The obsessive inclination to write

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The Scripturients

The Scripturients

The word scripturient is a term to describe someone with a passion, or obsession, to write. It’s an outdated term, one not found in the dictionary any longer, and used to refer to someone who made their living from writing – in some form or another. Believe me, I had to look it up too. It’s a cool word though, and I wished we used it more. It offers a way to communicate exactly what you mean without an excessive amount of words, and can be used to locate other people with similar mindsets. 

We, after all, are the Scripturients, and my guess is that you’re one too. Welcome to our club. 

 That’s the goal, if you really want to get down to the bottom line of things. We’re here to create a community, to connect with our fellow scripturients, and to create the opportunity to learn from each other. Writing is a antisocial occupation by nature, but without the support of others, I fear we’ll all end up living off ramen noodles in a leaky attic somewhere, our skin turning white from the lack of sunlight. Or maybe we’re all vampires. 

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Captain Marvel Movie Review

Captain Marvel Movie Review

I’m going to be honest with you guys here – I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. I don’t have a background in Marvel comics. Although I would eventually like to get around to reading them all, that’s not something I’ve done yet. All I […]

Why Netflix is Great for Writing

Why Netflix is Great for Writing

Hey guys! Happy Friday. I wanted to start today by writing (again) about how thankful I am for each and every one of you. This week has shown me exactly why I want to do this – to be able to reach out and help […]

Current Reading List

Current Reading List

First of all, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for the incredible support I’ve experienced since starting this blog. Whether it be on social media or WordPress, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to write posts, develop this site, and meet people. Thank you for everyone who’s signed up for my free writing course and decided to join our little community! It means so much to me. I can’t wait to see where everything heads, and what cool things we can do together in the future. I know it’s going to be fantastic, and I’m very excited about it all. So thank you for being the driving force behind Scripturients. It’s really incredible.

Continuing the slow paced theme for this week, I thought I’d shake things up a little bit and get a little more personal. Don’t worry – more solid writing content is coming. I’m working on some really cool new character and plot creation things that are going to be absolutely fantastic. Those’ll be coming soon. But today, let’s talk about some of the books on my reading list! I have a bit of a to-be-read list plotted out – which is something that I very rarely do. Each of these books will be reviewed on the blog when I finish them anyways, so it’s a bit of a preview into what I’ll be doing in the future. And maybe it’ll give you some ideas for your own reading!

I’m always looking for new books to check out though, so please tell me your suggestions. There are so many great stories out there I haven’t checked out yet, and I make a point to dive into as many worlds as I can.

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Writing Opportunities for March

Writing Opportunities for March

Last week was a pretty heavy writing week for me. I wrote some pretty long posts about tragic backstories. That was the goal, to theme last week after learning to use that particular trope. It was fun, and I enjoyed writing all that. I might […]

How to Handle Tragic Backstories Part 2: Character Design

How to Handle Tragic Backstories Part 2: Character Design

In my last post, we talked about the whys, whens, and hows of a good tragic backstory. Today, we’ll be talking about backstories in regards to character creation and design. If you haven’t read the first part yet, be sure to check it out to […]

The Severed Moon Writing Journal Review

The Severed Moon Writing Journal Review

It’s no secret that I love everything Leigh Bardugo does. Her writing is incredible, her characters have left me in tears because they impacted me so much, and I’ve often found myself dancing around the kitchen because of the latest occurrence in one of her books. So when she came out with The Severed Moon writing journal, I snatched a copy up as soon as I could.

“Just as the moon waxes and wanes, inspiration and creativity can ebb and flow according to what we encounter in our daily lives. This journal is meant to help you navigate those cycles of drought and plenty to find a more constant wellspring of your most powerful creative self.”

— The Severed Moon, Leigh Bardugo

The intention of this book is to help you find magic in the ordinary, and to pull inspiration out of your day to day life. There’re 365 prompts of various themes and ideas – the majority of which connects in some way to her books in the Grishaverse. It’s cute, easy to carry around, and goes with the idea that self-reflection helps your writing.

I’ve been writing in my copy of The Severed Moon for about a month now, and I thought I’d let you guys know if it’s worth it or not. (Spoiler alert – it is.)

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How to Handle Tragic Backstories Part 1: The Whys, Hows, and Whens.

How to Handle Tragic Backstories Part 1: The Whys, Hows, and Whens.

I have a question for you. Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that didn’t have characters with tragic backstories? Or multiple characters? Or perhaps every single one of them had some sort of tragedy happen to them in the past? Maybe […]

The Basics of a Plot

The Basics of a Plot

Plot, of course, is the basic outline of a story. It’s what happens and everything in between. I think we’ve all heard about this since grade 3 English class, but how do you begin to develop one for your story? The basic formula for a […]

Tips for New Writers

Tips for New Writers

Here’s the thing guys – getting into writing is tough. It’s like any art. You’re bombarded by people who already know what they’re doing, and that gets discouraging. You constantly compare yourself, and finding a place to start is next to impossible. Everyone seems to have something to say, some kind of advice, and it gets too much. So what’re new writers to do? How do you find a no BS guide to get you started, and where exactly do you start?

That’s why I decided to write this guide. As far as I’m concerned, these are the main ways to improve your writing quickly. This is how you hone your craft, get good at what you do, and finally start investing in what you love. This is the ultimate guide to getting your writing life started.

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Top 10 Signs You’re Creative

Top 10 Signs You’re Creative

I love reading all the silly lists people write. It’s one of my favorite waste of times. Things like PERSONALITY TRAITS ALL ARTISTS HAVE or YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WRITER WHEN are a particular joy of mine.  I think it’s because I can relate to […]