Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

Monday, November 21, 2011


It's been a while since I posted! Sorry about that. I've been on two (yes, two!!) trips already this month, with another one looming, and I am absolutely swamped with stuff to do. 

I am ALSO hard at work on my new novel (which is yet unnamed, but I am working on that!), and I thought I'd post a few inspiration pics to whet your appetites. This WIP has lots of shadowy forests, crumbling ruins, and magic. Loads of magic. :)

Here are today's inspirational pictures:

(c) Roberto Verzo

(c) erwlas

(c) thomas.clarkey

(c) my_urban_life

Happy Monday, everyone!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

Some things just inspire me to to tell stories.


(c) Tony Crescibene
Glass Houses

(c) xlibber
 Old Statues

(c) Oh Paris
Snow-Covered Bridges

(c) hozinja


(c) kilgarron
Mossy Rocks

(c) frumbert
Wild Skies

(c) Brian Uhreen

What things inspire you?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Living (and Writing) the Questions

This post from Rachel Held Evans' blog absolutely inspired me today.

I especially love the quote she cited from Anne Lamott, who is also brilliant:

"The first draft is the child’s draft, where you let it all out and then let it romp all over the place, knowing that no one is going to see it and that you can shape it later…Just get it all down on paper, because there may be something great in those six crazy pages that you would never have gotten to by more rational, grown-up means. There may be something in the very last line of the very last paragraph on page six that you just love, that is so beautiful or wild that you now know what you’re supposed to be writing about, more or less, or in what direction you might go—but there was no way to get to this without first getting through the first five and a half pages. "
The journey is a part of the process.

Definitely go read Rachel's post. And if you get a moment, read her whole blog. It's awesome.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Roller Coasters and Writing: Experiencing the Click

If you've ever ridden a wooden roller coaster, maybe you remember how it goes--first the car leaves the station with a hiss of releasing brakes and a slight jerk. Usually the track twists a little, sometimes there's a slight dip to get the cars moving a little faster, and then there's the incline. You begin to go up the first hill based on speed gained through gravity alone, and then ... there's a jerk and a click as the safety rachet engages, and then a clack clack clack clack clack as the cars are dragged to the top.

And then you're flying.

Sometimes writing a book feels a bit like a roller coaster to me. And I don't mean that in the emotional way--although it definitely has those aspects too--but what I wanted to focus on is that click.

I can't write the book until I experience it, actually.

When I first think up a story and all the elements--characters, setting, conflict, resolution--everything is jumbled up. I can't see how it all flows together. I fumble with the characters, sifting through their personalities, weaknesses, strengths, trying to understand what makes them tick and what motivates them. I ruminate on the world and what challenges the setting presents. Sometimes I get impatient and try to start writing, only to delete chapters of material later. See, I'm waiting for the click.

Once it happens, the story grabs hold of me and drags me forward. Everything (voice, emotional resonance, theme) rushes together in a moment of clarity, and I can really begin, because now it all makes sense. It's like being pulled up that first hill. Then everything starts moving really, really fast.

I'm not sure how this could be taught or learned, or even adequately described. It's very instinctive to me, and based completely on intuition.

Do you ever experience "the click?"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tips for Staying Focused on Your Writing

1.       Turn on computer.
2.       Open book file.
3.       Stare at blank page for a while.
4.       Check email JUST IN CASE an agent has emailed you begging to represent you.
5.       Check Twitter because YOU NEVER KNOW if @JKRowling has replied to you.
6.       Check Blogger because MAYBE?? your following has quadrupled since last night.
7.       Check CNN to see if pigs have started flying.
8.       Unfortunately, pigs still aren’t flying.
9.       Repeat steps 3-6. Twice.
10.   Write 1 sentence.
11.   Delete it.
12.   Write another sentence.
13.   Take a break and make moaning sounds while holding your head in a fetal position tell yourself you can do this.
14.   Get a drink of water.
15.   Scour youtube for videos of sheep fainting the internet for inspiration.
16.   Return to your word document.
17.   Count number of words written.
18.   Total word count: 11
19.   Decide you are going to be a physical therapist or something equally random instead of a writer.
20.   Eat ice cream cake.
21.   Feel better.
22.   Try again.
23.   And again.
24.   And AGAIN.

And again and again and again. Until you have a book.

(I don't always have this problem, FORTUNATELY! But some days I just. can't. write. a. word.)
Do you know the feeling?


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