I just got these. My heart is yearning to jump into every single one of these stories…
Note: I don’t actually drink Starbucks coffee unless it’s in the event of an emergency. I think it tastes like dirt mixed into hot water. Not trying to be all anti-corporation here… I just like the local stuff better.
I didn’t realize brainstorming could take weeks or even months at a time. I’m playing with an idea of a novel. It would be YA Fiction but somewhat biographical. YA isn’t really where I want to make my mark, but I have this need to “tell my story” so to speak. The characters would be based of people from real life, but with alternations. I was insecure about the idea of writing a YA novel because they can often be so cliche. There has to be a love story, nagging parents, an internal conflict, and often times a stereotypical friendship circle. Maybe I can break the status quo and make it more original.
So yeah, brainstorming is what I have been doing in my International Politics class when what my professors say start to sound repetitive - I drift off into the mind of my protagonist and start creating her world.
“Many ads last night treated women’s bodies like commodities to be traded, invaded, won, or owned—degrading messages that reduce women to consumer objects to use, abuse, and discard. That is objectification, and it is exploitative and ugly.”
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence. (via)
Man, really wish I could have printed this out and put it on my binders to show the smarmy white dudes I encountered who smirked when “women’s history” was brought up.
I’m currently working on two writing projects. By that I mean: brainstorming the heck out of my brain.
I’m working on a short story because I want to submit something to my university’s literary magazine. I need to make my mark somewhere as a writer. I just haven’t been inspired. I need that hook that will make my story unique. So far, I have a young girl. A young girl in the wintertime. A young girl facing a struggle. I know her struggle, but I’m trying to figure out how her struggle is any more significant than anyone else’s. Why does this girl matter?
My other project is for a novel. I would like to write a novel before I graduate in a year and half or at most two years.
I have my protagonist, but I can’t decide whether or not to make her a part of a supernatural world or make her ordinary. The name I have for her, though, is unique and so I want the world around her to be unique or for her to be unique. The thing is, I have no experience in writing fantasy or creating a fictional world, but the character I have intrigues me so much that I just feel like she belongs within the supernatural realm (or both our world and another).
I have not gotten far at all, but I know that this is a struggle for almost any writer. To have ideas, to have a character, and even a setting but no story yet.
Even if it takes me my whole life time to get something published, I refuse to publish crap. There isn’t such a thing as perfection, but there is such a thing as imagination and beauty and magic and depth. I don’t think beginning writers realize that the beginning is the hardest part, as well as the part that slowly and surely makes you lose your sanity.
the one thing that pisses me off isn’t the ads. I don’t mind them on the home screen. I understand why they are there and they are easy to ignore.
It’s the fact that when it’s asleep it isn’t the book cover I see on the screen it’s the stupid bloody Kindle Daily Deal that I see. I don’t want to see that crap, eugh. We pay so much money for these things and yet we’re bombarded with ads to spend MORE money. It’s ridiculous.
This is dissuading me to get one. The only reason I want one is for my “book candy”. The books that I would read for fun and never really bother reading again as opposed to a fantasy series or a classic —- I want those on my shelf.
Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice Jan. 28 1813.