Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Unable to Come Up With Clever & Interesting Blog Title (or, I'M ON VACATION, BITCHES!)

Hello my friends!

Kayeleen Hamblin has started a "Why I Write" blogfest, and since Kayeleen is super sweet, has a rockalicious blog, and it seemed like a good idea at the time I decided to participate.

Linky loo here:


For this bloggety blogfestaliciousness, we are (obviously) blogging about what compels us to write.

I signed up last week, thinking "Oh, this is easy!"

And then I thought about it.

And I couldn't come up with anything that wasn't...well, derivative (that's for you, rook).

I mean, I could talk about how I suffer from the book fever. I used to lock myself up for DAYS as a kid/teenager/last week and fall so hard into a book/series/author that someone would have to yank me forcefully from my stupor and make me shower because the stink was spreading down the hall.

But, as writers, doesn't that apply to all of us? You all know that about me, right? (not the stank part - because fortunately that can't be spread through the interwebs - but the reading is my LIFE part.)

I could also talk about how I wrote some stuff when I was younger, and one of my English teachers was constantly hounding me to submit to the school's creative writing publication but I never did it because I really didn't think it was that great AND I was embarrassed enough when she read my vignette to the whole class.

Or, maybe I write because both of my parents are English professors and my house is full of books and writerly talk...I mean who wouldn't be a writer?

But really, when you get down to the nitty gritty, get rid of everything else...there's really only one reason I write.

It's fun.

It's a rush! Like when you write a scene and you KNOW it's good (even if you have to throw it away later) and you can't stop grinning like someone just told you that Colin Firth is on his way over to your house and he wants to make out with you (please God, let that happen to me. My husband will understand...maybe).

Or when you read something you wrote and you realize that you're writing better than you did a year ago. Or six months ago. Or three weeks ago.

Or when you get to write "The End" on something you've slaved over for months, or years, and you know you aren't done yet, but the fun has just begun.

Either that or I really love rejection (it hurts SO GOOD).

Okay. That's all I got today. Now hop on over to Kayeleen's blog and check out everyone else who is participating because I'm sure they are super mega rockstars! (Because let's face it, all writers are).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The 8 Stages of Drafting

So, I was thinking today about the ups and downs of writing and hashing out that first big bloppy mess of a draft. And this is pretty much how it goes for me. Writing a novel is like dealing with grief; there are stages.

With grieving the stages are: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance (YES, that psychology degree really DOES pay off sometimes!)

With writing, it's a bit more complicated.

Stage One, Pure Bliss: OMG this is the best book ever! Once I finish this bad boy, I'll be a millionaire! I'll be bigger than Steven King AND Stephanie Meyer! They will make movies not just about my books but about ME! I might even have my own E! True Hollywood Story!

Stage Two, Pure Bliss on the Rocks: Whew. This middle is getting a little sticky. Maybe I should go back and change that one thing that I did in the beginning. Or that one character trait. Maybe if my MC was blind/stronger/had ESP/could see dead people/fell in love with a goat who wanted to suck her blood, it would be better.

Stage Three In Which I Attempt To Stifle the Inner Editor And Not Go Back And Change Crap and I FAIL: Okay, I changed that one thing and checked for continuity for no apparent reason since this is a first draft. Wait, was that a bad decision? Maybe I should change it back. Did I save that other draft? I know I shouldn't go back and change things while drafting, but it was such a good idea and I just KNEW it would make the whole thing better in no time at all! Except three weeks have passed.

Stage Four, Resistance: I'm the worst writer ever. What am I doing? I can't even spell! I use too many commas! This idea is AWFUL! No one will ever want to read it! I don't even want to write it! What was my log line again? Do I have a character arc? What about theme, DON'T I NEED A THEME?!

Stage Five, When I Think About Cheating: Dude, I just had this GREAT idea for a book! So, it has NOTHING to do with my current book, but that one can wait, right? RIGHT?! It's not even that good!

Stage Six, Hope Resurfaces: I made it to the scene where my MC gets to make out with her love interest/there's a dragon/she's super funny/everything is going like I planned YES! This is BRILLIANT! I AM AN EVIL GENIUS!

Stage Seven, Repeat Stages Four Through Six. At Least Ten Times.

Stage Eight, Philosophical Rationalization: I know this writing stuff is hard, but it's okay. It's all apart of my learning/writing journey. I am one with my novel and it is one with me. We will go through this experience and emerge stronger on the other side.

Or not. :-)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Quote-a-licious Saturday

Okay, so I'm not done with my book yet. I want the plot to at least have a semi-coherent structure before I declare my rough draft officially DONE, so that means I'm not ready to post about revision yet, but I want to post SOMETHING! I need to blog because I love it (and I love ALL of you. Yes, even you, with the mouse creeping towards the back button, ESPECIALLY you) so I decided to post some of my most favoritest writing related quotes. Because I LURVE quotes (I'm just full of love on this fine Saturday).

If you have any good quotes you would like to share, please do! I'm always on the lookout for a good bit of inspiration.

So here they are, may they inspire you and fill you with love (for me, of course.)

"The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times." - Paulo Coelho from "The Alchemist" (If you haven't read anything by Paulo Coelho, go do it RIGHT NOW!)

"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good." - William Faulkner

"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." - Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

"The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt." - Sylvia Plath

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekhov

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster." - Isaac Asimov

"It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write." - Sinclair Lewis

"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do." - Epictetus

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky 

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford

"Never, never, never give up."- Winston Churchill

Have a great weekend everybody! Catch you on the flip side ;)

Monday, June 6, 2011

It's All Fun & Games BLOGFEST

So, I saw this link on Cherie's blog, and I had to follow it. I mean, LOOK, It's all fun and games!

Now look up: It's still all fun and games!

The rules of this blogfest are simple, blog about three games that you love.

Except, I thought it would be much more fun to blog about games that I hate.
So here ya go!

Number One: Monopoly. And Dane Cook will tell you why:

Number Two: Anything where I have to think too hard. Or draw. Or speak, at all. As a matter of fact, I don't think I like any games. Except for a couple. See number three for clarification.

Number Three: Any games that don't involve alchohol.

There you have it!

Stay tuned because pretty soon I'll be writing about the climax. (oh oh oh, yeah...wait, not that climax...)