Writing: Always write for you!

There are some people who sit down to write a book, and they wonder what others would like to read. Do they want an action packed fantasy, an epic love-triangle, a sexy romcom, a thriller, a mystery, a sci-fi adventure with aliens and starlords?

This whole ‘wondering’ can put you at a stand still. It’s so much easier to start doubting yourself when your writing for that someone else, for a particular reader, or an agent, or a publisher. Or even a genre.

If you have an idea you think you can pull through with, that you enjoy writing, leave that wondering until your finish. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit in to a certain category or criteria, there will always be someone who wants to read it – even if that person is only you.

The quote featured at the top by Cyril Connoly is one that I live by. I believe that you need to enjoy full-heartedly what you write, and you need to love it and be passionate about it… If you’re not, no one else will.

There was also another quote I came across in a book by Judith Kerr, a book about a little girl who wrote poems, but could only every write about the disasters that shook the world:

‘If you want to write about disasters, that is what you must do. It’s no use trying to write what other people want. The only way to write anything good is to please yourself’

It’s almost the same as Cyrils quote, and is what actually inspired this whole post in the first place!

Write about what makes you happy. Write about what makes you sad. Write a adventure you want to go on. Write about a world you want to explore. Write a book you want to read.

At the end of the day, if you’re not happy with what you wrote, how is anyone else supposed to be. It may not be perfect, but if you can sit and say I’m proud of it once you’ve type The End, then your there.

If you write for the public, the public can throw it back in your face. As long as you love it, anyone else who does is a bonus!

So stop wondering, and just keep writing!

Jade

Writing: A Letter To My Protagonist

I got a lot of things to apologise for…

I saw that Readtolivetowrite did this because of M.A.Ryan and I wanted to give it a go!

I actually have two main protagonists in my current WIP, but I decided to write it to the one who started it all off for me. I’ll probably do a second one for Aran because it’s nice to be able to explain yourself, and apologise for all the lovely and horrible things you do them! I recommend that everyone does this! It was so fun! And if you do, please tag me so I can see them!

So, here goes!

Dear Lauryn

Before anything else, I just want to get one thing clear. I love you, even if the rest of the world won’t, and I don’t mean the one your in. I think readers are going to find you a bit annoying, we won’t know for sure just yet, and I hope they love you as much as I do, but with whats to come, let’s not bank on it. Anyway, you were the first character to pop in to my head and the one I’ll always love the most.

You are not anywhere near the heroine of the story, but your not the damsel in distress either, you are the girl in between. And, from the start, I knew you felt helpless, sad, scared, betrayed, and you still do now, but after all I’ve thrown at you, you still manage to hang on. Your so good at finding them little pieces of happiness, or meaning, and I admire that about you.

Whatever I put you through, just know that it’s done for a reason. I need to see as much as ‘she’ does – even though you don’t know who ‘she’ is yet – if you can do this. Will you be able to fight something your going to lose, will you be able to keep going when everyone else leaves you?

I think you can. And I think that despite the comfy life you had, the one without any problems (except the ones the outside world never saw), the one fit for a Princess, that in the end, you might find the adventure I give you a bit more fulfilling than the life you might have had.

There is much more to come, many more trials, heart ache, death, loss, murder, fire. It’s all coming for you, but just try and hold on to yourself, to your friends, to the people that matter, because in the end, they may be the only ones that can save you. Although, you’ll have to do a lot of saving yourself before that moment comes to pass.

I know it’s easier said then done, and I left you sad, broken and unable to forget the list you created in your head. But keep that list Lauryn, wear the names of those you failed and make armour out of it, make it so they mattered. It doesn’t have to be just yet. I know it’s still raw; but you have to show your gratitude to the people who gave their lives to save yours.

I won’t take everything from you, I can promise that, but I don’t know if you will ever forgive me for the things I do.

Your life isn’t going to get any easier, but I think you can find a way to be happy, to keep going when you feel like it’s all lost. I believe in you, and I always will!

A bit of advice though. There’s no point going through life holding grudges on those who did you wrong. There’s no point worrying about the past because you can’t change it. There’s no point worrying about the future because it hasn’t happened yet. You need to live in the here and now, and give chances to those who may have been swayed by something they truly believe in…

Good luck Lauryn…

Love your biggest fan,

Jade

20 Years Ago, Harry Potter Graced Our Book Shelves!

On 26th June 1997, J.K Rowling and Bloomsbury published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Followed by six more years of school antics with the golden trio!

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This was then followed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright, and the brilliant Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie series! A sure sign that the magic isn’t on the verge of ending anytime soon!

Do you have a favourite?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone introduced us to a boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs on number 4, Privet Drive! Adopted by his uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, harrassed by his cousin Diddlykins, Harry Potter is the boy who lived.

Which book is an essential in your house?

Emersed in to a world of magic by a giant who rides a motorbike, Harry Potter experiences the world his parents lived in; featuring talking hats, secret passages, poly-juice potion, hippogriffs, dragons and house elfs!

With the help and love of their newly found family and friends, Harry, Ron and Hermoine go on a journey that shows us that love conquers all things!

This post is dedicated to the woman who created this world, the womaN who never stopped trying! You are my inspiration and the worlds inspiration (probably even the universes inspiration too)!

Thank you J.K!

To Fly… Would It Not Be Wonderful

Short story inspired by writing.prompt.s


So, in our world, half of the people born in a year can fly, and the other half can’t. It’s as simple as that.

And, the only way you can find out; is if you jump from a height that will surely kill you!

It sounds a bit macabre, I know, but my people know what their doing. They know if your that half that can fly. I promise.

My father can fly; my mother, maybe she can, but she never tried; my older sister can fly too, but my younger brother has no interest in it, not yet anyway. He likes having his two feet on the ground at all times, whilst I… I love to be in the air.

Whether I’m sitting on a plane, jumping in to a pool or doing the high jump in school, I just love the air brushing against me.

I’m sixteen years old now, the youngest you can be to find out your fait in this world; and about to jump off the white cliff of Dolin. It’s the cliff both my father and my sister jumped off, the one they glided from, unwilling from that day on to keep their feet on the ground.

I’ve never wanted to keep my feet on the ground. The wind has always given me a thrill, the feeling of it in my hair and brushing past my finger tips have always excited me. I knew from the day I jumped in to a diving pool that the air was built for me, to glide and fly…

I remember I sky dived once… The closest I’d come to flying before my time. I felt myself float, just as my father said he did. It had felt amazing. I can still remember the wind blowing in my face. I’d stretched my arms out and screamed in to the air in delight. I’d felt the air pick me up.

I’d begged the man behind me not to pull the chute, to let us glide down on to the ground, but such things are not allowed. The man had laughed, and in my ear, he’d said ‘Not today’.

The parachute would open as planned and we would fall to the ground slowly. I was mesmerised by that which surrounded us, by the endless land that some witnessed every day.

That moment is what I will imagine now as I step over the cliff.

My father is at the bottom, cheering for me to jump. My mother is stood behind him.

She won’t look at me, refusing until my feet have touched the ground, but I have already decided that she would never never see me again, because from this moment on, my feet will never touch solid ground.

I will fly to dinner, I will fly to school, I will keep myself in the air where I am meant to be. It is what I am made for…

I close my eyes, take a deep breath in as my father taught me, open my arms out to the world and jump. I feel the wind instantly, pushing in to me, easing it’s way through my splayed fingers, my lungs breathing in the purest of airs, filling my chest with the urges to glide, to do as my father does.

My father is still cheering, I can hear him in the wind, I think my mother has joined him. I smile, perhaps I am gliding already.

My eyes flicker, but the wind keeps them shut. There’s no worry. My father said this would happen, that I had to breath and picture myself in the air, to picture myself flying.

The moment I feel like an open parachute, for the moment I will begin to glide, to fly…

But the moment does not come…

My mothers not cheering…

She’s screaming…


This was fun to write, I hope it’s fun to read too! It seems the poor sixteen year old will fly, but not the way she expected!

Prompts can be a writers most important resource, and get you out of the writing slumps you find yourself in!

It helps you develop different types of writing styles, helps you try out different tenses and even lets you explore genres you perhaps wouldn’t think of writing in.

It also inspires you. It can lead to a paragraph, a short story, a chapter or even a full-blown novel! You can make a prompt your own. You could have a hero, a villain or a by-stander as your star, it doesn’t matter, as long as you write it the way you want to…

Just Keep Writing guys 🙂

Finding Inspiration in Ibiza

Sun, sea and steps in to the depths! This is the inspiration you can find in Ibiza!

I found so much inspiration in Ibiza and I had to share it!

Whether it’s for a current work in progress, a new novel or a short story, I think a photo can inspire a scene, which in turn can inspire a whole book.

A photo is just a snapshot in time, but if you didn’t take it, there’s a whole host of things that could have led up to it. This means that a simple photo of a lighthouse on an island, in the middle of the sea, could belong to an old hermit called Genny Bee, who deliberately crashes ships in to the rocks so he can kill the crew and steal the oranges!

Someone once said, a photo can say a thousand words!

This time last year, I was getting ready to go and tick a couple things off my bucket list! Ibiza and paragliding! It’s one of the most beautiful and inspirational places I’ve ever been, and if you ever have the chance to go, I definitely recommend it.

Hopefully, all the photos I took will help inspire you in some way!

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This is the first photo I took whilst on the coach to the hotel. For most of the holiday, we stayed near the bay, but we did go in to Ibiza’s old town for a day trip. It was full of culture and Spanishness. Beautiful in every way possible!

Here are some of the beautiful sunsets we witnessed!

The following is some photo’s I took whilst on a sunset cruise! Sadly though, just as the sun started to set, the clouds rolled in. It probably would have been beautiful.

On the sunset cruise, I saw the following. I think it could inspire a story all on its own. An old staircase in to the deepest depths of the ocean!

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The following is just some more photos, some taken from the balcony and others taken on San-Antonio Bay as me and my friends explored.

Here are some Panaromic photo’s I took on the hotels beach.

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The lady, who gave us a tour around Ibiza Old Town, told us that there was something about Ibiza that kept pulling her back, and after going there and experiencing it, I’m not surprised. It’s somewhere I would go back to every time if I could, there’s just something about it that you can’t explain!

I hope you liked this little inspirational post, and can find some motivation in the photo’s I’ve shared!

Inspiration on The Shore

The water is one of the greatest sculptures of our time!

I think the shore is one of the best places to find inspiration. The sea and the tide mean

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the land is always changing and always being sculpted in to something different!

It’s also a great place to walk the dogs and explore all the caves and holes the sea carves out for you!

It inspires me to no end when I go there and makes me remember that nature creates beautiful things – like these pebbles!

It also plays a part in my Adult fantasy book, and will forever remind me of my Serpents Cove and the Rocky Shore!

Here is just a load of photo’s, of the sun setting, the rock formations, the crevices, the small caves, the rocks, the sand and the water (and a Springer Spaniel thrown in for good measure).

Finding Inspiration

So, here’s a couple of ways that help me find my inspiration and beat that dreaded thing called writers block. Hopefully it’ll help you too.

  • Explore

I think exploring is the best. You can find all sorts outside whilst your exploring. You can even go and explore a certain setting.

Maybe a cathedral, church, mosque or other religious building

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Maybe a pebbled beach at sunset

A forest path;

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An old street in a Spanish Town

Or the zoo…

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  • Images

It could be one you’ve taken or maybe one you’ve found on the internet. If you’re looking for a certain type of inspiration; maybe you’re writing a crime novel; just type your scenario in to google images and see what you get. You could even make a collage of images if that helps you.

  • Books

Books are usually a writers first inspiration. They can take you away to place you’ve never been before and allow you to escape. Their one of the reasons why so many writers write, because they want to create their own worlds that they can escape in to.

Whether or not the genre is the same as the one your working on, idea’s can be taken from the characters, the scenes and the scenarios to help you create you own. Nowadays, there aren’t many ideas that haven’t been written about, but you just have to remember that it’s never been written by you, and every story written is different from the next.

  • Movies/TV Shows

This is similar to books. The big screen can bring characters to life, give you a different depth of understanding in to how people work, how they walk, how they hold themselves, and how scenarios that you don’t usually see in every day life pan out.

As much as we want to believe that werewolves and ghosts do exist, if their anything like their on-screen counterparts, we’re very unlikely to see them out and about. So, both movies and TV shows can give you that, and the films and shows nowadays can be so immersive and make you feel so much that you can’t help, but want to create your own scenes in your head, which can then become a FanFiction, or something different all together.

For example, despite what you think of E.L James Fifty Shades, Twilight and vampires was it’s inspiration and now almost everyone knows about Christian Grey and Anastatia Steel.

  • Video Games

Video games let you escape in to different worlds in a different sort of way to books and movies. It can allow you to be creative, to make your own decisions and face the consequences. It gives you a first person experience and whether it’s an open world type of game or story driven, the feelings and the emotions that it can give you can be taken from it and developed in to something else.

For me, Skyrim is the biggest influence in my current piece. It’s the game that gave me the idea in the first place, and now it’s developed, only elements of it still remain, but every time I play it, it almost gives me the motivation to write more and finish. Games like the Elder Scrolls and Fable have always been favourites of mine, and there are so many games out there that there’s something for everyone. From Lego adventures to Halo Wars.

  • Dreams

It is said that you can dream four to six times per night, but most of us forget 95 to 99% of our dreams. And even if we do remember it, it’s normally just snippets or feelings. Dreams can be a look in to how your feeling, give you inspiration to work on a project and even help you solve problems you might be facing in your every-day life.

In your dreams, you can have your very own adventures, some of which can end with you saving the world or falling over a cliff (which gives a much realer feeling than you think). Some can be so weird that you don’t want to remember them, but others can leave a mark on you.

They say that the way to remember your dreams is to actually tell yourself as your falling asleep that you want to remember them, and then the second you you wake up, write down what you can remember on some paper or a notebook that you keep close to your bed. Even if you can just remember snippets or images, write it down and it’ll help train your brain to remember more.

You can find out more about this at Sleep.org

  • People

People are everywhere! Their all around us and every one has their own story. Family, friends and work colleagues can all inspire you.

It can be really creepy watching people and listening to what they say, but you can gain so much from it that a little bit of eaves-dropping in a cafe or on a bus may influence your next story. And, just having a wider perception of people and just being more observant can help you learn more about a person, how they hold themselves, how they walk, how they talk. Everyone does it differently and taking aspects of people can help you make up your own.

  • Travel

It doesn’t need to be anywhere exotic. It can be a road trip, or maybe just a week away to Butlins. It could even be a family holiday. Not many of us get the opportunity to travel where we want, but if you ever do, or if you ever want to do it, justgo. Your not going to regret it. You’ll regret it more if you don’t.

Travelling lets you learn about the world, about the different cultures and the different histories that a country can have. It can also give you settings and people that you don’t usually walk in to.

I recently went to Ibiza and the view and the culture inspired me to think about all the settings and scenes where my stories take place, and all the little wonders that can be hidden inside a cave or down an alley way.

  • History

History can teach us a lot, whether it be about the people that died in the cold war or who created the telephone. It can give us idea’s on how to create cultures, religions and build our worlds; it gives us hundreds and thousands of people that lived very different lives to what we live now, and there are thousands of untold stories that lie in the back of a history book or on a shelf somewhere in the library.

Whether your book is a fantasy, a romance or even a comedy, using an era in history gives you an already made world you can use to write your story. Access to the internet means that almost every historical event is at your finger tips, every historical figure has something written about them somewhere.

  • Cultures and Religions

Like I said above, history gives us an insight in to how cultures and religions worked before, but there are so many now and the world is becoming more and more diverse every day that you don’t need to look back. There’s so many books and internet articles on the different types of cultures and religions in the world that there’s bound to be one that jumps out of you, and you can adapt it the way you want,

When writing, having a culture that people listen too, or something that they all believe in and follow can make it that bit more believable. Even if it’s something you’ve made up, maybe all the women over the age of thirty five have tattoos on their arms for some reason or another. It’s completely up to you, but having consistency in a story can make it seem more real, and more immersive.

  • Music

Music, although, it won’t always help you to create a world, it can give ideas for characters, for plots or even scenes. It can even be a playlist that motivates you and inspires you to write.

Artists write about how their feeling, about what they’ve been through and it gives you an insight on how someone might feel in a certain scenario and there’s definitely a song out there to describe the way you want your character to feel, or about the choice they have to make.

For me, The Kill and Attack by Thirty Seconds to Mars helped me develop a character and a back-story for a project that at the moment, is on hold, and various songs by Panic! at the Disco and Imagine Dragons, just to name a couple, helped me develop my current piece.

  • Art

Art can be used in a similar way to photos and images. You can search on the internet, go to a museum, a gallery, or to the local alley where all the kids leave their marks in graffiti. Almost everything around you is part of an art, whether it be a book case, a bed, a house, a park. Everything has an architect, someone that designed and created it.

You can even create your own. By drawing or painting (whether your good at it or not) a certain setting, a place, a character or an object from the world you’ve created, you can make it feel more real, more believable.

I’ve seen a lot of people say that you shouldn’t create your own book cover. Leave it to the advertisers, the marketers, but if creating a book cover inspires and motivates you, do it. Do anything (within reason) that helps to inspire you, to motivate you to write.

People are their own architects, taking bits from every thing and every one they meet. Inspiration can be found absolutely anywhere, you just have to open your eyes and look for it. Take the longest route home, give yourself a couple of moments in the day just to look around, inspiration will hit you.