2016 A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zombies

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The horror genre is not my cup of tea, so I may be a little biased when I say this. I think the horror genre is one of those genres that gets a bad rap for over saturating the market. In the latter half of the 2000’s, vampires and werewolves were all the rage. Now, it’s zombies. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zombies”

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2016 A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yin and Yang

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Automatically, when I think of yin and yang, I think of opposing forces: light and dark, masculine and feminine, good and evil. After reading Wikipedia, I learned that it’s not just about opposing forces, but how the two are intertwined to create balance. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yin and Yang”

2016 A to Z Challenge: V is for Voice

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Voice is, if not one of, the most difficult qualities to develop. It’s not something that can developed right away, but it is essential in the writing process. After reading posts from writing websites, there are some universal statements. One, voice in writing is difficult to define because everyone’s voice is unique. Two, it’s part of a writer’s style, but at the same time, has nothing to do with style. And three, it takes a lot of writing to find your own voice. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: V is for Voice”

2016 A to Z Challenge: U is for Unplugged

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These days, it’s so easy to be glued to our devices. We live in a world where we have to be conn cited to everything and everyone. Our friends, our family, our pets, everything. The world is constantly changing and there’s this need to be there as it happens. Devices like smartphones, tablets, and game systems allow us to be everywhere at once. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: U is for Unplugged”

2016 A to Z Challenge: T is for Twitter

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Social media has blossomed into a community all its own. Many platforms like Facebook and Google Plus have used these platforms to their advantage. Writers, in particular, have seen the social advantages of these platforms, creating communities among its peers. I think out of all the social media sites writers use, I think Twitter is the best. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: T is for Twitter”

2016 A to Z Challenge: S is for Scenery

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One of my favorite cartoons is Looney Tunes. In one cartoon short (spoiler), Bugs Bunny is playing around with Daffy Duck, redrawing in different scenarios. My favorite is him as a walking flower with a flag sticking out that subtlety says “screwball.” But what sticks out to me the most is Bugs changing the scenery on Daffy. It got me thinking how important is scenery in media, especially writing. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: S is for Scenery”

2016 A to Z Challenge: R is for Rough Drafts

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To paraphrase Hemingway, the first draft of anything is going to be lousy. He uses a different word to describe first drafts, but I won’t repeat it simply because I don’t like using curse words. But, he’s right. A first draft is essentially a rough draft; full of ideas plopped down on paper, incoherent, lacking flow.

Throughout my writing journey, there are a lot of rough drafts. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: R is for Rough Drafts”

2016 A to Z Challenge: Q is for Qualifications

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What qualifies someone to be a writer? Writing every day? Taking a course? A degree in Creative Writing? A bestseller? There’s a lot to be said about being a writer. It’s not easy, by any stretch. But the assumption is that being a writer, especially a best-selling writer, needs to meet certain qualifications. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. Continue reading “2016 A to Z Challenge: Q is for Qualifications”