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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Words

I love England. I have never been there, but am thinking of going this fall. A friend asked me why I liked it so much, I didn't have an answer. The next day it came to me. I love the words they use. Not necessarily their accents, though I'm sure all American's can agree that English accents are flippin' cool, but the words they use in their vocabulary.

I love Jane Austen and her novels, but why? The stories are great, but the language and how they speak to each other is what makes me fall in love with it.

I also realized that the way I communicate best with others is through words. I'm not much of a gift giver, but I like to listen and use words that express really meaning. I feel like American's are somewhat sloppy with their words, especially when texting, and there is no beauty in them anymore.
I don't talk like I just walked out of a Jane Austen novel, but I believe that is where my love for England originated from. I tend to speak more formal in writing than I do in person as well.

Do words mean a lot to you? As writers I think we are more drawn to words than others, since we use them to express our ideas. Let me know what you think!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Writing after a long break

Before I started the novel I am writing now, I hadn't really written for over a year. I mean I wrote papers for school and a poem every now and again, but no novel. I didn't even read that much either. Now, we all have our reasons for taking a break, I know I did. I wasn't emotionally ready to write again and I didn't have a story in my mind that I felt was worth writing. When the story came though, I wanted to write it.

Somehow, writing isn't coming to me like it did over a year ago. I'm not eager to get to the computer to type out as many words as I can. After a month of writing I only have a little over 10,000 words to show for it. I read a post by Jamie Glover about writing after an absence and it really helped me. My goal now is to just write a little each day. Even if it is just a page. I think about my story all the time-I love it and I think its great! Totally needs to be told and I think it's awesome I get to be the one to tell it. Since reading that post I have written each day. Not a lot, but the little bits will start to add up and I know that this writing experience is going to be different from my last one, but that is okay.

So, taking it a day at a time, a page at a time, I'm moving on and at some point this story will be completed. I'm excited for that day and I hope at some point I will be able to squeeze out more then just a few pages a day. Has there ever been a time in your life where you tried to pick something back up, but it just wasn't the same?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Books and tv

I just started watching the show True Blood. The show is based on books by Charlaine Harris. I haven't read the books yet since I am still reading the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Which just also happens to be a new show on HBO.

I know as authors we always dream of our works turning into movies or tv shows, but that's not what I want to talk about.

I don't know about everyone else, but when I watch a tv show and love it, or a movie, and then find out there are books out there that they are based on, I totally read them. Maybe not right away (like now, I'm in the third book of the series and its over a 1,000 pages, so needless to say it's taking me a while) but I always end up reading them at some point. Before an Ice and Fire I read the Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay.

Does everyone do this? Read the books the movie and tv shows are based on? I know a lot do, I mean, I do work in a bookstore, but I want to know if its something you run out and buy right after seeing it.

(Just had a thought-my bookstore is right next door to a movie theater.)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer days..

So, the pool at my apt building is open now. :D I'm going to get a good tan this summer!

I've been working a lot, as well as reading. I have about 10,000 words written on my new novel, and its always in my head, but for some reason, I can't seem to get lost in my story when writing it. After about 8 pages of writing I'm ready to stop and do something else. I'm not sure if this is normal, or bad, or what. It just is how it is. I want to be able to finish writing my novel by the end of this summer, before I go back to college this fall. I'm really going to have to step my game up to make that goal though.