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Turn your life into a novel



You decide that it's time to write. What you want to create is a novel, but you do not know well about what. Until you realize that your life itself is a story to tell, and that it may be simple and useful to write about it.


This is usually common in writers who are getting started. However, first you have to define how to do it the right way.


The main thing is to define if what you want to tell are memories of your life, or a autobiography as a novel. Memories are anecdotes that you have experienced in the past, and don't need to have a chronological order or connection with one another. While an autobiography is like any fiction novel, but based on the course of your life or in a specific moment in particular. However, this one needs to have an order, a sense and a clear objective about what you want to convey. The autobiography is one that has an approach, a knot and an outcome.


Before you start writing your autobiography you have to define what do you want to tell? We know that it is your story, and that you will have different experiences and learnings, but there must be a main idea, something that you can summarize in a sentence. Maybe some of these questions can help you identify it: What do I want my readers to learn with my story? What teachings do I want to spread?


Biographies often contain many feelings, which makes them emotional and inspiring at the same time. "The Diary of Anne Frank" is a clear example. Here we can read (and not just read, but live) the life of this little Jewish girl in the middle of the Second World War and learn about everything she went through while hiding from the Nazis.


Another important point to keep in mind, is that you should not tell everything. Just like when you write the story of someone or some important event (journalists know a lot about this) you can not write all the details because the story becomes boring. The same with your biography. You must add what really contributes to your main idea.


The structure is fundamental. You must present a conflict, which is presented in the statement, which then gets complicated in the knot and then resolved in the outcome. And even though you are writing about your experiences it is better to think the story as if it were someone else's. In this way you can be more objective about how to tell it, what facts to change, or what to subtract or omit. Do not forget that the novel must be understood and interesting for our readers.


Although the story is about your real life and is a recount of your experiences, this does not mean that you can not recreate certain scenes or exaggerate others or even invent new ones. Sometimes you choose to do it simply because you do not remember certain moments accurately or to generate more interest.


It is vital, too, that you have characters. Which in this case will be the people of your life. It would be
a good idea to talk to them and include their opinions, dialogues, memories. By doing that your novel will be more complete and, at the same time, interesting.


In conclusion, writing your life as a novel is a great job and always a good idea, but to create successful story you must follow certain guidelines that can catapult it. Everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone knows how to tell it.




PS: At this moment, within the Authors Cup, we have a 'Cup Challenge' that is precisely about writing a story about your life. If you want to know more about it, enter here. The challenge is called The Personal Writer.

20 de Maio de 2019 às 15:07 0 Denunciar Insira 4
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Love details, but not too much


Image credit: Writer's Digest


They were sitting in front of their screen, they had to describe their story, then their fingers let themselves flow through the keyboard, but the scene they wrote was not what they imagined.


Facing these situations can be daily, the problem is how to solve it. Each author has the ability to imagine situations so different from each other that no scenario will be the same.


When we develop a description of the place where our character is going through a situation, detailing some aspects can enrich or ruin the scene. Some authors write keywords in a list to try to convey what they imagined. Others have more initiative to describe the feelings that their character has and the things that surrounds them. But, if our character is in an extreme situation in which he has to save his life, trying to let our reader imagine it, can help you observe the scene in your head and create the tension that it deserve.


Some points to keep in mind are:


1) Detailing everything can be overwhelming:

The reader may or may not be tolerant with details that are unimportant, for example, the color of a wall or the way in which an object is placed. Although, if it is relevant for the story, it should be written.


2) Put more emphasis on one kind of description may be important:

Writing how our character feels more about something that happens to him can develop excessively dense. There is a tacit rule that mentions that, the description of feelings can not take more than two paragraphs. (But you never know!)


3) Describing everything monotonously can cause the reader to abandon reading:

When we are facing a scenario that our character previously visited, it is not necessary to describe the place again (or write the same thing). But, if there is a new detail, it can be written with the use of two or three simple sentences.


4) How to develop our characters:

If we want to differentiate one character from another, the use of a character card can help us a lot. In her the physical data of the character are detailed: age, color of hair and eyes, stature, physical complexion, if it has some disease, etc. They should also include biographical information: where he was born, family (for example the number of siblings or if he has children), studies, work, hobbies, etc.


5) The same can happen with places:

If our forest is dark and scary, we can add words that reinforce it. For example: A description can be made, in a detailed and orderly way, of how the leaves move with the wind or the sounds that develop at night.


6) We can implement other talents:

Draw or put together a sketch of how our places will be before writing it. This can help our mind to imagine new objects, or simply, to be able to in another perspective what we imagine.


7) Take advantage of the moments of the plot:

Do not fill your story with long and tedious descriptions. There are times that what a character thinks has new information to give us.


8) Be as free as possible:

There are no limits in terms of spaces. You can make your whole story go by without gravity or it rains throughout the sequence. The ability that sometimes has the mind can lead us to write the most crazy and unexpected ideas.


9) Do not despair:

If your number one attempt is not as you thought, look for the failures that generate concern and reformulate them for your taste. It never hurts to write and rewrite descriptions.


10) You have to know when you are original:

Do not pay so much attention to what others have already invented. It can serve as inspiration, but always the idea that comes out of your mind will be unique. (And what if the flying cars were created, your cars can do other crazy things!)


11) Have fun and have a great time:

If you do not enjoy what you are imagining try something else. Erase and write constantly can accelerate your mind in imaginable ways.


12) Recognize your strengths:

If you are good at describing the characters, put the focus there even if you do not overdo it.


13) Read, read and read:

Reading to others can help us. Mark descriptions of others, highlighting what caught your attention gives you the foot to think yours. (And if they are strong scenes, much better!


14) It's your story, imagine it:

It is your work, your effort and your dedication. (Learn to appreciate it!)



By: Milagros Borro

Ambassador

Inkspired

24 de Abril de 2019 às 10:59 0 Denunciar Insira 6
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Why The Authors' Cup is important?


13 days left. 13 days for the beginning of something huge, huge for Inkspired, but huge for writers as well. Now is your opportunity, your chance to achieve your goals. To have a group of specialized people who will offer interesting and fun writing challenges. This kind of challenges will help you grow as an author and they will be focused on things like: Start writing a novel, gain discipline, meet deadlines, improve spelling, grammar, polish your writing and learn the aspects you need to take in count before publishing a book. And in those challenges there will be people from all over the world working for the same purpose with the incentive of having a community that supports you and the enormous rewards that you can obtain such as personal achievements and cash prizes.


The Authors Cup is Inkspired signature competition, which will start on May 2 and last 4 months. Here any author within the platform can participate regardless of their nationality or literary genre. It is open for everyone! On Inkspired we believe it is important that writers participate in this kind of competition, since it will help them to achieve short-term goals and to evolve their writings. Practice is where you learn the most and within it, the best stories will be recognized and awarded.


According to Galo Vargas, Inkspired CEO, participating in The Authors Cup means challenging yourself and growing as a writer. "The idea is to: motivate yourself to continue writing, learn to promote your stories and connect with other authors in the community," he added.


The Authors Cup was created with the mission that writers carry out their projects, and discover how far they can go. That is the key.


Therefore, we have compiled a series of opinions about the importance of being part of The Authors’ Cup, in case there are still those who hesitate to register. 😊


"The Authors’ Cup is that bar that only by jumping it you will know how high you can jump. A writer constantly needs high bars, challenges, discomfort."
@jackievivianv - InkspiredContent Manager and jury member on the Authors’ Cup


"The Authors Cup is a space that allows amateur writers to publish their creations and start their career in the literary field."
Tania Torres - PHD in Hispanic Literature and jury member of the Authors’ Cup


“É uma oportunidade única de participar de um desafio internacional, com a chance de aprimorar sua escrita e competir por um prêmio incrível!”
(It is a single opportunity to participate in an internacional challenge, with a chance to improve your writing and to compete for an amazing prize!)
@alicealamo - Brazilian Leader Ambassador


"We are used to stay in our comfort zone, but when we participate, we challenge ourselves to leave that area and learn new ways of creativity and inspiration."
@Ginyales – Hispanic Leader Ambassador


"I think it's a good way to get inspiration and to prove yourself, your way of writing."
@Lydmacan – Ambassador
"An unique opportunity to meet hidden talents that are in everyone's sight. You cannot miss it!”
@milinvisibles – Ambassador
"I think the same as Lyd, it would be a challenge for everyone, to improve and learn with others, and to know our skills better."
@ flavii_chan82 - Ambassador
"It’s a way to prove ourselves, to show how far we can go and grow as writers."
@cafeadicta - Ambassador
"Porque é a chance de marcar história em uma plataforma que veio pra ficar."
(It's the chance of making history in a platform that came to stay.)
Kaline Bogard – Brazil’s Ambassador
"Você vai poder receber uma validação extra no seu trabalho as a writer and quem sabe sair com a dollars no purse, or that não é nada mau."
(You will receive an extra validation for your work as a writer and you will have the opportunity to finish a challenge with your portfolio full, is not it wrong, right?)
@anneliberton - Ambassador of Brazil
"Pois é uma ótima oportunidade de criar/aperfeiçoar seu hábito de escrita ao mesmo tempo em que se desafia." XixisssUchiha
It is an opportunity to create or improve your writing routine in the same time that you challenge yourself.
@xixisssuchiha – Brazil’s Ambassador
"Uma chance anual de testar suas habilidades com vários desafios, promover seu trabalho, interagir com os mais variados autores e ainda concorrer a um prêmio em dinheiro!" Akuma Lia
It is a yearly chance to put your abilities to the test with a lot of challenges, to share your work, to interact with different authors and to have a chance to earn a cash prize!
@akuma_lia - Ambassador of Brazil
9 de Abril de 2019 às 13:02 0 Denunciar Insira 3
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Update on 'From everyday routine, an art'

The contest "The history remains" has been closed, and after reviewing all the comics involved, the Inkspired editorial team has decided, unfortunately, to cancel the contest due to not reaching the minimum participants quota required. One of the conditions for our competitions to be official is that they have a minimum number of users involved (this is always written in the bases of each contest).


However, we want to publicly thank all the writers who did participate, and invite them to participate in the contests we constantly create. At the moment, we have a new one called 'From every day routine, an art". We hope we can count with your participation in this and other contests that we will publish soon.


Your stories are a work of art.


With light and inspiration,

The Inkspired team

28 de Março de 2019 às 16:35 1 Denunciar Insira 2
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