Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ready. Set. WRITE! Week #7

I just discovered the Ready. Set. WRITE! summer writing program and decided to jump in. What a great idea! You can learn more about it at Jaime Morrow's website.

Well, I had not set any specific goals last week, but I reached 2970 words on my WIP--currently titled GLASS WINGS (It's a YA contemporary) and I'm quite happy with that. 

I'd like to reach 2400 words on my WIP and write at least 4 haiku.

I shake her hand and manage a smile. Meeting new people makes me feel so awkward. Most of the time I wish that the floor would split open and swallow me up.

Distractions are usually what hinder me. I did pretty well during the week, but the weekend proved difficult. Enjoying time with family and friends won out in the end. I did squeak out about 500 words on Saturday and Sunday though, so not too bad!

I love that my characters feel very real to me. Love that I feel as if I've been chosen to help them get their story out into the world. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Writing Process Blog Hop

Thanks to my cyber-soul-sister-writer friend Deb Marshall for tagging me as a participant in the 2014 Writing Process Blog Hop! I’ve known Deb for over 10 years now and am so happy to have been able to share this writing journey with her!

Deb has worked for over 20 years as a librarian (both in public and school libraries) and has also been a professional storyteller. You can check out her Writing Process post at her blog Read Write Tell.

And now, on to the questions!

What are you currently working on? 

I have probably half a dozen novels in different stages, but at the moment I am focusing on a contemporary YA novel. At its essence it’s about two young women dealing with loss, grief, anger and self-esteem issues. 

I’m at about 35,000 words and am DETERMINED to get through the messy first draft. It began as what I thought would be a New Adult story but the characters and themes have changed and at the moment it has settled itself into the YA category. 

I’m also always working on haiku, and am entertaining an idea for a haiku collection for kids. I usually always have an article or short story on the go as well. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  

Honestly, I’m not sure how to answer that question. It’s not something I consciously focus on. For my novels, I simply try to stay true to the way my stories want to be written, try to listen to what my characters want and hope that they end up feeling authentic, well-rounded and identifiable. 

Why do I write what I write? 

I tend to write whatever speaks to me at the time, and most of my novel ideas are about teenagers. It’s like the stories come through me, so I just go with it, whatever it may be. As I mentioned before, I also write haiku, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction; I find that it helps keep me creative. 

How does my individual writing process work?

I’m still trying to figure out my process. What I do know is that I’m a discovery writer so I tend to struggle with working with outlines or character sketches. I’m currently working with a writing coach (the wonderful Lauren Sapala) and with her help I’ve realized that I really need to trust the writing process, myself, and my characters. 

I’m also not a linear writer, so what’s working for me right now is typing out my first draft scenes on my iPad with the IA Writer app (being away from the computer makes it feel less daunting for some reason) and then I transfer the scenes to my computer and onto Scrivener

I also find that doing yoga and meditating really helps me focus, as does using the Pomodoro Technique while writing. It’s an excellent technique if you get easily distracted. I’m also working on accepting the fact that I can’t force the story. It needs time to percolate, and my mind needs time to process things. 

I’m in the mucky middle right now and just taking it one scene at a time, figuring out what my characters want, and what needs to happen for them to achieve those goals and desires. Eventually, I know I’ll have all the scenes out and then I can start taking a look at things more objectively. 

In a pretty big nutshell, that’s about it. lol

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Next on the blog hop, get ready to meet my writer friend Carla Luna Cullen. Carla  writes young adult and new adult books that draw upon her passion for archaeology, world travel, fantasy, and romance. She currently resides in the picturesque town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin with her husband, two kids, and a feisty cat.

You can learn more about Carla at her website: http://carlalunacullen.com/ 

Her writing process blog hop post will be up next Monday, on July 14th, so make sure to check it out! :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Feeling Creative

Been having a little fun making Vision Boards and made a sort of collage of some of my favourite haiku. Just wanted to share!

Speaking of haiku, I had a haiku recently accepted by Frogpond which will be appearing in their summer issue, as well as one which is appearing in the current issue of Brass Bell Journal.

on the waterfront 
a cluster of activity
white yarrow

I'm also trying to reach 100 published haiku and am currently up to 70. Thirty more to go! :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Angel Guidance and Writing

Today, I'm sharing a post on how to use angel guidance for your writing over at our Winsome and Wild blog. Hope you check it out!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Play Is A Fur Letter Word!

My dog, Haley, is a huge pup at heart, even though she's almost six years old. She would play nonstop if she could. She's a miniature Australian shepherd, so is a high energy dog. I've compiled a few of her antics for your enjoyment!

She could play fetch ALL DAY with you, if you wanted. She'll also bounce the ball herself.

Another favorite thing she plays with are yogurt containers once she's licked them clean. She'll bat them around and make them jump.

She's also LOVES playing in the snow! I'd love to have half her energy! LOL!

That's my girl. She keeps me amused, that is for sure. Just wanted to share the fun. Thanks for watching! :)