Thursday, August 25, 2011

To write, or to kick myself in the butt- and write.

I have this feeling.  Like I could write so much more, add so much more to the story.  Yet, as soon as I open the document for the story, all I want to do is something else.  A feeling of not wanting to change what is there.  Every story needs it's tweaks and turns.  What once was part of the beginning of the story, getting hacked out or completely changed to another part.  I personally took out 30 pages of writing completely.  I may add bits and pieces later of what once was back story but most of that will remain on the editing floor, as it were.

So how do I get focused enough to add or subtract from my creation.  It's hard for all writers, so it's nothing new.  My hesitation causes a form of writers block, so I need to just walk away.  The longer I stay away, the more the information I read in the meantime fills my head with other ideas, more to add or take out.  Not a bad thing, but today it seems that all of the info that has gathered from a week of hiatus has caused a higher writers block.  The only thing I can do now is just to hunker down and watch my baby transform once again.  I'm sure it wont be for the last time.

So if you have any ideas on what you do for writers block, or to get over that hurtle of hesitation, feel free to comment.  I would love your input.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tolkien must have been on to something.

I had a conversation with my family last night.  One of those after dinner random talks as one of us was on facebook.  We were talking about how no one seems to know how to create even the most simple sentence without adding lol or some thing of the like.  We also discussed the effects things like facebook twitter and texting has on the knowledge of words and grammar.  Even with built in spell check on most computers, the words never seemed spelled correctly and the grammar is always off.  I admit I am one of the afflicted of such mistakes.
The new way of speaking through text could be considered similar to Tolkien's elfish language. Just sound out the words and you'll know what I mean.
roflmao, lol, adip, urapita, fitb and so on.  I'm sure you could come up with much more then myself, since I am no master of txtng.
It all makes me wonder how long it will be before the new words of our language are common place and words such as augment, cumbersome, and facetious are a thing of the past. It will be a shame if that ever were to happen.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Characters come alive

There was a phrase that I saw while looking at my twitter the other day.  It stuck with me, through dreams and waking moments.  I can't remember who said it, but it was so true its scary.

'Characters are not created, they are beings waiting to be discovered.'

To anyone who writes, even if it's short stories, or just random thoughts, you find your characters seem to have a mind of their own.  I know this to be true in my own writing.  My MC will have a goal and be headed in that direction when something distracts her and I find myself being dragged along for the ride.  I didn't plan what happens, I don't anticipate the direction change.  It just happens and I find myself caught into my own story as if I am watching it from the outside and not writing it.  The writing itself is scary, with all the grammar mistakes and sloppy sentences.  It is all due to not noticing that the story is being written, its more like it is being played out and I'm taking notes.  The only problem with that is trying to edit it so that others will see what I saw in the end.  It's fun, regardless of the work put into it.

Randomly I found this website with Hollie Lisle describing the positive impact us writers have on the economy.  No matter what type of writer we are.  So enjoy the article and keep writing.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm so very White and Nerdy!

Time for some more of my geekness to come out.  One of my friends is holding a contest on who is the biggest geek and so I entered, and now I'm realizing how much I truly am a geek.  I love it!  lol

So I dug into the recesses of my mind for all the things that mark me as a geek.  To be honest, there isn't much that doesn't mark me as one.  lol  I guess that should be lame or bad or whatever, but I like it.  Loving anime, manga, Star Trek and Star Wars.  What's not to like.  ok well, I'm sure there is lots not to like if your not into it. But it's totally me.

It's all about what is fun for you, and this is what's fun for me.  Yay fun.  lol

Sunday, August 7, 2011

D&D oh it's so awesome to me.

Ever imagine that your somewhere else, and that others are with you adding their thoughts to yours to create a different world.  I'm not talking about writing a book, or even reading one.  I'm talking about D&D, yes my geek is showing.  lol

Roll some dice and bang, something happens.  Well, it's not quite that simple. First you need a good DM. (dungeon master- the guy or gal that sets up the adventure and leads you through the adventure throwing bad guys in your way). Then you act out what you would say and tell everyone what you are doing, it's not just between you and the DM Each player has a part in the action and role playing.  Taking everyone into another world, the world the DM creates, not just a dungeon as the name implies but forests and towns.  You have to play out the situation, with the limits of what you character can and can not do.  Something you would find in any fantasy book.  Weis and Hickman two well known fantasy authors got their start from the game and ended up writing the DragonLance.  Its great for inspiration, or just to get away from reality for a little while.  Geeky, perhaps, but when you have an imagination that wants to explode, its a great outlet.  Also, we end up laughing and having a great time the whole way through, even if my character ends up dying in the end.

Here is an example of what happened last night.

In the middle of the dark forest I hear the moans of creatures unseen.  My companions, a vampire lord and a lion-man stay close as we greet a strange elf with dark skin and white hair tied back.  He seems as weary of us as we are of him.  My vampire companion speaks and the elf is , not by any spell or trick by my pale friend, but by the understanding that all that creeps in the night, a vampire might actually be courteous to him.

"Thank you for the assistance, we would surely have been in grave trouble had you not helped."  His french accent flowing with regal presence, Serral gave a nod of respect.  His red eyes and fangs flashing in the moonlight.

The lion-man Lerrion stood back in cautious wait to see how things would play out.  The dark elf seemed too curious to turn us away.  He spoke of the dangers that we could hear creeping all around us.  Eventually he led us to his hovel where magical wards were put up to keep out all undead.  That would include Serral.

I was offered the bed for the night as the elf needed to do some research on the ward he had placed upon his home. He wanted to protect the vampire as we did. Perhaps because he had not met anyone else like him. I could not be sure. So he did his research to look for a way that a vampire could pass through.

I offered my blade to Serral, as I've done before. I said, "I will stand with you, if you need.  My blade is yours."

"I will be fine, Nimue`." He gestured for me to stay within the hovel as he began his meditation.  I layed upon the bed and looked over to were Lerrion was sitting by the door watching over our vampire companion.  Sleep overtook me and a peaceful dreamless night gave me the rest I was so weary for.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Freebe Friday giveaways and contests

A fellow writer I know from AQC has set up a contest for writers to act out a scene from the novel of the winner, I think this is brilliant, now please every one enter, I'd love to see who wins this.  Also other contests that Tracy has found I've placed below.  Proves to be a great fun Friday. :)

By: Tracy N. Jorgensen
Belief Suspenders: Friday Freebies 5: In which, I have my own contest...What can you win? We'll film a scene from your novel and post in on the blog.

Epic Fail : Win a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. 

3 books : More for your time investment. Can't beat that, right?

Pick Your Prize : As always, the lovely Rebecca Hamilton has fabulous prizes for you (and free editing).

500 words contest : Gotta love chance for books or agent feedback!

Mini-Synopsis Contest : Not a pitch, but a short synopsis. Interesting. Very interesting. Will you enter? Can you manage it?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wait you think what?

The thing that has been getting to me the most lately is writers who don't do the research.  If you live from the south, and you want to write about winter in the North East, come to me, I grew up here.  I lived in MA for half my life, the other half has been in RI.  So I know the area.  The point is, please find some one who lives there and ask them.  Don't just guess.  The person I'm writing about had a good story going but didn't do the research, it ruined it dramatically for me.  Mass loves their snow plows!

My responses were, wait what? The entire time, I could't focus on the plot, or on the characters because I was too baffled by ice storm= pretty white fluffy snow the next day=a snow mobile in Salem MA in December. (Wait, what?) It was a great story, if I could get past the holes.  However, I barely got through the three chapters that were sent to me.  I feel bad about it, cause I was supposed to help critique it as part of the workshop I'm in, but if I can't say anything nice I have to walk away, I would have dragged this person through the dredges.  We have to be tactful in the workshop, no brutal honesty, because the author will think your just getting personal and wont listen to the advise.

The moral of the story is research research research! So hope you enjoyed my post, I'm off to do some research.  Has anyone gone spelunking before?