Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Writer's Thought #12

Okay...it's been awhile since I've written and I know I'm supposed to be writing in this blog A LOT, but I work full time now.  I have found it hard to do both, but in my mind I'm always writing.  I have an imaginary little desk, typewriter, and secretary plugging away in my little grey "cell" up there and they aren't allowed breaks for any reason...hahaha.  Anyway, I have at least two novels going at any one time in my brain.  Sometimes I wish I could shut them all up and take a break.  I wish the real world could come up with something I could plug into my brain that would do all my typing for me.  Seriously, though, enough of the excuses.  I need twenty minutes a day - NO MATTER WHAT!  Starting today! I already have the first line of my second young adult novel and I can't wait to write the next 50 lines.

Writer's Thought #12 - Figure out how to spend at least twenty minutes a day with your writing and get out of that grey "cell" once in awhile.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Writer's Thought #11

I will be going on an awesome vacation at the end of next week and have thought of doing some writing in the car on the way there.  I'm looking for ways to write this one scene that take me out of the box of my normal feelings, thoughts, fears, and anxieties for this scene.  It is a war scene and one that needs to be more detailed.  I feel I've given the scene the short end of the stick, so to speak.  Writer's thought #11...use inspirational places to write hard-to-work scenes!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Writer's Thought #10

Can you believe it?  I have had 10 writer's thoughts!  I can't believe I've actually had 10 thoughts.  haha.  Seriously, though.  My friend and I had breakfast yesterday and we accomplished a lot.  She and I use Writer's Magazine as one of our sources and find a lot of helpful hints.  I also shared an amazing article in there from my favorite book editor, Elizabeth Lyon.  She is an amazing writer and has written several "how-to" books on creating your novel and selling it.  She's very nice and has actually returned my emails.

Anyway, we're looking through the magazine and sharing thoughts and ideas...what a WONDERFUL breakfast, too.  Potato pancakes!  Writer's Thought #10 - ALWAYS take a break and have a wonderful meal with a friend while talking over your writing.  Don't stress over your writing but talk it through with someone you trust and share article ideas from reliable sources.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Writer's Thought #9

I am very excited because I am going to be meeting with my friend on Friday, who is also a writer, and we are going to eat breakfast while we talk about our writing!!  It's a working breakfast and we accomplish so much when we get together!  She helps me so much with my characterization.  Writer's thought #9...always meet with a good friend to talk about your writing...and it never hurts to talk about it over a good meal, right?  And don't forget the perfect cup of coffee!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Writer's Thought #8

Don't you ever just want to write a story about how wonderful your dog is?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Writer's Thought #7

Oh my goodness...maybe middle school won't be so bad after all.  I met some of the administration and staff today.  It went pretty well.  All of the sudden I feel like I should be writing an article for a local magazine about my first-time experience with middle school.  Writer's Thought #7 - remember...write what you know!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Writer's Thought #6

I didn't write anything today.  But, anything I would have had to write about today would have been completely sucked out of me because I took my daughter to middle school for the first time.  You would think an episode like this would bring the writer out in me with gusto...but sadly, no.  I had nothing in my brain but thoughts of my child going off to middle school.  There I sat with my husband in a small diner reminiscing over my child's growing years and gently dabbing at my eyes with a napkin that had once been wrapped around my fork and knife.  Is that a pitiful sight or is that a pitiful sight?  Writer's Thought #6...don't try to write anything when you take your daughter to middle school for the first time.