Categories
Uncategorized

My Writing Inspiration!

Today is a beautiful day! It’s sunny; the leaves on the trees around me are starting to fade into their autumn-colors of orange and red. Woohoooo! There’s a brisk feel to the breeze: something you don’t get in midsummer. It’s so refreshing and invigorating.

It’s crazy!!!!!! The year of 2021 is almost over (finally?). Normally toward the end of the year I find myself writing more and more. I just wanted to post a little writing sample that I wrote a few summers ago around this time of year. I was 13 at the time, so I apologize for the bad punctuation and misuse of correction. I tried to clean it up a little bit, but that’s what makes a little kid’s writing cute, right?!

Um Why?
October 29th, 2017

I walked into the coffee shop and found Jackson sitting by the rose plants. “Dude, where have been for the last couple of years? No one comes here anymore,” I joked.
“Well, I guess I am from another planet,” he heavily sighed, “where best friends don’t text each other and . . .”
“Now wait a minute.” I sat down, cutting him off. “I was in Alaska for a family trip, you know my mom’s rules…”
“Yeah yeah, no phones during family time” he waved his hands around dramatically, and went back to his ice-cream.
“Jackson!” I yelped and grabbed his ice-cream from him, “you can’t have peanuts!” I scolded. There was a whole handful of nuts placed on top of his sundae.
“Lucy, if you were looking at your messages,” Jackson cleared his throat, “you would know that the doctor cleared me of that allergy.”
“Uh-huh. You shouldn’t listen to all doctors.” I raised an eyebrow.
“Ugh, stop worrying . . . you’re like my mom.’ ‘ He grabbed back his cold treat and took a huge bite of only nuts. I waited with a grimace for his face to swell up, and his ears turn purple. Fortunately nothing happened. “Fact is, I really enjoy nuts, they have some amazing flavors,” he added while taking another bite.
“Whatever, Dude,” I frowned. I really liked Jackson and all (well, not like a boyfriend or anything like that), he was cool, funny, and not-very-popular like me. “I also see that you got your braces off?” I smiled.
He gave a charming smile that would have put Elvis Presley to shame. “Yep, no more tight uncomfortable metal poking into my cheeks”
“Gee thanks. I told you that I have to get them right?” I quickly took a small finger size dip into his ice cream and shoved it into my mouth.
“Hmm, let me think,” said Jackson. He could be a very weird person sometimes. “I think I remember seeing that on Facebook.”
I laughed, the sad thing about me was that I didn’t have Facebook. All the kids at school have the best iPhone that they could get their grubby hands on, of course, whether or not they could afford it.
“Why were you in Alaska again?” Jackson stared at me.
“For my birthday party. Remember my Grandma and I have the same birthday, so every single birthday of mine is like getting a new dog for Christmas.”
“Right, spending your birthday in the Northpole? Though I would think that it would be actually celebrating Christmas. Speaking of your birthday I got you a present.” He spoke rather quickly. He pulled out a ring box out of his pocket and shoved it at me with another one of his grins on his face.
“Lucy Smith-Hertz, will you marry me?” He proposed. I stared at him horrified. What was this!
“We are only 16!” I shrieked.
Jackson suddenly turned a bright color of red, and I thought it was the peanuts kicking in.
“Ha, I got you!!! Those facial expressions were incredible!” He laughed and tossed the box to me, and signaled me to open it. I did. Inside was a giant breath mint.

I know right! Such an interesting ending. I had such an interesting sense of humor back then… I mean, what has happened to me now? Haha! Well, that’s it folks. (For now anyway!)

~Reflectionsofrenaissance.com
“Don’t say you have nothing; Start with What you’ve got!”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Categories
Uncategorized

Great Questions To Ask Your Penpal

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Hello!

The term “snail mail” might not be in this generation’s phrase-dictionary, but it’s still something that people enjoy today. We enjoy being able to spend time writing, buying fresh new stamps, and seeing our letters off in the mail!

Because I write so much, I tend to run out of ideas to say in my letters. If you’re like me, hopefully these writing prompts can help you! Here are a few links to some great websites that will hopefully get you started on a letter in no time. All it takes is a couple sheets of paper, a pen, and a heart to write. ~ Happy Pen-palling!

75 Penpal Ideas: https://www.shethespy.com/blog/75-penpal-ideas

75 More Questions To Ask Your Penpal: https://www.thepencompany.com/blog/writing/letter-writing/pen-pal-more-questions/

100 Questions To Ask Your Penpal: https://afarmgirlslife.com/2020/07/10/100-questions-to-ask-your-pen-pal/

60 Questions To Ask Your Penpal: https://www.getapenpal.net/blog/1/60-questions-to-ask-your-penpal

This is just a start to your pen-palling world! You can find so much love and joy inside a letter. It’s absolutely amazing! Personally, I have become a lot closer with my friends through writing. Well, that’s all for now! And please don’t forget to put up the flag on the mailbox. 😉

~ReflectionsofRenissance.com

Categories
Uncategorized

Writing A Song!

Photoshop By Lily J. Troutman

Hello Everyone! I was just going through some of my classes and came across a section in “Song Writing And Performance” that I think might be helpful for those out there like me who like to write music.

I always knew that there was something more to songwriting than just the verses, chorus and bridges, but I wasn’t quite sure what. Below, we’ll start to tackle this question by defining the main parts that most songs are made up of.

The Role of Each Section:

The Verse:

This part of the song is meant to move the stories or ideas forward and help set up the main point that will be shown in the chorus. An example of this is found in the song Love Like I am Going To Loose You by Megan Trainer:

“I found myself dreaming
In silver and gold
Like a scene from a movie
That every broken heart knows
We were walking on moonlight
And you pulled me close
Split second and you disappeared
And then I was all alone

Megan uses phrases like “dreaming in silver and gold” and “walking in the moonlight” to illustrate the whimsical and dreamlike feeling in the first few lines. In the latter section, she rips this happy thought to pieces when the person she is writing about vanishes.

Every poet and songwriter must adhere to a certain cadence; and bind themselves to some kind of pattern so that the final product flows the way they want it to: that’s where the fun of choosing the right words comes in. Most writers just put words on the page, but they have something to learn from any good songwriter. Any single word within a song means something and alters the flavor of the piece somewhat, and the job is to choose just the right words to create the perfect imagery.

“Split second and you disappeared” is not a full sentence; however in songwriting, grammar is not as important as getting the point across. Megan said everything she needed to say in that line, keeping in time with her cadence, and the result was a phrase that gives the reader or listener a mental image of what she’s saying.

The Chorus:

This is the moment when you get to swoop in like a superhero and show everyone the big picture. You get to reveal the primary purpose, main message and the grand theme. Some of the things that you can use to illustrate are figurative language, imagery, metaphors, phase repeats, etc. An example of this can be found in Minefields by Faouzia and John Legend.

“Ooh-ooh, these minefields that I walk through
Ooh-ooh, what I risk to be close to you
Ooh-ooh, these minefields keeping me from you
Ooh-ooh, what I risk to be close to you

The song is ended, But the melody lingers on.

Taking this song completely out of context and using it to demonstrate purely for writing purposes, “minefields” could be anything. If it was a song about being in the army, you’d read it in a different way than if the song was about taking in a stray dog.

A minefield could represent any number of dangerous circumstances or even conversations or decisions. In this case, they are a figure of speech or a metaphor.

Sometimes the title of the song is pulled directly from the chorus, as with Minefields. The Chorus should be the catchiest, most moving, and most powerful part of the song. Listeners should remember the chorus long after the song has ended! So keep this in mind when you are writing your chorus.

Use those words that have deep meaning; that mean exactly what you want to say … and more. Experiment. Look up synonyms. Make up new words if you need to! Just remember to have fun with it.

Prechorus

As you probably know, this part is optional. Being an add-on before the chorus it usually repeats each time the chorus happens. In Katy Perry’s Fire Work, we hear these lines:

“You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July!”

These words lead up to the chorus, but don’t necessarily add more information to the song. They’re catchy words that flow with the tune, providing more syllables to make up the cadence. If your song’s cadence doesn’t require more words you don’t need to worry about adding them. But if you need extra words, now you know where to put them!

Another way to use a Prechorus is to build up to the chorus volume-wise. Say you have a quiet, thoughtful verse, but you want a powerful statement of a chorus. One way to glide smoothly from one to the other without blasting your audience’s ears off (unless you really feel like blasting your audience’s ears off for a good reason) is to gradually build up to the desired volume during the prechorus section.

Bridge:

This is thought of the Departure. Sometimes it can be loud and raucous, or it can be soft and broken-sounding. If you’re having trouble with your songs and you are finding the ends boring, you can add in a bridge and it’ll help keep the song a little bit more interesting! Example: Files By Lily Troutman.

Laughter is Good
As long as it’s with the right person
So why did I open up those doors
That I kept shut while rehersin’

A bridge often binds two parts of a song together. Sometimes it’ll include a key-change or a transition between emotions.

The Refrain:

Normally this is the key line or phrase that is repeated. It’s considered the lyrics that bring attention to the verse and the chorus. Example: Files by Lily Troutman.

Oh, Hello again
I haven’t read your text in quite a while
And it’s spilling out the memories of an overstuffed file.

If you have a certain thought that you’re intent upon getting across, but you don’t want to keep talking about the same thing in every verse, a good way to do that is with a refrain that repeats several times throughout the song. Of course you don’t want to use it too much, or it will become annoying, but there’s a fine balance that you’ll find with a little practice.

The Hook

This is the catchiest part of the song. It’s what will stay in the head of the listeners hopefully for years to come! (Like “Country roads take me home” from Country Roads by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver). Sometimes this can be the chorus, or the bridge. “A fish knows the hook… Once it’s in you; its hard to get it out.” Day Drayton. The hook is the part you want to spend a lot of time on: the more you invest in its perfection, the more perfect it will be! …Theoretically.

That’s one thing about song-writing: sometimes there’s no such thing as absolute perfection. It can always get better, but every once in a while there’s no way to make it all add up. In that case, the best thing I can tell you is this: start at the beginning of the section you’re working on, and re-write or drastically change some one or other of the elements contained within. Eventually you’ll end up with something you like, because the more you change things around, the more phrases you’ll have at the tips of your fingers, waiting to line up in exactly the way you want!

Well, happy songwriting! -Reflectionsofrenaissance.com

Categories
Uncategorized

Contribute your own ideas!

At Reflectionsofrenaissance.com, we’re all about collaborative creativity. That means working together, sharing thoughts, inspiration, and visions, and getting our heads together to make new things possible. If you have a unique idea you’d like to add to our website, use the comment section below to give us a heads up! We’ll get back to you and share your idea with the rest of the world! Please note: we may reject ideas including crass humor, inappropriate images, or language.

All of us at Reflectionsofrenaissance.com

The Fly:

A short story was written by Lily Troutman

Website: The Creators Spoon

Categories
Uncategorized

Type Away!

Photo By Lily Troutman

Do you ever have trouble taking the amazing story you have in mind, and putting it on the page? A lot of us have QB/SFs, or “Quick brain/slothful fingers syndrome.” Some of us have problems with writing because we have all of these great ideas but just can’t speed up our fingers enough to get a nice rhythm in typing. 

My sister has QB/SFs, so sometimes she asks me to type her stories for her. I love to help her, but her stories are something that should be special and created by her, not by me. 

In my opinion, typing is a very important skill. Sometimes people got the training when they were in their early stages of life, but never learned the proper technique so they have problems developing a smooth rhythm.

Below, I have come up with typing programs that can help improve everyone’s abilities! I hope you find this helpful, and happy typing!

Typing Resources For Students 

EDU Typing– “EduTyping is the #1 trusted solution for teaching over two million students a year the skill of typing.” 

Typing Club:– “It is web-based and highly effective. TypingClub is (and will always be) free for both individuals and schools. There is an optional paid school edition.” 

Typing.com– “Keyboarding, Digital Literacy, & Coding. Powerful District & Classroom Management. FREE for Everyone!”

Dance Mat Typing– “Welcome to Dance Mat Typing, a fun way to learn touch typing.”

Nitro Type: “Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 types from around the world. Compete against your friends, earn new cars, track your scores, and so much more… all for free!”

All of us at Reflectionsofrenaissance.com

Categories
Uncategorized

Take a Fun Survey

Don’t worry, this is just for fun! It let’s us here at at Reflections of Renaissance get to know our customers better!

Photoshop by Lily Troutman

Categories
Uncategorized

Best Writing Prompts!

Hey all! Welcome to Relfections of Renaissance Blog! We are so glad that you are here today reading our creations. This blog is meant for people with writers block just not able to think about something to write. Don’t be embarassed! It happens all the time! I decided to put a few of my favorite links here for you that can help you come up with ideas for your books, stories books, poems and etc!

Writing Prompt Generator : 1,000 Fiction Story Ideas:

https://www.servicescape.com/writing-prompt-generator

Things to Write About Yourself: 100 Writing Prompts for Self-Discovery

50 Mystery Story Ideas: Plots and Writing Prompts!

BEST GENERAL WRITING PROMPTS!

https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/general/

365 Creative Writing Prompts

https://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/

105 Creative Writing Prompts to Try Out

https://blog.prepscholar.com/creative-writing-prompts

500 Writing Prompts to Help Beat Writer’s Block

140 Creative Writing Prompts For Adults

https://www.squibler.io/blog/writing-prompt-for-adults/

Well, these are just a few that I found helpful. All you need to do is do a little research and you can conquor that writers block! Let us know if you have any other great writing prompts sites. See you next time!

-The Creators of Reflections Of Renaissance