Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Writing is hard - Tip #2 to make it a little easier

Writing is hard. It's frustrating. And sometimes we feel like we really just can't do it. We might as well give up because obviously we're never going to finish. That is an awful feeling. So, I'm here to continue sharing the tips that help me keep writing; keep cranking out my books even after my of "I can't do it!" doubt.

My tip for today is - Have Your Own Writing Space
  • Have a space that's designated as just yours and just for writing. A place where your comfortable and relaxed. A space where your brain can be free to simply focus on your work. Years ago I started writing The Protectors Saga in my parents house, in a little nook with a desk, a light and bookshelf where I could tuck myself away and tap on my computer. I made it mine. Decorated it and added things to make me comfortable. To this day, that is the spot where I go back to in order to write my Protectors Saga. I'm there so much that my parents decided to keep my bedroom as it was instead of turning it into the mini gym my mother had longed for once I moved out. I've also been blessed with a two bedroom apartment and an understanding boyfriend who let me turn our small walk-in closet into my own personal tiny writing space. He only threatened to move all his kicks back in there on the few occasions he walked in and caught me watching Netflix instead of working on my books. The closet is small, but that's all I really need. I can shut the door to my tiny hideaway and let my mind and imagination wander to the places I need it to. Carve out a place of your own. Even if it's no bigger than a closet, it's yours

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Writing is hard - Tips to make it a little easier

Once again a Supernatural gif perfectly sums up my life. Writing is hard. It's hella hard. There are days when I'll literally be sitting at the computer for 5 hours straight and only a sentence will get written. Those days are terrible; they defeat you a little bit. Still, I've somehow managed to write six books in just under four years. I still feel like I could do better. That I could do more. I imagine all writers feel that way, but I'm still proud of my accomplishments.
There are some tips and tricks I've picked up along the way that have helped me keep going; to shake off the doubt and the ever looming writer's block. Some I've discovered on my own. Some I've borrowed from other writers. Now I want to share them with you. Just because I know how difficult in can be to be stuck in your book. It feels like you're pounding your head against a brick wall. So if some of what works for me can work for you...I am more than happy to share. I'll share a tip a day. I actually don't have that many so this won't last much past April.

My tip of the day is - JOIN A CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

  • Seriously, I held off joining one for a long time. I had a terrible experience with Creative Writing classes in college. They just weren't for me. I took every little criticism to heart. It ended up changing my writing style so much that I felt like I didn't even know who I was as a writer anymore. But I had a lot of writer friends who swore my Creative Writing groups. So I decided to go on to Meetup. I'm sure most of you know what it is, but if you don't it's a site where people of similar interests in your area can form groups and then meet up in person. I joined Meetup and found a Creative Writing group that actually seemed pretty cool. And wouldn't you know it, my friends were right. It's a group of people you can discuss ideas with, bounce storylines off of, see if something is working or if maybe you really should scrap it. Most importantly, I've found that people in these Creative Writing groups give each other support. They know the troubles and hardships of being a writer. They know how passionately you feel about your work. They're going to encourage you to keep going even when you're beating your skull against that proverbial brick wall.

If you have any tips or tricks you use I'd love to hear about them :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Character Fashion...Amalthea

I love to take fashion inspiration from some of my favorite tv/movie characters. I made a post earlier about adopting creativity into multiple facets of one's life. And one way I love being creative is in my fashion. My closet is an ode to different characters, all taken into modern wearable outfits. I save my true costume garb for Ren Faires and conventions! Today I’m feeling very Amalthea from The Last Unicorn…one of my all time favorite 80s fantasy movies.
If you like any of the items above and want to get your Amalthea on…just click on the item below…

Purple Dress
Bow Cardigan
Unicorn Heels
Unicorn Ring
Unicorn Purse
Unicorn and Horseshoe Earrings

Creativity in Life and Writing

I love this Maya Angelou quote. I've always loved it. It's become one of my life's philosophies. Creativity is so intregal to the human soul, especially souls that eat, breathe and exist in some aspect of artistry. I put imagination and creativity into how I dress, how I cook, how I approach the world. It genuinely helps with my writing. The more I allow myself to express my individual creativity the freer I feel. The easier it is for me to escape into my head where all my stories lie and simply write.
I feel like in society sometimes it can be hard to be truly as expressive as we desire to be. We can be looked at as weird or different, but as we grow up we learn that not fitting into the norm is actually a good thing. That words like weird or different we can actually take as a compliment. That in reality, no one truly fits into the "norm". There is no normal. We are our own normal. So let your creativity flow.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dance Away the Writer's Block

We all hit little road blocks while writing. They happen to me all the time. Sometimes it seems like I can't get through an hour of straight writing without doubting myself or second guessing a scene. If I go more than 5 minutes without being able to move on I simply step away from the computer put on a song I can shake my little ass to and dance...just dance. It clears my mind, gives me a nice boost of endorphins and gets me out of my head. Then after the song, or perhaps two, ends...I sit back down at my computer with a usually clearer head and clearer path.

Here's one of the tunes I've been using to help with writer's block lately - 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Editing plan that might actually kind of help...

Okay, if you're anything like me you'd rather jump out of a burning building onto broken glass than edit your book. You see, we put our blood, sweat, tears and sometimes sanity into the words we put down on the page, and the thought of going through those labor intensive pages brings on the urge to projectile vomit...at least for me anyways.
Here are just a few tips that kind of help me whether the editing storm.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Writing tips that kind of actually work...

At times I can suffer from some massive writer's block. It strikes without warning and sometimes in the worst possible moments. It's frustratingly just part of being a writer. However, there are a few things that can help push past writer's block. I have a whole list of practices I engage in. I plan on sharing those in another post. Today I just wanted to post this little helpful list that I found awhile ago and really does help get shit done. If you're struggling to finish that book and it's become a sort of Herculean task I highly recommend following at least the first three bullet points Chuck Wendig suggests.
*Write five days a week
*Write 350 words a day
*Write 260 days per year

It has helped me, especially the 350 words per day. It helps me keep trudging even when it seems like I have nowhere to go. I tell myself, "Hey, if I can write 350 words per day eventually those words are going to add up and I'm going to have a finished novel in from me."