Showing posts from April, 2012

Houston, We Have a Problem

The problem is this: I am not having any fun writing my story and I can't pinpoint the reason why.

I can make any number of excuses: it's the wrong plot, it's the wrong story to write, I need to outline (I'm not an outliner, maybe I should be?), I don't like what's happening, It's taking too long for the person to get to the exciting stuff... OH, maybe that's the problem.

Then there's the fears: my idea sucks (then I refer to this but don't believe it), my writing sucks (who cares it's a first draft!), there isn't enough here for it to be a whole book, I'm just a hobby writer.

Then there's the tongue lashing from my inner editor/critic (from which the fears come): You suck, you don't have very good ideas, you aren't creative enough, you aren't taking yourself seriously (oh, that one is me), you aren't following your own advice.

I'm wondering how much of all this negativity is because of the stuff going on in m…

Music and the Creative Mind

Ooh, that could be the name of a band... hmmmm... nah, I think I'll stick with Death Guitar (metal) or Claire and the Egg Beaters (folkie, new age)

I have been listening to the same two CDs in my car for the past month and a half (or so). Lateralus by Tool, and Fallen by Evanescence. Tool has taken the front runner in "music that makes me think about my story."

Especially tracks 6 and 7. Parabol and Parabola.

But when I actually sit down to write, my last two sessions I've listened to Unearthed by E.S. Posthumous. I like the beats and the lack of vocals in this album. It gives me the ability to zone out and just write. Which, if you will recall, is all I've been wanting to do since I started this WIP. JUST WRITE.

That is my advice to you today.

Just write.

I also want to know what music inspires you with your current WIP. Do you listen to different music to think vs. during your writing sessions? Do you need music to write? Can you listen to songs with vocals?

I …

Writing Tips from C.S. Lewis

On my favorite Science-y website, io9, I came across an article about C.S. Lewis and some writing advice he gave in response to a fan letter back in 1965.

I pulled the tips from the letter because I thought they were sincere and really good advice!

Writing Advice from C.S. Lewis as seen on
1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. 2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don't implement promises, but keep them. 3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean "More people died" don't say "Mortality rose." 4. In writing. Don't use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was "terrible," describe it so that we'll be terrified. Don't say it was "delightful"; make us say "delightful&quo…

Summarize that Story

While reading this post on one of my favorite blogs, Writers in the Storm, I happened across Janice Hardy's blog, The Other Side of the Story and the post clicking that link will take you to. I spent well over an hour perusing the blog posts Janice has posted on her blog. They are all helpful and great techniques.

I've been trying to tap into the person I used to be, but I can't help but look at the way other people do things.

You see, I have yet to find my own way. I have yet to find the perfect blend of plotting and pantsing that allows me to know what's going to happen without knowing what's going to happen.

In most aspects of my life, I tend to do things the hard way. The same is true in the way I think about my current projects. I think of them as too complex than they really are, or vice versa. Both of these things stop me from my creative pursuits. One would think, as a writer, nothing should stop me from writing, but I have this stupid fear that I won't…

That Little Girl

I read a blog by a fellow writer, Mary Gillgannon. In her first post on her new blog she spoke of her muse being the little girl she used to be. This post really resonated with me because before I grew up, before I read a hundred books on how to write like the person who wrote the how to write book, I was carefree in my creativity. I could write a story on a whim. I could start writing with just the word "the" followed by a space and then a slew of words. I wrote until I ran out of steam and sometimes I would finish the peice, and sometimes it would remain unfinished for all time.
I've kept all of those starts. Sometimes I look back at them and cringe. So many -ly adverbs. Such stilted and unnatural dialogue. But the ideas... the ideas are cool.

Sometimes I'm shocked by a bit of beautiful prose and wonder why I can't come up with metaphors like that anymore. Sometimes I blame that on a concussion I had a few years ago. For a while I couldn't think creatively…

Being True to Your Story and to Yourself


I know I've been MIA for a little while, dealing with family stuff and all that. I read an interesting post today at one of my favorite blogs, *Headdesk*. It was about being true to your story. You can read the post here.

It got me thinking about some things... mainly a thing called truth.

Not only is it important to be true to your story, but an author needs to be true to him or herself, as well. What I mean by this is to write the way you write. Write the way that makes you happy. If you enjoy barfing out a sloppy first draft and then rewriting the whole thing, go for it. If you must have a detailed outline, do it.

Me? I've been hung up on following the steps I learned at the Writer's Boot Camp I attended in March. The steps are hard. They make you think. But they've also kept me from writing my story. They've kept me from being true to myself.

I like to barf out a sloppy first draft. It's a way to get my ideas down. That's why I love NaNoWriMo. I love ta…

The Giant Crap Life Took on Me

A while back I posted about when life takes a big ol' crap on you and what to do with the resulting emotions. Well, I'd like to share with you what that crap looks like in my life.

I've started a blog in the hopes of helping fellow Adult Children of "Divorce" (I put it in quotes because my parents are not yet divorced, and the word hasn't even actually been said, but they are not together right now and my dad does not plan on living with my mom anymore). The blog can be found here.

I tried holding it all in and dealing with it in a different manner than I usually do and that turned out to be disasterous (went home early last Monday because I could not hold it together).

I'm using the roller coaster of emotions mentioned in the blog to fuel my current WIP, which is about a woman breaking free of her husband's abuse/control after he pushes her down the stairs and nearly kills her.

At any rate, if you want to check out the blog, go for it. If not, that's…