Guest Posts, Writing Tips

Guest Post at Kingdom Pen

While I was not able to write a post this weekend, since I was in Chicago on a school trip, one of my articles was recently published on Kingdom Pen, and I thought I would share it with my readers here as well.

Kingdom Pen is a wonderful place for Christian teenagers to find a supportive writing community. As their website says, “Kingdom Pen exists to encourage teens to write well, write purposefully, and to always write for Christ.” Not only does this website offer great articles on writing and publish stories and poems written by teenagers, but they also have an amazing forum with a supportive community. I’d highly recommend that you check out their website if you have not already 🙂

Article: Why It’s Okay to Have Clichés in Your Fantasy Novel

I have posted about cliches frequently on this blog and even one of my most popular posts is on this subject. But since one of my professors remarked that Christianity can be summed up as “kill the dragon; get the girl” and I posted some of Tolkien’s thoughts on faeries stories, I have been thinking more and more about how truth relates to fiction, especially as truth relates to cliches. I know a lot of you are fantasy writers and are working hard to twist cliches, so you might be interested in this article.

I hope your Monday is going well, and I promise we will have a normal, writing post next week 🙂

God bless,

Gabrielle

Devotionals, Guest Posts

Devotional: What Scares You?

A couple week ago, I submitted an article for an awesome website, The Rebelution, and it was just posted Friday! If you’d like to check it out, you can at this link: What David, Gideon, and Joan of Arc Taught me about being Scared.

What Scares You?

 

Occasionally, on this blog, I have mentioned Alex and Brett Haris’ Do Hard Things and their awesome website “The Rebelution“. Their book and blog is all about challenging teenagers to actually do something with their teenage years and act as adults. I would highly recommend their book!

I know that this isn’t my typically Monday post, but I did not want to wait until Thursday to share this with you guys (I am pretty excited about being published on the Rebelution’s website!) So Thursday, I hope to publish a writing tip, but I may not get around to it. (School and all; I know you guys understand.) But I will try to post.

God bless, and I hope you have a great week!

Gabrielle

Guest Posts, My Guest Posts, Writing Tips

Guest Post: Five Alternatives to Music for Distracted Writers

Today, my friend, Miranda Kulig, who has a writing blog called “Perfectly Unperfected,” has a post for us about several non-musical sounds that are great for writing. Personally, I love her suggestion of rain– I use that a lot while I am writing and sometimes I even listen to it in addition to music. I hope you guys like her suggestions as much as I do. If you enjoyed this post, you should go check out her blog– I really love her tips, or you can look at the guest post that I did for her a couple weeks ago: More than a Story.

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about something that I find very helpful when I sit down to write: music.

It’s no lie that music can be a key part of learning. A lot of people work best when there is some sort of music or noise present, and some people can only work if there is some sort of music or noise present.

But when I wrote my first novel, I found myself struggling with music. I would sit down at my desk, open my computer, and turn on my writing playlist to help me focus. But do you know what? I didn’t focus–I got distracted. Either I would sing along with the song, or I would think about the lyrics rather than the words I needed to write. I couldn’t work when it was quiet, and I couldn’t work when music was playing. I was stuck!

Luckily, I found the answer to my problem pretty quickly. It turns out that there a bunch of alternative sounds to listen to if you get distracted by lyrics, and now I’m going to share my favorites with you!

Five Alternatives to Music for Distracted Writers

  1. Rain. This was the first alternative to music I found, and it’s definitely my favorite. I adore rain–so much that my brother always jokes that I’m going to move to Seattle someday just for the weather. But unfortunately, I live in Michigan where it rains a few times per month, usually–not every time I sit down to write. Fortunately, Rainy Mood exists! This website plays a ceaseless stream of rain sounds, and it’s a perfect, non-distracting background noise to help you write. You could also look up rain sounds on YouTube or download a rain sound app on your phone.
  2. Nature sounds. Like nature sounds but don’t like rain? Sounds To Sleep To is right for you! This website allows you to personally customize the perfect nature sound set. You can turn on one sound or many at a time and then adjust the volume for each one! With options like birdsong, campfire, wind, waves, and more, you could spend hours just finding the right sound combination! (I don’t recommend that, though. It would seriously take away from your writing time.)
  3. Noise. This alternative to music is something I stumbled on accidentally, but ended up absolutely adoring it. Though views on it are mixed, a lot of studies have found that listening to noise aids in concentration. My personal favorites are brown and pink noise for study and concentration and long-term memory improvement Isochronic tones. As weird as those sound, white noise is seriously amazing for concentration. It’s incredible how easily you’re able to tune things out!
  4. Instrumentals/karaoke. Sometimes, I really, really love the sound of a song. I love the beat and the melody, and I love the vibe I get from it all. Sometimes I hear a song and all I can do is watch as a scene unfolds in my head or a piece of dialogue plays through my mind. But, like I said before, I get super distracted by the lyrics in the songs I listen to when I’m trying to write. So, that’s why I started listening to karaoke and instrumental versions! Some songs may be difficult or impossible to find, but I can usually find instrumental versions of my favorite songs on YouTube.
  5. SoundFuel. I love this site, you guys. Sooo much. SoundFuel is this awesome blog just full of all sorts of things to listen to while writing. There’s scores for death scenes and fight scenes, sci-fi, fantasy, romance–you name it, there’s a sound for it! Seriously, though–check it out!

So as you can see, there are tons of options for background noise other than music. And thank goodness for that, or I would probably still be struggling to finish my first novel!

What about you? Do you prefer music when you write, or do you get distracted like me?

Miranda Kulig is a lover of all things books. She picked up a pencil when she was four years old and has had a hard time putting it down ever since. At the age of seventeen, she completed her first novel and is currently working on her third. When she isn’t writing, Miranda enjoys curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea, or spending time with her family. She is actively seeking representation for her YA sci-fi romance, Unperfected.