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Writing Lessons from Snoopy

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As writers, I think we could learn a lot from Snoopy.

Here’s this dog — created by Charles Schulz for his famous comic Peanuts — who finds a typewriter and just goes to town with his imagination. There are plenty of comic strips where he’s trying out his stories, showing them to the other characters to get feedback, and sending them out to publishers.

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Even if, you know, the result isn’t what he wants. Nevertheless, he persists, even when he’s having bad writing days.

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You could always count on Snoopy breaking out his typewriter again to write, ever with the famous first line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” He took time to experiment with genres, switching it up once in a while to try science fiction, mystery, an autobiography, and even adventure stories with a beginning like, “He was a dark and stormy knight.”

No matter how many rejections from publishers, Snoopy always continued writing. He’d get tips and praise from the other characters — and the occasional snide comment or joke about his writing — doing his best to learn and grow with the critique but always staying true to his own style. To continue writing despite doubt, to continue writing what we want to write, to continue writing because we love it…

It’s why we became writers, isn’t it?

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Home

 

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Reboots

I enjoy reading comic books. Combining stories with beautiful pictures was always fascinating to me.

Growing up, thanks to my uncle’s influence, I read a few superhero comics like Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I also fell in love with the Archie comics. The goofy situations of the perpetual high schoolers always amused me and I loved the friendship dynamic of the characters. For years, my uncle would get me a year’s worth of a subscription for the Archie comics. We recently stopped them only due to me not being able to spend as much time just lounging around and reading the comics lately.

25852959Nevertheless, I still pick up a digest of the comics every once in a while and, recently, my family and I visited the Amazon Bookstore where I picked up Volume One of the new Archie comics. I had mixed feelings on the reboot only due to nostalgia, but I was able to appreciate the new art style and the fact that the writers wanted to reach out to newer readers.

Volume One has the first six issues and I enjoyed the characters, finding many of them to be fairly true to the original series. There are a couple of characters (side characters, mind you) that I’m annoyed at for causing unnecessary strife, but I suppose it’s on par for high school conflicts. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t mind picking up the next volume at some point to see how the story continues.

Seeing how the comic book industry almost always has reboots going on — especially superhero series! — reminds me of when a novel itself goes through a rewrite. Novels go through several drafts, sometimes completely changing itself from the first draft to the last.

How many reboots and rewrites do your stories tend to go through until you deem them as finished?

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Home

 

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Dabbles in Drawings

I’m not too sure when the last time I wrote was…

It wasn’t too long ago, I’m sure. It was definitely this month, anyway. Writing is something that, after doing it for years, I can’t not imagine doing for the rest of my life, even if they’re just little stories for myself. Lately, though, I’ve been making plans to draw more.

I’m trying to figure out human anatomy. Like, seriously, what are hands. And, ya know, bodies. Drawing hair is weird. What do we do with glasses. Help.

I grew up with comics. They’re probably what pushed me into stories and, once upon a time, visual art. I fell out of drawing for years, but I’m trying to pick it back up again. Like how you improve with your writing with every word you scribble down, you improve your drawing with every doodle you sketch.

Either way, it’s creation. That’s what I want to do.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Home

 

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Alters

So there’s this awesome-sounding new comic hitting the stands called the Alters. Considering how many comic books out there that starred superheroes and mutants, what makes this one unique?

Well, for starters, it may be the first mainstream comic to feature a transgender protagonist.

I’m pretty loud about diversity of all kinds on this blog, and it’s exciting to see this comic, published by AfterShock, take that leap to represent transgender people, to help normalize the concept to the public.

It’s not just about the protagonist either. According to the article, there are plenty of other representations as well, such as “a character dealing with cerebral palsy, another who will be dealing with depression, and yet another who is homeless.”

And it’s superheros. Who doesn’t love superheros?

I’m hoping to see a copy of the first issue in Barnes and Noble the next time Rachel and I go! Anyone else thinking of checking it out? Perhaps you already have?

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2016 in Home

 

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Celebrating Comics and Diversity

Those of you who may have been following me for a while know how important the subject of diversity is. Diversity — of any kind, race, gender, sexual orientation, whatever — is needed for everyone in all kinds of media, like books, art, or video games. So, I got excited when I found this piece of news recently:

Meet the East Coast’s First Black Female Comic Book Store Owner.

The title is kind of a mouthful, but it’s an important piece of news. Other than Ariell Johnson, there are only five other African-American comic book shop owners in the United States. Considering comic books tend to cater to the white male demographic, this is an awesome accomplishment.

According to the article, Johnson states that it was the X-Men’s Storm that inspired her and got her into comics, proving how proper representation is needed. I love comics as well, most notably X-Men, and it was always strange to me how skewed most superhero teams were towards men. For example, while Batman is my favorite DC hero, I am so damn excited for the Wonder Woman movie coming out (Marvel, is a Black Widow movie in the works yet?).

Another of my favorite points about this article is Johnson saying how she’s interested in shelving some of the smaller-named comics as well, aiming to give lesser-known writers and artists some time in the spotlight.

Stories of people celebrating others for their differences just makes my day.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2016 in Home

 

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Expanding Creativity

I really don’t know what to write.

Not only for this blog post, but for my stories as well. I have a plethora of first drafts waiting in the wings for me to continue them, but my sporadic mind tends to latch onto new ideas before I can finish one.

Now my mind has expanded to some other types of writing.

With our other blog Double Jump, Rachel and I have been playing more video games, which are fantastic. Video games has always been one of our hobbies, and we kind of forgot about them while pursuing our writing dreams. Yet, video games have always been an inspiration when it comes to creating our worlds.

The art, the stories, the characters… It all expands our minds and creativity. As writers, we’re more mindful of the sheer amount of effort and heart that goes into creating these games. Like collaborating on a story, the teams behind video games work together to bring entire worlds to life.

To us, that’s amazing.

Those other types of writing I’ve been thinking of? They’re video game and comic book scripts. Video game art has made me think again of my sketchbooks chilling in bins in the back of my closet.

Maybe it’s time I exercise those creative muscles again.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Home

 

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Blog Appreciation Post

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would dedicate my blog post to some of the other blogs I read on this wonderful corner of the Internet. While I’ve given a shout out to Rachel, Skye, and Herminia a few times before, I thought I would put a few other blogs in the spotlight. I randomly picked out just a measly few of the many blogs that I follow, and I’ll probably do another post like this down the road at some point. Enjoy!

The Writer’s Corner

A blog created by A.J. Palm, The Writer’s Corner boasts posts about writing, literature, and journalism. She posts every Sunday and Wednesday, and has plenty to find if you’re interesting in writing and reading.

Henchman-4-Hire

Penned by Mr. Sean Ian Mills, Henchman-4-Hire is a wonderful blog dedicated to all things geeky, such as superhero comics and video games. If you’re part nerd, go and check out Henchman-4-Hire!

Book in the Bag

Book in the Bag is a blog run by a team of nine reviewers. They dedicate their time to reading and reviewing as many books as they can, and they also take recommendations. If you’re looking for a new book or two, try scrolling through their posts for some suggestions.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Jay Dee Archer is the author of this particular blog. Not only does he explore writing and reviewing, he also enjoys sharing his random store of knowledge regarding science and history and his photography.

Double Jump

Double Jump is a brand new blog centered around video games and is run by Rachel and myself! (Yes, this is a bit of shameless self-advertising.) Rachel and I have a plethora of ideas for this blog, including reviews, debates, top lists, and more. We’ll be doing joint posts on Wednesdays while she posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I’ll post on Mondays and Fridays. Today, for instance, I have posted a book review for “Ready Player One,” a novel set in the future that revolves around a contest for the control of a coveted virtual reality. Go check it out if you’re interested!

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What are some of your favorite blogs on WordPress?

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Home

 

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