THE POWER OF PERSISTENCE: WHY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A LIE, PART 1

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 POWER OF PERSISTENCE: WHY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A LIE, PART 1

Just two weeks ago I addressed how to combat fear of rejection when it comes to writing (WRITING AND PUBLICATION: WHY REJECTION IS NEVER REJECTION), but this week, I am going to delve a little deeper into why it is important to push past not only the fear, but also the excuses that writers like to give themselves.

If you’re reading this, chances are you are creative in some fashion. Creatives, on the whole, have a tendency to be fiercely intelligent, dedicated, and, erm, over-dramatic.

A man in a heavily decorated Italian mask quickly removes it and reveals that he is on stage in a huge, colorful dress while saying, "Drama!"

*Ahem* Yes, well, I don’t know about you, but that’s never me. Never. …Okay, so MAYBE it is, but only some of the time.

As I mentioned in my post WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH, I had the chance to see Neil Gaiman speak live about a month or so ago, and he said something that was hilarious and simultaneously brilliant:

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WRITING AND PUBLICATION: HOW TO COMBAT FEAR OF REJECTION

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 AND PUBLICATION: HOW TO COMBAT FEAR OF REJECTION

So you’ve done it. You’ve successfully bled your writing onto hundreds of pages. You’ve somehow gotten the attention of a publisher. He’s given you a proposal deadline. You’re ready. You’ve trained for this. You’ve lived for this. You’ve dreamed of this. And now….now…

You’re totally not ready.

You know the deadline and suddenly every negative thought you’ve ever pushed past is back. …Which may look a little something like this:

Ross from Friends looking nervous

But wait, this is supposed to be a good thing, right? Well, getting published is. But often when we are presented with the possibility of realizing our dreams, it can be overwhelming. So how do we combat that? Well, first, we have to address some questions… Continue reading

WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE THE NEXT GAME OF THRONES

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:

Why You Don't Have to Write the Next Game of Thrones

This week’s post is going to look at current entertainment trends and what they have to do with your story.

Why don’t you have to write the next Game of Thrones?

Because that’s what everyone is doing. Don’t believe me?

Take a look at these articles on the new Castlevania Netflix original show and Star Trek: Discovery.

Netflix’s Castlevania Trailer, Release Date, Story, & Everything Else We Know by Matthew Byrd

Game of Thrones Inspired Star Trek: Discovery to Kill More Main Characters by Kelly Kanayama

Star Trek: Discovery producers take lessons from Game of Thrones by Corey Smith

I’m going to highlight a few things from each of these articles, so if you could take just a quick peep at each of them, that would be wonderful. =)

Loki from the Avengers movie sitting in a plane, smiling, and giving a thumbs up.

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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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HOW TO WRITE LIKE AN A.I.

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:

HOW TO WRITE LIKE AN A.I.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there are people out there writing books now. And by people, I mean robots. And by robots, I mean A.I.

The future is here, folks. Artificial intelligence programs are writing short novels which are being entered into contests, like the Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award, which relatively recently opened up its metaphorical doors to non-human contestants. (Read more from this article: A Japanese AI program just wrote a short novel, and it almost won a literary prize by Chloe Olewitz.)

With things such as artificial intelligence programs competing, and competing successfully, with humans in the artistic field of writing, how can one ever hope to keep up? Aren’t computers just better than us?

Binary code in green over black background from The Matrix

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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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DEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE IT

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:

DEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE ITDEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE IT

One of the best parts of the writing process is having someone tell you they honestly enjoyed your work; it is gratifying, satisfying, and feels pretty darn amazing. On the other hand, one of the worst things is showing your work to someone and receiving tiny knife after tiny knife of criticism—how this could be better, or that was confusing, or this area just plain sucked. And it hurts! No one likes to be stabbed!

But no one should like likes receiving words like, “I liked it; this is good,” all the time, either. No one can grow if they already think they are the best. If there is no room to improve, then obviously you should be published now, right?? Haha, wrong. But don’t worry! I’m going to help you through this.

But if there is one thing to take away from this week’s post, it is this: it is equally important to be graceful in both how one receives and how one gives criticism, and this week, I’m going to show you how you can become better at both.

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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