30 Day Film Challenge From #FilmTwitter

Join me on this 30 Day Film Challenge started on #FilmTwitter!

So I found this 30 Day Film Challenge when I saw James Gunn posting it on his twitter for #FilmTwitter. If you are a movie nut, you should definitely consider joining Twitter for the film twitter hashtag. I see lots of encouragement for movie fans and people who want to be active and vocal about the movies they love, and that is an inspiration to me as a cinephile.

The awesome thing about this is the sense of community around it. There are some accounts I follow who are extremely active and make my time on Twitter that much more enjoyable. I don’t really like Twitter, as a rule, I had a bad experience on my Star Wars account regarding my “unpopular opinion” about the death of Luke Skywalker, and I’ve never fully recovered from that. So finding something positive on social media is a blessing to me, which I want to share with all of you or with whoever may enjoy it.

Here is the 30 Day Challenge:

Film Twitter 30 Day Challenge

I am going to try and do this starting tomorrow and blog about each topic for 30 days straight. If you’d like to join me, my twitter account is @JulieGWritingNZ or if you’d just prefer to do it on your blog, let me know in the comments so I can keep track with you!

I feel excited about this, it’s going to be loads of fun!

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The Writer’s Toolbox – Fictionary for Fiction Writers

I’ve been looking at an app called Fictionary. Has anyone that follows me used it or heard of it? Or do you have any other recommendations for fiction writing? I am thinking of signing up to their two-week trial to see how it works.

I signed up to the free trial and I am going to use examples of my writing to see how this tool works for fiction writers. I dabble in short story writing and fan fiction so I’d like to see how this app can tighten up my writing and whether or not it’s even something fiction writers should be considering for their manuscripts.

I also jumped onto the ProWritingAid bandwagon not so long ago and I’ve been really enjoying this app. It has a lot of bells and whistles but it is extremely useful for showing you where you need to work on grammar, spelling and style in general for any type of writing. I actually found Fictionary because it can come bundled with ProWritingAid.

If you have any suggestions for tools, please let me know in the comments as I am keen to try new things! Also for all the poetry writers out there, I think you can use Fictionary for poetry as well but I’ll confirm that once I’ve had time to use it.

Until my next post, stay safe, keep writing and I’ll catch you later

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Poetry – “Mother”

I went through some old blog posts on my other blog and figured that this poem should really be here.
I used to write a lot of poetry but I haven’t had to do that for some time. I used to write when things were bad but now I find I can write whenever I feel like writing.
Here’s a little one I wrote last year when visiting my Mum.
I hope you like it.

 

With eyes bluer than the sky, a burning, vibrant determination still lingers there
She sits and whispers to herself
The sun shining in through the window, leaving a trail of light upon her aged yet beautiful skin
I am of you, for you, with you
I am forever yours

Quote of the Day – Famous Writers

A daily quote from a very famous person – usually famous writers or actors

J.R.R. Tolkien
Via Goodreads

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Born in Bloemfontein, Mangaung, Free State, South Africa January 03, 1892
Died September 02, 1973

J.R.R. Tolkien – Genre Fantasy, Fiction, Children’s

Six-Word Story Series: Movie Taglines #1

I’ve discovered that some movie taglines make amazing six-word stories!

If you’ve never created a six-word story before, you should definitely give it a try! It is a lot of fun coming up with something that has enough “meat” on its bones to tell a story or at least allude to something more, something bigger.

While thinking about six-word stories, I was posting a general movie news post about Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles and I read the movie poster’s tagline which I never really noticed before:

“Drink from me, and live forever”…

This is an amazing six-word story! While the words obviously point to some sort of supernatural vampire-related plot, the words are chosen so well that you just want to know more. It draws you in and I think that’s what six-word stories should do. In fact, that is what any good story should do.

What do you think? Have you seen any other movie taglines with six words that packed a punch and made you take notice of the film even more?

Let me know in the comments!

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A Writer’s Thoughts: The Ongoing Journey of Self-Improvement

Join me as I navigate my way through the writer’s life as a blogger

To improve as a writer takes many things. It takes humility to know your limitations. And once you know those limitations, it takes courage and motivation to move to the next step of self-improvement. It also takes time. This is the most important because you can never have enough time to improve your craft. It is an ongoing every-day journey that we undertake to become better at what we love.

There are days when I feel like I don’t want to continue that “journey”. But I do. And I didn’t just suddenly come up with that fundamental trait. I learned how to push myself when I didn’t want to. I am still learning how to do that, and I accept I will always have to continue working on this, most likely for the rest of my writing days.

That’s an enormous thing. If you let that sit for a minute and think about it.

We will be students of writing forever.

And the reason for that is that without a solid writing habit in place, you will never get to where you want to go. First, you must get to where you need to go before you can get to where you want to go. Want and need two very different things.

Eat Sleep Write Repeat

That’s why I don’t like the word “guru”. I’ve used it once or twice in my articles, but when I think deeply about what that word means, I cringe. In some Eastern philosophies, you can never truly become the “master” of something because you are forever learning. This is how I look at the art of writing or any creative pursuit.

One thing I know is I don’t want my articles to be the “do this go there and you will be successful” drivel I’ve read all over the internet. If you remove all the hoopla and look at writing for what it really is, it’s just like anything else. If you want to experience some measure of success as a writer, you must put in the effort to become better at it and you need to accept that this will be an ongoing, life-time pursuit.

Fly-by nighters happen, but they are a dime a dozen. Wouldn’t you rather become the writer that writes every single day for someone other than yourself? Don’t you want your words to resonate with others who understand your struggle? Getting paid to write is only one tiny aspect of what being a writer is. Put in the work, be willing to build a daily habit that you stick to, and work towards improving yourself every single day.

So what’s on your schedule for today?

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