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So, I think I’m being really mean to my story. I keep talking about it behind its back, saying it’s inadequate and stupid and never will be good. So I’m just rushing through it. I filled a page with line after line of dialogue last night. I’m a cheater! Why did I start the thing if I’m just going to rush through it? Why would I waste my time on something I don’t like? I’ve decided it’s all my fault. I can make it into something I really like. I liked it in the beginning, so what happened? I got bored and lazy. I will never be a good writer if I do this.

My characters went to a bed and breakfast last night, had a little chat, went to sleep and left the next morning. I had a little explanation of what the room looked like, but that’s it! The owners were up late and checked them in, but they had no faces in my imagination.

While I laid in bed, trying to sleep, I began to think: there’s not enough of anything–not enough excitement, not enough humor, not enough characters. I will stop for a little while and build up my characters’ history, create new ones, and do some research. I can’t finish the story without all of this!!

I love to research. When I look things up I always get new ideas. And I think creating some new characters will be exciting. I am still just starting out! I will do some character building in my next post.

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It’s been a crazy year! The next one will be crazier, I think, and I’m really looking forward to it. The past two years in particular were big turning points in my life. My first apartment with my boyfriend and all the first holidays. I was engaged on Valentine’s Day ’09, we went on our first road trip together, seen our first Broadway musical (Chicago and it was awesome) and I cooked my first Thanksgiving turkey, too.

I’m not going to a party or a bar tonight, just a quiet family gathering. I hadn’t realized until now, just how much I did this past year. I guess that’s why we make these milestones as humans, or else we’d lose track of what’s important.

I have a lot to look forward to for tomorrow.

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In college, I took a creative writing course. Aside from having my work critiqued, my favorite part was doing writing exercises. One I liked in particular: my professor had the class come up with100 words and write each one on an index card. I found the exercise online because I couldn’t remember the exact details. I took it from this website: https://fc.usd497.org/~tmartin/— it’s a public school website. Just click on Creative Writing and look around. That Ms. Martin’s pretty cool!

Here’s the exercise:

WORDS

FOR PERSONAL UNIVERSE DECK

 

>16 words of TASTE

>16 words of TOUCH

>16 words of SIGHT

>16 words of SMELL

>16 words of HEARING

>10 words of MOTION

>3 abstractions (like love or truth)

>7 anything else words

ALL words on the list must:

*have significance to/for you

*be specific; that is, the word must not be “bird” but “robin,” not “tree” but “aspen”.

*sound good to your ear.

Use no adverbs.  Use no plurals

Then use the cards when you want to start something new, get stuck, or anything else. Spread them out on the floor! Throw them up in the air and use the ones that are face-up! Use your imagination.

After the exercise, my professor told us to write a short scene using some of our words. I came up with something that I think I’ll use in the future for another novel. It’s amazing what our brains can do if they just get a little push!

I would love to hear your feedback…

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Writing is…going fine. Everytime I start writing I think about other stories I could be working on and I only get little spurts of chapters out. Actually, I haven’t even broken the novel into chapters, yet. I’m sure that when I start my next novel I’ll do the same thing. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it!

Music really helps to inspire me to write. I make playlists on youtube (music no one likes but me!) and I listen to them everyday to get me “in the mood.” I shut the blinds, turn off all the lights, and burn some candles…no, I don’t do any of that. But I do listen on youtube and sit on the loveseat in my living room, and type away on my laptop. Some people need to sit in a certain chair in a certain room, facing the window and away from the door, for good chi. I can write anywhere, really. Well, type. I have a journal I write my dreams in and little poems when I get ideas, otherwise I type because my hand would kill me writing whole novels.

What inspires you? Where is your favorite place to write?

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I’ve just finished Julie & Julia (the movie) and I loved it! What an inspiration! And I was delighted to see that Julie Powell’s blog is still up (though not running). I guess it’s a good reason to keep going with a blog even though you’re not sure who, if anyone, is really reading or caring about it.

 

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