Finding Motivation

Recently I’ve been finding it hard to motivate myself to write. Some days I am just overwhelmed with all that is on my plate. If I could I would write daily but instead I’ve opted to read daily. 12 hour days don’t leave much time for writing. I’m trying to find a happy balance between all my responsibilities. One day! Since I haven’t quite gotten there, I’m still reading. Currently I’m reading “The Frog KIng” by Adam Davies. Its a good book. I could easily see it becoming a Indie Film and being loved like 500 days of Summer.

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Rejection…it stings.

When I was attempting to find my way into publishing I
decided to try my hand at Urban Fiction. I completed a novella about a pregnant
woman on the run for her life after a violent incident with a drug dealing
ex-boyfriend. The year was 2005, and I was feeling very optimistic about the possibilities
of being a published author. I felt that if I made it in the urban fiction
genre, that I could make my way over to another publisher and book deals. I
didn’t want to be pigeonholed into one specific genre, so I decided to use
another nom de plume. I tripled checked my manuscript and sent it off to a very
popular Urban Fiction publisher on the east coast.  Approximately 3 months later I received a
letter in the mail. I was so nervous and so excited about the news that I held on
to the letter overnight and calmed my nerves. The following day I opened the
letter and I was STUNNED! The publisher  told
me in a very simple way that they already had something similar to the story
that I had written and they were not interested in mine because  it was written in the “typical’ urban style.  I do realize that with Urban fiction there is
a lot of “colorful” language used in the stories, and my story wasn’t filled
with that style of writing. I used a couple of terms but nothing that was
racially offensive or too degrading to women.
I didn’t really think it was going to give much to the story but I guess
that was a lesson learned.  My immediate
thoughts about the letter were painful. I had let other people read my story, a
creative writing teacher, a film teacher, and a few family members. I took
their notes very seriously and edited my story for all errors, and fleshed out
parts of the story that needed to be explained. I didn’t understand why they
would reject my story. I felt that I wrote at the same level if not better than
any of the writers that were in their catalogue.  Then I realized…just because they said no, it
doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t get a yes from another publisher.  After reading Stephen King’s “On Writing”, I
realize that one rejection letter means nothing to your writing career. It’s
best to use the letter as motivation and find your own way to tell your story.
If every person allowed rejection to stop them from pursuing their dream, then
nobody would get anything done! In the long run, I realize that I was never
meant to be with that publisher, and maybe one day I’ll post a snippet from
that story.

Books that Influenced me…Part 1

This week I’m going to discuss books that inspired my
writing and love of reading.  I grew upin a time when we constantly heard the phrases “Just Say No” and “Reading is
Fundamental”. I’m not sure if these programs still exist in schools today but I
know they meant a lot to me.  I remember walking out of my classroom on some designated afternoon into

what seemed likethe longest hallway in the world. There were tables covered with stacks of
books just waiting to be rummaged through. I was a big fan of The Babysitters
Club, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps. They were often my choices when
picking out my one book for the day. I always found some form of comfort and
adventure when reading. I truly believed a free book was the greatest gift in
the world. The library at school was my refuge. I never wanted to just stay in
the section for my grade level. I always wanted to venture out and discover
more daring and surprising stories.

I was always allowed to research and read whatever I wanted as a child but, it
wasn’t until I was leaving elementary that I discovered another darker genre….Horror.
I was sitting in my living room watching MTV when a special came on about
Vampires.  I had already been fascinated
by Vampires because I watched Fright Night, Vamp, Dracula, and other movies
growing up, but there was something different about the way the lore was
presented by Anne Rice. It was the visual aspect of Interview with The Vampire
that pulled me in at first. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise…and this new guy Antonio
Banderas as these powerful, sexy, demons. There was the longing in Brad Pitt’s
character and the way he portrayed the forever depressed Louis that struck a
chord with me.  After seeing these images
directed by Neil Jordan, I had to run out and purchase the book.  I really just ran out of my room and asked my
mother could she purchase the book.  I
finished reading IWTV in two days. The words Anne Rice used to describe
situations, feelings, and the scenery were like poetry to my soul. I knew from that
moment on that I would love that book forever.  I still own the copy that was purchased for
me. It sits quietly on the shelf waiting to be picked up for a reading every
few years.  I went on to read The Vampire
Lestat, and Queen of the Damned; but those never quite pulled me in like
Interview the Vampire.  I’ve written
vampire stories and I do have one that I plan on posting in the next two weeks.
It was a short that I had written for a Creative Fiction class in college. I’m
thinking about changing the title. I’ll keep you all in the loop.  May your week hold many adventures and
surprises!

Going LIVE in 5..4..3..2

Welcome to my Blog! I’m glad you stopped by for a visit.

I’ve always had a passion for writing, throughout my life I’ve
always had a journal, a book, and a pen everywhere that I went.  This blog has been on WordPress for a few
years now but I lacked the motivation and focus to tell the stories that I had written
(or half written). I sat in my house watching the piles of papers, notebooks,
and binders grow higher with ideas and characters that were not seeing the
light of day. It began to nag at my soul, why was I wasting a gift? I feel in
life that we are destined for many things and sometimes we have a talent that
we ignore. We treat it like more of a burden than what it truly is….an opportunity
to be heard. The stories that I’ve written and I write are all over the place
as far as genre. I wouldn’t consider myself a YA Author or an Adult Fiction
writer, because I write it all. When a story pops into my mind and I start to
hear characters voices I tend to allow the story to guide me to the genre where
it will be placed. I dabble in paranormal, romance, horror, etc…but for me the
story is what is most important. The Label….not so much. I hope you enjoy the
stories I post and the things I blog about! Have fun.