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Media Inspiration

There’s nothing like having a writing drought and then pounding out  2,500 words in one night! Of course, it helps when the scene is being perpetuated by it’s own soundtrack. And by soundtrack, I mean the same song being replayed about 23 times 🙂

It might also help that I’ve been on a Writing Movie kick. I don’t mean books turned into movies, more like movies about writing. I’m telling you, you watch Finding Forester and you’re gonna get the kick you need to sit down and start typing. Warning! You might also have the urge to go out and buy a typewriter (stay off Pininterest!).

Some authors, like Stephenie Meyer, actually post their playlists that run through their heads while writing. I think this is a cool idea and very helpful in the motivational/inspirational dept.

My song list right now consists of 3 Doors Down – Let Me Go, Let Love Begin by Flashdrive, and Florence + The Machine- Breath of Life. If I tried naming all the songs I’m running through while writing my new novel it would make this a very looooooong post.

Yes I’m writing a new novel! Still YA but not fantasy so much as just regular fiction. More on that later, when I have a few solid chapters under my belt.

Movies that have me punching my computer key (I wish they were typewriter keys!):

Finding Forester-“You write your first draft with your heart. Then you write your second draft with your head.”

Finding Neverland – “All the great writers start with two things: A good, solid journal and a title”

Midnight in Paris- “No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure. ”

Okay, so I might have paraphrased some of that, but still, you get the idea! What movies/ songs are inspiring you?


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A Cautionary Word

“A word of caution to this tale” (points if you can name the reference)

We all love great writers and their wonderful works. 9 times out of 10, those are the reasons we aspire to become writers. But for all those future writers out there: when you read, read while sucking on a grain of salt.

When we read a magnificent story, where not only the plot but the words, the construction of sentences becomes a a piece of art, a thought can pass through our entertained minds. “It’s so simple, these great sentences, these plot twists, so simple that I should be able to do the same thing!”

The next thought is what separates the writers who are serious about becoming authors, and those who wish to dabble. “So amazing, he/she must have taken forever to get that one sentence/ scene just right.” While reading, it is easy to become consumed by the beauty and intricacy of a novel, but I believe that if you want some kind of confirmation that who you are is a writer then you should be able to take a step back, look behind the curtain, and realize that it is not easy.

Great writers are great because they take simple ideas, build them up, dress and present them to the world in a cohesive fashion, all while doing it so everyone can grasp their meaning. To admire them because of their simplicity is folly. No matter how easy it is to grasp the meaning, be surprised, or marvel at the wordsmith skills, there is nothing ‘easy’ about making the book.

I’m not saying get discouraged, give up now because you’ll never write like that. Not at all! I’m saying getting fired up about it, don’t just emulate what you read, but make it anew and show the world that you belong up there.

Don’t get discouraged when you find creating a beautiful cohesive sentence, let alone a book, isn’t as simple as you original thought.

Some of the authors who have made great works appear simple and elegant for me are:

Tamora Pierce, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, D.J. Machale, John Flanaghan.

What about you?

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The Trials and Waiting

So I realize the time gap in my blog posts, but when I focus on one thing, I get so caught up, that others will slip away.

When I made my New Year’s Resolution to write something everyday, I knew I would end up breaking it, but this was one that I was going to keep even after I broke it. Two weeks after the 1st I skipped a day. Fine, I wrote the day after that. Missed a day here and there. February has a giant 2 week chunk missing…I was busy! But I find this exercise more than anything has helped me start my new book.

I hope one day, when I get an Agent, and we have a good relationship and many books between the two of us, I can show him/her Dawn of the Phoenix and finally see it in bookstores. For now, it has been shelved.

There is something liberating and terrifying in starting over. It’s a clean slate, but one that you have to scratch somewhere and then allow the chaos to follow. The first time I wrote a novel I wrote it straight through, half making it up as I went, half planned in my head. It was hard, and I’m sure the many writers reading this are cringing.

This new novel has already benefited from my new year’s resolution. I have an overview and running chapter outline. I think I’ll try it this way, see if it makes a difference. My goal here is to have this novel finished and critiqued by May which is when the next Backspace Conference is. I know, I know, why am I wasting time writing on a blog when I clearly have a lot of work to do. Well, I think it’s important that other new writers find this post. You need to know that even if you put your heart and soul into a book, and it goes nowhere, you can still start over. Fight that fear and the “what’s the point” attitude. Remember the reasons you write, what you wanted to make a novel, and just keep repeating them to yourself. Rock back and forth in padded room with a comfortable jacket on if it helps.

Hobey- ho, Geronimo, Onwards and upwards, and all that! What’s your new book about?

Oh also, you should go to the link below. The tips and advice will sound familiar but really reassuring!

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