“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."


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!