Wednesday, March 21, 2018

When Ideas Come A'Knockin'

  Where do book ideas come from? They really can come from about anywhere! I read somewhere that Stephenie Meyer dreamt her Twilight saga. What a dream that must have been! Book ideas can come from the environment. I was in a bamboo forest the other day and boy did the ideas start flowing. What could live in a place like this? What if I was all alone and lost? Another muse is the past. Writing is a great way to relive the past or even foresee the future. Was there an event or time in your life that you wish had gone differently? Imagination is a glorious world where stories live. Writers give them a life of their own. Whatever idea you come up with there are two important points to remember ~ 1) make sure your ideas are truly yours and 2) devote yourself to your idea.

     I make a practice to never write what I 'm reading. I can make loose notes of a future book, but I never begin outlining a new story. An example would be what I'm currently reading. I'm two books into the Twilight saga so I won't be writing about vampires anytime soon. Of course, I would never intentionally plagiarize, but my vampires would be scary similar to the Cullens and I wouldn't truly feel that my work is my own creation.

     Your book idea should be your passion. It should be like your favorite pair of jeans. If anyone asked you a question about your book, then you should be able to answer it in a second. Your idea should be familiar and comfortable. By knowing in your mind how your story plays out, planning it will be easier.

     Once you have an idea, write down everything you have in your head from settings to people to conversations. Just jot down notes without formalities. I, personally, use bullets. Sometimes ideas can come in a rush. Never deny a possible project so record that idea. I keep all of my ideas in a notebook. I can't be sure they'll all become something, but they are all possibilities.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

25 Mistakes that Peg You as an Amateur Writer

This is a great video and I'll definitely be posting more of them. I've read a few beginning writings and have seen most of these mistakes. This is wise advice. If you are working through a manuscript then I highly suggest taking a moment and checking to see if you have any of these common mistakes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

J.K. Rowling's Top 10 Rules For Success (@jk_rowling)

Not a bad video, but I love her humility and passion. It's like she is still pinching herself. The Harry Potter series seemed to be so emotional for Ms. Rowling. So much happened while she wonder when she ended the series she had to put it down. If you haven't read it, then please do! Yes, it's a children's book, but it is so amazing. Just a solid piece of good writing.

Stephen King's Top 10 Rules For Success (@StephenKing)

This video has a lot of good information in it, but the best part is the end when Mr. King is talking about Carrie. LOL!! Yes...I seriously L O Led!!! What was the most important point that you think was made?

Friday, February 9, 2018

New Project

I'm working on a new project that hopefully will be ready and up this weekend. Don't get your hopes up though! I am a huge procrastinator and get side-tracked easily, but it's supposed to rain all weekend and if that does happen, then hopefully I can confine myself to the kitchen table and work. I'll fill ya in when everything is ready! 😄

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Writing Organization Strategies

"I've been writing all of my life, but just recently I developed a great technique to organize my writing to make it a little easier. I'm a total scatter brain and if I take just a little time to organize my thoughts then it's ten times easier for me to write. I hope this helps others too!"- From my Writers' Cafe account

I belong to an online forum, Writers' Cafe. It's a great forum, but I've just recently found out that it is no longer online...or at least I don't think so. I can't access the page anymore. It was a really good forum and one of the features that it had was the ability to put together little classes. Now, I am SO far from a professional, but I have a lot of ideas that seem pretty good that I like to share. Maybe one day I'll take my own advice! LOL So I was posting classes on Writers' Cafe, but the ability to post was lost a long time ago and now, as I've said, the site is down. I decided that it would be a good idea to bring these classes here and finish them. 

The series is called My Writing Organization Strategies. The nice thing about writing and books is that there is really no right way of doing things and competition is minimal unless you create it. When you are writing, it is about what is comfortable for you and finding the best method to organize your mind and notes. There really isn't a "right" way to write. Everyone's method and style is different and it's fun to look at how others gather themselves and borrow a bit from everyone to create your very own unique style. Books are the same way. There are so many that come out every day and it all depends on your interests and what finds it's way to you. What one person loves another can despise. Now with online publishing and ebooks, virtually anyone can be an author which is exciting!! So get out there and start writing...but first, get organized. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!! Here's looking at a new year full of writing!