Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thursday Fun: English teachers vs. Authors

I saw this while scrolling through Pinterest today and thought you all would appreciate it.  (I also just want to celebrate how nice it is being out of college for the summer!)  I think this is so true! 

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My Guest Post on Julia’s Blog

Hey everybody!  I didn’t mean to go so long without posting.  I woke up today and realized I hadn’t written anything on my blog in over a week!  I’ve been studying and practicing hard lately.  Anyway, my guest post on my friend Julia’s blog is now live! 

You can click HERE to read it.

Please give your opinions and comments on it.  I’d love to hear what you all think!  

My (belated) Monday Musings report on my “novel in nine weeks” project: 

 I am going to finish my story Ransomed which I started almost three years ago.  I said I was starting this project two weeks ago, but I had already written about 7,000 words before I started this project.  As I was re-reading what I already had down, I was noticing some pretty bad continuity issues regarding characters, my attempts at writing pirate dialogue were awful, and I had slightly changed where I wanted the story to go in my mind, so I needed to adjust the beginning of the story accordingly.  

I decided that this Monday (2 days ago) is the new Week 1, Day 1.  So today is Week 1, Day 3.  This puts my last day of this nine week project at August 24 – just barely before I go back to college in Virginia!  I guess the 13-hour drive back will give me plenty of time to edit!

You can read along with my progress on Figment HERE.  I will be uploading on a chapter-by-chapter basis, so I can’t really schedule when more of the story will be available to read.  If you’d like updates whenever I upload more, you can create a FREE account on Figment and “follow” me.

Remember to smile! 🙂 

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Thursday Fun: The Aftershock

A friend of mine showed me this video a few weeks ago and I just thought of it again this morning.
If you are a fan of any book/movie/TV show, you will understand The Aftershock and relate to this video.

Enjoy!

Watch “THE AFTERSHOCK” on YouTube

Remember to smile! 🙂

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Monday Musings: I’m a Guest Poster!

Hello everybody!

I am writing a guest post for my friend Julia the Writer Girl!  If you haven’t heard of her before, please go check out her blog!  She has been much more consistent with writing over the years than I have been.  She has written lots of material and is also in the process of trying to get published.  She is a really sweet girl and gives excellent perspective and advice about writing and the publishing process.  

I am very excited for this opportunity.  I have known her via the internet for a long time.  Even though we have never met in person, she encourages and inspires me to keep writing.  She is also a college student like me, so she understands the challenge of balancing schoolwork and creative projects.  I will let you all know when my post on her blog goes live.

Sadly, I don’t have any new material to post for my very first Monday Musings.  I was really busy this weekend saying my goodbyes to a bunch of my friends who will be away serving missions for my church for the next two years.  It is kind of a bittersweet experience.  I am very excited that they will be sharing the message of Christ with people in faraway places, but at the same time, I will really miss them!

This week is also my first of nine weeks following Bill Dodd’s plan to write 25,000 words in nine weeks!  I am very excited to start!

Remember to smile! 🙂

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Thursday Fun: Dream Journals

My very first Thursday Fun post is devoted to a GREAT writing tip that I got from some random, hokey article on dream interpretation that a friend showed me for giggles a few weeks ago.  I’ve lost the link, but basically the article suggested using a dream journal to record your dreams and use them to “unlock the messages to yourself from your own subconscious!” or some cheesy line like that. 

But it gave me a great writing tip.  

 I don’t know about you, but my best story ideas usually come from dreams.  The problem with dreams is that I usually forget them during the course of the day – if I can even remember them past breakfast!  

Keep a notebook right next to your bed and write down what you remember of the previous night as soon as you wake up.  If you don’t recall any dreams, say so.  Simply getting into the habit of stopping to think will help.

I have found that if first thing in the morning, I try really hard to remember something that I dreamt, over time I get better at remembering my dreams.  Then, I have a whole notebook of raw material to use for starting or fleshing out stories!

Try keeping a dream journal this weekend and let me know what the results are.

Remember to smile! 🙂

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