Writing

Story Too Complex to Tell? Don’t Sweat it—I’ve Got Tips

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Stories come in all forms, sizes, moods, and so forth. No two plots are alike. Some are similar. Some differ drastically. Some are short or long. And some are simple or complex.

Of course, each story will depend on audience, trends, and so on. Here, I am going to discuss tips for handling a complex story.

Obviously, your book will be short and sweet and well as very basic if it’s a picture book. As the audience gets older, the stories will lengthen and become more complex. And that doesn’t only apply to writing and plot, but also subplots.

Subplots are secondary storylines in a book that weave into the main plot and they all are important for the tale. If you’re writing for middle-grade children (about 8-11), you may only need one or two subplots at most. If you’re writing for teens (aka the young adult readers) or adults, you might need more subplots. Depending on your skill-level and storyline, up to four subplots might be enough.

However, if you feel you are getting too overwhelmed with subplots or storyline complexity, or readers aren’t receiving the right message you’re trying to communicate, don’t be afraid to remove content that doesn’t add or is not crucial. That includes subplots. Depending on your readers’ ages and levels, you can simplify your plot. If you feel you can’t remove a subplot or two, however, that’s okay. Sometimes, complex material is too important to be scrapped. If it takes you years, especially if you’re just starting out as a writer, don’t worry. Some authors have taken ten or more years to work on a story. One of my works took nearly three years to complete.

Remember, write from your gut as well as what you are passionate about. That is how you will improve and have fun.

travel

Terrific Tips for a Successful Trip

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Vacation usually means fun, entertainment, relaxation, and exploration, depending on where you go and what you’ve planned to do. Our choices for trips, ranging from where we stay, where we eat, what we do, and how we travel, are what make our times off enjoyable or miserable.

I have traveled many times throughout my life. I have flown on planes since I was a baby. So I know a lot about what works on vacations and what doesn’t.

Here are some tips for making sure you enjoy your trip.

1: Don’t plan too little or too much–just right in the middle.

Many of my family trips have consisted of a ton of touring, especially when we went to Europe and very little down time. Because of that, my mom planned less for one trip to the Catskills a couple years ago. However, we sat in the room bored all the time, especially because the cell phone signal and Internet was very spotty and weak. So you want to tour enough and hang out enough. Balancing it is the best idea. That was how my family’s Bermuda trip, a few months before the Catskills trip, was done. And I am glad it was.

2: Know your family.

Whether your kids are little, older, or are adults, you should know what activities and places would work for them. Obviously, you wouldn’t send your young adult children to a play place for small children, but it might not be such a good idea to take toddlers to certain historical tour places as they may get cranky and hyper. Aside from the kids’ ages, their personalities and regular habits play a role in this too. I wouldn’t recommend a trip where you have to wake up for an activity before 6 A.M. if your child likes to sleep until noon. Your spouse or other peer should also be taken into consideration.

3: Make a budget and do your research.

You hear this so many times. But unless you’re super-wealthy, it’s important to watch how much you spend and read reviews before committing with your money. Some things may sound cool, but if a lot of the reviews online say that their experiences were painful, then you should steer clear of those activities.

Following these tips will make your next overnight trips more enjoyable and everybody will thank you.