’t taken as seriously as someone who went the traditional route.
  2. It takes time and lots of it. Almost on a daily basis.
  3. Marketing.
  4. You don’t receive free editing the way you typically would if you went through a publisher.
  5. You have a larger chance publishing a not-so-great-book.
  6. Typically, you sell fewer books than if you’d went with traditional publishing.

Keep in mind, this is just what I’ve read and found while researching.

 

TIPS: words to use instead of ‘asked’.

There isn’t anything wrong with using the word ‘asked’ in dialogue but while making changes to my novel I found that I used it A LOT. So I looked up different words to use in place of ‘asked’ and compiled a list, it’s a small list but it’s a list.

1.Inquired

2. Petitioned

3.Proposed

4.Wondered

5. Questioned

6. Interrogated

7.Begged

8. Requested

 

 

Open Letter to the high school teacher who discouraged me from writing.

I have known since before I was even in high school that I wanted to be a writer. Towards the end of my high school education I had an English teacher tell me I would never be a writer, that I should drop out of her English class because I was wasting my time and hers.

To the English teacher who crushed my dreams in one class,

I’m going to do it. I’m going to write a book. I WILL be a published author. I hope when you see that I’m a published author you remember that day in class when you told me my writing wasn’t even good. I didn’t forget how angry and upset I was. I tried in your class, I really did. I couldn’t follow your prompts and write gold every time you assigned us to write an essay in a 45 minute period. I don’t regret that, 45 minutes isn’t enough time to write gold, if you want me to write as well as Shakespeare you should’ve given us more time.

You didn’t even teach better writing skills, you taught us how to follow the prompt in 45 minutes so we’d do well on the test. You didn’t improve any of our writing skills. I learned nothing from you. However, you did get to me that day. I stopped writing after that, for about a year honestly. I wasn’t until my last year in high school when we had to write a final project that I was told I was a good writer. I had dreaded that project because I was worried you were right. You weren’t. I wrote a very well written paper and was told I was a good writer, even that I should consider journalism.

I would like to thank you though, I had it not been for you I wouldn’t have tried so hard on that paper and no one would’ve encouraged me to follow my dreams. You made me doubt myself, but through that doubt I became stronger. I became a better writer because of you. You may not like it, or agree with it, but I WILL become a published author. I will succeed.

Why I want to be a writer.

I have given this a lot of thought. Is writing truly my passion? Is this right for me? After a lot of thought I decided that it was in fact right for me and that I would pursue it with every thing I had in me.

I LOVE writing! I’m good at it and I never get tired of writing. Writing gives you a way to escape reality in the same way that reading does, except you make the decisions and its wonderful. Writing truly is my passion and despite the small chance I have of making it big or making money, I still love writing. That’s how I know writing is meant for me. When I realized I wasn’t writing to try and become famous and I wasn’t trying to make money, I realized writing truly was my passion.

I love creating worlds and characters and living lives that aren’t mine. I couldn’t decide what career to pursue because I wanted everything and at the same time I wanted nothing. As I writer I can be both of those things and everything in between.

TIPS: words to use instead of ‘said’

I’ve noticed when I’m writing I have a hard time avoiding the word ‘said.’ It never fails, while editing and making changes I have to change the word ‘said’ over and over. Though there isn’t anything wrong with the word said, I find my self using it repeatedly,  so while I was looking up words I could use instead of said, I compiled a list. They’re in no particular order and this isn’t a complete list of words to use to replace said.

  1. Spoke
  2. Snarled
  3. Teased
  4. Whined
  5. Whispered
  6. Yelled
  7. Sighed
  8. Retaliated
  9. Responded
  10. Questioned
  11. Piped
  12. Mentioned
  13. Laughed
  14. Interjected
  15. Implied
  16. Hollered
  17. Hissed
  18. Gasped
  19. Exclaimed
  20. Declared
  21. Continued
  22. Contributed
  23. Countered
  24. Confirmed
  25. Commented
  26. Chimed in
  27. Called
  28. Blurted
  29. Barked
  30. Began
  31. Answered
  32. Admitted
  33. Asked
  34. Argued
  35. Agreed
  36. Acknowledged
  37. Added
  38. Apologized

 

119 Disney Quotes

  1. The era we are living in is a dream come true. -Walt Disney
  2. Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.-Walt Disney
  3. If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing started with a dream and a mouse.-Walt E. Disney.
  4. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.-Walt E. Disney
  5. Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long…we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney
  6. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on treasure island.-Walt Disney.
  7. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.-Walt Disney
  8. Why worry? If you’ve done the best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.-Walt Disney
  9. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.- Walt Disney
  10. Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.-Walt Disney
  11. I’ve heard there is going to be a recession, I’ve decided not to go.-Walt Disney
  12. All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.-Walt Disney.
  13. Ideas come from curiosity.-Walt Disney
  14. In bad times and good, I have never lost my sense of zest for life.-Walt Disney
  15. When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.-Walt Disney
  16. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.-Walt Disney
  17. Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.-Walt Disney
  18. Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.-Walt Disney.
  19. If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.- Jiminy Cricket
  20. Fate is kind. She brings those who love, the secret fulfillment of their secret longing.-Jiminy Cricket
  21. Go ahead, make a fool of yourself, then maybe you’ll listen to your conscience.-Jiminy Cricket
  22. If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?-Jiminy Cricket
  23. A conscience is that still, small voice that people won’t listen to.-Jiminy Cricket
  24. Remember, always let your conscience be your guide.-Jiminy Cricket
  25. Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools speak because they have to say something.-Jiminy Cricket
  26. Live every moment as not to regret what you’re about to do.-Mickey Mouse
  27. Four dollars is very little money when you got them, but a heck of a lot of money when you ain’t got them.-Donald Duck
  28. I wanna eat and eat and eat, and eat, and eat until I die.-Goofy
  29. Home is the comfiest place to be.-Pooh
  30. Here together, friends forever. Some things were just meant to be and that’s you and me.-Winnie the Pooh
  31. Dig a little deeper. Think of something that we’ve never thought of before.-Winnie the Pooh
  32. I tell myself that I’m not afraid. -Piglet
  33. You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.-Christopher Robin
  34. Something feels funny, I must be thinking too hard. -Winnie the Pooh
  35. The only way to fix a friendship is to try.-Winnie the Pooh
  36. Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?-Winnie the Pooh
  37. Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day.-Winnie the Pooh
  38. That’s the story of you and me, the way we’ve always been and we’ll always be friends until the end.-Piglet
  39. Is anybody worried but me?-Eeyore
  40. I was so upset, I forgot to be happy.-Eeyore
  41. I tried all of my best wishes, and none of my wishes came true.-Winnie the Pooh
  42. With you here, I know that life is much more fun.-Winnie the Pooh
  43. Some people go to the ends of the earth just to see what they can see.-Winnie the Pooh
  44. I never get my hopes up, so I never get let down.-Eeyore
  45. When you find out you can live without it, go along not thinking about it.-Baloo
  46. If there’s a prize for rotten judgement, I guess I’ve already won that.-Megara
  47. Sometimes it’s better to be alone. Nobody can hurt you.-Megara
  48. The dream is gone, but then there’s hope.-Tarzan
  49. Put your faith in what you most believe in.-Tarzan
  50. I’ve had enough of you and your emotional constipation.-Tarzan
  51. This bond between us can’t be broken. I will be here don’t you cry.-Kala
  52. There’s some things you just can’t change.-Phil (Tarzan, I think)
  53. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.-Cinderella
  54. Have faith in your dreams, and some day your rainbow will come smiling through.-Cinderella
  55. A dream is a wish that your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.-Cinderella
  56. He was so romantic. I could not resist. -Snow White
  57. Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.-Snow White
  58. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ even if you’re feeling grumpy.-Snow White
  59. You’re never too old to be young.-Snow White
  60. You must learn to choose between right and wrong.-Blue Fairy (Snow White)
  61. Think of all the joy you’ll find when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye.- Peter Pan
  62. If you can dream it, you can do it.-Tinker Bell
  63. A jealous female can be tricked into anything.-Captain Hook
  64. Keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again.-Robin hood
  65. Children have got to be free to lead their own lives.-Sebastian
  66. Listen to me. The human world is a mess.-Sebastian
  67. Fathers have to learn that daughter have to grow, and if you truly love them you must let them go.-King Triton
  68. You can get it if you really want, but you must try, try, and try. You’ll succeed at last.-Sebastian
  69. What makes someone special? I suppose it all depends. It’s what’s unique in all of us.-Ariel
  70. You want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.-Sebastian
  71. Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?- Ariel
  72. If everybody got somebody by the hand, maybe everyone could learn to love and understand.-Sebastian
  73. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.-March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)
  74. Curiosity often leads to trouble.- Alice
  75. The water’ always changing, always flowing. But people, I guess, can’t live like that.-Pocahontas
  76. If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn thing you never knew.-Pocahontas
  77. It would’ve been better if we’d never met, none of this would’ve happened.-Pocahontas
  78. Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.-Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)
  79. Once you love someone, they stay in you heart forever.-Nita (Brother Bear)
  80. That temper of yours is going to get you into a lot of trouble someday.-Tweed (the fox and the hound)
  81. The colder the winter, the warmer the spring. The deeper the sorrow,  the more our hearts sing. Bambi 2
  82. Bambi: I feel so alone. Bambi’s mother: I’m always with you. Even when you can’t see me, I’m here.
  83. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.-Thumper
  84. People think I’m odd. So I know how it feels to be different, and I know how lonely that can be.-Belle
  85. Just because you wish for something, doesn’t make it true.-Tiana
  86. Open your eyes now, before you get hurt.-Tiana
  87. You just need to believe in yourself.-Rex
  88. Don’t think, and don’t worry. if the time comes, you’ll know what to do.-Mrs. Incredible
  89. Keep your dream alive. Dreaming is how the strong survive.-Jennifer (Oliver and company)
  90. You’re weird, but I like you.-Dot (ants)
  91. The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.-Timothy Mouse (Dumbo)
  92. Sometimes I feel like I really don’t belong here.-Hercules
  93. He’s gotta have a weakness, because everybody’s got a weakness.-Hades (Hercules)
  94. If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without you.-Lavernue (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  95. The only thing predictable about life is it’s unpredictability.-Remy
  96. You must no let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.-Gusteau (ratatouille)
  97. He doesn’t understand me, but I can be myself around him.-Remy
  98. Like a cloud, you are soft. Like bamboo, you bend in the wind.- Mulan
  99. You’ll be surprised what you can live through.-Iago (Mulan)
  100. No one should marry a person they don’t love.-Shang
  101. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.-The emperor
  102. You’re at peace because you know that it’s okay to be afraid.-Mulan
  103. You’re only in trouble if you get caught. I’m in trouble.- Aladdin
  104. I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far. I can’t go back to where I used to be.- Jasmine
  105. Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.- Genie
  106. Tell her the truth.-Genie
  107. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.-Merchant (Aladdin)
  108. No matter what species, men are men.-Jasmine
  109. Talk about her. She’s smart, fun. The hair, the eyes. Anything. Pick a feature.-Genie
  110. I can’t forget about my heart and how it felt to fall for you right from the start.-Jasmine
  111. When the world turns it’s back on you, you turn your back on the world.- Timon
  112. I’m a sensitive soul though I seem thick-skinned, and it hurts that my friends never stand downwind. -Pumba
  113. Hakuna Matata! -The Lion King
  114. It won’t change anything. You can’t change the past.-Simba
  115. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. Nobody knows my sorrow. -Zara
  116. You think you can just show up and tell me how to live my life? You don’t even know what I’ve been through.- Simba
  117. Bad things happen, and you can’t do anything about it.-Timon
  118. I’m surrounded by idiots.-Scar
  119. Going back means I’ll have to face my past. I’ve been running from it for so long.-Simba

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