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Joseph Blake Parker
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I'm a writer interested in writing on the topics of YA Horror, Fantasy, Suspense, and Science Fiction. I also dabble in cooking, poetry, and reviews. At the moment, I am working on four Young Adult novels, and a step-by-step instructional guide so that ANYBODY can write a novel. I hope to publish my first novel in the coming year.

I grew up between Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and Alabama, USA. Went to school in Tulsa OK, and got my Double Bachelor Degree in Writing (with a concentration in Literature) and Spanish.

Almost everything I post here will have to do with teaching what I've learned over the years about writing and editing. I hope you all enjoy.


Happy Thanksgiving my Writing Peeps!

I've been continuing my travels. I've made my way down from Kentucky and into Mississipi. Tomorrow I will be headed toward New Mexico. Hopefully, I can get another few tutorials out once I get there. But I wanted to send my greetings, and to say that I am tremendously grateful for all the support you show me by reading my articles. Having you peeps around makes the process of learning so much more fulfilling. 

A child from the Philipines just sent me an email asking if I am a clown. A fair question. I replied to tell him that I prefer to think of myself as a puckish rogue. 
Hey, Writing Peeps! I just wanted to share a video by JP Sears on the topic of mastery. This video is not directly about writing but about becoming a master of your craft. So check it out if you are interested. 

Was singing along to Ceschi's "Galapagos" and made a discovery. I realized that, almost without fail, Ivysaur comes to sit in my lap when I sing. She either thinks that I have an angelic voice, or else is trying to distract me from my caterwauling. I'm going to pretend like it's the first one, though. Ivysaur Emerald sprite Cat nods 
Hello my Writing Peeps!

As you may have noticed, we're coming to a close on our tutorial segment on plot-points. After the next two tutorials, which will finish up this segment, we are going to be looking at some all-new material that I have been studying, working on, and thinking about. I think you will find it interesting, fun, and helpful to your writing. 

In the meantime, I am planning on republishing my list of Youtube Channels that can help writers with their craft. Of course, I want to make the explanations better and the tutorial more professional, but I would also like to include more recommended channels and perhaps even double or triple the length of the list! 

That is where you come in. If you know of any channels that help you with your writing, please suggest them in the comments or via a private note. I'll look at all videos recommended. Anyone whose video makes the list will receive a mention and a special thanks in the tutorial. 

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions,

  • Listening to: The Anorexic Olsen Twin
  • Reading: Stephen King's "It"
  • Watching: Assassination Classroom
  • Playing: Civilization V
  • Eating: Crackers
  • Drinking: Coffee ... this will never change.

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XxSkullcandy713xX Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Writer
Hey thanks so much for joining :iconxx-book-worms-xx: I hope you have a lot of fun!
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Writer
Glad to :)
ScarySugarbun Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Hey, I love your tutorials, thank you for publishing those like you have done. They have been rather helpful, at least to me they have been. :D

Although, I do have a question. Would you, perhaps, know of a group/site/etc. where I could get some constructive criticism on my work?
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Professional Writer
I'm glad :)

I know that they exist, but do not know of any that I would particularly recommend. There is a link in each of my newer tutorials for where writers can post exercises corresponding to the tutorials. If you get through all the exercises, you will have written an entire novel and be able to let others look at each chapter and aspect of your writing in a very structured way. 
ScarySugarbun Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
Those tutorial exercises sound both fun and helpful, so I will most definitely take a look at that and try to do them whenever I find the time and peace to do so.

Thank you for the reply and keep up the great work! :D
ReishaTerrin Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Blake, How are you? Good i hope. 

I was wondering, (since i can't find it) if you did a section on creating/coming up with Location names for fantasy? Because I thought I hade a good name, but turns out it's a name of a loacaton in a game I played a while back and didn't reliaze it till now. :(
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Professional Writer
Hey, doing alright, traveling a lot. 

I feel like that is very much a personal thing with no right answers. I could only recommend putting a lot of thought into your names, and to put yourself into the shoes of the people doing the naming. (For example, when naming a child, put yourself into the mind of the parents and what sort of name they would believably give. The same goes for city founders, space captains, etc...
ReishaTerrin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I find locations the hardest especially for fantasy. I was just wondering if you had like tips or methods that could help.
Mythrin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Sorry to bother you, but I was hoping you could help me with my own writing, since I'm having difficulty navigating your gallery and I'm on a short schedule. 

I'm trying to come up with a good plot point(s) and an appropriate antagonistic force, but I'm afraid the options that I have are cliché and/or I have no idea how to properly write them if I use a cliché or trope.

If you can help me, link me to the tutorial you think would help the most (if you have one), reply to this comment with your advice, or respond in a note to keep things private (in case you need more specific details about my story I don't want to be seen yet).

Thank you, and I hope you have safe travels.
JosephBlakeParker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Professional Writer
I'll post my complete list of categorized tutorials. Several of them apply to what you are asking about. Let me know if you have any specific questions not listed. josephblakeparker.deviantart.c…
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