Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Today's question: What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Becky's answer: What day is it?
How am I feeling? Am I happy?
Sad? Quiet? Maybe nostalgic?
Am I filled with unexpressed rage today?
Am I reverting and thinking the thinks and feeling the feels of eighteen year old Becky?
Am I writing? Because if I'm writing then I'm listening to the same Bach pieces over and over and over again. (They have become like a behavior trigger for me--no joke. When Concerto for Piano in D minor Allegro starts playing, I start writing!)
Am I remembering my childhood?
Or maybe I'm just hanging with some really cool friends
Basically, I like music...period.
How about you? Tell me about a really cool song you love.
Whistle through your teeth and spit--it's okay.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Enter the travel guide.
What an amazing tool filled with great pictures, history, cultural insights, maps, culinary lessons--tons and tons of great information. Couple that with Google maps and the wealth of information you can find on travel blogs (I found a great one by a woman who moved from San Fransisco to Oaxaca for a year and blogged about her experiences) and the world is suddenly your setting playground.
I did travel quite a bit when I was a flight attendant with United Airlines--but many of the places I write about I've never been to. I would love to one day be able to visit to all the places my characters do, but until then, I won't let the location of my desk keep me from exploring these amazing destinations in my books.
How about you, do you write only about the places you've been too?
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Consequently, we have lots of middle grade reading going on in this house and I thought it might be fun to share what those two are currently reading.
The Girl is reading
And The Boy is reading
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
As a general rule, I think that if you are trying to write books, you should be watching as little TV as possible (HUGE time suck.) However, I have my weaknesses.
1. Downton Abbey
3. Project Runway
4. I am hoping this....
I was also a huge fan of The Tudors, so you can see why I'd be hopeful.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
But I hesitate.
Truth: You scare the crap out of me NaNo.
For me, 50,000 words in one month is a huge output. I work full time, I have young kids, and I like for everyone in my house to have clean underwear everyday. I realize NaNo is not the same as a contracted deadline...but it is a promise to yourself. While it's not at all the same as damaging your writing career by missing a contracted deadline; I still think it would be just as disappointing, to yourself, to not hit that goal.
I will keep you posted as to my decision--which has to be made soon!
In preparation, and just in case, I have plotted out my entire next book. So at the very least I have built a map to guide me through NaNo should I decide to.
Anyone else going to jump in the pool this year?
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Are you a paralyzing perfectionist? I recently had an amazing bookish conversation with a writer I very much admire and was reminded of just how horrifying perfectionism can be.
Now don't get me wrong, a good dose of repeatedly going over our prose has its purpose. In fact, had I been a bit more of a "perfectionist" instead of an "I'm sure everything is just fine" kind of person, I would probably not be trying to remedy the particularly vexing situation in which I currently find myself (more on this in a later post!)
Yes, being perfect has its place!
When you've FINISHED your first draft.
IMHO, the first draft is no place to be looking backwards and fixing mistakes. If you start looking back, you may find yourself mired in the weeds of typos and passive verbs forever! For me, I write the whole thing first. Beginning to glorious "The End"
Only then can I go back and make it better.
Keep Moving Forward! There's no other way to finish.