I know I said that I wouldn’t be posting anything for a while but I just came across something that I had to share with you. I’ve managed to get a few pages done but I’ve reached a scene that is proving to be difficult so to possible break through I got on Pintrest. While surfing around I came across a quote that just touched me to my core and here it is:
I write for many reasons. But this is possibly the best reason why. Now I have no delusions of grandeur. I know that I may never be a best selling author and my books may never be famous. I’m OK with that. The only thing that I want for my books is for someone to love them. I want my characters to touch my readers. I want my books to be loved by someone other than me.
The written word is the greatest invention of man, to me. People will die and may be forgotten, but words are eternal. No matter how hard you try you cannot escape them and they cannot be erased. That’s all I wanted to say. See you all in the new year.
Man things have been hectic at my house. I’m trying to help my parents get ready to move and getting their house ready to sell. Not to mention school is really piling it on but at least I’m about to get a nice long break and then I take my last class! On top of all this Christmas is just a few days away and I’m trying to help my brother surprise our mom for Christmas. He’s been in Florida for three years and hasn’t been home since. Shush don’t mention this to anyone.
So needless to say, my writing has been lacking. I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand I hate it because I need to keep to a schedule so I can get my book done on time. But then with everything going on I know that it’s ok. Things like this happen all the time so I shouldn’t stress too much.
Today was especially hectic but it’s starting to calm down. Instead of taking a breather I’m going to try and get a few pages done. So let me get off and get to work. In case I don’t have time, I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season whatever you celebrate and see you after the new year.
Now I always love my husband and I tell him that everyday multiple times but he has gone above and beyond. A few weeks ago my laptop’s screen was starting to separate from its casing. I had a heart attack because I couldn’t get it to open and I was afraid that I was going to loose all my work, pictures, and school work. Now this computer has been giving me problems over the past year. It over heats, it shuts down, the blue screen of death has become my friend. Well the screen separating was the last straw.
I’ve been fighting against getting a new laptop because up until this point it has worked for me just fine. I don’t play games. I don’t create movies/music videos. I just write and surf the web. My husband in all his glory went and got me a new laptop. I have to say that I love it! It’s so much faster than my old one and I don’t have to keep it plugged in all the time because it will shut off in five minutes if I don’t.
The only thing that’s a little strange about it is that it’s about 2 in smaller than my old one. Typing is going to be fun for a while until my fingers get used to the new spacing. Oh and speaking of typing…every time I hit a key the letter actually shows up. I don’t have to poke my keyboard to death. Ha ha
I’m so excited about this new laptop and I’m so grateful for my husband. I told him that he doesn’t have to get me anything for the next five years. He won’t do this, of course, but I might have to beat it into him. Course I could always get him a new riffle…maybe next year.
Ok I’m done ranting. Have a great night everybody!!!!
While I’m waiting to hear back from my editor I’ve started to work on my book some more. I’m actually really excited not because I’m a third of the way through, but because this is the furthest that I’ve ever gotten. I’ve been writing for years: poems, books, and plays. But as try as I might, I’ve never gotten past either the first few pages or if I’m lucky a chapter. So here’s what I’m doing different this time…..
1) I created an outline. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. It helps me to keep my writing on track because I am notorious for tangents. It also is great for quick references when I have bring up something that happened earlier on. I also use this outline to create my characters, settings, and time frames.
2) I no longer wait for moments of inspiration. This one was a little difficult for me. Some days I can sit at my computer and write and write till my fingers cramp. Then there are days when I don’t even look at my computer. I try to write a little bit every day and sometimes that’s all I need. Sometimes the act of writing or editing gets my creative juices flowing and ta-da magic happens!
3)I keep an idea journal. I have a confession….my brain doesn’t like to stay in the real world. I get random ideas for novels all the time. Sometimes I have three in a day. I love them all and so naturally I want to write them. I tried to ignore these plot bunnies and I noticed a lull in the quality of my writing. Instead of giving in to them, I decided to give them a partial home in a little $3 journal I got at Wal-Mart. This journal has saved my life. I get an idea. I write it down, maybe even a paragraph or two. Then I can put the idea out of my mind knowing that I won’t forget it. If any of you other writers out there have this same problem get an idea journal. Trust me!
And that’s it. I’ve only changed three things and I’m finally on the road to not only completing my first novel but a life goal as well and I can’t help but feel awesome!
This morning I sent the first five chapters to my editor after I finished my mass edit. I gotta say the first two chapters were a bit of a struggle. The newer chapters were much easier because I guess I found my groove. Plus they always say that the first few chapters are always the hardest and it’s true. But then again I always find beginnings difficult but once I get going there’s no stopping me. So while I wait to hear back from my editor, I must continue to move forward and start writing the next five chapters.
So I was at my friend’s house for a birthday party for her kids. As I walk in the door I see someone I haven’t seen in long time. So naturally we started chatting it up. He then says to me “So what is this I hear about you being an author?” At first I thought he said alter and as you can imagine I was really confused. In my defense it was a little loud and I’m a little hard of hearing. So I tell him that I am writing a book and he was really impressed. He didn’t know that I liked to write. Well he goes to say the sweetest thing I have ever heard, “I’ve never read a book but if you write one I’ll give it a try.” That really warmed my heart. I know there are people out there who haven’t discovered the joys of reading, its ok but still sad, and if this guy is willing to give it a go for me I have to make sure that I keep on track. It’s little things like this that just give me so much motivation to keep on writing. Thanks Parker.
Just wanted to drop by real quick. I’m still working on my mass edit, which is taking longer than I thought, and I’m still waiting for my editor to send her corrections. But what I really wanted to say is that I’ve finally worked out a rough cover design for Lost Guardian!!!!
Seriously you guys have do idea how long I’ve been trying to figure it out. I had so many ideas in my head, some complicated some simple, but now I finally have it. I also was able to work out covers for the two books that will follow Lost Guardian. No I haven’t written them yet, but I do have rough outlines for them. With the cover taken care of that’s one less thing that I have to worry about. Alrighty…like I said this is just supposed to be a quick post. Time for me to get back to work. Till next time!