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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Best Mix Tape I Have

The one thing that inspires me more than anything else is music. In fact, my first NaNoWriMo story has its very own soundtrack. 

Sometimes I would be inspired by a song I heard on the radio, other times I would put my iTunes on shuffle and would write down the first 20 or so songs that played. 

I am always on the hunt for new-to-me-music. I love looking at Spotify playlists and asking Siri what song is playing while I'm out shopping. 

One thing I like to do is to make a soundtrack by putting my MP3 on shuffle and these answering questions/statements in the order they play with them. Here is an example:

Opening Credits:Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars
Waking Up:
The Taste of Ink by The Used
Falling In Love:
Settle Down by The 1975
Breaking Up: 
Trojans (Acoustic) by Atlas Genius
Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
Mental Breakdown:
Bonnie Brae by The Twilight Singers
Stories by Trapt
Getting Back Together:
Anna Begins by The Counting Crows
Wedding Scene:
The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves
Final Battle:
What It Is to Burn by Finch
Death Scene:
The Ghost of You by My Chemical Romance
Funeral Song:
Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World
End Credits:
The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves
Into the Ocean by Blue October
There are also so many other lists similar to this on Pinterest and Tumblr. Some are geared more towards dystopia or science fiction or romance. With the list I just did, when looking at the songs, I feel like I have some wiggle room with genre. It could be a YA romance. It could be a coming of age story. It could be a sci-fi YA romance set in a dystopia. That is the amazing thing about music, it can inspire you in a million different ways!!
I hope this gives you some ideas on finding inspiration in the music around you, whether you are just starting out or just need a push, I really believe music is the biggest help and inspiration ever!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Writing Prompts

Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. These are writing prompts I have collected over the years from classes and friends. Most of the time the prompts are a couple sentences that help to get the creative vibes flowing your way. Some are just suggestions on how to start your story or an idea for a story. I hope these help!

1. A walk through the woods helps me relax and release some tension, the fact that I am dragging a body behind me should be irrelevant.

2. Write a story that starts with a word you pick out of the dictionary at random.

3. His/Her voice brings back memories of dark rooms and broken bones.

4. They sent me because I do not exist.

5. Write about a world where you can purchase bottled emotions.

6. When I said, "Whatever helps you sleep at night... I didn't mean this!"

7. At birth, everyone has the date they will die tattooed on their arms. You were supposed to die yesterday...

8. Write a scene that happens immediately after a tragedy, but never mention the tragedy.

9. I woke up to the sound of someone knocking on glass. I got up and looked out my window, there was no one outside. I heard the knocking again and turned around slowly. The knocking was coming from inside my mirror.

10. In all the time I have lived alone in this house, I swear I have closed more doors than I have opened.

11. "Hey, there is a picture of you sleeping on your phone," he said, handing me my phone. I looked at the picture, my heart dropping into my stomach. "I live alone," I whispered.

12. Write a story that takes place in 60 minutes.

13. This was the night I finally understood why people fear silence.

14. Thirty years ago, you convinced a killer not to murder you because you would "change the world". Now the killer has come back to check your progress.

15. They had been recruited when they were young and desperate.

16. Everyone is forced to wear a warning label, what does your label say?

17. Write an overly descriptive piece about your current surrounding.

18. Sooner or later, everyone leaves.

19. Listen to a song and write a short story about it.

20. "The stars are that way captain," he said, pointing at the empty sky.

I hope these help to give you all some inspiration and get your creative juices flowing!

In my next post I will have some pretty awesome visual prompts!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tips from my Queen, J.K. Rowling!

1. Write About What You Love!
“What you write becomes who you are… So make sure you love what you write!” I love this quote from Rowling. It is very true and maybe that is why academic writing kills me slowly unless I happen to care about the subject! Rowling definitely follows this, whenever I read any book she has written, whether it's Harry Potter or one of her stories written under her pen name, I feel her love for the story and its characters.

2. Write Whenever and Wherever and However!
J.K. Rowling had to work and had to take care of her young child while she was writing Harry Potter. She was even pregnant during the crafting of The Order of the Phoenix. She sadly couldn't just write whenever she wanted to. “Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there," she said, and she is one hundred percent right!! I personally keep a notebook with me at all times, you never know when inspiration and timing will work together.

3. You Must Plot and Pace.
My Queen plotted a series of seven books with little to no plot holes. That takes some series thinking and crafting ability. I mean, it would have been impossible to write had she not done the necessary planning. Also, planning ahead will lessen the chance of spoiling the story for your readers.

4. You Must Have a Plan!
J.K. Rowling got the inspiration for Harry Potter on a train, but she didn't just start writing paragraph one, she outlined and created Harry's world. She wrote new words and gave them meaning. She scribbled down every minute detail that would be essential to the story and every detail that wasn't. She also outlined all of the events that would take place throughout the series. She didn't officially begin writing the series for almost five years while she was working on the details.

5. Criticism and Rewrites.
Queen Rowling rewrote the opening chapter of The Sorcerers Stone fifteen times before being happy with it. You should never expect your first draft to be perfect, it won't be and that is fine. Also, don't fear rejections. Harry Potter only became what it is because Rowling wouldn't stand for rejection. "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all--in which case, you fail by default."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let's Get Creative With It!

Sometimes new ideas seem very elusive and creativity seems to be on a vacation but that shouldn't stop you from writing.

Sometimes you just need a boost or kick in the butt!!

So, what can you do??

You could listen to music. I have a soundtrack to everything I write, whether it's a story or an academic paper, I have a set of songs that have inspired me somehow.

You could get away from the computer and write everything by hand. First off, it helps stop distractions (Candy Crush... Twitter...). Secondly, the feeling of physically writing and the smell of a new notebook will help boost your creativity.

You could daydream. I swear, some of my best ideas have came from daydreaming while folding laundry or doing dishes.

You could drink a little alcohol... now, don't go get wasted but being a little tipsy will loosen you up and will help you think outside the box.

You could lie down and maybe even nod off. Sometimes your brain just needs a break.

You could go outside. Fresh air and natural sunlight are great creativity boosters. Being in  natural setting helps to stimulate the imagination.

You could exercise and blow off some steam.  If you exercise your body, you are ultimately exercising your mind. Again, I get some pretty good ideas will on my run.

One thing I do to help boost my creativity down the line is I keep a notebook and I write down the random ideas I get as I get them. See, on a day where nothing is coming to me I look through my notebooks and inspiration typically hits!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The World Needs Her Novel

I would like to ask for those who read this to help out my friend so she can self-publish her book! She has a Kickstarter set up!! Please help her out!!

It's a memoir-esque novel full of stories about the life of working retail. To quote Rhonda it's a, "A story of the unique experiences I had in a dept store that are hilariously hard to believe and the true friendships made in the fray."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Notecard Piece

Sometimes it is a good thing to limit the amount of space and words your use in a story. I used a 3x5 notecard to write a story and I'm going to share it with you. Using the small space helps the writer to put the most important information down and to leave the fluff behind.

Here is my notecard story, I hope you enjoy it... (maybe not the content but the writing)

Waste by Vanessa Scott
     I woke up on the bathroom floor; the tears still fresh on my cheeks, the smell of blood and vomit still lingering in the air. I got myself up slowly, using the sink to steady myself. After regaining what felt like balance I stepped into the shower, fully clothed, and turned on the scalding hot water.
     I wanted to burn the previous night off of my skin. After a few moments I yanked off my soaked clothes and tossed them over the shower curtain. Even with the hot water I got chills. I scrubbed and dug into my skin without looking down, I didn’t want nor did I need to see the damage. I didn’t need a visual reminder of the pain and embarrassment. I tried hard not to think about the previous night, but I couldn’t help myself.
     “What a waste, what a fucking waste, I’m never going to get clean,” I whispered to myself and to the water that wouldn’t erase anything. I slammed the faucet off and got out of the shower. As I reached for the towel on the rack I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I didn’t recognize the person looking back at me. The weird shade of purple on the apple of her cheek and the haunted eyes, I looked broken. I was broken. I stepped toward the mirror and without a second thought I punched it. As the glass shattered and fell to the floor, so did I. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Room for Improvement...

There is always room for improvement. So, here are some tips for writing better and writing more colorful and full pieces.

Number One: Write With Wild Abandon and Re-Write Ruthlessly.

Remember, it is okay for your first draft to be awful and full of spelling/grammar issues. That is what re-writing and editing are for. And when you do re-write, be ruthless, cut everything unnecessary out.

Number Two: Use Short Words

Obviously you can't control the length of the words you need, but there is no need to use words of great length to seem smart.

Number Three: Use Short-ish Sentences.

Long sentences are confusing to your reader, but short sentences can make the piece seem choppy and staccato. Also, make sure your sentence is complete, fragments suck.

Number Four: Use Paragraphs of Appropriate Size.

Long paragraphs are hard to read and make the eyes of the reader wonder. Three sentence paragraphs are annoying and choppy.

Number Five: Use Active Language.

Active is awesome, passive is boring. Passive language is almost like stating the obvious and plain words. When you use active language, you invite the reader to bring the words to life.

Number Six: Know Your Objective.

Know what you are writing for and why you are writing. If you don't know then your piece will suffer and read like it has A.D.D.

Number Seven: Know  Your Reader.

Know who you are writing for. If you're writing for children, you wouldn't have a story full of violence and sex. When you know who your audience is going to be then it makes writing so much easier and it will make it better.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I'm sorry for the lack of posts. School is kicking my ass at the moment.

I promise... I will have more tips, motivation, and more here soon!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

NaNoWriMo Winners Who Have Made It

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love - a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. (Summary from GoodReads)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Author ofEleanor & Park, currently being adapted into a movie)

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (GoodReads)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Also, a major motion picture)

Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future. 
By morning, he's landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he's in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all...(GoodReads)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet’s refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator—created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders—emits a plague-suppressing aura.

Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow “immunes,” he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura’s edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped—along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma—to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity. (GoodReads)

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (Author of the Den of Shadows Series, The Kiesha'ra Series, and many more)

Sixteen-year-old Erin Misrahe just wants to be like everyone else in her new school. But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry or making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behavior wreaks havoc on those around her. Erin can never remember anything about these episodes, and she’s grateful to have been spared them for a while.

But when a protective friend comes back into Erin’s life, he insists that Shevaun is a vampire who actually exists apart from Erin. Shevaun has dangerous allies, like the handsome witch Adjila—and they’re determined to sever Shevaun’s connection to Erin once and for all. (GoodReads)

My next post will have more motivation for writing, not just for National Novel Writing Month, but for yourself.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How to Write a "Novel" in 30 Days

How to Write a "Novel" in 30 Days

Why "novel"? A novel is typically more than 50,000 words. Also, even when November is over, there is a good chance you will continue to finish your writing after the 30 days are up. Use the 30 days to get a start on your novel.

1. WRITE! To be a writer one must write. With NaNoWriMo you have to write everyday to reach your goal. Write, write, write. Write until your finger bleed and your head bursts! Just fucking write!

2. During the event, DO NOT EDIT! This is the one time when run on sentences, misspelled words, and forgot punctuation is accepted. 

3. Some say December is for editing, I say hold of until January. Sometimes, in order to better edit yourself, you need to take so time away from your story. I mean, you did just spend 30 straight days with it.

4. DO NOT send your draft to an agent immediately. Agents and editors tend to hate NaNoWriMo because they receive so many half-assed novels in the months following. Please, edit your piece thoroughly, look over it ten million times, and only send it in when you are ready to fight for it.

5. Break the rules. NaNoWriMo's website has a list of rules. Its supposed to be fiction and nothing you have worked on before. I say do what you want. If you want to write ten short stories, do it. If you have been working on the story already, finish it. As with every rule of writing, break them all!!

6. November sucks. It is only 30 days and it begins the winter holidays. It is the hardest month in which to get shit done. But, if you can survive it, writing may just be what you were meant to do.

7. If you do reach your goal, please celebrate loudly and happily! Just remember, you will still have work to do and that it isn't really over until you finish that novel.

8. If you don't reach your goal, please celebrate loudly and happily. Why? Because you wrote something. You don't have to stop just because November is over. You didn't 50,000 words, so what? November is a hard month. You did something amazing.

9. Discipline. You have to want it. You have to need it. You have to sit your ass down and write every fucking day. Even if it's just a sentence, do it. Again, write, write, write!

I hope these tips help a little. There will be more, I promise. 

My next post will showcase some authors who participated it NaNoWriMo and published their novel!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


If you love to write I 100% believe it's a good idea to participate in National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo. 

Who: You
What: NaNoWriMo (50,000 words in 30 Days)
When: November 1st-30th
Where: Where ever you do your best writing
How: An idea, determination, and lots of coffee!

My next few posts will include motivation and tips. I hope you enjoy!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Awesome Yet Sadly Underused Words

Here is a list of words that need to be incorporated more into daily life and literature!

Bibulous: excessively fond of alcohol
Cantankerous: cranky
Concupiscence: horniness
Desuetude: A state of obsolescence
Disingenuous: insincere
Festoon: To adorn or decorate
Fulsome:Insincere to the point of being grating
Futz: to fool around
Gallivant: to roam joyfully
Lubricious: Arousing sexual desire
Maladroit: Tactless or clumsy
Malfeasance: Wrongdoing
Mercurial: Fickle or erratic (unless we're talking 50 Shades of Grey, then it is overused.)
Numinous: Awe-inspiring
Panoply: An impressive array
Quash: To suppress
Skulduggery: Underhanded behavior
Susurrus: A whisper or murmur
Vituperative: Bitter or abrasive

Now, go futz with these words and gallivant with them!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Rules of Writing

According to Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Use the time of a stranger in such a way the he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it’s only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal the character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open the window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what’s going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
  9. Find a subject you care about and which in your heart you feel others should care about.
  10. Do not ramble.
  11. Keep it simple. Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps is even sacred.
  12. Have guts to cut. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, not matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.
  13. Sound like yourself. The writing style which is most natural to you is bound to echo the speech you heard when you were a child.
  14. Say what you mean. You should avoid Picasso-style or jazz-style writing, if you have something worth saying and wish to be understood.
  15. Pity the readers. Our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous or glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists.
  16. You choose. The most meaning aspect of our styles, which is what we choose to write about, is utterly unlimited.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Location, Location, Location

When is comes to picking a location I suggest going with what you know or inventing a whole new place all together. If you're simply faking it, your reader will know. I personally love setting my stories in Kansas City, Missouri and the cities/towns within it's metropolitan. It's my hometown and I love it. I still end up making up somethings, like street names, apartment complexes (both names and where they are located in the city), but typically I keep it real.

I like writing what I know. I love mentioning the Royals, Gates BBQ, The Plaza, Crowne Center, Hallmark, my fave radio station (96.5 the Buzz), and local beautiful parks (English Landing Park, Case Park, White Alloe Creek, Line Creek Park and Trail).  I seriously love my town and everything that makes it unique.

I do, however, invent places sometimes. I have never been to New Zealand but if I have a character who happens to be from there, I research the area 100% but make up the name of a small town and sprinkle it with bits of my research to give it an authentic sound. I also make sure the name I make up isn't too similar to a real place.

The problem with writing about somewhere you have never been is that if you make glaring mistakes, your readers will notice and it will take them out of your story.

There is a TV show on ABCFamily called "Switched at Birth", it takes place in the Kansas City area, mostly in Mission Hills, KS. On the show there is a place called East Riverside and it's the dangerous part of town. In the real world there is no East Riverside, just Riverside and its not at all dangerous. This is why when you make up a name, you shouldn't pick one that is actually in the area. Honestly, I can't watch the show. Whenever they mention the horrible "East Riverside" I can't help but roll my eyes.

So, with location, it's best to write what you know. That doesn't mean you shouldn't write about London or Budapest, but make sure you do thorough research. Or book a flight and get good hands on research, I mean, why not? A story may just be hidden inside of you that won't come out until you visit it's birth place...

I have more to say on location and setting, but I will save that for another post and another day.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Gillian Flynn

I absolutely love Gillian Flynn's books. It doesn't hurt that each one is based in Missouri or that Dark Places, for the majority, is set in Kansas City. Gillian's writing is amazing. She takes risks and doesn't mind violently pulling you out of your comfort zone. To quote Stephen King (which I will do many times...) Gillian Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.”

Dark Places is set in Kansas City and takes you to small town MO strips clubs, the middle of nowhere Kansas, and to the quiet suburb of Liberty. The story is about Libby Day, a woman, who as a girl witnessed the massacre of her family. Her testimony put her brother in prison but a local club obsessed with notorious crimes, "The Kill Club", makes her question it, sending her on a mission to discover who really killed her family.

Sharp Objects takes place in a small Missouri town near the boot hill of the state. A journalist, named Camille, who used to live there returns home to report on the deaths of two girls. During her stay she has to face a past the haunts her daily since it is literally written on her skin. She has words cut into skin, each one taunting her. As she works to uncover what exactly happened to the two girls, she finds herself identifying with the victims, a little too much. Camille ends up having to dig in and confront her own past in order to find out exactly what happened.

Gone Girl may be Flynn's most famous novel. It's a wicked look into the life of a young married couple and what happens when it goes terribly wrong. Nick and Amy were about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary when Amy goes missing. Of course, the husband is blamed, but he swears he didn't do it. This book is as toxic as Nick and Amy's marriage but oh-so-addicting. 

I suggest everyone read these books. Gillian Flynn needs to keep writing forever and ever. I hope to someday become as strong as a writer as she is!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Unfinished Business

John Steinbeck, author of Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and The Winter of Discontent, said to, "Abandon the notion that you ever going to finish." I agree.

They say there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. I say the greater agony is finally telling that story but you can't finish it. This is different from writer's block. It's not that you can't write, it's that you can't write that particular story. 

I have dealt with this before, in fact, I am still dealing with it. What did I do? 

I saved it to a flash drive and then deleted it and anything related to it from computer. I am a firm believer that sometimes you need to get away from a piece work that you can't work on. Only pause, only push it away, do NOT give up on it. If a story has been with you for a long time, it needs to be shared and it deserves to be heard. There is nothing wrong with taking break, but giving up should never be an option.

During the break work on other stories. Don't quit writing. While working on other pieces, your unfinished story might come back to life. Always have a notebook around to write down those ideas so you don't lose them. 

So, if you come across this predicament, put your story on the back burner. Each story already comes with a beginning, middle, and ending, it's up to you to fill it out, but let the story guide you. Pause when needed and write with reckless abandon when it wants you to.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's All In Your Head (Literally)

Writer’s block come in many shapes and forms. Sometimes your brain is as empty as that blank screen in front of you. Other times you have a million ideas and no idea how to develop them. Its when you have the perfect outline but one little part has you stuck or you are stuck in the middle of your story and you have no clue where to take it. Writer’s block can come from boredom of your characters, you don’t hate them, you don’t like them, you just want them to go away and never come back. The worst is when your brain gets stuck on how much you think everyone is going to think your story sucks. 

First off, tell your brain to shut the fuck up! Your story does not suck. Get that out of your mind and remember why you are writing. You love your idea and want to see it come to light. That is all that matters, not what some imaginary people think.

Anyway, here are some things I do to help kill my writer’s block:

  1. Exercise. It boosts creativity like no other. It might sound kind of weird but no matter what exercise I am doing ideas just seem to flow the whole time. Also, studies show, that even just walking improves both convergent and divergent thinking, the two types associated with enhanced creativity.  
  2. Be productive. If the words aren’t coming, clean your bathroom, do the dishes, fold the laundry. 
  3. Step away from your computer, your notebook, your story. Sometimes you just need a break. Grab a coffee, watch some TV, and go back to it later.
  4. Step away from the computer once more and reach for a notebook. The computer can be distracting. With Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and just the internet in general, it’s too easy to slack off on your writing and allow for the writer’s block to grow. Physically writing out your thoughts fully engages you in your writing.
  5. Music. Music. Music. I write everything with a soundtrack. I write essays, research papers, stories, reports, you name, I write it with its own set of tunes. Music gets my creative juices flowing. 
  6. Get on Pinterest. People are constantly posting writing prompts. They are pretty awesome. Writing about something that wasn’t your original idea could help bring your story to life. Or, even better, it might turn into your story.
  7. Ask other people. I did. I was stuck with my latest blog post and I asked my Facebook friends. Ask your friends, ask people on social media, ask your mom or dad or sister or brother or significant other. Ask a kid, my kiddo gives me some funny ideas. 
  8. Change your scenery. If you always write in your kitchen, move to your bedroom. Leave your laptop at home, grab a notebook, and go to a park. 
  9. In the same step as changing your scenery, while you’re out there, people watch. Go all Harriet the Spy, and create stories for the people around you. Take their actions and interpret them for your story. Create a world for these people.
  10. Stop waiting for perfection. Margaret Atwood said, “If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.”
  11. For me, the most effective help for my writer’s block is to pick up a good book and read. Sometimes all you need to do is lose yourself in someone else’s story. It will inspire you.

I really hope these work for you! Good luck on any and all of your writing endeavors. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nothing Hurt and Everything Was Beautiful

I am sadly suffering from a bout of writer's block. So, today I have picked some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite books... I hope they inspire you.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” 
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.” 
—John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

“Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay.” 
—Janet Fitch, White Oleander

“Sometimes you just have to try, even if you know it won’t work.” 
—Junot Diaz, Drown

“When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other.” 
—Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mixtape

“We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need.” 
—Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

“The truth." Dumbledore sighed. "It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” 
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” 
—Dr. Seuss

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” 
—Robert Frost

“What a slut time is. She screws everybody.” 
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” 
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.” 
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” 
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.” 
George Orwell, 1984

“I've always been partial to the image of liquor as lubrication, a layer of protection from all the sharp thoughts in your head.” 
Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

“The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty - we all have it.” 
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

“Be careful what you wish for. There's always a catch.” 

Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

My next posts will deal with said writer's block and what to do with a story that is going nowhere. Thank you!