Monday, June 25, 2012

Change of course...

To be honest, I'm usually plagued by what type of posts will be deemed useful by my fellow bloggers.  Writing tips?  Book reviews?  Entertainment?

I don't know... all I've come up with is this- I can cook.  Yah for me, right?  No seriously, I can cook fantastic meals, but with the hustle and bustle of my everyday life, I choose to unthaw, warm, or even worse, prepare a packaged meal.  It's the result of an overpacked schedule in which every aspect of my life pulls at me from different directions.  I have nothing against easy, but sometimes rushing through something simpy just to get it done, isn't going to yield the best results.  I can easily relate this to writing. 

For me, it all boils down to time.  There doesn't seem to be enough of it to go around.  So along with the new look of my blog, I've decided to add a few recipes that are mouthwatering and good for the body.  Brain food.  I need to do this as a reminder to myself to slow down and savor; whether it's meals, quality family time, or whatever scene I'm working on.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fuelling up the tank...

I read numerous books in numerous genres, watch tons of films, movies, and plays, but sometimes in order to fuel up the writer within, I just have to observe.  Simple actions I witness during the day, are a powerful tool in making my characters believable and relatable.  I've hit research mode in one of my current WIP's and everything around me is fair game.  I noticed a kid pumping gas today into his rusty Cheverolet and he was chomping his gum just like a cow chewing its cud.  For whatever reason, it was annoying as hell and a perfect fit for one of my characters.

I believe that everytime you see a gesture, motion, or action that speaks to you;  you should WRITE IT DOWN.  You can always use it or lose it later.  An excellent resource for this is your Daily Newspaper.  Sports pages are my fav.  There's so much going on in one single action shot, that it begs you to notice every detail, and details are crucial to pulling a scene together.  It's okay to get carried away in research mode, because you can always pick through the most unique details when drafting your story.