Ivy Judinson is so tired of her life. With a newly-broken friendship, a plummeting GPA, and mean girls seemingly around every corner, freshman year is pretty much a bust. Her only refuge these days is playing ESCAPE THE WAR on her PC, so when Ivy finds an in-game purchase that claims to let her “live in the game,” she clicks. What she doesn’t expect is to get literally sucked into the game, trapped as a playable character. And the game? It’s an extremely dangerous, war-torn shooter, and if Ivy is going to get out, she’ll first have to survive.
Following are some writing tips from Priyanka Nambiar published in the Arts and Entertainment Council newsletter on January 15th, 2020.
FIND A THEME OR PLOT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT
The more invested you are in your writing, the more you’ll be motivated to work on it. My idea for Escape the War actually originated as a short story I wrote when I was six or seven years old, and when I recently rediscovered the story, I was bursting with ideas on how to revise it. In the past, I’ve tried to write stories on topics that I wasn’t really inspired by, but they never turned out as good as stories with plots that I was excited about, such as Escape the War. I believe that passion is key to staying inspired and motivated.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO DISCUSS YOUR WRITING WITH OTHERS
Talking about my story with friends and teachers gave me different perspectives and a lot of great advice. I was hesitant to talk about it at first, but I soon got enough courage and found it was a huge help! Several of my friends are also writers who could help me work through any parts I was struggling to write, especially since they often ran into similar problems. One time a friend was
confused about a section in my story, so she asked a clarifying question. That conversation wound up giving me an idea for one of the biggest plot twists in my book!
Don’t force yourself to keep writing just to make a deadline; taking frequent breaks while writing will help keep you from overworking yourself. I would often write for a couple of hours and then take a short break doing an activity that didn’t take a lot of hard work (playing with my dog was a favorite break!). If I ever felt too tired or unmotivated to keep working, doing something to take my mind off of it for a little while almost always fixed the problem. This kept my motivation up throughout writing my book. That being said, be careful not to break for too long—that can also zap your motivation. I’m guilty of accidentally doing that every now and then!
I’m always on the lookout for tips for the writing process, and I hope these tips can help other writers as much as they’ve helped me!
Thank you, Priyanka Nambiar and Bruce Mason
About the Author
Priyanka has been featured on ABC television, has received a certificate of recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for her work, and has also been honored by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Priyanka Nambiar was born and raised in Pennsylvania where she currently resides with her family.