A good friend of mine asked me for a list of inspirational books that would help her to write a story about her grandmother. After compiling it for her I thought it might be helpful to post it here on my blog too. Feel free to let me know and others what books inspire you to write or get you through tough times.
Being a lover of all things books it was so much fun even therapeutic to look through my shelves. I have quite alot of them but never enough to suit me. But my family won’t let me get any more bookshelves until I weed through the ones I already have. So, since that isn’t going to happen I am forced to get more on my Kindle app! lol! I’ll show them! (evil prevails..) Continue reading
There is something about words that move me. If you are a writer, you know what I mean. They have a way of moving you when you least expect it. It is like the beat of a song, it carries you and then just as quickly as it began it is over. You are onto the next one hoping to find that right way of saying exactly how you feel.
I look out my window when I drive and just as a painter looks for that perfect scene to paint I look for an ideal way to write what I am looking at — hoping to capture it only as I see it in all its beauty. The words have to be right. But I get so caught up in the way to write that I lose focus on what it is that caught my attention in the first place. Then I close my eyes and remember the way I felt when I looked at it. Then the passion comes back, and once more I start writing from my heart.
So it’s the passion that sets us free. It’s like a brush stroke on a canvas; we must use our words as paint. I am convinced that there is passion in all of us to express ourselves, but it is those who can turn it into words that make the writer.
We are the lucky ones. We can create from anywhere or anything. We can look at the ocean, the mountains, the eagles, a dirt road and find a story. We can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary – we are writers.
Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winner in Inspirational Writing Category
After reading many, many wonderful (and less than wonderful) screenplays, these are the three most common things I find that need addressing:
- A Story and B Story definition
- Character development
- Too wordy (show don’t tell)
Let me talk about each and you can put these to work in your own script. I reference Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, as the best screenwriting book to follow when defining these terms.
I have recently been asked what is the difference between these two titles. When one is starting out it is important to know what to expect from your consultant and if you have one, your agent.
First, let me define the terms here: Continue reading
Everyone has their own creative highs and lows… but throughout the process, we must stay motivated!
Here are some of my favorite things to do when I need to focus up!!
Go on Pinterest and get inspirational photos to write about. Continue reading
I had to find the right photo here to start off this blog in style. In my opinion, there is nothing we can’t do when we set our mind to it. Maybe that is why I decided to write this blog. It is a work in progress for I am unsure exactly why I am writing this but it’ll hopefully come to me as time goes on. Continue reading
I have debated whether or not to start a blog or restart one on writing. I read so many others and find that I might not have much of interest to say. But today I feel that I might. So here’s to a good try anyways.
I think that those that write are the most amazing people in the world. I think anyone that can create in this world is amazing honestly but writers are a bit closer to me at heart. Continue reading
How does one restart their writing and make it once again part of their daily life?
It takes a lot to begin the process and put back in the structure of writing daily. Here are some things that I have found helpful.
Get the app 5,000 WPH and set a time limit to write every day. Continue reading
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)