Random trips to the desert and writing progress
In case you haven’t heard the Lyrid Meteor shower went on this weekend. As a person who has never seen one of these events, I felt it necessary to experience this phenomenon. So what started out as a quiet evening in bed, ended up being a random half hour drive to the middle of nowhere at midnight.
If you’ve ever found yourself on a dark, deserted road in the middle of the night, then you know how quickly your mind wanders to monsters and murderers hiding out just waiting to get you. You jump at every little sound. When a car drives by that late at night you think they’re up to no good. My friend and I blame it on watching too much Walking Dead.
But in-between those moments of fear are moments of peace. Staring up at the night sky and realizing how small we truly are to everything. I only saw four meteors, but I jumped with glee like a little kid every time.
Even as I stood in the desert full of fear and wonder my writing brain refused to shut off. I thought the whole time I wonder how I can use this in my story? Every experience can be turned into a great story, which is why it’s so important to take time to experience the little things in life. Whether it’s sitting in the desert waiting for someone to come hack you up into little pieces or just taking a random road trip to see something different.
The night ended when it became too cold, but that only encouraged us to come back the next night. Where we experienced a whole new fear: wild animals.
As far as my writing progress, I’m on page 40 and going strong.
Until next time, I hope you find joy in your writing!
Back in Business
Hello everyone, it’s been a long hiatus and I’m coming out to say I’m finally writing again. I fell away from myself for a little bit. Writing is what makes me happy and it’s time I get back to that. I’ve started a new novel. It’s an idea I’ve had running through my head for awhile now. I’m finally putting it down on paper. I’m on page 27. I started writing again two days ago, so that’s a huge feat for me. Especially, after not writing anything for months.
A shout out goes to Stephen King for writing a great memoir on the craft of writing. It’s given me the inspiration to get back to doing what I love.
I probably won’t be blogging as often as last time. I want to focus on my novel completely, but I will still stop by every so often to say I’m still around : )
Until next time I hope you find joy in your writing!
2012: Reviewing last year’s resolutions
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I flew home before the holidays to spend some time with my family. Sadly, I didn’t write while I was there, but I gained some great memories of my family. Most of my time was spent with my four month-old nephew. I won’t be seeing him again for another 6-8 months, so it was nice babysitting him.
As the new year arrives I began to think about last year’s resolutions, which can be read here: 2012 New Year’s Resolutions
I planned on finishing my novel and I did.
I planned on quarrying agents and I did.
I also said I would write every day. Okay that one didn’t happen.
Even though my book still isn’t being published and I don’t have an agent. I have to consider 2012 a writing success because I finished my book and put myself out there. Even this blog has been alive for a year now.
Did you accomplish your writing resolutions? What do you hope to achieve in 2013?
Happy Birthday Bram Stoker!
Just wanted to take the time to say it’s Bram Stoker’s 165th Birthday today. If you haven’t heard of him then surely you’ve heard of Dracula. So Happy Birthday Bram Stoker, the original writer of vampires!
Nano2012 writing resources
I feel as a writing blog I need to address the fact that November is Novel Write Month. To all of you who are participating this year I wish you good writing and good luck. Last year I wrote 75,000 words in a month, which was a record for me. It was also my first year ever participating in Nano.
This year I have decided not to participate in Nano for personal reasons. I am still writing and you can find my newest travel articles on Hubpages. I also started a new novel a little bit ago, but I’m using November as my personal goal to continuously write it. I don’t have the time or energy to try and get 50,000 words this month on top of my other writing, so I’m settling for writing every day. If I do make it to 50,000 words then that’s great!
I support everyone who is participating in Nano and would like to give you some links of resources that I have found.
Writer’s Digest is offering a free download for everyone every day that has something to do with writing.
Nathan Bransford blogged some old Nano resources that can be used any time. I found his information about characters very helpful.
Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent” reposted one of her Nano advice blogs too.
Again, I wish everyone good luck and if you have any other Nano resources that you feel will help people out please feel free to leave your advice.
October is Bullying Prevention month, and myself along with TMI Source, the Mortal Institute, Mortal Instruments News and few other fans sites have all posted about the topic of bullying (click on the links to read the articles). The most moving post on bullying comes today…
Just another reason why Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors.
Celebrating Banned Book Week
It’s that time of year again: where authors, publishers, agents, librarians, teachers, students, journalists, and anyone who enjoys the freedom of censorship come together and celebrate. That’s right, you guessed it. It’s Banned Book Week.
From Sept. 30- Oct. 6, all readers unite to honor the books that have been banned or attempted to be banned from libraries, school’s, etc. At least once in your lifetime, you’ve probably read a banned book. For example, the famous Harry Potter Series. Can you imagine a world without Hogwarts? I know I can’t.
As writers and/or readers it’s very important that we have the freedom to express ourselves. A lot of Young Adult books are frowned upon by parents because they paint a harsh reality that they don’t think their kids can handle. Some explicit material incl., drugs and sex. Please someone find me a teenager who doesn’t get asked to use drugs or the chance to have sex because I’m hard pressed to believe that most teens don’t experience this. Books don’t put these ideas in teenagers’ minds, they’re already there in their every day lives. Books do, however, give teenagers an escape. A way to let them know they aren’t alone.
If you would like to join the celebration, go read a banned book. More information on Banned Book Week can be found here.
I can’t help it, I’m a Pantser.
I’ve been trying to outline this novel I’m working on and while I have some great ideas written down, tonight I began to write what I outlined for the beginning. I wrote 1700 words tonight and I think that’s a very good start. I can’t help myself, even as I outline what I want to happen, I’m constantly running dialogue through my head. I decided not to fight it anymore.
I am a Pantser and I’m okay with that. I am going to continue to outline, but if the mood strikes me to write down what I’m thinking I’m going to do that too. There is no wrong way to write a book as long as you get to where you want to go. Sometime even that will surprise you.
Until next time keep on writing and reading!