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After a lengthy break, I’ve finally returned.

 

Besides catching me on youngwritersonline.org as BurningGrace, you can also find me on http://www.wattpad.com/user/xBurningGracex

 

Cheers!

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Two haikus and a project.

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The six wolf pups born
Gives way to symbolism.
One for the Snow, too.

This haiku, like many others in an epic project I’m currently writing, references a popular book series by George R.R. Martin, called A Song of Ice and Fire. What an journey it’s been. An epic that was started by the author over a decade agoA Song of Ice and Fire(commonly referred to as Game of Thrones) takes place in the medieval-esque land Tamriel and follows House Stark, as well as its rival, House Lannister.

For all the picky fantasy readers going “ehhh…” try it. With a flawless world and compelling characters that make you root for every side, it’s easily the best series I’ve ever read.

That’s why, as I’ve briefly mentioned above, I’m writing an epic project: one (or two) haikus for every single chapter of A Song of Ice and Fire currently available. Though I’ve only got 92 haikus currently completed, I’ll post what I can when I can on this website. Just look under the tab at the top that says “Game of Thrones Haiku Project”, and keep checking back!

And since one haiku is kind-of a literary cop-out, I’m posting another one, called:

The Most Caucasian Adolescents of Which You Have Struck Up an Aquaintence

Just because I’m white
It doesn’t mean I’m not hip.
…Word to your mother.

7 valuable lessons every writer should learn

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Considering I’m not much older than the pre-teen author wanna-be, it almost seems foolish to tell others, whether they be only a few years younger or quite a bit past my years, what I’ve learned about writing novels. I have neither been published, nor have that “real world” experience that my counterparts may. Regardless, I have learned like everyone else on this long journey. Among the grammatical lessons and the “show, don’t tell workshops”, sometimes the experts fail to mention these valuable life-lessons:

8. Writer’s block sucks and won‘t just “go away“. No doubt it’s probably happened to all of us at some point or another. That horrible deer-in-headlights feeling when you stare at a blank paper is immeasurably annoying, and it ranks somewhere on my hate list between high school melodrama and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. The only way to get past it is with things you find inspiring—art, places, trying new things, music—whatever tickles your fancy.

7. Keep a notebook, always. Ideas are funny thing. Muses are funny things. They don’t like to waiting until you’re thinking of ideas to give you an idea. What they like to do is run you to the end of your wire. They come to you at parties, conferences, and in the dead of night. They come to you when they want and pass just as quick, so snare ’em before they disappear forever.

6. Inspiration is invaluable. The problem with inspiration is that it never lasts. Though the high itself is invigorating and exciting, powerful and encouraging, you must know that it can’t last forever. So drink it while it’s hot, because if you come down without doing a single thing, you’ll be kicking yourself until the next high comes. And with inspiration, who knows when that will be?

5. Sit down, shut up, and write. It can be your greatest piece of work or a cheap-o, knockoff excerpt of an Anne Rice novel—it doesn’t matter. I’ve tried everything to get the juices flowing, and nothing works as well as setting a specific time to write every day. Find time. Write what comes into your head.

4. Be open-minded. If you intend to publish (which, let’s face it, a lot of people want to do at some point in their life), most likely you’ve asked for critiques from a website or from people you know. Whatever they suggest, have an open mind! Writing is a living, breathing thing, and honestly, you never know where it’ll end up in the end.

3. Do it, don’t dream it. Personally, I do not believe in the notion that people can be “naturals” at something. Though there are probably arguments working against me, it’s still undeniable that nothing comes without hard work. We can wish on any star we’d like, pray to any god of our choosing, break as many wishbones as we may please—no one is going to approach you first, especially in the publishing world.

2. And do it for love, not for fame. This was a hard lesson that I learned just recently while on a writer’s block that lasted eight months. But it’s true. If you’re in the biz for fans, for recognition, for fame, for riches…don’t be in “the biz” at all.

1. There’s always room for improvement. In the years that I’ve been writing I’ve learned that, despite age and experience and wisdom, there’s never going to be a point where you reach the ceiling. Improving your writing is like climbing a mountain: you may reach what you feel is the highest point yet, but there’s always going to be a taller mountain behind it. And a taller mountain behind that. No matter what, there are always stars and planets above you. But should that be discouraging? Of course not. Knowing that there’s still room to grow is worth the climb in the first place—and the reason we’ll always keep striving for new things.

Flighty lover.

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I’ve always held some regard for poetry but never really got into it until last year, when I took a creative writing course. Personally, I love the early modern era (1900s – 1920s) of poetry where fantastic imagery and a yearning to present something new to the table are present. I do have a hard time with a poetry since it’s such a shift from novels, but I feel that when I learn to tie the message and beauty and imagery, I’ll be a good poet.

Here’s something I wrote just the other day for fun.

Flighty Lover

Watching high above the trees
I can see a small bird
Dancing on thin ribbons of bark
That tremble with each breath of movement.
He is restless, this bird;
As restless as his spirit
His nature,
And his species
Allows.
I want to care for this bird—
To coddle and nuture him,
To tidy his wings,
To shine his rust-brown feathers.
But I know he is not mine—
He is married to the open sky.
So instead I look on
With eyes of admiration
As this unnamed bird soars away.

Writing is a journey.

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And whether you’ve started yours just today or thirty years ago, there are always forks in the road, hills to climb, fissures to jump, and wrong turns to take to keep it interesting. Everyone strives for the immortal word, for the one legacy that will seal them in the history books long after their mortal hourglass runs dry. But how do we do so?

This is a blog not only about my own writing journey, but what I’ve learned along the way and how others have made their mark on mankind using the mighty pen. It’s a lengthy journey, and one that never stops—but when the prize is immortality, the cost is always worth it.

So, without further ado, let the blog begin!