Book Review of Two Lives, Three Choices by K. L. Pierce

A little while ago, I interviewed indie published author K. L. Pierce and we got to talk about her writing—Two Lives, Three Choices in particular. She has just recently revised this story, the first in a faith-based science fiction series. Since I’d only read the first version, and since I didn’t yet own the book, I decided to get her revised version of Two Lives, Three Choices, and finally write a review.

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Thoughts on the Anime “Your Name”

yournameYesterday, Hannah Heath and I went to see the anime Your Name. It was released in Japan in 2016 and it went over so well, they wisely decided to release it in the United States also. It got a whopping 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That, and the fact that it was about a body swap (a concept I’d always dreamed of experiencing or writing about) ultimately helped me in deciding to go. The trailer looked pretty too, so overall, I was pretty stoked. It should be a fairly good movie, right?

Wrong. Oh, I was so wrong.

It was AMAZING.

 

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20 Questions to Ask Your Plot and Characters

Writerly tags are, believe it or not, one of the biggest things that make me think about my WIP more in depth. Most of the tags I’ve participated in (the Six Question Character Challenge being my absolute favorite) made me ask questions of my plot and characters that I’d never even thought to ask. For instance, before participating in the aforementioned tag, I had no idea what my MC’s MBTI type was, where my main six characters saw themselves in ten years, or that my villain resembled Anton Yelchin. Getting to know little details about my characters also revealed so much more about my plot, even future book ideas for later in the series! It results in much elation, as you may well understand if you’re a writer. Writing up Six Questions Character Challenge made my week. I love talking about my characters to begin with, but answering questions I didn’t know about them in the first place made the experience so much more enlightening and enjoyable.

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Keep Your Writing Organized with a Bullet Journal

I’m sure we writers hit a spot during our writing career when we feel overwhelmed. We’ve done a great job developing that plot, the foreshadowing and characters, but it’s too much. We can’t keep track, what with all the scattered Word files and notebooks full of unorganized scribbles. Let’s face it:

It’s tough being a writer. It can be depressing, writing about people, who, even though they are fictional, have serious problems. Delving into those problems and developing them, crafting them into a story, can lead to fictional stress (a real thing). It’s like you’re making sure ten different people are all taken care of and happy at the same time. Unorganized and dislocated, all these story tidbits, the tiniest scenes, the snatches of dialog, a character’s arc, etc. etc. all come tumbling down on your poor cluttered mind and distracts you, forcing you to lose your confidence. Your wits. Your sanity. Your nut.

Sound familiar?

For a while, this fit me to a T. When school started, it got worse, and I found the root of the problem was disorganization. I like keeping notes about my writing, but they’re all scattered in one tiny notebook I bring with me everywhere. There are a lot of ways to keep your writing organized; I’ve heard Scrivener is a very popular and handy resource particularly for fiction writers. But I can’t take a laptop everywhere I go. A notebook? Check. And that’s where all my writing ideas go before I log them onto a Word file.

I started researching how to gather up all my ideas into one place (in this case, a single journal) where I could find them easily. Now if that doesn’t sound like heaven to a plotter, I don’t know what does. In my research, I came across a term called “bullet journaling” and I was very happy with the article I found: Bullet Journaling for Fiction Writers

I bought a notebook. I fell in love with it. And I started to bullet journal. (Cue suspenseful music.)

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Prophecy: A Harry Potter Poem {and a Discussion on J. K. Rowling}

One of my favorite things about Harry Potter is the complexity of the story. J. K. Rowling manages to write only 8 books focusing on an incredibly intricate plot without going crazy. Or maybe she did go crazy, a mental situation most writers tend to fall subject to, but she certainly didn’t lose her head enough to give up, and that’s only one of the many things I admire J. K. Rowling for.

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Writing Tips: Quirks – The Pros and Cons

I’m sure all you writers have heard that your characters need quirks … especially your major characters, such as the protagonist and antagonist. Foreshadowing and background adds quirks to the character, makes him unique. Especially if the quirk has an effect on the story and ties in with the character’s personality, his problems or desire. It can be a subtle quirk, an oddity, an out-of-place physical appearance, a gait, the way she talks while twisting her hair, even his tendency to say “UM” very loudly in the middle of sentence transition. They can also make your characters memorable and even act as a symbol to remember a character by. Jack Sparrow, for example, has that strange, (and yet awesome) walk of his which communicates that his character is a bit off the rocker. Ahab has that wooden peg for a leg because Moby Dick bit it off during their first encounter, which is why he now wants vengeance upon Moby Dick in the story.

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Writing Tips: Multiple Storylines

Yup, you read the title right: Multiple storylines. But who, you ask, likes storylines enough to write more than one? 

I, for one, have always hated writing storylines. If I was going to write, I was going to write my story, not a storyline; I could figure it out myself. Unfortunately, I stuck with that belief for a loooong time, which is exactly why none of my stories ever got finished. I am the type of person who has very distracted and unorganized thoughts and hundreds of little plots … and who knew I’d be writing more than one storyline one day (and not going crazy)?pencil_paperRead More »