Thursday, December 16, 2010

Future Blogs

I will not be posting any more till after the new year and my goal is to blog every day next year!  See you in 2011!!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Short stories via Music

Song writers are like novel writers. Only their stories are put into songs.  A song is basically a short story being portrayed with music.  So really song writers are just as amazing as any other writer!  They fit so much detail into so few words!  And that's real talent!!!

A short story must have the same thing as a novel. A beginning, a middle and an end.  A hook, a cliff and a resolve. The difference is a short story must be told in less words which makes it all that much harder!  (I've tried to write short stories, I can never get so few words in that it's still classified as a 'short' story) 

While I work on my books I am constantly listening to music.  It's what keeps me in the right mood to write the scenes perfectly.  If I'm not in the mood I'm trying to write, it doesn't sound like it.  Music, being as amazing as it is, helps stay in focus.  Along with helping me stay in the right mood for each scene it helps me tell the story.  
Example A:  My nine book series:  One of the big things in my nine book series is that one of the main characters has a song for everything!  So lot's of music is involved (so much that it could almost be called a musical)  So with every thing that happens with that character, theres a song behind it.  I have multiple play lists for each of my characters.  The nine book series is based in the modern day and therefore, for the characters to seem real,  they need a life.  What music they like, favorite foods, hobbies, that favorite place they love to go and be alone. . . etc 

Music helps define a characters personality.  One of my characters listens to classical music.  She is very shy and very soft spoken.  She is a very loving character and through the book you learn so much about her.  She's a violinist and pianist.  She's going to college for a degree in music.  So the type of music she listens to and even plays says so much about her!  

Then there's the character that listens to alternative music and pop.  He's a computer geek that LOVES his technology!!  He's fun to be around, not shy by any means and over all a nice guy!  

So on and so forth.   (the list of characters and their music is pretty long so I will stop here) 

Music and writing are my two favorite things!  And put together they make my dreams come true!!!! 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Writing your own Story

For many, many years it has been pounded into my head that I need to keep a journal.  And in the years past I thought 'wow how boring.'  and never kept one.  But about a year ago I discovered something amazing about keeping a journal!  It's like writing a book, just about yourself!  And amazingly it can be super fun!  I've made a tradition of writing each Journal in a different form.  My current Journal, I am writing in third person.  And with each Journal I change it to something new!

It's also really fun to look for Journals or make them! Personally I go by the really expensive ones that are Handmade in Italy made of leather.  Lot's of people wonder why I bother buying the expensive journals and I tell them 'Because My stories are worth keeping in the best books! And it's true!  And now Journal keeping has become a regular daily habit (though there are a few nights here and there that I forget or am to busy)  But I always keep it up to date and make it as fun to read as possible and I know that one day someone will appreciate the fact that I wrote the stories down and kept them in beautiful books!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Write me a Picture

So many countless times I have been asked to draw a picture. sometimes it can be anything and sometimes it's specific, like a portrait.  For the longest time I told everyone 'I can't draw to save my life' 
At those times I never realized that I could. Just not in the way they wanted.  It took a while for me to see that though I could not do it with the swirls of a pencil, I could do it.  Not with lines of free movement but with words. . . 

I could not only draw them a picture but give them an emotion. Make them feel something with every detail.  I could make a picture worth more than a thousand words!  Now when people ask me if I can draw. . .I tell them 'You bet I can. . . just not in the way you meant.'  (I typically get weird looks and raised eyebrows but people laugh all the same when I tell them what I mean)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Too long

Okay! So sorry that it's been two months since I've posted anything!  This time of year comes and every thing else goes!  Anyways,  I will try to keep up and start posting every day again!  And tomorrow I'm gonna start off with something fun!

Happy Holidays!