Just A Dreamer
Lindsey Stirling and a message on following your dreams

Last night I saw Lindsey Stirling in concert for the first time and I need to say wow, that girl knows how to entertain  her audience. She’s an amazing violinist and dancer. Before she played her very popular song “Shatter Me” she gave a great motivational speech about it being okay to be different and accepting yourself for who you are. She said not to listen to all the voices that tell you that you can’t do something.

Her words really resonated with me and I think many of you in the art field could relate to what she said as well. Lindsey talking about how powerful and emotional this song is for her made me appreciate it all that more. I highly recommend if you ever get a chance to check out one of her shows, do it.

I wish I recorded her speech to post on here, but my phone died so to anyone reading this, follow your dreams and remember that it’s okay to be different.

Until next time I hope you find joy in your writing!

Honoring our Heroes

Today many of the pools open, grills are stacked with sizzling meat, drinks are consumed, and families spend the day together. While most enjoy their memorial day off work, please remember what today is truly about; honoring those who have served and gave their lives or are still fighting for the freedoms we take advantage of every day.

We are blessed to have such brave men and women fighting for us!

I just want to say thank you past, present, and future heroes,

Happy Memorial Day!

Writing, editing, and crap

Since my last post I have edited 117 pages and taken out more than 24,000 words. I’m taking my time with this second draft, wanting to make it better. I told a family member the other day that writing is all about crap. Here’s the exact words I used:

Writing is all a bunch of crap because you write a first draft, which turns out to be crap. Then you edit that crap into new crap, when you reread that crap you edit more new crap until it’s less crappy… on and on it goes until you no longer feel the urge to hit that delete button.

If you’re a Pantser like me, then you probably fight the urge to delete everything during the first read-through. My finger gets trigger happy, but I find it helps to keep all my deleted words in another document that way if I delete something important or end up cutting out the heart I still have it and can access it with ease.

What are some of your editing tricks or advice?

Until next time, I hope you find joy in your writing!

How do you spend your free writing time?

You can read what I’ve been doing with my time since I’ve finished the first draft of my novel here: Write Your Own World I’d love to hear what you do once you finish the first draft of your novel. Stop by my blog today and let me know in the comments section!

First Draft Completed!

Dear world,

Today I finished the first draft of my novel. I am now going to take a six-week break from it before I begin the long editing process.

I’m free! I think I’ll read some books, maybe write something else, find a new show to watch, and find my sanity again. For the past month I’ve been breathing, eating, and sleeping this book. It feels so great to finally finish it.

That is all!

Until next time I hope you find joy in your writing :)

New Year and New Me

Hey everyone come read my latest post about my hopes for the new year at http://writeyourownworld.blogspot.com and tell me your hopes for 2014!

Just A Dreamer turned 2 today!

Just A Dreamer turned 2 today!

9/11: Twelve years later and a moment of silence

It’s hard to believe it has been twelve years since the day I sat in class fearing for the fate of my country and its citizens. That day is still fresh in my mind. I was sitting in study hall when someone came running in the room, talking about our nation being under attack.

Turning on the news, it was like watching a movie. Only the fear and grief were all too real. Thousands of men and women lost their lives that day. Many families forever changed. Twelve years later many Americans go about their day as if nothing happened. I would like to take a minute of silence for all the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives that day to protect ours and for all of the troops who continue to fight for our freedom. We must let them know that they are not forgotten.

And since this is a writing blog, remember to treat every day as a gift. It can all be taken away in an instant. Look deep down into yourself and remember why you want to be a writer or why you love to write.

Until next time I hope you find joy in your writing!

Who will your characters turn out to be?

When I begin writing, I have an idea of who my character is going to be. But you can’t predict how a child is going to grow up and sometimes my characters surprise me who they become. I started writing one of my characters thinking she’d be nice and help my main character. It appears she’s taken on a life of her own and has other plans. As I continue to write this character in the story, the more she hinders my main character.

So far it’s not a bad change, just not what I was expecting. I could go back and try to make her be the person I want her to be, but I think it’s better if I let my characters grow into their own. Have you ever had this happen to you?

What’s your writing environment?

I haven’t posted anything in a while because I was in the process of moving across the country. I’m now back home with my family where I belong. Now that the move is over it’s time to get back to working on my novel again…I hope I can find everything.

Moving is like Christmas morning. If you don’t label your boxes, like me, then every box you open is a surprise. It’s kind of the same if you are a “panster.” Every sentence you write can be a surprise. But this post is more about the writing environment. At this moment I’m having problems writing this post due to a tv, screaming baby, and people talking around me. Not the best environment for concentrating on your writing.

How many of you have an ideal writing place? A lot of people I know go to coffee shops and write there, but I am one of those people who need a door to close to tune everything out. When that door closes, my mind automatically knows it’s time to get down to business.

Well I have an almost-one-year-old fighting for my attention, so until next time I hope you find joy in your writing!