Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Using Your Writing Journal to Create Characters...

Hi everybody! Sorry I've been so quiet for so long but things have been hectic lately! With assignments, work and three trips to the dentist in a week I've had to neglect my poor little blog! However, I'm back! And I'm ready to get back into blogging about what I love most - writing.

This post is basically about how to create characters from your writing journal. I don't know about you, but I write a lot of crap in my journal. I'm pretty sure my last post was about a crap journal entry that I did because I use my journal to just empty the sludge from my brain.


I really enjoy going back over my journal and reading some of the random entries that I've put in there. One thing that I noticed most recently, particularly as I'm trying to create some characters for my new novel, is that each of my entries has it's own voice. I noticed the voice of the passage varied largely due to my changes in mood when I was writing. In some cases, it was hard to imagine that the same person had written the two passages. It's not just the anger, sadness, frustration or excitement that comes out making it seem different... it's the way I've written when in any of these moods.

I don't know if reviewing your journal would uncover a similar idea, but this is how I found reviewing my writing turned out. I narrowed it down to a few simple things that can influence the voice of a passage, thus creating a founding for a character to be created.

1. Pace
How fast a piece of writing moves when you read it is indicative of the person that wrote it. Or in this case, the character.There is a piece in my journal where I write about thunderstorms and making love in the rain. In this piece, the flow is slower and almost more sensual where I describe thunderstorms and the emotions and feelings that they bring out. Another piece I wrote, while anxious and excited, runs through extremely fast, flitting from one topic to another - which is a huge difference when compared to the thunderstorm piece. When reading these two entries, I imagined a sexy, seductive woman describing thunderstorms. I imagined her being mature, but not old (about 30). When reading the fast-paced piece, I imagined an excited young teenager, someone naive and scatterbrained.

2. Description
Different people describe things to differing levels of detail. For example, I have a friend that will explain her morning to you in excruciating detail. To the point that you almost have to ask her what the point of her story was, to get her to finish it. In some pieces of writing I've done this to try and capture the essence of a location or feeling that I didn't want to lose. Other people however, leave a lot to the imagination when describing something, these people are the ones you often find yourself asking questions to, to try and understand what they're trying to get across.

3. Language
This is wasn't such a jump out for me when reading my entries, as I obviously have my own language, dialect and way of speaking. It was only in a couple of entries, when I was writing as someone else, that the way someone speaks is a great factor in creating a character. If all my characters spoke exactly the same... it would be unnatural, not to mention boring.

With these three points in place, I was able to more selectively pick and choose what aspects of myself I wanted to see in my characters. This hounds back to the philosophy that everything we write is representative of our self, and I couldn't agree more with that sentiment. Each character we create will have something of ourselves in it in order to bring it alive - we can't give characters what we ourselves don't have.

I hope this helps in developing characters - have a read through your journal and see if you can see how different entries seem written by other people.

Best of luck to you all! :)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Random Journal Entry

So, I have a hard time writing quality stuff. I can sit down and right alright, but usually I just churn out garbage. Do any of you experience this? If you do, don't let it get you down. I use to, now I just roll with it, and occasionally I'll write something that I'll visit again.

To encourage those of you that write bollocks as much as I do, here is what I wrote on a plane, whilst zooming my way towards balmy Broome where lover was waiting. I was nervous, and so wrote like I talk when I'm nervous... scatterbrainedy and fast. Bee tee dub, this is all unedited *cringe*


I sighed with relief, at least I wasn't sitting next to someone that I'd be regretting the whole flight. He was young, and polite enough. I sat down and made friendly small talk. He was a pilot! I think I thought that was cooler than he did. He seemed to talk himself down a bit - telling me that he 'just' flew prison planes. I didn't even know that prison's had planes to transfers inmates.

Flying is amazing isn't it? I'm awed by how huge big machines can power thorugh the air, I really should look into finding out how planes work. I reckon it would be fascinating. There's a lot of clouds today - so there won't be much of a view for the flight but that's ok - I guess I can focus on my writing more.

I should write more - this entry has turned into a crazy jumble of all of the thoughts flying through my head - perhaps I should write more often - even just ot get the garbage out so that when the time comes - I can write decent stuff!

Anyway, the plan keeps tipping and turning and I feel like my journal is going to slide off my little tray. That'd be embarrassing, better hold onto it a little tighter.

The flight in estimated at 2hrs 11minutes. Which is a pretty good time when you consider the fact that it took lover 2 FULL days of driving just to get to Broome. I don't know what kind of aeroplane I'm on (I'm pretty hopeless with that kind of stuff) but it's only four seats wide, with an aisle down the middle - one of the attendants fills it right up! That sounds awful, but just trying to paint a picture here.

Virgin flights aren't that bad actually - they bring you food and the seats are fine for me - lover would struggle though - he'd have to get to the airport earlier than me and book the exit seat. They're bringing food, god, as if my breath isn't awful enough - I hope they give me the mints that they did last time. They oughta freshen up the fairy slipper situation I got going on in those chompers.

There are two girls behind me that are your typical giggly teens. And yup - just as annoying. One of them keeps saying 'Oh my got I almost died!' or 'We're gonna die!' with every kick of turbulance. It's like, grow the fuck up bitch, you'll live dammit. And if we were all going to die, don't yo uthink the rest of the plane might be freaking out too? I suppose I was like that once so I'll just pop in my headphones and refrain from saying anything rude to them.

My first flight to Broome I still remember well - I was on a bigger plane and there were screens in the backs of all the seats. I made the mistake of not paying the $7.50 to watch foxtel, it looked good! I was seated across from a girl with orange hair - she was lovely. She was flying up to go work in a remote community and had just said goodbye to her family, whom she wouldn't see for six months. I felt awful for her. I still wonder where she is and what she's doing these days. I think it's been about 9 months since I saw her, so hopefully she was able to spend some time with her family. I can't wait to see Pickle. 

God I'm so scatterbrained today - and now my eyes hurt. From the early start of too much writing you think?

Weather ahead and a reasonably smooth flight they say. THUNDERSTORMS in Broome - fuck yeah baby, I love be a good thunderstorm!

So that was my whole entry that day. Nuts eh? Now that I look back on it, there are some funny bits but still, the writing is god awful! See? Writing bad stuff isn't so bad, now I've got some points of humor I can add to my WIPs, I'm not real good at humour you see :)

Love & Hugs

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

A Reunion of Families!

Hey there lovelies. Most of you lovely readers probably don't know this, but I come from a family of 6 siblings. Yup, six. I am number five. Well it's been YEARS since all six of us have caught up at the one time. I have three neices and two nephews, so with us living all over the joint, and all the different families - it's a rare occurance. I think the last time was when I was... eight? Now I'm 20, so that's twelve good years ago!

Well, yesterday we managed to get all of us together. That's Fernie from down south, Carrie from Kununurra, Ash from Darwin, and Bron, Narz & I from Perth. It was a beautiful day and a great bbq!

Here are some happy pics of our reunion yesterday. It was soo good to allll catch up!

The baby of the siblings.

Fernie and I chillin' out.

Showing off my best side ;)

My brother, sister and neice :)

Cutest kid I ever laid eyes on!

Cheezles featured predominantly on the day.

The whole clan!

The original six siblings.

So I had a FANTASTIC day catching up with all my lovely ones. I spent a good five hours at the Synergy Parkland in Kings Park. It was beautiful. I didn't get much study done that day (oops!) but it was worth it. Can't wait to do it all again!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Absolute Write April Blog Chain! Prompt? Dead Bunnies!

Hey there all you lovely people - I apologise for my extended absence, but I had to travel down to Mama & Papa's last minute for work and they have no internet. Joy. Anyway, after catching up on my studies I'm back! And boy is this a good one - a dead bunnies prompt! 

Be sure to check out the list of blogs below that posted on this prompt, the only rule on the writing being that you keep it under 1000 words.

I decided to go with something a little more... realistic around here and post a true life story regarding dead bunnies - lots of them. It's kind of a dead bunny massacre. I tried to add a sort of yokel country voice to the narrator. Anyway, enjoy! (Or not, you might not).

I live in Australia. We grow crops - yes we do. Amazing stuff huh? Well we try and grow crops (not all of us, obviously, just the farmers) but there are these annoying pests that find our produce delicious. Roos and rabbits mostly. Foxes are a pain too - they stink real bad. They also eat your chooks.

To combat this phenomenon our local farming area holds an annual fox shoot. Oh yes oh boy, a fox shoot. One weekend every year when the men (and women I guess) of the farming area can put together a team and enter. Rules? There's a time limit, usually from 7pm Saturday to 6am Sunday. Foxes are worth 15 points, rabbits 1 and cats 25. I don't take part, my lovely lover does though. He's usually in a right grump the next day though, as they stay up all night. One year, after several pleas to drop him off at 11pm coz he was tired, he was nicknamed 'eleven o'clock shittybum' - and that name did stick.

I'm getting away with myself. They go out and shoot and the winner get some moulah. Not too sure how much they get but lover came third this year and they got $200. Yeah, it was four people on the team so they didn't get much each. Actually, lover threw a rabbit at the ute, hit the windscreen and shattered it - so the money kinda went toward that in the end.

You should see the photos. I would post one, but I'd probably upset a few bunny lovers. What they don't understand is that these rabbits are disgusting. They aren't all fluffly and cute like your pets. They hop, but that's about all they have in common. Some get this disease - myxamotosis - where they get all these skin infections and go blind. When you see a rabbit trying to hop but his back legs won't work? That sucker has it. It was introduced to kill the population down and it did a pretty good job until a whole bunch o' them got resistant.

Dead bunnies are a great thing here. The more dead bunnies, the less crop gets eaten. There isn't really a limit to shooting rabbits - not like roos, I mean, you have to shoot across the generations, don't just kill the big Grandpa Roos or the little bubbas, you've gotta shoot a bit of each. After all, they're a great animal, just a big fat pest when it comes to farming. My family has actually taken care of several joeys orphaned by farmers shooting their Mummas, and when I say several, there must have been about 12 -15 come through us. They were lovely, but eventually we let them go out and live in the wild and then if they get shot, they get shot, but we gave them a chance they never would've had otherwise.

So, here in Aus, dead bunnies = good. Good fun that is ;)

Be sure to check out all the bloggers writing about this prompt! 
Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 - http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to this month's post)
KatieJ - http://www.crystalwindchimes.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
kiwiviktor81 - http://storygenerator.net (link to this month's post)
Nissie - http://www.paperheroes.net (link to this month's post)
SuzanneSeese - http://www.viewofsue.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
pyrosama - http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
dclary - http://www.davidwclary.com/ (link to this month's post)
randi.lee - http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com (link to this month's post)
Turndog-Millionaire - http://turndog-millionaire.com/ (link to this month's post)
julzperri - http://www.fishandfrivolity.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
Penelope - http://poet-slash-writer.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
AFord - http://af12.webs.com/ (link to this month's post)
Araenvo - http://plottypus.blogspot.com/ (link to this month's post)
areteus - http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
magicmint - http://www.loneswing.com/ (link to this month's post)
writingismypassion - http://charityfaye.blogspot.com (link to this month's post)
Whisky - http://nopart2.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
Anarchicq - http://anarchicq.com/ (link to this month's post)
Ralph Pines - http://ralfast.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
Joliedupre - http://www.preciousmonsters.com/ (link to this month's post)
Tomspy77 - http://thomaswillamspychalski.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)
Bogna - http://bemaslanka.wordpress.com/ (link to this month's post)