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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Love Reading!

So, I was at a loss as to what I should write about today.  I then looked at my decidedly messy desk and remembered that I'd piled a bunch of magazines on the corner a few weeks ago.  I thought maybe if I looked through them an idea would come.

I was on my third magazine, an old edition of The Week, and that is when I came across something that caught my eye.  It wasn't even a main article.  It is a total of four sentences at the bottom of the page in the corner.  But it made me look twice...

"More than 450,000 people have joined a Facebook group called 'I Hate Reading.'  A rival group, 'I Love Reading,' has attracted fewer than 45,000 members."  --LATimes.com

Really???  I can't imagine that so many people really hate to read and so few really like it.  Do the haters just have a bigger support system?  Everyone I know likes to read something.  It may not be fiction.  It might be history books.  It may not be biographies.  But it could be the newspaper.  I mean how do you go around saying you hate reading?  It's like saying you hate that you have to lift your arm up to put food in your mouth.  :)

Anyway, Facebook is a crazy place and at least it gave me something to write about tonight that was at least in some way related to my work of writing!

Read on!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spirits Up!

Today I struggled with keeping my spirits up.  The dumb thing?  There was no reason for it.


Yeah.  So, a side effect of this was that I couldn't keep focused on writing.  (I'm even having a hard time with this post!) I did get some writing done but not any where near what I wanted to pound out today.  And right now I'm forcing myself to write this blog because I want to so bad that I don't even care if it is bad.

I'm hoping that some of you have had a similar experience and can share what you do to pull yourself up when you don't really know what's bringing you down!  (Especially if it is effecting your writing...)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Passion as Love

I have passion about very few things.  One is my family.  One is my writing.  One is music.  I LOVE this stuff.  

I love how my family keeps me sane.  I love the support they give me.  I love the encouragement.  I love how we can laugh together.  I even love how we fight and then make up.  I love our differences.  I love our learning experiences.

I'm a piano player.  I love music.  I actually was majoring in music oh so long ago when I was young and in college.  I love how music can make you feel.  I love how complicated it is.  I love how it can create an emotion.  I love how it can help you remember certain feelings or times in your life.  

And I obviously love to write.  I love how I can put my feelings down on paper (or computer) as in a journal entry.  I love how I can create a person.  I love how I can create a world.  I love how I am in control of that world and character and I can create a moving, exciting, wonderful, terrible place.  I love to explore all the things that could happen in my world with my characters.

I just felt today that I needed to share what I loved about the things that I loved most in my life!

Happy Writing!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Elusive Muse

All this time, I thought I was better at writing when the moment hit me.  When I was single, it was so easy to write when the Muse took me.   When I got married it was a little more difficult but still possible.  Then I had my first child.  Then another.  And finally my third.  I found I would wait.  And wait... and wait...  for the muse to come and take me away to my story land.
Now, as mentioned in a previous blog post, my third, and youngest is in preschool, giving me 2.5 glorious completely alone hours.

I realized that I was going to have to get that blasted Muse myself.

I decided when I signed him up and after having hardly ever had the Muse take me in the last 3 years that I would dedicate that time to writing.  I was a little hesitant because I never had done that before and I honestly didn't know if it would work for me.  I'm having way more success than I ever thought I would.  I'm so glad that I did schedule the time to write and I only use it for writing.  Not to say that I don't have a quick thought, idea, or description come to mind that I need to write down.

How many of you schedule time for writing only?  Or do you wait for the Muse?  Or do you use a combination of both?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Having Fun

I must say that my commitment to writing while my son is at preschool has been fantastic!  I'm totally excited and things are moving along.  (YIPPEE!!!)

Sometimes I have a hard time focusing on my writing because I'm thinking, "This is awful.  This definitely sucks."

I decided that I needed to take the advice of letting myself write "crap."  I tell myself that it is OK for now, I can go back and change it later.  I can fix it.  I just need to get the idea down, the emotion, the scene.  I found that this at least helps me to move forward with my story instead of dwelling on a section that can't be fixed yet because I don't know where it was going anyway!

Do you fellow writers have a mantra you tell yourself as your writing to keep you focused enough to get the story out?


As always... Happy Writing!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time

My youngest child is now in preschool 3 days a week for 2.5 hours.  I had decided that when he started preschool that time was my precious writing time.



He has been to school twice now and I have written both days.  I didn't get as much done on the first day as I thought.  I vowed to do better the next time he went.
I dropped him off.  I came home.  I sat and I wrote CRAP!  I was so discouraged.  I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I was suffering from writer's block.  I had two friends give encouraging comments on my post.  So I gritted my teeth and wrote.

I doubt I'll keep a lot of what I wrote today but I did figure out a major plot point and got my story moving again and regained some excitement.

What have you done to get through those tough writing times?