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Sometimes I have issues with this. With some projects, it can be easy to come up with a great title while for others, it’s not that easy at all.  A great title for your book is pretty important. The title is one of the first things someone will read. If it doesn’t capture their attention, they may overlook it.

Currently, I find myself struggling to come up with a good title for my zombie apocalyptic novel. Let me try to explain this book for you (because I don’t remember if I have yet or not..)

The book is set in a very rural area in southern Kansas.  A zombie apocalypse has started and has people running scared.  A farmer who lost everything to the zombies is the one man willing to stand up to them all. Finding himself teamed up with an out of town stranger, the two go against the zombie horde that is increasing around the world to protect his land and their own lives.

I think that should describe it. Unfortunately, it’s been difficult to come up with a nice title that can capture attention. I’ve been jotting down ideas, but I don’t know. Someone told me to just wait it out and the title will come to you, but it hasn’t yet. I guess I’m just not the most patient person in the world haha.

If any of you have any tips or suggestions for me as to how you came up with the title of your book or maybe you have a suggestion for mine, let me know by leaving me a comment. 🙂

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While on Twitter the other night (Shameless plug time: you can add me on twitter here) and I updated saying that I had written over 4,000 words that day. A fellow writer complimented me by saying that’s amazing progress and mentioned I could do nanowrimo in my sleep.  If you don’t know what nanowrimo is, it’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s held over the span of November. People sign up and attempt to write a whole book in a month. I remember signing up last year, but it didn’t happen haha.  Like I’ve said before, I’m not really someone who can write under pressure.

Although hearing that another writer thinks I could do it is nice to know. Of course this year, I won’t have the time to even think about doing Nanowrimo. Even if I have finished writing my book, I’ll have to work on edits and researching different types of publishing.  I’ll have to find someone to design the cover of the book. All that fun stuff, right? Right? No? Damn.

If I keep up the progress I’ve been making, I think I can get this book done by the end of October. Maybe…just maybe… I can have this book out to the public by Spring 2012. I hope. That’s the plan anyways.

So for all of those planning on facing Nanowrimo this year, I wish you luck! I hope you’re successful. Unfortunately, I wish I had the time, but my book awaits. 🙂

Oh, just to mention this, I made a goal of hitting 20,000 words by Sunday and I’ve already hit that goal! So I’m getting there. Slowly but surely, you guys will be reading this zombie book. At least I hope you will haha

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It isn’t really a newsflash to say that writing can be very frustrating. Every writer feels the sting of writer’s block. We all get the urge to pull out our hair when the words aren’t coming out.

There is something I have realized though. I can’t really see myself not writing as frustrating as it can be.  Whenever I think about writing, I always get this feeling of excitement. It’s like I’m about to embark on some kind of journey that not everyone get to go on.

That realization of knowing that you were meant to be a writer can fuel the words.  It pushes your forward to a place you weren’t sure you could get to. Sometimes, I need that push. I need to be that driven.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the story I’m working on and where I should take it.  It has taken a different direction that I didn’t really see coming, but I have embraced the change. I think this will make the ending more powerful. It will really resonate with people which is what I want.  That’s what any writer should really hope for. You want to inspire others.

A world without writers and books would be a very sad place. I don’t even want to imagine my life without being able to create new characters and stories for people to discover.

If you’re a writer, can you imagine yourself not writing? How would you feel if that’s what happened?

Also, I’m taking the time to announce my next poetry weekend will be held October 15-17! I’ve decided since a lot of people really enjoy them that I’m going to host them once a month. 🙂  So, get your poetry ready to share because it is fast approaching!

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So Emotional

Have you ever read a book that was just so boring and bland that you wanted to throw it out the window?  Who hasn’t, right? Do you know one of the potential problems of that book?

It lacked emotion.

I think emotion is very important for a novel. A writer should try to find the right balance so the readers are engrossed in what they are reading.  Emotion helps get the readers invested in the story and into your characters. They have to feel sadness when they fall and celebrate their successes when they accomplish something.

My book is full of emotion and sometimes it does leave me feeling emotionally drained. These characters are put through hell and it does affect me in a weird way. I feel for them and I want them to succeed. I want them to realize their own worth and get better. But, in order to tell the story, I have to make them suffer, too.

Once you begin to really feel for these characters like you’re friends with them, that’s when you know you’re on the right track with emotion.  I want the readers to cry, laugh, scream, etc. I want them to really learn what it’s like to live like these characters. I want them to walk away with a sense of understanding. To do that, I need some emotion to show through.

Nobody wants to read a boring book anyways, right? 🙂

What do you think about bringing emotion in novels? How do you make it really show?

In other news, part four of “The Painter” is up now at Serial Central! Click here to go straight to the post! I’ve been having a lot of fun writing this story for everyone and I hope you all are enjoying it. Let me know what you think so far!

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I think I should join a support group for procrastinators. I have become really good at putting things off and getting distracted at the dumbest things.

Don’t get me wrong. My book is very, very important to me.  I think about it all the time. How can I improve this scene? What can I do to make this character grow? How should I show that? I think about this questions all the time. It’s just that when I lose motivation, it’s hard for me to get it back.

I’m still working on that.

Well, it’s going to change. Now. A couple of nights ago,  my friend, Kim, and I decided that we were going to really challenge ourselves as writers. We needed to step our game. So, we gave ourselves a goal: We want to finish our novels by October.

Now, that doesn’t give us a whole lot of time. I’m almost halfway through my book, and once I hit the mark, it’ll be smooth sailing after that. Although, I’m not about to force myself to write. Once I get to that point, I always stop what I’m doing, and I go off to do something else for a while.  I just need a goal to strive towards, so I can end this procrastination and get my motivation back in order. There are people out there who want to read this book haha. I have to finish it before I can do that.

Yes, life gets in the way still. Today, I found myself tackling a whole bunch of household chores.  Stress still finds its way to burrow its ugly head into my day.  But, with a goal in mind, I can learn to push it back.

I hope you all will stick with me as I continue this (very) scary challenge. You can check my progress by clicking on the tab “Check My Writing Progress”. Let’s hope that life doesn’t throw me too many curve balls and detour me from my task. October isn’t that far away….yikes.

And with that, I’m off to see if I can’t finally finish chapter 11. Tomorrow, I’ll post another character interview!

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A week ago, I posted a character interview featuring the ever so charming Jude from my current W.I.P.   People seem to have taken to Jude (he’s pretty lovable) so I figured I would continue the character interviews and introduce you to yet another character from my novel. So, let’s welcome Chelsea Hendricks.

MW: Hey, Chelsea. Welcome to my blog interview.

CH: Thanks for having me. Although this chair smells like Jude. He’s been here, hasn’t he?

MW: Yeah, he did an interview last week actually.

CH: Yeah, he talked about it all last week.  I’m sorry everyone had to go through that nightmare.

MW: Let’s talk about you instead.  What do you do, Chelsea?

CH: Well, I go to college full-time. I’m majoring in film studies. I’ve always wanted to make movies, so I figured why the hell not, you know? Other than that, I just do my own thing. I’m a waitress at a crappy restaurant, but it pays the bills. I hang out with my boy and have fun with my friends. That’s about it.

MW:  I’m sure people would want to know if your boy was Jude.

CH: Ha, heck no.

MW:  Do you mind talking about how you ended up in the group that you eventually met everyone at?

CH: Nah, I don’t mind. Life gets tough, you know? Some people handle all that stress and complications better than others. Unfortunately, I’m one who goes off the deep end and does stuff I’m gonna regret later. But, hey, that’s life. And I’m learning. I think Mat, our wonderful leader, is teaching me that.

MW:  What else have you learned from him?

CH: Good question. That life is too short to worry about the small stuff. He once gave us a Mark Twain quote that went something like “Our consciences take no notice on pain inflicted on others until it reaches a point to where it gives pain to us.”  I remember that because I have it written everywhere. It’s ridiculously true.

MW: Yeah, I like that quote.  So, what kind of films are you wanting to make?

CH: I love indie movies so I’m going to start out with that for a while. A lot of life learning movies. Stuff that makes you think. I’d also love to do some horror movies! Maybe a zombie flick. I’m obsessed with zombie movies.

MW: Got any sort of film coming up?

CH: Not really. I am going with Ben, Jude, and some others to go investigate some haunted place Jude knows about. Who knew Jude was into that sort of thing? I didn’t. I’m going to try to film it like Ghost Hunters or something.  I’m excited.

MW: Sounds like a great time. Is there anything else you want the readers to know before we end this?

CH:   I’m just a girl trying to survive her own world these days. I can’t wait for everyone to read our story and finally understand what it’s like to live in a world filled with so much pain. I’m not a stereotype. I’m a person. A student. A daughter. A sister. A girlfriend. A friend.   One day, everyone will see that and I can’t wait.

MW: Thanks for joining us today, Chelsea.

CH: No problem. Thanks for having me. It was fun. And it got me away from Jude, so it’s a win-win situation.

I hope you all enjoyed this interview with Chelsea. Next week, another character will be “dropping by” to say hello. 🙂

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Today, I saw on the internet someone asking how to choose a literary genre to write.  Someone answered by telling me to write what they know.  That couldn’t be a more truer statement for me as a writer.  I’m a very realistic writer. I write not only from my imagination, but also from my heart.

I also sometimes write based on experiences that either I have gone through or I know someone who has gone through them.  These experiences have helped shape who I am as a person. They have made me stronger and look at the world in a different way. Life is full of those experiences and there are people out there who may never get to experience a different side of life. Maybe they won’t have to go through things that I have gone through (and some of them I hope they never do..) so I feel it’s my responsibility as a writer to help share it with them, so they can learn what it’s like.

I’m writing a novel based on a very serious subject. It’s one that I feel very passionate about. I’ve seen it tear people down and wear them to the point where they are hardly living anymore. They become empty shells without a voice because they’re too scared to talk about it. I’m here to open up those lines of communication. I’m here to let people know it’s okay to talk. It’s okay.

Now, not everyone is one of those “reality writers” as I’ve been called before.  Write about what you’re interested, what you’re passionate about. If you really love a subject, then that is going to come across in your writing.  Personally, I want to read books from writers who love what they’re writing. Not ones who are just writing to become the next Stephen King or JK Rowling.

Just be true to yourself as a writer. Only you can really define yourself in the writing world.

Now, to end this post, yesterday I was a blog award, thanks to Barb!

The rules are:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. Thank you again, Barb. 🙂
  2. Share 7 things about yourself. You can see that below.
  3. Pass the award to five bloggers who you have recently discovered and think are amazing. See my choices below as well.  (The amount can be changed to how many you want to give out)
  4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked to let them know about the award.

Okay, 7 things about me that you may not know. Wow. Okay, there will be things that some who read my blog will know because I’ve known them for such a long time. Let’s get started.

1. My favorite color combination is pink and black.

2. When I was really little, I used to dance to Michael Jackson songs in my family’s dining room.

3. Other than my novel, I also have a screenplay that I plan on finishing…well..after the novel is done. 🙂

4. I really want to investigate a real haunted place. Ghost Hunters is probably one of my favorite shows. Ever.

5. I have a serious phobia of….squirrels. Yeah, it’s true.

6. Music helps inspire my writing. I make play lists for each writing project I have.

7. You may know that I love JRR Tolkien. In a college class, I once wrote a paper comparing the theme of war in the Lord of the Rings to Tolkien’s experience in WWI.  I thought it was a great paper.. obviously my professor does not appreciate Tolkien as much as I do haha

Now, to pass on this award. I’ve thought about it today and I couldn’t decide on a certain number of bloggers who are awesome. Because you know what? You all are. Everyone who visits my blog inspires me, so you all deserve it.  Your blogs make me want to better myself as a writer. 🙂 You encourage me and continue to give support when I need it the most. So, thank you! You all have fantastic blogs to be so proud of. So,  please take the award and enjoy it!

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