Saturday, April 21, 2012

4 lovely writing tips

From my steadfast hunt for writing tips, I came across these few that are wonderful.
1. Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they fuel desire.
2. Always have more than one idea. 
3. Only bad writers think their work is really good. (haha)
4. Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15-20 years, it changes you. It may not improve your temper but it fixes something else. It makes you more free. 
From Geoff Dyer and Anne Enright

Friday, April 20, 2012

What's going on

Due to some sweet e-mails I've received in the past couple weeks, I wanted to fill you in on the craziness that has been (or always is) my life.

-I'll be head down in revisions for a bit, so though I'll keep visiting your blogs, I may not post a lot in the next couple weeks. My lovely agent ripped my manuscript apart and now I've got to mend it. 

-School is, as usual, consuming every part of me. I've also taken on a new project that is more public health (specifically, women's health) related. It's been cathartic to learn how much I enjoy speaking with patients, how there are points of similarity in all of us. One day, I hope to spend most of my time improving the lives of others in however many ways I can.

-Two close friends have asked me to sing their first dance songs at their upcoming weddings so that means it's time to practice. Like anything else, music requires frequent practice and I'm ashamed to say I haven't kept up with it. My voice has definitely paid the price. I don't want to embarrass them so I've been recording songs on my computer and will be asking Samir for feedback.  

-Making tiny changes to my beauty routine has taken me out of a daily rut. Dark purple eyeliner. Bright lipstick. Sea salt exfoliating scrub. Tight, ballerina bun. A men's styled shirt dress that strikes the balance between feminine and sexy. 

-It's Saturday night, I'm sitting by myself at Barnes and Noble, with an iced chai in hand. My manuscript is pulled up and I can hear the excited buzz of a first date couple to my right and a married couple to my left. The craziest part? There's a palpable contentment in me. A few hours ago, I was pushing myself at the gym, feeling pain from muscles that have been neglected due to hours of studying. Then I floated in the pool. An entire day with little human contact can do wonders, you know?

Friday, April 13, 2012

how to end a book

· Here's a great list, from Charlotte Dillon's website, of points that should be included at the end of a book! I used it as a checklist and hope it helps you too .

Starts with crisis, where the worst that can happen happens-- the supreme test, the forced confrontation with the internal conflict.

· Plunges protagonist into the dark moment, where lies despair, fear of failure... and the decision to do what it takes to recover, including overcoming the internal conflict.

· Forces a decision on the protagonist which leads to the action that brings on the climax.

· In the climax, brings the external conflict to explosion and, through effective protagonist action, resolves it.

· In the resolution, restores the world to order, but shows the changes that result from the plot events.

Monday, April 9, 2012

some quotes to get (or keep) you going

Sometimes, it just takes a few, quick words to keep us motivated.

"It's never too late---in fiction or in life---to revise." Nancy Thayer

"And, by the way, everything in life is writable if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Sylvia Plath

"there is more to sex appeal than just measurements.
I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness
i can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off
a tree or standing in the rain."
Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, April 7, 2012

how to trick myself into writing

Sometimes it's difficult to write when there isn't time or energy to sit at the computer for hours. I've found a few "loopholes" throughout the years that help me when I'm a little busier.

1. Notepad function on a phone-whether it's jotting down a random thought or sensory detail around me, this program is a great way to record ideas so my mind is always in writing mode

2. Reading--sifting through quotes, newspaper articles, or other blogs keeps me stimulated and inspired

3. Conversing with friends--Where do we get our best dialogue from? Our best conflicts? For me, it's from the experiences my friends, family, and I have actually been through. When someone is venting to me, they're teaching me to understand their own motivations and desires.

"I do some of my best writing while washing the dishes." Ann Lamott

How do you write when you don't have time?
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2012

on jealousy

There have been interesting posts floating around the blog-o-sphere about this controversial emotion. I always knew jealousy existed but wasn't aware of how much damage it could do--to a friendship, to someone's self image.

Unfortunately, I've received it throughout the years, as most people have, in snide remarks and worse---complete disappearance but acting like things are fine on the surface.
It's not a constant. I've found that sometimes, when a person's own circumstances become more favorable, the jealousy wanes and things return to how they were.

I had a guy friend who told me he couldn't be my friend anymore because he was always hoping we would end up together. While it hurt to let him go, I appreciated the courage it took for him to admit that. Of course, there are people who never admit to any sort of jealousy or doing anything wrong, which is fine as well but I don't have room for that in my life. Maybe it's not about the actual jealousy itself but how we react to it.

The right amount can encourage you to strive for more; too much can turn you into a pool of insecurity and denial.