“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."


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 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Literature & Latte - Scrivener

With new changes, new months...comes new products! I was on Twitter last night, and someone asked one of my favorite authors Cassandra Clare, author of the New York Bestselling Series The Mortal Instruments, (which you should all check out if you already haven't) what program she uses when she writes. She actually "tweeted" back and wrote Scrivener.
So I google Scrivener, because I've never heard of this word in my life. I check out the cool site and am instantly hooked. It's for both Mac and Windows (but started out just for Mac). The new one is out: 2.1 and is featured on the site to buy, or in the App store for Mac users.

When I went to the app store, I really wanted to see what authors were saying. And what they were saying...well it got me hooked even further.
They said that all aspiring authors need this program. That it makes such a complete difference in organizing and working through the writing process. So yes. I bought it and installed it.
It helps spread your thought process out, you can pull up other documents, research, have your grammar worked on, etc. The possibilities with this program are endless!
As you know I've been in sort of a "writing funk" another form of writer's block. I just cannot get my words on the paper. Well after buying Scrivener (and watching the tutorial videos and reading the manual because it is confusing at first), I wrote my first chapter. Other scenes. My characters were traced down. Etc. For the first time, I felt as though I'm a real author.
So I'm telling you all now: check out Scrivener!! You may love it. You may hate it. But if you are interested, ask away...because I am one of those who love it :)
Happy September 1st!! - Jessica