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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Creating Characters - Guest Post By IndigoSky

Heya guys! Sorry again for being inactive lately I just had a complete writers block and couldn't think of any post ideas. Today's post is actually a guest post by IndigoSky (link at the bottom) about how to develop story characters. This is really useful if writing stories is your thing, as it's easy to make them typical, boring personalities with nothing to make them stand out. So here we go!

Hey guys, it’s IndigoSky here. Thanks to Apple Tree for letting me do a guest post on her blog! Anyway, let’s get on with this post.
I love reading and creative writing, and I know that one of the hardest parts of writing a story is coming up with good, realistic, believable characters. So I’ve put together a list of rules to follow when coming up with characters:
Rule 1: People aren’t perfect.
It can be very tempting to make your characters have only positive characteristics and no negative side, especially if you’re writing a romance story, or something to do with superheroes. Don’t. It’s not realistic. Everyone has negative aspects; it’s what makes us human. And let’s face it – who likes a goody two-shoes who only does good things? Give your characters a dark side – it makes them a heck of a lot more interesting, and convincing too.
Rule 2: People don’t behave in ways and do things for no reason.
Bad guys don’t just wake up one morning and think, “hey, I’m going to be a bad guy.” There’s always a reason behind their behaviour. Perhaps something happened to them in the past that made them turn over to the dark side. Your past influences what you do in the present – for example, someone who is very kind to people might behave that way because she knows how harsh life can be, or that grumpy old guy who hates children only acts that way because his daughter died when she was young, and he’s been hurting ever since. Coming up with characters’ backstories gives them a more complex personality, and, again, makes them more interesting. 
Rule 3: People evolve.
Life changes you. Your views on life change constantly. Say your main character is a sweet, innocent schoolgirl who believes that everyone is good deep down, who becomes a witness in a murder, and gets kidnapped and almost killed, and ends up watching her best friend die – by the end of the story she will be a very different person to who she was at the beginning. She will have realised that life is no fairytale and bad things happen; her views on life will have changed drastically. If they haven’t, it wouldn’t be believable at all. However…
Rule 4: People don’t have sudden personality changes.
I know this sounds like I’m contradicting myself after the previous point, but there’s a difference between “evolving” and “changing”. Have you ever read a book where one of the characters is really mean, and then suddenly becomes a good person (or vice versa)? I’m thinking of Hans from Frozen, here, actually: one minute he’s all kind and caring and the next he’s evil? What’s that about? It drives me MAD when that happens! I mean, I get that someone might be faking their personality, and pretending to be nice when they’re really not nice at all, but you have to make sure it makes sense, and it’s reasonable. If one of your characters IS going to change personality, foreshadow it in some way: make your main character (and your reader) be at least slightly suspicious of him, so when he turns out to be a big fat phony, it make sense in a way. 

And now for the fifth and most important of all…

Rule 5: Really KNOW your characters.
The best way to create a strong, believable character is to really be inside your character’s head. Know what their personality’s like, know what makes them tick, know them better than you know yourself. Know what they look like, what they sound like, know what weird mannerisms they have. Know their pasts. Know their futures. Know exactly how they’d respond to any situation. Know every single stupid little detail about them. Even if you don’t put something in the actual story, YOU know it, and it’ll help you know your characters better. 

Well, that’s it from me. Hope this helps someone! 
If you want to read more from me check out my blog at https://indigoskysblog.blogspot.co.uk/.

Stay awesome!

-IndigoSky

So I hoped you enjoyed that post! If you want to write a guest post in my blog, please comment on any of my posts.

Question of the day: what should I post more of? Answer in the comments below!

Lots of love, 
Young and Enquiring x

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Confidence: How To Boost Your Self Esteem

Heya guys x

Sorry I have been so inactive recently I've just had a lot going on.

Today's post is about self confidence. This is crucial in life as no self esteem=unhappy life. Especially going through 'the teen phase' can be super hard, with all the pressure from school, media and pretty much everything else. I'm trying to help you make the most of your life, and to feel confident within yourself and your body.

Know Your Strengths
This is the first step to building self esteem, because you have to be able to accept your talents and the fact that you are amazing. There is a difference between being vain and knowing that your talented, so don't be afraid to show off a bit! No one likes someone who is always putting themselves down, so lighten up a bit, take compliments and shine through your skills.

Improve Yourself
If you see something that you don't like about yourself, work on it and change it to make it better. For example if you don't like your hair, then dye it, cut it, wash it better, find ways to look after it better. There will always be something that you're not completely happy about whether it's your personality or looks, and it will make you feel so much better about yourself when you can see it paying off. There's no use in sitting around waiting for it to magically change, so get up and do something about it!

Don't Change For Others
There may be other people or media pressuring you to look a certain way, but if it makes you happy then stick with it. You may worry about what other people think of you, but who really cares? If they don't like you then that's their problem, not yours. Especially if you feel like you have to change yourself for people to like you more, that just shows how they aren't a real friend if they can't accept you.

Stay Positive
Always look on the bright side of life! Something good can come from any situation and if you can fine it then it will make you a lot happier too. In this way you can help other people to be more confident too!

Have A Good Posture
If you walk around with a slumped back and looking at the floor, you will give yourself and other people the impression that you don't want to be around people, you are bored or tired, etc. But if you have your head held high, standing up tall and smiling, then others will see you as confident and that you know what your doing. This will also help you, because even if you are feeling really shy and self conscious on the inside, at least you can act the opposite on the out.

That's all for now, but I will probably update again soon.

Question of the day - are you confident or shy? Answer in the comments below!

Lots of love,
Young and Enquiring x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Quick Note...

Heya again.

I just wanted to say a quick note... I love it when I see that you guys are viewing my blog. It makes me happy to know that people are actually reading it and seeing my posts. It would make me even happier if you could please please please follow and comment, I am trying my hardest to make it easy for you to do that. It really makes my day to see that I have interaction with my viewers and I would love it so so so much if you could comment, follow and share. Thankyou!

Lots of love, Young and Enquiring x

The Top 10 Best Songs For Lyric Pranks

Hiyya guys x

Have any of you done a lyric prank? I'm obsessed with them! I've probably done a lyric prank to all of my contacts by now. The thing with lyric pranks is that you have to get a good song which has realistic lyrics that sound vaguely like normal conversation. So here's some songs that I've used and work so, so well and I've also put who they would be most suitable for.

1. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes - anyone with a boyfriend/girlfriend)
2. Oath - Cher Loyd - friend (preferably if their going through a bad time)
3. Never gonna give you up - Rick Astley - boyfriend/girlfriend
4. Wings - Little Mix - friend/enemy
5. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen - friend
6. Into You - Ariana Grande - crush
7. I hate you I love you - Gnash - crush/boyfriend/girlfriend
8. See you again - Whiz Kalfa - a friend you haven't seen that day
9. Sorry - Justin Bieber - mum
10. Confident- Demi Lovato - bully

So there is my top 10 list of good songs to prank people with! Be really careful and don't take it too far as it could seriously damage relationships. My friend one time pranked someone with Treat You Better and he agreed to cheat on his girlfriend for her! Anyway I hope this was helpful and let me know how you get on...

Question of the Day: What's your favourite song to lyric prank to? Answer in the comments below!

Lots of love,
Young and Enquiring x