How I Write – Writers Block

So this week’s topic is the controversial topic of writer’s block.

Why do I say it’s controversial? Because there are different schools of thought on it. Some people believe in it, some don’t. Some think it’s an excuse, some think it’s a legitimate thing.

I’m somewhere in the middle.

I think there are things that will block me from writing. Or block me from writing the way I want, the length and time I want. And mostly that’s real life and drama.

Reality creeps in and wham — life interrupts writing.

So there are things that can block you from writing. There’s nothing worse than sitting down with a notebook or at the computer and staring at a blank screen or a blank page. I try to write anyway. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t.

If I can get out of my own head, immerse myself in the world I’m writing in, turn my music on – sometimes I can push through and write. And even turn out some great pages. Other times I will write in the issue or situation that is stopping me and then either keep it in, if it works for the story or delete it. It helps because it keeps me writing and is somewhat therapeutic.

And still other times, no matter what, I can’t get the words flowing. So what do I do?

Something else, anything else.

Sometimes a break is the perfect solution.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

How I Write – What I’ve Learned

Last week’s question was: What has writing taught you? What have you learned over the years?

And I’m late cause it was graduation last week and I was running around getting things together.

Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

But what has writing taught me? What have I learned over the years?

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis

It has taught me to never give up. It has taught me that even if I never publish a story with a print house or e-publisher that I will keep writing. I write because I love it. And I write because I can’t not write.

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. – Unknown

I have learned that having a support system is important. It is critical. It is crucial. And support, not just cheerleaders but sounding boards and motivators. People who make you want to do better, be better and work harder. People who push and prod because they know how great you are, even if you don’t realize it yourself.

And all three of these quotes, reflect small pieces of what I’ve learned and what writing has taught me.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *Kristen Koster *

End of the Road

No. I’m not giving up writing. And I’m not taking a hiatus.

I would never give up writing. Even if I stopped pursuing my goal of print publication. I’ve tried and believe me it wasn’t pretty. I think I lasted all of two weeks (give or take a day or three).

So what’s it the end of the road for?

My status as a culinary student. This week is the last week of classes in my last quarter of school. I graduate on Saturday.

I have a two-part final in my dining room service class on Wednesday and Thursday. And a PowerPoint presentation to give over the highlights of the employee handbook I created for my restaurant business. And then it’s done.

So I’m happy, excited, nervous, anxious and about 10 or 12 other emotions this week. Part of me will miss it. I love school and it has been a huge part of my life for the past almost 2 years.

I’ll go over how the employee handbook project has helped inspire a business side of writing project next week.

How I Write – Ideas

This week (okay last week – I’m late with this post) the topic was ideas.

Specifically – Where did the idea for your current wip come from? How do you come up with story ideas?

The idea for my current WIP came from a dream. I fell asleep after watching the news, after dealing with my day and the idea sprouted in my dream. It started with just one phrase.

“If you look up the definition of insanity in the dictionary, you’ll see my picture.”

I hinted on this last week, with the “How I Write – What Inspires Me” post. But I get my ideas from everywhere. Sometimes from dreams, from people watching, from real life observations and tidbits (cause what is stranger than fiction but life as it happens). So I get my ideas from everywhere.

If you want to check out how a few of my writing friends write:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Kristen Koster * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *

How I Write – What Inspires Me

So this week’s topic is – inspiration.

I get inspiration from life and watching people and how they interact. Have you ever watched people? How they talk to each other? How they react in different situations? Just from being out at the mall or at the gas stations.

I love people watching. It’s the shy girl in me. And the writer in me. I can make up a whole story for someone on just an overheard snatch of conversation. I have created characters from a small gesture between strangers.

So inspiration is everywhere.

So what do I do when I have trouble starting a project, finishing one or just writing? I do something else fun and creative. I get my mind off the stalled scene, uncooperative characters or hole-filled plot. I read a book. Watch tv. Listen to music. Do something crafty – beading, making bookmarks, making soaps, make a candle, crochet or even knit. Or I’ll clean up.

Something about not focusing on it, frees up my brain and helps me work through it because I often get an “ah ha” moment in the middle of whatever I’m doing.

And what keeps me going? My writing friends. They inspire me also. They inspire me to keep going and not give up. They inspire me to push through the doubts, fears, worries and write. They inspire me to learn, grown and keep it moving (always forward).

But not every project is a star, but I try to use everything. Even if I don’t finish something. Chances are I will use the characters, plot, setting, scene in someway in another story. Sometimes it’s a matter of right characters, wrong plot. Or right plot, wrong setting.

It’s a process. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow but always fun and interesting. And I think that helps. If it becomes boring or a chore then there is usually something wrong and I have to take a step back and analyze it. So I’ve learned that it’s okay to put it away and come back to it with fresh eyes and a fresh head.

If you want to check out what inspires some of my writing friends:

* Alexia Reed * Angeleque Ford * Kaige * Emma G. Delaney * Kimberly Farris *