Monthly Archives: December 2009

BUCKET LIST + CONTEST = FUN

 

I’m sure most of you have heard of a bucket list. The point of a bucket list is to write down things that you want to do before you die. It is said, that writing a bucket list helps motivate you to fulfill your dreams. My number one thing on my bucket list right now is having my middle-grade novel published but I have many more things I would like to accomplish.

From now until the New Year, I will be listing things via Twitter that I would like to do before I die. I invite everyone to join me. It will be fun to see what is on everyone else’s list. Whoever leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a small gift. I’m not sure what the gift will be but I promise to make it a well-thought out one. Tweet about this and you will be entered twice. What’s on your bucket list?

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WHAT’S YOUR METHOD?

How do you get into writing mode? Do you throw on a special hat? Do you pour yourself a steaming cup of coffee before you settle down to write?

Every writer has a method. I will be the first to admit that I am a scatter brain. I might only have ten minutes throughout the day to sit at the computer so what I do is rarely consistent.

I can’t listen to music when I write because I find it distracting. But, I love to listen to music and then write. I just can’t do the two at the same time.

I often write with my eyes closed so that I can get a deeper sense of what I am writing about. If I am writing about jumping over a log, I will jump over a pillow that I put in the middle of the floor. I need to experience what I am writing about before I can put it on paper.

My favorite time to write is late at night. It’s my alone time. It’s my time to sit down for more than ten minutes and hammer away at a story that was walking around my mind all day.

Enough about my methods, I want to know more about yours. What sort of things do you do before, during, or after writing?

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If a Writer Writes a Book…

 

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it make a sound? I have been thinking about that question. My answer to it is yes. There has to be something that heard the sound, whether it is an insect, a bird or a random animal scurrying through.

How does this question relate to writing? A writer writes for many reasons, such as It’s my passion, I want to have a book published, I always dreamed of becoming a writer. Whatever the reason the big question is- If a writer writes a book and it never becomes published did the writer write the book?

It is one thing to say you wrote a book but it’s another to say you had a book published. Is it safe to say that most writers don’t feel like they truly wrote a book until they can hold the published copy in their hand?

What are your opinions?

I have written a book . It has not been published as of yet but I still feel like I truly wrote a book. If the manuscript ends up in the casket with me and no one other than a few close friends and relatives read the book I still wrote the book.

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Recronstruct Your View

 

Sometimes a good quote can make you see life differently. I came up with some that I hope you enjoy. Why not leave one of your own. Come on, make me think in a way I haven’t yet.

*Don’t look outside of the box, reconstruct it.

*If you try and write like someone else, you will be compared to someone else.

*Rejection is necessary if you want to become the best that you can.

*Don’t blame anyone else for your mistakes, they didn’t write them.

*Observe life with all senses and you will find interesting things to write about.

*Try closing your eyes when you want to write something profound. You would be surprised at what you find with your eyes closed.

*Open your eyes to see what the average person never looks at.

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Way to Go Julie

 

When I was a young girl, I was overweight. I come from an Italian family so my love for pasta and breads started at an early age. I also loved candy bars, chips, and soda. I was the fat friend.

Being the fat friend was okay with me until the sixth grade. In the sixth grade, the beautiful girls emerged after our school and theirs combined. It was at this time that I noticed they were getting lots of attention from the boys. I wanted to look like them. I wanted to be able to wear a cute pair of jeans with a shirt that wasn’t down to my knees. I wanted to shop in the girly department rather than the husky department but I couldn’t. It bothered me, but not enough to make me want to change my lifestyle.

It wasn’t until I became best friends with the super cute boy that made me want to change my life. I wanted to be thin for him (shallow I know), I also did not want to go through my high-school years heavy. In the tenth grade I decided it was time for change. I started eating healthy, exercising and lost sixty-seven pounds. I have maintained the weight for over twenty years now. After four children, I weigh less than I did in the sixth grade. I am glad I was the fat girl because I couldn’t be who I am today if I wasn’t.

Yesterday, Rachelle Gardner posted a blog ramblings.blogspot.com about Julie Hadden. Julie was a contestant on the Biggest Loser. Her hard work and determination helped her take the weight off and win the battle of the bulge. Rachelle and her girls cheered Julie on throughout the season and she quickly became their one to root for. Ironically after the season ended Rachelle received a query from Julie Hadden (neat, I know) pitching her book Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth, and the rest is history. Rachelle is giving away the book for the first 100 people that send her an e-mail.  I can’t wait to read Julie’s story.  Julie’s transformation can help inspire others to do the same. Way to go Julie! I know what a huge accomplishment this is.

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A Twilight Contest

Who wants a signed copy of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer? If you are a fan of the saga check out The Babbling Flow Of A Fledging Scribbler’s blog –http://ramblingofawanderingscribe.blogspot.com she has one up for grabs.

You have to answer a few questions about Edward before you can be considered eligible. Okay only one question about Edward but there are a couple of other rules. Check it out.

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