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Friday, November 18, 2011


Mood can have a profound effect on...well everything!

It's November, and some snow has already fallen on the ground. One of the traditions I started was making Christmas cookies right after the first official snow of the year. Because of that, the first snow makes me giddy for the Christmas season. The season of joy and music and time shared with family and friends, the season of Jesus' birth. It's almost like the first snow makes me feel warm inside.

That's something worth capturing. A good time to sit down and rethink what has the power to change your mood. Those are the things stories are built on. Too often we rely on sunsets or dialogue to dictate the mood of a scene when there is SO much more out there.

Sometimes I think the more we learn about ourselves and what makes us tick, the more we have to take advantage of to add spice to our writing.  Embrace your quirks; when you pour yourself into your writing, the more alive it will become. A sunrise is beautiful, but when it reminds you of that morning you spent with your grandfather before he lost his mind to Alzheimer's, the mood becomes enhanced, layered, real.

What has the power to change your mood?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Don't bother me, I'm writing...

So, as some of you may know, it is NaNo WriMo time again (National Novel Writing Month) and this year I am, *wipes sweat from brow* participating.

I don't entirely know why I have decided to run a marathon with a novel, but, it sounded fun, and I had book four in my Forest Folk series to write.  So...I joined.

What I'm looking forward to most, other than getting a TON of work done, is getting connected with other writers, because, let's face it, this can be a lonely business. Especially when you put your work out there for things like critiques and contests and querying. Lots of rejection to face by yourself. And while I have a supportive family, they just don't quite get it, but other writers do.

Make connections, write, write and write. That's the message for today folks. Nothing new, but something worth reiterating. 

So, here I sit, writing words that don't count for NaNo WriMo, hoping to provide some encouragement to all writers out there...when the going gets tough, write! Hey, your bound to write a scene with lots of angst if you do. *wink*

Now, back to work!
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