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*
*author stares back*
Like I was saying, one of the joys of writing is when we ourselves as authors and writers get to play as characters on what is known as Story Day.

So what is “Story Day” exactly?
Story Day was started in the Young Writers Workshop Community to interact with different characters (who are actually other young writers). It's almost like a real time character building for a story and it goes all weekend long which is usually the first Friday and Saturday of every month. We have introductions of our characters that we’re going to be playing as for that weekend, and then it goes off from there.

*character pipes in*
We also get to meet people from other places! *claps in excitement*

*author starts getting annoyed*
I was just about to tell them that, now stop interrupting will ya?

*character disappears*

Now, as you just saw, there’s that as well. Sometimes, when the authors go to say something, the character who we’re being at the time tries to take control over the keyboard and you have the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde effect. We can be two separate people at the same time, and why can’t we? We’re writers, right? Aren’t we supposed to be a tad bit crazy anyway?

So how does this work? Well, a character introduction would look something like this:
*Walks up with books in hand and backpack on shoulder*
Zup? I’m Jamie. I was told by both Skylar and Murray that this would be a fun place to hang out and meet other people. I don’t really talk about my past very much, not even Skylar knows all of it and we were castmates in our college’s fall musical. (That’s where we met by the way). So, what’s happening?

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. That, I believe was one of the first events that was ever historically recorded as a sky darkening solar eclipse in the middle of the day.The first recorded eclipse being May 13th, 1357 BC. A crowd was on the hill watching Jesus die, just as today when we gathered together in groups and crowds, and watched in wonder as the 2017 solar eclipse happened on Monday.

But how do we know of this great event during the death of Christ? It was recorded by three different men who were at the same place. Don’t believe me? Come with me and let me show you from the greatest book ever written, Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s account from the gospels.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour…..(Matt 27:45)

And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour….(Mark 15:33)

And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour…(Luke 23:44)

So as many of us stood and watched in awe at the beauty and wonder of the solar eclipse on Monday so will many of us stand in terror when Christ returns to righteously judge the earth when he comes again. The second coming. In the past twenty-four hours I came across this video on youtube and brings up a good point.

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...

The doubts started all over again.

Finally, as I was lying in bed one night, I decided that if no one had responded by morning, I would just switch it out with another one I already had written, and it would be fine. I could stop worrying about it, and no one would see it. Perfect.

However, the next morning, when I checked my email, two of the people had responded overnight! One of them had even written an unusually long email, expounding on the topic. She told me that she had been nearly in tears from reading my article. Encouraged, I decided to let it be, and before I had time to change my mind again, my fellow writer had published it. By the time I began to question my writing again, I didn’t have the courage to ask them to swap it out. Plus, I really felt like God wanted it this specific article there (however much I did not).

I’d better explain. The reason I didn’t want it read in the first place was simply because of my own pride and humiliation at what it said. In the article, I admitted a weakness of mine that felt really personal, and I was afraid people would take it the wrong way.

Well, now it was published, and I couldn’t really do much about it very easily. It got a normal amount of likes, and I started to breathe a sigh of relief. At least it wasn’t standing out as either better or worse than my usual posts. But then, a stranger reblogged it, and a day or two later another friend of mine asked if she could reblog the article. I’d never had any piece of my writing reblogged before! God had gotten His point across. He was going to use this piece of writing, despite my doubts and humiliation. It wasn’t about me.

Have you been in a similar place? Something I’ve noticed is that whenever I have an article or a blog post that I think has just flopped, that didn’t turn out how I wanted it to- those seem to be the pieces that God uses the most. Other bloggers I’ve talked to have noticed the same thing. It shows that it definitely isn’t in our own strength, or by own own eloquence or genius that those pieces were done, but by His power, and for His glory. (1 Cor 1:17 & 2:1).

Writing is incredibly vulnerable, whether we choose to purposely write that way or not. Even in fiction, I’ve noticed this as well! Both my sister and some of my best friends are fiction writers, and when I read their writing, I come across many parts when I see them in their characters. And not just their personality or something. No, I see very vulnerable parts of them that they would never have told the world otherwise.

When we write, we allow the reader to view and analyze how we see the world. They get to see things through our eyes, and we can’t hide much, no matter how hard we try. But guess what? That’s okay. God can use that. God can use our vulnerability. Vulnerability is a key to writing: in fiction, it makes things so much more real, and in nonfiction, it gains both so much more trust from your readers, and truth in your writing when you write things that you’ve personally experienced, felt, or gone through.

I know sometimes it’s hard, and that we really don’t want to, but will you learn from my situation, and allow God to use your writing for His glory? Even the parts that you really don’t want to share?

I’m not saying that there aren’t pieces of our writing that we shouldn’t keep to ourselves. I have a whole folder (or two) of writing that no one at all has read, nor do I intend to let anyone else read. And that’s okay too! I just wanted to share with you the lesson God has been teaching me recently: that He can use my vulnerable writing.

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.