Friday, January 28, 2011
The other day, I settled myself down in front of my computer, preparing to start writing. My WIP was up on my screen, I had ideas of where I wanted to take it, I was fearless, my hands were poised. Then...nothing. It didn't feel right. Maybe I was just lazy? Instead, I flipped over to my Windows Media Player and watched two episodes of Gilmore Girls.
Do you have a necessary environment for successful writing; the correct lighting, room, beverage, music? I have my best results in a local coffee shop, with a vente Chai Tea Latte (cliche? Coffee makes my tummy hurt) and a scone. I think this is mostly because there are less shiny distractions. There's also something about sitting in a coffee shop while working on a story. It makes me feel busy and productive, like I could take over the world with my pen (Or at least successfully ask the cute guy sitting next to me what makes his coffee smell so yummy...wait...no fair shiny!).
Monday, January 24, 2011
I would like to start a campaign to eliminate the use of the term “Love Triangle.” When we imagine said triangle, we see three points connected by three equal lines. The central character is usually at the top (Katniss), while the two romantic interests (with lines connected them to their desire) perched below in supporting positions (Peeta and Gabe). What’s interesting is the line that exists, connecting the two love interests. This is where things get fuzzy. Unless you like some slash in your fiction, there should be no connection between these two characters; especially not one that mirrors the lines between the lead and her choices. If you flip the triangle, all of the sudden you have Gabe as the central character with lines connected to Peeta and Katniss. Awkward!
Thus, I propose we change the title from “love triangle,” to “love angle.” There will be a central point (Katniss) with paths to outer points (Peeta and Gabe).
Now, granted, sometimes romantic interests do share a relationship (Best friends, acquaintances,
mortal enemies). With the love angle you can move the two outward points closer or farther away, depending on this relationship. There is also a play on words here because, let's be realistic, everyone has an angle (right?).
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I’m going to take this opportunity to officially admit that I am writing…something. I’m not quite sure what it is yet *lifts damp/limp something to examine more closely.* But it’s there. I’ve written a vague and flexible (ever changing) outline of what I might want, and about 1,500 words. I’ve even reluctantly shared information with two people. Yes, I have done this before. But this time I’m going to keep pushing (at least will try to) until my something either becomes a formed, breathing object; or disintegrates into shiny dust like a freshly slayed vampire.
I’m going to be frighteningly honest here. There were many reasons why I switched from music to English as a major my freshman year in college. One of the big reasons, however, was because I was terrified that I would not be allowed into (that I was not good enough to be in...) the Piano Performance Program. Failing in general, for me, ranks with losing all my teeth in a freak hockey accident (seeing as I haven’t stepped on the ice since a certain skate-meets-hand incident my first time EVER) in pleasantness. Being told that I am not good enough at something I love: my mind can’t even comprehend the pain this would cause. I imagine the world would implode, sinking me into a hell full of open water, spiders, sea monsters, and electrocution (On a temporary psychological tangent…maybe this is why I have such a hard time with breakups…and personal criticism….and, okay we’re done now).
So, as you can see, admitting that I’m writing…something, is a huge step for me. Because, if I fail, not only would I know (and have to admit to it); but at least one of my 12 (welcome latest follower person!) followers may also take notice.
Maybe next time I’ll even reveal the genre!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
always good to keep learning).