Friday, December 21, 2012

Well, I Woke Up . . .

Hello world!  Guess what?  We're still here.  Here's a photo that pretty much sums up my entire thoughts about the 12-21-12 apocalypse:

So yeah. . . I think a lot of people have some Christmas shopping they just now realized they need to do.  Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.  (If Christmas offends you, well, it's the day I choose to celebrate my Lord Jesus Christs birth.  So yeah, I guess if that is offensive to you, you should know that I don't plan to change.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In 2013, I Will

If you follow Nick Hight's wonderful blog, Writing Fire, you will have seen his video titled In 2013, I Will.  For those of you who missed it, I've put it below.
Now, I don't have the experience or the equipment or the software (from some jokes I've seen on the internet, Windows Movie Maker  doesn't cut it) to do a vlog.  I would one day like to learn how, because I think it is a useful skill, but until then, you'll have to make do with Nick's vlog and my goals.

In 2013, I Will:

Finish two novels
Take part in the Go Teen Writers 100 for 100 contest and complete this time
Write at least 2K a week
Take part in a NaNoWriMo
Reach 75 blog followers
Reach at least 200 Blog posts (this would make number 93)
Read at least 2 writing books
Learn to drive
Meet faithfully with my mentor
Learn how to become a mentor
Mentor someone else
Purposefully work on my relationship with my younger brothers
Work more on school
Take the PSAT for real
Pratice for the SAT
Work on essay writing skills
Read 100 books
Purposefully build strong relationships with other girls in my community
Exercise regularly (as in four times a week)
Get back into the habit of reading my bible every day
Grow in my relationship with God and draw others toward him
Become a leader in my youth group
Practice piano every day
Find/make more time for being with and hanging out with people
Memorize at least 52 verses
Critique someone else's novel and get mine critiqued
Finish (completely) my first novel
Send out query letters to agents
Keep my room much more clean then it currently is
Take steps to become a disciple of Christ

Yeah, long list, I know.  And it's not like I didn't do anything this year.  I did.  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Teen Ten Page Contest!

Hey guys!  My friend over at Candy Apple Books just hit 50 followers, so it's time for a Teen Ten Page Contest.
So here's how it works:

Every four months and every time the blog gets to a fifty follower increment (like 50, 100, 350, 1750, ect.)  I'll host this contest.  So you enter your first paragraph and then you can e-mail me at sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)  Then, me and my friend Hannah, a fellow teen blogger over at Candy Apple Books will judge the entries and pick two winners.  These winners will get a ten page critique by a third party teen, who will change each contest.
You interested?  This contest opens 12:00 AM Sunday morning!  I know, I can't wait either.

Each person may only submit one entry.  I'll reply when I get it, if you don't hear from me within 48 hours, send a follow up e-mail.  If you submit more then one entry per contest, you will be disqualified.
If you submit and you have a blog, you need to post about the challenge on your blog or grab the button for your site and never have to bother with posting.  If you do post, put the post link in your e-mail with your entry.
Your entry consists of your name, your e-mail address and the first paragraph  (it has to be shorter then 150 words)  of your YA novel or short story.

Here's an example of an entry.

Subject:  Teen Ten Page Entry

Dear Sarah,
Below is my entry for the Teen Ten Page you're hosting on Inklined.  Also, here's the link the the blog post where I talked about this challenge.
~Jane Dough

(Insert entry here)

Hope to see your entry in my inbox!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Guest Post Over At . . .

Hey my amazing readers!

Just wanted to give you a heads up that my guest post for Maybe a Teen Author is live now!  Emily is celebrating her second blogoversary and for the party, she's lined up a bunch of wonderful bloggers to guest post on her blog, including yours truly.  Though I don't quite measure up to the rest of her line up.  :)

So yeah!  Happy anniversary to Emily, and head over to her blog to check out my guest post.  (I'm a bit biased, but I think it's pretty good.)

Also just realized this is the first guest post I have ever done!  That was fun.

On a completely unrelated note, Inklined's first blogoversary is January 25.  Any suggestions for what I should do to celebrate?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How to Learn to Write

I have a quote on my wall that says,

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

The more I think about this, the more I realize it is true.  We are all apprentices.  We are all in the process of learning.  I think this is one thing that separates people who like to write from writers.  Real, honest to goodness writers learn.

We don't just sit back and say, "Well, that's it.  The first draft is done, now to find the perfect publisher."  Unfortunately, in that case, the only publisher will probably be a self publisher.  It's sad but often true.

No, true writers, honestly want to put time and energy into the craft of writing and take time to learn.  They buy books or at least check them out from the library.  (I have my two favorite writing books in paperback and use the library for the rest.)  They participate in critique contests and follow the best of the writing blogs.  They take the time to learn about their craft.

So how do you learn to be a good writer?  How do you study this?  I've already listed a few ways.  Take classes, read books on writing, follow writing blogs.  There are a lot of them.  Read.  Write.  And study.
Now, I'm in school, so I know about studying.  I know about notes and flashcards and cram sessions before the big test, but how do you study if you don't know materials are being covered.  This is my suggestion for learning this about writing on your own.  And remember, children and adults all learn better when they learn things for themselves.

For the purposes of this post, we are going to pretend we're trying to learn how to write a pitch.

Step 1.  Get a Goodreads account.
     It doesn't actually have to be Goodreads, but get something like that such as Shelfari.  Something that lets you record and rate the books you have read.

Step 2.  Rate and Read Tons of Books
     Find books that you loved and say so.  Put them in one place online so that you can see a list of good and bad books quickly.

Step 3.  Find the Books Relevant to what You're Trying to Learn
     For pitches, this is not hard.  The back cover or inside flap are part of all books, but if you're looking for how to deal with time travel, you're going to want to shift through your good and bad books to find the ones on this topic.

Step 4. Read.  A Lot
      Read the back cover copies.  Read five and try your hand at one for your own book.  Take a break.  Catch up on piano practice.  Read five more back covers or internet blurbs and try to write another one of your own.  Rinse and repeat.

Step 5. Write Down Your Findings
     What did you learn about back covers?  What did you learn about writing time travel?  What are some good and bad ways to do both.

The end.  That's all I can think of right now.  I'm off to go read back cover copies.  See ya!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bad Sarah, Sarah is a Bad House Elf . . .

Please excuse my Dobby moment while I bang my head against my laptop.  Sarah is bad.  Sarah did not do what she ought to have done and posted more blog posts.  Bad Sarah.
Okay, so I was horrified to look on Inklined today and realize I haven't posted since December first.
Now, there are, of course reasons.  Reasons like, I have about five people asking about guest posts that I have yet to get back to, and if I post, they'll realize that my internet didn't just spontaneously combust.  (If you're one of these people, I am ever so extremely sorry.  You are about third on my current to do list after this weekend.)
Other reasons I haven't posted include:

  1. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family has four birthdays and my parents anniversary.
  2. The choir performance was November 29 and 30.
  3. Play practice for Pride and Prejudice (I got the part of Lydia, which was completely unexpected, thought very awesome) started December 3rd.  We have way too much homework and character studies to do.
  4. I have a piano recital at on December 16 and Mary Did You Know is not sounding so great.
  5. The end of the year party for the bible study I lead is on Friday and I still have LOADS to do for that.
  6. I've been playing piano at church every Sunday, and that requires a lot of extra practice time.
  7. I have been critiquing two books and might be critiquing a published author's newest book over Christmas break.
  8. School is . . . yuck.  I don't want to talk about it.
  9. I wrote a guest blog post for Blog of a Maybe Teen Author's annual blog party.  That should go live on Thursday.
  10. I got a cavity, who's filling will be taking up most of the rest of my afternoon.
  11. My brother (who is one of the December Birthdays) is finally old enough to watch Lord of the Rings, and I promised I'd watch them with him.  At three hours per movie, that's a lot of time.
  12. Plus, all of the normally things that go along with getting ready for the holidays.
  13. And, there's a mouse in my bedroom that has been waking me up at night.  I'm sleeping in one of our other bedrooms for the time being.
  14. Okay. . .  I think that's it.  This is my filler/excuse/go check out Teen Author's blog party post

Saturday, December 1, 2012

NaNoWriMo and Habits

So, happy December!
The beginning of December marks the end of November.  In case you couldn't tell by the badge proudly portrayed on the right side of my blog, I finished National Novel Writing Month on November 30 with 50 thousand words!  I screamed, I think.  I know I was thrilled.

So, today's December 1st, and as I sat down the fire us Netflix after dinner dishes I couldn't help but feel that something wasn't quite right.  My laptop, which sat on the coffee table next to be, seemed to say that if I didn't use this time to write, I would be a shame to all writers everywhere.
They say it takes 21 days to make a habit.  Well, NaNoWriMo is 30.  Thirty days of writing an average of 1667 words per day.  (I actually wrote as low as 430 words on November 21 and as high as 2675 words on the 7th.)
This, I think, is one of the reasons NaNoWriMo is a great idea. It gets you in the habit of writing, and writing a lot.  If you're hoping to one day be a writer for a living, you get used to working with dead lines.  And now, today, 30 days after I started trying to write a book in a month, taking a day off seems like a crazy idea.  After all, I have a book to write.  Just staring at my closed laptop and a bottom bar without a word document waiting for today's word wars and musical word wars and word tourneys and races.  I fell just plain guilty.  Because I'm watching TV and getting on Facebook and blogging.
But in a way, that's a good thing, even a great thing.  I thinking about writing.  I'm thinking about how I should be writing and why I should be writing.  And how the next part in my writing is going to go.  And I love it.  For the first time in a long time, I feel like a writer again.  I haven't written much of anything steadily for the past few months, and this November, I did.  And it feels wonderful.
Okay.  That's it for this post.
Did you do NaNo?  If so, how'd it go, and did you feel funny not having to try to reach 1667 words today?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

NaNoWriMo, 80%

Hey guys!  I haven't posted for almost a week and it seems longer.  So I thought I'd give you all a glimpse of my novel writing this November.
Late last night (well, okay, early this morning) I cleared the 40,000 word mark.  (YIPPY!!) This means I'm 80% done with NaNoWriMo!  I really cannot believe it.  I'm right on track and need to write the 1667 words everyday until the 30th.  I would really love to write closer to 2K and finish the twenty ninth to avoid getting locked out because something went wrong with my time zone.
So yeah!  That's where I am.  How about you?

(By the way, this book is looking like it will be between 60 and 70 K.  My last book was 60K before I edited it down to 56K.  I'm really happy to have a higher word count!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Picture Post!

Okay!  So I was just over the The Book Critic's blog.  I saw this post and it inspired me.  I have never done a mostly picture post before, but after I got a glimpse of her post, I Googled inspiring photos.  There were so many that I wanted to post all of them in one place that I could come back to and see.
(For this post especially, I make no claims to the pictures or images used.  I did not take them or buy them.  They are not my property, and if any of them are your property, let me know and I will take them down.)

NaNo Report, 2/3!

Micah learning about hair gel.
So this morning I really felt like posting so that I could show off the signature I designed for the bottom of my post, but I didn't have a post topic.  So is asked my little brother.  "Hey Micah, what should I post about?"
His first response is "Me!"  He's almost ten.  So here you go Micah!  I really love you and wish you would let me kiss your head more.  You're so cute and I'm so glad you're part of my family.  And I'm pretty sure I will never be able to beat you at Super Smash Brothers Brawl in a fair fight, but I plan to keep trying.
Jules, Henry, Shawn, Chief Vick, Gus, Lassi!
But then he changed him mind, because he's at that age where just picking one thing is too hard.  So post topic number two is the TV show "Psych."  Micah and I used to watch this show together until my parents decided it was a bit too old for him.  So now he just craves it with no way to satisfy this craving.  Micah really loves Psych!  (He picked the picture.)  If you have some free time and a Netfilx connection, you should really take some of that time to watch the first two of three shows and go from there.  It's fairly clean, it's funny, and it's awesome.  But you don't have to take the nine year old's or the bloggers word on it.  Go check it out for yourself!  Also, Netfilx just added season 6!!  (My mom just reminded me that it is most likely on cable too, but since we don't have that, I wouldn't know.)

But now, I'm going to stop following the nine year old's advice on blogging, which he has never done before. It's 2/3 into the month of November   I'm writing a novel in the month of November.  So at this point I should be 2/3 of the way into my 50 thousand words.  That's right at 33,000.  My current word count is 33,049, so I'm right where I need to be.  How's your NaNo going?
Also, what do you think of a little brother topic day?  Writing this post has inspired me.  Being silly and finding goofy pictures is way fun!
And now, for the real reason for the post (cue french accent), the bloggingsphere proudly presents . . . . your dinner.  I mean, my signature.  I hope you like it.  I decided I wanted one and spent all of 15 minutes on it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PUBLISHED! Okay . . . Not Really

I read an article about being published before you get your novel published.  I've heard that this helps let agents and editors know that you know somethings like how to write a paragraph.  So . . . I submitted to Teen Ink.  This website puts all the submitted materials on it, but it publishes a few of them in a print version. It's my goal to appear in this printed version sometime in highschool.  Here's the thing, the more views, ratings and comments you get, the more likely you are to get published in the magazine.
You, my lovely readers, could help me in this.  If you would comment on my submission, I would greatly appreciate it.  I don't really write short stories, but you can find my book review here.
Thanks!  If you're on Teen Ink, let me know and I'd love to read and review a few of your things.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

High Fantasy V. Epic Fantasy

Hello all my fellow writers and readers!  Guess what?  Tomorrow we will be half way through NaNoWriMo, which means that tonight, lots of people around the world will be fighting to get to 25,000 words before midnight.  Including me.  I need to write 2,500 words by tonight.  Okay, well actually by tomorrow night, but I'd really LIKE to have it done by tonight.  So yes, that means I'm at 22.5K right now!  I cannot believe I've written this much in two weeks.  It's all so much like a fantasy.

Speaking of fantasy, its time for a post I promised on fantasy.  High Fantasy verse Epic, what's the difference?  (Wonderful transition, I know.)

High fantasy is more like your average fairy tale.  Think Shrek.  The first one.  High fantasy has the elves and the magicians and the trolls and the princesses and the knights in shining armor.  Some classic examples are Dealing with Dragons, The Hobbit, Ella Enchanted, and yeah, Shrek.  Inkheart is another great one for this genre.

This genre is not to be confused with Epic fantasy.  Epic fantasy can have all of those things that are in high fantasy, but in Epic, the events have monumental importance.  We're talking about huge rebellions and war on a massive scale.  When I think of Epic Fantasy, I think more The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the last Harry Potter book,  Inheritance Cycle, Return of the King sort of thing.  Battle cries and Kings and Queens.  A lot of times, there is much less magic in these books, but not always.

Some books can be both.  Inkdeath is borderline Epic, I think.  Tamora Pierce's books go either way, some closer to high, some on a more epic scale.  The Harry Potters escalate from high to epic, with the first few books light hearted and the latter much more important to the fate of humanity.

There is also sometimes a difference in setting.  High Fantasy can be in most time periods, but Epic Fantasy tends to keep to a mid-evil setting.  Artemis Fowl is set in modern times while the Narnia books take place in a world without electricity.  Most Epic Fantasy takes place in mid-evil times, with the only exception I can think of being the City of Glass.  (I'm pretty sure that's not just a paranormal.)

Does that make since?  My favorite high fantasy is Artemis Fowl, with The Mortal Instruments as my current favorite Epic.  What are yours?

Monday, November 12, 2012

What do you think?

As you might have noticed, I've overhauled my blog.  I'm trying to achieve a more professional look.  So what do you think?  Like this one?  Liked the old design better?  Have an idea for something else?  If you sort of forget what the old design looked like, you can view it here.  I saved it so I won't lose it if I decide to go back.  I would really love to know what you think.  Also, I'm working on a code for the new blog button, but here's what it will look like!
Thanks, Guys!  I can't wait to know what you think.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A New Design? Feedback is Welcome!

So, lately I've been not very satisfied with my blog.  The colors are dark and not very cheerful.  So to start off this re-designing spree, I'm thinking of changing banners (or headers, or whatever.)  Of course, I won't switch banners until the rest of the template is done, but before I spent a whole slew of NaNo hours working in a design format, I wanted to get you opinions.  Would you like me to change things up a bit?  Or do you love the blog the way it is.
If you're ready for a change, is this a kind of banner you'd like?  Or are you attached to the old one?  Or do you have another idea for me?  Please give me feedback of some sort so that I can make Inkined a more professional and cheerful place to visit.
Also, you can catch a sneak peek at what I'm thinking about for Inkined at my first time blog that I now only use to see how I like something before I move it on to Inkined.

P.S. I'm at 13.5K for NaNo if you were wondering.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6, + 10K = Writer's Block

So, it's day 6 of NaNoWriMo and that means the month is 1/5 of the way done!  That means you should be somewhere around 1/5 of the way done with your word count goal or 10,000 words in!
I hit this milestone sometime last night and still can't believe it.  10K in 5 days is more then I've ever written in such a small amount of time before.
Unfortunately, that's where the excitement ends because this week marks the beginning of week 2!  Week 2 is notorious  for being difficult.  You hit the the middle of the novel blues at the same time you've run out of the week 1 excitement.  This is the perfect recipe for writer's block.

Writer's Block
Makes enough block to make sure the writer doesn't win NaNoWriMo 
 1/2 Cup novel, approximately 15,000 to 30,000 words
1/5 Cup of the month of November
A scant 1/4 cup also blocked support group
2 Tablespoons Middle of the Novel Blues
1/2 Teaspoon Pure Uninspiration, sifted

Mix ingredients in lightly floured bowl, adding more words as needed.  Pour into greased baking sheet and bake in Write or Die, or Written? Kitten at 450* for 15 min. or until greenish gray.
Allow to cool completely before spreading on Laptop, Word Document, and Keyboard.
Can be stored until November 30th.

This is where I am, up against a wall searching for a chink.  I've been trying to push through this slump with, write or die, written? kitten, word wars, races, and tournaments with various groups of people.  It's helping, but I feel like everything I write in this way will need to be thrown out in the second draft.  Oh well.  Quantity, not quality right?
I'm just hoping I'll get to 15K by the 9th.
Tune in later to see, High Fantasy V. Epic Fantasy, What's the Difference?
See ya!   

Sunday, November 4, 2012

NaNoWriMoing Day 4!

“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.”
—May Sarton

This is my theme quote for NaNoWriMo this year.  It is going splendidly, but I'm very glad I had experience in writer's lingo.  I've joined a chat room with a bunch of other young and teen writers.  Some of the abbreviations still hold true, like MC for main character and POV for Point of View.  But there are some abbreviations that only are used (or at least mostly are used) by NaNoers (my word for people doing NaNo.)

I'm going to try to summarize as many as possible here.
(In the order I think of them:)

WC--Word Count
WG--Word Goal
WCG-- Word Count Goal
WW-- Word War (NOT WORLD WAR)--Who can write the most in a set amount of time.
WS--Word Sprint-- Same as WW.  If you fail to meet a set number, though, there will be consequences such as being kicked of the chat.
WR--Word Race-- A race to see who can get to a set number of words the fastest.
WT--Word Tournament-- A bunch of word wars with elimination of the lowest word count each time until one victor remains.
WRT--Word Race Tournament-- A bunch of word races where the set word count goes up each round and the last person to finish each round is eliminated.
:00-- at the hour in whatever time zone you live in.  Same for all :__ such as :15 or :25.

That's all I can think of right now.  Go Teen Writers just put up a great post on all things writer abbrevs.  Click here to see it.   

Because I think WTs are hard. to understand, here's and example with Bob, Mary, Sue, Emily, Jack, and Matt

:00 to :05 WW.  Bob only wrote 87 words so he's out.
:15 to :25 WW.  Mary only got 229 words, so she's out.
:30 to :45 WW.  Sue only got 293 words, so she's out.
:50 to :10 WW.  Emily only got 370 words, so she's out.
:15 to :40 WW.  Jack had 450 to Matt's 471.  Matt wins!

See how the time keeps getting longer, and people keep getting eliminated?  That's a word tournament!

If I left something out or you have questions, leave me a comment.  They make my day.  Happy writing!

P.S.  I'm at 7.5K.  What are you at?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NaNo Strategies

Hey!  So I'm amazingly 1,805 words into my 2012 NaNoWriMo Novel.  This is amazing to me because I thought it would be a lot more difficult.
Here's what I'm trying to do.  Each day I'm trying to write 250 words before breakfast, 500 before lunch, 1000 before dinner, and then 1750 before bed.  Is seems like a lot, but saying I need to write 500 words before lunch and then another 500 before dinner and 750 at night is a really great way to not get overwhelmed.  I think being overwhelmed is probably why a lot of people quite NaNoWriMo.  I just plugged those numbers into a calculator and if I can keep this rate up, I'll write 52,500 words this month.  Eckk!

Now for two not so great notes.  One, I have no writing buddies on YWP site.  I feel like a total loser.  Two, the Young Writers Program Site is not working. I think it might just be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of young writers.  Or aliens ate it.  Either way, I'm not okay with it.  Not at all.  If anyone has any ideas on how I can get access to it again, please clue me in.

Until some later date.

~Sarah Faulkner

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ready . . .Set . . . GO!

Feel free to use the calender I whipped up for NaNoWriMo this year!

Until December lovely readers!
Leave me a comment with your NaNo account link.  My user name is Sarah Faulkner, and my book is a fantasy called Revellent.  I'm in the YWP.
See you on those forums or at my next blog post!

Thursday, October 25, 2012



I did it!  I signed up.  I decided to go for the Young Writers Program because I can pick my word count.  I picked 45,000 words.  My username is Sarah Faulkner, my book title is Revellent and my genre fantasy.  If you're on the Young Writers Program let me know.  My URL is

I'd love to become writing buddies!  (I'm feeling pretty lame because I don't have any right now.  All my real (as in know outside of the internet) friends are using the normal site.)

So yeah!  Comment!  Friend me!  Let's write lots of words together.  Also, feel free to challenge me to word wars all November.  You can do that in to comment section of this post!

Please enjoy this song I just found about NaNoWriMo.  I've watched it at least 10 times since yesterday

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

To NaNoWrMo or not to NaNoWriMo, That is the question!

Okay, so going into October, I was all set not to have anything to do with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) And then I found out that a number of my friends are doing, friends who I didn't even know wrote.  They did script frenzy in March edit: April (isn't that when it is) and now a group of them are doing it again.  And I want to.  I really do.  I haven't been writing very steadily, this semester  and I think NaNoWriMo is just the thing for it.
That being said, there is NO WAY I have time for my bible study, youth group, 4-H, piano, school, soccer, blogging, eating, sleeping, having a family, AND 1667 words a day for 30 days.  I would need to add 12 hours to each day just to have time to breath.

So what do you think, my dear readers?  Are you going to be a 2012 NaNoWriMo participant this year?  Would it be okay for Inklined to be neglected for 30 days while I bang my head against a key board?
Let me know.  I only have 8 more days to sign up!  That's how long you have too.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blog Tour Day 6!

Friday, Oct. 19

There are a lot of really great blogs lined up for today.  I would really encourage you to check them out!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 5, Author Interview

Okay, so once again, here's today's schedule:

10:00—Blog of a (Maybe) Teen Author

12:00—Ink in the Book

4:00—Paulina Czarnecki

6:00—The Life of a Teenage Writer


You should go check these blogs out!  They rock.

Now onto my post, an Author Interview with S.J. Kincaid, the author of Insignia.  
This book was amazing.  One of the best I've read in a good long while.  I'm so glad I picked it up off the new shelf!

Onto the interview.

When did you start writing?    I began writing very young. I began seriously writing when I was 21, though.

Good to know that some published authors started early.  :)  When did you know you wanted to be an author?    When I was a junior in college. I was on a school year abroad, and instead of relishing my time in Scotland, for some reason, I just began feverishly writing-- something that had been a mere hobby until that point.

Wow!  I've always wanted to go to the How much did you write before you were published?    In the years from 21-27, quite a lot. Apart from a brief time when I had a soul-sucking job at CareerBuilder, I always found the time to write something.

What are a few of your favorite books or authors?    Legacy by Susan Kay. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Looking for Alaska by John Green.

What is your favorite part of writing?    When I spontaneously get a much more awesome idea that blows away all my previous plans for a story.

What's you least favorite part?    Meeting specific deadlines and making sure all the little details are consistent.

Can you describe Insignia for those of us who haven't read it?    It's the story of Tom Raines, a teenager who becomes a government weapon in a futuristic world at war and gets himself entangled with a girl who just happens to be the deadliest warrior on the enemy side... And all the trouble that ensues.

What does your writing process look like?    Very chaotic and unorganized.  Usually when I vow to not write for a day, or when I have something important to do, or I decide to go to sleep, I get a rush of sudden inspiration and have to go to the computer.

How did you come up with the idea for your amazing setting and time period in Insignia?    I was reading an article about drone warfare, and the idea of two enemies on opposite sides of a futuristic conflict waged entirely remotely just came into my head.

If you could meet anyone in the world from any point in history, who would it be?    One of the major heads of a religion: Mohammed or Buddha or Jesus Christ, so I could see how charismatic they were in person. Or alternately, maybe Nikola Tesla or Einstein or Leonardo DaVinci so I could be astounded by sheer genius.

How did you get published?    I wrote manuscript after manuscript until my seventh manuscript finally caught the interest of a few publishers.

Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?    Persist, and grow a thick skin.

What has been the most surprising thing for you as published author?    The long, long, looooong wait periods for everything.

Are there any hints you can give me about the next book in The Pentagon Spire Trilogy?    Certain rash decisions come back to haunt certain people.

Anything else you want to say?

    Nope. Thanks!

Thank you, Ms. Kincaid!

And thank you guys for reading.

Blog Tour Day 5!

Okay, so I didn't get to post yesterday at all.  You see, in my neck of the woods there's the little thing called the PSAT.  And I took it yesterday.  I would tell you all about it, but I sort of signed a contract promising not to. . .
So if you missed the post yesterday:

Wednesday, Oct. 17

And also don't miss out on today's posts:
Thursday, Oct. 18

See you at the other blogs!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Tour Day 3!

Hey!  Ready for the day 3 schedule?
Sadly, due to family problems, Candy Apple Books has had to bow out of the blog tour, leaving a number of other empty slots.

Anyway, here's the schedule for tonight:

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Have a great day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 1, Why Writers Should Become Bloggers

Okay, let's do this offish.

Hi!  My name is Sarah Faulkner.  I like to write books, play the piano, and read most everything I can get my hands on.  I think you'll figure out the rest as we go along.  ;)

What's the purpose of Inklined?  I started it to begin building a writing platform.  I thought "I'm also the blogger behind the national blog sensation Inklined, with a following of 20,000" would look good on my resume and Yale application.  That's why I started Inklined, but it's not why I continue it.  I keep blogging because I think blogging is just a little bit addicting.  And for some of the other reasons mentioned in this post.  In other words, I just love blogging!  :)

Onto the post!

Why Writers Should Become Bloggers

If you have a hard time with writing for assignments and the like, I would suggest starting a blog.  It's a great way to practice producing comprehensible words, paragraphs, and pages.  You learn so much about producing good first drafts.  Most of my blog posts are first drafts that I maybe read over once if I have time.  It's taught me a lot about things like web design and a little HTML as well.

So yes, if you struggle with writing quickly and comprehensible, then blogging might just be the thing for you.

But if you're an aspiring author and you love the written word, blogging might be the perfect thing to hone your craft.  I think writing non-fiction blog posts can really help to develop your writes voice.  You don't have to worry about how a character in your story would review a book.  It's just you and the way you speak.  You know you've got a good voice when someone reading something you give them knows you didn't write it because it doesn't sound like you.  This happened to me recently and wow!  What a great feeling, knowing you've developed your voice to that point.  

Blogging also gets you used to being read.  It makes you think about who's going to be reading what you write and what they're going to think about what you're producing.  It makes you realize how words might sound better this way, or be clearer if you change this sentence.  It gets you thinking about this stuff right off the bat, as you're typing the first draft.

As writers, we sometimes get consumed with writing for us.  Writing the character or line that we understand but no one else would.  Blogging to get used to thinking of other people reading your words can really be very helpful.  I think my own writing has gotten a lot stronger since I started blogging in January.  My first drafts have improved by leaps and bounds, and I'm not struggling with non-fiction nearly as much as I used to.

So yes, it takes time that you could be using on your WiP, but in the end I think the benefit from blogging out wieghs the time it takes away from your creative writing.
What do you think?

Also, what did you think of the other posts in the tour today?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Check out the rest of the blog tour:


Teen Read Week Blog Tour, Day 2

Okay, on the down side, it's Monday.  But on the plus side it's National Teen Read Week!
So, tonight, I promise a real post, but this morning I just want to kick off today's events:

Remember, all posting EDT.

As you can see, that's a lot of blank slots.  If you think your blog can post, e-mail me at sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a comment!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blog Tour, Day 1 Closing!

Wow!  That was fun!  Were you able to catch all the posts?  Which was your favorite?  I'd love to have a comment and be told.
In case you didn't get a chance to catch the all the posts, you can find them here:



Monday, Oct. 15

I would still love to have your blog on the list too! E-mail me or leave a comment.  sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com.  They come to my inbox, so I see them either way.  :)
See you tomorrow.

Teen Read Week, Day 1!

As you might already know, today is the first day of National Teen Read Week, and there's a week long blog tour hosted here on Inklined.  I'm so ready!

Here's how it works:
From 8:00-8:00 EDT there will be posts on the tour every two hours.  The blog tour includes over 15 bloggers.
Each stop on the agenda will be identified by the blog tour button proudly posted at the side currently.
Each blog post will include a paragraph about the blogger, a paragraph about the blog, and the blog post!
Each post will be something related to books, reading, and/or teens and all the posts are written by young adults!

The schedule for today is:

The ________s indicate that the time slot is not filled.  If you think your blog could fill this time slot email me at sarah(dot)y(dot)faulkner(at)gmail(dot)com.  There are a few days later in the week that aren't filled either.  If you want to take a look at the schedule and pick a slot from there, that would be great!