I have been writing Glasses and All for quite some time now. It's a story that I'm proud of so I have been taking my time to do it right. In 2013, I heard A Great Big World's song Say Something (the one featuring Christina Aguilera). The second I heard, I thought it was a perfect song for one of the chapters in my book. And from there, a playlist emerged.
Every time I head a song on the radio or on my iPod, I thought "Hmm . . would that work for this chapter?" So one weekend, I decided to create a playlist. I sat at my computer on iTunes, YouTube and the like, finding songs that were perfect for my book. I came up with two songs per chapter that best showcased the emotions and/or plot of that chapter. I was pleased with what I came up with.
The first time I listened to the playlist, I couldn't stop smiling. Each time one of the songs played, I could picture the scene in that chapter clearly in my head, both the good and bad parts of it. The playlist has helped me to stay connected to my book even when I find myself too busy to work on it. When I do work on it, I always have the playlist playing in the background. It guides me through my book and the emotions and plots I want to tell within.
Music has that great ability in portraying emotion that sometimes words alone can't do. By finding songs that connect to my book, I have been able to take it one step further. I listen to the song and pay attention to the way it makes me feel. Then I take those feelings and try my best to incorporate them into the story.
This one experiment has made me want to do it for all my books. I am currently researching my next story and already I have a list of songs that might just work for what I want to say.
Creating a playlist has now become apart of my writing routine and I am glad I added it.
I know . . . it's been far too long . . . and I've missed you to.
With the expansion of the Children's Corner brand, I decided it was time I came back to this website I so love. It has been tough the last couple of years, so much has changed in my life. I have a new job, my furry friend got sick and I have been knee deep in writing my book.
That's right . . . Glasses and All is just about complete. I finished my last round of revision and I have one more (small) one left to go. I cannot wait til it's done. I am so proud of it.
I am also researching by next book which will be about witches. There is so much to learn. How do I write spells and create potions? What do the colors and moon cycles mean?
So, yeah, my days have been full, but I am here now and I will try my hardest not to disappear again.
Here are a few things I've been thinking about:
What do you think? Is there anything else I can add to the list. I will do my best to get to all of these this year.
I will do my best . . . I promise.
That's the title of this blog post by Rachelle Gardner and as I read the post, my first response to the question was: YES!
Of course, the comments in the post reflect my gut reaction. Most every writer who commented said that writing for them is a way of life and what isn't worth it is the risk of not writing. I have to admit, sometimes I have my doubts. When the rejection letters keep pouring in, I think, maybe I should find something else to do. Maybe I should focus on my day job and make a career out of it because that I seem to be good at. But, instinctively, I reach for the pen.
It is my home, the place I go to when all else has failed. When I'm down and feeling lonely, the pen is always there to comfort me. The characters I create never let me down, they don't end the relationship because they don't feel anything for me anymore, they don't walk out of my life unaware as to the regret they may feel later. They are there, always and forever.
Not being published will never stop me and even if I never get published, I will never stop writing. Just today, I finished writing the draft of my second book and it is an accomplished feeling I will never let go. I sometimes forget this feeling is there. When I struggled through some of the scenes, I forgot about they joy that's waiting for me when I pushed through. Now here I am, ready to take the manuscript to the next step. Here I am, a pasted smile on my face because I did something I love to do. I wrote a story that means something to me even if it doesn't mean anything to anyone else and it is something I will never give up.
Is the writing life worth it? I think the more appropriate question is: Is breathing oxygen worth it? Because that is what writing is, it is oxygen giving me life.
For my New Year's Resolution I put together a writing schedule that I would try to follow. One week has gone by and I am proud to say that I have finished a chapter. Even with a weekend full of travel, cupcakes and a child's birthday party, I was able to finish the draft to a chapter of my book. Now, I must keep the momentum going.
Truth be told, I can already feel the excuses bottling up inside me: long day at work, too tired to write, etc. I can also feel the laziness come on along with the need to watch my favorite shows on TV. Forget the fact that most of them are on On Demand and I can watch some of them commercial free. I just have the need to watch them live on the night the first air. It is a need I must ignore.
If I can keep this momentum going, that's one chapter a week I can finish. Most books being around 20 chapters long and since I already had 6 done by the time I started this resolution, that means I have at most 13 more chapter to go. That's 13 weeks, only 3 and a half months. Which means, if I keep it going, I can be well into the revising stage by summer.
It is definitely a challenge with both my attitude and a social life getting in the way, but that's why I write it down for all of you to see. I can't let you down and in turn I won't let myself down. Let's work together on this.
I haven't written much about the book I'm trying to finish this year. I did mentioned when the new year started that I was going to include this in my blog, but for some reason, I could never get it going . . . until now. And that's because, I have actually started writing more since the year started. Previously, I was at a stand still. I knew where I wanted the story to go, but I had a hard time figuring out how it should get there. Then, this week I attended a training class. During lunch, we were given an hour. What I ended up doing was going to the cafeteria that was in the building. I then ate lunch while I wrote. I ended up with several pages written by the time the class was done. It was a two day course and I wrote both days. Now I have the story exactly where I wanted it to go. All I have to do is keep writing.
For the new year, I have decided to add a new element to my blog. Thus far, I have been documenting my book club journey: the books we've read, my progress of these books and the results of the meetings we've held. For 2011, I made a resolution to complete a book I am writing. Currently, I have three chapters written and am working on number four. I've made a resolution like this in the past and was able to accomplish it by finishing my first book. This will be book number two. To help keep me on track, I've decided to document my journey: my progress, frustrations, setbacks, etc., figuring that keeping you informed will help keep me motivated. And, who know, maybe you can even help me on those days I seem to be blocked. First, let me tell you a little bit about my book.
The book is called Glasses and All. It's from the view point of a 16 year-old boy who finds himself infatuated with the new girl. The issue is he's popular and she's not. Why isn't she popular? Because she doesn't care about what she looks like. She wears glasses, no makeup, hair in pony tails and doesn't follow the fashion trends. From day one, she's labeled an outsider and what makes our hero fascinated by her is the fact that she doesn't care. She is who she is and he wished he could be that way.
The idea is to show that glasses is beautiful. I am a glasses wearer and growing up I was picked on one way or another for wearing them. Being called four-eyes was the least of what I went through. The hero of this story isn't the only one who will discover that you don't have to be picture perfect to be beautiful. You're beautiful just by being who you are: Glasses and all.
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