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…’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.