How to Write About the Society Finch

Great additions to your pet family

Learning about the difference in each of these Finches, the Gouldian, the Zebra, and now the Society Finch, will help you zero in on details you could use for the characters for your books. Learn about their personalities and actions to see if you could add extra layers to your book characters. It is a simple way to enhance your stories and make writing more fun.

The Social Nature Of The Society Finch

One type of finch in the finch world is so friendly that they are called Society Finches. Because of their nature, they need to be kept in a group to interact with the other finches.

Often Society Finches are busy-bodies and want to interrupt those in the community that appears to enjoy more privacy, mainly when they are breeding. Not considered aggressive behavior on their part, just their nature.

They make great additions to your pet family because of their social activity and behavior and are fun to watch. They are friendly, have an excellent easy-going temperament, are easy to take care of, and usually not very expensive to buy.

While people are not sure of this finch’s origin, it is usually thought to be about 300 years ago and often documented that breeders from China and Japan started this finches line.

They are usually pure white, fawn, white, or chocolate and white, and when full-grown, they range from four and 1/4 to four and 3/4 inches long. Each one of this finch family is unique in their appearance. Occasionally you will find tri-colored finches, crested finches, and solid-colored finches all within the Society Finch family. Lots of variety to select from, which makes it more fun.

You will need to give them fresh food and change their water every day. They particularly like the finch seed mix, which is readily available. In a different cup, they also like chickweed and spinach. For the trace minerals they need, you can scatter grit on the cage’s bottom or put it in another container inside the birdcage. Occasional special treats are foods like egg foods, apples, pears, unusual mixes of seeds, honey fruits, and some vegetables.

An additional thing they need in their diet is calcium. Provide this in items called a cuttlebone, which also gives them lime for their digestion. The benefits of this dietary addition are your finch will have a strong beak, strong eggshells if you choose to breed them, and prevents egg binding in the female finch.

The most frequent reason a Society Finch gets sick is

· a poor diet

· if their cage is not kept clean

· or they may have been somewhere that was drafty and got chilled.

Prevent these things by

· a well-balanced diet

· a warm and clean environment

· the size cage that allows them to get exercise

· room for them to fly about their birdcage

They love to have baths, so provide them with a shallow bowl of water or a bathhouse inside their cage.

These things contribute to a happy, healthy Society Finch and many hours of enjoyment for you as their finch parent.

Having a happy and healthy finch is essential to your enjoyment of this very social and active type of finch.

Finches Are Friendly, Active, Happy Birds

Extra tips for writing about your pet finch

Consider Finches As Pets

The Gouldian Finch. One of the most colorful of this type of bird. Writing about this finch will allow you to share why a person might want to be an owner.

The finch is a beautiful pet and very popular with people who live in apartments, have homes, have other pets, or have children or a combination of all of these.

The more common varieties include the Society Finch, the Zebra Finch, and the Gouldian Finch. These finches come in a variety of colors, and they have unique personalities.

Very social, and they do not mind sharing their cages with other finches as long as the birdcage is large enough for them to fly and roam around in the birdcage. They must have the room to pass from one perch to another. Arrange the birdcage so no accessories are in their way. Do not overcrowd your birdcages with perches, toys, or containers.

They need maybe one toy, a portable branch to perch on because they love the variety, and a mirror because they love looking at themselves. Finches like having baths. Pampering them once a week is ideal. They love to roll in moist grasses.  Damp dandelion leaves and grasses are a treat when you sprinkle them around the bottom of their cages.

They do best in a group that is approximately the same size bird as they are. Avoid larger birds like parakeets or other hard-billed birds that might become aggressive toward the finch because it is smaller in size.

Also, if there is overcrowding, the birds can pick at the birds’ feathers around them. If you notice fighting or bullying, the birds need to be separated. Move the bird from the others that are behaving like that in the cage.

Finches are known to be friendly, active, and happy birds so that any other behavior might indicate a problem with your feathered friend. Finches prefer to play with other finches, so do not require a great deal of attention from their human owner. They can be finger tamed with patience.

For grooming, they will let you place them in your palm on their back. Be sure you wrap your fingers around them gently with the forefinger and thumb on either side of the head to support them. In this position, you can trim their nails.

You will be entertained for hours by these birds because they tend to be quieter yet engaging. They don’t cost a lot and will undoubtedly provide hours of entertainment with their quirky little personalities. They can be busy and enjoyable to watch with their singing and happy little voices. They are such unique little creatures and fun to own as pets. Watch the video of the Gouldian Finch dancing. So adorable.

For the Love Of The Zebra Finch

How to write about your pet finch

The Zebra finch is a popular pet with very entertaining habits. Writing about this finch will allow you to share why a person might want to be an owner.

The Zebra finch is a bird that originated in Australia. Popular in other parts of the world because of their cheerful nature and their busy lifestyle. The finch is full of activity. Being one of the easiest of the finch family to own as a pet, they are hardy, often living seven to ten years.

They are beautiful, usually low in cost, very active with their movement and singing. Finches are easy to raise and breed if you choose to go into that area in your finch adventure.

They enjoy other birds’ company, so it is essential to buy several simultaneously and provide them with a larger size cage to fly around and have the room to do that.

The variety of patterns you can find with the Zebra Finch allows you to choose which type you prefer. The Finch varieties include the Fawn, Chestnut Flanked White, Lightback, Black or Orange Breasted, and the Black Creek.

The male is usually gray on the upper body and wings and has a white belly. You will commonly see a red and orange beak and an orange patch on their cheeks. They have a teardrop shape under the eye that ranges in color from orange, brown, tan, or fawn, depending on the finch.

The flanks, just below the wings, are a chestnut or orange color with white dots. The chest is a black and white stripe resembling a zebra, and that is where they get their name.

The female finch is gray on the upper body with white on their bellies too. Their beaks and legs are typically a lighter color, and the teardrop shape under their eyes is black.

In the wild, they live in dry areas and eat grass seeds as their main diet. Grass seeds are still the preferred diet for them if you decide to become a finch owner, and you can occasionally offer them fresh foods. You can offer them various choices of natural foods to see which ones they seem to like.

Being very individualistic, they have different likes and dislikes, so try out some other things and make notes of the foods they seem to enjoy the most. Give them only the amount of fresh food they can eat in one day and remove any leftovers so the food does not spoil. Avoid foods like peppers, cabbage, and broccoli. That type of vegetable does not seem to agree well with their digestive systems.

Keep their seed bowl filled, give them fresh water daily, and enjoy their cheerful, busy, active lifestyles.

They are beautiful, fun to watch, and make great pets.

As a finch owner, it has been fun to explore the different types and varieties of this bird family. They are active, cheerful birds that require attention to their care to give them the long life they can have. Zebra Finches are the most fun and the easiest to care for, so enjoy learning more about your Finches.

Turn Simple Stories Into Comedy, Drama, or Documentaries

Add to the fun of writing and inspire

Writing Can Be About Anything

An excellent example demonstrating this is someone who ran into my car recently. When I went to get the estimate for repairs, I asked the receptionist what some of the memorable stories that stood out in her mind were. She said that occasionally when people came to pick up their cars, they were involved in accidents when leaving the repair lot. Ouch. That would not be good.

This topic seems so ordinary and one that you could overlook the event as a story idea. However, suppose you look closely at it. In that case, it could be a way to begin to tell a story about something that might be about to happen. It might be during or right after having, in this example, your car repaired. Each one of these topics can develop into an exciting story. With additional information, it could become a series of writing detailing each area of this topic.

That is how easy it is to write. There are subjects all around and in every part of life. If the topic seems too bland, it is your job to enhance the story to make it exciting and give the information a new twist.

Life has various events that seem every day. Still, you have a unique perspective that can help someone else handle that challenge in a much easier way. Your ideas and approach are unique to you and can provide new insight into someone who may need your exact process to help them.

Turn these simple stories into comedy, drama, or documentary. Choose which way you want to enhance the information. You can even approach the topic in every way and see how each story unfolds for you. That adds to the fun of writing and can inspire you and others.

Abandon Writing Roadblocks, Enjoy Celebrating Your Increased Ability to Write

Are your words coming quickly, or do you struggle?

When you sit down to write, what comes up for you?

Writers often have a problem. It is widespread—the dreaded stuck state.

Some refer to this as the blinking cursor on your blank page. It cannot be enjoyable when you would rather have words on the page, and the page remains blank.

Brainstorming helps the words flow to start. Please make this a fun project, not I have to have this book finished by ____.

You appreciate the “book completion.” Don’t let anything get between you and a finished book. Being successful means you know that your book doesn’t get published every day that writing isn’t making your readers happy and making you money.

Want to write the “right” book, the miracle book that sells itself with no effort. Goals are good, but you might find you are judgy about what you are writing and not very motivated to write.

Revisit why you want to write a book and think about your readers. Look at your methods for writing. Will those methods get you a finished book for your readers? If not, why not?

Possibility vs. probability.

Is there a possibility that even if you finish writing, some readers might not like your book?

What would happen if you approached writing with anticipation, shaping your story into the book of your dreams, getting help as needed to finish?

Is there a probability if you put out fewer books, enjoy writing less, or worry about results more, and feel like you were in a state of self-fulfilling failure? Probability is determined to hold you back.
You’ve probably tried looking for articles, coaches, mentors, courses, and books to help you write better and write faster. Information that you hope will inch you up the probability ladder until you can transform from the caterpillar of a struggling writer to the butterfly of a successful book author.

Have you ever checked what it feels like to write while focusing on the probability that you will fail? You’re right. It feels like pushing a giant rock up an endless mountain. If you are writing information but not experience, you will continue to struggle. Knowledge with experience is the only thing that transforms.

You’ve experienced the Possibility Path when your muse is happy when inspiration strikes when you’re in a state of flow.

It takes discipline and experience to keep yourself on the possibility path. Still, you do not have to do it alone.

Learning to write is a transformation process.

Build experience.
Practice.
Try and keep trying.

Like learning anything new, you start small.

Give yourself these gifts:
The possibility you will write a book your readers will love
The possibility you have everything you need to write right now
The possibility that you can transform the raw clay of your idea, your scene, and make it amazing in one hour
The possibility that you can write your book the way you want to write it.
During this hour, guide yourself as you make real, measurable progress on your current writing project. While you are writing, you are enjoying and using your developing writing skill.

Pick a writing technique you would like to practice.

Be open to let your writing flow during your one hour while you write the next scene in your book. It will give you practice.

Take the first step. You can write-go for it!

How To Stop Wearing the Writing Mask of Fear

Learn from your mistakes and keep writing anyway

The desire to expand your writing horizons is there, but you’re afraid like others who want to write but have either started or stopped or not tried at all.

Fear appears in many guises. I’m better about not letting this stop me than I used to be. Everyone needs to let it be OK to have a weak first draft. That will help you spot places in your story where you could add improvements.

Learning the various aspects of writing can take time. Relax and give yourself permission to learn and make mistakes. Just learn from your mistakes and keep writing.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” F Scott Fitzgerald

If you send in a query letter to a publisher and get back a rejection slip, it isn’t a personal rejection.

A common reason for rejection is a story similar to yours, and they don’t need another one. Another instance is that some beginning writers want to submit their work before they’ve learned the basics of writing. No one comes to scold you because of your short story/article/novel rejection.

If fear is stopping you from writing, get out a pair of imaginary hiking boots with thick soles and stomp that fear into submission. You have the power. If you have said you always wanted to write novels, children’s books, whatever it is you want to write you fill in the blank______ then it is time to start.

Time is precious. Write, illustrate, do both. Write for the joy of putting your words and point of view onto paper (or the computer screen.) Let nothing hold you back. I’ve been writing for many years, without a support system in place. Not one person was in my cheering section. I found that lack of support was another excuse to avoid writing and another disguise of fear.

Want to write? It is time to start. If you’re going to improve, then study and keep putting your fanny in the chair and your hands on the keyboard and continue. Some of it will be a stinkin’ pile of poo. Find the jewels, wash them off, and get back to writing.

The desire to expand your writing horizons is there, but you’re still afraid. The same goes for someone who wants to write but hasn’t started. Or have you started and stopped?

Somehow I’ve managed to learn how to write stories that have touched readers and made them happy. I continue to study and learn and probably always will.

Fear ruled me for so many years I refuse to give in and give it any more of my time. IF YOU WANT TO WRITE, DO IT. If you submit and get rejected, either submit your work someplace else or find what is wrong and fix it. Or self-publish.

Don’t let the fear of rejection, the fear that someone in your family won’t like what you write, or any of the million and one excuses wearing the mask of fear stop you from the joy of writing.

Write About Your Pets

It is easy to write stories about your pets. They are fun, funny and you have lots of adventures with them.

Here is a sample of what a story might look like so you have more of an idea of what you might be able to do.

This is a book about one of my Pomeranians that was just so much fun to be around. She was just a bundle of energy and the story is about what my family needed to do for her to travel with us.

Here is Midget’s famous book about the  adventure she went on to go see one of her favorite people-she loved to go to grandmas. She adored grandma and grandma adored her.

Fun traveling with my dog

 

How to Write Fiction Stories: Creative Writing Lesson Tips

Writing has been handed down from father to son, mother to daughter or the village elder to the junior by word of mouth long before there was ever any writing of any kind, so that essential element in writing has never gone away. In fact, I would say that the prime prerequisite is: can you tell a good story?

The first thing you have to have to be a writer is to have a story or an idea or something that you want to communicate. Ask the question would someone be interested in this or would someone want to read about this? Writing is just a form of communication.
Are you a storyteller or do you have something to write about?

Here are some little tests to find out whether or not you are.

Are you the kind of person that when you go to the camp out you can tell the story by the fire and have everyone’s attention, have them hanging on your every word?

How’s your timing?

What do people say to you after you finish telling a story?

Do people laugh at your jokes?

Your listeners and then readers will tell you whether or not you can tell a good story.

Now we all want to take a look at ourselves and not be too critical and not be too harsh at the same time, be open and honest with ourselves. Share your story with a friend who will be honest with you.

Sit down and write. Then, read what you wrote so you can get your flow with words. Be interested in everything around you, be interested in what other people have to say. Take what they say and learn what they got from your writing. Did your story idea interest them, did they have any aha moments from what you wrote? Use that information to fine tune what you are writing. Begin to develop your voice and your style as a writer.

How to Write a Book (For Beginners)

Back to basics. I recently had a request for posts specifically geared towards beginners. For those aspiring writers you have an idea and a dream but aren’t really sure how to take that next step. I’m going be breaking down the writing process step by step. It’s important to understand that everything in this post is a general overview of the process. I don’t want you to get the impression that this is something that can be done overnight or in a hurry because you couldn’t do this overnight.

Each individual step is a process in and of itself. Depending on what type of book you want to write it can be easy or hard. It can take a lot of time and a lot of dedication. These steps will at least give you the general idea of what direction to move in and will hopefully give you the basics that you need to get you started.

Here are the five steps for how to write a novel.
Step number one: come up with an idea. This may seem like the easy part, but in my opinion this is one of the more difficult steps of the process. You have to come up with an idea that has substance. It needs to be something that you could write an entire novel about. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come up with an idea and thought it was brilliant only to discover later that it was problematic that there wasn’t any conflict at the heart of the story or there was no true antagonist or it simply wasn’t compelling enough to write enough words on it.

So how exactly do you come up with these ideas. Well, it’s kind of up to you. Every writer has their own process for coming up with ideas, for some it’s very organic. They just get an idea and it works and they run with it, or others it’s a little bit of inspiration/manipulation. I’m typically inspired by something around me, whether it’s something I see in the world or a feeling that I have and want to explore. Perhaps a song lyric or a painting that really speaks to me. I usually get some sort of basic idea from that and then I think about okay what could be the story here.

If you think about all of the elements that make up a good story, it’s really easy to take your idea and manipulate it into an idea that’s worth writing a novel about. Decide who is your protagonist, who is the antagonist, what’s the conflict of the story, what journey is the character going to go on what are their goals and motivations once you start thinking about all of these and sort of filling in all of the blanks. You should be able to tell if you have a novel worthy story on your hands. If you are finding that you’re struggling to make the pieces fit then, that may not be an idea that you want to continue developing. You just keep being creative and keep thinking what if, what is and then eventually you come up with an idea that you know is what you want to write your story on.

Step number two: planning. Some people consider themselves to be planners when it comes to writing. That basically means that they take their idea and sit down and just write completely by the seat of their pants and that really works for them. That is awesome.
some people are plotters. If you’re just starting out with a writing journey, I really encourage you to consider doing some planning before you start writing. You need to know who your characters are and where your story is going before the first word is even written. Think about it like this, it would be like going to a brand new place that you’ve never been before and trying to navigate that place without the help of a map or a GPS or directions from a local. It could be done, but it would be rather difficult.

When you’re first starting out, you want to make it as easy as you can for yourself. That’s why planning is really important and highly encouraged. I recommend that you do character charts or profiles for each of your main characters and an outline. Your character turns don’t have to be anything fancy, they just have to serve the purpose of allowing you to get to know those characters as if they were real people. You have to get inside their heads, after all and in order to write truly convincing characters you have to know and understand exactly who that character is and what makes them tick. Their fears, their motivations, their goals, their aspirations, their dreams, their likes, their dislikes, etc. This is a step that you do not want to skip. Once you’ve got your characters down, then it’s time to move on to your outline. You have to know exactly where your story is going so it’s a really important step. Stop, sit down, and figure it all out before you just dive right into the writing.

I can recommend Freytag’s pyramid to outline. It is by far one of the most helpful methods that I have found. By using that method the stories feel much more developed and fleshed out and the actual writing of those stories feels a million times easier than when I used to write without it. You need an outline, you’re the writer, it’s your story, and you have to know all of the inner and outer workings of that story before the first word is ever written. Take some time flesh out your characters and your plot and once you’ve done it’s time to start writing.

Step number three: write the first draft. Here’s what you do you put yourself in a chair, put your fingers on that keyboard and you write that story no matter what. Stop letting self-doubt be a distraction or an excuse. Stop trying to make things perfect. Just write your story. First drafts are usually crappy. It doesn’t matter who you are or how good of a writer you are. This is your first draft. You have a place to start editing. Get the bare bones of your story down on paper.

Step number four: celebrate. You just wrote a novel and that is amazing. So many people say they’re going to write a book and never actually accomplished it, but you did. It’s a good idea to take a little time away from the manuscript, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you so while you’re celebrating and recharging your batteries put the manuscript away. When you are ready dive back in with fresh eyes. Once the rest period is over, it’s time to pick up that manuscript and start revising. At this point, you’re not worried about all the little stuff like grammar and mechanics, you’re focused more on the structure of your story, the development of your characters, the advancement of your plot, and so on.

You may find yourself deleting entire sections and chapters. You may find that you need to rewrite a lot of things, you’ll move stuff around and rename things and do a whole lot of changing,. This can be a good thing and is actually part of the process.You get to take your idea and really start chipping away at it until it becomes something that you’re really proud of. This may also a really great time to enlist the help of beta readers and critique partners. Beta readers and critique partners are invaluable when it comes to feedback.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to take that draft you’re revising and really making the story shine. Send it out to people and get the feedback you need to make that story ten times better than it is. A lot of writers consider this step optional.

Step number five: polishing. Once you’re sure the content of your story is a solid as you can make it, then the next step is to go through and make edits. This is where you’re focusing on those little things where you’re looking for grammatical errors and sentence structure issues, you’re removing filter words and changing up dialogue tags, etc.

At this point, you really should not be making any significant content changes, just fixing those tiny little errors and tightening things up. Once you’ve done that, you have a finished and polished novel. Remember no matter how tough things get just keep writing. Don’t give up, you can do it!