About Words on Key
Words on Key is a blog about words in general, created by ikwords.
Words on Key is for all the word nerds like me out there who will always love a new book to read, a cool word fun fact, a good writing challenge, and anything else word-related.
I love writing (as you know if you know my blog), and what you will see here is mostly fantasy, sometimes a little dark.
I think short stories and flash fiction are my favorite. I’ve tried multiple times in my life to start a longer book, and a couple times I got to over a hundred pages, but I never have enough willpower to finish a long project. Short stories to me are perfect because if I write one that I’m just ready to be done with and I stuff the paper in my desk or bury it in my Google Docs to be found in five years, that’s the end of that. But if I write one that I realize, this is actually a pretty interesting plot, I spend some time making it better, and depending on the story, I shift the ending to make it continuable, not into a novel, but a long-short story.
Complete the Story
Around the same time I started Words on Key, I was gifted a notebook of interesting writing prompts called Complete the Story. I started writing one piece of flash fiction from a prompt every day, then twice a week, then only occasionally. Often writing prompts aren’t ones that I feel like doing at the moment, or that might be more interesting to someone else, but I found these prompts very interesting.
Tiny Tales is a challenge I created where every Thursday (though I took a really big break, too busy with virtual school) I post a prompt with three “Tiny Tales” of my own. Here are the rules:
- There will be a prompt. This prompt might be a single word, a picture, a character, or something else.
- Write a ‘bundle’ of three different Tiny Tales inspired by the prompt.
- The word limit is one hundred words.
- If the prompt is a word, then using variations of the word (for example for the word “scratch,” the word “scratched”) is okay too.
- If you want to do this challenge, please properly credit by including a link to this blog post (if you are doing this challenge in blog post form).
- Optional: tag it with #tinytalebundles
- Optional: display the word count.
Three Line Tales
Three Line Tales is a challenge from the blog Only 100 Words that I sometimes participate in. The title pretty much explains it — three-line stories based on a photo prompt. Click on either of those links to learn more.
Life’s Thoughts and Reflections
This writing category is where my thoughts go, sort of like my journal.
Coming in second in my love for words is reading. In this category, I talk about books, celebrate book-related holidays, and write book reviews.
A main part of the Reading category is book reviews. Most of my reviews are of YA novels, because it’s what I read. For the first few book reviews, I didn’t follow this, but I have made a 10-step system for my review-writing.
1- Title. “Book Review: [Book Title] by [Author]“
2- Intro. Usually something along the lines of “Here are my thoughts on [Book Title] by [Author].”
3- Picture of cover.
4- Age level. Sometimes I base it on official websites’ recommendations, and other times I estimate myself. Also, the age rating might have an explanation, which sometimes is in parentheses after it, or it might be in a separate paragraph later.
5- Number of pages. Self-explanatory.
6- Star rating. (Annoyingly, the “Star Rating” block doesn’t show up right in the WordPress Reader.) Here is my system for stars (half-stars are left out because they’re pretty self-explanatory — in between the two stars):
1 star- I highly doubt I will ever give a book 1 star. It was horrible, the worst book I’ve ever read, and I could barely get through it to write a review — or maybe I couldn’t even. I have one, if any, good things to say about it and a wide variety of prominent things I strongly disliked.
2 stars- It was boring and below average. I didn’t really like it and wouldn’t recommend it. It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t enjoy it. I’ll be uncertain about reading other books by the same author in the future.
3 stars- It was an average book. I willingly finished it but wouldn’t reread it, especially not anytime soon. I’ve got a few likes and a few complaints, maybe a favorite part, but it didn’t stick out as anything special. I… wouldn’t not recommend it?
4 stars- I liked it! It was a good book. I don’t have many complaints, and I enjoyed reading it. It made me feel something (I guess this depends on the genre though) and I would recommend it and possibly reread it at some point.
5 stars- This book was amazing! It sticks out as one of my favorites. I have none or one small complaint and plenty of things I like. It really made me feel something (again, doesn’t really apply for nonfiction). I would definitely recommend it.
7- Introduction paragraph (sometimes)
9- Likes & Dislikes
10- Conclusion/summing up why I rated it that many stars
Other — everything else. Language, grammer, etc.
I don’t post in the tips category very often, but it includes grammar, spelling, language, and maybe even writing and reading tips and tricks for remembering them.
Like many other categories in “Other,” Language/Linguistics is exactly what it sounds like, and I don’t really feel the need to explain further.
Also self-explanatory. Like the other categories here, Weekly Word Nerd Challenges may appear in this category if they are related.
Weekly Word Nerd Challenge
The Weekly Word Nerd Challenge (though I’ve skipped some weeks), or WWNC, is a challenge for people who love words, ranging from creative writing to studying spelling words to learning a few words of a foreign language.
If you complete a challenge and you’d like to post something related to it on your blog, for example your results if it’s that kind of challenge, then please do 2 things.
- Tag it with #wwnc.
- Link back.
By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.Jean Baptiste Girard
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.Edward Thorndike
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