“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."


Friday, November 6, 2015

Grateful

I'm grateful to be able to see beautiful sights that make me so thankful to be alive. 
I'm grateful for the ones that make life worth living. 

I'm grateful to have the ability to express myself through words.

Have a wonderful weekend. 

And happy writing! 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

"Just Keep Swimming!"

I've decided I'm taking a note from Dory: "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."

I've gone through all sorts of thoughts today as I've officially started NaNoWriMo.

I went from:

  • Somewhat having an idea
  • To not liking it
  • Free-writing more ideas
  • Going to generators to gain ideas
  • To having the generator send me back to my previous idea
  • To using my idea but with a "twist."
  • To writing away
  • To hitting my goal mark!!
  • To getting bored with the idea
  • To realizing I want to change it further
  • TO LOVING THIS PLOT
  • To writing way more than I thought I would today
A whomping: 3,708 words and four chapters. ***

That's huge in my writing goal! 

What a day, huh? 

Maybe Daylight Saving is my best friend. Or the fact that it's Sunday aka "Lazy day." I better write while I'm excited and ahead, because I have a long busy week ahead!

Overall, I'm excited about this idea. It's a mixture of so many things that interest me and have made an appearance at one point of my life. It's a tad bit darker than I usually write, but it isn't too scary. Mind you, I'm writing for Middle Grade children (I hope it'll stay that way throughout the book). 

At this point, I'm letting my mind drive the wheel and my fingers are on autopilot. 
I don't want to think about the "result," just the "process." 

But I will say at this point, the book is called: "Unfinished." 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Officially November 1st

It's now officially November 1st. 

Do you know what that means?

I do. I do....

It's officially NaNoWriMo!

AH!


I made a goal that I was going to do it again. And I am. I'm going to be writing a Children's fiction novel or MG fiction novel. Haven't decided - most likely MG, which is a part of Children's genre. 

This is big for me. 

I always wanted to do YA, but the longer I work with children at a school, the more I want to write for them. 

And, being a kid at heart, through the children, I'm able to re-visit the magical worlds I grew up in. I've started to go back and re-read all the oldies, but goodies that I grew up with. It's so inspirational, especially Roald Dahl. I forget every time what an amazing storyteller he was. I feel like someone is telling me a story, a look into a most clever imagination, instead of reading words on a page. 

I want to do that. 

And I will. 

So here I go, I start today. 

If you are going to enter NaNoWriMo this year, please let me know. I love having writing buddies and support along the way. 

We can do this! 

Happy Writing,

Jess 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Finding Inspiration in Nature

Beauty is all around us. Especially in Utah. Everywhere you look, there's something new to explore. 

      Fall is my favorite season, so I cannot help but feel inspired during this time. The beautiful bright colors blanket the trees, the crisp cool air (finally) reaching your lungs and basically everything pumpkin. 

     I do like the Gothic genre of writing style, so during Halloween it's easy to be tempted to write in a creepy way that is always fun. 

     So go outside! Get inspired. And write.

Happy Sunday!

Jess  




Pictures taken up Little Cottonwood Canyon at Snowbird. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I've returned to Earth.

I honestly cannot believe it's been about two years since my last post on this site. The sad thing is, I truly haven't written my little heart out in two years either....

I don't know why, but at the same time, I do. Life happened.

Writing my 70 page thesis.
Graduating Graduate School.
Working at a new school for the past few years.
Teaching in general - very time consuming.
Family deaths.
And what follows those deaths...
Etc.

I feel as though I had a dry spell for a very long time.

But just like a princess in a fairytale story: I woke up.

I have a librarian at the school I work at who knows my love for writing. The other day she gave me a book to inspire creative writing. So thoughtful, I thought. And then I looked at it. It was written by the same author as Ella Enchanted, which if you know anything about me, you'll know that was my favorite first book I ever read.

Fate?

Maybe.

But maybe it was a konk to the head to WAKE UP. To get back into what I love doing. I realized, what am I waiting for?

I am getting older by the day.

The past few days I've been doing free-writing again to get myself back into my passion. I'm even reading the Unfortunate Events book series by Lemony Snicket (I like that Gothic Romance theme).

I actually have some fun ideas. I decided instead of writing to be "published," I'm going to write for me. We lose that childish creativity we once had, I once had. But I want some of it back. I know not all of it will return because now we know fear, fear of failure, fear of judgement, etc. So that's why I decided I need to fall in love with writing again. It's not as if I fell out of love with it, but I let life consume me.

We only get one life, and I intend to do what I can while I'm here. I've always wanted to change other's lives. I do everyday through teaching, but I wanted to inspire through writing.

And that's what I intend to do.

My writing goal is going to start in November. I decided, as hard as it is, I'm going to enter in the National Novel Writing Month again! I have about a week, so for the next week, I'm going to be free-writing and journal keeping like crazy. I want to grasp as many ideas as possible. And then I'm going to write.

I decided, which is so different for me, that I want to write a Middle School age novel, or younger. I want to story tell like Roald Dahl always did. And so many other author's do.

It's going to be a challenge, but I'm ready.

I wonder if anyone will even see this post. I sure hope so! I miss talking to you all. And it would be lovely to have writing buddies / supporters again.

I hope to hear from some of you.

Happy Writing!

Jess