29 November 2011

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop

So, how was everyone's Thanksgiving?? Mine was great - I love having that time with family.

Now that we are all out of our holiday fog, (anyone do Black Friday? I wouldn't dare!), I figured it was a great time to get back together and do our usual blog hop! The link stays active until the next hop, so if you happen to stumble upon this post after Wednesday, still link up!

And since we are out of our turkey season, today we have a dancin' Santa!

Shake it Santa!

Okay, also, please grab a button for the blog hop too, if you please. It was created by the awesome Lacey D. Ferris -check out her blog)


And now for the rules!

1) Follow your blog host (Me) (if you want to co-host, let me know if the comments! Or remind me that you want to!)
2) Follow at least three other blogs (if you post your link early, make sure you come back and check out the other blogs)
3) Let the person you followed know that you are following their blog!
4) (Optional...sort of): Tweet about the blog hop! (Use hashtag #WWBH and #WW when you do!) - Thank you to all of you who have featured this hop on your site!! I really appreciate it!

28 November 2011

I Give You Permission To Quit

Today, I give you permission to give up.

I give you permission to throw in the towel.

To jog off the path, instead of towards the finish line.

To do what is expected. To do the bare minimum.

To not reach any higher.

To aim for the cellar door.

I give you permission to tell yourself that you're no good.

That you would probably not succeed anyway.



That it isn't worth trying.

That you really shouldn't bother at all.

That no one really likes what you have to say.

That you're a fraud. How dare you call yourself a writer?

I give you permission to not try anymore.

To make a dramatic exit. And not come back. Who needs us?

To get up and walk out.

I give you permission to blame. Point fingers. Throw a fit. Give up. Kick the dirt. Scream. Cry.

Say never again to this dumb dream of yours. Burn up the pages you have bled your heart and soul on.

I give you permission to give up your dream.

To pretend it doesn't even exist. To play the silent treatment. To break up with your dream. To divorce your dream. It's too much work anyways. Why would you even want to be a writer? There's too many out there anyways. Just give it up.

And then....

When it's all said and done.

After you have tired yourself out. And you're all done quitting.

Stand up...brush yourself off...dust off the grime, the negativity, the anger, the sadness, and wipe away that feeling of defeat. Wash away the awfulness and the horridness of giving up.

Begin to pick up the bits and pieces of hope. Finish that story. Pursue a new writing opportunity. Submit that novel once again. Start outlining a new idea.

And try again.

Do it anyway.

Go back and fight the good fight.

Do it for yourself. For your family. For that weird writer that you are reading the blog of right now. Yah, do it for her.

Do it for the stories you grew up reading as a child. Do it for your inner child.

Do it with tears of frustration streaming down your face. Do it with all the other needs and wants in your life. Do it even though it isn't happening fast enough. Do it even though it hurts more than it helps. Do it anyway.

I give you permission to quit today.

Just not tomorrow.

23 November 2011

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's time for that special Wednesday tradition!

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop!

I'm so excited...and our awesome Thanksgiving turkey running in fear is back with us...

And make sure you grab a button made by the oh-so-awesome Lacey Ferris (and make sure you check out her blog, too!)



Okay, everyone...let's get a'linkin!

Just a reminder about the rules:

1) Follow your blog host (Me)

2) Follow at least three other blogs

3) Leave a (good) comment on their blog (not just "Hi I'm From Writer Wednesday Blog Hop"...leave them something good! Or just do the best you can.)*Editor's Note -- Really, just do the best you can. If you can't today, try commenting another time! Really, it's just a way to let them know you are following them and that they can experience the blog love. :)

4) (Optional...sort of): Tweet about the blog hop! (Use hashtag #WWBH and #WW when you do!) - Thank you to all of you who have featured this hop on your site!! I really appreciate it!

(Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!)






21 November 2011

WARNING: This post will NOT inspire you.

Okay.

Now don't freak out.

But, yes. I decided to bow out of National Novel Writing Month.

Why? Well, I have my set of "excuses" (if you want to call them that). But, in reality, I just wasn't attached to my idea enough to continue with it. It wasn't me.

And to be honest, I don't think I'm ready to dive into a novel. And plus, I want to have a lot of faith in the book before I jump into it. I know that NaNoWriMo is supposed to be a time where you don't think about those things. Where you dive in without thought and just get that book done. But, that wasn't quite something I wanted to do.

I know I'll have next year. And maybe I'll do it. Maybe I won't.

Here's what bothers me about NaNoWriMo, though.

I have a comparison that came to me when I googled "is nanowrimo a good idea." And after reading a blog post from an editor who talked about the actual process of writing. And the time it takes. And the double amount of work that ends up happening as a result of NaNoWriMo (don't worry, I read this well AFTER I had made my decision). And I asked myself again, "Do I love this idea...do I love what I have written enough...to devote myself completely to?"

Again I thought....no.

So, I decided to not go with it this year. I do have other projects I want to focus on - several short stories I want to work on. I have articles I want to write and try and get published. No, it isn't as glamorous as a book, but I have more faith in the ideas I am working on than the idea I had before.

PLUS...

I have a new blogging opportunity that I am focusing on! YAY! My launch-post will be posted today, so please come by and say "Hi!" It will be great to see some familiar faces over there.

Go to: http://www.off-the-deep-end.net/.

So, good luck to my NaNo peeps...I'm trying not to feel too guilty, and maybe one day, I will regret it. Maybe I won't. Maybe I will look back on those 5,000 words I have written so far and wish I had continued with it. And maybe I will just know myself well enough to know that if I didn't stick with it, it isn't because I'm not a bad writer. It is just because I haven't found the one yet.

Like I said, I told you this post probably won't inspire you. 

Until next time, my writing friends. Make sure you come over to the blog "Off The Deep End" and check out my latest blog post. I will be writing book reviews with a different sort of twist. So, I hope you will enjoy.

Editor's Note: Oddly enough, the first draft of this post was a lot more cynical. A few days later I went back and deleted some content so I didn't come across as a total downer to people actually enjoying their time at NaNoWriMo. :) Happy Writing Everyone!

15 November 2011

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop

Can you believe it?  I almost forgot! I've added a bit more to my plate these days (no, not that novel...wait till November 21st to hear about it...) but a couple of other blogging opportunities, so Wednesday came upon me all of a sudden!

It's my favorite time and yours! Writer Wednesday Blog Hop!




Just a few rules:


1) Follow your blog host (Me) and our Guest Host Kat from Sleeping Fascinator! Make sure you check out her blog and follow! (If you want to co-host, let me know in the comments)







2) Follow at least three other blogs

3) Leave a (good) comment on their blog (not just "Hi I'm From Writer Wednesday Blog Hop"...leave them something good! Or just do the best you can.)*Editor's Note -- Really, just do the best you can. If you can't today, try commenting another time! Really, it's just a way to let them know you are following them and that they can experience the blog love. :)

4) (Optional...sort of): Tweet about the blog hop! - Thank you to all of you who have featured this hop on your site!! I really appreciate it!

Now let's get hoppin'!

14 November 2011

[Guest Post] Someone get the Pliers! I’m Stuck!

This blog post has been brought to you by, Cassie Mae. Thank you Cassie! Everyone go say "hi" at her blog by going to http://readingwritingandlovinit.blogspot.com/

Ooh, a new fancy blog to post my nonsensical ramblings on. *rubs hands together* This should be fun.


Um, not sure how to fit my bio in here nice and smoothly, but here it goes. Better get the niceties out of the way first. J

I’m a 24 year old stay at home momma of two boys…so yes, my house is loaded with testosterone and I have no idea what to do about it! Not to mention all the milk we go through in just two weeks. (8 gallons, BTW)

I’ve been writing in my head since I think I was born. My siblings thought there was something wrong with me whenever they caught me having conversations with myself. Thankfully, they didn’t disclose this to my hubby before we got married, so he’s stuck with my insanity.

That should be good right? I’m really not that interesting. So onto my post!

Ironically, when I received Nicole’s email about a guest post, I posted on my blog about Brain Farts, and that’s exactly what happened to me. She said I could post on whatever I wanted, and I thought, ‘Yes! I’m going to post the most inspiring and beautiful message ever! I’m going to encourage those writer’s out there to push through it all and they’re gonna want to click off their browser and write the best story ever!’ Then when I opened up Word, this is what happened.

Uh…

So inspiring right? Doesn’t it just make you want to frantically type away?

Yeah…me neither.

So how do we push through these moments? What do we look for when we feel at a loss? Sometimes what is needed is a small break. Time away from our work so we can gain some perspective. Sometimes we need to keep writing. Challenging ourselves to grab the squeegee and clean up all the muddied thoughts up there. And sometimes, even when we hate this answer, we have to REWRITE EVERYTHING.

Can I tell ya a secret?

Well, I’m going to anyway. J

My current WiP was one of those overhaul moments. It just wasn’t working, but I knew there was something there. It took me a long time to realize it, being stubborn and lazy because I didn’t want to rewrite an entire story when I’d already spent so much time on it. But, It. Wasn’t. Working!



So I grit my teeth, and tried something new.

I changed the POV. I changed the age. I changed the genre.

Originally, the story was told from the heroine’s perspective. There were several elements that seem so bizarre to me now, I can’t believe I even saw the story that way. Now it’s in the POV of my hero, and Hallelujah! I found my voice! And the story became so much stronger, and that heroine of mine went from someone who was probably very annoying to a beloved character.

It got me wondering what holds us back sometimes. For me, I was afraid of losing something very precious, and a lot of hard work, but in the end I didn’t lose any of it. I gained so much more.

So, I guess my advice to us all would be, and this goes for everyone in every stage of the process: Don’t be afraid of the rewrite. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Don’t be afraid to do something that may cause you to rip your hair out by its follicles. Try it. If it doesn’t work out, then oh well, but you may turn up with something much better.

You never know, right?

J

09 November 2011

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop

It's that time again! I hope your writing projects are going great. Mine is....well, let's just wait until next Friday, November 18th. I have a little confession to make at around that time.

So, stayin' positive and rockin' things out, right? Let's get a'linkin'!

Oh and our featured character - the horrified, running turkey - is back to join us!


And be sure to grab a hopping button too!



Special thanks to Lacey D Ferris for making it!

Just a few rules:

1) Follow your blog host (Me)

2) Follow at least three other blogs

3) Leave a (good) comment on their blog (not just "Hi I'm From Writer Wednesday Blog Hop"...leave them something good! Or just do the best you can.)*Editor's Note -- Really, just do the best you can. If you can't today, try commenting another time! Really, it's just a way to let them know you are following them and that they can experience the blog love. :)

4) (Optional...sort of): Tweet about the blog hop! - Thank you to all of you who have featured this hop on your site!! I really appreciate it!


07 November 2011

[Guest Post] Overcoming NaNoWriMo Obstacles

I'm taking a break from blogging a little bit and having some awesome guest bloggers! 'Tis the season for NaNoWriMo...fa la la la la la la la la...If you're interested in guest blogging for me during this month, just click here. Today's guest blogger is Emily Matthews, who is currently applying to masters degree programs across the U.S., and loves to read about new research into health care, gender issues, and literature. She lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. Click here to check out her blog!

So you’ve got 30 days to write a novel. Sound like fun? It is -- at first. After the first few days of type-as-fast-as-you-can composing, writing becomes what it always is: a struggle. Around day five or ten, you start thinking, "Am I ever really going to get where I am going?" This is what as known as the National Novel Writing Month hump, but luckily it can be overcome.

First, writer's who think they have writer's block should take a closer look to determine whether they are suffering from blocked imagination or are just experiencing the essential delay that is often a part of writing. Many professional writers spend very little of their time writing. They do a lot of walking around the house, reading, strolling around the neighborhood, and running errands. This isn't writer's block, writer and writing teacher Donald Murray argued, it's just the essential delay that all writers go through, those who have graduated with a masters degree in fiction or those attempting a novel for the first time alike. As a writer, you need time to come up with your ideas. And sometimes you need to come up with those ideas somewhere other than in front of your computer. If you're stuck, don't berate yourself, just accept what you're going through as natural and go take a walk.

Second, you shouldn't stop writing. This may sound like it's contradicting the first piece of advice, and in a way, it is. Sometimes you're so stuck or unsure of where your plot is going next that you have to let your brain catch up to your fingers -- you have to step away. Other times, you know what you have to say and you are just having trouble working through it. In this case, you need to just keep writing, to write junk until you hit on something good and then to go from there. Allow yourself to have really terrible first drafts because it is often through those really terrible first drafts that you find the content needed to make excellent final drafts. Odds are, a novel written in a month won't be ready to be published, but it could lead to something publishable if you let yourself make mistakes and don't get so caught up on finding the right word that you miss an interesting plot twist.

Finally, you need to read. Many new writers stop reading when they're in the process of writing a novel because they are afraid that they will accidentally use another author's ideas. Maybe you think you don’t have time to read. Reading is actually one of the best things you can do for your writing. Not only do you give your brain a break from your own novel, but you also exercise it in a literary way, exposing it to sentence structures, words, and dialects that can make it into your own writing.

Whether this is your first time sitting down to write a novel or you are a seasoned author trying to challenge yourself, writing a novel in a month is difficult! But if you use the advice above, you'll be more likely to make it out of November with a novel, not a traumatizing experience.

02 November 2011

Writer Wednesday Blog Hop

I'm so excited that I didn't forget this time! It will be a great hop I promise.

It's already been one day for National Novel Writing Month and as of Tuesday (November 1, 2011) at 5 pm, I haven't typed a word to a page. Mainly because I have been busier than I thought (I know, excuses excuses).

Ahh, let the guilt trip begin. (And furthermore, I have yet to respond to a few of your awesome comments; so I am getting a healthy dose of the guilt pill and it's barely day one.)

But that's okay! I will do a greater update when this month is over...and of course, this would be a GREAT time for me to direct your eyes to my "Guest Blog" button at the top of the screen. If you would like to Guest Blog for me, I would love it! Especially this month. So clicky-clicky!

So the Blog Hop!

If you are a regular - welcome back! If you're new - WELCOME! We're glad to have you! Take a seat, grab a cup of coffee/glass of wine (whichever your preference) and get a'hoppin...

Grab a hopping button too!



Special thanks to LD Ferris for making it!

Just a few rules:



1) Follow your blog host (Me) -- and our co-host Diane Carlisle

2) Follow at least three other blogs

3) Leave a (good) comment on their blog (not just "Hi I'm From Writer Wednesday Blog Hop"...leave them something good! Or just do the best you can.)*Editor's Note -- Really, just do the best you can. If you can't today, try commenting another time! Really, it's just a way to let them know you are following them and that they can experience the blog love. :)

4) (Optional...sort of): Tweet about the blog hop! - Thank you to all of you who have featured this hop on your site!! I really appreciate it!

Plus, let me know in the comment section if you want to co-host! And feel free to remind me if you have told me you want to blog hop guest host!



01 November 2011

I Can See What You're Doing

You're reading this blog post at work, aren't you? You should be working. But you're not. You're bored. Distracted. Waiting for the meeting to start. The next client to call. And your mind drifted to the internet. And you're trying to avoid the candy bowl that has been sitting out there, taunting you. Damn holidays.

No.

You're reading this at home. The kids are finally taking a nap. Or doing their homework. And you've taken a break for yourself. You're husband/boyfriend/significant other/family member isn't asking you to do laundry, feed them, pay attention to them, find something for them. You're tired, cranky, had too much coffee, and want to take a bath, have a glass of wine, and finish that book/movie/show you've been meaning to see/read.

No.

You're on your cell phone, aren't you? Squinting at the screen. You're on the bus, and you're trying to find some reason to avoid the eye contact of that weird guy sitting across from you who's been staring at you too long. Or you're in front of a red light or your sitting there, behind a traffic jam on the freeway, knowing you have nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. You're probably considering abandoning the car entirely and walking to your destination. Or ditching the bus, and freeing yourself from the confinement of public transportation.

No.

Maybe you're in the bathroom. Or in a class. Or on the couch. At home. At work. At school. At the gym. In the grocery store line.

You've taken these few minutes of your life to read this blog post. To find out what I'm doing. To find out what I have to say.

And even though I appreciate it (really I do)...I just have one thing to say to you -

Write, you writer.

Close the internet page. Turn off the computer. Look up from your cell phone. Stand up and stretch if you have to (if you can).

Get that notebook out. You know the one. It's the one you bought that was meant to inspire you. Well get it. And get that pen too. Don't have one? Eye liner will work. (Fellas? Don't have a pen? Well, it's time to invest in good writing utensils. Or, if you happen to have eyeliner, that will work too. No judgment). Lean on your knee, the dashboard, the desk, the table, the back of the person standing in front of you.

And write.

No, don't think about it.

Just write.

Describe whats around you. What hear. What you smell. What people are saying. Start there. Start somewhere.

And just write.

And, yes, it's that simple.

No really, I mean it. Quit reading now and write.
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