WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Greetings to you! It has been a bit since my last post, though I hope you’ll excuse my absence—I was in Japan, and thus my mind was on all things Japanese! Japan is my heart country, and I would love the chance to live there for longer than a month at a time (both of my trips have been a month in length). Now that I am back on American time, I am excited to get back into my normal routine: writing! And writing a lot. =)

My significant other and I had a chance to hear Neil Gaiman (author of Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Sandman, et. al.) speak a few weeks ago, and when discussing Norse Mythology particularly, which is his own retelling of the Norse myths, he made an excellent point. To paraphrase, he said that it is a writer’s job to know just enough of a subject they are including in their book. Did he say you needed to be an expert in a subject? NO!

Here’s what he actually said:

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WRITING BELIEVABLE VILLAINS: THE CODE OF JUSTICE

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

WRITING BELIEVABLE VILLAINS: THE CODE OF JUSTICE

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re starting out the new year with Part Two of our series on Writing Believable Villains (Part 1: THE 7 WAYS TO WRITE A BELIEVABLE VILLAIN.)

Your villain is oftentimes not only as important as your protagonist, but also moreso. How can this be? Aren’t they just the opposite of each other?

The answer is, “They are the opposite of each other.” But how and why are necessary to understand before blazing in there and creating another stereotypical villain, because let’s face it: we all want to create a killer villain! (No pun intended.)

Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation with his hand shamefully on his forehead

In musicals, isn’t it often the villain songs that are, for one reason or another, some of the best? Well, we want your written villain to feel the same—and this week we are going to use a song to demonstrate how creating those moments works.

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THE ONE THING BETTER THAN GOOD PLOT

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE ONE THING BETTER THAN GOOD PLOT

Everyone knows a good story is what sells a book. It presents itself as a premise, and if it delivers on the promises it sets up, boom! It’s a good book, and suddenly everyone is talking about it.

But what if the premise is awesome, the middle pulls you along, the climax ties up all the loose ends, but you still feel like something is missing? What went wrong?

Shrugging gif

Well, it could be any number of things, but this week, we’re focusing on a few things that add up to one big thing.

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THE ARTS OF DISCIPLINE, PATIENCE, AND POSITIVITY

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

The Arts of Discipline, Positivity, and Patience

They say to always write from your experience, to write from what you know, and you know what I found out I REALLY know this week? That I am impatient. Sure, I have my daily writing goal figured out (667 words to have 90,000 words by Dec. 1st), but wow. Even with that, I can get very impatient, very antsy, and very disappointed.

Let’s start by painting the picture. I hadn’t written for three days this past weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), as I went out of town. I have accepted that life happens and gave myself some slack with the promise that I would make it up on Monday. And I did! …Mostly. I wrote over two thousand words this Monday, making up those three missed days, but I was a few hundred short of meeting the 667 I needed for Monday. And I had a blast writing. I let myself stay focused (notice the language: let myself), and had some of the most genuinely fun writing time I have had in a good little while.

So what’s the problem? Why was I disappointed in myself? I was roughly four or five hundred words from my goal, but I needed sleep. So I slept. After all, I could just do the rest of Monday’s words, and Tuesday’s, on Tuesday, right? Continue reading

AN INTRODUCTION TO ALYSSA GRACE MOORE

Greetings! My name is Alyssa Grace Moore. Welcome to my blog!

This blog will take you on a journey through the creative writing process—the pitfalls, the writers blocks, the blocks on your writers blocks, and ultimately how to achieve the dream of becoming a better writer, and hopefully help you on your way to publishing your own novel!

To give you a little bit of background on myself, I graduated with my Master’s of English (M.A.) in Spring 2016, and my Bachelors of English (B.A.) in Spring 2013, with a cognate in creative writing.

I knew I wanted to be a writer in first grade when I boldly stomped over to Mrs. Martin with my determined, eight-year-old feet, and told her I wanted to be a poet.

Her response? An inspiring, “Poets don’t make very much money.”

And thus the dream was born.

Pretty good origin story, right?

Long story short, I am a creative soul with many creative interests: dancing, singing, acting, occasional painting, costuming, etc. The thing is, however, that writing is my creative passion and my calling.

I am currently working on my first novel. I can’t give too much away, but if I said the words “Norse mythology” and “Loki,” they might give you a pretty exciting place to start. 😉 (More info to come in future posts!)

The point of this blog is to inspire you in your own writing process. Writing is a solitary activity, therefore it is important to know that you are not alone in the process, even when sitting at home alone tearing your hair out over the perfect word or comma placement.

In addition to Writing Tip Wednesdays, I hope to create Travel Friday posts in which each Friday you will be greeted with a lovely little travel essay that will inspire you to go have an adventure of your own—think of it like your creative non-fiction cup of coffee! I hope to also discuss some of my more academic thoughts on topics like literary theory and its application not only in writing, but in current events around the world.

These are the types of things you can expect from this blog, and as I have new ideas, I will update you all!

Thank you for stopping by. It was lovely to chat with you, and I hope to see you again soon.

With Grace,

~Alyssa Grace Moore


You can also find Alyssa on Twitter: @alyssagracem