What Inspires you?

We all have those moments, a certain clip in our favorite books or movies that move us in unspeakable ways. Ways in which, even as writers, we are breathtakin and without words. This is something that every fiction author and perhaps every writer at one time or the other strives to give to their readers. To have that one instant where their story comes together in an unforgettable moment for their readers to carry with them forever.

That’s what makes the diversity in books and movies so wonderful because you never know what part will speak to one person or another. The euphoria of being the hero in the battle, the heroin who is fought for, or the character who overcomes great odds to become what he or she was meant to be. It’s what I love most about books and movies. How they draw us in and gives us hope, allowing us, for even a short time to dream, to fall in love, to fight, and to live in a world that doesn’t exist outside the pages of a book or the movie screen.

As a writer, these times are key for me in my inspiration. They allow me to grow in my writing and to take chances when creating something. So my question is…what inspires you?

Watch those movie clips or read those pages that stir something within you. Write down the feelings you have for each. Do they make you feel desperate or that you can win at any cost? Maybe it’s that your love can carry you through anything? Keep that list nearby when you write. Look at it often and seek to bring that to your own pages that you write. Allow it to flow and be ongoing for your readers.

Here are just a few of mine:

Movie: Harry Potter/ The Deathly Hollows Part 2 – Professor McGonagall casts the spell to protect Hogwarts.

Movie: Lord of the Rings – Arwen gives Aragorn the Evenstar

Movie: Lord of the Rings/The Two Tower’s – Battle charge of Helms Deep

Movie: Notting Hill – When Julia Roberts asks Hugh Grant to come sit beside her.

Movie: The Notebook – When Noah asks Allie what she wants, and he knows it’s gonna be hard but he wants to do it with her.

Book: Divergent Trilogy/Allegience – won’t go into details in case you haven’t read the books. But the end was something I had to recover from for a couple of days. Veronica Roth definitely took her own advice in saying “Be brave”.

Book: Game of Thrones/A Storm of Swords – ah hem…the Red Wedding…need I say more. When I watched the scene from the tv show I literally got up from the couch and screamed as did most people who read the books or watch the show. My sister-in-law literally fell to her knees, screaming and crying.

There’s my list! Now it’s time to write yours!

HAPPY WRITING!!!

 

 

 

 

Should you keep going?

One of the things I have learned to do lately, is to check out other writer’s blogs, publishing blogs, editing blogs, etc. There is a world of knowledge out there for the writing industry and you must stay on top of it as best you can. The greatest ways I’ve found to do that is read, read, read, and ask as many questions as possible. Another helpful hint, is to try to meet individuals whenever you can whether it be authors, publishers, agents or editors. We NEED all of them along this adventure of ours!!

Soooo saying all that…I came across a blog entry from author, Jody Hedlund, that really inspired me and I hope that it will you too…

A special encouragement for those who’ve written a book, but don’t know if they should keep going . . .

1. Finishing a first book is a HUGE accomplishment. Anyone who does so should be proud of the feat. There are a lot of people who talk about writing a book, who have all kinds of great ideas, or who may even get a few chapters written . . . but for all the good intentions, they never complete the book.

I always applaud anyone who actually makes it to “the end” of the first book or two. It shows that we have the endurance and self-discipline to persevere.

My first books were my hardest to write. Half the time I didn’t know what I was doing or where the story was going. I was filled with all kinds of self-doubts and didn’t really know if I had what it took to be good.

But isn’t that true of anything we just begin? For example when I first started running a year ago, I wanted to puke and die every single step of the run . . . even though I only went around the block (which is barely a mile!). I can’t say that I run effortlessly now, but it sure is a LOT easier than when I started and I can go a lot further.

The same is true of writing. If we can write the first book or two (or three), our writing muscles and skills grow stronger. And while writing may never be totally effortless, it will get easier.

2. Don’t get overwhelmed with well-intentioned feedback. I have to be honest, I was never brave enough to get feedback on my first few novels. I never let any eyes but my own ever see them. So I admire those writers who can take critiques on early manuscripts.

I would just caution against getting overwhelmed by all of the advice. I’ve seen too many writers who spin their wheels editing the same chapters (or same book) over and over and trying to perfect it. While there’s nothing wrong with improving a manuscript, sometimes being in editing mode for too long can zap the joy out of writing.

It’s best for “younger” writers to keep the writing hand moving and the creative part of the brain unfettered. If we apply what we’re learning as we write the next book, we’re bound to take greater strides forward than if we simply keep nitpicking an old manuscript. After completing several manuscripts we’ll be able to look back on our first ones and see how far we’ve come.

3. Finally, keep the dream of publication alive. We can’t let it die because we think it’s too hard to get an agent or land a book deal, or because there are already too many books out there, or because of the uncertainty of the market.

The good news is that publishers and readers still love discovering new authors. There will always be a place for an author who has honed her writing craft and is able to tell a riveting story. But that means, however, that we can’t rush the process, that we have to make the effort to actually hone our skills and learn what comprises a good story. Taking the time to “do writing” right still works best in the long run.

My Summary: Should you keep going? Do you have what it takes? If you love writing and if you’re passionate about story-telling, then keep fanning the flame. Don’t let the dreams of publication die. Maybe you won’t find extreme riches and fame, but you’ll find extreme satisfaction in a story well-told.
– See more at: http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2014/10/encouragement-for-writers-who-dont-know.html#sthash.q07hQRgL.dpuf

NaNoWriMo Winner!!

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To all you ladies and gentlemen out there, I wanted to let you know that I not only won NaNoWriMo but finished early!! The writing gods were with me!!! LOL

I hope this can be encouragement to not only the participants of NaNoWriMo that are still plowing through to get 50,000 words by the end of this month. But to all writers out there who are just starting their manuscript or desperately trying to finish. You can do it! It’s totally possible with focus and determination! Good Luck! And Happy Writing!!!

Write Every Day

Just wanted to share a quote I found and the comment to it. It spoke volumes to me and every word of it is true…

Write Every Day

Write every day. Don’t ever stop. If you are unpublished, enjoy the act of writing—and if you are published, keep enjoying the act of writing. Don’t become self-satisfied, don’t stop moving ahead, growing, making it new. The stakes are high. Why else would we write?

RICK BASS

Comment:

Whenever I question whether or not to continue writing; I ask myself is it worth the time and effort put forth to complete a project? Then I come across a word of encouragement; your Blog reinforces why we choose to write. It is not for the years spent completing a project, nor is it the rejection letters that bring us to tears. By far it is the passion that drives us to write, in the worlds we create and the characters we bring to life. Writers simply do so because it is what drives us, and it is what we love to do. You understand what we as writers need to hear, especially when we question our craft.

February 9, 2013 | Michele Kunz

New Agent vs. Established Agent

I know this has been a big question on my mind since the start of my querying journey and even before I went to the Writer’s Digest Conference this year. I feel that every writer beginning the querying process NEEDS to not only consider but research different options when it comes to choosing an agent. Every agent like every author has their own way of doing things, their own quirks, and working habits. As writer’s we tend to feel like we’re in a fish bowl just waiting for the net to come down and pick us, that our work and ourselves in general are being chosen BY the agent.

In truth, it may feel that way because you’re chomping at the bit to get a book deal and having an agent will validate that your story doesn’t outright stink. Your mind can somehow rest because “You’ve been chosen above all the other hundreds that submitted finally!” BUT as writers we also hold our OWN choice in choosing the right fit for an agent. The agent you pick will hopefully become not only your business partner, but your friend, confidant, and truly a part of your family. THIS is an important decision from both sides!

Check out this link. It really helps you figure out one of the more important questions when choosing an agent…New vs. Established: http://kidlit.com/2010/06/02/newer-vs-established-agents/

Happy Writing!

Inspiration for Writing with a Full-time Job

If any of you are like me, trying to write while you work a full-time job seems almost excruciatingly impossible. Depending on when you sit down to finally write, it sometimes takes everything in you to actually start. Mostly because at some point in time that day or week you’ve already given 8hrs of your energy to your kids, spouse, or the current occupation that pays your bills. Never fear! You will somehow prevail!!!

Found this on twitter and thought it was pretty inspiring. 🙂

The Night Shift — How five famous authors found the time to write

Finding the time to write with a full-time job
Most writers have a full-time career, children, family and social commitments. Where do you find time to work on your own stories? Let’s face it, only those at the top of the pyramid have the luxury and security of writing all day. The rest of us have to carve out time to write after hours. Here are five ideas to help you find a workable solution.

  1. Become a night owl. When she was starting out, Danielle Steel would make herself a cup of herbal tea, pin her hair up, set herself down in front of her vintage typewriter and hammer away at her manuscript. She’d usually start at 11pm and write in to the early hours of the morning.
  2. The early bird. Novelist Beryl Bainbridge would get up at five before her children and write with her notebook balanced on the washing machine as she did a load of laundry.
  3. Mark the change. Crime writer Patricia Highsmith would come home, have a bath and change into different clothes before she settled down to write her own stories. This little ritual helped her separate her working life with her rich creative interior world.
  4. Set a timed challenge. Prolific writer Anthony Trollope was also and early riser. He’d write between 5:30 and 8:30 and with his watch in front of him. He’d require himself to write 250 words every quarter of an hour.
  5. Make the most of days off. Stephen King famously admitted that he writes on Christmas Day. If you’re a compulsive writer, any day off is a great time to catch up on writing. Your imagination doesn’t know it’s a public holiday.

The lesson here is that if you really want to finish a book or a screenplay, you will find a way to make it happen – even if it means you go with less sleep!

Whoop! Whoop! NaNoWriMo Update!!

Okay…whew…I was sweatin it after missing like 4 days in a row of writing. I had that inner voice screaming at me every time I did something else instead of sitting in front of the computer pecking at the keys of my novel. It said, “What are you doing!? You have a deadline! Well sort of one…what are you going to do when you have a REAL deadline with an agent and editors and a publisher!? This is your career for God’s sake! Or the one you wish you had so get with it! NOW!!!!”

Yep, that’s what it was saying all weekend when I cooked dinner, watched a movie with my husband, did laundry, etc.

So to all you NaNoWriMo beasts out there that’s been writing every day…ya’ll are freakin awesome…and to the others like myself…listen to that voice or it will kick your butt. LOL

Oh and to any who would like to know…I’m up to 25,235 words! Woo Hoo!! Got 14,397 words written today.