On Getting Edits During NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone!

This Wednesday’s post is about National Novel Writing Month. As some of y’all know, we are FOUR days into it! So it’s fitting to do a post focused on a concept… the concept of getting edits during National Novel Writing Month!

EDITS SHOULD NEVER BOG YOU DOWN

As a writer, I understand that when people edit, you tend to put on a new attitude. An attitude that says, “Is my writing good enough?” or “Will people hate it?”

Basically, we raise the bar for ourselves. We tell ourselves that it has to be perfect!

When people comment on your document, you might see how many comments they put and think that they should give up on their book. If it was actually good, then no one would tell me how to fix it.”

But a crucial thing to remember is: Getting edits saves every single writer’s career, book, and reputation. Every good book has, or will, receive edits in it’s time. Most likely, the editor will leave tremendous amounts of edits!

Start thinking of edits as another brain in your book. The other person editing will see things differently than you, and so will your audience. That’s why it’s crucial to get edits. 

Conclusion: Receiving edits during NaNoWriMo should not stop you from creating your beautiful story. Receiving edits should also never bog you down, no matter how many comments there are, and you should never, ever feel overwhelmed. A key to remembering this is What if your favorite writer stopped writing their book because they got a lot of edits?

DON’T WRITE A PERFECT BOOK IN A MONTH!

It might help you if someone else says it. YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WRITE A PERFECT BOOK DURING THE THIRTY DAYS OF NANOWRIMO. Oh, that was a little dramatic, but hey, it gets the point across! The thing is, your NaNoWriMo book is going to be your most un-perfect draft. Because you only have a month to write a book! So stop, stop, stop, trying to think that your first draft must be perfect. Making your book the best comes after NaNoWriMo ends. So don’t worry if you don’t use the comments your editor gives you until after NaNoWriMo! It’s totally fine to use them after you get the first draft of your book in. 😉

So that’s all for now, I hope this post has helped you with your writing! 

Go create some new worlds!

Ava

✨My Pinterest Aesthetic Board✨

these photos on my boards do not belong to me. please follow all the creators, if you want, to help support them!

warning: So today i am trying to gain some *aesthetic* by not capitalizing my i’s or my sentences.

hello everyone!
today i am announcing my pinterest aesthetic board… a new sort of “bonus” post for today. happy halloween!

aside from that… some of y’all probably don’t know that i love aesthetic. i mean, fall and instagram theme, makes sheer perfection. and as some of y’all know, pinterest is the best place for aestetic boards in my *personal* opinion.

y’all probably won’t gain much from this post but some eye candy. it’s your little candy treat today… since social distancing, all the candy that we get virtually is for our eyes. lol. that means that your candy today comes in a form of color, of beauty, and of, well, blue, red, pink, and yellow boards!

i hope you love the aestetic!

since this post isn’t really gonna help anything, i’m planning on putting out a post probably during nanowrimo to help with your brain and the clock. that post will be making a *writing project* aesthetic board!

also, if you love my aesthetic, please give me a follow! it would make my day! (and don’t forget to check out my instagram account!)

anyways, go ahead and check out my boards! i hope you enjoy them!

and, whether you go trick-or-treating today or not, have another happy and *beautiful* day!

ava

Special Post~Discussing Three Ways to Serve God in Our Youth According to Scripture

Post by Piper Shephard, a lover of books and a young writer! Tune in next week for an interview with her!

Why should I serve God in My Youth?

This is probably a question many teens have asked themselves during their teen years. They’ve longed to serve God but could not figure out how on earth a teenage girl like themselves could serve God when someone older and probably wiser than they couldn’t.

It’s something some of us struggle with, especially since we sometimes come across many older teens who have had a similar reasoning and didn’t take their desire to learn and serve God seriously. We know it’s our duty to read our Bible and pray every day, but other than that we are lost. We feel too young, unqualified, and completely clueless on how we’re supposed to serve God.

Scripture shows us that we should serve God, but why serve God is a more complex question for us. A very common question a lot of these teenagers ask is why serve God in the first place instead of living and choosing however we want. 

Scripture answers this and there are also some benefits of serving God that are worth being mentioned.

  1. Serving God In Our Youth Will Lead Us In The Right Direction.

Proverbs 22:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

This verse shows that how we are raised, how we behave, and the habits we form in our youth will have a very strong influence on who we will grow to be as adults. It can be either good or bad, depending on how we are living right now. When we serve God while we are young, We are preparing ourselves righteously as mature adults as well.

  1. We Are Called To Serve God Because He Knows What’s Best For Us.

We should serve God in our youth because He knows what’s best for us. Of course He does! As teenagers, and even in our adulthood, we are gifted to have a way of knowing what is best for our lives. Yes. This is true. We don’t exactly know the possibilities the future holds for us or how each decision we make will impact those possibilities. But God does. Because He made us. He designed us.

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

One of these amazing benefits of serving God is that He will reveal His will for us. When we trust our Holy God and follow His will, there is no longer a need to worry. We don’t need to worry about whether we’re making the right decision.

  1. We Serve God Because God Can Make Even The Bad Things Good.

Why do we serve God?

Our lives as Christians aren’t always going to be easy; especially as teenagers. Serving God in our youth will most likely be the hardest thing in your life when the time comes. But the Lord will always make something good come out of it. When we are focusing on God and serving Him, the troubles of our lives ahead don’t feel that scary or painful. We are able to look to God and glance at things through a different point of view through Him.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

This beautiful post was by Piper Shephard. All the love to her, and her great writing talent!

Start a conversation below! Do you struggle with the reasons why Christians serve God in your life?

Fahrenheit 451 Review

💙💙💙💙/5

Blurb: Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

Hello everyone! Ava here with my first book review. And what is it about? Well, as you can tell by now, the great book Fahrenheit 451!

The dystopian book by Ray Bradbury is such a great, riveting, novel full of speed. It can also be a page-turner. I think it is a book that modern readers need, especially with so many computers and electronics around. I will remember this book for a long time. 

So I am excited to jump right in, with the first section of this review.

INTERESTING ELEMENTS

There were a few very interesting elements, including the scene, the electronics, the Hound, the war, the “Walls” and so much more. But today I want to focus on something that I thought was so interesting in this book.

The fact that he really made TVs this sort of modern thing, even more modern than our current times, was so interesting. And the way it was like there were families in their parlors that they tuned into to listen to, was so neat in my opinion. 

The setting was also so cool. However, I don’t want to really spoil anything, so I’ll leave you to figure out the setting. 🙂 

FAULTS

There were a few faults to be found in this speeding book. Although I know that the author might have tried to speed things up in places such as when Montag was trying to escape, there was still a lot of scenery missing. If he had shown us what it looked like ahead of time, then it might have been better. 

Also, some parts were a little bit hard to fully grasp or believe. And even at the end I thought that Clarisse might still be alive, which is probably not always what you want to think when she is supposed to be dead. I also felt that it was too soon when he killed the Chief Fireman. 

QUALITIES

I know, I know, I mentioned this after the faults. But I hope this way it redeems itself so that you’ll still want to read this awesome book! 

I love how he puts his message in, and I also like how he (sometimes) describes things. I think it is written on a scale which is really fast, yet really good. I also loved Clarisse’s character. The guilt he portrayed was a great addition to this book. 

The character of the Chief Fireman was another great add. 

CONTENT WARNING

Although this book already has great content, it does have some that may not be appropriate for some readers. For instance, it can be clear that Mildred is trying to kill herself. You will also see a bunch of cursing, including taking the Lord’s name in vain. 

So there we have it! I hope you enjoyed this review. Like this post and comment on if you have read this book and what your favorite/least favorite part of it was!

Good-day to you all, and try not to burn down any buildings! 😉

You can find the book for sale here.

Rebranding of Ava Rose Writes & More

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I posted here, but here I go again, hoping I stick to a schedule! 

As y’all have probably noticed I updated Ava Rose Writes and did a total rebrand! I hope it is more aesthetically pleasing and will suit me better for the future!

As y’all all probably know, two weeks ago was the first day of fall! Fall is my all-time favorite season. It’s not filled with pumpkin spice, dead leaves, so many pretty Instagram posts, and gratitude for no reason! I love the season because of it’s cool weather out of many other reasons. What is your favorite season? Why is it your favorite season? Drop something in the comments below!
Also, as some of my subscribers probably know, I haven’t been sending out emails in, well, a loooong time. But that is gonna change! (Sorry about that!)

Anyways, in this post let me know what y’all want to see more of. And how your life is going!
Enjoy the new rebranding, and wait for some more future fun posts to get sent to your inbox (if you subscribe)!

Ava, over and out.

How To Get a Stuck Story Unstuck

This post is by Thomas Sheltrown, writer at Life After Seventeen. He has amazing Christian articles AND writing advice! Go check his blog out! Without further ado, here is his post!

I’m a chronic Pantser, which means I rarely plan out my stories. And with no planning means my stories get stuck all the time. Yet I’ve completed a story before (surprised?).
I’ve found some ways to get my stories up and running again.
Turn Back Time and Change the Past (a little).
All this means is you delete the scene you are stuck on and make a new one. Some scenes tend to stop stories in their tracks. If you find one of those, get rid of it. It’s no fun to do, but one of the most important parts of writing a story is the ability to keep it moving every time you come back to it.
Jump Forward in Time (a little or a lot) While this may not fix the scene you’re stuck on, it allows you to keep writing, which grows the story. Bouncing forward in a story feels wrong, I know. But sometimes, you need to do it.
Pull Some Story Elements into Your Scene
Say you have some relic or character you plan on introducing later on in the story. Try pulling that into the “Now” of your story. It can intrigue readers and move the story forward. I pulled this off in a story of mine recently: Instead of having my Main Character (MC) bump into a Minor-ish Character as he was running from the Antagonist, I brought the Minor Character to my MC locked up in a cage. Lots more
fun.
Talk to Someone about It.
Having someone to talk about your story is a blessing. I can’t recommend it enough. Look for someone who writes stuff like you, then contact them and ask to be their critique partner (someone you share your writing with). While your critique partner is shooting ideas at you, the idea may pop into your head.

Be Flexible, Patient and Forgiving with Yourself and your Story.
Writing stories is frustrating, I know. But writing isn’t a speedy process. On average, it takes 6 years for a beginning writer to finish their first full novel when they commit to it. You’re going to stumble and fall. You’re going to get frustrated at your story. Take a deep breath. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’ll be worth it in the end.

It is possible, okay? It can be done. Millions have done it before you, many without a computer. You’ve got this.

Why Do I Write Dark Stories?

Hello everyone! Today I am answering the question Why write dark, sinister stories?

With everything Christian-living related on my blog, it may seem that I don’t write stories filled with darkness; that I look on the bright side of life every time I write. Let’s just say I don’t. 

I love writing dark stories, putting character in bad homes, in horrible situations, in mental states, and in wars. I love this simply because I don’t like writing chirpy books. But there is more. 

In my books, I sometimes do not avoid the curse word. But why do I need to add them? Well, to make them more realistic. I learned that lesson from Gilly Hopkins, a book from my childhood, that you have to sometimes add things that in real life you would not be comfortable saying in order to make the situation seem realistic. If you were constantly pushed into different foster homes like Gilly, and your heart was hard, sure you might curse a little. And maybe that would be because you’ve heard curse words in your foster homes. Maybe that would be because your outlook on life was pretty rough. Or maybe it’s something else. I add curse words to make the situation realistic.

Writing YA, in my opinion, gives you more freedom to add things in that you couldn’t, or that would be uncomfortable for parents, in juvenile literature. That’s one of the reasons I write YA. I can show real life without hesitation.

Now to the valuable question: Why write dark stories? 

There’s a simple answer to that. To show real life. But that isn’t the only reason. 

Writing dark stories makes it better and more memorable when you add hope into the darkness. Every story needs hope to not seem too dark for the reader, and by adding in darkness you can really show the hope through in a beautiful way. Kinda like a lamp, turned on in the darkness. The darker the night is, the brighter the lamp shines. 

But it really depends on the way you do it, and the way the plot is. You can certainly write dark stories with hope shining through. And those are the kinds of stories I like. 

So those are the reasons why I write dark stories. I hope you enjoyed this post! What do you think? Do you agree with these reasons? Comment below!

Writing Advice: 2 ways to make good characters

When creating your first book, it is great that you have believable characters to kick your reader into your story. Today I will be going over two very important things to make your character not only believable, but human. You will find out that these two things will help your novel, and they are super simple to imply. So let’s dive in. 

Make your characters have fault AND human conflict

This is very important in making believable characters. In order to relate to your audience, (which are humans, or animals :P) you will need to make your characters have faults and conflict. It will help your readers have empathy for characters. It can show the character to the reader better, too, and by adding faults it makes it seem that you don’t have an all-around perfect character. Which is for the better, because no one is all-around perfect in this world. 

Make them want… not just ask

You need to show the character’s desires up close and personal. You don’t need to just let them ask for something. There needs to be a reason why they are asking. 

Every character has needs and wants. Internal and external conflict. We, as humans, have internal and external conflict. We all want something–which is external conflict–and we all need something–which is internal conflict. To break it down even further, internal is character vs. self. You could think of it as “your character wants the cookie, but she knows that she is on a diet” sort of thing. 

External is conflict between a person or outside force and the character. And those two things (internal and external conflict) make a character a good character, on top of everything else, and they not only need to be displayed in your story, but they also need to be shown. In other words, make them want something and truly show it in your story, whether it be by your plot or your character’s actions, and don’t just show them asking for something. What do they want? What are their motives for wanting something?

So those were two things that make a character a good character. But those aren’t the only things that make them realistic. This article is probably only a slice of the cake in order to make good characters, and I recommend watching videos to see really how to make a great character. One subject in the video “Dialogue Don’ts” by BookishPixie on YouTube has helped point out that characters don’t need to be perfect. And I would also recommend 

But a few things you want to establish in your character before you start writing: need, want, fault, and human conflict.

Interview with Author E. C. Colton

Hello everyone! Today I have an interview from E. C. Colton, a blogger and author! She is so inspirational and you can find more of her work at her blog at this link.

Without further ado, let’s jump in!

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? 

I’m a cat-loving published author with a love for historical, contemporary, and realistic fiction. When I’m not writing, you can find me baking, graphic designing, or reading a good book with a cat for company. 

I published my first book at the age of seven, but since then, I’ve grown a lot in my writing journey. I’m part of a supportive writing community, and my writing style has gone from princesses and magic horses to deep themes about forgiveness, bitterness, and the value of family.

What is your current work-in-progress about?

I’m currently working on first drafting a contemporary novella titled Voiceless. 

Here’s the blurb:

Ayron is the voiceless one. After a traumatic accident, he goes mute. Now he can no longer speak about what happened—and to this day, no one knows. His only companion is a cat who constantly follows him wherever he goes, shadowing his every thought, and a violin which he now refuses to touch.

His older sister, Jenn, wants to take her and her brother’s lives in her own hands. Battling anger, bitterness, and memories, she searches for a way to make things better for herself—even if it means escaping into the mountains of Colorado in search of their father.

When they both find themselves miles away from home, separated and being pursued by enemies, Jenn has the chance to save her brother, forgive relatives who have hurt her, and find hope—because this time, their very lives depend on it. Will she take it?

What is your favorite book?

I honestly don’t have one. In general, I like historical and contemporary fiction with deep themes. I aspire to write books that are as moving as Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls–or at least it was for me. 

I also enjoy historical biographies like Lincoln’s Mothers by Dorothy Clarke Wilson.

What is your favorite character, and why?

My favorite character from one of my pieces of work is Holly. She’s optimistic, lighthearted, clumsy and overly trusting, but she helps balance out my main character’s flaws and lightens the series significantly. 

I don’t really have a favorite character from booksI mainly like all of them. The ones that are likeable, that is. 😉

What are your favorite genres to read and write in? 

I’ve loved historical fiction since I was seven and I’ll probably love it for the rest of my life. I’m a big fan of “realistic” storiesspeculative fiction was never my “thing.”

As for writinghistorical, contemporary, and dystopian fiction. I also write blog articles, but I don’t know if that counts 😉

What is the most influential pieces of writing you have ever read? 

The Bible. Seriously, it has everything in thereit even relates to people and their personal struggles today. Need I say more? 

What are some mistakes classics/newer books have, as you have seen? 

To be completely honest, I’m not a big fan of most classics I’ve read or grown up reading, including Little Women, The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Elsie Dinsmore, etc. Though they are all technically “historical fiction”, it just didn’t suit my style. A common mistakeat least in my mindis they all were written in the “old style”, which I’m not a big fan of.

As for newer booksI find the main mistake is some reject good Christian morals and deep themes, instead dousing the reader in language and (if YA) romance. I haven’t read many newer books, but I’m forever thankful to my mom, who brought me up reading books that have really shaped my love of writing stories with deep themes.

What does a good character have, in your opinion?

Flaws. Loads and loads of them. Growing up, I used to get frustrated reading about characters that I struggled to connect with because of the lack of their flaws.

In order to write a good character, you must make them relatable. An easy way to do that is to add flaws.

As an example, my favorite character from A Change of Heart (my published book), Holly, is bubbly, supportive and optimistic by nature. On the surface, she may seem completely carefree and perfect, but in reality (as I discovered when I wrote a side story for her) was that she struggled with overconfidence and impulsiveness in the past when she was kidnapped. As a result of that, she’s still really overly-trusting in her nature years later.

How has writing helped you mature, spiritually, and mentally? 

Spiritually, I feel like writing has helped me draw closer to God in a way. I never knew it when I was younger, but later on I discovered that God has helped inspire me when I wasn’t even aware of it. Years ago, when I first started drafting A Change of Heart, the ideas seemed to be spun from thin air. So much so that I had to keep typing to get that story out. 

Even nowadays when I feel dejected or out of ideas, God gives them to me. It’s really humbling to know that without Him, I wouldn’t be able to write at all.

Mentally, writing has definitely helped me think more clearly, to communicate my thoughts on a page and out loud better. 

What is a mistake that you’ve seen young writers make? 

Rushing into publishing. In fact, I’ve done this too often myself. I ran into the indie publishing industry with no idea where I was going, what I was doing, how to get people to buy my books, and a whole lot more. I thought I knew it allbut in reality, I didn’t know anything and even now, I’m still in the process of learning. 

For all those young writers out there, if you want to pursue independent publishing, it takes hard work and dedication. Make sure you know about making sales, promoting, formatting, and everything in between. Make sure you’re ready first, then jump in.

What is the best tip you have for writing better?

Don’t work on two many projects! (pun intended ;)) I’ve found that my writing quality has gone down when I’m constantly rushing around trying to write multiple chapters on multiple books. It’s just not fun, plus, it could lead to burnout. Pick a manageable amount of writing projects to work on and stick with it. 

What advice do you have for fellow young writers?

Besides all the advice I’ve already dumped on you, my last piece of advice is just to write for yourself. Selfish as it may seem, if God gave you the ideas, you don’t have to worry about what others will think of you or your writing. Just write.

So that was it for the interview! Don’t forget to visit her blog, A Quill of Hope, here!

Interview with Sophia Small

So today I am going to be interviewing a fellow writer and blogger, Sophia Small! Recently she has re-launched her blog, Tea Stained Adventures (which you can find here!) and has a new thing on there where you can get a pen-pal! Be sure to check that out. Well, here is the interview!

QUESTION: Hi, Sophi Small!

What age did you start writing?

Response: Hey, Ava! So happy to be here!

I started writing when I was six years old. My first-grade teacher taught the class what “screenwriting” was, and it made me eager to write the script of my very own movie. I never finished my script, but instead, I fell in love with the craft. I’ve been writing non-stop since then!

Question: Wow! That sounds great! What have you learned since you were six that has helped you in your writing now?

Response: 

I’ve definitely grown a lot since then—and grown in my writing as well. I’ve narrowed down the particular things I enjoy writing and the things that I’m good at. But I think when I was six, I learned the appreciation and artistry that writing comes with. The excitement of jotting down a story on paper and seeing it come alive. That’s something I’ve kept with me ever since.

Question: What advice would you give to young writers? 

Response: Two words: keep writing. Try to write every day. And never give up the habit.

So that was it for the interview!! Again, please check out her blog Tea Stained Adventures AND her Pen-Pal project!