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A Quote.

So I'm deciding just to post random quotes instead of posting them every Wednesday because quite frankly, I never remember to do so. So here you go:

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton

I just found this quote and I absolutely loved it. I knew I had to share this one for sure.
This quote is so true when it comes to me. My writing allows me to journey away from this world but it also allows me to see who I truly am. Without my writing, I'd be a mental breakdown 24/7. lol

Well, I'll hopefully post sometime after the holidays. Actually I will January 1st, if your wondering. :)
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Editing...

Lately, I've been drowned in my own editing, so I haven't posted like I've promised. By the end of this month, it'll be two months since I started editing and one year since I began my young adult paranormal romance.

Anyways, I'd like to talk about editing. A lot of writers are puzzled by editing, and I was at the beginning, too. When I started editing my very first novel, I had no clue where to begin and no idea what editing truly was. So I began line editing...and that was the worst mistake I could have ever made. I F-d up on editing that novel. I only line edited it, and I thought it was perfect. Boy was I wrong! When I sent that disastrous novel out, along with my God-awful first query, I got rejection after rejection after rejection. Boy did I deserve those rejections. My writing in that query truly looked like the writing of a sixteen-year-old, and so did my novel.

I'm so glad that that novel got rejected because now I can go back and fix it…

My quote is a day late!

I am posting my quote a day late. I know! I'm sorry, but I got carried away yesterday, so here it goes. Hope you find it interesting.

"Well done is better than well said."
-Benjamin Franklin

I'm out of words for today. I have two essays due tomorrow so I must start them now.

Why is it only Tuesday?

This week so far has been completely horrible, and it's only Tuesday. Yesterday at school, some kids played a prank and dumped powder all over the kids going down the steps in the stairwell. Guess who was one of those kids? This girl right here. And I think it was laundry detergent. Wasn't too happy about that one.

Plus, I haven't conquered how twitter works yet. It confuses the hell out of me, and I don't see the purpose. One day, I will figure it out, eventually.


Oh man, and I wish I'd have learned to make my font smaller in the first place. My other posts are horribly large fonts, and I don't like it.

I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Well, I'll put up a quote tomorrow, so see talk to you then.

Poem Dedicated to My Novel...

So...
I've written a YA paranormal romance, which is in the editing stages now, and I've made a goal for myself to have it to done by January. So far so good. I'm almost done with it actually. I've gone through it countless times, and I'm so close to being done that I can almost taste it, well almost.

Well, I've written a poem for it, so here it goes:


Dear Brother, What does a heart saturated in sorrow hold, When the world around becomes so cold? From the day you stole my reign, Things have just not been the same. And then there was that girl, who stole both our hearts. She's the devil who tore us apart. Her work of art that she left, When she stole your soul I'll never forget.
Although your memories still linger, Things will never be the same, brother. Forget the blood and hate. May you rest in peace, dear brother.




So. What do you think? I should probably tell you that my novel is written in two perspectives, but that's all you get to know.
:)

Irks me.

Do you know what irks me most? Of course you don't, you barely know me. Well...when people read the very last page of a book before they read the rest irks me more than when someone leaves the toilet seat up. Why do people do this? Seriously, why? That ruins the whole dramatic effect of the ending. Yeah yeah, I know. You say you just can't wait or it helps you decide whether it will suck or not. Well stop making excuses! What do you think the first page is even there for? I didn't write the first page in my book for nothing. I want readers to get hooked right from the start not the end. I have twists and turns closest to the end. Why on Earth would you ruin that for yourself?

But seriously, the first page of a book can tell you a lot about the story. It gives you a sense of the author's ability to write or whether this book is the type your going to like. If I'm not hooked on that first page, for God's sake even the first line, then I'm defini…

Quote of the Week

I'm kind of bummed that it's already December. Novemeber flew by too fast, way too fast. I have another month to revise my novel that I've written, and then it'll be time to send it out to agents in January. Well, that's the goal I've made for myself, so who knows what will happen.

Anyways, I've decided to post a quote of the week every Wednesday, even though today is Friday, you'll understand why when you read the last sentence of this post. Most of the quotes will be about writing or just something inspirational. I hope you enjoy them!

"It's not the length of the word that matters, but the way it's used that matters."
-Unknown

I'm not too sure who said this quote, but someone posted it on a writing website. But, I think this quote rings true. Some authors think that big words make great novels, but I think that it's the way the words are used that make great novels. I mean, that's what writing is all about, using…

In which I rant about books.

Originality. Where have you gone? Lately, all I've been seeing is the long drawn out, over-used ideas. I feel like I'm reading the same thing over and over again. Girl meets boy. Boy is magical. They fall in love. The end. Now don't get me wrong. Obviously, that's how paranormal romances are supposed to go, but where are the twists and turns? Where's the risks? I haven't seen too much of it lately, and when there are risks, they turn out to be wussy risks. I want the danger. I want the forbidden love. I want the twists that keep me on my toes. I'm not saying hell with vampires and over-used creatures. I'm just saying where's the stuff that'll knock my socks off?

One book that surely knocked my socks off was The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Now that was exactly what I was looking for. It may not be a paranormal romance, but it has everything I could've possibly wanted in a novel. But you can find out more about it for yoursel…

Cussing in Young Adult Books.

Those forbidden, mind boggling, ear-splitting banned words of the youth. Are you cringing just thinking about it? I bet some of you are, am I right? Yeah, I thought so.

Opinions vary widely on this topic. Some say yes. Some say no. For me, it depends on the why and how. I can't stand when a writer chucks in a cuss word for the hell of it, especially in every single sentence. I mean, come on, lay off the I-can't-think-of-anything-else-better word, and come up with something worth our time! That's when it becomes too much for me too handle. *HINT HINT* (Catcher In the Rye. Seriously. You can not tell me that it didn't bug you. Or am I just crazy?)

Well anyways for me, when it comes to a character, you must stay true to that character, no matter what. I will use the story that I'm writing for example. My main character, Rusty, is an angst driven, rebellious teen. She's easily aggravated and cusses when she is. Now do I cuss in every single chapter? O…