How a Writer Acts in a Relationship (For Writers)

First, Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

I wanted to post last weekend, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, I figured today would be better. ^__^

Here we go! Here is my take on how writers act in a relationship, or rather, this is how I act 😛

1. When you ask your sweetheart (the writer) how their day went, and they actually made progress on their story.

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2. When you want to snuggle but your sweetheart (the writer) is bursting with new story ideas.

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3. When your sweetheart (the writer) talks about their new story, and you pretend not to listen.

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4. When you ask your sweetheart (the writer) if you can read the story they’ve been working on.

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5. When the writer in your life thanks you for supporting them ^__^

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Yes, today’s theme was Xena, but I hope you enjoyed it!

As a writer, how do you act in a relationship?

Blog Tip Series: Responding to Comments

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Hey, everyone! Did anyone watch the game yesterday? I’m not a big Superbowl person, but the ending was so wild! It reminded me to never give up :3

Anyway, back on topic! Over the weekend, I reached a milestone on this blog I never expected. Thanks to all of you wonderful readers, I have 1,133 followers. That may not seem like much, but it’s huge to me! This blog is my first online accomplishment, so, I want to give back by sharing more blogging tips. =)

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Now since I’ve reached all my blogging goals, I want to focus on my writing goals. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving up my blog =)

Today, I want to talk about responding to comments. If you follow my blog, you know I mentioned this in the past, but I want to have a deeper discussion about responses.

When you think of your blog, what words come to mind? For me, I think of the word “Social.” After all, having a blog is part of social media. That tells me I need to converse on my blog. Now, I’m sure you are wondering why that is important. Well, it’s simple, really.

If you want to gain more followers for your blog, then interact with your readers. And when I say “interact,” I don’t mean responding to comments with “Thanks for reading.” I’m saying have an actual conversation with your readers. I won’t lie to you, it’s a big pet peeve of mine to see bloggers respond to long comments with “Thanks for reading.” If a reader takes the time to write a long, thoughtful comment on your post, then have the same decency. Showing you care about your readers goes a long way.

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Here are some tips on how I respond to readers:

  • Respond to every comment on your post. It may take a while, but it will show to your old and new readers you care.
  • Actually read the comment and respond accordingly. Don’t respond with a simple “Thanks for reading.”
  • Make time to respond. Finding time can be hard, so maybe take an hour every other day just for comments. (This is the technique I use)
  • Engage in conversation. Have a discussion in your comment section. If the reader responds to you, keep the conversation going (for as long as you can).
  • Visit the reader’s blog! Visit your readers’ blogs and comment on their posts.

Honestly, I have unfollowed bloggers who didn’t respond to their comments. I know it’s hard sometimes, but engagement is important. My blog wouldn’t have grown without it. So next time you get a comment, respond to the reader. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it :3

P.S. After jumping around to different writing websites, I feel the WordPress community is the best one to engage with.  And also, Clash of Tides will be finished by the end of February!! Super excited!

How do you handle comments on your blog?

Own Your Titles (For Writers)

I hope everyone had a good week! Unfortunately, the first part of my week was getting over this sickness. If you are wondering about the lack of updates, it was because I was ill, deadly ill. However, I’m better now, and I want to start writing again.

So, for today’s topic, I want to discuss, owning your titles!

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When I first started writing, I called myself an “Aspiring Writer.” One writer – actual, a few writers – told me I’m not an aspiring writer. If I write, I am a writer (period). I understood what they meant, but I didn’t feel like a writer.

For one, people weren’t messaging me every day to read my stories or ask me to update. In fact, weeks would go by where I didn’t hear from anyone. I used to think, well, a “writer” has readers who love their stories and can’t get enough. I didn’t feel I had that, ever. It was rare that I felt people genuinely liked my work and wanted me to keep writing.

Recently, when I saw my follower count on WP, I realized I needed to change my thinking process. I needed to own my title. Now, when people ask me what I do, I say two things:

  1. My boring day job I hate 😛
  2. I am a writer and a blogger

Yep! I say I am a writer and a blogger. To my surprise, the questions start flooding in:

  1. What kind of stories do you write?
  2. How do you keep up your blog?
  3. What do you blog about?
  4. And the question I hate, “How much do you get paid?”

I tell people I’m working on the last one.

But! The important thing is to own your titles. If you write to hone the craft of writing, you are a writer. If you nurture a blog, then you are a blogger. Don’t let the lack of getting money, followers, or anything else keep you from your title.

Say it loud, and say it proud, I am a writer!!!

(sorry for the bad language, but I loved this gif)

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Have you owned your titles?

(To bring more appreciation for others to my blog, I plan to do blog highlights in the future.)

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50 Word Story: Trapped

 

She creeps along the dark hallways, searching for the doorway to freedom. The King of the Shadow Realm won’t let her leave; no matter how much she begs and pleads. In his ebony kingdom, she is his sunshine, a shimmer he won’t extinguish. Eventually, he hopes their love will blossom.

~ 50 Words 

Note: Hey, everyone! I felt like writing something today, and somehow, this was born. I hope you liked it! Also, I’ll have a new blog post coming soon! I know some of you have been asking about Clash of Tides. I’ll post the next chapter soon, but I’ve been busy finalizing the ending. 

Oh, and if you want to post a 50-word short story in the comments, feel free!!

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Visualizing Your Stories (For Writers)

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Hey, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend =)

Unfortunately, I’ve been sick these past two days, but I’m slowly getting better. Thanks to everyone who commented on my last blog post! It was neat to see how everyone handles another writer’s success. Also, I want to thank those who encourage me to keep on writing :3 It’s kind of you to care about me and comment on my blog.

Today, I want to talk about a method I use for my writing.

If you read my stories, or if you used to read my stories (yes, I know they are no longer available), then you may notice I’m a slow writer. The truth is, yes, I am a slow writer. However, there is a reason I take forever to write a chapter. This method may seem strange to some, but it’s something I feel makes my stories better.

Ok, I’m sure you’re wondering what the method is? Well, I visualize everything as if it were a TV show, anime, or movie. I play out the chapter in my head like a visual medium. Honestly, as writers, we know if a movie or TV show is bad. If I visualize the chapter and see that some scenes or dialogue doesn’t make sense, I scrap it. Because of this process, it takes me a while to get everything down in words. When I visualize the chapter, I do everything – and I mean everything: dialogue, description, and setting.

In other words, if I can’t imagine it, then I don’t write it. To explain further, I’ll use an example. You know when you are watching a movie, and certain scenes don’t seem right? It’s like, why would the character say that? Or what’s the point of the characters doing that quest? It’s the same type of idea. If it doesn’t flow well like a movie (or in my case, more an anime), then the idea isn’t working. When I was writing the end of Clash of Tides, I actually had this problem. Elena’s story became so delicate, I needed to make sure I wrote it realistically. The same applies to my newest story, Battle of the Five Kings, which is a dark, high fantasy story.

However, sometimes (and it’s rare), I don’t need to imagine what I’m writing first. Recently, I wrote this 100-word prompt, and it’s gotten excellent reviews on Writing.com so far.

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She couldn’t resist him any longer. His touch was divine, his form was perfection, and his voice was like slink caressing her skin.

He leaned in closer, brushing his lips against her caramel flesh and ebony locks. With slow movements, he journeyed with kisses from her neck to her ear. He whispered, “Lana, may I have you?” His deep voice echoed in her skull, and her defenses were invaded.

His wings fluttered, flickering with delight and then quickly encased her, bringing her body to his.

He was her angel, but she was his sin.

“Yes, Uriel, I’m yours,” she moaned.

~ 100 Words

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When I wrote the above, I was free writing, so I didn’t imangine it first. The good thing, though, is we have various bad examples of visual storytelling. Mainly, bad movies.

Overall, I do enjoy sitting for a good thirty minutes and just daydreaming about my world. However, I have to make sure I don’t fall into the trap of Maladaptive Daydreaming. You can learn more here: Maladaptive Daydreaming – What is it?

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I hope you found this post helpful!

What methods do you use to plan out your chapters?

(Sorry for any grammar or spelling mistakes. I’m still high off cough medicine)

How to Handle Another Writer’s Success

AHHHH!! SORRY FOR THE TYPO!!! I FIXED IT!

NOW!!

Before we get into today’s topic, I want to say thank you to everyone who did the writing prompt! I loved reading everyone’s writing :3

Oh! And here is a few updates from me:

– I entered my first short story contest on Writing.com. So far, my story has gotten all four and five-star ratings. I’m so happy about it!

– Clash of Tides should be done soon. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to do some rewrites and then send it to my betas.

– I’ll be working on 9/Nine Realms and my short stories next.

Ok! Now for today’s topic. I’m sure some, if not more, of us struggle with this. How do we handle it when a fellow writer is doing better than us? Well, I’ll let the following describe the various emotions:

  1. The shock, you know, the part of you who is like how did they sell more books (or get more readers) than me?

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2. The keeping your real feelings on the inside because you are trying to be nice. Inside you are like,

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3. The, “That’s cool, yeah, I-I-I’m ok.”

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4. And the one where you just cry your eyes out (yeahhh, I’ve done that. I thought Clash of Tides would have done better online).

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5.Overall, though, this is how we should handle a fellow writer’s success:

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If a fellow writer or writer friend is advancing further than you, don’t hate on them or get too depressed. I know it’s hard to do sometimes, and I also struggle with this. I have a writer friend who is way more successful online than I am, but I also recognize our target audiences are very different. So, what works for her will not work for me, and it happens. All I can do is improve my craft, keep writing, and not give up. Writing isn’t easy, but remember, we need to support each other^^

I never want to feel like I’m in competition with other writers again. Before, it was a horrible experience, but hopefully, with my blog, I can promote change =)

How do you handle another writer’s success?

Writing Prompt Series: Home Alone

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Hey, everyone! Since many of us are writers here, I thought it would be good to do a writing prompt series. My idea is that I’ll post different prompts, and then you can write out yours in the comment section. That way, the other commenters can leave feedback (if you want it). If you request feedback on your prompt, I’ll gladly do a review for you.

Today’s prompt is:

You’re home alone. Describe what you do when you are home alone or come up with your own story.

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Here is my prompt:

With a sigh, I slide the window open. Sweat drips from my brow, but the fresh air will do me some good. All I see is darkness and the faint outlines of tree limbs blowing next to the shed. No sound enters my ears, and even the house is still. For a moment, a cool breeze caresses my skin, and I close my eyes, embracing the air from the outside.

Behind me, the sound of glass crashing to the floor snaps me from my thoughts. I jump, whip around, and sprint towards the noise. My mouth opens agape, and my sight lowers to the shattered vase under the table. The shards are all grouped together, in a circle, round and perfect.

My only thought is, How did the vase fall, and who scooped up the glass? No one is here, but me.

~ 142 Words

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 I can’t wait to read what you write! If you want feedback, just post it in your comment. Also, these will be random, so don’t expect them every day =)

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Get writing!