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I'm a Christian and I go to college online, focusing on Fine Arts and Mass Media Communications.

I was homeschooled my whole life and I'm a southerner without a southern accent. I love writing fiction even if I'm not that great at it yet. I wrote my first book at age 12.

I love graphic design, and every now and then do a small project professionally. I aspire to become an expert on Photoshop (though I only have Elements and CS2 right now) and I use it with my photography and to make digital art.


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10 deviants said I'm really good at several things, but average at the rest.
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5 deviants said Jack of all trades, master of none.
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Daily Deviation?!

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 29, 2014, 9:43 AM
So I got a second Daily Deviation! :shuffelin: Yeah, I know right? I was shocked too! XD Shock Emote It was actually a few days ago but I forgot to journal about it.
This is what I got the DD on:  Naming Your Novel
*This is also helpful for other types of fiction and possibly even non-fiction.*
Note: How careful you have to be naming your novel depends heavily on if you are planning to sell it, and how you are planning to sell it. If you are an unknown who is self-publishing and you want a lot of people to read and buy your novel, you need to do extensive research on the market. This article only covers a few tips, and I am in no way a publishing expert. But, even if you don't plan on going mass-commercial, that doesn't mean you shouldn't spend some time deciding on a name for your labor of love and I hope this article provides some useful ideas.
Organized Brainstorming
Consider important items--does your story revolve around a magical staff, sword or pendant? For example: "The Staff of Alema," "The Sapphire Sword," or "The Destiny Pendant." (I know these are cheesy but you get the idea).
Consider who your protagonist IS--is it an assassin, a magician, an apprentice
 Big thanks to SingingFlames!
By the way, here is my first DD in case you were wondering:  How to Hook a Reader
I should note that this article will be primarily concerning YA fiction, as that is what I know most about. You may notice that some of these openings use elements that I cautioned against in an earlier article. Told ‘ya there were bountiful exceptions to writing “rules.”

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

This one is just awesome. I adore some subtle humor in a book, and it’s a great way to start out if you’re witty enough. This short and amusing opening line tells us a lot about the character in a very short time. His name also gives an indication that he is not from the land of Narnia, but is probably from England, if this book is to be similar to the ones prior to it in the series. We know something about his age in t

Thanks for all the coments and such, still working on responding to everything!
I do not deserve. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! :love:
And to non-USA people..I hope you just had a nice week in general, haha.
-Laura Mizvaria

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Forgot to mention this but....I just moved to Orlando Florida! Like, a few weeks ago.
Most of you don't care where I live but now you know, haha.
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Chinesegal Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
I have a question, what if someone wants to write a novel, short story or book series about, for example, a group of paranormal investigators who are monsters themselves, but are afraid they are ripping off Hellboy? Or a child who discovers that he or she has magical powers and has to learn how to control them at a special school, but are afraid they are committing plagiarism on Harry Potter? Is it possible to use your own idea for your book even if there is a famous movie or book that already has it?
Scintede Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Well, I know this is for Laura but I am just going to intrude here.
I think it's the details that make a story(not really a revelation.) So if it is about paranormal investigators who are monsters themselves, you get to manipulate and create your own interpretation of the words 'paranormal', 'investigators' and 'monsters' (within artistic reason, of course). But if your story is about a red giant with a rock arm who has to saw off his horns, that's just pure plagiarism because, as I said, you mustn't copy details.
I mean, if your story about the investigators revolves around a brilliant, hilarious and introverted 'paranormal investigator' whose main conflict is that his team mates have cool powers but his is something useless, why would anyone think of Hellboy?
And about the child with magical powers, its much easier because the part that is similar to HP is extremely vague and basic, so all you need to do is NOT have weird spells,a wise bearded headmaster who is a world renowned wizard and of course a villain who was actually subdued by the protagonist's parents themselves. (Obviously you can't put a Z shaped scar on his forehead.)

I hope this helped.

Also, details are more important than the broad story itself sometimes, after all, if you copy the details but make your own plot, its called fanfiction.
Chinesegal Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Thanks so much for providing this valuable information! I was asking because I was writing a science fiction novel, and a lot of them are very similar. One of the protagonists is a feline-like alien, and tons of sci fi and even fantasy has them.
And most of the events of the first book (I'm planning to write at least 5 books) takes place in a djungle on a planet named Calor.
Scintede Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member Student General Artist
There is no way you would get into trouble for having a feline-like alien in your books, doesn't matter how many books have them.
But focus more on the character's character. In the end, we are all processing units. Mathematically speaking, every character can be defined as a function, and the things that happen to them is 'x' while the way they react to it is 'y'. And what makes them react the way they do is the function.
f(x)=y (If you don't give interesting x's to your characters, they have no interesting conflict. If you don't have them produce interesting y's they won't be intriguing enough for readers to care about. And if you are not clear about the f, then things that your characters do would seem 'out of character'.)
Keep these things in mind and don't get too hung up on species or names.
(There are two kinds of details. Names, places and biological difference are the type you shouldn't obsess too much about. The other kind is the characters, relationships, magic systems and history of the world. The second is what helps us truly invest in any series.)
Alright, I am going to stop now.
All the best!:goodjob: revamp 

*If Laura does comment on this and if something she says is different from what I have told. Lister to her. Not me.:) (Smile) *
Slither234 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm going to advertise a link to your page in our forums if you don't mind! It is a thread about writing. You seem to have really helpful stuff and I appreciate you taking the time to make it!
LauraMizvaria Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
That woulld  be great! :D

I also have a writing blog:, in case you're interested ^_^

Could I maybe see the thread when you are done? Thanks ^_^
Slither234 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Definitely interested in your Blog! The forum isn't focused on writing, but there are people there who are interested in writing stories and such. I will be sure to link some more of your stuff there in the future!…
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