Memory Lane

I have a confession.

When I was young, I hated reading. I really did not like it!

Though, I was lucky enough to have a mum who liked reading and literature. She would read to me and my sister often, all kinds of things from books to poetry.

Now I read practically all the time 😀 It’s a great escapism for me, and with the surge of self-published books, it means there are so many other stories open to us now!

But back then I was, and still am in some ways, a very fussy reader. A book had to catch me within a couple of pages or I lost interest. In my teens, I didn’t really read anything at all. I wrote A LOT, but very little reading.

So for me, the books I did read when I was younger really stand out today. Those books that just caught me and stick in my mind until this day.

A Witch in Time by Terry Deary (the original, not the 2002 one)- I borrowed this from my primary school library and loved it! Not sure why it had me hooked, I just remember that it did.

Beyond the Deep Woods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell– There were so many great parts in this. I cried at one point, and got so scared I couldn’t sleep with the light off at another 😀 Didn’t enjoy the rest of the series though.

Mrs Wishy Washy – I didn’t actually enjoy this, I just used to torture my mum with it by bringing it home as compulsory reading from infant school. She hated that book.

The Perfume (Point Horror) – I rediscovered this book on Chrissi Reads, (a brilliant blog!) after trying to remember what it was called. I even wrote a short piece inspired by it on my other blog.

There are a few others, but these are the ones I remember the most, that I sometimes think of fondly whilst waiting around with nothing on my mind.

I think these are the types of books that started my love of wanting to write a story, to write something that someone, somewhere will think of fondly at random points throughout their life 😀

Do you remember your childhood favourites? Which books started your love for reading and/or writing?

Also, as a side note… I have finished editing! I have got my happy dance groove on!

There will also be no Romance Weekly post this week, as I am working really hard on finishing up these books 😀 Back on schedule next week though!

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Book read. Review written.

New Story on the Block…

Photo by TempusVolat on Flickr

Photo by TempusVolat on Flickr

I’m bursting with a story idea.

I mean practically exploding with it!

I spent all of yesterday starting to plan it out and getting down characters and plot, which was naughty because I take the weekends off from writing, blogging, tech etc. But I just couldn’t help myself!

This month is all about focusing on getting my editing and books up together ready for publishing. Yet, I miss writing so much, it’s actually quite unbelievable. I have been starting to jot down scenes for my next book just so as I can do some kind of writing.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, except I really wanted to just focus on formatting and getting the stories I have written ready for publishing. I like to focus on one book at a time, and give my full concentration to it. Yet, lately, always in the back of my mind is this new story trying to sneak into the forefront of my focus.

I am so excited about getting back to writing. Obviously I want to get my other books out there into the world, but it’s the writing that keeps us going, right? I mean, I wouldn’t have made a good choice of career if I weren’t chomping at the bit to write my next project.

Even after a splurge day yesterday of planning and plotting, I still can’t stop thinking about it!

I guess I will just have to go with the flow and get my books ready, whilst letting these new characters start to form in my head. I sure will be ready to go when I finally can get back to starting a new story!

It’s a good thing I like eating, sleeping and breathing writing! I pretty much think that’s my life now 🙂

Have you ever had a story idea not leave you alone? Do you like to finish one project completely before moving onto the next? Does writing completely consume your life too? 😀

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Final read out. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, final read-out, formatting, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Final edits. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, formatting, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Book chosen.

Inspiration, Where I Find It

I read a post by winterbayne about inspiration- An Example of Inspiration

It got me thinking about where I get my ideas from and where we, as writers, draw out inspiration from.

Inspiration is a pretty fickle thing. One minute I can be swamped in ideas from everything I see and hear, next minute I can be starved for even the smallest spark.

At times I just need a bit of help to get my ideas going.

It seems with the amount of information on the internet now, this should be easier than ever for writers and artists in general.

I recently discovered Pinterest’s use as a tool of inspiration. My Pinterest account holds a couple of different boards for all types of things: writing tips, inspiration for specific novellas, self publishing advice, etc. The inspiration (or Pinspiration) I get from this is quite incredible, it’s a great wealth of images to scroll through and find my mind lighting up with ideas.

Music is, as for many people, also a great source of inspiration. I have a very vivid and active imagination that can create images very easily and this tends to be what happens when I listen to songs. My head creates almost like my own music video to go with the songs I listen to, and a lot of the time I get a good variety of stories from this method due to the wide variety of music I listen to (I have Fall Out Boy, Alice Cooper, Britney Spears and Disney all combined on my playlist! It’s certainly eclectic.)

Prompts are something I find incredibly useful at times, especially if I just want a quick go at writing practice. If that’s your thing, I would highly recommend checking out this blog, Of Paradise, great selection of very varied prompts and Featured Fiction for weekly prompts.

But even with all the media and information we can get from the internet and technology, sometimes its just as good to look around us. Nature and people can inspire great moments! I do have a rather bad habit of people-watching. I try to do it not so obviously, I don’t really want to appear like some crazy lady who stares at people as they pass! But sometimes it’s interesting to think of how many individual people there are in the world and each with their own individual life and story of their own.

Nature and the world around us can also provide lots of ideas. For example, I was walking down a high street of a city near where I live and noticed how the old buildings butted up against the rather boring, modern ones. This gave me a sudden spark of inspiration about a story where old meets new and the differences in appearance and functionality between them.

So, if you’re ever stuck for something to write sometimes it’s just as good to look out of the window as it is to turn to the computer! Inspiration can be found everywhere and it always seems to strike quite forcefully at the most unusual and unexpected of times. Just make sure to have a notebook always handy for those moments 😀

Is there any specific place you get inspiration from? Do you keep a stock of pictures/words to draw creativity from?

Also, I will be adding a ‘Connecting‘ section to my sidebar with my accounts at Pinterest, Goodreads and my email, etc. Just in case anyone want to get in touch in other ways.

Progress Report:

Word count: 5746 (Total word count: 17,844).

Status of Third Manuscript: Writing first draft.

March E-Book Review: 60% read.