“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Institute of Children's Literature

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from the Institute of Children's Literature and they wanted me to do an aptitude test and send in some of my work. I was wondering, because you're all writers as well, if you've heard about this, and if so, do you know if it's a scam? I'm obviously not going to pay $600 for a course - especially if it's not a legit one at that. So I was really just wanted your opinion. It would be cool if it was real though, and they could help guide you on the path to becoming a published author. I always wanted to be a teacher and to have my own published books in my class. How amazing would that be?

Even if this is a scam, it was enough of a sign to kick my fingers into gear to keep on writing. I've been so incredibly busy, that I haven't been writing as much as I hoped..especially when it came to NaNoWriMo. I'm almost to 20,000 words, but we only have a week left. Not sure if I can finish in that time. How are you all doing if you're still in the competition. I think the hard part to, is that I'm working on the novel that is the "real deal" for me, not just some story to get to 50,000 words with. I've made it past 50,000 words on stories I didn't care about in the past, so I'm sure I could've done it. But I want this one to not be rushed. That's probably why people start from scratch in this competition. Maybe if I start all over I'd have a better shot at it ;) Who knows!

All I know is, I need to get more into this again, because I don't want this dream to float away.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

Lately I've been really missing my step-father. I haven't done so well with writing as of late either, and I'm not so sure. I'm also not sure I'm going to accomplish my goal for the NaNoWriMo...so I'm sorry I haven't posted in such a long time with an update. There might still be hope, but I'm not sure!

Maybe it's because it's the holidays...but I found the song that is in the Phantom of the Opera: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again. These are the lyrics to the beautiful song:

You were once my one companionYou were all that matteredYou were once a friend and fatherThen my world was shatteredWishing you were somehow here againWishing you were somehow nearSometimes it seemed if I just dreamedSomehow you would be here

Wishing I could hear your voice againKnowing that I never wouldDreaming of you won't help me to doAll that you dreamed I couldPassing bells and sculpted angelsCold and monumental seem, for you the wrong companionsYou were warm and gentle

Too many years fighting back tearsWhy can't the past just die?Wishing you were somehow here againKnowing we must say, "Goodbye"Try to forgive, teach me to liveGive me the strength to tryNo more memories, no more silent tearsNo more gazing across the wasted yearsHelp me say, "Goodbye"Help me say, "Goodbye"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Decided


So as you all know by now, I've decided to do NaNoWriMo! At first I had a little bit of an attitude thinking, "Oh my...this will be a cinch. No battle." Yea, is it okay to apologize for that attitude? This is no easy task. In fact, it's already stressing me out and it's only day 3.

However, something good truly came from this experience already. I was trying to hard to start from scratch, but because last month was so stressful/busy, I feel as though my creativity was somewhat dried up. I realized, that I haven't gone very far with my main novel - so it pretty much is like starting from scratch. I've been waiting for the perfect moment to really sit down and write this story. Um, hello! I have 30 days to write 50,000 words! That's dedication and determination right there in a box. This is the opportunity I need. I realized that NaNoWriMo is truly for the writer alone. It's a goal you make and hope in the end, the goal is in fact met. Well, I decided I'm finally going to finish this novel. Obviously it will be more than 50,000. And it definitely is going to be messy, but hey, it's a first draft! That's the point. Then after the 30 days are up, I can really work on making it better with editing and clean it up quite a bit. But this time limit will really force me to get over the writing barriers I've faced with this story and just move along with it.

I'm still not going to share this title or much information about it, because this is the story I'd like to publish, so I have to be somewhat secretive. But certain people who I need guidance from, I'll share! Also, I'll share when the competition is done and I really need help editing the story.

I need to learn how to copyright my work, does anyone know how to do that? Because it's important and needs to happen ASAP - especially if I start sharing my work.

For someone who loves writing, I feel like I'm such a newbie to the writing atomoshere. You know how some people have personal shoppers? I need a personal helper when it comes to writing. I guess in the writing world they call those types of people: agents. So maybe that should be the next step. But I thought you needed to be done at least with a first draft before you attain an agent. If that's the case, then I can do so after the NaNoWriMo. Right?

This is a good decision for me, and actually made me ten times more excited - but with that excitement, I'm actually kind of nervous.

This is the real deal. I'm going to be throwing myself on the line; at least I know it'll be worth it in the end.

So from time to time, I'll be definitely writing more about my progress this month in the competition. I'll let you know what's happening in my world!!

Here's one statement: as of right now, I have: 8,603 words on my story!! That's pretty much all from the last 3 days. That's not as good as I'd like, but I feel like if I can at least get to 10,000 words today - then I'll be successful. I also need to keep it up daily.

Wish me luck!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

NaNoWriMo

So have you all heard of National Novel Writing Month? I was told about this from author Ally Condie and a local bookstore here in Utah. They said it's a great way for beginning authors to really set some guidelines and get down to writing business. It's no surprise that this month I haven't written as much as I had hoped, but I just realize that NaNoWrMo officially starts November 1st...less than 6 hours. I think I'm going to do it. Except I worry sometimes; they want you to start from scratch, but part of me really wants to use the one novel that I've been working on so hard. I feel like something random that I come up with wont  be the real deal in my eyes...then again, it's probably just the goal of completing 50,000 words in a month. And I probably want to put the time and real effort/editing into my main novel. This will be so cool if I can finish it, but there goes my social life eh eh? I also feel like lately has been so stressful, so I'm sucked dry of all my creative ideas. I don't even know what I would write about!!

Is anyone else going to do this? If so, we should help each other because I still don't really understand NaNo and need some tips etc.

Let me know people! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN by the way.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Withdrawals

Oh no!! October has been so incredibly busy, that I've realized I haven't written in a few weeks. That's not good; especially because I love to write every single day. I think it makes a difference when you do. Hopefully things will start dying down a little bit so I can get back on track.

I do miss it everyday though and haven't forgotten about my characters. Nope. No way! They are a part of me. And even if I'm not writing, I'm still thinking about the story in my head as though I'm watching a movie.

How do you all do it though? Manage to keep writing when you are so incredibly busy? I know I need to just stop, take a deep breath, and go for it. But it's hard because lately I haven't had any quiet moments I swear!

So when I have something important to report, I'll write a brilliant post; how about that?

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"Do What You Love To Do"

The world lost an amazing man yesterday: Steve Jobs.
Here is a man who is a true inspiration. A man that followed a vision, and went after his dreams. How could you not be inspired by that?

He said in a commencement, that you need to "do what you love to do," I fully believe in that. That's why I write. I feel like I can make a difference with the Written Words I write down.

Everyone has something to offer in life...and writing and teaching children is my offer.

People like Steve fight for life - and I don't know what's more inspiring than that. They don't let obstacles or life's barriers hold them down, even if that ultimately means death. They leave a mark on this life and change people because of that mark. 

That's what I hope to do with my life. I want to make a difference. 


RIP Steve Jobs - thank you for the great message. 
I'm not going to waste anymore time. I'm not going to let other people tell me "I can't." Because they're wrong. I can & I will

Doing what you love to do makes all the difference when you wake up in the morning. Even if I don't become a published author, I'm writing, and that's what I love to do. I love meeting other writers as well. I'm joining other critique groups, and I must say I'm thrilled for the opportunity to get to know all of you so much better (especially after my last post). 

This is where I want to be. This is what I want to be doing. 

This is my life and I'm going to start living it. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

YOU!

Hey readers & writers!

I'm so excited that I have more followers because it will make my little "writing community" a lot more beneficial, and that's what I hoped to accomplish with this blog anyways.

That being said, I want to get to know you all better and then hopefully we can share work with one another (if the pieces fit) etc, etc. It can also let others get to know you as well. Just understand that you don't have to answer anything you don't want to. I'm just going to throw questions out there - so answer what you want! Also, feel free to ask questions as well.
  1. What's your name?
  2. Where do you live? 
  3. Tell us something unique about yourself. 
  4. What is a hobby of yours? What do you like to do for fun?
  5. Are you a writer?
  6. Who do you write for? Yourself? Family? Others?
  7. Would you like to be a published author one day? 
  8. Are you already a published author? If so, what's your book's title and please, share a little bit about it with us!
  9. When did you start writing?
  10. Do you like reading?
  11. What's your favorite book?
  12. What inspires you to write?
  13. Do you have a critique partner? Group? 
  14. If you do, what do you like the most about it; the least? 
  15. Have you ever met any famous authors, if so, who? 
  16. Have you ever participated in a writing workshop? 
  17. What are the pros and cons of one? 
  18. Did you take writing classes in high school/college? 
  19. What did you major in? 
  20. Where did you come up with the idea for your story? 
  21. How do you focus and keep writing? 
  22. What is your writing method/process? 
  23. What do you do when you hit a wall (writer's block)?
  24. Do you let your family/friends read what you write and critique first? 
  25. Have you revised? 
  26. Do you edit as you write, or after? 
  27. Have you found an agent? 
  28. What resources do you use as a writer? 
  29. What are your goals for the future? 
  30. What is some advice you'd share with other aspiring authors?
So I wanted to end on that lovely number "30." So I think what I'm going to do now is fill this out about me, because this is still my blog and I want you to get to know who I am as well!

  1. What's your name? Jessica Ruud
  2. Where do you live? Salt Lake City, Utah
  3. Tell us something unique about yourself. I'm ambidextrous :) I write and eat with my left hand, but everything else with the right. I also live inside my head and can create anything and everything. 
  4. What is a hobby of yours? What do you like to do for fun? I like blogging obviously, camping, swimming, just being outdoors a lot...dancing (Greek dancing too - yes I'm Greek), and teaching (went to college to be an Early Elementary Teacher). 
  5. Are you a writer? Yes, ever since I was 5 years old. 
  6. Who do you write for? Yourself? Family? Others? I have written poems for family and friends, but I used to just write for myself. Now I want to write for others out there :)
  7. Would you like to be a published author one day? Of course!! Definitely has always been a dream of mine; I want to follow that dream. 
  8. Are you already a published author? If so, what's your book's title and please, share a little bit about it with us! Someday hopefully I can fill this question out...*sigh*
  9. What is your favorite genre to write? For what age group? Fantasy Fiction for YA. But I also want to write children's books. 
  10. Do you like reading? Obsessed. 
  11. What's your favorite book? What a hard question (oh wait, I created it...). I have so many favorites, but here are some series I love: Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, and yes, Twilight Series. 
  12. What inspires you to write? Everything around. Nature's beauty really. Then again, a song, something I see. There are clues/signs everywhere. 
  13. Do you have a critique partner? Group? Starting to form one. 
  14. If you do, what do you like the most about it; the least? I will say I'm quite shy when it comes to the sharing process. Obviously I need to get over that, but I'm still timid. It's like sharing a part of your soul or something. I'm used to sharing with me, myself, and I. So sharing what you've worked so hard on can be quite scary. 
  15. Have you ever met any famous authors, if so, who? Just one: Ally Condie (author of Matched). I hope to meet a lot more though!
  16. Have you ever participated in a writing workshop? No I'd like to though.
  17. What are the pros and cons of one? I haven't done one, but it seems like a great way to receive feedback from others who have the same goal as you do. 
  18. Did you take writing classes in high school/college? A creative writing class in high school, then the forced Writing 1010 and Writing 2010 in college (wish I had taken more though). 
  19. What did you major in? Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Elementary Education. 
  20. Where did you come up with the idea for your story? Well I'm working on two. But the first one I realized was a part of my past...something that was always quite special to me. Something that I would always play & imagine in my mind. It was always there. The other one I was inspired by writing the first one. The chain reaction eh? 
  21. How do you focus and keep writing? It's hard, I'm not going to lie. Especially with something called the "internet." I can lose myself for hours on end on my laptop. So what I need to do, is get a notepad and go somewhere secluded and just write. Lately I like to write at this park with a stream flowing close by. Very peaceful. Very secluded. Very far away from the internet. 
  22. What is your writing method/process? Trying to make writing goals for myself. Finishing chapters etc. But I have a habit of writing out random scenes, and then filling in the blanks. That can be good...and yet bad as well. 
  23. What do you do when you hit a wall (writer's block)? Walk away from the project for a while. Then return when I have a clear head. That's when it is nice working on two projects though. I can go back and forth when this happens. 
  24. Do you let your family/friends read what you write and critique first? Yes I let people close to me read and make suggestions. It helps letting people you truly trust read something so close to your heart. 
  25. Have you revised? Still writing my story. 
  26. Do you edit as you write, or after? I have a habit of editing as I write, but I've noticed it's slowing me down a lot. 
  27. Have you found an agent? Not yet. Someday hopefully :)
  28. What resources do you use as a writer? It's a contradiction to myself, but on the internet. There are so many sites that can help you. The SFWA page, WriteOnCon, and to be honest, famous author's blogs can really help - especially Cassandra Clare's blog
  29. What are your goals for the future? To always write. Never let someone stop that process...even if I don't become published or not. My story will make it's way to the surface eventually; even if it is over e-books and I'll be self-published. Hey, Amanda Hocking could do it, so could I. This is the way for my voice to get out. I don't want to shut it off any time soon. Or ever. 
  30. What is some advice you'd share with other aspiring authors? Read. Write. Read. Write. Also, to never give up on your story. It came to you for a reason - see it through. And gain help wherever and whenever you can. 
So how did I do? :) Also, if you'd like to hear more random rantings from me, head on over to my main blog: Live Laugh Love. By the way, are any of you participating in the National Novel Writing Month? I'm actually thinking of doing it, just for the practice of writing. Plus, it would be interesting to see if I could write 50,000 words in a month! Yikes! 

Cannot wait to get to know all of you better as well! 

Have a great Monday!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Two is Not Better Than One!

Well as you know from this blog, I've started two projects:

  • Project FW
  • Project E. 
Project E came up randomly and it was really fun working on that! Except all the sudden I realized it's too similar to novels that are already out. That's something I wanted to do apparently differently when writing. I have my own mind. My own story. I'm creative - so I need to relish in that fact! I need to respect it. 

I thought to myself that I'm taking the easy way out. I hit a wall with Project FW, but I need to go back to it. I believe it's so hard for me to write, because it's never been done before. It's unique. It's exactly what I wanted. It's the story that could possibly get me published. 

With that being said, yes, I hit walls with it. I need to expand the norm and when something doesn't seem right, I really need to stop and revaluate what I'm writing. 

I'm critiquing with some others, and their ideas are so brilliant that I realized I need to finish this story of mine. No putting it off to the side. I can change and make Project E awesome as well, but Project FW needs to be completed. 

I need to tell myself that I'm in no rush. Writing a novel is a lengthy process. That's the point. I don't want to hurry and just get it out...because I can assure myself that no one will want it if I do. 

I rewrote my prologue last night, and I'm already feeling better about it. I do need some help and that's why it will be awesome working with others; the brainstorming, the writing process, the suggestions, the nit-picking, and the critiquing is what I'm looking forward to. 

This is what I want to do and I want to do it right. 

Anyways, I hope you all have an amazing weekend and make sure you check out my main blog: Live Laugh Love!

If you are still interested in exchanging work, let me know!! I love working with you other brilliant writers. And I have a lot to offer as well. 

Welcome October by the way!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

SEEKING CRITIQUE PARNTER/GROUP

CALLING ALL WRITERS

I'm really getting farther in my two novels, and now is the time where I'm desperately wanting some aid. I need someone who is going to be honest, and truly help me out! I'm either looking for one solid person that we can both exchange with one another. Or a group! 

So if you are at all interested please let me know!! I think we can help one another on the path to greatness. 
THANKS!

QUOTES FOR THE DAY:




SIDE NOTE:

This is not my main blog. My main blog is: Live Laugh Love

Keep on writing writers. The world needs to read your words. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Writing

Well I did it! I wrote all...weekend...long. Especially during the 6 hours back to SLC. It's so nice to be able to escape and write when you have free time.

I also got so many new names for my story from signs that I saw. You never know where you can find inspiration. That's what I love. I also love music that inspires you to write more fluently. You can pictures scenes in your mind with the aid of music. Who wouldn't love that?

I'm also excited to go to King's English Bookstore tomorrow with my cousin. I want to really talk to them and meet some more local authors. I really think they can help you on the path of becoming a published author.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Secluded Area

So lately I've been going to a park that I always used to go to...but I found a perfect spot by the creek, and I spend my days writing there. It's so peaceful listening to the running water. The park is huge, so I never get disturbed. I'm in heaven.
Sugar House Park
I'm so excited for my newest novel; the Project FW is still in motion, but the new one (yet to be titled) really hits my past obsession. When I was little there was something I loved and that concept actually goes for both of my books, but it's crazy how I can turn something into a book and with a twist. It's not copying ideas, it's being "inspired" by them. I'm sure people will be able to see the similarities, but that's okay, that's what makes it so exciting. I also think it's awesome that one book series is going to be in 3rd POV and one is going to be in 1st POV. It's great to practice writing in each. 
It's amusing though, I get so much written, then I erase it, change the main character's name 14 times, etc. 

I suppose that's the process of writing right?

Writing is honestly my life right now, as well as fighting a career in teaching. 
In the Sugar House area, there is also an adorable little bookstore called: The King's English Bookstore. I still haven't gone there, but it's been around for a long time. It's small, independent and locally owned. The best part? They support Utah writers a lot. And they help with advice and hold monthly writing workshops. I'm definitely in. I want to make a good first impression, because that would be awesome to work with them someday. 
 I also just joined GoodReads: Jess so everyone should go look at my page. I'm constantly adding more books and reviews (I read a lot).
I'm off to Idaho to visit my family...and I plan to write for the full 6 hours. Hopefully I can get 5 more chapters done *fingers crossed*. I'm going to look for these along the way to become my new inspiration and ideas!!
Have a great weekend.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Daily Development

So I have something called "The Daily D." on my main blog, and it's when a random thought, process, pretty much anything happens in my life that I feel as though I need to share. So here is my Daily D that has been brewing up for the past few days:
I was working on my main novel and it was so exciting. I was pumped, have 70 pages of the backstory done, about 5 chapters where I want them, know how the whole series is going to go, set the 10-plot-process out, etc.

In the midst of writing that novel, all the sudden another idea popped into my head. It isn't as original as my main novel, but it's something interesting. Something that has to do with my past as well. But the amusing thing is: it has absolutely nothing to do with the other novel. So I started writing something else in addition. And already I have four chapters. Whoa. Slow down there self!! I didn't think that idea was even going to go anywhere, and then what do you know, I pop out another process.

This one might be more ethical for a first novel, because it's light easy read that MS or YA readers will love; that being said, I won't forget about my other novel because I hold it dear to my heart. I've been working on it for years now, but recently had decided to really try and publish it. The first novel that I'll call Project FW :), definitely will take time and I'm in no rush to hurry that one. The other project however, I could see myself finishing in a few months which could be exciting.

So what does a writer do? Take the easy road, or go down the narrow road that's unpredictable?

My thought...why choose? I love writing in any shape or form, and I'm never going to dwindle these thoughts that keep rolling around in my mind.

By working on both, can become quite tedious, however, I truly think that writing in general will be a positive aspect in the long run. Even if one goes no where, both goes no where, or they both become best-selling novels, I'll gain what I wanted: writing knowledge, writing practice, writing...writing...just to write.

I'm excited about both and hope I can deliver the second project with a twist. I don't even have a title yet, and don't know a lot of names, places, etc. but that's what's so exciting about it; it's fresh and new and I somewhat like that.

So that's my Daily D. Instead of briskly working on Project FW by it's lonesome, I'm adding a friend to a mix. Just hope it won't be a recipe for disaster!

Yikes!

Here's to writing success :)

Also, is there anyone wanting to become critique partners? If you are interested, please send me an email - here is the address: My Email I'm really looking for the real deal, and if I could get a little group going, that's what I had hoped to achieve with WWW, but it wasn't going where I wanted it to. Needed more people. So if you are wanting a critique buddy who is: kind, but firm and will truly help with the creative process, please get in touch with me.

You should tell me about yourself, and then answer some questions:


  • What is your story about? You can share the query letter if you'd like, or the first 200 words. Or simply just give me a synopsis.
  • What genre are you writing?
  • What age category is this story for? Children's, Picture book, MS, YA, or Adult. 
  • How far along are you on your story?
  • What would you like a critique partner help you to achieve? 
  • What kind of story are you looking to help critique? 
  • What can you offer in a critique partner? 
  • And anything else you'd like to add to the email. 

Thanks friends!

PS: I added some polls on the side. Please take a few minutes to vote! I really need my readers insight.

Have a wonderful Monday!
-Jess

Friday, September 16, 2011

Part of Your World

It's an amazing concept to me, that I've always been a writer. Ever since I could write at the age of five years old, it's consumed me. But only last year did I decide I want to really share my work. I really wanted to be published and enter "that world." I love reading, it's right up there with writing and teaching, but I realized I want to be on the other side. I want to be the author writing these incredible stories that so desperately need to be told, and hook readers in. I want them to be talking about my stories for ages and for my book to have made a difference in their life, like so many books have changed mine.

I am trying to read "how to" books on getting published, writing more efficiently, grammar, etc. But the biggest tool is just to write. Oh and did I mention reading even more than I already do now? I can't be picky either; to be successful, you have to read outside of the preferable genre that you like to take shelter in. That way you can see the different styles of writing. It's fantastic. The whole process truly is.

I'm on WriteOnCon and my page is: J_Ruud. It's a great way to work with other writers and for critiquing. That's what I truly need: a critique partner. I need someone to flat out say, "Wow, that's terrible, but try this..." That would come in handy and I need that aid. So hey, if anyone is looking for a writing partner or some help, please contact me!

I feel like I have so much more to learn, and not just with writing, but entering the writing world. I know it just takes time and the more I read, go to conferences, meet authors, meet other writers, write, etc. I'll understand the concept a lot clearer.

How did you all get started with writing? What tools do you all use? I'm very interested. Also a question I wanted to ask writers, what POV do you like writing in more? 1st or 3rd? I actually like 3rd more, but I think there are pros and cons with each of them.
It's a rainy day and all I want to do is: put comfy clothes on, read, movie in the background (quietly), and then write...and write, and write some more :) The perfect way to spend a Friday if you ask me.

Enjoy your weekend writers!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Writing Flow

 It's an amazing feeling to go from writer's block to a writing flow.

I went to the park the other day and wrote, and added so much to my first chapter. It's finally how I wanted it to be. Mind you, I have other chapters, but the first one was bugging me intensely. I need a hook...a hook that would grab readers; I finally got to that point.

Now I stay up till about 2 am almost everyday: I can't stop writing. I don't want to stop writing.
 My thoughts and the words are pouncing into my mind faster than I can write or type. It's actually quite amusing and is something else I love. So much better than sitting there staring at a blank parchment not having a thought in the world to lead you.
Writing is such a beautiful process. There's something so poetic about it and the words suck you in. It's wonderful that authors can create something so magical and oh so powerful.

You hold the world in your hands.

There is no ending in that.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Remembering You

Today is officially 5 months since my step-father passed away and lost the battle to ALS. It really is hard everyday, but I try to keep going. I just wanted to post a poem in remembrance of him (I didn't write it).
Wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. 
I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. 
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name. 
All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. 
Your memory is a keepsake, 
From which I'll never part. 
God has you in his arms. 
I have you in my heart. 
I did however write this poem. It was just thrown together so it's not any good...but it's how I feel and needs to be expressed in this moment.

On My Mind
There isn't a day when you aren't on my mind.
The answers I shall never find.
The missing void in my heart is yet to be filled. 
 I know it never will.
I just wish I could hear your voice again. 
But I know I never will.
I just wish I could embrace you once again.
But I know I never will. 
I know you're in a better place. 
I only wish I could see your face. 
The suffering is finally gone. 
The whole ordeal was just so wrong. 
I know your looking down on me.
However, it's something I won't ever see. 
But I know you're with me. 
Promise me you'll never leave

Now I'm going to go write at a park to just get my mind of sad things. I think writing truly helps me and I'll never stop. My goal is to get a few chapters done today. 

-Jess

Monday, September 12, 2011

Keep Calm & Write On

This weekend was so hectic with the annual Greek Festival (which I speak about in my main blog Live Laugh Love), so I haven't had time to write as much as I'd like to lately.

But today I'm really going to start going...and write some more.

I ran a 5k for ovarian cancer this weekend at Sugarhouse Park, and I realized it's the perfect place to start writing move. It's a huge park in SLC and there are ponds, trees, fields, flowers, and a lovely creek. The perfect place to write.

So I think I'm going today or tomorrow to "get going" on my story, that of course I haven't forgotten about.

At the Greek Festival, I had people come up to me saying they've read my blogs and my poems and I have a true gift. Every time someone says something like that, it makes me want to get going even more! I need to follow through with this and I will.

I will.

When you have something that needs to be said, write about it. Well at least that's what I want to accomplish. Even if you have to put it off for a while, you can always come back to it.

I did get a great necklace I'm going to start wearing all the time though:
I actually am in the process of writing another poem for September 11th (which was the 10 year anniversary yesterday). So many emotions go through that day...and the words need to be said. I wrote something in 9th grade - that's how old I was at the time - and it was something to my children someday so they know what happened that horrible day.

However we united as one and came close as a nation; that's powerful. Just as powerful as the written word truly can be.

We will never forget.
-Jessica 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September Setting

When you can paint an imagine in your mind so vividly it brings the picture to life; you can make the setting the same way in your story. I'm always trying to find inspirational pictures - or other items that can help the writing process. But sometimes you need to stop and take a look at what is happening around you. 

My favorite time of the year is upon us: autumn. I love the fall; it's so beautiful, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing. You have amazing food, fun and exciting holidays and more! What's not to love I ask you? 

But if you can look at something and create a story from it...then I truly think you have a gift. I saw these pictures and I feel as though I could write a story for each one of them or a poem. 

Give it a try!! Let your imagination take you to that world....
How cool is this picture? I love it. 
What inspires you to get your thinking mind a rolling?? Is it a picture? Time of the month? People? Music? A good movie? What!

On another note, I rearranged my room and made a little...well, "nook" area where I put my table top & laptop. I love those cozy little places that you can find.

*A progress report: the story is coming along nicely. I have a few chapters done, and they are pretty darn good if I do say so myself! I might start posting some quotes from my story, so everyone can receive a small glimpse of what is going on. If you'd be interested in that, let me know!

Enjoy your day!

-Jess 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

J.K Rowling

 The second author I want to talk about, who has seriously, seriously, impacted not only my life, but helped me want to pursue my dream as a writer is: J.K Rowling.
I have always been the biggest Harry Potter fan, but it wasn't until recently really, that I really looked at this incredible woman, and realized the life she lived defined her.
It was a lifetime movie called: Magic Beyond Words, and that night, well I decided to pursue my dream to be an author. I'm honestly not going to lie - it changed everything. That night I finally knew what I wanted my series to be about. I picked up a notepad, and wrote down the entire backstory: characters, settings, chapters, etc. It was the most incredible moment I think I've lived thus far. A lot of people won't understand that, but hopefully, writer's such as yourself, will.

Joanne, was a single mother, who was basically living on welfare and had nothing. Her mother, who was besides her sister, was her biggest fan. She died of MS (which hit close to home because my step-father past away in April of ALS). The whole time she was going through these hard times, trials, and barriers, she wrote Harry's story. It's so amazing to see the daily concepts of her life being brought into the story and now it makes so much sense.

That's something I truly gained from watching that movie; you don't have to try and search for the right idea, you can look within your past, your life, and it can be shining back to you as simple as a reflection. 


It was that easy, and J.K helped me see that. I think her writing is magical. Simply magical. She is probably hands down, the greatest writer in my opinion. Some might disagree, and that's alright. But I look at what she created. I'm a very creative person, and seeing how she took something such as a wizard, and made Hogwarts...well, it doesn't get more magical than that. She opened the standards for other writers, definitely with fantasy fiction. She pushed and fought her way in, and it's pretty ironic that about 15 publishers weren't interested (bet their kicking themselves now).

She hit rock bottom, and with that became something so brilliant, it was life altering. She is my role-model, and I hope someday I can share talent half as amazing as hers.

Harry Potter changed my life; it was my childhood - the past, it is my present, and it will always be with me as a part of my future. Thank you J.K Rowling for bringing the magic, creativity, and imagination out of all of us.
"Every second he breathed, the smell of the grass, the cool air on his face, was so precious: To think that people had years and years, time to waste, so much time it dragged, and he was clinging to each second." 
"It takes much bravery to stand up to our enemies but we need as much bravery to stand up to our friends." 
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" 
"It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities." 
"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love." 
"I DON'T CARE!" Harry yelled at them, snatching up a lunascope and throwing it into the fireplace. "I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'VE SEEN ENOUGH, I WANT OUT, I WANT IT TO END, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!" 
"You do care," said Dumbledore. He had not flinched or made a single move to stop Harry demolishing his office. His expression was calm, almost detached. "You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it." 
"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already."
— J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter changed my life; it was my childhood - the past, it is my present, and it will always be with me as a part of my future. With this series, it showed me that a person can get through anything. I remember going through some of the hardest times of my life, and this story got me through some dark times. It also showed me that you can touch someone greatly with what you write. I know I've always known that, but she really makes it apparent.

Thank you J.K Rowling for bringing the magic, creativity, and imagination out of all of us.
Who are some of your favorite authors that inspired you to write? Please, do share!
-Jessica