Sunday, September 6, 2015

Writing Advice - Distract Yourself

I have a great many things that distract me away from writing, but ironically it is also those things that fuel my imagination. Netflix, Tumblr, Hulu, Youtube, Pinterest...I can get lost on any of these sites for HOURS. I'll think it's only been 20 minutes, 30 tops, and I look at the clock and gasp in horror as I realize 2 or 3 hours have gone by. I used to beat myself up over the amount of time I spent distracted on my computer instead of spending those hours working on my next book, but I don't do that anymore. Over the years I've learned a very valuable truth about myself - I need to be distracted. It actually HELPS my writing process. About a year ago I tried taking my laptop and going to places with no wifi and attempting to write there. It was awful. I would sit and stare at the screen or glance around at my surroundings, completely uninspired. Now, this isn't always the case. Sometimes, when I'm feeling in the mood, nature or remote locations can fuel my creative juices, but not when forced. So I gave up the idea that I needed to focus 100% of my time on the computer writing and let myself get distracted. I would spend an hour on Tumblr scrolling through blogs, some with content or advice that had me biting at the bit to get back to writing. I would marathon a show on Netflix and then find my imagination completely re-inspired. My point is, don't beat yourself up for doing something that's unrelated to writing. Sometimes it turns out to be an invaluable writing tool. Sometimes it turns out to be nothing but a distraction...but also a lot of times a much needed one.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Writing Advice From Me to You - Pick a Tune

On this blog I want to share with you all some writing tips and tricks that work for me. Everyone is different. Everyone's writing process is different, and we all have different ways of perservering and smashing through that awful confidence crusher - WRITERS BLOCK!!! Dun...dun...dun. I'm gonna share some of my tips and if they help anyone then it was worth taking the time to write them down.

One of my favorite go-to outside "tools" for setting the writing mood and setting the tone for my imagination to roam where it needs to and not over imagining how awesome the new Chicken Parm Breadstick Sandwich from Olive Garden is going to be - is MUSIC. I'll just put my headphones in, drowning out all other sounds and let the melody stir up my creative juices. It sets a tone AND clears out other sounds. I have different songs for different scenes. Obviously Enya isn't going to work when I have my main characters kicking troll ass, but I'm going to include a list of some of my all time favorite fallbacks. For me, 9 times out of 10 these songs work. Maybe one of them will work for you. Maybe you have your own song or song list that gets you through some long scenes. Either way keep writing and never give up!!

Paige's All Time Favorite Writing Starter Songs (Ugh, that's a long title. That's too long of title...I need to change that title.) - 

1. On the Nature of Daylight
by Max Richter

2. Grow Till Tall
by Jonsi

3. Dead Island Trailer Theme
by Giles Lamb

4. Signs
by Bloc Party

5. Intro
by The XX

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Becoming Eden FREE Today!!!!

Hey lovelies, 
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The small town of Delphi, Colorado wasn't like most towns. New people were always coming and going, there were large numbers of animal attacks in the surrounding woods, and a suspiciously high rate of missing persons. This was the town were seventeen-year old Eden Day had lived her entire life. Eden and her three best friends, Mel, Wes, and Jasmine love to hang out, eat junk food, watch too much television and dream about someday leaving Delphi to see the world. That was until the dark rainy night when Eden was walking home alone in the woods and was attacked by a vampire. Bleeding and broken she crawled into an old abandoned church…where she died.
Miraculously coming back to life, she senses something within her is changing. Is she still human? Is she becoming a vampire? Something that would be terribly inconvenient considering she's a vegetarian. In her quest to discover what is happening to her, Eden meets Oswald Chang, a genius computer geek with extensive knowledge of the Supernatural. Through him she learns of the secrets behind her town and her newfound connections to them.
As the vampire attacks increase, Eden must learn to embrace what she is becoming in order to protect all that she holds close. If she can do this while still passing English and avoiding the irresistibly charming, but equally infuriating new boy in town Eden just might have a chance of surviving till her graduation.