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It’s another Monday, which means it’s time for me to post whatever I feel like posting.  Yay! Wait. Why don’t I hear any cheers for that? Okay okay, it’s time for me to post whatever I feel like posting about writing; although you’re missing out some pretty cool boy bands I planned on sharing today.

Now, continuing with last weeks topic, Writer’s Block, I wanted to share an exercise I did in order to “fight” it.  I actually wrote a poem, using nothing but words describing sounds. And I told a whole story this way. Here it is:

Writer’s Block

Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Drip, drip, drip.   Grrrr.  Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Turn.  Drip, dri-.  Aaah.  Thump, thump, thump.  Screech.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Tap, tap, tap.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Grrrr.   Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.  Whoosh.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Woo, woo, woo.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Woo, woo, woo.  Grrrr.   Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Woo, woo, woo.  Slam.  Wo-.  Aaah.  Thump, thump, thump.  Screech.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Grrr.  Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.  Whoosh.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Shhh, shhh, shhh.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Shhh, shhh, shhh.  Grrr.  Sigh.  Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Click.  SHHH, SHHH, SHHH.  Burr.  Shut.  Thump, thump, thump.  Zzzzz.  zzzzz.  zzzzz.  Zzzzz.  zzzzz.  zzzzz.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Zzzzz, zzzz, zzzz.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Snort.  Awwwe.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Hmmm.  Thump, thump, thump.  Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.  Thump, thump, thump.  Click.  CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.  Shut.  Hmmm.  Thump, thump, thump.  Aaah.  Hmmm.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Aaah.

What are your strategies for fighting writer’s block? Let me know in the comments below, while I search the floor for my pencil.  I seemed to have dropped it.

 

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I’m sorry this is going up so late today, but somehow the day turned into a very busy one. Plus I fell asleep for an hour, which I didn’t mean to do. I guess I’ve been overworking myself lately. Lol. Anyway, it’s time to announce the blog of the week.  This weeks winner is:

Cat Woods

Cat has been MIA for the last couple of months because of an ever-increasing work schedule, but soon discovered without her blog, her daily writing suffered. So Cat is back. *Blows party horn*

I recommend Cat’s blog for several reasons.

1. She is the first writing cheerleader I’ve ever had.  She’s the first person to take time to actually critique something I had written and, when I started this blog, this was the first reader I had.  She’s a very supportive and patient person and the least I can do is give her a shout out.

2. Her blogs are full of everyday life, seamlessly woven in with writing tips.  Check out her recent post on make a “family tree” of your plot/characters and you’ll know what I mean.

3. She answers questions and isn’t afraid to talk about some of the mistakes she made as a total “newbie” writer.  In fact, she is on the moderators on AQ and will help you with your Query if you ask, and trust me, you do.  She not only has great insight, but has an agent to back it up. So you might want to listen to her advice because she’s legit. ;p

Okay, I’ll stop gushing over this awesome writer and mentor to let you check her out for yourself. Plus, my pencils seems to have rolled away….

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Time for another Road Trip Wednesday! Hosted by the lovely ladies over at YA Highway.

Today’s topic is:

Write Your Six-Word Memoir (inspired by I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets)

Okay, deep breath. 

Shy. Imperfect. Sister. Aunt. Girlfriend. Writer.

So now it’s your turn.  Leave your answer in the comments below.

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I know I normally don’t post on Tuesday, but I got some good news to share.  It’s Human Rights week on One Forty Fiction and they selected my story to share today. Check it out I Have a Dream here. Oh and leave me a comment. ;p

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While surfing the twitter community this last week I came across and interesting conversation regarding writer’s block.  Now writers block is an interesting syndrome and affects people in different ways.

1. The Denier: This person tells everybody and anything that will listen that he/she doesn’t suffer from this at all and doesn’t understand why other writers do. Usually they follow this statement up with something along the lines of “And if I get stuck on one WIP I just work on another.” Shhh, please don’t tell them.  It will only bring down the basis of their whole world.

2. The Freak Outer: This person freaks out every time a batch of writer’s block hits and tells everyone from their mother, their brother, to their agent and publisher they will never be able to write again.  The last of their ideas has been used and their imagination is dried up.  Then, a few days later, they aggressively pitch a new idea for a story to everyone they had previously told about their early retirement, after seeing a woman with a baby riding uni-cycle, and the cycle begins again.

3. The Determind-er (Yeah I made a new word): This person is so determined to push their writer’s block, they will continue to type, no matter if the words make sense or not.  Then, days later when the block is finally over, they sit down and realize they have to delete everything they wrote during the past few days.  Of course, no Determind-er’s job would be complete if he/she didn’t recommend this method to everyone they know and swearing it’s the only way to get through it.

4. The Cheater: This is the person who recognizes their block for what it is, shrugs their shoulders and wait for their muse to return as they focus on other projects.  Like that scrapbook that was never finished, or the neglected laundry pile that’s now seventeen feet tall.  Or, if this writer is feeling particularly naughty, they will focus on another writing project until the block is over.

So which one are you? Personally I’m the Cheater. I once had writer’s block so bad I even challenged myself to write an unconventional story about it, using only onomatopoeia, maybe I’ll share it with you…on another day.  And here’s something just for fun. In case you missed it this last week.

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It’s that time again.  To name the blog of the week.  And this weeks winner is…..

 

The Other Side of the Story

 

Janice Hardy is the amazing MG writer behind this awesome site, where she provides helpful insider information to those of us who are still twirling in “I still to finish my Wip” land.  I chose her blog this week because I’m in the middle of rewriting and revising and as a result am a little biased.  But my bias does not change the fact that she offers some great advice on how to edit by showing her readers to include: emotional clarity, how to re-work scenes instead of throwing them away, and the mother of all evils, how to format your MS.  I know I’ve worried about that one.

So if you get a chance please go and check her out.  You know you’ll want to eventually so might as well get it over with now. Ooh and don’t forget to check out her books The Shifter and Blue Fire.

Now I’m off to find what’s left of my pencil.  I burned after that last rewrite, but if you have a blog that totally rocks and would like to share it, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out.  Hey, it maybe the next blog of the week.

Oh and one more thing….I’m in search of a crit partner, so if you’re looking or know of any great groups that are just let me know.

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So the topic the girls over at YA Highway chose for this week:

What Movie Do You Wish Had Been A Book First?(And Who Should Have Written It?)

So  I have two choices for this:

Shakespeare-In-Love-Delantera-Vcd.jpg Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare in Love because it’s the best romantic comedy ever.  It’s one of the few movies I fell in love with as an early teen and still love today.  Not counting nostalgia.  And who else would I want to write it but Will Shakespeare himself.  Art thou surprised? Lol. Okay now that was lame. Moving on.

And keeping in the mood of this wonderful month I give you White Christmas.

And who would write it?  I don’t know…maybe Irving Berlin. ;p

So those are the movies I wish had been books first and the people I would like to have written them. Now tell me, what movie do wish had been a book first?

While I go to find my pencil, you should submit a poem or short story to be featured on my blog.  just contact me at ejeglin@yahoo.com.

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