21 December 2011

Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |
I often find myself taking hours just to come up with that perfect first line for a story; it's sometimes even harder than actually writing the story itself and that is never a good thing. I've always believed, as many other writers, the best way to grab your readers attention is to have encouraged to read on. This means you'll have to come up with a first line that lingers in their minds and makes them immediately want to know more.

Over the last few months especially I have been having problems with choosing starters straight away; it can take me up to an hour as I mentioned above. If you too have these issues with your writing, take a look at the examples below and see if they spark any ideas for you.

1. As she walked silently through the village, not a sound could be heard other than the echo her boots made as they came into contact with the pebbles beneath her feet.

2. Staring longingly into her ocean blue eyes caught him in a trance and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t turn his gaze elsewhere.

3. Worrying over the events of yesterday had her feeling drained and lifeless, knowing what she had said was heartless.

4. Although his heart was broken, he knew deep down that she still loved him and he would give everything he had to try and win her back.

5. Destiny had always been but a dream to her as she made her way through life without someone who cared.

6. A hand reached out to help her up from the unfortunate position she had gotten herself into after slipping on the rock coated with seaweed.

7. A positive attitude set a bright aura around her as she always saw the upside in even the worst situations.

8. Not being one to turn down such an offer, he grabbed the last ticket on sale and raced into the arena.  

9. Silence filled the surrounding area and all they could think of was to turn around and go back the way they came, through the chilling dark forest.

10. Memories of her past life flashed through her mind and had her wondering what if time travel was really possible.

The above ideas are first lines I created for my very first blog post and I hope they inspire and encourage you along your writing journey.
Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |
I'm taking into account that everyone knows who this character is by now; or at least I am assuming everyone does, I'd be surprised to hear that you don't. Over the last few years since the release of Order Of The Phoenix, I have been wondering why on earth Rowling decided to kill of the only real family Harry Potter had left. Sirius even promised Harry they would be a real family once the battle between good and evil had ceased; so why did she kill him off?

I expect a lot of opinions on this particular subject but that is just as well. I would rather read about what you believe than settle for nothing at all. It just seems like the most horrible thing anyone could do to somehow. To have lost your parents when you were only a baby; growing up knowing a close friend of theirs betrayed and killed them to find out that close friend is innocent and in fact your godfather. Whilst that must have been an awful lot for Harry to take on board, the relationship that develops between him and Sirius is a very powerful one and we are shown that throughout. So, why take away the last bit of love Harry was feeling toward someone? Why shatter his hopes of spending years upon years with someone his parents cherished? I just do not understand it and since he was murdered in Order Of The Phoenix I have hated the books and movie since. Perhaps that's going a little too far, but he was quite possibly one of the best characters; if not the best. If I were Rowling, I would not have done such a thing to Harry after building up his hopes.

I think I'll end this post with a picture :]

14 December 2011

Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |
After watching this movie for the very first time only yesterday, I find myself wondering why I had not settled down to watch it sooner. Prior to yesterday evening, I had seen it's title all over the place and had heard many people talking about how wonderful a movie it is, yet I refused to bother with it. Never say never if you have absolutely no idea what you're missing.

With a brilliant cast consisting of Ethan Hawke and Julie Deply, there isn't anything to stop someone giving it a watch. Now, it's trailer is very convincing and it's description and reviews from others make it outshine any other romantic movie I have seen or heard of, but there is a reason for that. The way in which both characters communicate so openly with one another, though they are practically strangers and have spent no longer than a few hours together, is just beautiful. It amazes me how there are people like that, I'm sure of it. After spending all day together they realise how difficult it's going to be to seperate, noticing the growing love they hide inside. If you haven't seen this movie and you're a fan of romance, this movie is absolutely packed with it and there's nothing that won't mae you swoon and sigh. 

Purchase it below if you don't want to miss out, as I did for too many years!

13 December 2011

Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |
So many of us have forgotten how to appreciate the less obvious things in life, such as every single thing on a list of what you know you love. This can vary depending on the type of person you are, but here are a few to give you some ideas:
  • A song
  • A movie
  • A good book
  • A hug
  • A helping hand
  • Loved ones
  • The weather
  • Delicious food
  • A hobby
  • A smile
The above list are a few examples of what we experience at least a few times throughout our lives, yet we never really pay enough attention. We are missing out on the little things that add up and make life special, the things that we see as barely anything, but they are quite the opposite. If you have your very own list of the little things in life that make you happy, please share in the comments! :]
Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |

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4 December 2011

Posted by Lisa-Marie Dutt |

After browsing through many video guides on youtube to find some form of inspiration, I came across something in particular I believe to be extremely helpful. It does not matter what kind of writer you are, the only thing that matters is that you appreciate your writing. If you do not like what you are writing, what hope do you have of completing it?

Learning how to like what you have written is often difficult, especially if you have a great dislike for your own words. I have struggled with such an issue myself for quite some time now, but I'm aware that I must read through everything I write anyway in order to revise and edit to improve. If you act this way toward your writing and see it as more of a job than a hobby, you will not have such a great chance of success as you would if you were to enjoy what you're doing. I realised the hard way after spending months on end trying to write, only to be left with an empty page to show for my efforts. Realisation struck me when I noticed I was typing out a few lines, reading over what I had written and erasing it without even a second glance. Do not do this, never give in to the temptation of believing your work is not good enough. It is always good enough, even if all you must do is improve it by adding or subtracting.

Everyone has the ability to write well, it is only a matter of whether or not you choose to try. If you try, you will succeed for certain. The video above will inspire you further so please listen carefully. However, if the video does not encourage you, try the links below:

The Writers Workout
World's Best Writing Tips
The Writers Devotional
Creative Writing Ideas