Want to know the one thing that will make a difference to your writing?
Well I’m about to share it.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. It can’t be that simple, right? Wrong! It really is that simple.
Immersing yourself in the genre you’re writing in not only helps you with language and style but also with finding your writing voice and it also helps with grammar and spelling. Something every writer at any stage can benefit from.
I don’t know about you but my grammar is often weak, especially in my longer works. But I’m working to improve it, and reading helps me to recall certain grammar rules.
It also helps your mood by helping you relax and centre yourself. Plus if you’re anything like me, reading a paperback book can aid in helping you fall asleep.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on and grab yourself your next favourite read and get cracking.
Paperback books are still my most favourite thing to pick up and read, but kindle is a close second.
What’s your favourite? Paperback or eBook?
Bonus points if you share the title of the last book you picked up and read or are reading!
It’s Friday… finally. The end of another working week… for some and for others like me it’s the end of the school week which means… for me that my kids will with absolute certainty steal the computer out from under me to play whatever PC orientated game they can find while I concoct devious ways of luring them away from the PC so I can write.
Oh, the life of a mum of four. It’s hell I tell you. Send wine and chocolate. Actually scrap the wine and send Chardonnay, cause I hate wine and beer. Actually most alcohol. Unless it’s Baileys or Writer’s Tears. Yes! Look it up that stuff exists. Cost a small fortune. But it was worth it.
Because… Writer’s Tears… enough said.
Winter is coming and truth be told I love Winter. I get to pile on the blankets without apologising. I’m always cold.
And with Winter comes birthdays along with anniversaries of things that I’d sooner forget because no matter how hard I try I’m almost always a wreck by July 24th.
Life is fleeting and I’m trying to not let it pass me by. I’m trying to get my words out into the world.
It’s really all I’ve got tonight.
Oh, and this rose from my garden.
Isn’t it pretty? I’ve been promising myself a red rose for years, partly because I loved the rose garden in my parents backyard and partially because I just love red roses.
As my last post along this same vein, I thought I’d share something most writers have at least one of.
A writing playlist.
It’s no secret that writers often find music to be inspirational to the creative process of writing, and I’m surprisingly no different.
It’s a shock, I know.
Mine is however very eclectic.
So, before I get caught rambling on any further, I’ll see to the list.
(In no particular order)
1. Speeding Cars by Walking Cars
2. Roses by Against the Current
3. Red by Taylor Swift
4. Hold Back the River by Nicole Cross
5. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
6. Tear in Your Hand by Tori Amos
7. Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
8. Way Down We Go by Kaleo
9. Saturn by Sleeping at Last
10. September by Daughtry
That’s a small portion of my playlist. I’d love to hear what some of the songs are that feature on your playlist. Unless of course you prefer to write in complete silence.
So, in light of today’s events I thought I would post something more lighthearted and have some fun along the way. Maybe even manage to lift people’s spirits as well.
My heart is with New Zealand at this tragic time. May those who lost their lives find peace and those who are injured, recover.
And now without further ado, here’s my list:
1. I can play the piano.
2. There’s a replica of Excalibur sitting in my living room.
3. I don’t like beer.
4. I’ve visited Heath Ledger’s Memorial Monument at Heathcote Reserve.
5. I love Hawaiian Pizza. Pineapple is gold!
6. I’ve met Juliet Marillier, Claudia Gray and James Masters and have each of their signatures.
7. I have two tattoos. A Pegasus and a Leo sign
8. I think sloths are creepy.
9. I wrote my first novel, Charity, at eighteen and I’ve got no plans to publish it… ever!
10. I’ve never read Stephen King. I did watch the movie version of The Mist with my husband and handled it relatively okay, until the final scene.
I just submitted a flash fiction piece to a flash fiction anthology moments ago. I have another longer piece that I’m writing and two other short stories on the back burner that I plan to write and submit to other anthologies if I get the time.
I might be juggling just a little too much currently.
Between several novel projects and short story projects, coordinating book reviews, writing up author interview questions (and trying to mix it up a little each time with each new author – not so easy) as well as keeping on top of three social media platforms and a blog. All while trying to keep up with a house, hubby, for kids… not to mention fulfilling job networking requirements when looking for suitable employment for part time work.
That’s the really sad part about this. Having spent the past eleven years raising kids, I’m kind of unemployable. And freelance work… as I’ve said before is kind of hit and miss. The jobs I have gotten, while promising to be ongoing have dried up after a month or two.
That said, I am hard at work making improvements to my novel The Winter Princess. It’s coming along slowly because there’s one PC for six people… and my children have found a few PC games that they like to play on weekends… so stealing time at night is very much my routine of late… unless the hubby beats me to it and steals it for himself.
And because I’m feeling generous, I’ve decided to share a small portion with you.
Here it is, the opening of The Winter Princess
The Winter Queen lounged on an icy crystalline throne as her gown of dark grey silk and taffeta billowed out around her. The hair piled atop her head held a darkness that paled the silk; the tiara of silver and sapphires shone in contrast. Having counted silently on my fingers, one hand held the sum of occasions that I had entered the drafty throne room before now. Setting foot here was unusual for me which led me to be painfully aware of every detail as I approached.
I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll share more.