Writer’s Block

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Writer’s Block. Some of the two most terrible words ever put together. Their meaning and what it does to me are probably one of the worst possible enemies too. To anybody who likes to write, this is problem we’re all going to experience or already have. And to those who haven’t yet? Your time will come. Continue reading “Writer’s Block”

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Behind The Books

This post was inspired by Daily Post’s word prompt Understanding

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I feel like this is something that can be easy to forget. Whether you remember it’s happening or the book and its events sweep you away. But I want to take a step back into what’s behind the books. How a truly good book in any genre, will have much more for you than an entertaining story. It will give you more and leave you with a gift if only you know how to find it. This, is why books and writing are held so dear to me.

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Into The Night

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One of the guys hauled in another skid, the wood perfect and with a grunt threw it atop the fire they all surrounded. For a moment, the flames lessened before consuming the wood and lighting up brilliantly. Eliana cheered with some of the others, stepping up to the flames once they calmed down. She could still hear the chattering of Tessa and Laura behind her. But they were easily tuned out by the flames. A grin spread across her face when she turned away, watching the light of the bonfire reflect off of them all in the dark.

 

She went back to them and sat on the bench, taking the palm bay when it was handed to her from a nearby cooler. Quickly joining back in on the conversation she basked wordlessly into the night. “El!” Daren interrupted her thoughts and she raised and eyebrow at him, “You are such a fire bug, jeez, pay attention. Do you know where your brother went?” “Yes, because my job is keeping track of my brother.” Laura elbowed her slightly in the ribs, giving her a knowing look. Eliana rolled her eyes, ignoring Laura’s grin, “He headed inside, probably for some drinking games.”

 

“Love your faith in me sister,” And a peck on the cheek followed by a hand buried in her hair. Eliana resisted the urge to swat him. But she was in a good mood, so she just took another sip of her drink. “Actually,” he continued, “I’m going to liven up this music and you’re going to help.” Again, Eliana found herself raising a brow. “Oh of course, your every need dear brother,” she muttered sarcastically. “That’s the spirit!” Then he leaned over and whispered something to Laura then he was gone heading over to a group and that was when she spotted the guitar in his hand.

 

There were three others with him for now. All bearing some kind of instrument, including, yes, a cowbell. Eliana shook her head but a laugh still made its way out her lips. One that immediately cut off when she saw Dylan coming up just behind her brother. As always, his face was set blank, but tonight there was a spark there. Which seemed to brighten as she watched him sit down and take the first strum of guitar. Immediately, the music began filling her ears as her brother joined in. Hell, even the cowbell sounded nice. It was when he sang that her breath stopped. Absolutely froze her and sent heat down to places she dared not name when he was only mere feet away from her. A smile worked its way on her face.

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Use Of Parallelism

This post is coming up thanks to my finishing Ugly Love because I could not stop thinking about how well Colleen Hoover made use of it in that book.

Parallelism is used for a grammar technique but also as a writing technique. And yes, today in my explanation, there is a difference. It’s also when two different situations parallel with each other, they’re similar and/or have the same motifs, ideas and/or meanings.
As an example I’ll use Ugly Love. Hoover wrote the book with one chapter in the present in Tate’s perspective and the following chapter in Miles’ perspective, the love interest. For me, what I loved was the parallelism between these two characters as they fell in love at completely different times in their lives and how it went for them. It was two worlds seamlessly combining together to form a better, more unique picture of love, loss and recovery. And I can’t forget when Hoover brought together two sides of the story (trying to avoid spoilers) into the same kind of recovery and characters returning to being whole as individuals.

In writing, as a result, I think it’s something key. It’s a way to get your readers involved, which is of course always the ultimate goal. In Ugly Love, I had moments where I literally sat back in my chair, head hanging backwards absorbing moments in the story I had just realized paralleled each other beautifully and heartbreakingly.

What does this kind of parallelism do for you?
Any tips on using it well?
Let me know in the comments!

Importance Of Irony

Why Use Irony In Writing?

In short? Because it’s fascinating and does wonders on your readers.

This post is going to be a bit weird for me because for lack of bias sake I’m going to use both of my perspectives, that of a writer and as an avid reader.

Irony in short is so useful because of the way it draws me in as a reader. So in this case, dramatic irony is really important, when the reader is in on something that the characters don’t know yet. Because I don’t want to give spoilers from popular books my example is Macbeth.
In the play, there’s a particular moment in act 1, scene 4 where Duncan expresses his trust for Macbeth. This in particular is ironic because in the end, Macbeth betrays and murders Duncan in cold blood. Or rather, in a vie for the throne. It happens again situationally in this same story. Macbeth is given the title of a man who is killed for being a traitor. Then, becomes a traitor himself.

These little things make the story more interesting as a whole. While reading Shakespeare especially for me where I have a lot less patience and interest. This actually made it pretty funny in my mind and a lot more interesting. More of this happens in every good story I read. The Mercy Thompson series for example. I put an example of irony is my book quotes and scenes post. Mercy is saying the absolute truth to a human, unbeknownst to him. This added beautifully to Mercy’s character and the closure of the story for me.

As a writer though, briefly, it is useful. As a reader I love irony, in any shape or form since it can work as situational, dramatic or verbal. So use it! Readers, even if they don’t realize what it is, will love any use of irony. Whether it’s funny, interesting or anything else. Not only that, but it is a great challenge. It’s not always easy to write something ironic and not make it to cheesy. Writing some good irony takes some good planning and writing skills. Or if you’re a writer like me, a lot of luck that when you reread you realize you added some in beautifully, by accident more or less. The more or less depends on the day with me.

Who are the best authors at irony?
For more tips on irony in writing check out: FIVE WAYS TO USE DRAMATIC IRONY IN YOUR WRITING
Is it important to you? Why? Let me know

Until next time,

Shayla