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The narrative ellipsis

The narrative ellipsis is a literary resource that is used to remove information or an event that occurs in a story. This can be done for various reasons, specially when playing with time sequences, space, or information, since it is very easy to have your characters move from one place to another without having to narrate the trip they have made; as well as going from one date to another.

Using this resource, an author can prompt a reader to react in certain ways that will make him/her want to continue to read. This conscious elimination of information is supported by the theory of "less is more", in this way we do not overload the script and we avoid that the readers get tired in so much detail. The greatest part is that story's continuity is not lost.


Is the use of this resource recommended?

Yes, of course. When creating a story, not everything that is planned is added, in order to avoid overloading it with unimportant details. In addition to that, this planned "intrigue" has a very important role in the overall story. If we tell the reader everything he has to know, we would be taking away the opportunity to leave things to imagination, which can cause any reader to get bored and quit reading.


When can we use this resource?

Whenever you want as long as it is used with a purpose and without abusing of it

Some cases can be:

  • To speed up the pace of the story.
  • To avoid overloading a scene with information.
  • To intrigue the reader.
  • To avoid repeating what happened in the scenes.
  • To achieve fluidity of the story.


Written by Taty Calderón. (@iamtaty)

May 31, 2020, 6:12 p.m. 0 Report Embed 0
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Procrastination

Procrastinating is deferring or postponing, the action or habit of delaying activities or situations that must be addressed, replacing them with other more irrelevant or pleasant situations for fear of facing them. That being said, today's topic centers in the Achilles' heel of many of writers: being unfocused and postponing our writing time to do something else.


How many times has it happened to you that you say I am going to write and you come home with that mood on but you get distracted watching a movie or so, ending the productive day in this way. It is very easy to stop writing for those of us who tend to procrastinate for anything, call yourself watching something on Netflix, chatting on chat, watching Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or just taking a nap. We can find a thousand things that distract us and that is the question: How can we manage not to distract ourselves to meet our goals?


It is not easy, for a creative and dispersed mind it is difficult to focus but not impossible. So today we analyze five basic tips to help you get out of procrastination:


1.- Define your times: Setting limit times always helps to want to meet them. If you decide to write an hour a day, add a timer or alarm to your pc, mobile or tablet to mark the time you spend writing.


2.- Concrete your ideas: The worst thing we can do as writers is to sit and just wonder what will happen next in our writing. You need to identify what sparks your inspiration to write and research. Example: You write a romance story about an architect and a designer, but then you get to the chapter where you describe a bit about the profession and yet you don't know anything about it. Then you start googling and you end up watching over evening dresses for a lady of about XV years or the latest episode of that new Netflix series. This usually happens more than you can imagine, so I suggest that you dedicate a day solely and exclusively to research. Write down the points you need to research first and go one by one until they are all tackled. This way you will not be distracted, you will feel rewarded with every achievement, and you will make your time more productive.


3.- Write silently: Try to do it when you do not have many people around you calling for attention. We know sometimes it's hard to avoid, but we should commit to try to find an ideal space and setting to write in solitude. If you start writing in your classroom sooner than later, a classmate will talk to you and you will end up postponing what you write. In my case as a mom, I write in the late evenings when my children get their things ready for the next day or when they are already in bed. This brings me better concentration and more fluency in my writing.


4.- Turn off the phone: Try it, or put it somewhere away from you. Having the phone aside is one of the biggest distractions one has when sitting down to write. If you write from your mobile, try to put it in airplane mode at least for the time you have defined for your writing. This way you will not receive distractions that impede your purpose.


5.- Have clear goals: If you are one of those people who think that in a month they are going to write a book and feel motivated at the beginning to do it but do not know why they do not succeed, I will tell you that it is cause of frustration. Setting such high goals without having previously exercised writing will make you feel frustrated and said feeling will cause you to abandon or postpone what you write in the long run. My personal motto is: one day at a time. Every day I set real goals and try to meet them, in this way I feel satisfied and also motivated to meet the goals of the next day. Split the long roadmap in mini wins: milestones are key to make you feel rewarded while seeing progress.


Procrastinating is very common, but we should not allow it to dictate our lives. Consciously creating a calendar or defining goals helps to achieve them. Get your mind into finishing something, it may take time but if you try hard you will achieve it.


Article originally written by Gin Les (@ginyales)

May 21, 2020, 8:39 a.m. 0 Report Embed 10
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When the source of inspiration runs out

It has happened to all of us at some point that we ran out of ideas, arguments or inspiration to write. Most of it happens to amateur authors since we do not have the experience or practice of converting the art of writing into a daily habit.


We even wanted to become a Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks or Collen Hoover as serial writers. But the fact that you have someone in your mind, gives you a role model you want to chase. Aspirations, I believe, works as catalyzers for success if we put the right discipline into it.


That is why today I have a few practical tips to ensure that inspiration is not lacking.


1. Be curious: One of the infallible qualities of the writer is curiosity. The need to constantly learn new things feeds the mind, whether it's reading, watching a documentary, or a tutorial on how to do whatever catches your eye.


2. Ask about family stories: If you don't like meddling in the private lives of others, you will have to put that bias aside to start inquiring respectfully. It is not that you become the reckless aunt of your family, but to get to know their stories. But, if you are one of the people who like to know the whole family tree, I think you can get good stories out of it as well. Grandparents always have entertaining stories about their parents, siblings, children, and even grandchildren. Listen to them and you will see how some inspires a good story.


3. Search for anecdotes: Making a post on Facebook asking about certain types of anecdotes, whether they are curious, strange, scary or funny to your contacts, can inspire you to write a short story. If you believe your imagination can extend the narrative, then why not a long novel?. In the same way, if you have children, ask them to tell you some anecdote from their day to day, at work, at school, with their friends. Take the central idea and develop it. You will be surprised on how many things can pop up once you start paying attention.


4. There are some online idea generators that can help you write. Writing prompts, they are called. You can use them and thus get a more extensive range of stories to develop.


5. Listen to music. Although it may not seem like it, music is a great tool when looking for inspiration. A song can always open up possibilities in your mind.


6. Read. Reading is the undisputed spark to become a writer. If you tell me that you don't read, then I will tell you that your lack of knowledge on many subjects is assured. In addition to being a source of inspiration, reading becomes a source of knowledge for those who dare to test new waters. Do it and you will see how your ideas start flowing.


7. Get into writing challenges, whether on the platform, on Inkspired groups, on Facebook, or any other medium. Find ways to get out of your comfort zone and go for inspiration everywhere. Don't settle.


I hope that these tips serve you and motivate you to write until you form a writing habit that allows you to be consistent. Do not be discouraged, we all go through it but somehow or other we manage to get out of it. Luck!


Article originally written by Gin Les (@ginyales)

Edited by Galo A. Vargas (@galovargas)

April 15, 2020, 7:57 a.m. 0 Report Embed 8
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How to create the habit of writing

To write a novel you must have a habit of writing. You already know that, however time continues to pass and you are still unable to sit down and spend time on it. Believe it or not, is not a complex thing, you just need a little bit of will, motivation and creating the right environment to help you put the focus of writing.


Find what motivates you:

Ask yourself what do you want to achieve with writing? Be honest, only then you can harness that motivation and use it as fuel.


There are techniques that some people use to motivate themselves on a daily basis, and thus achieve the habit of writing constantly. Some of these are: a fine (punishment), reward and commitment. These can be implemented in the following way:


  • You can fine yourself if you do not meet the time or the daily quotas that you have set. For example, you stop watching that series that you love to watch every night.
  • You can reward yourself for having followed the habit for a certain amount of time with something you like.
  • You can try commit to deliver to someone. Tell someone whose opinion matters to you about a writing goal you want to meet and allow this person to check it out. In this way you will feel driven to reach your goal, and meet that person's expectations. Kinda like having a coach.


Set yourself a goal:

Consider writing a number of words every day for a week, if you fail one day you start again. This will help keep you motivated to keep writing every day. Clear set achievable goals do not exaggerate then you can increase.


Create the right environment:

Writing is a demanding task, an intellectual work that requires effort and concentration. For this reason writing is not something that can be done anywhere. It is necessary to have a quiet space where we have everything we need to be able to concentrate on this task. This is important because it could be an element that reinforces your motivation. For this you can:


  1. Put your goal in sight.
  2. Put your reward on display.
  3. Put your characters in view.


Use the technique of the unfinished scenes:

A good way not to break your writing routine is to make sure that when you finish writing you leave work in the middle of an action or a description, something you already know how to continue later. So the next day you will only have to resume from where you left off and it will be easier for you to continue from there.


Give yourself permission and do it wrong:

There will be days when you feel that what you write is just terrible and others when you will say that you are on fire. It is perfectly normal to experience this. The important thing is that you do it, and make progress. Write without being afraid to fail, you can always fix mistakes later or re-write them; even when you know that you will end up re-writing, that's not a waste of time, it's part of the process! So even though what you are writing sucks, don't get up from that chair. Go on as long as you can, without interrupting your creative process. Consistency is the key to everything.


Article written by: Nataly Calderón (@iamtaty).

Edited by Galo A. Vargas (@galovargas)

March 31, 2020, 12:57 a.m. 1 Report Embed 14
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