Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Value of Words

   Short words, long words, fancy words, plain words. There are many different types of words, each with its own value. It's great to use bigger words in your writing, but don't over do it. You can confuse the reader, lose meaning, and sound egoistical. Short word definitely have their place. One of my teachers, Mr. West, once said, ' Don't use a 75 cent word when a five cent word will do.'  I can see the beauty in that. Plus no one wants to sound pompous, save that for the character you want everyone to hate. Like Tom in The Great Gatsby... I mean really, who doesn't want to have at least one good swing at him? 
   Some students make the mistake of using big words they don't really know, to make the teacher think they really tried hard. The problem? They end up using them incorrectly. Which only agitates the teachers and actually has the reverse affect of trying to impress them.
   Oh and never miss-use this word: pulchritudinous- physical beauty. Teachers really hate it when you write it mean that something protrudes. Oh and paltry and sultry.... ehhh, yeah. Definitely consult a dictionary before you turn in a paper, because Microsoft won't recognize anything is wrong, because those are words. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Love

   What is love? Well technically, it's when a bunch of chemicals mix together in your brain. But that's not what most people would say. "Love is knowing that you have never trusted anyone more with your life and heart before. It's feel safe," that's what one person said that asked, and I think that she definitely has thought this through before. Love can be describe different by different people, however, the basis of love is always the same. That's why it can be  so hard to convey in a story, while at the same time so easy.
   In the end, I'd have to say that its the small details that matter the most. The small gestures are the ones that remain forever. I once heard of an old man who bought flowers for his wife every day. Even though she is dead now, he still buys the flowers and places them on her grave. That's commitment. That's love. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Writers Block

   As writers we have all hit writer's block at one time or another. My advice is to put it away and come back to it in a few days. This allows you to refresh your vision and mind. It gives you a clear perspective on the topic on hand. This doesn't always help, I'm not going to lie, but it can be very helpful. Sometimes I've come back two years later and finished the tale. Is this bad? I think not. Writing is a mind of its own. Flow with it. Don't force something that just just fight well because you're impatient.
   If you are writing an essay for school, I definitely don't recommend wait until the last second. It never ends well. One of my teacher advises to have it finished at least one week before it's due. It gives you time edit and revise.
   I'm writing a story about a dangerous love and I totally hit a block. I'm still not sure what to do, but in time I will. Even if it means starting over. But if anyone has any ideas for a story involving a "good-girl" and the son of a mob boss, I would really appreciate it! :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

poem on Figment

 I found this little gem and just couldn't wait to share it. It's a little saddening but the writing is beautiful. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. figment.com/books/190820-Chasing-Your-Phantom