September 02 2014, 04:01 PM   •   11 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE

There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.

 - Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of The Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
September 02 2014, 03:32 PM   •   70 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE

Symbolism

whataboutwriting:

The thing about symbolism is that everything can be a symbol. Think of a symbol as anything that has a deeper meaning beyond its appearance. Symbolism is common in classical books, but its usage has increased as writers understand it can be a powerful tool for passing their message along to the reader. 

Some might think it’s not worth it to incorporate symbolism in your story, as most people will not pick up on the symbols. While this might be true for some of your future readers, those who do understand you’re using symbolism will appreciate the nuances of your work. 

Symbolism is not mandatory. I don’t think any publisher is going to reject your book simply because you don’t use symbolism. However, it might be useful for your story, as it gives it a deeper meaning and lets your reader connect and relate to your story in their own way. 

The first thing you need to know about symbolism is that two people will definitely interpret your symbol in different ways. It’s our personalities and the way we perceive reality that makes us interpret certain symbols the way we do. For some people, red represents love. For others, it represents jealousy. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to what emotion a certain symbol makes us feel. Therefore, if you want your symbol to mean something very specific, it’s going to have to be stated somewhere in your story, even if just later on. This adds a certain kind of suspense to your narrative, and also a possibility for your readers to feel like you tied loose ends. 

Symbolism can be useful for foreshadowing. Little things that apparently have no relevant connection to our character can have deeper meanings that give them an exponential relevance when put in perspective. One of the most cliche things in writing happens when certain writers begin their stories by describing the weather. This is a cliche because, 99% of the times, when it’s raining cats and dogs, one of the characters (usually the main) will be feeling extremely sad or something bad will be happening to them. This is an example of how symbolism can be used to foreshadowing and creating the mood to how actions are going to enroll from then on. 

There are several ways of writing symbolism into your story, but there are also some things you should keep in mind when trying to write symbols. 

  • First and foremost, you need to do a little research on what you’re going to use as a symbol. There are some cases in which research isn’t really necessary, like when your symbols depend only on your story, and in this case, you can trust your reader’s capacity to interpret them correctly. For instance, if your character’s ex-lover never liked to see them in shorts and they continue to refuse to wear shorts because they’re still too connected to them, you can trust your reader to understand that when this person starts wearing shorts again, they’re starting to get over that past relationship. However, there are some situations in which you do need some research. When you’re using, let’s say, colors as symbols, you can’t just pretend blue means death and think your readers will get it. Some colors, objects, etc, have specific meanings attached to them, because they usually appeal to everyone in an almost universal way. However, there are some images or colors that have more than one meaning worldwide accepted, and you need to adapt your symbols to your situations. For instance, love is usually represented by the color red, but it can also mean jealousy or death when compared to color of blood. In these situations, you can immediately eliminate one of the possibilities. If you’re depicting a happy setting, your readers will most likely not associate red to death, but let them decide whether your character is in love or jealous. It gives readers a kind of freedom they can’t get any other way.
  • Simple ideas work. There is a common misconception that symbolism must be a complex little thing that will get into your readers brain and make it see things where they don’t exist. Wrong. Symbols can be the most simple things. As long as they make the reader feel something or associate it with something, it will work. 
  • Stereotypes work. This is one of the few times when stereotypes can be your best friends. Stereotypes are preconceptions that people will have, almost universally, in their minds a priori. If you want your readers to know your character is fat, tall, and has a full white beard, it’s okay to use Santa Claus to describe him. That’s the preconception we all have in our minds about Santa Claus, and people will get your point. However, try not to use any stereotypes that might come off as offensive. 
  • Don’t use symbolism to reveal something too important. Remember readers are likely to perceive symbols in different ways, and therefore, it’s not always safe to try to tell them important stuff using symbols, as readers can create wrong ideas about what you mean and see the following parts of your book as inconsistencies. 

For further reading on Symbolism:

  1. Enhance your Writing with Symbolism
  2. (Metaphor and) Symbolism in Fiction
  3. Symbolism and All That
  4. On Writing Symbolism Into Your Story
  5. Symbolism - How to Make it Work in Your Writing

Below this cut, you’ll find some images that you can use as symbols in your writing.

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September 02 2014, 03:05 PM   •   1,225 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE

annabaechase:

Four month difference.

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shopping by ohlovelylies on Flickr.

shopping by ohlovelylies on Flickr.

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bodaciousbookbabe:

Do you ever read a book and you just carry it around, eating away at your heart for the next few days, until you manage to find someone to unload all your feels on? Nothing is as satisfying as that.

September 02 2014, 01:11 PM   •   191 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE
abookblog:

It’s my Happy Birthday Giveaway!! I’m turning 28 on Sept. 7 and my blog turned 4 on Aug. 29, so I thought why not hold another giveaway to celebrate. 
Plus, I’m starting my new job today, so its time for celebrations all around. 
As with last time, there will be 3 winners and each can pick one (paperback) book written by anyone they like! They don’t have to be the ones I have in the photo, those were just some of my favorites that I had photos of. 
This will be international thanks to Book Depository (but please make sure you live in a country they ship to)
Here are the rules!
You MUST be following me. I will be checking, no giveaway blogs please.
You can enter as many times as you like, just don’t over spam your own followers.
Likes and reblogs will count.
If you do win you have to be willing to give me your FULL mailing address (NAME, address, country etc).
Your ask box must be open for me to contact you.
Things to know
You have from today, Sept. 2, to 10 a.m. EST Oct. 2 to enter.
All the copies you get will be paperback (I’m not made of money you know)
Again, this will be international, so all may enter.
If you have any questions send me an ask!
The winners will have 48 hours from the time I contact them to get back to me or I’ll pick some one else.
Thank you so much for following and I wish all of you the best of luck!

abookblog:

It’s my Happy Birthday Giveaway!! I’m turning 28 on Sept. 7 and my blog turned 4 on Aug. 29, so I thought why not hold another giveaway to celebrate. 

Plus, I’m starting my new job today, so its time for celebrations all around. 

As with last time, there will be 3 winners and each can pick one (paperback) book written by anyone they like! They don’t have to be the ones I have in the photo, those were just some of my favorites that I had photos of. 

This will be international thanks to Book Depository (but please make sure you live in a country they ship to)

Here are the rules!

  • You MUST be following me. I will be checking, no giveaway blogs please.
  • You can enter as many times as you like, just don’t over spam your own followers.
  • Likes and reblogs will count.
  • If you do win you have to be willing to give me your FULL mailing address (NAME, address, country etc).
  • Your ask box must be open for me to contact you.

Things to know

  • You have from today, Sept. 2, to 10 a.m. EST Oct. 2 to enter.
  • All the copies you get will be paperback (I’m not made of money you know)
  • Again, this will be international, so all may enter.
  • If you have any questions send me an ask!
  • The winners will have 48 hours from the time I contact them to get back to me or I’ll pick some one else.

Thank you so much for following and I wish all of you the best of luck!

September 02 2014, 12:49 PM   •   301 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE

study-ninja:

This is how I am going to organize everything from now on. It’s called the Bullet Journal method. Most if you probably already know about it but schools are starting (or have already started) and many are getting frustrated because they just cannot keep up with everything. So here is a flexible method which you can modify to your own taste. All you need is a simple notebook.

September 02 2014, 12:46 PM   •   815 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE

Hi my awesome nerds. I have missed you oh so very much. How are things? Whatcha reading?

September 02 2014, 12:27 PM   •   15 notes
duckduckbooks:

I finally have my own money so I want to spend it on YOU.Rules:
must be following me (I do check)
no giveaway/spam/bot accounts
Must be comfortable giving me your address (I promise I won’t do anything else with it)
Reblogs and likes both count
If you do reblog it, don’t spam your followers
also remember that it only shows up once in the notes
You’ll have 3-4 days to respond before I pick another winner
Open internationally through Book Depository
Unless you choose the other route which is explained below
Now about the books:
whatever you want
please have it under $25 or $30
I mean, you COULD ask what my favourite books are and see if you’d be interested in them, but I also want this to be open to any reader and not just people that like the same genres as me
If you’d rather me not buy a book, I can get you a $25 Amazon gift card that you can spend how your heart desires
I’m so so sorry, but this is only for US only just because I’d have to send it from my house (unless I learn how to send it through email)
If you get a bookmark, post the picture because I love those things
ANYWAY. Good luck! Please respect the rules

duckduckbooks:

I finally have my own money so I want to spend it on YOU.
Rules:

  • must be following me (I do check)
  • no giveaway/spam/bot accounts
  • Must be comfortable giving me your address (I promise I won’t do anything else with it)
  • Reblogs and likes both count
  • If you do reblog it, don’t spam your followers
  • also remember that it only shows up once in the notes
  • You’ll have 3-4 days to respond before I pick another winner
  • Open internationally through Book Depository
  • Unless you choose the other route which is explained below

Now about the books:

  • whatever you want
  • please have it under $25 or $30
  • I mean, you COULD ask what my favourite books are and see if you’d be interested in them, but I also want this to be open to any reader and not just people that like the same genres as me
  • If you’d rather me not buy a book, I can get you a $25 Amazon gift card that you can spend how your heart desires
  • I’m so so sorry, but this is only for US only just because I’d have to send it from my house (unless I learn how to send it through email)
  • If you get a bookmark, post the picture because I love those things

ANYWAY. Good luck! Please respect the rules

September 02 2014, 12:23 PM   •   565 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE

Book Photo Challenge
Day 2: Currently reading
Because I can’t just read one book at a time. 

Book Photo Challenge

Day 2: Currently reading

Because I can’t just read one book at a time. 

September 02 2014, 12:20 PM   •   69 notes  •   VIA   •   SOURCE
My followers are the sweetest ever! Thanks so much alainawiens!!!

EDITING PARTY

My followers are the sweetest ever! Thanks so much alainawiens!!!

EDITING PARTY

September 02 2014, 12:19 PM   •   1 note
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