“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."


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Almost the Deadline

What a busy November! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! I'm so grateful I have the ability to write. It truly is my passion.

NaNoWriMo is almost over!! And guess what?? I'm almost there. Still have a lot of writing to do, but I believe I can achieve it. My story is FINALLY coming together, so I'm really thankful for this writing month that really pushed me. It still needs a lot of work, but all great stories do right?

Good luck to the others who have been busily writing away this month!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's Almost Here

Oh hi! It's been quite some time, hasn't it? I've been so busy with Montessori Training and teaching that it has taken literally ALL of my free time.

However, I made a goal last New Years and that was to finish my first draft of my story during NaNoWriMo!!
It is almost here; like NEXT WEEK almost!! That's big. I need to really make the time to get this done. I will keep you all updated on my progress and hopefully your positive feedback will help! I might write a post if I need guidance throughout the month, so please share advice when needed!! 

Let me know if anyone of you are doing it also!! It's so exciting and fun. 

Promise to write sooner rather than later this time!

Jess 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The World of Shadowhunters

Who here has read the YA fantasy fiction series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare?

Well I have. And I love it. I read the series way back when, and was thrilled when she decided to extend the trilogy to six books. She also has done The Infernal Devices which are seriously beautiful and she captures the Victorian Period so wonderfully.

I'm excited because of a few things:
  1. They are officially making The Mortal Instruments into a movie. The first movie will be called: City of Bones. I wasn't sure if they were actually going to do it...but they are. I love Lily Collins as Clary Fray. I just do. I still really don't know how I feel about Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland...Jace is one of my BIGGEST fictional crushes out there, and I really wanted Alex Pettyfer. But he declined and Jamie really wanted it...so we'll see how it goes. I just hope he gets more buff and doesn't look so...girly. Simon is a cutie, so I'm glad about that; Alec will be great (loved him in Air Bud); also not sure about Isabelle. I thought Megan Fox would've been perfect for the role, but like I said, we'll just see. Here is the main movie website HERE. If you're big fans, such as myself, you can get all the information there. Here is the first official photo of the main five: 
Simon, Jace, Clary, Alec, Isabelle 
Valentine 
Cannot wait for it to come out in 2013!!

   2. Secondly, the cover for the last Infernal Devices finally came out...and it's..well, BEAUTIFUL:
Beautiful. 
I have nothing other to really write about, other than how much I love Cassandra Clare's writing. She has such a wonderful advice area for writers on her blog as well which I have found useful.

She is just so clever. We've seen vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc. yet she captured it in such a unique way that I really admire. Shadowhunters are so different and I really sometimes wish I could come up with something of that sort. I'm pretty sure my idea hasn't been seen yet for FW, but I don't know overall how unique it truly is. Not that I'm second guessing my work, just thinking out loud :)

I'm going to write tonight; trying to make time. Doing my best. 

Hope you're all doing well. Sorry for the quick post, just had to share my excitement!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Writing Put Aside...

Hello! I haven't posted for a week or so, but I have a good reason.

I started teaching last week! Yes, I'm now officially a co-teacher at a Montessori School for Early Childhood. I love it. I have some pictures to share (go more in detail on my other blog):
My cute lesson plan book!
My beautiful school and classroom; classroom 4!!!
I found this spot to have lunch on the golf course. It's so beautiful, and a wonderful, secluded, area that I can write. 
I titled this post as "Writing Put Aside" because I'm going to be so busy teaching and I go back to school for the Master's program on Sept. 11th. 

However, that being said, I'm going to try to write a little bit each day. And luckily NaNoWriMo is coming up and my goal was to get the first draft done after the end of the month (November); still the plan! 

I love having readers (followers) on my blog. You all give me inspiration! The children do too. I want to write more children series :) I dream BIG if you haven't noticed. 

Sorry for such a short post, but I'm exhausted from a big weekend! But guess what? I hit: 30,788 words on my novel!! WAHOO! That's good for me, and I'm thrilled. It's coming along. 

Thanks again for all the comments; I love the feedback and advice from writers...so keep it going.

Good night!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hook Readers on the First Sentence


How do you hook the readers?

Especially on the opening of your novel? The first sentence....

So this has always been a challenge for me. I have wonderful prologues, I do, but the first sentence I feel like is just...mediocre. I stop and realize if that would hook me in on the first paragraph. I'm going to be honest right now: no. 

I'm still early in the process of my first novel, so I need your advice readers: how do you hook them in? 
I know you keep it simple, you introduce characters, have a punch-line, shock them, etc. but the problem is just that...I am not sure how to go about it. 

What approach do you take? Or do you not worry about it as much? 
 It's funny because I've done so many chapters already, but the first page of chapter one...well I dislike it. I have a feeling I'll be revising it...a lot. But least I can admit that to myself right?
I want to catch attention, I just don't know how to do it. So please, do share! It would really help me a lot. Any advice: 
How can I make these words come to LIFE!

What would "hook" you in as a reader? 

I have looked at a lot of different books over the last few days, making notes about the first line, but I don't want to be like everyone else; I have my own voice. But I do think it's critical to grab the attention of others. Agents need that hook; they have so many writers that want them so if they aren't hooked, they'll toss you aside. That's heartbreaking. 

Anyway, I'm actually reading Stephen King On Writing, finally, and I must say, I really like it. He is a twisted, but brilliant man! My boyfriend loves his books. He just read The Shining; that movie freaked me out, but maybe it's time I read it. 

WriteOnCon is still going well; maybe I thought of this post because in a live forum right now, they're critiquing sentence structure. So it helps me brainstorm if you will. 

Thanks Friends!
Happy Wednesday :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

101!

WOOHOO! I've reached 101 Followers.

Thanks everyone :) Means a lot that you'd take such an interest in my little blog here.

As promised, I said if I reached 100, I was going to share a tid-bit of Project CM. It's not much, but a little....


 Life doesn’t compare to the vast and endless sea, as it caresses the shore in an everlasting embrace. However, there is a certain type of beauty in the mortal life and the simple fact that we are fragile as we live one minute to the next. Waves were different in the sense that they are timeless, as they roll back and forth in a steadfast motion. They will never cease to exist; we would. 
But what if there was more to this world than meets the eye? What if fate had a certain calling that was already written in the stars and set in motion? The world you lived in would shift, and the destination would forever change. 

There is just a little something. It probably explains nothing, but it's actually part of the book. I wasn't trying to sound poetic, but it's my character's thoughts nonetheless. 

By the way, my character is a teenage boy and CM stands for his name (which I don't want to give at this point in time). There is another little tid-bit for you all! 

Lets say when I reach..hmm 130, I'll post more, deal? 

Anyways, who here is attending WriteOnCon? I'm having a blast meeting other writers! You can find my page here: JESS - I am bummed that I cannot share more of my work at this point in time at WriteOnCon, but it's so interesting hearing the professionals advice! It definitely will help along my journey. 

xo. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My Goal

Hello everyone! How are we doing this lovely Saturday? I am feeling great; went on a run with my boyfriend around the beautiful Sugar House Park, and then came home and had some delicious oatmeal with fresh cut strawberries sprinkled on top, now I'm writing this! Been a great day so far. I love going to Sugar House Park; if you look back at some of my older posts, I used to write there weekly. I need to start going back to write there. There is a beautiful creek that runs through it, and I love to sit in the shady area with a lot of trees. Very peaceful and perfect for getting your thoughts down on paper.

So I titled this post as "My Goal," and it's a rather big goal, so I should get to it. As a lot of you may know, WriteOnCon is going to be next week (I have a countdown on the right of the blog).
I'm so excited, but at the same time, I was a little down about it. Last year at this time, I wasn't done with this story either, and I told myself that by next WriteOnCon, I'd be done...well I'm not. Sadly. So what I'm going to do is gain a lot of writing knowledge during WriteOnCon and meet some write writers (just like yourselves). There is something else that I like which is called: NaNoWriMo.
I'm sure most of you have heard about it, but basically your write a novel in a month, the month of November. My goal last year was to work on my Project CM, but I didn't need to finish it because I didn't want to just "hurry" it through. However, this year...this is the goal:

I'M GOING TO FINISH THE FIRST DRAFT OF PROJECT CM BY THE END OF NaNoWriMo. 

That's not too farfetched of a goal, and I think it would be nice to give myself some deadlines. I actually hope by that time, I'll be done with the first draft, and far into editing. I want to be able to send some Queries in next year (you never know by the next WriteOnCon), and see where it goes from there.

It feels great to make this goal; can be a little scary if I think too far ahead, but in reality, it's really a good thing and it's exciting. This story means the world to me. I have given it everything I am and really expanded my mind. So I want it to be perfect, to me. But making this goal makes me actually feel like I'm on top of the world...I can fly. The story is mine and mine alone. I know I can do wondrous things with it. And I will.
 Have a great Saturday! Write lots :) I am.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Typical Questions for Writers

So I was reading around, and I found an interesting blog about asking 10 Typical Questions from Writers (that are really fear in disguise). I was curious how you all would answer these questions. Some of them, well, I cannot answer right now - so I was going to let you all take the reigns; if you'd like of course.

1. How many words should my novel be?
2. I have a great idea for a story, how do I find an agent? 

3. I’ve written four chapters now, can you advise me on how I write a query?
4. Is there a market for… (insert genre)?
5. I have so many ideas, I don’t have writer’s block. I just can’t decide which one to write. What should I do?
6. Should I write a certain amount of words every day? How many?
7. How much money will I earn?
8. How long will it take to get an agent/publisher if I start sending queries now?
9. Do I have to write the full book before I try to get an agent?
10. Which writing software do you use and recommend?



See, these questions are a little different; some are common sense. I know that before you start looking for agents, you need to actually finish the book (or so I've heard). And I know how much money you'll earn...we can't all be J.K. Rowling of course. But some of the questions, well I'm curious to see what other writers will say! You can read the original article HERE

Well, the flow is still going nicely. I'm up to 70 pages! That's not too shabby. But it's getting in the more difficult areas of the novel, so my flow might be slowing down a little. I definitely outlined; actually wrote a backstory that was almost 100 pages. But it's just so much information. 

Here is a picture of my flow though - from Instagram:
Keep Flowing On!
By the way, I'm almost to 100 Followers! How did that happen?? Thank you so much; I love getting to know all of you. It really helps gaining advice from YOU! Maybe if I get to 100, I'll post a little somethin-somethin from my book :) We'll just see! 


Oh and one other thing, have you heard of Amanda Hocking? Yea, she's great! Sold over a million on amazon as a self-publisher. She was charging her books .99 cents! Amazing. She actually wrote me an email once...writing advice before she was famous, so it's something I'll treasure. Her writing has definitely gotten better! I just bought her book, WAKE. Pretty intriguing right now; I must say! 

I love the cover!
I'm bringing this up, because it slightly has something to do with my Project CM -- but only slightly. I still haven't found a book like mine yet; which is exciting and scary!

Have a great Wednesday folks! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

He Said - She Said

So I'm on a roll, as you've read before, but I have a bad habit. Would you like to know what that is? Well, it's editing as I'm writing. I don't want to do it! It interferes with my flow; slows me down completely. But it's like a little pest that won't go away (nagging in my mind).

I would like to think that I'm a pretty good writer. I've been writing since the age of five years old. However, sometimes I know it can be so much more. It seems like it's just...thrown together, messy like. I want to use bigger words, and add more creativity when I'm describing things. But I'm working so hard at getting the story across clearly, that I mess up those other things. And I notice that, the PEST, of editing, throughout it.

Lately what has been bugging me the most though, is dialogue. I feel like it's the central point of a story, if you use it correctly that is. But you have to be careful not to give too much away, and not to just blab endlessly with no real meaning. I'm pretty good at getting the point across when my characters speak, but thinking of how not to always say, he said, or she said, is hard for me. I try to use words like: exclaimed, stated, asked, replied, answered, yelled, groaned, mumbled, etc. I know I could do better though. I always have to think about it, and that's what bothers me. I read other books by different authors, and I feel like they are so good at it (very talented), and I hope to get better at that too. I guess keep on reading, and keep on writing.

What are some of the techniques you all use when writing? And especially when writing dialogue? I would really appreciate some tips and to read what you have to say...so please do share my friends!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Project CM Back in Action!

I am SO pleased that yesterday, I wrote for four hours straight, and it wasn't just practice on "writing creatively." It was on a project that I've been working on for over a year now. I couldn't stop writing. Sure it's messy and it's not even close to perfect, but the flow was what counted. Editing after no doubt. But I'm just so thrilled that I was on a roll. I had to go to a family BBQ, and I love my family, but don't get me wrong, I was bummed I had to stop writing.

This project is really dear to my heart, and I haven't been able to work on it for some time now because it just sounded completely forced. So I was waiting to be in the flow again so it would just come to me. It took almost 6 months for that to happen, so that's why I'm so excited. Right after I post this post, I'm going to continue on Project CM :) I'll keep posting on how it's going.

Keep your fingers crossed that the flow will continue. I have two weeks until I start my job and school up again, so I'm taking full advantage of this!

WRITE ON.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I Lied...But...

Ok, so I said in my last post, "Jess is back." Well, that was two months ago, and here I am. But I have a good reason for not blogging. I have been in Grad School for a new Montessori Innovation Program at Westminster College. I'm furthering my education in teaching, so blogging is something I haven't been able to do as much as I would like...as well as writing. But you'll be proud of me; I've been writing on the side a lot, especially as of lately.

My one professor said we need time to "Reflect" daily. It was our homework to refresh and take time for ourself. So what did I do? I wrote. A lot of it was short stories here and there. I wasn't working on my main series because I wanted to practice writing skills. I've gotten rusty, especially because I haven't been able to read as much as I've wanted to lately!

But truly, this program was amazing, and I have been writing...papers in APA style that is. A LOT of them. Wow. It's so nice to just carelessly write when I'm relaxing. But I must say, even though it was in essay format, it still helped me with grammar and writing skills I may have forgotten. So it wasn't a total damper this summer on writing.

Here is a picture of my Early Childhood group:
Their my girls! Friends forever now. I've learned so much, but writing is part of my life and always will be. I'll never stop. I know one day my stories will make their way to the public, but how long that will be, I'm not sure. It has to be the right story. I'm not going to hurry the process. But writing everyday (a goal I keep breaking), is something I'm going to do my very best on. Just will be hard when I start teaching full-time in the fall.

But these are two of my dreams, and as one is coming true, I'm about to make the other one as a published author come true as well.

Send good vibes friends. Hope all is well.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jess is Back!

Wow - I'm sorry I disappeared from this blog for a while, but I'm pleased to say, that I have been writing a lot! Sometimes it's just hard to keep up with blogging when you're so busy with everyday life callings, and writing on the side definitely takes up time as well. But I miss blogging, so HELLO!

How are you all doing? How is your writing coming along?

I've gone back and forth on what I'm writing. I am still working on my BIG project, but love writing children's stories on the side. I'm working on a "fairytale" at the moment, and I think it's quite creative. It was actually inspired from a video game of my childhood. Yes, I used to be, alright, still am, a huge gaming nerd. I just think video games are so creative. You realize that people come up with ideas, not only for books, but for movies, TV, video games, board games, etc. You can find ideas anywhere. You don't have to truly look that hard.

I've also realized it doesn't matter if my writing ideas aren't very good, the KEY is to keep on writing. Even a little bit each day. When I go lengthy periods of time without writing, I see how rusty I truly become. It's a very negative aspect. Also, reading a lot helps as well. I read a TON, and when I do, I gain ideas, and see the writing techniques of other authors. It's almost better than being in a writing class; the authors are our mentors. My professor if you will.

I start Grad School next Monday (AH!), and I cannot wait. But I go every single day, full-time, for 8 weeks. I'm going to be super busy and won't be able to go on a lot of trips this summer or what not. But, I have realized that this is the perfect opportunity to write a lot (between studying/homework). I am going to school at Westminster College, and it's a beautiful campus. Lots of quiet places to write. I'm really hoping to get a rough draft done of my main project by the end of summer, but all good things take work.

I just got the Harry Potter series on my Kindle, yes, the whole series, and I just love the way J.K. Rowling writes. It reminds me of why I love writing. It's all storytelling and I've been storytelling since the age of 5. My cute Nana would listen for hours as I would tell stories and write them down for her...poems as well. There are people who really support my writing, and others who look at it merely as just a hobby and nothing will come of it. That's fine. I don't have to have that many people back me up. I know it's a passion of mine, and I would love to become a published author one day. I might not make it big like Stephen King, J.K, or a lot of others, but I will be sharing what I love, and that makes all the difference in the world.

Thank you for following me on my journey; I'm very blessed to have bloggers like YOU in my life.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Where There are Words, There is Magic

What do you feel when you write? Do you picture power behind those words? Because I do. I feel as though I am a Creator who has the power to create anything I want. What isn't appealing about that? 

I think that's why I've always been into writing, especially fiction. I love creating. That's no surprise, that's how I've been since I was a little girl. I feel like you are unstoppable and there is a certain kind of beauty in that. 

The Written Word is something that can change lives...that's what I'm trying to do. I knew how powerful books were when I was younger; it was the foundation to learning and in my case, dreams. I want to open that portal to children, teens, young adults, and adults. I want them to feel the emotions I feel in a good book. I want them to laugh, cry, smile, get angry, and fall in love with my characters, the situations, and the story as a whole. 

Words can become things, it's the way you write that brings that type of magic to life. If you are passionate about it, one simple words can be the missing link you've been waiting for. 

I know that's what happened with me. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

To the Big Screen and Newly Arrived

Well lets hear it, who went to The Hunger Games?? Anyone anyone? I did go to the midnight premiere and....absolutely loved it! Yes, there were some changes, but what book that has been made into a movie, hasn't been changed slightly? Or altered in a way? It's the big changes that usually infuriates me, and luckily, there were none of these moments!! I thought Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss took over the screen, and really became the character. It was brilliant.
Of course I loved the other characters as well!! Peeta (Josh), Gale, (Liam), then we have Cinna, Effie, Haymitch, and of course, Rue. I thought all the characters and the games were done really well. I was a little worried how they would do it on the screen. 
I cannot wait for Catching Fire! However, I was disappointed in Mockingjay, but that's alright. Suzanne Collins saw it how she wanted it to be done, and did it. I thought in the end of that book, it was almost like fate's vicious circle took control: Prim was always supposed to die at that time, or at least go into the Games, but Katniss needed to put a stop to it. 

I just loved Suzanne's writing skills; I feel like anyone could understand the message she was trying to convey, and the words were simple, yet powerful. I am very happy she helped with the screenplay for the movie...you could definitely tell!

On another note, I am so happy that Lover Reborn came out today!! 
This is part of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, and is adult fiction. I absolutely love it! Sometimes it's nice to move away from reading all the children's books and YA novels. I need something sultry and different every once in a while. 

Could I write it? HA! Maybe....not...no, I think I'll stick with children/YA novels, but it's my guilty pleasure and I think J.R. Ward is amazing! She's so cool and has a Golden Retriever so I like her even more!! You definitely feel the emotion she tries to convey in her stories and it feels like time is really moving in her books as it focuses on each individual character. This is the 10th book in the series. They are:
  1. Dark Lover
  2. Lover Eternal
  3. Lover Awakened (all time favorite)
  4. Lover Revealed 
  5. Lover Unbound 
  6. Lover Enshrined 
  7. Lover Avenged
  8. Lover Mine
  9. Lover Unleashed 
There is however, a short novella called Father Mine, which goes along with the characters of my favorite one, Lover Awakened. I recommend these books!!

My cousin told me about a book that is really good that is also for adults, which is called 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I just downloaded on my kindle, but I know nothing about the book, other than apparently it's very popular right now! SO, I'll check it out when I'm finished with Lover Reborn

Don't worry, I have been writing. Not as much as I would like to, but been doing outlines, free-writing, and other stuff with my characters which I think is definitely progress. Anyways, best wishes and happy writing!!

Goodnight! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Springtime

Happy First Day of Spring!!
Spring is my favorite season!! It's also my favorite time because I love, love, love to write outside and read of course. I love when the weather starts getting nicer, because I love to write at Sugar House Park next to this little stream. It's so peaceful and I can write/read there for hours. It's like my own little world.
I feel inspired to write more I think in the springtime, it's weird. Even on the rainy days, I just find beauty all around and that can help you write beautiful words. 
How can you not be inspired when you see that type of beauty? I feel like I gain more ideas, fresh ideas, not the same-old-boring-ones, that are leftover from winter.
I feel like this saying can really apply to writing as well. 
  • Rebirth
  • Renewal
  • Regrowth 
It's like planting a seed and you're watching it grow, isn't that the same with writing and creative ideas? Plus so much time has gone by, you can start looking back at your writing, and make it better (editing). There is always growth to be done, but with new pictures and scenes all around, the possibilities are endless. 

xo.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Daily D.

Well Happy Friday readers!

Um, may I just add, that I simply adore your comments? I just love all my writing buddies because you all give such good ideas (especially on my ideas post), which I really appreciate.

So I realized I haven't done "The Daily Development," in quite some time, and what better day to do it? You'll see why!
After my last post, I went on and on about trying to be inspired in finding the "right" idea for my new children's book. Well everyone, drumroll please... *dum dum dum* (that's not how a drum sounds, excuse me), but by-George-I-think-I've-Got-it!!

The idea for this novel just came to me, just like you all said it would. A lot of it came from looking into my childhood, and reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (one of my favorites, might do a post about him sometime soon - stay tuned). For some reason, it just hit me like a ton of bricks. 

I immediately grabbed a pen and my notepad and started writing ideas, an outline if you will. 

Then I started writing...and writing...and writing. Don't you love that flow? I know I do. The only thing that sucks about it, is your hand gets tired, and you write slower than the ideas are pouring out (that's when a computer comes in handy). But for some reason, I love seeing my ideas and first few pages all over real paper. Makes me happy to be a writer. 

I don't want to explain too much, because I'm still working out the kinks and the concrete details about this. I keep changing things, but that's a wonderful thing to do. 

But I will do a little preview of pictures that go along with the foundation of the story. It won't be enough, but a wee-bit.
Have a wonderful weekend!
I'll let you know more soon. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Writing Ideas

Where do you get your writing ideas from? Is it in your mind, outside sources, or both? Please do share! I love hearing POV from other writers/authors/bloggers! 
All I know is, I love that feeling you get, when it's like a lightbulb goes off inside your head and you cannot stop writing for the life of you! Unfortunately, I haven't felt that lately...I wonder if it's because I stopped writing for so long, but I've found some sources that can really help me. 

CreativeWritingPrompts.com, also gives over 346 prompts to help you get started! See, I need something like this. I'm usually an extremely creative person, and can come up with millions of fresh ideas, but because I'm trying to force out ideas, I'm all dried up. That's why free-writing has really helped me out lately. I saw that these books can really help, and I just bought them all on my Kindle (low prices too). 
I think like I said in my last post, writing takes practice, and you need to do it everyday. Even if tons of ideas aren't flowing into my head right now, I can still write. And hopefully it will then just come to me what I want to do and where I want to take it. 

We all know that writing is difficult; no one said it would be easy, but it's what we do. I'm not giving up! That's for darn sure. 

I'm actually going to my library today and instead of getting "how-to-write" books, I'm going to get a pile of children's books/YA novels, because I want and am craving IDEAS. I'm probably not going to read all of them, but I'm going to skim over them. And by no means am I "taking or stealing ideas" from other authors, but I'm trying to get inspired. 

All I know is, you take it each day as it comes, and I'm thankful for this process. I love waking up each day excited to write and wonder where it will take me for the day. 

Happy Writing!