When NaNoWriMo is over

You’re done! You’ve just completed your very first National Novel Writing Month word sprint and are looking at the ending of your finished manuscript. Now what? Do you go headfirst into editing, scratch every plot, twist, idea you had and begin all over again?

When You're Face-to-Face With a Setback

Sometimes, as writers, we face some pretty frustrating setbacks. Some of which are so bad that all we want to do is to close our laptops, put away our pens, and just take a very, very long break. Maybe even an indefinite one. Whether it’s rejection from a publisher or you’ve lost an entire piece of work due to a malfunction, it makes you wonder why you’re still on this crazy, unreliable train anyways.

Today, I want to talk about those setbacks, and why they really aren’t the end of the world – even though that’s what they feel like. In reality, they’re actually pretty beneficial to your growth as a writer.

Why I'm Participating in NaNoWriMo (Bonus: My Tips for Surviving)

It’s October. As a writer, that means two things to me. The first is that I haven’t posted here in a ridiculously long time, which I sincerely apologize for. The second is that November is nearly here, which means NaNoWriMo is upon us. It’s something you hear about quite a lot as a writer, because it’s kind of a tradition in our field; it’s the big event that a lot of people work towards all year long.

Today, I’m going to be talking about why I’m participating this year, and why you should potentially consider doing the same in the future.

Writing a God-Centered story

A few weeks ago, I read a very gripping, first person, young adult fictional book. Besides the action, plot, twist and turns in this story, I still had a problem with it: the language.

When Characters Come Alive

It's alive!!!!!! Run for the hills!!!!!!

Isn't it true though of every spooky movie? One of my childhood times of hearing this dreadful time was one of the original Veggie Tales movies. Even as writers, we have kinda the same problem when we're in the middle of a story and we are very frequently interrupted by our characters. 

Sale Day (fiction piece)

Hi, all! Today I'm here with a short fiction piece! Hope you enjoy! -Kirstie
Mr. Coleman bustled around the now quiet shop, pulling out things from the shelves, putting other things back, straightening here and there.
Perspiration running down his brow, he glanced at the clock. Sighing with relief, he slowed his efforts. He still had half an hour.

Its a matter of Perspective

Hello my fellow readers, I come to bring you......a matter of perspective. What's that you say? Perspective? Where are you going with this, Natalie? 
Let's look at the definition of the word perspective. The dictionary defines this word as:

A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

One Day in the Journal of a Lightbulb in the Castle of Elysian

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
OK, so I didn't sleep well last night. Neither did the humans, I'm guessing, because they kept getting up in the middle of the night and turning me on.
Anyway, I eventually got back to sleep.
So, at five-thirty this morning, I was resting peacefully, when one of the humans came barging downstairs. He reached for the light switch. I cringed as the electricity surged through my circuits. You have no idea how painful it can be to support such high current.

Story Day: When authors become characters

Hello, my writing peoples! I have come to this wonderful blog to share with you one of the joys of writing, and I would like to start with….
*character clears throat*

100th Post Celebration!!!

Hey guys, it's Arella here! Not too long ago, we posted our 100th post on this blog!

*cue confetti canons*

In honor of this achievement, we decided to do something fun. We asked our writing friends for some questions, and we did our best to answer all of them. It was so much fun answering all of them, and we hope y'all enjoy reading through them, too.

Jesus Christ and the solar eclipse

There it was, Golgotha's hill. The very place where three crosses stood. And as we know from the beautiful Easter story, the moment Jesus died, was the same moment that the sky blackened and the temple veil ripped in two.

The Truth About Mentors in Books and Real-Life

As writers, I think we can all agree that mentors are pretty important, whether we’re referring to the character role or real people impacting our careers as aspiring authors. Mentors serve to guide our heroes and ourselves, and whether the problem is helping us rise up to face a villain or finish a manuscript makes their role no less important.
So today, let’s talk about mentors, and the misconceptions we young writers often have about them.

A moment in time: A short story

Note: This is a "flashback" moment in Skylar's past that I wanted to share and see how it would work as a possible part of my story. Enjoy.

God Can Use Our Vulnerable Writing~ Guest post by Sara Willoughby

I didn’t want to post it. The moment I clicked send, I began to second guess myself. I tried to assure myself that it was in God’s hands, and I put it to the back of my mind for a few days. Except that two days later, none of the three people I’d sent the article to had responded. Which wasn’t entirely unusual, but...

It's Okay To Stop Writing

Hey, everyone, King and Tyrant returning at last with a bit of a conversation sparking question.
Do you ever just get tired of writing?
Like, bottom of the word bin, if I were standing at the edge of a fictional cliff I'd probably fall over tired?
It's okay. It's okay to get tired.
It's okay to want to quit and stop writing or blogging forever and potentially live as a Netflix watching Pizza eating caterpillar for the rest of your life.
What's maybe not okay?
Actually doing that.

The Impact of Books

Today, I’d like to talk about books, something we are all very familiar with on this blog. As soon as we hear that beautiful word, the image of little black letters lined up perfectly on a white page springs to our mind, and we have a sudden desire to go find the nearest book and read it.

This post isn’t about any random book, though. No, this post is about books that inspire.

Get Over Your Limitations

Last week, I was at a youth conference, one that I go to every year. One of the speakers, however, came up with a point in his message that made me think about it, not just regarding my walk with God, but in the case of my writing as well. His point? "Get Over Your Limitations."

It is ok to say "No"

Throughout the timeframe of twenty-four hours, there are several different things we say. Yes, I can’t, will you help me? Mom, dad, and the list goes on. But what about writing? Usually, when I sit at my computer with every intention of putting my thoughts on paper, my brain clicks off and I end up just binge watching a tv show or get into a good conversation with other writers. I have, therefore, turned my deadlines into maybe's, my urgencies into extensions, and my yes’s into no’s.

I wasn’t facing writer's block, I had several ideas, thoughts, and plot twists that I wanted to explore and put in the paths of my readers and in my own story that I’m currently working on, so what happened? Why couldn’t I just sit down and make my mind work so that I could write? I like to kinda explain it this way……..my brain went to outer space to take a nap. There was complete oblivion, darkness, silence, and a dark emptiness that I couldn’t control. It was like my brain hit a kill switch and the breaker box blew all at once. To put it simply, I said no.

It was just easier to say no and call it a day.

Why It's Important to Share Your Writing

One of the hardest things for a writer (other than writing), is working up the courage to start sharing our work with friends, family, and strangers. It’s scary, because we wonder if maybe everything we’ve worked so hard on isn’t as good as we thought. It’s something that’ll help you grow, though, and today I’m going to tell you why.

The beauty of spoken poetry

As a writer, I love reading and finding other works in the same genre that I’m working on at the time. The same is for poetry. I have found that it is one thing to write poetry, and another to hear it being read. So if you do it right, the imagery is beautiful and can leave pictures in your mind as the one reciting it takes you on the said journey. I first came across this poetry piece below on Facebook as one of those “caption this” clips. And therefore with my curiosity piqued, I found the full version on YouTube. It's titled Explaining my depression to my mother: A conversation and rightfully so. Below are the words or “lyrics” to the piece, and then the video from YouTube. The request I have is that you first read the poem and then watch the video as Sabrina Benaim brings this piece to life.

Never Give Up

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7(NIV)
Never give up. I am sure that you heard these three words plenty of times, but sometimes you feel like the words, “Never Give Up” are not helping, especially if a family member or friends tell you this.

Are you discouraged?
Are you frustrated?
Are you doing something to please someone else?
Are you having a hard time figuring out how to balance your time to accomplish something that God has placed on your heart to focus on?

Standing Out (Open Pen Critique)

This is an open pen critique. If you have any thoughts or comments, be sure to write them below!

I started up from my bed. My room was pitch dark. Everything was calm and quiet, but my heart was racing. The cold, clammy fingers of fear began to wrap around my mind. "Why did I tell Altam? What if he tells everyone else?" Giant cold drops of sweat began to trickle down my face. I passed the night in silent misery.

At the crack of dawn, I was up and dressing. I was anxious to get to the university to see if Altam had told on me. After racing through the early morning rush traffic, I walked into the university. I was somewhat relieved when the receptionist gave me a cheery "Good morning." But it didn't help my suspense much. I just had to know. I just had to find Altam.

Don't Stress Over Not Writing

As some of you may have noticed, I have not been writing/updating on here.
 I unintentionally dropped posting a few weeks ago (on both my blog, and here), partly due to VBS, which took up a lot of energy, it left me not wanting to do much else.
 And one last thing.

Yes, God Can Still Use Another Writer

As Christian writers, we are sometimes filled with a desire to write for the Lord, to use our words to share His love, whether that is in a direct or indirect way. The only problem is that the next thought that fills our brains is often doubt, because there are simply so many other writers doing the very thing that we wish to do. While this is encouraging and uplifting to see others who have accomplished our own dreams, it is also a bit intimidating. We wonder, if there are so many others, does God really need me?

The Excitement of Filmmaking

It was fall of 2014. I was four weeks away from my college’s production of the play The Robber Bridegroom when I found myself in our auditorium filming one of the scenes for the movie Amelia 2.0, which is set to be released on Friday, August 4th, 2017. 

The Conquering Inconsistency Challenge - What I Learned

Last week, I felt that I wasn't writing consistently enough. As a result, I posted a challenge: Write 200 Words Every Day

What I didn't realize when I started that post was that this week was going to be absolutely packed, what with the 4th of July and all. In fact, I was camping in a tent without a computer for 5 of those days.

The 4th of July

That date comes around only once a year. So does every date really, if you think about it. There's only one New Years Day, one April Fools, one Memorial Day, one Thanksgiving, and so on for that entire year. Usually, without a doubt, I have this crazy thought of what would happen if our for fathers never signed the Constitution of the United States or the Declaration of Independence.

I Challenge You To Conquer Inconsistency

Take a poll of hobby writers, and almost all of them will say that they don't write as often as they want to. I'm in that same boat. I will catch the "writer's bug" for a few days, but afterwards, I don't write for weeks on end. However, I have realized that my sporadic writing is doing very little to actually help me improve my writing ability.

Tips on Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding-something that many writers either love, or dread. Why? Because there are so many amazing, unique experiences that you go through whilst making your very own universe. It’s one of my favorite things in writing, and so that’s what I’ll be talking about today.

On Deck

"So Abijah rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asa his son reigned in his place..." -2 Chronicles 14:1
You are probably asking yourself, "Who is Abijah?" At this junction, King Solomon has died...if you've read this part of the Bible before, you will recall that due to insolence on the part of Solomon's son, the kingdom of Israel was divided in two- Jeroboam became king of Israel and Rehoboam (Solomon's son) became king of Judah.

Turn of a Leaf

The party is here, the room is crowding
My vision is dimmed, my head is pounding
I’ll fight to stay for as long as I can
This migraine is not going to have its say again

Connecting Your Head and your Heart

When I sat down to write this article, I didn't really want to. Let me clarify that last sentence. My head knew that I should do it, that it was good for me. But my heart was convinced that I would be better off doing something else. That is because while my brain can look into the future, my heart only knows how I feel right now. But do you wonder why I buckled down and started writing? It's because my heart also knew that if I didn't write I'd let down all the Writers of Elysian. So I opened my computer and started writing.

Coffee Shop Encounter (repost from Fathers Joy)

Hello all! Today is an excerpt of a short story I posted on my blog a bit ago, follow the link to read the rest!

Logan (Open Pen Critique)

 Note: Our first Open Pen Critique, don't forget to comment your thoughts!
~Logan gasped heavily. With a twist and a flick, he escaped his opponent’s grasp and floored him long enough for a breather. With a lunge, Logan was back into the fight, it had to be finished now or never.

Project Update: Meet Skylar Morgan

It's been a long while since I updated anything about my projects and what they entail and things like that, so I just thought that I'd take this moment to share with you a project I'm working on.

4 Steps to Creating a Villain

One of the hardest things for me was creating the villain. I knew that they had to be evil- but I have trouble creating them. I'm not a particularly evil person, and so to create someone who is can be scary. And then I realized something- they don't have to be evil. They have to be humans- who breathe and cry just like us. Now, if you're writing a sci-fi where the villain is some sort of rebel A.I… that's a little different. Robots don't have feelings (that's why its Artificial Intelligence)- but you must make sure that your evil character does.  

The Importance of Reading

Do you remember the first time you picked up a book and couldn't stop reading since? 
I do.

How to Write Better Fight Scenes

So, back when we were writing posts on writing tips every day, I went over on the YWWC and asked everyone which of a number of post ideas they'd like to see, and promised to write on the top three topics. The result of that is here on this blog, but one topic was suggested that I hadn't thought about: tips on writing fight scenes.

At the time, I just replied that I didn't have enough experience writing fight scenes to help out with that, but I realized that I had written far more than I could remember. So here we are, the post that was once asked for and never really expected!

How to Write a Good Villain

 If you’re a fiction writer then you have to have an antagonist. It’s as simple as that. Everyone knows how to create a good protagonist: Make him likable, make her tough, give him a weakness, don’t make her invincible. 
The list goes on.

Perfectly Prepared

Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see. ~Corrie Ten Boom

Perfect preparation.

As writers, we have the ability to create the future of the characters we create. As people, even as Christians we play a part in a big story that we don’t fully see. We are living, creating, and making, history. We can tell who our characters are, their actions, choices, and things that they do. But we can only see the choices and decisions we make.

2 Secrets About Bad Writing

You know the feeling.

That paper is due tonight.

But you just don't feel inspired.

So you turn out mediocre work.

Unfortunately, this scenario happens far too often. That results in a ton of bad writing. That's the bad news. The good news is that that bad writing isn't a total waste. In fact, it's not a waste at all.

June Writing Update (Anne Rhys)

Hello again, all writers, readers, and adventurers! Today is a general update for me and my writing.
What have I been doing? Being consistent! *and the crowd goes wild*

Five Ways to Help Non-Poets Write Poetry

I heard the clock ticking, the birds chirping, the wind blowing, and every other sound around me except the click clack of the computer keys in front of me.

I was attempting to write a poem on that sunny afternoon, but, try as I might, the words would not flow. Why was it so easy to write about topics like loving your neighbor and overcoming worry but so difficult to put sentences and words into iambic pentameter?

It was probably so hard because I am not a poet.

I’m not the touchy-feely, artsy, or creative type. I don’t enjoy gazing at landscapes or taking pictures of animals in my free time.

But I can still write poetry.

Yes, you read that correctly. It may not be the easiest task, but it’s definitely possible. Even though I’m not a typical poet, I can still write poetry; and so can you.

Here’s how non-poets can accomplish the difficult task of writing poetry:

1. Read poetry. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s crucial if you want to create excellent poems. Pick a variety of poets from a variety of periods (for example, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Anne Bradstreet). Choose poets who use different styles and study their techniques. How did they portray different events, people, and places? Were their thoughts detailed or abrupt? Do you notice any symbolism?

2. Learn the fundamentals. Find a simple how-to book for writing great poetry. If you’re a little rusty on your poetry knowledge (like if you can’t remember the definition of “blank verse”), brush up on the basics. Of course, you can always choose to follow the examples of the “rule-less” poets, like Emily Dickinson, but I recommend that you at least know what the rules of poetry are so that you can break them purposefully and carefully.  

3. Write poems about things that are important to you. Like with all writing, if you don’t care about a topic, you won’t care how you write about that topic. You’ll definitely struggle to write about something you aren’t interested in. Remember that you can write a poem about anything you like or enjoy—whether that be swimming, sunsets, or cheese fries.

4. Find an experienced poet to critique your poetry and give you feedback. Though the person doesn’t need to be a published poet, he or she should still know how to write poetry and have plenty of experience actually writing it. The point of this exercise is simply to guide you through uncharted territory. It’s helpful to know if you are headed in the right direction.

5. Remember that every poems is different. Not all poems rhyme or use full sentences. Poetry varies because poets vary. Your poem may not have the same style or structure as someone else’s poem, and that’s okay. It differentiates us as writers.

Poetry may not be your favorite genre to write, but I hope these tips help you feel more comfortable if you ever need or want to write it. If you study various poems, discover the basics, choose a topic you care about, ask for feedback, and embrace your unique style, you will be on the right track. 

Bio: Grace M. is a Christian, writer, piano-player, and sunset-lover. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, playing volleyball, and eating sour gummy worms. She blogs at tizziestidbits.wordpress.com.

5 Ways to Encourage!

Living in a Christian community like a camp can be difficult. With Jesus as our savior, it really shouldn't be. However, sin all too often gets in the way. I have been blessed with an amazing group of believers. Here are some ways to make sure we are working together and not hindering each other while serving the Lord together. This list is almost more for me than for you, but I thought I would share! 

What's a quote?

Quote: repeat or copy out (a group of words from a text or speech), typically with an indication that one is not the original author or speaker.

Ever Struggled Finding Data to Back Up Your Writing?

Sometimes when you’re writing a research paper for class, you need some data to back up your claims. However, most of us don’t know where to find that data. Today, I’m going to introduce you to a data source that I’ve found handy - 

The Misconception Every Beginning (and Experienced) Writer Needs to Know About

Sometimes, I think that there are a number of misconceptions about writing and the career of being a writer. I’ve talked about one of them before, in my very first post. Today, I’d like to talk about another, one that causes a lot of beginning writers with a lot of potential to give up on the hope of ever publishing anything.

The story of World Changers!

Hello, fellow Elysian readers,
For the last several weeks we’ve been writing on well……...what we do best. Writing. How to do it, the words we use, motivation, and I can’t remember what else we individually covered. Well…...we decided to do something a little bit different for today. We wanted to tell you the story of some friends of ours that started something which inspired this blog. Brett Harris, his wife Ana, Jaquelle Crowe, and the YWW.

The Strategy to Success in Writing

What if I told you that you could succeed as a writer; that there was a surefire way to excel at writing? It’s truer than you think. The secret? Consistency.
The recipe to succeed at something is to be consistent in practicing it. That’s all. That’s the key to success. Let me explain.

Practice Writing With Prompts

You know what's really awesome? Writing prompts. I as a perfectionist love it when I have something to write off of, or to make it easier, someone to tell me what I should write. But obviously that's not always going to work, besides, I don't always want someone to boss me around about what I definitely should be writing.

The Best Time to Not Edit

A lot of times when we are writing, we are tempted after each paragraph or scene to go back and edit everything, because rewriting something we've written is easier and less complicated than moving on to the next. It's also a matter of perfectionism-we want to make sure that it's the best that it can be, right there and then. However, most experienced writers will tell you time after time not to do this. Why? Because if you spend all your time going back and editing, how are you ever going to get through one draft? There are some moments of writing when it is definitely better to not edit, and I'm going to be talking about one today.

We are not the same

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Be heard! Be strong! Be proud!
I remember hearing those words for the first time as a song lyric in the 2011 Disney Channel Original movie, Lemonade Mouth. The movie tells the story of five high school students who meet in detention, form a band (Lemonade Mouth), and use that as a platform to challenge their individual conflicts as well as school conflicts and become a voice for the voiceless in their high school. But these members didn’t just change their high school, they individually changed, they let their music, their passion, change them. Not only did it change them, but who they were before was gone.

What Makes a Good Headline?

Sometimes, your content can be superb, your style can be perfect, your angle can be unique, and yet you still don't get anywhere near the number of visitors you would expect. Meanwhile, other blogs can be releasing mediocre content and get a ton of exposure. Have you ever wondered why? The secret is the headline. In the end, only 20% of the people who read your headline will go on to read your post. This means that you want to make your headline as captivating as possible so that people click through and read your post. Now let's look at a few elements of a good headline.

A Writer Gone Crazy

As writers, we think a lot and basically function only in our imagination. You may wonder if there are any risks in that, and if anything has ever come of it. I'm sure you already know the answer. Writers go crazy sometimes; it's a proven fact. It may be from the overexertion of trying to think of a non-cliched plot that no one in the world has ever done before, or it could even be the pain of trying to manipulate our characters even though when they won't listen. What would happen if our characters could manipulate us? Check out the tragedy that happened to our poor fellow writer, Dr. Sullivan Nash.

Appreciating Our Mothers As Children And Writers

Why do we need a specific day out of the year to make us remember we have an awesome mother?
To tell us she does everything for us helps us with things we couldn’t do alone, drives you everywhere.
Hasn’t she raised you your  whole life? (which is what, around sixteen years?) 365 days, which is more than 5,000 days she’s on full time.
You’ve heard the “why can’t we celebrate Jesus’ birth all the time, celebrate His sacrifice, be thankful year round.” No doubt you’ve heard that about Mother’s Day too. But maybe it should be a ‘thing’ as the youngin’s call it.
Ways you can appreciate your mother, all year long.

Keeping Organized When Writing

Hey everyone! Today it came upon me that while I've never had trouble trying to organize my thoughts or ideas, a lot of people do! Therefore I'm just going to give you three quick tips about how I've managed to keep everything in order after four years of notes and ideas for the same book... There's a lot of paper involved....

A Purpose Worth Writing For

Guest post today, by Grace!
When I first discovered my passion for writing, I was a ten-year-old fifth-grader at a meeting with my parents. And I was bored. Funny how creativity springs from boredom—a phenomenon my mother pressed on me at a young age. “Oh, you’re bored?” she’d say. “That’s good! Now you can be creative!” We still have a sign on the wall with a list of things to do if you’re bored.

All I've Ever Needed

All I've Ever Needed Guest Post by, Bekah B.

I thought that if I had everything I would be happy… Not so, the “everything” the world said would make me happy left me feeling empty, alone and depressed. It’s true I have searched, scoured and combed the world for something to fill the gaping hole that had everything yet nothing. I tried, I really did to find the cure for an empty heart yet nothing worked… That is until I found you.

Two Apps That Help You Write Consistently

I have an awful time sticking to my writing goals. I say, I need to write a page every day,” but I can never seem to keep it up. However, today I am presenting two tools that can help you stick to those goals.

How Far We'll Go

I've been staring at the edge of the water
'Long as I can remember, never really knowing why
I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know, where I can not go, where I long to be

Well, if you guessed the movie Moana for the movie that this song belongs to…..you’re right. The song “How far I’ll go” is so accurate on so many levels in various situations alone. As high school seniors, it’s the plans afterwards whether that’s college or a full-time job, for college seniors, it’s the next step, which may be undergraduate learning, or a job in that career that the student studied for.

The same goes for writers.

12 Blogging Resources

I’m sure you know by now that we consider A Blog to be an efficient and effective platform for your writing. First of all it creates motivation to write, and as a plus, it gets it out there for even more people to see! It even captures all your best work into one place, onto a neat and personality-shined backdrop. In many awesome ways and reasons. This blog, the Writers of Elysian, campaigns to help other writers out there. And I know there are quite a few bloggers in the mix! So, as a tribute to all the wisdom-filled bloggers we love and adore, and as possibly an orientation for any new bloggers, let us proceed on this boot camp of blogging resources!

We All Face Discouragement

Ever feel discouraged, these thoughts are running through your head?
‘I can’t do this, I’m already late, I shouldn’t even try’
‘This’ll sound lame, nobody’ll read it’
‘We’ve talked about this, nothing I say is new.’
These are some of the things that go through my mind when I write (even now), I’m sure the list could continue, especially if we widen the topic to life in general.

How To Outline Your Novel (Worksheet)

'Ello everyone! Sorry about this, but I got muddled with homework and haven't the time to give you a nice long insightful post. Instead, I'm sharing with you this worksheet for outlining your novel that I put together to outline my own book series.

There's a Time and a Place for Everything

I’ve been writing for a very long time now. I do it every day, as much as I possibly can. Even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing, or at least speculating plot lines and character backstories. However, these days, due to my busy schedule, I don’t always have a lot of time to write or plan. I have very few moments of the day in which I can just sit and let my thoughts wander about my story. So I’ve learned to maximize every opportunity, as well as identify them. Today, I want to share with y’all my top three places for thinking about my stories.

Why Do I Write?

Dear readers,
For a little over a month now, (wow! Has it really been that long?) I've been sharing my thoughts, advice, tips, tricks, and encouragement with you along with my fellow writers. In my author bio and in the project space (aka "Our Writing"), you will find my teeny tiny paragraph of who I am as a writer and the projects I'm working on.

Those are only glimpses or windows of a bigger picture. Only painted by God, that I want to share with you.

News from the Castle

Greetings from Elysian!
Six weeks ago, we had the privilege of adding a couple of interns onto our team, fully knowing that they were not, in any way, committed to becoming a full team member by if they didn’t wish to. Well, I’m happy to introduce you too…..

Why I Want to Write

Hello, everyone. It’s me again, back at you with another writing post. Today is a day of looking into my motivation of my dream, a melancholy sentiment and an optimistic hope.

My Friend (a poem by Thomas J. Corley)

Due to me not getting it together, I am just going to share one of my favorite poems. Enjoy! 

At last I am convinced that now I have a friend,
One to be depended on up to the very end.
He may not be what-you-might-call a beauty to behold,
But in my eyes he’s cherished more than twice his weight in gold.

Three Things I Learned From Reading Harry Potter

Hey, everyone! Bethany here, with a bit of confession.
Before April 20th, 2017, I had never before read the books so extremely hyped that I couldn't help but peek at them. Yup. We're talking about Harry Potter.
I have to say that when I first picked up the book I wasn't expecting the story within to be anything like what I read. I'd been hearing people rave about these books forever, and last time I read a book people raved about I ended up forever haunted by my deep and relentless hatred for it. 90% of the time I find popular books more than cringe-worthy, and believe me when I say that I can't stand it when I read a book that's apparently loved by so many people but turns out to be pure garbage. I just don't understand it.

"Hello, My Name is ____."

Ah, characters. Those wonderfully complex people who dwell inside our beloved stories. Creating characters is one of my favorite things, from developing personalities to creating their individual quirks. Until I find myself tapping my fingers restlessly against my desk, staring at my words and descriptions, wondering what on earth am I supposed to name this character?

Let’s be honest. We’ve all been there. Choosing names for characters is like choosing a name for your child; it takes a lot of debating. I mean, not only does it have to be a name that you like, but it has to fit their personality, and appearance. Sometimes you find yourself with a character that just refuses to accept whatever names you attempt to bestow upon them. It’s frustrating. It’s hard. It’s also something that must be dealt with, at one point or another. That’s why, today, I’m going to be teaching y’all a few tips that I’ve picked up for naming characters.

Do Hard Things Got Me Into College at 15

We can change the world.
The book Do Hard Things has drastically changed my life. From one thing to another, it has influenced almost every past of my existence. I used to be apathetic and had an awful work ethic. I would quit things that I started and never quite put all the effort I could into a project. I was the normal "Teenager". I worked only hard enough to get by.

Living Limitlessly piece by piece

As writers, we have the ability or power to do things to our characters in our stories. And those characters make us cry, laugh, angry, a handful of emotions, some of them singularly, or all at once. Sometimes, we like to throw in our backgrounds to the background of a certain character. I personally have seen this done and they’ve become some of my favorite books. But what about us?

How to Outline Your Novel with Trello

Every so often, I get a novel idea for a story (pun intended), but I always seem to get stuck at the same point: planning. It seems that I have a ton of ideas just floating around in my head, but I can never seem to build a good outline. Today, I'd like to introduce you to an amazing tool that gives you the flexibility you need to plan out your story.

Take It Seriously

“So, what’s your book about?” they asked as we tromped along in the woods with the rest of the group.

Being the awkward introvert I am, absolutely incapable of answering any such question of high probing in less than two hours, I gave up and said, “Oh it’s stupid.”

Redeemable Villain?

Hope y’all had a great Easter!
Today I’m going to talk about...Villains *cue ominous classic villainy music.*
There are so many different types of villains that fall into several different categories. Such as the really evil villain (ya know the one you don’t like at all and never will because he’s just, so evil) one would be Satan, if you want a character then, Voldemort.

Life-Like: Creating Realistic Characters

Hey, guys, it’s Arella again. As we move further into April and cover more of our tips, I’d like to move on to some of mine regarding another very important aspect of your story: realistic characters. It’s always important to remember that your goal in writing is not just to create lovable characters for your readers to adore, it’s to create realistic people-like characters.
I think it’s something that we all find ourselves questioning at some point, and wondering whether or not are characters feel real enough for our readers to truly, deeply connect with them. Today, I’m going to be sharing a few of the tips and strategies I’ve learned to accomplish this.

Afraid to Tell My Story

This is a guest post by a fellow YWW'er, Sara Willoughby

“What does it- I mean to say, how does it affect you day to day?” my friend asked me, referring to my multiple chronic illnesses. I smiled and tried to answer as best I could. The truth was, however, that I was tired of telling my story. Tired of trying to explain. Even now, I’ve rewritten this article several times.

The Power of Words (+blog update)

Here is an update on my writing and some encouragement to those of you just starting out on the journey of writing.
I can assure you it is up and down. You take two steps forward and three steps back. However, this is such joy and fulfillment within it, that you cannot help but fall in love with the way you can form words.

A New Riot

Riot: a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.
R. I. O. T.: Righteous Invasion Of Truth
Love Riot: A crowd of Biblical believers living life like God loved

I  grew up listening to the basic Christian music of the 1990’s. Rich Mullins, Keith Greene, and DC Talk just to name a few. If I’m honest, two modern bands that are circulating now in the Christian music world today, I listened to then. Toby Mac, and Michael Tait of the Newsboys. One of DC’s songs, Jesus Freaks is still to this day one of my all time favorites. Why? Is it the words, the amps, the bass, the drums?

Online Tools for Writers

Hello, everybody, it's James again with a fresh dose of tech for writers. Today I'm going to introduce you to some awesome online writing tools. Each one of these tools addresses a particular problem writers have, such as staying focused or organising your thoughts.

You Can't Write a Book in a Day

I had a teacher once who asked us a very important question: “What do you wish you could change?”

Well, I want to change my meager lazy bum status in life, become responsible, and become a published author. To write a book, to become a sensational blogger who actually helps people, to not necessarily become famous but to impact a lot of people.

He then proceeded to ask another question. “What do you plan to do about it today?”

Um… write a book?

Nope. C’mon myself.

You can’t write a book in a day.

How Long Will Your Readers Remember Your Book?

Hello once again (man, I need to think of new greetings here)!
Think about why your favorite childhood movie was your favorite or just one you like now or would watch over again.
I could probably list an immense list of movies from my childhood that I still watch, and would want to. I know we’re writers, but I don’t know, I’m just using movies for today.

Cheat Codes For Writing a Great Story

Hey, everyone! Bethany here. Today I thought I'd write about how you can create a rich, in-depth story without dedicating four decades of hard work to it, and by that I mean I'm going to share with you nine years of experience and give you a few tips on how you can gain that same level of experience in less than a third that time. Therefore onward, and I shall share with you the benefits of sticking to a story like tree sap to your fingers. That stuff never comes off...

Picking Up the Pieces: How to Organize an Unstructured story

Let me tell you something: I have always been one of those people who is much fonder of skipping the outlining process and letting the story take me where it wants to go. My characters take my hands and lead me along, telling me their secrets and pasts along the way. In short? I’m a pantser, which, for those of you who don’t know, is someone who writes without outlining, therefore writing by "the seat of their pants”.

While being a pantser isn’t a bad thing, and has many benefits, there is one problem. When you finish your rough draft, full of lovely twists and turns that you never dreamed of, with characters that have fleshed themselves out, you are more often than not left with a few holes in your plot, character arcs, and overall story structure. A lot of us have been there. That’s why today, I’m going to be telling you how to patch up those holes and make your rewrite go smoothly and relatively pain free.

What Should We Choose To Write About: Reality or Morality?

It's a common misconception in society and the writing circles that either you choose to write a stunning and gritty story about reality, or you write a story with a moral theme that reeks of sunshine and flowers and butterflies. So which do we choose?

The Story Behind My Blog

We are too comfortable. This is the message you constantly hear me teach. What you do not yet know, is how God taught ME this. How God convicted me about this issue.
To quote Tangled, “This is the story of how I Died”.
How I died to self and learned to love people the way God does.

A Letter to Those Discouraged by this World

This was a guest post submitted to us by another young writer who has just recently, been published on The Rebelution. WAY TO GO ELIZA! ~Natalie
Dear Teenager,
Ever since reading “Do Hard Things” by Brett and Alex Harris at the age of 13, I wanted to make an impact. I longed to not be a normal teen. I pursued overcoming the typical Christian young adult that was expected of me.

The Novelist's Antagonists (And How to Defeat Them)

In the story of life, there are three antagonists who are fighting against you when you're writing your novel. In order to finish, you need to defeat each one in its turn. So, let's take a look at each one and the best way to defeat it.

Because You Love It

I’m me. I’m a writer such as you may be. And because this month is the famous April Camp Nanowrimo experience as announced in our previous post, I am planning to write a book. A novel. 2 pages a day leading up to my goal of completion. But let me tell you a secret…
I’m not going to publish it.

April Is Nearly Upon Us!

April Showers, Brings May Flowers, 
That Is What They Say, 
But If The Flowers Turned to Towers,
 You'd Make A Writer's Day

Hey all you Elysians! (Not sure why the above thing, but there you go) As our ‘Tyrant king’ Bethany has proclaimed, we will be doing fiction for the month of April! Which means, Camp NaNoWriMo!