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Writing Playlist Part II: Love Story

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  1. Violin Romance-Patrick Doyle
  2. Rose Garden-Adrian Johnston
  3. Ziguenerlieube-Willi Boskovsky & Wiener Johann Strauss Orchestra
  4. To the Ball-Adrian Johnston
  5. Hotel Sayre (ft. Lana Del Rey)-Craig Armstrong
  6. Farewell to Gwen-Rohan Stevenson
  7. Lancelot Leaves-Rohan Stevenson
  8. Gwen & Arthur-Rob Lane & Rohan Stevenson
  9. We Had Today-Rachel Portman
  10. SHERlocked-David Arnold & Michael Price
  11. Forbidden Love- Abel Korzeniowski
  12. An Historic Love-Trevor Morris
  13. The Chairman’s Waltz-John Williams
  14. Angel’s Theme-Philippe Rombi
  15. Princess Leia’s Theme-John Williams

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“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

Through the Forest Old

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On and on we walked

through a forest that was old,

older than civilizations,

older than seemingly the earth itself.

Book Recommendations

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HAVING TROUBLE FINDING AN ENGROSSING READ WHEN STANDING BEFORE THE MASS OF BOOKS AT YOUR LOCAL STORE? WELL NO MORE!

NOTE: The order of these has nothing to do with rank, but rather, the simply the order in which they popped into my head. Also, all of the titles have links to connect you to a full summary of the first book in the series on Goodreads. Enjoy!!!!

The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare-These are some of my favorite books with beautiful writing and amazing character development. These two series, though not dependent on one another, connect wonderfully and both serve to further enrich the Clare’s world of shadowhunters. I, personally, love the Infernal Devices a little more with its Victorian London setting and heartrending characters.

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa-It’s amazing with a love triangle and lots of suspense! I love it I love it! Kagawa’s writing is poetic and moving.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas-It has a great and intricate plotline with a strong heroine, action, and romance.

The Tiger’s Curse series by Colleen Houck- I thought that as whole the series was a good one and definitely unique with the strong Indian culture influence. Great love story!!!!

Star-Crossed Series by Rachel Higginson-This four part series is amazing and addictive to read with great and emotional development of characters and a nail-biting storyline!!!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson-This book is not just a retelling of Peter Pan, but rather a more realistic view on a coming-of-age tale. This is not a sweet love story, but it is beautiful all the same. I loved the poignancy of Anderson’s writing and the lasting effect it had on me long after I had closed the book.

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown-these are some of the most suspenseful books I’ve ever read. Brown has a real talent for writing action sequences and jaw-dropping plot twists. Once you get into these, they’re impossible to put down.

Splintered series by A.G. Howard-the author’s reimagining of Wonderland and beyond is extremely rich and intriguing. While the love triangle was at times tiresome, I thoroughly enjoyed this series because of the amazing growth that the female protagonist undergoes. Team Morpheus all the way!

Angelfire series by Courtney Allison Moulton. This series is made up of the kind of books that are perfect for snuggling down in blanket on a cold winter day to just relax and read. Actually reading it in the spring, summer, or fall would be just as fine, but you get the point. Wonderful romance (Are you catching on to a major theme in all these books) and great suspense.

Ember series and Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates-I love her books because the characters seem so real and relatable. Definitely unique storylines and very entertaining reads!!!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater-I loved this standalone book because Stiefvater’s writing instantly drew me in. In this novel there is no magic or anything paranormal, however the island setting and concept of water horses was utterly original.

Hope you enjoy!

Word Counts

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Since I last updated, I have begun revising and editing my manuscript! This includes general proofreading as well as rewriting and adding or removing scenes. Right now I’m trying to decrease my word count as much as possible by cutting out anything that isn’t vital to the story. This is because literary agents and publishers are less willing to accept manuscripts with higher word counts, especially with new authors. Additionally, each genre has its own idea word count range. So for a YA fantasy/Science fiction novel, which is what I’m currently writing, my manuscript can be anywhere from around 75,000 to 110,ooo words, thought I should aim more towards 100,ooo words or less.

For more information on word counts check out these other sources!

Writer’s Digest 

LitRejections

The Swivet (slightly outdated, yes, but still a good information to keep in mind)

 

Writing Tips: Take Advantage of Your Local Bookstore!

Barnes & Noble (and bookstores in general) has always been one of my top spots for finding inspiration. Nothing delights me more than perusing the shelves for the next life-changing novel! Aside from being a place of inspiration and just overall fun, your local bookstore can also prove to be a place of research. It may seem like an obvious tip, but you should focus your attention on reading books within the same genre as the one you are writing. Choose the kinds of books you think may be similar to yours or the type you wish to write. Identify the common themes and characteristics of the books in a specific genre. This will give you a sense of the general format of the stories currently popular in that area of the market. While this isn’t to say that you should tailor your novel to fit the exact layout of those on the shelves, it will give you a better idea of what genre your novel fits into the best. Literary agents, and furthermore, publishers, will usually buy a manuscript if it can be easily placed under a single genre because it will make them more marketable. So, make a trip to your local bookstore and peruse away!

Why a Writer?

So, one of the questions I have been asked various times, is why exactly do I want to be a writer? To those people who don’t share a love of creative writing this urge to sit down and begin jotting down words of a story may seem somewhat of a mystery, and even now I can say the draw I feel towards this process is not entirely explicable to myself.

I suppose the best way I could explain why I write is this; I love stories, all kinds of stories, but especially the fantastic and magical. I love the way words can coalesce to form images, to form scenes of stories in worlds both real and imagined. A combination of words printed on a page when arranged in the right manner have the power to transport you out of your own reality—away from your problems, your failures, your sorrows—to one that is entirely new. And yet…the best stories, the ones that you remember, no matter how fantastical they may be , mirror our own realities in a way that touches us, that resonates with our conscience to make us feel.

Why do I wish to be a writer? What do I hope to achieve?

I want to give people stories that will allow them to escape from their everyday troubles. I want to create stories that will change people’s lives. Stories that will inspire them to reach for their own dreams, that will make them believe that anything is possible to achieve.

I suppose you could say that I write to inspire others.

I write to save dreams.

 

To any other writers out there, I pose the same question to you. Why do you write?

 

A New Year for Writing

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After taking a break for the holidays, I just started working on my book again, and I’m so excited to get back to it! I’m currently trying to push through and finish my first draft so I can begin revising and fixing things. One difficulty I always have after not writing regularly for some time is getting back into the schedule of typing a certain amount everyday. I’ve found that it takes me around a whole week of writing consecutively each day to really bring me back into the mindset my characters and the world in which they inhabit. So, here’s to beginning a hopefully great year for writing and blogging!

Any additional thoughts? My question to my fellow aspiring novelists out there is do you have any special preparation before beginning your own writing or do you prefer to simply dive in?

 

First Post

Hello, everyone! I’m so excited to start my new blog. So, if you clicked on the About me link on the menu, you will know that I am an aspiring fantasy novel writer. I am currently working on my third book, which I hope to publish some day. I will be using this website to share anything I find that inspires my imagination as well as my general love of reading and writing. Please subscribe and follow!

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