Friday, March 7, 2014
"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
How true those words! I think of my favorite books, many of which I love because they spoke to my heart, which made me identify with the characters and enter a world totally separate from my own. That is ultimately what led me to want to write--that desire, no need, to create a world in which the reader could submerge as I loved to, away from reality, and bring to life a whole different world for someone. I love the feeling of wanting to come to the conclusion of a book to see how it ends but being sad to do so and leave the world in which I was living during the length of the book. I hope and strive to one day create that feeling in others, to make them not want to put my book down, to escape reality and remain in the world of my book. If I can dig deep and invoke the tears, surprise, joy, etc., in myself as I write, I can offer it to others as they read. What a true accomplishment that will be!
Do you have a particular book which elicited strong feelings in you? I'd love to hear about it as well as what drives you to write.
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist
Monday, March 3, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Frederick has a good life as a magician's rabbit. But when he decides he can do better on his own, he takes an unexpected adventure that will change him forever.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I was catching up on some blog and newsletter reading today. I know I've mentioned this in the past, but you should consider following Kristi Holl if you don't. She is a wealth of information, encouragement and inspiration presented always from a very realistic view point. Visit her here: http://kristiholl.net/writers-blog/
In one of her posts, Kristi was talking about how real writers, those not just doing so as a hobby, can't wait for their muse to speak but must write regardless of their level of creativity (or lack thereof). I realized I am very guilty of that. I want the lightning bolt to hit me, to shower me with a big burst of creativity. I'm not very creative in general so really rely on those moments of clarity when I can envision a new ms or good edits to a current WIP. I always feel stagnant or shut down if I try to force it just to say I'm writing. However, that often means I am procrastinating with all the other mundane or necessary items that need to be addressed rather than writing. I pray for a lot of lightning bolts and often beg my muse to rear her head somehow, in some way, just to give me a nudge; however, I now realize I've spent way too much time waiting and too little time doing and desperately need to focus.
When I needed inspiration on the exercise front, I came up with a mantra I could repeat over and over as needed to give me strength and perseverance, and it worked. "I can go the distance." It doesn't seem to fit for my writing. I'm staring at a blank wall in front of my computer screen and thinking about stenciling a saying there for constant reinforcement and encouragement, but I'm struggling with the right words. Do you have a mantra or set of words to write by you would be willing to share? I'd love to hear your thoughts on what does (or does not) work for you.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Los hermanos son muy especiales: Conozca a dos hermanos que hacen todo juntos. Esta bella historia trasciende todas las barreras culturales. Tocará el corazón de todos los niños del mundo.