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What Songs Are On Your Playlist?

What Songs Are On Your Playlist?

I don’t think I could live without music. Beautiful words sung in a beautiful tune is something that can really ignite my imagination. I always seem to have music playing, even when I’m writing. Today just for something different, I thought I’d share the songs on my favourite playlist and I would love everyone else to share some of their favs too. This is judgement free zone on music choice 😉

My Top Ten – Not in any particular order

1. Heart by Heart – Demi Lovato

2.The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez

3. Clean – Taylor Swift

4. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

5. You Ruin Me – The Veronicas

6.When The Darkness Comes – Colbie Caillat

7. Elastic Heart -Sia

8. Almost Is Never Enough – Ariana Grande

9. Clarity – Zed ft Foxes

10. Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw ft Taylor Swift

*Honourable mention to – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy* Just to prove I do like songs other than female artists.

It was really difficult to choose just 10 but I think those are my favourites right now (it changes regularly). I recently got the Mortal Instruments Sound Track and there are some awesome songs on there (hence why I’ve got three on my list). Most of those songs have really great lyrics and that’s a lot of the reason why they’re my favourites playlist. The raw emotion in them helps me channel that into my writing.

Who else is game to post their fav songs?

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Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Writing

 

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When Words Elude You

 I’m lucky enough that words rarely elude me (yes I may talk a bit too much sometimes). I find ideas randomly pop into my head and once they are there, there’s no going back. With laptop comfortably placed in front of me I start typing. I marvel at my brain’s ability to generate a story without even a second thought. I know the basics of what my story or scene will be but until I’m sitting there with my fingers on the key I’m really not sure where these ideas will take me. Rationality and overthinking are bypassed as my imagination takes control and tells my fingers what to do. To read back through what you have written and feel the emotions you wanted to the reader to feel brings a real sense of pride. I did this, I create a piece of work that stirs the emotions of the reader. I want to enthral my readers to the point where they unknowingly allow their emotional journey to show on their faces. To smile without realising that the fruits of my imagination have transported them to such a realistic world that they have been emotionally moved by the story’s journey.

 

I’ve currently almost finished editing my manuscript (working title – Surrender). The crazy thing though is that I haven’t written the very last few pages/chapter. I’ve come to a halt, realising that I haven’t quite finished writing it. It’s the part I guess you could call the epilogue, just to finish things off. I don’t want to end it without leaving the reader with a few questions that they will find themselves dreaming about what might happen after the words have stopped. Sometimes I think that happily ever after finishes things off with too much finality and the reader doesn’t get the chance to use their own imagination, thinking about what might happen next in the character’s lives.

 

I was having a conversation the other day with one of my friends who is an avid reader. She brought up how amazing it was that I had written so much and created manuscripts that are “an awesome read” as she put it. Of course I was completely flattered. She went on to say how there was no way she would ever be able to create something like that. I was surprised that someone who had reader so many books would not be able to create her own story. It might just be because words and ideas come to me so easy but I was confused, didn’t that happen to everyone? Doesn’t everyone have those moments where their imagination clouds their reality? Those fantastical stories, ideas come flooding in and play out in front of you as you go on autopilot for the rest of the world.

 

Unfortunately though right now my imagination is having a communication problem with my fingers as the words they are spitting out on the screen in front of me aren’t good enough to describe the scene in my mind. I can see the end, I can picture exactly what I want and how it plays out as though it were a movie but the words to describe it elude me. Words worthy of the story, worthy to spread across the pages. Those last few pages could completely ruin the whole story if I can’t find the right words to describe exactly what’s in my head. I have written this part many times but none of those seem to fit properly. I’ll keep preserving because it’s worth it and because I love writing. I know the words will fall into place eventually and I’ll wonder why I ever stressed about it.

 

So here’s to gathering those perfect words and writing an ending befitting of my characters.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Moment You Realise Your Character Isn’t Actually A Real Person

Recently I’ve found myself wondering how “Alex” is going and what she’s been up to. The problem with this is that Alex isn’t actually a real person. She is but a figment of my imagination or my current favourite character. I’m proud to say that I’ve written a whole 100,000+ word manuscript and edited it basically. I absolutely loved writing this manuscript/novel/whatever you want to call it. I’m a new writer and this was my first proper size piece of writing. Somehow my brain thought up an exciting story that I personally really enjoy reading (and writing). Maybe it’s because I’m new at this, maybe I don’t have exciting enough friends or maybe it’s even that I feel I can relate so much but regardless of the reasoning the result is that my main character Alex is like a best friend to me. Oh how sad I know. Yes Alex is younger than me and certainly cooler than me but I just feel so connected to her in more than a creator kind of way. She’s so much more than just a made up character in a book and the novel (I like that term better although calling it a book at the moment is just a little too pretentious). The novel is a series (hopefully the name Harlequin sticks) and the first one ended in a bit of a cliff-hanger. There were a fair amount of answers but hopefully for more than just me, it ended making you want to read more. I have so many ideas, plots and subplots to write in and I have started, only just but still started, writing book 2. Another book idea has since come to me and I got side-tracked and have ended up writing a new novel. In both of them the main character has been a female who is psychologically strong but that’s where the similarities end. In this new manuscript (Surrender) the main female is called Temi and as much as I love her, I sometimes let my mind drift away to where Alex might be. Temi is ethereal and dutiful; Alex is fiery and righteous. Surrender doesn’t have a sequel (well so far I plan to leave the ending how it is) whereas with Harlequin, Alex’s journey is far from over. Alex has a love triangle and I have spent countless hours trying to decide if or who she ends up with. My poor husband has sat patiently and listened to me try and rationalize my decision only to change my mind an hour later. From the small amount of experience I’ve had with writing, I mean like under 200,000 words small, I’ve found that my brain makes all the decision for me and they seem to bypass my confused thoughts and head straight down to my fingertips where it becomes a story. Sometimes I stop to read my work and find myself saying ‘that’s really cool and exciting, how did I come up with that?’ When I am doing a read-through of my book so see if it makes sense, I find myself asking what happens next only to be disappointed because I don’t have to wonder, I wrote it. I want to look forward to seeing what happens but then I realise that I’m in charge so I get to decide.

My goal when it comes to writing is to create something that people love and enjoy reading so much that they, just like me, wants to know ‘what happens next.’ I hope to inspire people’s creative genius and provoke their imaginations so that while they wait to find out the answer to the question, they can fantasize about what they want to happen next. I want to widen people’s imagination. How great would it be if a reader had the same thoughts as I do today, ‘I wonder how Alex is going?’ 

Signing off for today to go help Temi’s story get out into the world.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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