Monday, September 29, 2014

Advice For Writers #4: How To Be Original

Let's admit it. There are tons of wannabe copies of Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. Some of them are quite distinctive enough, that most people wouldn't consider them copies. But long-time readers like me could see the similarities easily. In fact, I would probably know it in an instant and wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole. Shall I name a few of those copycats? 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Beautiful People #1: Villains

Beautiful People is a writers meme hosted by Cait @ Notebook Sisters and Sky @ Further Up and Further In ! Every month there is a set of ten questions that they post for everyone to answer about their characters! It's both a way for readers to get to know your characters better and for you too. This meme is done once a month and both Grace and Steele will be participating!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Muse #4: Steele's Swoon Worthy Male Celebs

Week 1: Penelope shared about songs she finds inspiring. Week 2: I shared some inspiring quotes. And last week Penelope shared her Swoon Worthy Male Celebs list, it was epic, she pointed out what kind of character they can inspire and their best features. This week I'm going to share my Swoon Worthy Male Celebs and we're going to be slightly less technical, 'kay? Just enjoy the pics.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our Journey So Far #3: Penelope Grace

I was reading Alex's Overview. I heard about Swoon Reads before. I considered entering my 2013 November NaNoWriMo, but I felt that my book (Daffodils) would be too confusing for readers. The deadline for 2013 NaNoWriMo novels was September 20, 2013. Too late now. Oh, well. I can always post this story on Wattpad or other social media sites.

Last week, you heard about the first book (The Lost Princess) in the New Terra Series. Now, I'm going to discuss the final book, which may sound strange to many of you. Okay, it is more than strange. It is crazy.

But I'll explain.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Advice For Writers #3: Distractions Called Life

Life brings a lot of things. Joy, sorrow, tears, happiness, new babies, and of course, the eventual fate, the infamous and endless reaper, death. Those are just a few examples of distractions life brings. The trouble is finding a balance. Should we spend more time writing? Should we spend more time with our mothers? Mother-in-laws? Well, we definitely don't want to spend time with future mother-in-laws or current mother-in-laws. They are certainly a chore.

And yes, I do realize that I posted last week's "Advice for Writers." Well, I'm taking over it for Week 3. Alex Steele will be back next week. I myself do not know what advice she will be giving to you, fellow writers and awesome readers. 

Note: This post is more serious than the other posts I've written. I'm aiming for sentimental. But I'll accept serious.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekly Muse #3: Swoonworthy Male Celebs

On the first week, I did songs. Alex Steele listed quotes (and I so love the quote from The Fault in Our Stars). This week, I'm taking over again and listing the celebs from all times. Male celebs. That means I can pull up a youthful pic of some dead celeb. And list it. 

These five guys are in no particular order, but all of them inspire me in some way or another.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our Journey So Far #2: Steele's Overview

So, last week Penelope Grace told us all where she is in her "Writing Journey" and now it's my turn! I basically stole her outline and just put in my own information, Thanks Penelope!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Advice For Writers #2: Get Over That Writer's Block!

Ah. Writer's block. They are the bane of our existence. They are the kryptonite to our Superman and yes, Supergirl. Writer's block is caused by one reason and one reason only. Actually, two. But I'll pay more attention to the former than the latter. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly Muse #2: Inspirational Quotes

Steele here today to bring you our second Weekly Muse(which is also my first!). Last week Penelope shared some songs that inspire her to write and while I love that idea and you can expect many music recommendations from me in the future, I thought I'd share some of my favorite/inspirational quotes with you today!
These are in no particular order, most of these are from some of my favorite books and inspire me to write something so great.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our Journey So Far #1: Penelope's Path/Overview

Hey, guys! It is Penelope Grace. This is the first post for Mondays' "Our Journey So Far." This is from my point of view. 

Where I am right now: The Lost Princess is currently being edited and input into the computer. Then I will send it off to my fellow authors (Alex Steele, and some others) before I start editing again (I edit a lot) and then sending it off to the literary agencies. Writing is an amazing process that needs a lot of work, determination, and love. Yes, love. It sound amusing, doesn't it?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Advice For Writers #1: Steele's Five Tips For Writing YA Contemporary

Hey guys, Steele here, I'm so excited to be bringing you my(and our) first Advice For Writers post! I am currently drowning in work for my first YA Contemporary(normally I write Fantasy) and it got me thinking...what do I think makes YA Contemporary so awesome? What makes me love a contemporary book? So that led me to today's topic: Five Tips For Writing Kickass YA Contemporary.

The Two Kinds Of YA Contemporary: In my mind there are two different types of YA Contemporary, you have the fun fluffy swoony books(think Fangirl and Anna and The French Kiss). But you also have the more serious heartbreaking books that can deal with anything from death to abuse to cancer(think The Fault In Our Stars and Eleanor & Park). So my book(Friendzone) definitely belongs to the "fluffy" crowd, so that is what we are talking about today.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekly Muse #1: The Inspirational Songs

Penelope here. Alright, I'm going to compose a list of all those songs that just makes you write. It might look a bit weird (especially for the first time!). These songs are in no particular order. 

1. "Cosmic Love" by Florence + the Machine.

I know, I know. I couldn't resist. "Comic Love" is just one of those songs that make you feel like you are anywhere else but here. This song is especially good for those authors writing Fantasy or Love. It is hauntingly beautiful, dark, and gritty. Plus, the way Florence sings it gives you the sugars, right? Come on! You have to agree with me on that. Anyway, this song is pure inspirational, totally Muse material. You don't need a guy to make you write (though you are more likely to be distracted if you have one). 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Introduction: Two Writers Interviewing Each Other!

Hi, I'm Alex Steele and we're here to introduce ourselves real quick but for more information go ahead and check out our About Us page up top!

And I am Penelope Grace. For individual bios, please click on the tabs above (right next to the "About Us"). Otherwise, go forth and read!

1. How did we meet?

Alex Steele: Through this awesome thing called Camp NaNoWriMO! Check it out here.

Penelope Grace: What she said. Camp NaNoWriMo is amazing. Especially for those of you who want to find support from writers like you.

2. Why did we decide to start a joint blog?

Grace: Honestly, I wanted some support from my fellow authors like Alex here. Besides, starting a joint blog reminds me I'm not alone in this. There are others like me. They might be rare, but they exist.

Steele: I feel like Grace stole my answer! I've always thought it would be great to do a joint blog and it's even better because it's an Author blog all about writing! And like Grace said it's nice to know you're not alone on this lonely writers journey.

3. What kind of posts can be expected?

Grace: I hope readers will find a lot of inspiration and laughs in these posts. Plus, there will be some crazy moments coming soon. Or crazy stories. We do have a lot of advice and stories.

Steele: Hi, I'm the crazy, nice to meet you!

Grace: *Laughs*

4. What can you tell us about your current WIP (Work In Progress)?

Steele: At the moment I am putting finishing touches on my YA Contemporary (Friendzone) while my brother does grammar check on it and then I will hopefully be sending it to Grace to beta read!

Grace: Right now, I'm revising my book (The Lost Princess) and finishing up the series. Then I'm going to have Alex beta read it, which will be interesting because my main character is also named Alex. 

Steele: Oh Grace, you named a character after me?

Grace: You wish. Maybe the next book I write might be named "Alex Steele."

Steele: You can't just steal my name(see what I did there?).

Grace: Oh, how I love puns.

5. What stage are you on in your writing journey?

Grace: Depending on the work, I'm at all stages. I already told you about The Lost Princess. Some other works are starting to be mapped out on the drawing board.

Steele: So, I'm revising Friendzone and next up I'm revising my YA Fantasy that I wrote during Camp NaNoWriMo(The Hunters Of Artemis). Besides that I am in various stages ranging from the "I hate this book, it sucks" stage to outlining. 

6. Steele to Grace - what other questions should we answer?

Grace: On a scale from one to ten, how crazy do you think I am?

Steele: I'd say 6 1/2 and me?

Grace: Crazier and funnier, I hope. 7.

Steele: Thanks, I think?

Grace: Crazy is good. It makes things more interesting. And crazier.

Steele: True, we'll be the crazy writing duo.

Write on, write on.

-Alex Steele