“Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
- Louis L’Amour
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with an important aspect that encourages the writing process that is, its environment.
Writing is an art that requires complete focus and dedication when resolving to begin. Mood factor matters as well. However, the environment you choose plays an important role on your thought processes. The environment you choose impacts your creativity and imagination levels. Thus, one must dwell in proper surroundings that would help make writing an interesting task.
Here, in this article, I will be discussing the ways of enhancing your writing environment through a step by step approach.
Silence Is Significant!
The first and foremost thing to be done is to choose a peaceful environment which has no place for chaos. Silence is essential for complete focus on your piece.
Ignore The Stress!
The second step is to ignore all types of stressful situations and continue to remain calm. Remember that you are a writer, and fretting too much on trivial matters may not be good for your mental health and may affect your imagination process. If at all, you find it difficult to forget such stressful situations then you could chat with your close ones for some advice and find peace. Also, one musn’t wait for deadlines in order to begin working. This escalates pressure and stress.
The third step is developing the habit of journaling. You could journal your daily tasks or maybe some of your writing prompts. This would acquaint you to the writing process and boost your creativity levels.
Nature Awaits You!
The fourth step is approaching nature. You could possibly visit the nearest woods or the serene beach or maybe even a public garden. After all, Walt Disney came up with the idea of Animation when he saw a couple of kids playing in the garden. You never know what ideas could make you famous!
Set Up Your Own Space!
The fifth step is choosing your own personal space and setting up your ‘writing office’. A cozy, silent and peaceful corner stimulates one to work even more efficiently!
Favourites Make The Day!
The sixth step is surrounding yourself around your favourite set of things. It could be some of your artifacts, paintings or even some motivational quotes. Your mind loves it when it is surrounded by its ‘favourites’.
Ignore Toxic People!
Ignore toxic people and don’t waste your time arguing with anyone. Arguments encourage stress levels and anxiety and sometimes even lead to depression. This isn’t good for a writer. Working on creativity requires a stable mind which is disturbed and distracted by such issues.
Blow Away The Negative Thoughts!
Dispose all the negative thoughts. Remain optimistic and surrender the outcome of your efforts to the universe. Do not worry about your future since it only arouses fear which as discussed earlier, isn’t the right discourse for a writer.
Judgmental? Ummm…Not Preferable?
Don’t develop a judgmental approach towards anyone. This diverts the mind from doing the needful and makes it focus more on the insignificant side of life.
Resort to spiritual practices like meditation in order to develop a shield of peace around your mind which would battle all the negativity!
Have A Good Approach!
Lastly, remain compassionate and have a good approach towards everybody around you! Make at least one person smile in a day! That smile is enough to sum up all the peace and happiness in your mind!
Thus, I would conclude stating that a good lifestyle (materialistic lifestyle is excluded here), that is the one created by you matters when it comes to writing. One must be matured enough to sweep off all the negativity and resolve to refrain from approaching toxic people who could deter your mental health. Be systematic and orderly when it comes to writing and ensure that everything happens at your own pace. Do not stress yourself when it comes to writing. Love your work and it will love you back!
“You can make anything by writing.”
- C.S. Lewis
When I write, I look out the window and let the cool breeze tickle me, which suddenly makes me realize the Important Role, Environment plays in motivating me!
“My best successes came on the heels of failures.”
- Barbara Corcoran
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about the way of writing an article. Articles are mostly research based. However, the way you put that research into words is all that matters! Articles mostly answer questions which makes them research based. They could cover either scientific, historic or literary topics. The article I am currently composing is a good example of a literary topic. As visible, the head line starts with a probing question. The content then answers it.
Articles also follow a particular format which needs to be taken care of. It should start with a catchy title (questioning one of course), then comes the by line mentioning the name of the author (could be optional), the introduction of the title (that which gives a snippet of the topic), the body that is the content and the conclusion. An article is expected to have at least a thousand words in it. So, two paragraphs of the content are sufficient enough.
Using a step by step approach, I will be introducing to you, the writing method of an article.
Research thoroughly upon a certain topic and then begin writing an article, especially if you are covering scientific, historic, psychological, and geographical or any such type of research based topic. You are not allowed to write your own preferences in the articles. Research confirms the accuracy of the information stated in the article. In short, accuracy in articles is essential since people rely completely on them when reading!
Slang Or Derogatory Terms? A Big No!
Your article should exclude slang words or derogatory terms that could offend the readers. You need to remain formal and descriptive when writing an article.
Include quotes by popular figures which are relevant to the topic. This would make your article seem interesting.
What About Some Pictures?
Insert pictures depicting the nature of your topic. Graphics would arouse interest and grab the attention of your readers. If you are writing about the discovery of a certain metal then include pictures of that metal. They would act as evidences and evoke a sense of curiosity in the readers!
Interactive Articles Make People Active!
Make your article interactive. You can ask questions to the audience you are addressing, through a particular article. For instance, ‘Don’t you think that this is a mind boggling discovery?” In short, make it look like a journalist who reports and interacts with the audience. This will make reading fun as the audience will be attracted to this concept of answering the questions in their heads!
Dogmatism Or Absolutism? No!
Do not resort to dogmatism when writing an article. This is because, an article is just a research paper and not your personal opinion. Remember to exclude all types of content that could display your share of acumen over the topic. Don’t be absolute when writing articles. A relativistic approach is expected. You need to respect other opinions too. In short, don’t be rude when addressing the people through your content.
Erroneous Basic Grammar, Enough To Mar The Article
Do not write an article if your vocabulary or basic grammar needs improvement. A poorly organized article could disrupt the image of your article while a poor vocabulary could damage the impression of the author in the first place.
Statistical Data – A True Evidence!
You can include statistical data in your article if needed. Pie charts, bar graphs or anything that would make your article look colourful, lively, and engrossing. Statistical data also proves as a better evidence since it is a type of data that can’t be forged. It is available only when researched.
Add A Heading To Each Number Paragraph!
If you use a step by step approach when writing articles (as I do) then you could add a heading to each number paragraph. Use a bold font and increase the font size so as to make it visible. In short, provide a gist to the number paragraphs through a headline! I know, it seems like a task but it makes the work seem captivating enough. Writing is all about that, isn’t it?
Lengthy Articles, Make Reading A Strengthy Task!
Take special care of not lengthening your articles. Don’t make reading a hard time for the audience. The word count, as specified earlier, is the maximal. Do not exclude that limit as it would arouse boredom.
Make Your Articles Universally Acceptable!
Writing an article needs universal approach to facts which needs to be taken care of. Your article shouldn’t end up being controversial. It should include facts equally acceptable to all.
A Good Conclusion Matters!
Lastly, you must provide a good conclusion that would sum up the topic effectively. Your conclusion must comprise of the entire topic. However, the challenge here is, that it must involve only a few words. Seventy to eighty words are enough for a conclusion. The conclusion shouldn’t ever go astray. It should only cover the topic. A conclusion is a summary of those two or three paragraphs you just composed! However, if you have to work according to a word count (as I have to) and don’t find much content on the topic then you could maximize the conclusion part a bit. It could be extended to a hundred words or so (in urgency of course). It is better to make it short anyway.
P.S. If you wish for an example of the above mentioned methods, then you may refer to this article.
Thus, I would conclude stating that an article needs to be specific, descriptive, interesting, factual, interactive and completely formal. A good article covers all the necessary data that is relevant to the topic. Complete research is essential. Vocabulary matters a lot. Grammatical errors are enough to spoil the reputation of you and your article. To write anything effectively, one needs to assume the role of the readers who would come across your write – up. To be specific, write your article considering the people who would read it. This will automatically increase your efficiency.
“Write what should not be forgotten.”
- Isabel Allende
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What can an Article do for you? It can provide Clever Answers to the most common questions in an Interesting way!
“To be able to work at home successfully takes all of the following: motivation, perseverance, work, good habits, no excuses, balance, accountability, and action.”
- Byron Pulsifer.
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about ways to have the best home office. A Home office is our very own space, a comfortable corner created to enhance our working atmosphere. It houses our daily use supplies making it easier for us to locate them apace thus, making work a systematic experience. When working, be it academically or financially, particularity and orderliness is essential. No matter what task we choose, our efficiency towards it depends on the atmosphere we choose to dwell in. This makes it important for us to maintain pristine conditions around so as to invite positive vibes in!
Thus, here I will be discussing the step by step approach to having the best home office so that our efficiency and mood towards a particular task receives a boost.
- Search For The Best Corner Begins!
The First step is commencing the quest for a remote and peaceful corner in your house. If you fall in love with the corner, don’t procrastinate further! Choose it promptly before your sibling conquers it!
- Is The View Inspiring In Your Purview?
The Second step is considering that the view outta that corner is blinding enough to make you feel inspired and motivated to work. After all, one needs to manually begin the task of reaching the acme of success. However, inspiration too matters. So why not request the intervention of nature?
- Set Up Your Space!
The Third step is to begin setting up your office in accordance to the type of job you own. If you have constant writing projects to deal with, then find a suitable place for your laptop! If you need the space for burying yourself into books, then search for an area that would accommodate the book shelf! In short, a good office needs to include all the necessary supplies that would help make mundane tasks exhilarating.
- What Is Your Favorite Color?
The Fourth step is to paint your favorite colors to the walls of your cozy corner. This makes the environment exciting and refreshing enough to keep us going. Colors have an interesting role to play in human psychology. Our favorite color, when splashed on the walls can act wonders! It can replenish, refresh and rejuvenate our energy levels.
- How About Some Comfy Furniture?
The Fifth step is using comfortable furniture that would liven up your spirits and make work an entertaining task. In short, make it a habit to choose your favorite supplies because this concept of intense love for an object has an impact on our thinking ability!
- Interested In Placing Some Artifacts?
The Sixth step is subjective. You may place certain artifacts that are pleasing to your eyes or maybe some paintings or use sticky notes to jot down a plethora of inspiring quotes or words that are enough to keep you fuelled.
- Resort To Upgradation
The Seventh step is resorting to Upgradation every month. Choose to transition the layout and interior of your space every time. This increases our alacrity to work. A changing atmosphere transforms and eliminates our past preferences thereby increasing the ambit of creative thinking which always plays an important role in creating an adept version of ourselves!
- What Are You Waiting For?
The Eighth step is to start working in your space at the earliest possible convenience as it now fulfills your levels of expectations! It now, contains the manifestations most revered by you. So without any delay, begin your tasks and feel the positivity as it encircles you in the pleasant environment you founded!
P.S. Don’t make the environment of your office as cozy as your bedroom. You don’t wish to doze off while working, do you? Create an atmosphere that motivates you to work and not the one that compels you to curl yourself cozily into the corner and snore softly like a cat!
Thus, I would conclude stating that your very own corner is meant to motivate you. It should house all the necessities and daily supplies thus, making work an interesting task for you. After all, work is inevitable. How much we work doesn’t actually matter. The way we work, is all that holds significance. Thus, by setting up your cozy atmosphere, you follow the modern way of showing affinity towards your tasks.
To the people who find messy environments comfortable, try giving your space a reformation. Make it orderly and you shall observe the optimism that would make you feel even more relaxed. Your stress levels would alleviate and new ideas would flood in easily! However, you don’t have to possess OCD to exhibit particularity! You can just show the will to change and believe that human psychology adores cleanliness though you may be indolent to do the needful! That is exactly why, a human toils for ameliorating his lifestyle. After all, a good lifestyle invites positive vibes thus, increasing his agility to work because as stated earlier, work can’t be ignored. There is a difference between being grateful and being satisfied. Be grateful but don’t satisfy yourself easily. However, don’t be unsatisfied to the extent of reaching greediness. Be it your home office or life, make upgradation as a part and parcel!
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
- Robert Louis Stevenson
If while writing, utmost dedication and focus is your key, then establish your own remote corner which nobody can see!
“Books are Mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside you.”
- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about that book cover which too has an important role to play after having written your book! Of course, you do not want your book to hit the stores without an attractive book cover, do you?
Graphics or visual images have been appealing to humans since ages. Whenever, we visit a book store and come across an interesting book cover, our inner desire to purchase it doubles! In short, we are tempted to read it! Thus, we can say that a stylish book cover does have an impact on the readers! This makes it important for us to choose a cover that seems revering to the readers. After all, writing is all about putting ourselves in the reader’s shoes, isn’t it?
Do not worry, I will be providing a step by step approach to choosing your book cover through this article.
- A Catchy Title Matters
The First step is to complete writing the book and think of a catchy title to your story. One, which by all means accentuates your story. The first thing we observe is the title. In short, the future of your book totally depends on the title you provide it. The more interesting the title, more the readers!
- Consider The Genre
The Second step is to consider the genre you chose for it. Does your book deal with Murder Mystery or Action? Or is there a tinge of Romance? Considering the Genre, decide on the cover you would use. For instance, In case of a murder mystery, an abstract image of a dead body with cops around it would do. However, if your book deals with non-fiction or reality, then either an image of the author or any of the characters from the story would be appropriate.
- Provide An Image To Your Story
The Third step is pondering over the storyline. A book cover sums up your story graphically. So make sure that your cover is completely relevant to the story. After all, you don’t want your readers to think that they have been duped, do you?
- What Will Be The First Impression?
The Fourth step is wondering the first impression of your book on the shelves. As mentioned earlier, a book cover needs to leave a lasting impact on the viewers. After all, first impression is the last impression. In short, a book cover should arouse that alacrity in the audience who come across it. Make them fall in love at first sight!
- Do You Choose Abstract Imagery?
The Fifth step is deciding if you want abstract images on the cover. That too would help as long as it appears pleasing to the eyes! However, those abstract images would act as a background to the title you engrave on the cover.
- Words Or Images?
The Sixth step is considering whether you want human images on the cover or not? However, this too depends on the genre. If you are writing an inspirational book, then you may choose to engrave some motivational words on the cover. For instance, The Power of Positive Thinking or Subtle Art of giving a F*ck are good examples of inspirational books with captivating covers. Also, you can use your reference or the character you used in the book as a cover. An example of it is, Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom wherein Morrie is a fictional character whose reference has been given in the cover.
- What Case Do You Prefer?
The Seventh step is deciding whether you choose the Uppercase or Lower case for the alphabets on your cover. It is however, advisable to go with the Upper case and use a bold font thus, making it easier for the readers to scan the cover in the first glance effectively without having to stress on deciphering the words! Some authors do use a mixture of both Uppercase as well as Lowercase letters to make the cover look intriguing enough. Again, Tuesdays with Morrie is a good example wherein the words ‘Tuesdays’ and ‘With’ are written in the lower case while Morrie is highlighted and brought into the Upper case.
- Remember Your Name
The Eighth step is remembering to mention your pen name or original name on the cover. Your name, too has an impact on the purchasing power of the readers. Some authors work under their pen names. Look for a powerful name of you and pen it down! However, if you are highly confident of your name and are sure of its success then don’t bother to change it. Be you!
- Summarize For The Back Cover
The Ninth step is preparing a short summary of your story for your back cover which would provide an insight of the story to the readers thereby making them keen enough to purchase it!
- Consult Your Nearest Writing Coach
The Tenth step could be consulting your nearest writing coach for some help with the cover and confirm your choice. Once approved, then your book is ready to be published!
Thus, I would conclude stating that a book cover needs to be exceptional and catchy to the eyes! It needs to arouse interest and give a subtle highlight of the story either directly or indirectly. No matter whether you choose imagery or words, just remember to remain interesting!
“A Book is a dream you hold in your hands.”
- Neil Gaiman
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“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”
- Brene’ Brown
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about the ways of ending a story.
Storytelling is an inevitable process which we often use in our daily life as well. Every man has a story, be it tragic or happy. However, a story is designed with an ending. After all, one can’t possibly keep narrating a story to the level of infinity! You don’t want to drive a person cray – cray, do you? Here, we shall be discussing the ways of ending a written story. Verbal stories are generally arresting since you get to view the facial expressions as well. However, we need to fetch that same effect on the paper through your words.
Here, I will be discussing the ways of ending a story through a step by step approach.
Complete The First Part!
The first thing to be done is to complete the prologue, introduction and content part of the story. After all, that is the first step to reach the conclusion, isn’t it?
Consider The Flow Of Your Story!
The second step is to consider the sequence of your story and the way you created the flow of the story. Once you get that, decide on the ending appropriately.
Dependent On The Genre!
The ending of a story largely depends on the genre it exhibits. So take special efforts in generating originality and then arriving on a specific type of conclusion. The conclusion too, needs to arouse the sentiments of the readers and must be captivating enough to win their hearts.
Brainstorm on the types of endings you wish to assign to your story. Below, are the different types of endings:
Types Of Endings:
- Happy Ending!
Most of the stories have happy endings especially the ones that focus on the justice of the divine and love stories. Love stories fall into both the categories; happy as well as sad ending. You could end the story on a happy note and arouse hope and bliss among the readers. Happy endings usually leave a greater impact on the audience and would keep them glued to your books in the future. For instance, Lisa Grey could be the protagonist in a story who struggles all her life and receives all the luxuries in the end. She finds her true love and attains popularity. Such an ending could have a positive impact on people and would provide a good message that ‘Fruits of hard work never go in vain’.
- Sad Ending!
Some authors end their stories on a sad note. Some people literally sob the ending! However, such type of endings ameliorate the tragic genre. It would be better to incorporate such endings in a seperate genre, since not many people are fans of tragic endings (including me). Such endings make us feel one with the character and we mourn the plight of it. Let us take the identical example of Lisa who struggles and toils all her life for her parents. A sad ending would be that she, along with her parents die in a car accident thus, making things worse and directing the story to a tragic set of events wherein the girl who dreamed of a perfect life couldn’t ever achieve it. Instead, she died with an incomplete desire.
- Mystery Ending!
Such types of endings are normally abrupt ones since they lighten your brain bulbs and leave you with a question to which no answer ever arrives. In short, such endings conclude with a rhetorical question in our minds and we ponder upon the mystery whatsoever. These endings fit best in the mystery as well as horror genres as they double the suspense factor. For instance, Lisa Grey entered the woods with her friends and disappeared. Upon investigation, her friends claim to have seen a mysterious creature in there. The mystery part here, Is Lisa dead? Or has she been kidnapped?
If you wish to make your audience curious enough, then choosing this type of ending should help. This type of ending will compel them to create the other half of the story thereby making them keen enough to write as well. So I guess, this would be a great way to encourage literature since, people are always eager to fill in the blanks.
- Inspirational Ending!
These type of endings fall in motivational books. They leave an important message for the readers and affect their thought processes. An ending that nudges you towards achieving something or being good or loving your life and the list goes on. In short, this is an ending that motivates you and could even change your outlook towards life. Fables are great examples of such endings. They usually leave an intense message for the readers.
Thus, I would conclude stating that you must end your story as per your desire. You are the master of that pen you hold. You are the king of your mind. However, endings are closely intertwined with the genre so do keep an eagle’s eye towards that. Every type of ending is hunky – dory since it depends on the interests of your readers. Go with the ones that best suit you and your writing. Pick your favourite genre and design your ending appropriately. Don’t let your conclusion go astray. Don’t establish an irrelevant conclusion. It should be completely significant to the flow of your story and must highlight sheer originality. After all, the ending of your story has a role to play in enhancing the quality of your write – up. People mostly admire a story on the basis of its ending. So, be vigilant and craft a creative ending that captivates the audience and makes reading worth it.
“Don’t forget – No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell.”
- Charles De Lint
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“There is no greater power on this earth than a story.”
- Libba Bray
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with the most important factor in storytelling. That is, to make a particular story appealing and interesting to the readers. Do not worry, this article shall cover that aspect.
Storytelling is an art which requires practice. One needs to write daily, whack their brains creatively in order to be adept in this process. In short, storytelling requires creativity and the ability to think outside the box. This, however doesn’t pertain to mundane conversations which support abstract and random stories. Some amount of creativity however, is required in verbal stories too, so as to make the other person credulous enough to fall for your story. In case of mere words, we need sheer creativity. In short, one’s writing should be such, that it fulfills the aspect of ‘gullibility’.
Here, I will be discussing the ways of making your story appealing through a step by step approach.
- Write Daily!
The first thing to be done as mentioned earlier, one needs to write on a daily basis, in order to attain perfection in the storytelling process. So, before commencing story writing, try beginning with writing prompts. We can consider the three stages to the writing process. Begin with quotes, then poems and finally stories. Stories too, could be sub categorized into short stories and long ones. You could try your hands on short stories first and judge your imagination level. If you are vindicated and feel that the time’s now right to begin with the long ones, then don’t hesitate to start your expedition!
- Think On Your Story!
In the second step, I am assuming that you would start with the long stories. Here, you must brainstorm on a suitable genre and an interesting but largely creative story you can think of. I am also including the twists and turns in the plot as I say so. In short, your story needs to have that originality and must resonate with people.
- Play With Your Words!
Your story must include a good vocabulary since that is what people normally witness the most. Play with words in your stories. For instance, He returned to never return. Here, a suspense factor is created and the story rates high on the interest scale. Further, you could design the story as he returned so that he could disappear forever with the love of his life. You could also use the poetic devices like personifications, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, metaphor, simile etc. For instance, The clouds shed tears of blood on his sacrifice or He searched the entire world for her.
- Real – Life Incidences? Allowed.
Your story could include legit real life incidents in order to arouse the interest level. However, they must pertain to the story you compose. This is optional and could be excluded.
- Mystery And Suspense!
The most common way of achieving the love of your readers is the composition of your story in the most mysterious and skeptical way. A story would be appealing, only if it comes with indirect narration and reveal of incidences in the most unpredictable way.
- Create Quotations For Your Characters!
You could create quotations by your characters in the story. For instance, if the character has a secret entry in a particular book, then you could compose that entry or if a character writes a letter to a close one in the story then you could creatively compose that as well. This would make the story engaging. For instance, a secret entry could be ‘Room No. 1818. Visit at the 8th of September.’ This would help create a suspense for the readers as you further go on unveiling the mystery behind this particular room.
- Use Direct Speech!
You could use direct speech for your characters more often rather than using the indirect one thus, creating a dialogue format in the story. You could make two or more characters speak to each other in the most subtle way which could help understand the plot. The conversation however, too should be indirect in revealing the facts or incidences in the story. It must be puzzling. For instance, “Where is the gem?” “At a place, least visited by humans but inhabited by the tribes in ancient times.” Here, one can decipher forest to be the answer. In such a way, you could create interesting conversations between two or more characters in order to link your readers to alacrity.
- Avoid Mentioning Many Supporting Characters!
Do not mention many supporting characters as it may addle the readers. Make sure to mention only those characters that have an important role to play with the unfolding of your plot. Remain specific with the names of your characters and don’t meddle with any name in the later sections of the story, since it may create a bad impression.
Things To Be Noted!
Excess of any factor is aberrant. So, you could use flowery language but too much of it, makes the story boring and some of the words may sound vague to the readers. Avoid long descriptions of each and every character. Stick to the plot effectively without letting the topic go astray.
You could use informal tone of conversation between two or more characters but while mentioning the story to your readers remember to remain formal. Avoid slangs or derogatory terms while framing your story.
Love The Author Life!
The last step is to love your writing. Do not hasten to complete your story. Work according to your capacity and energy levels!
Thus, I would conclude stating that the key to creating an appealing story, lies in its plot and the way it is framed. More the suspense factor, more the essence of interest. Maintaining originality and considering the requirements of your readers while composing a story helps in the process. Be specific about your story and the characters that form the story. Each character provides a certain flavour to the story. Some add a spicy twist through their revenge, while some add a sweet twist through their loving and caring attitude throughout the story.
“The stories we live and tell, provide coherence and meaning, and orient our sense of purpose.”
- Sharon Daloz Parks.
“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.”
- Robert Mc Kee
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with the effective techniques of deciding on an interesting plot for your story!
Anyone can write. Just the will to begin, matters. Writing is nothing but pouring out umpteen thoughts from your head onto a sheet of paper. Storytelling is one of the components of literature that makes write-ups intriguing enough. Any type of story, be it a real – life incident or a fictional one, always succeeds in grabbing complete attention of the viewers with the twists and turns in its plot. However, the question is, how do we actually come up with a plot for a story? Yes, you are right! This article answers the question by providing a step by step approach, thereby making it easier for a novice in storytelling to understand.
- Enable the Will
The first step is getting a notebook and pen outta your cupboard and decide to write with a clear state of mind. Open the doors to your head and welcome new ideas in! Practice tasks that inspire you to write. Be it having a cup of coffee or gazing at the serene beauty of nature or visiting the beach. It can be anything! Practically anything as long as it inspires you to write.
- Come up with a Suitable Genre
The second step is planning on the genre to your story. Romance, Action, Drama, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Non-Fiction, Murder mystery. Just pick any suitable Genre that you would like to try your hands on. Also, remember to choose your favorite genre. After all, interests matter a lot, no matter what you write or what genre you choose.
- Prepare a Draft
The third step is making a draft of your story by brainstorming all the possible plot ideas that occupy your mind. Don’t worry about making sense yet, just go about doing it!
- Create your Characters
The fourth step is deciding on the characters you would like to create as a part of your story. Jot down the protagonist and the antagonist (If any) and also the supporting characters. For instance, let us assume Bob as the protagonist of a story who rescues his love Lilia from the antagonist Dave.
- Summarize your Story
The fifth step is to write down a short summary to your story which would help in constructing the plot effectively. For instance, if you arrive upon romance as the genre then you could specify the series of incidences that would transpire between the characters and note them down in points.
- Provide an Appropriate Setting
The sixth step is jotting down the setting of your story. After all, a story needs to have an origin. For instance: Waterbury, Connecticut or Ontario, Canada.
- Choose your Narration Style
The seventh step is planning on the narration of the story. Are you willing to make it a first person or third person narration? Make your choice. First person narration makes you the center of the story. Thus, you are the character around whom the plot revolves. Autobiographies are good examples of that. Third person narration involves the presence of different characters who make the story. You are a third person who recites the events occurring in the life of those characters.
- Decide the Tense of Narration
The eighth step involves planning on whether the story shall be in a present or past tense. Most of the people are comfortable with the past tense so be it!
- Make a Good Beginning
The ninth step involves deciding a good beginning of the story. One can commence it either by introducing the protagonist’s location, current status and personal life first or give it an abrupt start by disclosing the setting of the story and then revealing the protagonist. For instance: In the city of Connecticut, Bob a professional engineer working at a reputed company, was texting the love of his life Lilia in order to pick her up on his way to the office.
- Mark the Entry of the Antagonist
The tenth step is deciding on the antagonist’s role in the story and his entry point which would provide a twist to the story. For instance, Dave is the ex-lover of Lilia who left her for another woman. However, after finding Lilia in Bob’s life, Dave has developed a serious obsession of acquiring her either by hook or by crook. Coincidentally, Dave is hired at the same workplace as that of Lilia and Bob.
- Don’t suspend the Suspense Part
The eleventh step is planning the suspense part of your story. Suspense is an essential element of every story. Make sure that the story isn’t unornamented. Flowery language is always preferable. Plan a sequence that doesn’t reveal itself too clearly. This will arouse the readers and adhere them to the story. For instance, Coincidentally, Dave is hired at the same workplace as that of Lilia and Bob. However, is it totally a coincidence or a confidential planning to approach Lilia?
- Think of the Twists and Turns for your plot
The twelfth step is deciding on the twists you would like to provide to your story. Make sure that your story provides a unique, unexpected and undesirable twist. A simple story with lengthy descriptions makes reading, a monotonous task. For instance, after all the romance between Bob and Lilia, it can be revealed that Lilia was secretly hooked up with Dave and she was working for him against Bob because of the past enmity between Bob and Dave. In short, Dave was here to exhibit his vengeance against Bob through Lilia.
Thus, these are the steps to effective story telling which would definitely come in handy. I would conclude stating that, no matter what you write, always remember the requirements of your audience. Be specific when describing incidents or characters. Use a comfortable diction that would be easy for your readers to understand. Put yourself in the readers’ shoes and write accordingly!
As it is rightly stated, “Stories create communities, enable us to see through the eyes of other people and open us to the claims of others.”
– Peter Forbes
“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”
- Morgan Harper Nichols
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article proves to be a help for beginners in storytelling. Every novice does get stuck on this part of storytelling, which is its beginning. We shall be discussing the answer to that in this article.
Storytelling is an art whose definition can’t be limited to jotting down the occurrences in the chronological order. One has to kill hours on brainstorming the twists in the plot, the suspense part and the tension in the story. After all, a story needs to be interesting and intriguing enough to please the audience! A story needs to leave an impact on the audience with its subtle messages. That’s the reason, ‘A pen is mightier than the sword.’ Your write-ups have the power to inspire, motivate or provide eternal bliss to the readers.
Here, I will be noting down the ways to begin a story through a step by step approach.
A Genre Matters!
Think of a suitable genre which you feel would provide a good beginning to your story. I would suggest you to pick your favourite genre as it affects the quality of your write-ups thereby, making them more consistent and easier to understand.
A Rough Draft Helps!
Brainstorm over the ideas that pass through your mind and jot them down over a piece of paper. This would act as a rough draft which would help in the framing of your story later.
Characters Make A Story!
Think of the starring characters of your story. Who would be the main characters? Who would be the supporting ones? Who would be the protagonist(s)? Who would be the antagonist(s)? However, this too largely depends on the genre you choose.
Setting Makes Your Story Appealing!
Choose the setting. After all, your story needs to be based at a particular city, town or country. Let the readers know about that in the beginning.
Ways To Begin Your Story:
- Revealing The Story Directly!
Introduce any character, which you please, in the beginning. You may begin by stating the character’s occupation and introducing it to the readers in the first go. By doing this, you choose to declare the story directly. However, this wouldn’t retain the suspense factor of that particular character. Here, you are entrusted the responsibility of adding twists to the plot in the later part of the story to make it interesting. For instance, Amelia Higgins, a successful computer engineer, working at a reputed company, was typing away aggressively on the laptop. She awaited the arrival of Daniel who would pick her up on his way to the office since they worked together, much to the bliss of Amelia.
- Abstaining From Declaring The Role Of The Character!
You could commence by stating just the name of that character without revealing the true nature or role of the character in the story. This would arouse the suspense factor. For instance, Amelia Higgins, was typing away aggressively on her laptop. Here, you could choose to not get her boyfriend Daniel in the picture for a greater suspense factor. You could just explain the daily life of that character by introducing the supporting characters being the parents, cousins, grandparents, close friends or any type of relative you can think of.
- Starting With A Conversation!
You could start abruptly with a conversation between two or more people and not stating who the protagonist or the main lead in the story is. This would arise greater suspicion among the readers and make them excited enough to decipher the main character there. However, that conversation could be personal or professional depending on the way you choose to unveil your story. For instance, “Leave it, Peter.” “No, I won’t. Let me have a look.” “Give it to me.” Paula couldn’t help take a high leap in the air and land straight near Peter as she grabbed the book with all her might.” In the later section of the story, the mystery of the secret entry in that book could be revealed and Paula could be shown as the protagonist. However, that would make it simple enough for readers to decipher. So, Peter could be shown as the protagonist with a twist nobody could ever imagine. Now it is up to you to create the twist and present it in an artistic way.
- Begin With The Setting And Introduce The Supporting Characters
You could begin with the setting of the story and not introducing the main character promptly. In fact, not introducing the main character at all and letting the supporting characters take the lead in the beginning. This would addle the readers and make them pay complete attention to your story. We could take the example of Amelia Higgins who is a reputed computer engineer and in love with Daniel. You could show them as supporting characters. The protagonist could actually be Jane Lawrence who is the MD of that particular company and in love with Daniel. Thus, Daniel could be shown as the antagonist later who is betraying Jane along with Amelia. Thus, Amelia and Daniel could then suddenly transform to antagonists as they proceed to murder Jane in the later part of the story.
- Begin With The Introduction Of The Antagonist(S)
You could begin with introducing the antagonists directly unlike the above point which transforms protagonists into antagonists. Here, you could start the story with the antagonist and its occupation which would clearly specify the identity and role of that person in the story. For instance, Kayla Green, a serial killer had committed 40 murders in her lifetime in spite of reaching just thirty years of age. This antagonist could then later change to a supporting character or maybe even a protagonist. The story could then sympathize with Kayla, stating that she was a psychopath owing to the savage and abusive relationship of her parents which damaged her mental health and made her become what she was today. Thus, she could be framed innocent and her father could be brought into the picture. He could be shown as an antagonist and it could be revealed that he confidentially fed drugs to his daughter thereby, leading her to the current mental health issue.
Thus, I would conclude stating that the beginning of the story matters a lot because that’s where you start deciding the twists and the suspense part of your story. A beginning needs to be abrupt so as to arouse interest among the readers. You need to go for unexpected and unpredictable twists for your story since that would mark your content quality. After all, the future of your book depends on the quality of content you prefer to engrave in it, doesn’t it?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
- Maya Angelou
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
- Neil Gaiman
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with the relevance of writing, as a whole!
Writing is nothing but a form given to your thoughts. However since the ancient times, writing has been an art. The way your words appeal to the readers and the profound creativity you use, matters a lot. Be it real life stories or fictional ones, creativity needs to be present everywhere. It’s an inevitable guest in the house of writing! After all, writing isn’t just all about the data you scribble on that paper! It also expects an extraordinary way of presenting it.
Here, in this article, I will be discussing the relevance of writing, through a step by step approach.
Writing – As A Weapon!
Writing is an art and a powerful weapon to let your thoughts flee. In short, writing provides wings to your thought processes which could reach to a large number of audience. Especially, if you are covering certain problems in the society and are wishing a reformation!
Want A Hike In Your Imagination Levels?
Through writing, it is possible to increase our imagination and creativity levels. The urge to make our write – ups unique and different, actuates and fuels us towards proper content.
Where Would Have Books Come From?
Books are our best friends. If writers never existed, then who would have written those amazing books for us to read and enter eternal bliss?
Helps Spread Messages!
Writing helps spread incredible thoughts and messages which would inspire the readers. In short, writing is a help to humanity! For instance, we can consider this article, which would definitely help inject some encouragement into the future authors!
Want To Be A Good Planner? Take Up Writing!
Writing makes us efficient in proper planning and presentation. This is evident as we decide on a good plot for our story and plan the next twist in it. As far as presentation is concerned, we learn the veracious ways of presenting the characters, the story and the suspense factor. However, this isn’t limited to storytelling. No matter what we write, it has to be well prepared, planned, and presented in order to win the audience.
Coaxes Into Thinking Logically!
Writing exercises our brain ‘muscles’ and leads us into thinking logically. After all, everything we write, needs to be logical enough for people to accept it, right?
Reading Is Encouraged!
Writing encourages us to read more and more, since we are compelled to increase our vocabulary and diction. The more we read, the more knowledge we receive, and the more are we inspired to write efficiently. However, reading too motivates one to get into writing. This makes it a subjective process. But a thing that can’t be denied is the extraordinary relation of reading and writing.
Wanna Be Witty?
Writers are usually considered mature, systematic and philosophical. They are usually portrayed as the wittiest of people. With experience in writing, they develop a great approach towards life and its problems since they are mostly aware of them.
Writers gain an insight with experience as their creativity keeps rising. I agree that every writer isn’t mature, but if you get into the nitty – gritty of the profession, you will definitely start loving it and your philosophical views, shall automatically take toll on you!
Impacts Your Personality!
Writing has an impact on almost every aspect of your life. The way you think, the way you behave, the way you lead your life, the attitude you exhibit, the personality you showcase, and the character you develop are all influenced. Writers usually experience changes in them for the good, with time and experience of course. As stated earlier, these changes are mostly due to the better understanding of one’s own life.
Thus, I would conclude stating that, though writing is a powerful mode of communication, it has a huge impact on that particular person as well. A writer feels well acquainted with life and experiences self – motivation! He finds life entangling itself for him! Everything seems positive! In short, writing leaves a lasting impression on the thought processes of individuals!
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
- Martin Luther
“Stay faithful to the stories in your head.”
- Paula Hawkins
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about writing prompts and their significance in the life of a writer.
Writing prompts, as the name suggests, are prompt write – ups that require no specific brainstorming over the topic whatsoever. One just goes about jotting possibly anything down in a rapid fire as it crosses their mind. Be it quick notes, quotes or even listing down your feelings and emotions for the day. In short, all sorts of write – ups that do not incorporate critical thought processes and do not require a specific topic to write on, can be termed as writing prompts. We can consider writing prompts as the first step towards effective writing skills. Everything has a beginning after all, doesn’t it?
Here, I will be discussing the relevance of writing prompts to a novice through a step by step approach.
Help Increasing Your Word Count!
Since, writing prompts are short write – ups they help you begin with a short word count, which later must be increased. Thus, it provides you a platform to attaining a high word count later in the future (if you are planning to, of course)
Accelerate Creativity Level!
They help increase your creativity level. When you resort to daily writing prompts, your imagination receives a boost as you start taking down your thoughts to a more creative level. Maybe, you would start interlinking random examples of nature with your life. For instance, Have a heart as vast as the ocean.
Love For Writing!
They acquaint you to the writing process and make it easier for you to begin with their unlimited word count. This habit of jotting down writing prompts on a daily basis would help develop affinity towards the process.
Helps Eliminate Writer’s Block!
For people who experience writer’s block, this is a good initiative. When you begin spreading your thoughts on a sheet of paper, you are far from experiencing a dearth of ideas. The more you write, the more your mind produces fresh ideas and creative imagination which would act as a good source for your future content.
Entertaining Mode Of Writing!
The best part of writing prompts is that you can write them at any time of the day without considering it ‘a daily task’. Instead, it is an entertaining way of entering the writing world. Writing prompts could be simple one liners or two liners. You could increase it with time as you go on loving this process.
Increase The Writing Speed!
Writing prompts could help accelerate your pace in writing. You would start experiencing the flow of words apace. In short, your writing or typing speed would receive a boost since ‘Practice makes perfect’.
Analyze Your Prompts!
You could preserve these prompts in your dairy and analyze them with time. You can observe the change in your content as the time goes by. You could scrutinize the changes in your thought processes. In short, they could help journal your ideas and you could come up with new creative imagination with reference to your ancient writing prompts. You could work on your previously written prompts and try ameliorating them as per your desire.
Recreate Your Prompts!
Writing prompts could be converted into quotes. As mentioned above, analyze your ancient prompts and try recreating them into different versions of literature. You could gradually try your hands on poems and then proceed to short stories as you begin to grasp the concept of creativity much fluently!
Post Your Writing Prompts On Social Media!
You could try publishing your writing prompts or posting them on any social media in order to know their reach and the love they receive. Once you notice the love they receive, it would become easier for you to hop into larger content including writing stories or maybe even publishing a book. Your writing prompts could act as great sources of inspiration or provide sheer bliss to somebody. You never know.
Need Plot Ideas?
Writing prompts are magical sources of creative ideas for your stories. You could refer to them, any time you feel the need to have a specific plot idea.
Genre? Refer To Your Writing Prompts!
Writing prompts could help decipher the genre you would love for your stories by considering the genre you use for your writing prompts. In short, these prompts act as an aperture, welcoming new ideas, new mindset and imagination as you start swimming deeper into them. For instance, if your prompts are fictitious like, ‘the goddess of leaves must be wondering why her subjects have to wither away every autumn’. This means, you are suitable for that particular genre and could proceed with that.
Thus, I would conclude stating that writing prompts are anything that come across your mind and you prefer to jot them down for your sake so as to provide a shape to your thought process. Writing prompts help to open up new ideas, and increase the ambit of imagination thereby making writing a comfortable job. These short write – ups don’t make writing a tedious task, instead help in heating your writing ‘muscles’. However, the correct use of writing prompts is essential in order to gain its benefits. One must journal them and make utmost use of them for the future content. Writing prompts are the most flexible sources of literature with no word limit, no deadline and no stress over their construction. You may not be that creative in the beginning, but you would start attaining perfection as the time flies by with the help of these prompts!
“You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have.”
- Maya Angelou
“The best word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest.”
- Markus Zusak
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We help you to write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article deals with the biggest problem faced by writers, and that is to achieve the favorable word count goal.
A word count is the calculation of the total number of words required in an essay, article or maybe a story. Articles for instance, are assigned a word count of 1000 words. However, many a times, the word count isn’t mentioned. In such cases, its relevance diminishes since you have been provided the freedom to write as much as you please.
But, if you ask me, it is beneficial to set up a word count before starting to enter the world of authors! If you are a novice in the writing process and find the concept of length of your write-ups bemusing, then a word count comes in handy! Just as the deadline in any task makes us work effectively under pressure, the word count in writing makes us acquainted to the process, thereby improving our ability to write! After all, everything has a beginning!
Here, in this article, I will be guiding you towards achieving your word count goal effectively through a step by step approach.
- Sanity Matters
The First step is to eliminate any type of stress or laziness when setting up your writing atmosphere. Have a clear mind when writing, because a healthy mind blossoms more creative ideas than the one which isn’t.
- Move To Pleasant Surroundings
The Second step is moving to pleasant surroundings where writing seems a fun task. If the chirping birdies in the garden inspire you, then just reach out to them at the earliest possible convenience!
- Get Your Medium Out
The Third step is getting any medium of writing, be it a notebook and pen or a laptop out of that cupboard and decide to write. It is however, advisable to choose a laptop for the process, since Microsoft word helps keep track of your word count on the bottom left corner of the page. This makes it easier for you to begin.
- Set Up Your Word Count
The Fourth step is setting your word count. Make an apposite choice of the count depending on your strength to write!
- Choose A Good Topic
The Fifth step is pondering over the topic you would choose. Select a topic that would provide you a wide range of information to write on. This would automatically increase your word count.
- A Random Topic is Hunky – Dory
The Sixth step is selecting a random topic of your choice and jotting down some words on it. In short, start with a short essay on any topic concerned while not forgetting to set up a word count of course!
- Resolve The Word Count Increase
The Seventh step is resolving to increase your word count day by day. Make it a habit to set your goal and implement it almost every time.
- Write Regularly
The Eighth step is vowing to write daily. When you decide to write regularly, your speed of typing or writing has a hike thus, making it easier for you to increase your count.
- Go For Writing Prompts
The Ninth step is resorting to writing prompts. Write anything, on almost any insensible issue as long as it helps you to develop your love for writing and increase your writing speed.
Approach Your Writing Coach For Assistance
The Tenth step is optional. If you still encounter difficulties in setting your word count, then some help or guidance is always welcome. You may visit your nearest writing coach for the same!
Thus, I would conclude stating that your word count is deeply impacted by your attitude towards writing and your love for it. Make sure to remain dedicated towards your writing goals and resolve to develop its addiction! Yes! I know, it is a hyperbolic term to be used, but that’s actually the idea towards developing effective writing skills. If not addiction, then at least try allotting some time of the day for relevant, random topics that brush through your mind! If, while performing the daily chores, a bizarre topic is lurking in your head and just can’t wait to get itself out on the paper, then don’t procrastinate! Instantly, resolve to complete your significant tasks and get your laptop outta that cupboard. Don’t suppress your thoughts to the extent that they completely vanish from your head and you no longer remain with anything to write on. In short, writing needs to be a daily task, if gaining excellence in it, has been your deep rooted dream.
Also, choose correct and influential words as you develop experience in the writing field. Start making your write-ups mature enough. Don’t stick to the same insensible topics as you chose as a beginner. Increase your level of communication through write-ups thus, making them interesting. Start choosing relevant topics and not random ones. Make your write-ups golden so that it would lure more and more readers!
P.S. Don’t overdo or stress yourself for writing a piece regularly. Do it in sound mental and physical conditions.
“Remember, your words can plant gardens or burn whole forests down.”
- Gemma Troy
As Summer halts to an end, we are excited to announce another new author joining Yellow Scribe’s bookshelf. Rachel Baronti is a young adult from the United Kingdom, and with her new poetry collection, she aims to shed light on issues often left unspoken. As a young adult, Baronti has faced the struggles that can come with being a woman, and she is now using her voice – once broken and now mended – to show others how they can overcome their traumas.
Traumas can be difficult to overcome for a number of reasons – namely the shame surrounding the event and the difficulty of seeking acceptance for the emotions one feels. ‘Secrets I Shouldn’t Have’ collates the many poems Baronti crafted as both a coping mechanism for herself and as a guidebook for others to deal with their thoughts and emotions. A nuanced collection of raw poetry puts into perspective the real life scenarios we bump into in our everyday lives: anxiety, depression, assault, ptsd, and gradually overcoming them.
There’s no way for me to bleed onto this page and make it seem as though I still have the heart of a pacifist, as the truth is, I am well acquainted with war and what it’s like to need refuge from yourself as I search for it every day…
I haven’t found it yet.“Refugee” by Rachel Baronti
Before working more intensely on poetry and long-form, Baronti worked in Finance pursuing a more academic life.
After the realisation that life had more to offer, Baronti shifted to work in Marketing as an apprentice, and works closely alongside CAMHs, a mental health organisation for teenagers. Baronti enjoys working alongside the organisation because she feels so passionately about mental health, especially the wellbeing of teenagers and young adults like herself.
The book, written in the Summer of 2020, begins with Baronti’s ‘What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger’, a devastating account of consent and the power (or lack thereof) of saying ‘no’.
A sadness runs through the collection, a sort of nuanced sadness that can only be described as beautiful. This book will make you feel, writhe and squint with emotion as you flick through the pages – full to the brim with tears, saturated tissues and sleepless nights. It can only be described as beautifully sad, with a summit of self-acceptance and a deeply ingrained love for ones self.
That I would realise the cloudy cushions of candy-floss piled atop a stick were bad for my teeth, and in truth didn’t resemble the clouds at all.“What I wish I knew when I was younger” by Rachel Baronti
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Mention of sexual assault, PTSD, depression, anxiety.