A Wall of Sticky Notes

Now that summer vacation has started, (It began a bit late for me due to unfortunate weather circumstances during the winter) I am beginning to formulate some ideas as to what I want to accomplish.  One I came up with a few months prior to now, however, I am now adding more specific details to this plan.

The book that I started during NaNoWriMo this year I have continued, though at a slower rate compared to that of November.  Yet, I am nearing the end, and have come up with a few ideas concerning my rewrite.  Although, the first aspect of my writing I need to correct is the organization of my research.  Or, rather, I need to conduct research.  I have a small amount of information I have compiled, and also several unfinished outlines. Wondering when the wall of sticky notes comes in?  Well, I believe now would be a good time to explain my title.

I have been researching various ideas on how I may organize the notes and outline for my novel, and one of the ideas I found was to find an empty wall and plaster it with sticky notes, filled with the information for my book.  One of my first thoughts after reading this was that I could never find a wall empty or large enough within my living quarters to cover with all the notes I would need.  Another was that it sounded impossibly confusing, not to mention the picture in my mind of some small child arriving and ripping them all down before I was aware.  Of course, such a hypothetical situation was unlikely to happen anytime soon, yet the idea was still quite unappealing to my specific style of organization.

Since then I have looked into a few online sources which I may be able to use to store my information, many of which require a disconcerting amount of compensation.  While I am willing to expend a bit of my savings on this project, I feel that there are better solutions.  One website I took a glance at was celtx, which is free provided you do not mind using only its most basic components.  I attempted to try this, however I could not pass even the sign up, as it consistently insisted something about “undefined is not a function”.  If anyone reading has advice as to how I may fix this, I would be very interested.

I occurred to me, since I am starting to look at these programs for the first time seriously, it may be beneficial to both myself and those reading to create a post open to suggestion on organizing information for one’s novel.  So, please give suggestions in the comment section below.  For example, what do you personally do to organize for your novel?  Do you use the sticky note method?  Or perhaps there is an online program that you think everyone ought to use?  Please share these in the comment section below.  Your advice would be greatly appreciated.  Have a fabulous day.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

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Facebook Status: Pumped

Okay, it is a cheesy title, but I do not particularly care at the moment.  My feat at winning NaNoWriMo has spurred me on to actually finish this book.  Mind you, I am no where near the end of my first draft, which is a messy one at that, but I am extremely excited.  Not only do I see many flaws in my writing, in only propels me forward.  I want so badly to pour my creativity into this novel, and to have the characters in my writing come to life and relate to the people reading- tehe, I just realized that I am rambling about writing.  And no, I did not plan that joke.

I’ve got Pentatonix pulsing through my ear-buds (a band I highly suggest), a word document pulled up, and it is nighttime.  The prefect time to write.

I honestly had so much fun writing during NaNoWriMo, and it was nothing like I expected.  If any of you didn’t do it this past month, I encourage you to do it this summer during Camp NaNoWriMo.  I await it eagerly myself.

Now I shall list the aspects of my writing I need to fix, because I love lists:

1) I need to improve my vocabulary immensely

.           Not only does any writer need a fairly large vocabulary to start with, but my main characters supposedly hail from royalty.  This requires me to write them as somewhat intelligent, well-spoken people.  Unfortunately, I am nowhere near as articulate as they ought to be.  Any tips on how to do this in an organized fashion would be appreciated.

2) My characters are unrealistic.

My characters lack details, details necessary to make them seem real.  Real people have a million aspects that influence their personality and choices.  While I cannot reveal them all, that is not necessary.  It simply needs to be shown that they have small preferences that don’t necessarily have to do with their horrific back stories.

3) Plot-holes…everywhere.

Um…I blame this on it being the first draft plus the fact that it was partially done during NaNoWriMo.

Those are a few of the problems I am facing that I must fix.  What kind of problems do you face?  Also, challenge for today is to list 5 uncommon words to signify dialogue, such as “rambled,” or “prattled”.  What?  Using you to help me expand my vocabulary?  Of course not…I simply want to help you.  If I get some better words than “said,” in the process, it would simply be a happy coincidence.  Feel free to like, comment, or follow!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Paper Towns

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~Picture provided by johngreenbooks.com

Riding in a car for 20 hours can cause one to become desperate for entertainment, entertainment that is small and easily fits inside of a car with three other tired travelers.  OK, it wasn’t 20 hours straight, but still.

I recently came back from a wedding held in South Carolina for my dear cousin, possibly one of the hottest places I’ve been to this summer.  It was approximately a 10 hour drive to the hotel, and a 10 hour drive back.  I brought several books, a laptop, some sunscreen, a Gameboy, and various other traveling items.  Needless to say, I beat a gym leader and got my idiot magikarp up to about level 15 so he can finally tackle.

On this long, tiring trip, I finished one of the books on my mental to-read list, which was recommended to me by ExplodingBiscut.  This book was Paper Towns by John Green, a beloved author and vlogger.  I believe it is the first book I have ever read by the appraised Mr. Green, and I was duly impressed.  The two main characters in this fiction are Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman.  Margo is an audacious, mysterious, stunning girl, with a taste for adventure.  Quentin is a nerdy, careful, and determined teenager, who is in the senior class in Orlando, Florida with Margo.  Quentin talks to her on rare occasion, but one night, she appears at his window with a mission.  Convincing timid Quentin to come with her on her escapade, they sneak out with his mother’s car in the middle of the night.  By the end of the night, they have taken revenge on several of Margo’s enemies, one of Quentin’s, and successfully snuck into the closed Seaworld.  Quentin thinks that this is the beginning of a long friendship with Margo, but he soon finds that this may not be the case.  Margo disappears the next day, which initially causes no alarm, as she has gone on unexpected trips before.  However, as the days grow long, Quentin begins to worry.  Then he finds a trail of clues left by Margo for him to follow.  With his friends, Quentin goes on a journey to finding Margo.  Over the course of his adventure, his view of Margo, and everyone he knows, changes.

Paper Towns is an extremely well detailed story, with relatable, lifelike characters.  In between serious narratives about understanding the others around you as people and not ideas, you will find hilarious original jokes to break up the tension.  John Green weaves an amazing narrative about the importance of never thinking of anyone as more than a human being that is well paced and keeps one on the edge of their seat.  Paper Towns is a brilliant book for anyone from the age of fourteen to mid-life adults.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

I hope you enjoyed this short review of Paper Towns by John Green.  If you want to visit his vlog, you can go here, or his website which is here.  Feel free to comment with your thoughts on his book, so long as you notify others if there will be spoilers in your comment.  Also, don’t forget to like and follow.  Thank you for your time!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

P.S. I am now currently reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which is in the process of being made into a movie.  Let me know in the comments if you’d like a review for that as well.  Sorry this took so long!

A Trip to the Library

Today, I went to the library, which I have not done in an awfully long time.  I hope that libraries never fall out of use, though I fear that the day is soon coming where I will reminisce to the younger generations about a wonderful building filled with paper books, due to the electronic library revolution going on lately.  Both my father and my sister have Kindles.  I have not gotten one yet, as I do prefer the actual book in my hands.  At the library today, I got 3 books.  I would have gotten more, but I’ve been rather busy with school lately.  I got The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, along with it’s sequel The People of Sparks, and finally Escape From Memory by Margaret Peterson Haddix, an author I highly recommend.  I thought I had read all of her books, but it seems that there is yet one I have missed.  Haddix write one of my favorite series, The Shadow Children Series, which is about standing up to a government who forces each family to only have two children.  Luke is the protagonist in the first book, who is the third child in a family of farmers.  I think this is where I got the impression that Luke was a good name.  I find that the reason most people like or dislike names, are not the sound of them, but what their first impression of one with that name was.  Unless, of course, they have never heard or read of a person with that name.  

If you would like, I would be willing to give a review of one or two of the books after I read them, though I do not know if you would be interested in that.  Of course, reading is one of the most vital things in learning to write well, so if I can help you in any way to read good books, I would love to.  Some of the books I would recommend right off the bat would be some of the classics that no doubt many of you have already read due to school requirements, but if they have not asked you to read them, I suggest Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Giver by Louis Lowry, and anything by John Green.  To be honest, though, I have not yet read a book by John Green, so it is rather hypocritical for me to recommend them to you.  However, I am fully planning on doing so, once my schedule becomes not insane.  Is that a double negative?  After all, I am saying not not sane.  Just a thought.

One more thing before I finish this post-what are some of your favorite books that you’d recommend?  Or authors?  Comment below.  Thank you!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉