Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I wanna know...

I'm curious today... I wanna know what YOU guys want me to post! Lesson post? You tell me post? A Writing Experience of Mine post? Book Review Post? Interview an author post? WHAT do you want me to post? I'm making a poll with these options on them, so answer it, and/or leave a suggestion of you own here!

Leave a comment!



I just added a blog list of mine, at the bottom of the page. Blogs that inspire me. Lovely blogs, all of them. I wanted to say that to all those blog creators, I love your blogs, they're an inspiration to me! They're awesome! Thanks guys!

And, also, if any of you have any blogs you'd like ME to check out, leave a comment with the link, I'll check it out, and if I like it, I'll add it to my list!



Monday, December 12, 2011

Lesson 5: Suspense

So, I asked you which post I should post next and most chose suspense, so here I go.

Suspense is easy to mess up, but it is SO important for a story. Readers expect suspense; it keeps a story lively and keeps the reader engaged in the story. Characters should run into some form of suspense along their journeys. You can't avoid it. Characters need it as much as readers do, so make it a priority!

In some pieces of writing, I've seen suspense used too quickly by rushing it. The whole point of suspense is to slowly make your way up to the climax (most suspenseful part of the story). Ex: (rushed suspense) "I felt my heart beating and I turned the corner to find a guy with an axe trying to chop me into a million pieces." Good idea! But slowly describe how you felt without trying to get through the suspense. Don't rush!

I've also seen others repeat the same moment in suspense over and over. Ex: (repeated suspense) Chapter end: "He hit me with a crow bar and I knocked out." Next chapter end: "He pushed me into an unseen void, and I blacked out." Ok, being blacked out, knocked out, it's nearly the same thing in my book.  If you use different endings to suspense it won't be boring. I blacked out, he fainted, she knocked out, we fell asleep... it's all REALLY close to the same thing. Find different endings to keep it ALIVE!

Good story suspense should be described well, slowly making it to the climax but also interesting, ending with different ways to suspend the reader; make them want to read more, and make your character be anticipating the next step.

Hope this helps,

Zemmzemm :D

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Information

I was just looking around Blogger, and I found a cool piece of information. I can make a blog that anyone can post on! I would, of course, restrict it only to followers, but wouldn't that be cool? I wanted to know how many of you would like that idea, and would join that blog to post what you have learned through writing experiences. I have a poll out, so please vote on that, or leave a comment. I hope you all like this idea, because I think it would be really cool for us all to share our knowledge about writing with our comrades.



Monday, November 28, 2011

New Look

Hey, I have a new look for the blog now. Please tell me if you like this new look. I have to admit, I like it better than the last, but it will take me a while to adjust to. All comments and suggestions are welcome. If there is a specific theme background you would prefer me to use, don't hesitate to leave a comment with your suggestion.



Thursday, November 10, 2011


I officially have 1006 pageviews! Celebration time! Yay! A new step in the blogging world!


Good News!

Ok, good news! I am going to post a lesson post on suspense. How to write it, keep it interesting, and much more! It should be written within the week. That's my goal. So it'll be here soon! Watch out for the next AWESOME lesson post on suspense!

Zemmzemm :D

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Advice for Young Writer... you'll never guess who's!

Hey guys! Today I have advice from none other than Rick Riordan! YAY! Everyone loves Rick. So, anyways... I have some of his young writer tips for you guys. I want you to improve your writing and keep improving!

Here we go!

Q: Do you have any advice for writers?

Rick Riordan’s A: You bet!

  • Most importantly: read a lot. You'll learn how to craft a good story by reading a wide variety of different styles and genres. The best writers are voracious readers.
  • Second, write a lot. Writing is like a sport. To get better, you must practice. Build your writing muscles by writing a little bit every day. Also, don't think what you write has to be perfect on the first draft. No writer ever born could write a perfect first draft. The main thing is to finish what you start. Then go back and revise, and revise, and revise. How do you tackle writer's block? Plan what you're going to write before you write it! Sketch out the main points. That way you won't get to the middle and lose steam (well, maybe not as much, anyway). Power through! It's always more fun and easier to start a story than to finish it, because finishing is hard work. I have two binders full of half-finished stories from when I was young. It was a long time before I ever forced myself to finish something.
  • Finally, Don't give up! I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was twelve. It took me seventeen years before I was published. My first book was rejected thirteen times before it was accepted by a publisher. Even after that, I had to be a professional writer for ten more years before I came up with the idea for Percy Jackson and was able to become a full-time writer! Very rarely, you'll hear about writers getting published when they are thirteen or sixteen or eighteen, but that is EXTREMELY uncommon. Most writers have to work much longer to perfect their craft. Don't get discouraged if you don't get published right away. Stick with it and don't give up. 
  • You shouldn't even think about publishing or submitting a story until you have one finished. No one will want to talk to you until you have a finished product, because that's the first test you have to pass. Can you actually finish something? Anyone can have a good idea. Many people can write a few good pages. Very few can actually finish a manuscript. Once you have a completed manuscript, then and only then you should get a copy of the Writers' Market, available in many libraries and bookstores. This is an excellent how-to guide that will walk you through the process of getting published and provide a list of possible agents and publishers.
Why thank you Rick! Everyone thank Rick! (even though he's not actually here!)

Hope this helps,

Zemmzemm 8-)

Sunday, October 09, 2011


I'm sorry I haven't been posting lately! I really should be paying more attention to my blog! My life has just been SOO busy! I'm ALL over the place! AHH!

Just saying that a new post is coming out... a lesson post... coming soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hey, any Questions? Ideas? Anything!?

Hey readers, do you have any lesson post ideas, or perhaps a question you'd like answered? I need some inspiration from you guys! You aren't a very lively bunch! Only those I know personally are posting comments!! Why doesn't anyone else want to post a comment? Don't be shy! I don't bite! And even if I did, this is Internet people! The only bites that a computer knows are computer bytes! Anywho, don't be shy! Please ask, suggest and comment away!

Zemmzemm :P

Friday, September 09, 2011

(You tell me!) The Pros... and Cons of Writing! (I have UPDATED this post)

So, I am writing a new kind of post! I call it the (You tell me!) post. This post is where I fill in some of the info, then you leave a comment and tell me the rest! I will write (You tell me!) in parts of this post, and those are the parts YOU, the readers, fill in! I will then tell you guys someone has suggested something, and with permission of the reader, I will post their ideas to this post! Like it? Here we go!

I have UPDATED this post. I have added a reader's comment to it, so please read it!

Ok, so Pros and Cons... let's start with the Pros...


Pros of writing... some think all writing aspects are pros.. but that's not the case.. we'll get into that later!

Pros... (You tell me!) (this is a part where you comment to this post and tell me what YOU think some pros of writing will be!)

Ok, so I have had a reader tell me what she thought some pros of writing may be. She said:

1:   It can help you let your emotions go.
2:  It brings out your imagination.
3:  It can lead to fame, in the future.
4: It can help you connnect with your inner self.
5:  You can be yourself by expressing how you feel through your writing!!!

Ok, moving on to... Cons!


Cons of writing... what could a possible con of writing be??? Do you have any ideas? I know I do, but (You tell me!) (Another part you fill in by leaving a comment!)

Ok, I hope this new kind of post will be a HIT!

Thanks all!

Zemmzemm :)

Monday, September 05, 2011


Okay readers. I need your help. I have a friend, Arrmya119, and she is a teen, like me, who loves to write. She's started a blog called Building Hope. I'd like you guys to go and check it out. Don't be shy to leave a comment and follow her blog.!

Comment ex:  My name is Zemmzemm and I am a follower of Writer's Passion. (your personalized comment goes here)

If you go visit her blog, please post a comment to this post and tell me that you visited it, so that I'll know, okay?

Thanks a million,


P.S I forgot to give you the link!

 Building Hope Book

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I won the Liebster Award.... Twice!

Well, congrats to me! I have just won the Liebster Award! See! And I won it twice! Once, from being a part of andipandi10 winning it on her blog and sharing the prize with me, and twice form andipandi10 awarding it to me! 

Thanks andipandi10!

And thanks to all followers and readers!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Any Ideas?

So, any ideas? I don' t have many ideas right now, so if you've got any please bring them to my attention by emailing me, or simply leaving a comment to this post. It could either be a lesson post idea or a question to be answered. It could even be an entirely new kind of post! Anything! Feel free to leave a comment, ask a question or give me feedback! Suggestions are strongly suggested. 

Thanks to all!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Guys, I'll be a bit busy for a little while...

Just wanted to mention that my next post may not be until August 22nd. So, just wanted to let you know! Feel free to comment anyways. I will be able to view them when I become free.

Thank you for your attention,


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Check out my polls!

Please vote on the polls above the list of posts! I'd love to hear your feedback! VOTE NOW!


Different perspectives of writing

Another question from one of our readers today! colorgirl asks: I heard there are different forms of writing, like when I read, the main character of the story would be telling the story. Or a different person would be writing the story. So could you explain this? Thanks.

Yes, colorgirl, I can explain this. I did a bit of research and I found some info off of a blog called creative writer's den. I am now going to explain some of these points in further detail, with my own explanations.

So, the different perspectives of writing are the following: 

Omniscient or Limited Omniscient 

Let's look into the objective writing. 

Objective: You must tell what happens without a statement of the character's thoughts, leaving the reader to assume points in the story, which must be assumed by the reader in order for the reader to follow along with the story. You must narrate the story as an observer. Observers can only know the following: physical description, what they hear the character say, what they see the character do and where they see the character go. The observer does not know the character's feelings or thoughts.  

Let's take a look at the point of view of the first-person.

First-Person: In the first-person, you must assume the role of a character. It can be any character in the story, major or minor. You then write from the character's point of view. You must keep the following in mind: What might this character say, do or think? You must assume the role of the character, you ARE the character. 

Let's check out how to write the third-person:

Third-Person: You must write as an outside voice. You know the character's thoughts, so you are NOT an observer, but a distant voice that knows everything from where the characters go, to what they do, to what they say, to what they hear and to what they think. This is the most common perspective of writing.  

How to write omniscient or limited omniscient writing:

Omniscient or Limited Omniscient: This perspective is similar to third-person writing. Omniscient is when you know everything about all of the characters. Limited Omniscient is when you have a knowledge limited to only one character. Limited Omniscient writing is also very common. (More like the third-person than omniscient is) 

Last but not least, we explore multiple writing:

Multiple: There are 3 main ways to write form a multiple perspective.WAY #1 is when you write from different points of view (different characters) in different chapters or parts of the book.(Like first-person writing, but with more characters) WAY #2 is multiple points of view brought together in the same parts (more unusual) WAY #3 is writing from the point of view of one character who changes dramatically in the story to make it as if there were two different characters.

I hope this helps you colorgirl! Thank you to all! Keep the questions coming!


How to Stay Organized

Okay, a reader has submit a question! andipandi10 asks: If only I could stay organized, any tips?

Yes, andipandi10. I have a few tips for you. So, you wanna stay organized? Here's how:

Step 1: Make it a routine to finish one thing before you start another. 
Ex 1. When you are done writing for the day, make sure to return the writing back to its proper place and the SAME place. This is very important. If you put it away in a different place, you may forget where it is, and spend your time, that should be spent writing, by looking for your papers. There is only one exception for this. If the original place is nowhere (just started writing) or if it isn't in a safe place or a place that you won't remember where to find it, you may then move it, and ONLY then.
Ex 2. Say you just finished writing a novel and you're ready to type it up. Another story idea pops into your mind. This is an exception to the rule. You may take a pad and write the idea. Why? Simply because these ideas don't last. You may soon forget, and if you don't write it down right away, the idea will get lost. After writing down the idea you may return to typing. When you wish to finish typing, simply save your document right away in a folder on your desktop where you'll be able to find it easily.

Step 2: Organize your everyday life, not only your writing life
You must organize your entire life, not only the writing bit. This will help you because you'll be experienced with organization from your everyday life, so you'll then be able to organize your writing life as well. Staying organized? How? Plan a specific time of day that you will clean up your writing space. This includes getting rid of things you no longer need, (a.k.a de-cluttering) getting things you do need, (a.k.a buying) and organizing the things that are there to stay. 

Step 3: Keep things neat!
You need to keep things neat, as this is an essential to your everyday life. Messy people get NOWHERE. Especially in writing. You can't lose things. You absolutely CANNOT! It is essential that your belongings stay neat and organized. This will help you FIND things you've lost and help you PREVENT things from getting lost. 
Staying neat? How? Same as above. PLAN a time to neaten things up!

That's all I can think of right now! 

Hope this helps you andipandi10! (and everyone else)


New Idea

Ok guys, I've got a new idea for my blog posting, but I'm gonna need your help, so you'll need to be consistent as well! Please visit the site as much as you can!

My new idea is that I will still have my regular lesson posts, but a new kind of post will also be added. This new kind of post is going to be a post where you guys ask questions to me, and I will make a lesson out of your questions! You can let me know if you want your name mentioned or if you'd like me to just leave it as is.

So, how it'll work is that you can either post a comment to this post, or you can email me (those who have my email) your question. I will then, as soon as I can, make your question into a lesson for the blog.

This will help me, you (the question writer) and the WHOLE group of you guys, because you will learn things from my answers, and from others questions... It'll be a learning experience for everyone!

Hope you'll participate! It'll be to everyone's benefit if you do! And if you are reading this post but are not a member of the group, just click follow on the to left corner, and join my site. You can also join this site with Google Friend Connect, at the middle right side. Feel free to ask questions about my new idea, or make suggestions for new ideas!

Thanks to all! Have a good day!


Lesson 4: Organization

Ok, hey, sorry I haven't updated in forever! I haven't had the ideas lately! Now I do! I promise my posts will now be consistent. If I'm too busy and I cannot be consistent, I shall warn you guys, so that you know I cannot write a post at the moment. Alright? Good.

Today's lesson will be about organization and how important it is to be very well organized if writing is your passion, like it is mine. I know, I know, a LOT of preparation is required to be a writer, but only a true writer at heart follows through with it because it's their passion, it's what they love. Now, let's begin.

Ok, so your first question may be; Why do we need to be well organized to be a writer? So, here's the deal. Being well organized helps you become a better person because it makes it easier to find what you need. Specifically for a writer, it helps you achieve.

You may ask now; How does organization help me achieve? Organization helps achieving goals because if you're well organized, you don't lose important things. A good writer stays focused; their mind is set only to look forward. Organization only helps improve those talents that you may already possess.  If you don't already possess them, organization helps you possess them.

Organization helps keep things in order. It's very important to be well organized, whether you're a writer or not!



Monday, March 28, 2011

Lesson 3: Inspiration

Ok, here's a little lesson on inspiration... 

I know as a writer, life isn't all that easy. (writer-wise) You may think, all you need to do is write a few words... and BAM! There you are, you're a writer. But, that's not how it goes.  To write, you need a good imagination, LOTS of time and support from others. So, where do you get ideas? I know I went over this a bit in Lesson 2: Brainstorming, although I am going to briefly review it.

 Inspiration can come from MANY different things. I once got inspiration for a story idea from a bowl of cheerios cereal. You may be thinking, really, a bowl of cereal gave you inspiration for a story? But in fact it is very true. 

Ok, so one morning I was having a bowl of cheerios, just like usual. You know how cereal gets all soggy and starts to break up into little pieces when you leave it for too long? Well, that's what happened to my cereal. And it formed little shapes, like symbols. I used those little shapes from my cheerios in my story. 

So, you see? Inspiration can come from some famous author, a friend, something you see on the TV, or it could possibly come to you in a bowl of cereal. Finding something that inspires you isn't always easy. You see, it depends on the person. I may think a few shapes in a bowl of cereal are inspiring, while someone else thinks they are just a few pieces of cereal. I can't tell you how to get inspiration, it depends on YOU. You may be inspired by what I write and use it to educate others (which I highly recommend) or this may be something you are barely interested in. (I'm hoping that's not the case, but if it is it doesn't matter! Everyone has their own opinions and interests!) 

So, I hope that inspired you and that you will use this information to good use.

Zaphirah :D

P.S And if this did inspire you please tell me! I want to know! :D

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Just a tiny reminder...

I just wanted to tell you that I have updated my post: Success never comes before work.
I hope you re-visit the post. Don't be shy to ask questions or make comments! I am open to ALL kinds of questions from ALL kinds of readers/blog visitors! So please don't hesitate to comment on my blog, and I will answer you back on my blog. Also, if you have a blog/website you'd like to share with me, I'd be happy to visit it! 
Thanks for your attention,
Zaphirah :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lesson 2: Brainstorming

Today's words of advice will be about brainstorming. Very often the hardest part about writing a book, is getting it started. Brainstorming is a way to free your imagination, let it loose! Brainstorming can often help you think of ideas to use when you are writing. It is a great place to start when you just don't have any ideas! After all, ideas don't grow on trees!  After you've jotted them down, afterwards you can see if they'll be of any use to you. Brainstorming helps push that giant cement block out of your way!  I have a few tips from author Joel A. Sutherland to help you brainstorm some ideas for your writing. 
Tip #1: Think about your interests, maybe one of your interests might be something that would interest others.
Tip #2: Get a pen or pencil and a piece of paper and write down all the things that come to your mind. Anything! It could be something really random, like cheese. Or it could be something useful, like a wizard that's secretly a vampire.
Tip #3: Be creative! Let your imagination loose! Literally! But don't forget to write all of your ideas down before they escape you!
Hope this helps!
Zaphirah :o)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lesson 1: Determination

To be a good and successful author, you must have determination. You need to believe that you can do it!  And you can! If you never give up,  you will go far! Here's a recipe for successful writing:
1 cup of determination
1/4 cup of patience 
... and a whole lot of imagination!

A little luck wouldn't hurt either! 
You should write because you love to and because you want readers to enjoy and savour your passion for writing. There's nothing better than being so greatly appreciated for your writing! Believe me, I know! In grade 6 my english teacher read my story and I got 100%! That's not all!  She even asked for an autographed copy of my first published book! I will never forget her. I hope that someday she will visit my blog and leave a little comment. She gave me lots of support. She knew I could do it! 

I want to make you all good and successful writers, so that you may be flattered by nice comments, asked for your autograph, and much more! 

A quick tip. Fame is only a desire and extra. You don't need to be famous to be recognized as a good writer. The only thing you need is determination and good support! 
Your friend,
Zaphirah :o)

P.S A special thank you to my grade 6 english teacher!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Good ideas require hard work

Writing isn't easy. It is sometimes hard to think of good ideas. Your garbage may be filled with crumpled up ideas, but don't give up on yourself. A good idea requires a lot of thought. You need to think of something unique, yet at the same time something that will grab the attention of the reader You need ideas that people will be interested in. Start little by little. Just by writing a little each day. It doesn't have to be for very long, 10 minutes will suffice. Don't write for too long, take breaks in between. Take a walk. It often freshens up your mind by going putside for a little. Whatever you do don't quit! Ideas don't grow off trees! 
'Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take only a minute.'
Franklin P Adams
You need to dig a little and find something unique that will grab the reader's attention!
Zaphirah :o)

Saturday, January 01, 2011


My Christmas was great! How was yours? I'd love to hear your ideas so just leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks a lot!
Zaphirah :o)
P.S Like my new signature!