Pokemon GO | Writing Prompts

It’s the sensation that’s sweeping the nation(s)! That’s right Pokemon GO is kind of taking over my thoughts lately….well when I’m not working or attempting to be productive in other ways. So I figured why not get some writing prompts inspired by the game that’s making me want to take down my friends?

  1. You’re walking down the streets playing Pokemon GO and as you the “gotcha” sign comes onto the screen, it isn’t the Pokemon anymore…you were brought into the game.
  2. Talk about your experience as a Pokemon fan.
  3. Rewrite the Pokemon theme song with your Pokemon GO experience and knowledge.
  4. AU in which the Pokemon hunt humans.
  5. Create your own Pokemon, who is it? What does it do?

Okay so these are just some ideas for prompts with the Pokemon GO theme. Seriously, I am loving this game guys. I truly am. It connects everyone in my opinion. I find myself walking around my neighborhood and people will stop to give me tips as to when to evolve, or “there’s a bunch of Eevees over there”. I can pinpoint Pokeplayers from afar and it’s nice to see people enjoying their fandom. When I was a kid all I wanted was a Togepi and an army of Eevees for eeveelutions. I am so close to this. I was at work and some of the guests were playing, we talked about playing the game, our favorite Pokemon and our teams, why we picked our teams and so on. It is truly an amazing experience. I love being able to see people of so many ages enjoying something like this. Some people think it’s childish and that’s fine, maybe it is. But it’s healthy and fun and it unites a lot of people, so I love seeing people play. I love watching people talk about it online. I like it when people have a way to connect to their inner child, to have this “childish” thing that brings us all back to the happy times when we enjoyed Pokemon. It’s reviving that time for some of us. I loved Pokemon as a kid and I still do, but I hadn’t done anything Pokemon related in so long that this game is great to bring me back to those days.

I hope if you play Pokemon GO you’re enjoying it. Leave me a comment with your team and favorite Pokemon!

Best of luck!

Gissel

P.S. here goes my team and level so far 🙂

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Love Arrows!

I like to get my hands messy, I love using glue and scissors and paint and craftying. I also love making things for other people. So I borrowed this idea from my friend Jess, who made me an arrow last year. Much to the amusement of my French Professor who thought it was a gesture from a secret admirer using my friends…it wasn’t. My friends are just that great.

So here is a quick and easy way to express your love…or you know give some cheesy pick-up line like I did on them.

The things you need are simple:

glue, craft paper, scissors, Popsicle sticks, pencil, and sharpies.

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What you have to start with is creating a template for your hearts, I folded a piece of plain paper and cut half of the heart on that, it was even. Also cut out a triangle template.

Next assemble! I folded over the heart for the fletching or end of my arrow and cut up a few slits to serve as the “feathers”. Then with two triangles to work as the point. That’s seriously it. That’s all, and if you want to add a quote or note on the shaft of the arrow go right ahead.

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I wrote “you’re the Beta to my Alpha” on one of them and sent it to my friend Camille who loves Teen Wolf. I also wrote, “you’re the Doctor to my Companion” for Marissa, and “haveee ya met Mandy?” because How I Met Your Mother and Doctor Who are fun for us all. Have a great  Valentine’s Day!

Best,

Gissel

p.s. I totally mailed those out and the recipients should be getting them tomorrow afternoon! 

12 Holiday Themed Writing Prompts

If you’re like me, your holiday spirit is lacking to say the least. It doesn’t feel much like Christmastime is here but in some cage in my heart is trying to break the bars to glorious freedom! So I came up with 12 Holiday Themed Writing Prompts for you guys since it’s only in writing that I’ve been able to feel the spirit make progress in that cage. So without further ado here are the prompts:

  1. Write about the presents that disappeared
  2. “We have a problem… Santa Claus is missing”
  3. A day as one of Santa’s Elves
  4. Write about the boy that found the dreidel
  5. “All I want for Christmas is….”
  6. Write your most ridiculous Christmas wish list
  7. Write about your favorite holiday tradition
  8. Write about what happened when the child stopped believing in Santa
  9. Write about how they ended up underneath the mistletoe at that precise moment
  10. “The Christmas ball was ruined” / “Why do you think that?” / “There’s a body by the tree!”
  11. Write about the child that went to find Christmas
  12. Interview Santa Claus himself

Those are some prompts that I came up with for this holiday season. I hope you are inspired and get your creative juices flowing.

Happy Holidays!

Best,

Gissel

Ten Things to do When You’re in a Writing Slump

But you really want to

You’re doing the dishes or baking cookies, or maybe you’re sitting restlessly at work because you have this great idea that you just need to get out in writing. But there’s something stopping you. Either you can’t seem to form the sentences when you have your laptop open, or your pen in your hand and notebook on the desk. You know what your story is supposed to be about, you know what’s going to happen. But either there’s a plot-hole that you can’t work around yet, or you’re just in one of those moods where nothing seems to work. Life gets in the way, you have no time, you feel like you have no time, or you’re just having an off day/week and can’t seem to get to it.
Whatever the reason, you’re not writing and your characters and scenes are nagging you internally and you feel like you’re betraying yourself because you aren’t doing that thing that you just love so much.
Does that make sense? If yes great, if not these ideas can still be of use to you.
I go on these slumps a lot. I do my daily tasks and sit around more often than not visualizing the entire story finished, with the plot nice and cleaned up and finally walking up to my brother and cousin and friends and saying “I wrote a story from start to finish”. But I haven’t. Sometimes because of clear factors like fear, or trying too hard to figure out one element and or detail. Whatever the reason it happens and I bet I am not alone. So I’ve tried some things every single time. Some have worked better than others, and some I’ve had to modify to work a bit differently. So here goes everything!
1. Write with friends.
My friend Sierra and I talk a lot. Sometimes we have as story that needs work but we just aren’t in that zone. So we have a game we like to play when we really want to write but don’t know what to write. We sit on Skype (usually) and we take a few minutes ahead of time to grab coffee, open up a new word doc. And find inspirational things. Anything goes: lyrics, pictures, quotes, songs, small video clips. One time I couldn’t think of anything new and sent her a picture of my cousins playing in a park. You start up a timer and write for a good five minutes usually, no editing just writing about whatever gets you going from the newly found prompt.

 

2. Read a book.
I am pretty sure that this is one of the more obvious things to do if you’re an aspiring writer, but I like it when people read. Books are fun pick one up and read. Read a book you’ve never read, or a book you’ve read 100 times, I don’t care. Go with what your gut says and read something. I go through days where I can’t focus on anything too new so I go to my bookshelf and go “do I want to read a Harry Potter book again or Anne of Green Gables?” after that it’s all about what mood I’m in. Do I want to laugh at Lee Jordan’s commentaries during Quidditch matches or get all of the feels about Gilbert Blythe? Maybe I want to go start that book that I have yet to read even though it stares me in the face nearly every day? Anyways, reading is fun. Sometimes you read a good book and get inspired by even the smallest detail. You read that awesome new book about Fairies and now you somehow want to write a murder mystery in the woods because the description about the woods was so good that’s all your creative little mind can see? Do it. I think we all do that anyways, but still a good idea in my opinion.

3. Get out.
Seriously, get up out of your room/house/yard/whatever space you reside in. Get out, go to a diner, be creepy and watch people. Go to a bar during happy hour. Go to the park alone. Is it cold? Wear a sweater or two and stay there. Touch a tree, listen to nature, feel the sun in your face. Whatever. Go to the mall. Watch kids play. Watch people pay more attention to their phones than the guy serving their meal. Write about it. Talk about it. You can find motivation and inspiration in nearly anything, as long as you’re in a good state of mind. It may be a shitty draft that makes no sense, but so what? Do it anyways. Take a journal and a pen or two or a pencil and a sharpener, a quill, whatever your preferred method of writing is take it with you.

4. Workout.
I’m not a doctor, or a regular gym-goer. At all. However, I think by now we’ve all heard that working out has a ton of benefits, not just for your physical well-being but creative as well. Your body gets well-rested when you work out and somehow it just gets you pumped up for whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. So go for a walk, jog, go to the gym. Whatever you want to do, just go out and have some fun. Play tag, manhunt whatever makes you happy…. actually manhunt sounds amazing right now.

5. Sign up for NaNoWriMo
NaNo takes place in November, I know I know. But, you can still join your regional group for NaNoWriMo and talk to them on Facebook. Which is something I wish I had done sooner because my region has some pretty cool people. I started talking to them a few weeks ago and they’re so supportive and fun and random. I was pretty motivated, especially because one of them mentioned she was at work and when she got a chance you better be sure she was writing. So join NaNoWrimo, meet people, read your NaNo e-mails and be motivated by authors. And join in the fun for Camp NaNo and regular Nano because even if you don’t do it daily, you’ll write something and you may learn more about your story. Maybe I’m a bit nutty but I think that while writing there’s always something new to be discovered about your story.

6. Make your own writing group.
My friends and I realized we liked to write a few years ago. Okay so we already knew we did. But we were having a slow time, we wanted to have people we trusted read and critique our work no matter how awful it may be. We needed the harsh, non-sugarcoated, evil, shred my story, destroy my hopes and dreams critique that came from someone we loved. So naturally we made up our own small writing group. We posted inspirational quotes, prompts yada yada. We each had a file/document where we would post our prompts. We had a rotation going on where you always knew who was next to pick the prompt. We would post our prompts in our appropriate documents and everyone else would read and explain what they liked or didn’t like, what worked and what didn’t etc etc. For me this was very beneficial because I am very, very, very bad about showing my work to people because I only like to share when I feel it’s decent enough. So if you’re like me and terrified of showing your crappiest of works, why not work with the people that you trust enough to see your awful bedhead in the morning?
7. Draw something!
Sometimes my mind wanders off, and I’m sure yours does too, when my mind wanders off sometimes I doodle. Simple as that, I go from squiggles to birds, faces, stars, hearts, whatever. Sometimes I make a face and it looks a certain way and I go with it. Sometimes it inspires a story or a short snippet of what the drawing is about other times I just like it for some reason. This year during NaNoWrimo (which was just soooo long ago I know) I decided I wanted a cover for my story. So when I had a particularly stumped time I started to try and draw my characters. I made some faces, and I made a drawing (still unfinished) that I actually was very proud of. It helped me get my characters out in a way that I could put the small details in. “He’s always got her back. Her family has x and y colors, no not that dark. He carries his guns like this. She gets hurt here. His hair is more like this. Her eyes are more grayish-blue. His look is more intense. She’s afraid for x and y reason.” Just last night I was so happy with my latest version of this that I showed my brother and as I tried to explain the scene to him (for the tenth time) I looked at my work and went “Sammy! He gets a sword to the shoulder saving her.” I just saw it. That’s the scene I saw and I’ll write it down soon enough but now I have it in my mind. Sometimes drawing things out helps. You can see exactly how some details are pieced together. It’s a creative thing to do. Make are that relates to your story or make art that’s on the complete opposite spectrum of your story. Whatever, be creative and have fun!

8. Write something else.
Seriously. Your main characters are being jerks and you’re finding it difficult to write their dialogue well? Can’t get past that annoying plot-hole? There’s that one teensy weensy detail about that minor character’s life that you know is relevant but you can’t seem to put it into words? Save what you have so far. Close it. Go on the internet and find prompts. Write a prompt. It doesn’t have to become a full blown novel. But write something else. You’ll get back to your story eventually. You know you will, that story is your baby or car or dog whatever it is that you like. So you know you’ll come back. Or grab a book or t.v. show pick a line that sticks out to you and use that as a prompt.
9. Cook or bake something.
Food is good for you. We all know we need food. So sometimes you just need to cook or bake something. It keeps you busy on something else besides your troublesome story and characters. I mean there’s no way I’m the only person that mumbles or even talks to themselves as I do mundane tasks like cooking and baking and realize I’m actually speaking as my characters. I mean seriously, if you do this I beg of you tell me so I know I’m not entirely alone.
10. Work around it.
Whatever it is that’s keeping you on this terrible annoying slump isn’t going to go away without you being proactive and working your way through it. Simple as that. So if it’s a plot-hole that you can’t seem to fix no matter how many options you give it, or a character whose agenda you aren’t entirely sure of. You won’t move forward without pushing through. Give birth to it, just PUSSHH. Yes, I did just say that. Seriously though. I had a character that I knew wasn’t entirely good. He was just too good the entire time and I knew from the beginning that he had a sketchy agenda and was helping the bad guys. But what was his motive? Was he brainwashed? Was he gaining something? What did they have over him? Finally I decided that since I wasn’t up to that reveal yet I could work up to it. Now I know, the motive is power. He has something to gain and is willing to give up everything for it. He’s willing to sell out his friends and family for it. So you know, the usual. One story I tried to figure out certain things that made no sense at all to me as to why they were in the story at all, because the overall motive of the villain and the way he worked his way into the main character were off from what I had written out. I got so frustrated I just wrote the crappy version anyways and kept going. Once I had SOMETHING written for that part I kept going. Eventually I had to refer back to that but I remembered how bad it was and decided to wing it. That’s where that mess was fixed. I went back to highlight and make notes on the first version of that horribly written and developed part of my story. Don’t even bother editing no matter how much of a perfectionist you are. You’ll get to the editing. Just write, and have fun with it. You know where your story is meant to go, help it get there.

Those are my ten tips for what to do when you’re on a writing slump, but still feel that tingling sensation that you should write. So write some words. Do you have tips I didn’t put on here? Tell me. Did you do any of these? Did I say anything new? Talk to me about it.

Disclaimer: I am not a published writer. I am no expert but I am an aspiring writer and I read about writing, I read fiction, etc. I write for fun, I have stories I am developing and these are things that work for me.

Best,
Gissel

NaNoWrimo 2015: Pushing through the Plot-Holes

It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? When you have an amazing story idea and you have these amazing characters in your head that talk to you and tell you how they all fit together? What keeps them as part of one story-line, and how you can use all of these different pieces of information to form your messy yet oh-so satisfying puzzle in the end? But then like all good things you find the flaws, why is this happening? What motivated this character to do this? Why is this ONE seemingly simple thing so complicated and why can’t I untangle that mess and get to where I need to be? You can keep going with the story and everything will go smoothly if you can get that one.little.thing! Right? You’ve just got to love that time of year: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrimo), where you let the voices out and write them on paper, or screen, or on your walls, whatever it takes to keep you sane and on your third cup of coffee a day…

Seriously though, it’s fun, it’s liberating, and it keeps you so pumped because you’re investing your time and efforts into something you love within a community of like-minded individuals, and there are very few things better than that, right? Yet somehow the scary monsters in our heads make us both love them and be completely frustrated by them…My (main) monsters to tackle for this years NaNoWrimo, and well every other time I take on a writing adventure: plot-holes.

Does anyone else freak out as soon as they find plot-holes in their stories? Like do you panic at the mere thought of that plot-hole, or worse, plot-HOLES? I do. A lot…So this year I decided I should prepare because I like where my story was going, I liked my characters, I liked my concept. I didn’t like all of my writing though…

I wanted to take the words on the screen in front of me and shred them at times. So I told myself that because I actually do care about the story and Sammy likes it, and so does my best friend, I had a duty to myself and to my brother who believes in me to finish this story. To edit like the wind and make it good.  So that’s what I did, this year I signed up for NaNoWrimo yet again, being motivated by the amount of enthusiasm of fellow writers, the illusion of having motivation.It was great.

So what do you do when you’re stuck? When you’re stranded and are missing teeny tiny, yet somehow crucial details? I’ll tell you how: with the internet of course! Okay so maybe not just that, you might also need a binder or Pinterest or both, and writing utensils.

I prepared for NaNo this year by starting out a story binder. I already had my Pinterest board set up for the story. Don’t look at me funny you know a lot of us do it now. We set up a lovely Pinterest board with ideal faces for characters, and pins full of information and scenery that helps boost creativity…Anyways, as you can see here I printed out images and set names to faces and wrote out bits of information.

Trust me, it helped. As I wrote one thing for one person secrets were revealed. I also printed out what I already had written out for the story and started to *gulp* read through and underline and highlight.

 

NaNoWrimoStoryBinder2015 (1) I admit it was a bit painful, why? Because a lot of it sucked! I wrote sentences that made me cringe and “why??? Why do you do this? Oh god that sucks take it off.” I also remembered that I purposely left things to suck. Why? Because I wanted to push through it. I wanted to get the main concept out of every scene. If it sucks, that’s why editing is a part of this oh-so painful process.

When November finally arrived, I wanted to find it in me to actually get to work, and I admit, it took a few days., and I didn’t update my word count every day. But I did finally join my regional NaNo group, I finally talked to people a bit…but every little bit helps. I had so much time this month to actually sit and write and edit and research that if I hadn’t taken advantage of it I was purposely screwing myself over. What I learned was that every little bit helps. I found backstories by re-reading, I found why certain things were just plain odd within the story and when read out loud. Some scenes were ahead of their time. Some things had to be built up slowly throughout, so I sprinkled those in more and more from the start (or whenever it was appropriate). So now I have all of these bits and pieces of information and somehow managed to create something that still needs loads of work. Yet still, I am proud because I have been able to work and edit and write and explore more of my characters and their stories and the things that makes them unique to me.

My synopsis, which I kind of hate doing because I am bad at summarizing, if any of you saw that painful post…Anyways, my synopsis ended up looking a little something like this:

“First there was the pain and the strange behavior from her family. Then came the transformation and the acceptance that came along with it.

Most girls get presents; a new phone, jewelry, technology, or even a party for their fifteenth birthday, but Kira Wilde isn’t most girls. No, for her fifteenth birthday, Kira gets a whole new world, new responsibilities, and a secret she had never so much as considered.”

And pretty much like everything I do, I don’t give much information because at least for now, it is still a work in progress. Plus I like the illusion of a mystery. I might have a problem..oh well.

So that’s one part of my NaNoWrimo 2015 adventure. Now please let me know what you guys did for NaNoWrimo, if you did participate. Share with me your personal feelings about NaNoWrimo in general. How do you prepare?

Best,

Gissel

Let’s Talk Older Siblings: Supernatural, Mortal Instruments, Revolution, Hunger Games

Hello fellow bloggers,

Okay, so if you are anything like me, then you probably spend more time than you should watching series online because your friends tell you to watch this great show, and next thing you know you refuse to do much until you are caught up. You spend endless amounts of time reading a book, deciphering everything that the book can possibly mean and questioning absolutely everything that you have just read. You have these feelings about the plot, characters, setting, background, and god knows what else. That’s what you do as a reader or viewer or listener, whatever it is that you do to get the gears in your head going. Here’s a thing about me, I too do this, I do this more than I probably should.

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the roles that family, particularly siblings play in books and shows that I have been watching lately. I realized that it is not a dream sequence that holds our ties together. While watching Supernatural I fell absolutely in love with the relationship between Sam and Dean. Why? Because Dean was willing to do literally anything for his baby brother. He was willing to risk his life, everyone else’s life and hell, his own happiness in order to protect his baby brother! That’s probably the biggest part of why I continued to like the show and was thrown into fits of emotion when something threatened either Winchester boy.

Then comes a book series by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments, where the Lightwood kids are so close that they hold secrets for each other. Izzy Lightwood is just extremely close to my heart because this girl knows her brother Alec’s secret and she makes sure that nothing threatens it. Alec seriously cannot reveal himself, and even when someone else (Clary) figures this out for herself, it is still not good, and Izzy let’s that be known. Izzy gets absolutely traumatized when she is unable to protect her brother, when Max dies she is no longer what she once was. She was a mess, and while that makes her more human and relate-able as a character it just shows what she is like as a sister in general. She protects those boys with everything she’s got, Jace was her brother and she didn’t care what anyone said against it, and even when he made bad life choices she stood by his side because she knew him, she knew her brother the oh so narcissistic Jace Wayland, (although I still think it should be Lightwood).  Locking herself in her room in blame for what happens to her baby brother, holding secrets for her elder brother, and trusting and having faith in the last brother she has, those are pretty awesome qualities in Isabelle.

There’s also the case of Charlie Matheson in Revolution, Charlie, who despite all that has happened in her life is still just a normal girl. That is until she loses her father and brother of course. She can’t bring her father back from the dead but she can go ahead and rescue her baby brother, and that’s what she does. She isn’t a fighter, she isn’t a killer, and she is in my opinion, way in over her head. She’s going to go against an entire militia and into new places just to get her brother back safely. Her entire journey, everything that happens, from her having to convince her uncle to assist her, to learning to trick people, to her first kill and treachery against others, she becomes this completely different person than what she was. This young girl who is afraid of watching her uncle kill a man, to having to kill herself. She changes like this not just because of hardships, but because she has to get her brother back. It is about her brother, that is the reason she left her home, that is the reason she goes off into the unknown, that is the reason she gets caught up in a war for freedom against the guys with the big guns.

Of course I can’t finish this off without talking about the Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Colins The Hunger Games. Let’s be honest, Prim was the reason anything really affected Katniss. Katniss knew she lived in a society of injustice and cruelty, she knew that even the slightest toe out of line would create chaos or at the very least kill her family. However, what really triggers her is when her baby sister gets reaped for the Games. From the start we see that Katniss has this special connection, where she wants to serve as guardian to her sister. She only really feels connected to Prim, where she holds her mother in contempt and honestly, kind of hates her. Katniss begs Gale and her mother to take care of Prim, she asks Gale to watch for her mother and sister, and her mother to make sure to actually be there for Prim. She wants Prim to have as much of a normal life as possible in this strange and extremely unfair society that they live in. Katniss takes Prim’s place in the Hunger Games because she wants to protect her! That was the initial spark, this is why Katniss was such a threat, because the Capitol was not used to this behavior, a volunteer? It gets mentioned that Katniss has that in her favor, that this makes her special, that she has real feelings that she can go ahead and act this bravely although we know she’s shaking in her boots the entire time and scared for her dear life, but she goes ahead, and she pulls through, for Prim.

So, why is this post all about siblings? Why do I think that this is so important that I had to write a good 700 words on it? Easy, I have these two amazing younger brothers myself, and I can relate to these characters that will do anything and everything for their siblings. My brothers are not always on my good side, like any normal set of siblings we argue, I yell at them to do things (clean their room, turn down the t.v., stop yelling through the xbox, the list goes on). However, I wouldn’t trade my two weirdos for anything, and if anything or anyone tries to hurt them I will probably become a Katniss or Dean or Charlie or Isabelle myself. I try my best to help my brothers in any way that I can. I have a great relationship with them, where sometimes I learn a little too much about these kids, but on the bright side, this strange amount of trust that they have bestowed upon me let’s me be confident that they won’t be able to get away with any illegal activities. In the fourteen years that I have had my brother(s), I have learned to be patient beyond belief, I have read to them, made up weird songs and bedtime stories, I have played games and made them up, and done god knows how many random things from super secret handshakes, to being just plain weird everywhere we go. My brothers are awesome, and we will play jokes on each other, and on others, and even when they get on my absolute LAST nerve, they come back, and I come back and we laugh at something completely random together because that’s what good siblings do. Or so I think anyway.

What about the rest of you? How do you feel about siblings? Have any of your own? What’s your relationship like with them? How do you feel about the ones you read about or watch?

P.S. Yes, there are many, many other books and shows and movies where we can find these relationships and more, but I chose the lazy route and only did these…for now. So feel free to share!