Monday, June 30, 2014

30 Week Writing Survey #16 Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)

Yes, I do write romantic relationships, but they have their limits.  I have even went as far to writing about an interracial couple as mentioned in another post.

I guess that I do okay with romantic relationships. I don't know if readers would find them realistic or not.  In terms of limits, there might be a kissing scene, but that is as far as it goes.  I am uncomfortable with writing sex scenes and to be frank, I think that they are unnecessary. Does a book have to have sex scenes to be a best seller or a must read?  Now, I know that some might roll their eyes and tell me that I need to grow up and go sit down somewhere.  

I believe that explicit descriptions of sex can take away from a story. For instance in a novel called You Can't Run From the Heat by Qiana Williams, there were too many explicit scenes and I felt that it took away from the story.  The author had a good suspenseful attention holding plot and in my opinion, she could had done without  the scenes.  Therefore, I had to abandon the book.  It is rare for me to not finish reading a book.

So if you are looking for hot and heavy love scenes, you will have to find another story or book because you won't get it from this writer.

Monday, June 23, 2014

30 Week Writing Survey #15-Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

Here is a question that I can really answer.  I feel like my answers for the last few weeks have been very short.

When it comes to my favorite writers, it is hard to pick out just one. The easiest way to answer this question is to pick out my top three.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is one of my all time favorite young adult authors. In case you are not familiar with her work, she is the author of: The Moon and More, Lock and Key, Someone Like You, and other books. I started reading her novels back in high school. I read Keeping the Moon and Someone Like You.  After graduation,  I got away from leisure reading, partly because I just didn't have the time.  Around 2005 and 2006, I began to crave leisure reading again. I wanted to find out if Sarah Dessen had any other books published. Thanks to the Internet, I found more books. I also discovered her website and blog.

I enjoyed her blog because she would keep her readers up to date on pop culture news, family life, and books. She also had a series on her blog called The Friday Five.  Last year, she discontinued the series. She posts special updates every once in awhile.

One of the reasons why Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors is that her stories feel real. Also, her characters feel so real and relatable.  Usually in stories for children and teens, adults have a limited story line. However, in Sarah Dessen novels, the adults seem to have as a big of role as the protagonist.

I also love her settings.  Sarah Dessen created the fictional town of Lakeview based on Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Lakeview is where most of her stories take place).  This town feels so real, and if I didn't know any better, I would have thought this was a real small town.

Ronni from Anywhere Is

Anywhere Is a blog that I have been following for almost two years.  The blog is written by a blogger named Ronni Selzer. She writes about her life in Chicago, Disney, and her other life events.  The interesting thing about Ronni is that she is like me in many ways. For instance, when I participated in the 30 Week Blog Challenge, I discovered that we have the same tastes in books.  How did I know this?  Well, she posted a picture of her bookshelf, and I recognized some of my books.  Also, I started following her on Goodreads.  Again, similar reading tastes.  It blew me away.  I have never met Ronni, but she feels like someone I could totally be friends with. To me, it is a plus when I meet someone who is obsessed with books like me. As an added bonus, she is an aspiring author like me.

Meg from Write Meg!

Keeping with the theme of paying homage to fellow bloggers, I would like to acknowledge Meg from Write Meg!  By day, Meg works as an editor and columnist for three newspapers in the D.C. area according to her bio on her website.  Write Meg is a blog dedicated to books, writing, food, and whatever is going on her personal life (within reason of course).  Meg also posts about her travels.  I read a blog post about her trip to London.  (I was unable to find that post to share with you all). Her description of her trip made London more appealing.  London didn't use to be on my list of top picks for foreign destinations. However, thanks to Meg, I want to go to London more than ever.

London calling...

Monday, June 16, 2014

30 Week Writing Survey: Week-14 How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

I usually don't map out locations for my stories. It's all in imagination.  When I was younger, I use to draw pictures for my stories, or little maps to remind myself where things were located. Sorry, I don't have copies of those drawings.

Now thanks to Google Maps and Google Earth, I can see in real time where a place is located.  For instance, I can accurately describe where Spill the Beans (a local coffee and ice cream shop) is located.  If I want to use an apartment complex in a story, I can accurately map it out and or describe it.

Monday, June 9, 2014

30 Week Writing Survey: Week 13- What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?

What is my favorite culture to write?  Here is another question I've never considered. But it is a good one.

I am most comfortable with writing about the American culture.  If you want to get more specific, African American culture.  Why? Writing about my own culture is something I can relate to and most comfortable writing about.  We have our own unique issues that others outside of our culture may not fully understand.

In my stories, I strive to have characters from different cultures. For me personally, writing about these cultures takes observation and research. It helps expose yourself to different types of food, music, and people from different backgrounds.  You can learn so much when you broaden your horizons.

Monday, June 2, 2014

30 Week Writing Survey #12- In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?

Hmmmm...worldbuilding?  Well, here is a a question I have never really considered.  So far, many of my stories have taken place in real life locations.  In one story, I created a fictional job training center for adults.  Within that fictional center, I could create my own rules, staff members, etc.

I have never made up fictional neighborhoods or towns.  My character's homes are either imagined or based on real life houses or apartments.  In the future, I will like to try my hand at creating an actual fictional townor start out small by creating a fictional eatery, bookstore, or some other place of business.