Sunday, March 27, 2016

What I Do While Waiting on Responses From Agents & Publishers

    Every writer reacts differently during the time they send out submissions to agents and publishers. But this is how I react and spend the time while I wait on responses about my book. I have serious mood-swings during this time...

 Right After Sending Submissions: Yes! I finished my novel, revised it, wrote a query letter and now I've sent out my first submissions. This is awesome!

 10 Seconds Later: Okay...Now I'm really nervous. What if no one likes it? What if it sucks? I don't know if I can wait 2-3 weeks for a response...

 A Few Days After Sending Submissions: Why didn't I edit my book one more time? I'm sure there are tons of mistakes. No one is going to want to publish it. The plot is stupid. The characters are weird. The writing is terrible. My writing sucks!

 A Week After Sending Submissions: I'm bored, maybe I should write. Wait, no! I can't start writing a new book yet! I'm too nervous to write another book when my last book is being criticized.

 A Few Days Later: I give in. I can't stand not writing. I don't care if my writing is crappy! I need to write!

 After I Start Writing Again: All of my ideas are stupid. This book is stupid. The book I sent out is stupid no one is going to publish it. I should just stop writing all together.

 A Few Minutes Later: I can't not write. I feel like I'm going crazy, I'll just write. It doesn't matter if it sucks or not, I just can't go without writing.

Happy Easter everyone!! :)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Writing Playlist

   So, I didn't do what I said I was going to about keeping up with blogging while on spring break, and I did not write any posts for the future. I got wrapped up in writing and spending time with my friends so I'm just going to try to wing it for the next few weeks and blog when I can.

 But, today, I thought I'd talk about writing playlists.

 Studies have shown that listening to music increases brain function. Some disagree because they think that the lyrics in songs replace thoughts. I think it depends on the person. Everyone is different and everyone has different ways of writing. Some need complete silence to write, others listen to music to help with the flow.

 For me, I can't write in total silence but if people around me are being too loud, I need to block them out by listening to music. If it's not too loud around me, then I don't listen to music. It just depends on where I am and what kind of scene I'm writing that day.

 Everyone has different musical tastes and the theme of your book will also tie into the kind of music you listen to while you write. The kind of music you listen to doesn't matter as long as it helps with your writing. To write a sad scene, some people have to listen to sad music to get them in the mood to write a good, believable scene. Listening to different genres of music can easily change your mood.

For the series I'm writing right now, the playlist is really short but this is what I have so far:

Enchanted Series Playlist

Waiting Game - by Banks
My Blood - by Ellie Goulding
Dead in the Water - by Ellie Goulding
I Love You - by Woodkid
Alive - by Sia
Elastic Heart - by Sia
Begging for Thread - by Banks
Howl - by Florence + The Machine
Outside - by Calvin Harris
Hollow - by Tori Kelly
Rumour Mill - by Rudimental 
Tenerife Sea - by Ed Sheeran
Kiss - by Ed Sheeran
Give Me Love - by Ed Sheeran
Everything Has Changed - by Taylor Swift

 Okay, now go make your own playlist!

Happy writing! <3

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Stages of Writing

   Spring break has started and I plan on writing as much as possible before classes start again and tests prevent me from writing. It's been over a month since I've last written, maybe even longer, and it's only been 2 days but I'm finding it hard to get in "the groove." I keep putting my book down, telling myself that the plot is dumb and that the writing is terrible and I need to fix it. Every writer does this at some point while writing. What can you do to stop thinking about this? Well...

 Stage 1:  Just write. Don't reread what you wrote. You have your plot and ideas, now go for it! As a writer, if you read over your work as you write it, you will second guess yourself and end up working on changes instead of doing any actual writing, and that's not good. You need to focus on writing and finishing your book before you start editing.

 Stage 2:  You will overthink your writing/book even if you don't read over your work. You'll think your writing is terrible, the book idea is bad, the plot has too many holes to fix, and maybe you should just give up! No. Don't stop writing. You may think your book idea is bad but there is a reason why you wanted to write it and you should stick with it. And also, just because you think the book might be bad, doesn't mean that your readers won't like it. The most original stories sound terrible. Stick with it, finish your book and then get opinions on it.

 Stage 3:  Edit. Once you're finished writing your book, comes the horrible act of editing it. I highly suggest taking a few weeks off after finishing your book. Mark on your calendar when you plan to start editing and get to it! You're also going to feel like your book is really crappy and you should just stop what you're doing and give up on it. You'll think that it can't be fixed. It can though! It may take some time and several drafts but you can do it as long as you stick with it!

 Final Stage:  Start writing, again. Onward to write another book! The circle of writing!