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Being A Writer

Grace's Corner of the World: Memories

Today, I have decided to post something a little different. I was recently reading a book, when a thought came to me. One of what I used to call home. Of how so much had changed and how things may never really be the same again. Of how different things are now. These thoughts made me want to write something down, though I didn't know exactly what that would be. It turned out to be a poem. I wrote this shortly afterword, and I am happy to say that I will be sharing it. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

My Dad used to have an office That office is gone now I used to have friends Those friends have moved on now I used to live in a house Welcoming and open I’m afraid now that house has been bought, sold and lived on in I used to go to a church With a cross upon the roof However, that cross seems to have gone For, though it still stands tall and proud upon the Lord’s house I no longer live there I’ve gone and moved out The trees by the lot And the flowers by the trees …

The World of Your Imagination

There are many things that go into writing a novel. It takes time and effort, but, in the end, it’s really all worth it. You use your talents to go into the world of your imagination, and you help everyone else travel there, too. It is, however, very difficult to know what all you should do to keep your world interesting.
            Just a few days ago, I realized that the beginning of the book I am writing wasn’t very interesting. I realized that, if the first few chapters of a book are dull and boring, it will be very hard for the reader to want to continue reading. I’m not saying that the beginning of a book is supposed to be the most exciting thing in the universe, but my first chapters did need a little more excitement and interest. To help me with this, I often introduce my characters in fun and unique situations that will give my readers an idea of my character’s personality, and will also make my readers long to continue reading. The way I see it, if the first chapter isn’t in…

Grace's Corner of the World: The Power of Prayer

The longer I live in Thailand, the more I realize just how far 8,500 miles really is. At first glance, Thailand seems almost exactly the same as America, except for the building structures and the muggy smell. But when you take a closer look, you begin to see just how different everything actually is.         However similar things look, they are very different underneath. Influenced by Buddhism and spirit worship, Thailand doesn’t have the same values as America. The people of Thailand are often quite nice and smile every time you pass by, but if you pay close attention you will find a spirit house on nearly every corner and will surely find somebody praying at it, and if you really think about what they’re doing, it breaks your heart. One time, when I went to the night market, I saw a person eating a cup of pudding. Nothing huge, right? Well, right before they finished it off, they walked by the spirit house, left the cup there and kept on walking. The strangest part of this was that…

Painting Pictures

I love to write books. In fact, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t love to write. I even attempted to write books before I knew that the space-bar existed. One of the things I enjoy most is what my mom calls “painting pictures” with my words. I love to write about the beautiful golden leaves that rustle in the fall breeze, and the sparkling snow that glimmers in the wintertime frost. But, how do you write a well-structured sentence that is descriptive, that employs interesting word choice, and, most importantly, intrigues the reader and compels them continue reading?
In order to write a descriptive sentence, you must first sit quietly and picture the scene in your mind. See the lush, rolling hills and the trickling, crystal stream, and tell your reader exactly what you are imagining. Now, remember that, although you can see this picture clearly in your mind, your reader cannot. The reader relies on you to describe precisely what you are seeing and what they are suppos…