Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Introduction of Characters: Unafraid - Part 1

Since I have SO many book ides, I thought I should do introduction posts to each of the books characters on this blog. 

Unafraid was one of the first book ideas I ever had and have kept the longest. I came up with it more than 3 years ago. If you get confused about the different races of the characters, I suggest you read THIS post. 

The Princes and Princesses:
(Photo credits: Pinterest)
Left to Right: Daniel, Genevieve, William, Carolina

Race: Ulairoin
Age: 21
Physical Traits: Black hair, brown eyes, 6 feet tall

Daniel is probably one of my favorite males characters. He's quiet, but so strong emotionally. He isn't perfect, but he is probably the strongest of the four of them. Tall, dark, and handsome, he is a perfect hero figure. 

Race: Lolnalian
Age: 16
Physical Traits: Brown hair, green eyes, 5 foot 3 inches tall

Genevieve is the main character in Unafraid. Most of the story is from her point of view. She is happy-go-lucky at the beginning of the story. So many different tragedies test her faith and almost make her give up. An interesting tidbit about Genevieve, was that I had originally called her Lilyalynn. Yep. Sort of a mouthful. I think that I only changed it, was because I couldn't remember what I had called her. So I changed it to Genevieve. 

Race: Lolnalian
Age: 21
Physical Traits: Sandy blond hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall

William is Genevieve's older brother. He is more outgoing than Daniel, but they are best friends nonetheless. William is about the same strength, physically as Daniel. But weaker emotionally, but stronger than Genevieve. He's definitely a in-the-middle guy.

Race: Ulairoin
Age: 16
Physical Traits: Curly black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 3 inches tall

Carolina is Daniel's younger sister and Genevieve's best friend. She is more of an optimist than the rest of them. She is also a healer and a medic. She was trained by their palace doctor and a local healer. She always lifts the other's spirits. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about my characters! Please follow my Unafraid Storyboard on Pinterest. Part 2  of the introduction of characters of Unafraid will be coming soon!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February Favorites

I have to say I was glad when Sarah posted 30 Blog Post Ideas for Writers on her blog My Double Living. I've needed ideas on what to post on this blog, since I've moved my fashion posts over onto Two Thousand Miles.
One of the things Sarah suggested was every month find your favorite things that you have or want and post them on your blog. So that is what I'm going to do!

Welcome to February Favorites!
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

1. Because pretending you are working out to keep up with the Doctor, is one of the only ways I find motivation to exercise.
2. Because have never had a pair of Tom's and I would love to have a London cityscape on them!
3. Because a fellow writer, Jaye L. Knight, (that's her pen name, along with Molly Evangeline) has an Etsy shop where she makes and sells jewelry inspired by her books and writers!
4. Because for me, writing when it is cold and deary outside, makes for perfect writing weather. And comfort is key in the writing process.
5. Because no writing day is complete without out a cup of tea. Especially tea in a SHERlocked mug!
6. Because the TARDIS and the Union Jack are two of my favorite things and they should be on my phone.
7. Because River Song is awesome. Nuff' said.
8. Because it makes you feel like more of a writer, when all you really do is pound your head on the desk in frustration.
9. Because a sweatshirt with a picture of your favorite dog just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or is that the tea?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Writer's Block: Six Ways to Overcome It

The one thing every writer dreads. Writer's block. That imaginary block in your brain that blocks off all your ideas.
I've read lots of posts about overcoming writer's block. None of them seemed to help much. I've found some of my own ways to overcome it or avoid it. So read on!

1. Motivation: My secret trick for when you are writing and you've hit a block is... CHOCOLATE. Yep. I decide that if I write one chapter, I get one piece of chocolate. That helps me think through the writer's block.

2. Avoid: I've found it hard to think of anything to write after you've been thinking about other things too long. For me, that would be math. So avoid math or anything that hurts your brain before writing.

3. Pinterest: I love Pinterest for inspiring writing pictures! It helps me to visualize my characters and sometimes I find an interesting scene that gives me extra inspiration. One of my favorite story inspiration pinners is Brenna H. She has over 150 boards of inspiring pictures and quotes to use! Also, you can follow me on Pinterest: Mercy Schwisow.

4. Music: Listen to songs that you love and think of ways that you can apply them to your characters. I've listened to songs and I've thought of brilliant things to add to my plot and my characters!

5. Watch: Movies and TV shows are great ways to get more inspiration. Watch movies that have elements similar to those in your story. I've gotten many good plot ideas from movies.

6. Read: And if all else fails, read! Reading a good book is a good way to relax and let your creative juices flow. I have to admit, most of my story ideas are from other books.

How do you break through writer's block? I would love to hear them!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Our New Group Blog

Hello everyone! I hope everybody's February is going well!

I wanted to let you all know about a blog I started with three of my friends. It's called Two Thousand Miles. It is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. We will be posting 2 - 3 times per week. We will focus on a specific fashion trend every two weeks. I will be posting all my fashion posts on that blog. I will be more focused on writing on this blog from now on.

So please check out Two Thousand Miles!