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Writing Mindset

c3f26bc113fe997c78cb2264f9cd42751My post yesterday was generally about how inspiration and hard work go strolling down the road hand-in-hand. However, I’m the type of person who enjoys having a bit of background noise to keep my mind focused on my work.
(Perhaps inspiration should become synonymous with keeping your concentration when it comes to creative projects? It’s a thought.)
My Spotify is usually playing, either blasting through my laptop’s speakers or my Amazon Echo and making the windows shake. Generally my music is instrumental, violinists or movie and video game soundtracks. If I’m in the den, I don’t mind sticking on an old movie, something that I don’t have to pay much attention to. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is also a favorite, considering the amazing soundtrack is a bonus! Of course, Rachel and I are also YouTube geeks, and I have no problem having a few favorite playlists going all day while I write.
Rachel and I tend to spend Saturday mornings writing at our local Barnes and Noble and, considering we know most of the workers, we have no problem inquiring about the music that they play. Usually we approve of the store’s music taste, but there have definitely been times when the music was strange enough to throw me out of the writing mindset.
Isn’t it funny how something as mundane as background music can throw off your work groove? On the flip side, there was a particular Saturday where every song evoked the perfect emotions for Rachel as she was typing away scene after scene — and Rachel is the type to work just fine in silence.
How does everyone else keep their inspiration flowing and their concentration solid?
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Home

 

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Going After Inspiration

How does inspiration tend to hit you?
Do you have a certain playlist of music that you put on to get into the writing mindset? Perhaps you have several playlists saved for different scenes of your stories, to set certain types of mood. Maybe you’re the type who is able to stick on a favorite movie, letting the familiar lines serve as comfortable background noise as you type away. Or are you the type of writer who needs noise-cancelling headphones to work in complete silence?
Perhaps your inspiration is trained to turn on at a certain time or place. Six o’clock in the morning at the desk in the den. Ten PM on the sofa in the living room. Two thirty-six in the afternoon on your bed with your favorite pillow behind you and your laptop resting on your legs.
Or maybe it’s not the inspiration that allows you to write a blessedly easy two thousand words in a sitting… Perhaps it’s just you pushing through the imaginary writer’s block, saying to hell with waiting for so-called inspiration.
Does your hard work come from inspiration or does your inspiration come from hard work?

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Home

 

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Side Characters

If you were introduced in a book, have you ever wondered what kind of character you would be?

If you weren’t the main protagonist, what would be your role? Would you be part of the protagonist’s squad, going with him/her/them to face the villain? Would you be one of the villain’s minions?

Or would you be a random side or background character? Perhaps you’d give the protagonist directions, teach him/her/them how to fight or how to navigate the land. Maybe you’d give some sage advice, or maybe you would just be the person yelling at them to get off your lawn.

Rachel and I did a similar post like this on our Double Jump blog, and I was curious as to how it would extend to book characters. Would your book-self be named? Would you show up in later chapters, or just have a one-time appearance and serve your purpose?

Obviously, everyone is the author to his/her/their own story… but have you ever thought about how much you help other people in their stories?

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Home

 

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Procrastination for Writers

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Fitting for Camp NaNo, don’t you think? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Home

 

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NaNo Day 13 – Keep Going

Neil Gaiman: โ€œThis is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.โ€

NaNoWriMo Day Thirteen Word Goal: 21666
Current NaNoWriMo Word Count: 21707/50000
My NaNo Profile: Winged_Spirit

I’m tired.

It’s amazing how different NaNo Week Two feels from Week One. Week One, everyone is like, “YAY, WRITE EVERYTHING!” and Week Two is just, “Blah. I want to be done.” There have been a couple of times so far that I wanted to skip a day of writing, promising myself that I’d have plenty of time the next day to catch up. These past couple of days I’ve worked the long, 8 or 9 hour shift that’s smack in the middle of the day, sapping most of my energy. When I get home, I just want to relax and become a couch potato.

HOWEVER. That is not how writing gets done. Writing gets done by sitting one’s butt in the chair and getting the words on the paper/computer screen.

So, despite my lack of energy, I have been staying on par with NaNo’s word count goals, and I’m immensely proud of myself for doing so. In previous years, I have done the, “Oh, skipping a day won’t hurt,” and then find myself at the end of the month with maybe 20k words on a story (and that’s a big maybe). This year that is changing, and I want to continue this, “Let’s write about 1500-2000 words a day,” habit going even past November, because that’s how books come into existence.

We all have stories inside of us. Open the door and set them free.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Home

 

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