The writing practice challenge.

Between work, school, blogging and general internet surfing a lot of us hardly have time for writing itself.The writing Practice #2
So the writing practice is about taking time to write even if all you have to spare is five minutes.

The two ways of entering.
1. Writing a blog post on the topic of the prompt and linking it back here.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put a link to your blog in a post next week.
2. The second way to enter is by simply writing your answer to the prompt in the comments.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put up your entry in the same post. (No link to your blog)

Remember that if you choose the first way to put the #WritingPractice among your tags.

The prompt

This is my war, and I’m not sure which side I’m on.

I know it’s a little different from my normal prompts but it inspired my earlier this week so I figured you could use it as well.

The writing practice challenge

Between work, holidays, blogging and general internet surfing a lot of us hardly have time for writing itself.the writing practice
So the writing practice is about taking time to write even if all you have to spare is five minutes.

 

So last week I got two wonderful entries.

One from Katy at A Beatific Gray. Katy put a little spin on the challenge and wrote a beautiful piece that shows clearly how wonderful the person she is describing is and it feels to me like it even gives a little insight into Katy herself. All in all, a great job and a beautiful piece of writing.

 

The second one is from Jon at Start Your Fiction who wrote a fantastic in depth description that definitely brought the character to life. The thing I love about his entry is that while he does describe how the character looks he manages to give you the feel of the character as well. This is how I believe a description should be done.

 

Now let’s get on to this week.

The two ways of entering.

1. Writing a blog post on the topic of the prompt and linking it back here.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put a link to your blog in a post next week.
2. The second way to enter is by simply writing your answer to the prompt in the comments.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put up your entry in the same post. (No link to your blog)

Remember that if you choose the first way to put the #WritingPractice among your tags

 

The prompt.

Write a few paragraphs in first person point of view as a character goes through the traumatic event of watching someone they love die. Now write the same scene but in third person point of view.

The point of this exercise isn’t to show you the difference between the two styles but to let you practice describing emotions in two different ways a because while in first person you can tell how the character feels in third person you have to show it.

 

 

Thank you everyone who has been giving me positive feedback on the writing practice. I can’t wait to see what you have to write for me.

 

 

The writing practice challenge.

The writing practice, back up and running. the writing practice
Between work, holidays, blogging and general internet surfing a lot of us hardly have time for writing itself.
So the writing practice is about taking time to write even if all you have to spare is five minutes.

The two ways of entering.

1. Writing a blog post on the topic of the prompt and linking it back here.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put a link to your blog in a post next week.
2. The second way to enter is by simply writing your answer to the prompt in the comments.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put up your entry in the same post. (No link to your blog)

Remember that if you choose the first way to put the #WritingPractice among your tags.

The prompt

Pick either a person you know or simply a made up character and describe them. I’m not talking your usual, description of she had blue eyes and brown hair. I want you to tell me how this person walks and how this person laughs. Tell me about the small overlooked bits of this person and make them come alive to me.

Thank you everyone who has been patiently waiting for the writing practice to return I can’t wait to see your entries.

The writing practice

Between work, school, blogging and general internet surfing a lot of us hardly have time for writing itself.
So the writing practice is about taking time to write even if all you have to spare is five minutes.the writing practice

 

Last week I gave the prompt of what would you do if time froze for everyone except you for an hour.

Now the reply I got was from Jessica who blog about self therapy and she really took the prompt to the next level and gave her readers something both interesting and thought provoking.  You can find the post here, you should definitely go read it.

The two ways of entering.
1. Writing a blog post on the topic of the prompt and linking it back here.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put a link to your blog in a post next week like I did for Jessica this week.
2. The second way to enter is by simply writing your answer to the prompt in the comments.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put up your entry but no link.

Remember that if you choose the first way to put the #WritingPractice among your tags.

 The prompt

Describe something in only five sentences using all five senses, without making it obvious what it is.

It’s supposed to be like a riddle sort of thing but it can be as obvious or vague as you want it to be.

I did this little writing practice quite a few times this week and I really like it because it’s both fun and good practice.

Use this prompt however you want to and I really look forward to hearing from you guys.

The writing practice

the writing practice

Between work, school, blogging and general internet surfing a lot of us hardly have time for writing itself.
So the writing practice is about taking time to write even if all you have to spare is five minutes.

The two ways of entering.
1. Writing a blog post on the topic of the prompt and linking it back here.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put a link to your blog in a post next week.
2. The second way to enter is by simply writing your answer to the prompt in the comments.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put up your entry in the same post. (No link to your blog)

Remember that if you choose the first way to put the #WritingPractice among your tags.

The prompt

If the world and everyone except you froze for an hour how would you spend that hour?
What would you do with yourself? Where would you go?

The writing practise #the dragon prince

Between work, school, blogging and general internet surfing a lot of us hardly have time for writing itself.
So the writing practice is about taking time to write even if all you have to spare is five minutes.the writing practice

The two ways of entering.
1. Writing a blog post on the topic of the prompt and linking it back here.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put a link to your blog in a post next week.
2. The second way to enter is by simply writing your answer to the prompt in the comments.
If you do this and I like what you wrote I will put up your entry in the same post. (No link to your blog)

Remember that if you choose the first way to put the #WritingPractice among your tags.

The prompt

Write about a dragon that has been hiding in human skin, biding his time and waiting.
What is the dragon waiting for? Why is it hiding in this manner?

The writing practice. Blog challenge.

Recently I have been thinking of starting my own little blogging challenge for writers. So here it is… The writing practice.Dragonfest
From here of on I will give a prompt every Friday and you amazing writers out there write a short story based on it.

How to participate.
• Read the prompt on the bottom of this post.
• Write a story between the word count of 150 and 1000 words.
• Put your story in a post and link it back here so I can go see it.
• Among the tags put #TheWritingPractice
• Hit post.
• Feel free to take the little picture of a dragon on the side and put it up on your blog either as a badge or simply as a picture to go with your post.

I will go through all the participants’ stories and pick my 5 favourite which I will then put on display for all to see next week.

The prompt.

Dying was never fun, and here I was doing it willingly for the third time this week.

Submissions for this prompt is only valid if it’s published on the weekend from the 21-23 of August.

Female POV

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Alright this is the first post in my new Point Of View series.
For some reason most writers struggle writing the opposite gender so if you’re a guy pay attention today I’m writing about the female POV.

No matter what gender’s point of view you write from it is important to know your character because often the difference between male and female POV’s is mute when the character kicks in.
Simple writing practice.
To get to know your character better write a scene where she is facing a dragon and then simply decides how she reacts. Does she run? Does she whip out her sword and fight it head on? Does she come up with a brilliant plan to defeat the monster?

Knowing how your character reacts is important because it gives you some insight into their minds. While doing the exercise you should stop thinking what would a girl do but instead what would (Character name) do.

Simple tricks, to ace writing female POV.
• Never make her someone who cries about everything and needs to be saved the entire time and who is always thinking about her love interest because that is not how woman work. Women want to do things on their own and almost always believe that their way is better.

• Details are a basic trademark to female POV. When writing from a woman’s point of view make sure to add some more detail than you normally do.
• Women spend more time thinking and worrying about things than doing them. No that doesn’t mean that we don’t eventually get down to doing things it just means that you should add some internal monolog. Let her ask herself a lot of questions such as what if they are dead, what if they had already forgotten about me, what if it’s my fault.
• Woman base opinions on what they hear. If you have someone compliment them they will like that character. If someone insults them they will dislike that character. So dialog matters when writing from a female POV. Now why you need to know your character is so you can know what else will make her like your other characters and what will simply put her off. Personally I don’t like people who only ever have bad things to say about others while some people dislike me because I’m loud and hardly ever think before I speak so really it depends on your character.

Relationship wise.
In a lot of books the male character is a hot young man with head full of curly hair and a strong jaw. (Alright maybe not but that is not the point right now.)
The female lead than falls head over heels for this young man because he is strong and heroic and all she can think about is his hot lips and pulling her hand through his hair.
Well let me tell you that if you’re female character is going to fall in love with someone it’s going to be for one of two reasons. He keeps on caring for her no mater what, or he makes her laugh.
People who read your book will probably not be the high school sweetheart but instead that kid who sits in the corner with a book every day.
These are the people who are already in love with multiple characters of other books, these people don’t care for a hot looking young man (They don’t mind if he is though.) They care for the funny guy who made the female lead fall for him simply because he proved to be different.
So to draw this part, in which I went full rambling mode to a close I simply want to say that if your female character is going to fall in love with someone it is because he is either funny or because he is always there for her. Not because he is handsome.

 

Book recommendations.
Some great books that have a female POV written by a guy is Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy and the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.
Female POV books written by women that I think I need to mention here is Sara J. Maas’s Throne of glass books, Holly Smale’s Geek girl and of course Cassandra Clare’s Mortal instruments.

Was this useful to you? Ladies is there anything I should add or something I got wrong?

How to practice third person writing

Write about a short trip from the point of view of a scholar, without dialog, in third person.
Then rewrite the trip from the point of view of a soldier, a lord, and a merchant.
In the end you will have four completely deferent story’s,

Remember the scholar would notice different things than the other three, they will each see their journey differently.

6 words si-fi

Yesterday my sister stumbled upon a great writers game that I think is called 6 words.
How it works is you have to write a si-fi story in only six words
Example : I questioned fate as zurags attack.
Or even something like : aliens like running around in spandex.

I would like to hear what you can come up with

The rules are

There can only be six words.
The story must have a connection to si-fi.