I'm often asked where I get my inspiration from. And my asnwer is always the same; How can I not?
I mean, look at the world around us. Go on, go look out your window. Even if all you see is grey buildings and rain, it's a story waiting to happen.
How? you might ask, and that is a bit more tricky.
When I walk down a street, and see a guy in say a big hoodie, walking close to the buildings, his hands stuffed into his pockets and his eyes firmly fixed on the road, my mind instantly says, "Hmmm what could be the reason for him walking like that?" and instead of jumbing to the conclusion that he is probably listening to music and on his way home from work, feeling tired and not wanting to deal with the mass of tourists, my mind jumps to a million scenarios.
Is he hiding something? Maybe he's running from something? Is he afraid? Scared? Hurt?
From there it's an easy jump to a bit of story building.
Maybe the guy lived on the streets? Maybe he got pulled into running drugs for a warm place to stay? Maybe he got in deep and saw shit he would have given his left nut to unsee? Maybe he is finally trying to get away so he can build a new life? From there, it's easy running.
Peter lost his mother when he was fifteen. The father had never been in the picture, and Peter didn't even have a name to go with the title. The state put him in foster care, but when he ran off the third time he got lost between the cracks. At fifteen his choices where limited. Join a gang, or sell you ass and Peter wasn't going to sell his ass to any creeps. At first it had been easy. Run some drugs in exchange for a warm corner to sleep and some food once in a while. Then he was put on a corner near a school and started selling. He was young enough to mix with the other kids. But then, six months ago, everything had gone wrong. He had stumbled upon his boss killing some dude. Fuck, he wished he had never seen that. 6 months of keeping his mouth shut. 6 months of fearing someone would put a bullet between his eyes every night. He couldn't take it anymore. Maybe selling his ass would be better on the long run.
There, now you have the beginning of a story. of course, a story isn't a story if it doesn't have some kind of plot.
But in the roughest state, a plot is nothing more than a few bulletpoints leading the story along. And really, this happens all the time. Walking in the forest I imagin a hidden city, or some creature hiding between the trees. Going to the sea, I imagine going on some great adventure to strange places. Seeing people on the street, I imagine stories for each of them.
I cannot stop ideas and inspiration to fill my mind everywhere I go.
Maybe that's what makes me a writer. Maybe it's just the way my brain sees the world. I don't have the answers to those questions, but i know that I never run out of inspiration for stories to write.
Have a great day
I think most writers know the feeling. We keep every little scrap of paper we ever wrote an idea on. We have folders filled with words and words and words. We refuse to delete anything, because what if we’re suddenly in a situation where we could use that discarded paragraph? Oh the horror.
And then sometimes we get nostalgic and start reading some of these discarded ideas and weird chapters. And we’re suddenly faced with the ghosts of writings past.
It can be quite the horror show filled with bad spelling, grammar mistakes, and so many cliches. And sometimes we’re lucky and find a little piece of gold.
But mostly, these old writings shows us just how much we have grown as authors and writers. How we have evolved and changed.
Have you visited the ghosts of writings past lately?
Have a great day :)
And that means you.
Nothing makes me as happy as knowing you are reading my books, my blog posts, or any other social media update out there.
You freaking rock.
You will hear people say that they don't care about people reading their books. That they are just writing for themselves. And yes, in some regards that is true. We all write books that we in some way want to read. We write the stories we like.
But every time you see an author talking about comments, reviews, and fan mail, it's because what we love, what makes our day brighter, is knowing we somehow connected with one of you. It just makes everything better.
Even if 'all' we get is a "This is awesome" or "I really liked this character" or "what a great picture" it means that all our work, all the hours spent working and planning and thinking and ripping hair out trying to edit a book, wasn't all for nothing.
So, if you want to make an author happy, leave a comment, send them a message, retweet them or link to them.
It means a million smiles to us.
Have a great day
People often have this idea that writers just sit on their sofa, or in front of their desk, writing, drinking booze and fooling around on the internet claiming writers block.
But a writer's life is more than that. A lot more, especially if you have a day job beside writing to help pay the bills. Life for a writer isn't all fun and games.
For a writer who makes a living from writing, it's a hard job. Especially if you're an indie writer. Some of the people I know publish full length novels every 3 months. That's around 80 - 100 K words, written, edited and published every three months. They pull 12+ hour days working their asses off. Because it's not just writing. It's writing, editing, online marketing, covers, blurbs, blogs, facebook, and trying to navigate the constantly changing world of Indie publishing.
On top of all the writing related jobs, there's the normal everyday stuff to do too.
For me that means cleaning, shopping, cooking, doing the laundry, taking care of the kids, school meetings, play dates, sick days.
And now I'm sure some people are thinking 'But if you aren't making a living from it, why do it?'
The simple answer is that there is no simple answer. I write because I love it. Because I can't stop. The ideas wont go away. I also write because yes, I hope to one day actually make a living from it. I write because I love telling my stories, and because I think my stories are worth sharing.
And I write because even with everything else, writing is worth it.
Have a great day
I can't comment on the general writing population, but for me snacking is the biggest sin I'm commiting when writing. It's like this irresistable need that when I'm really in the groove, my brain screams for something nice and sugary to please my tastebuds.
Often, I can quell the need with more coffee and maybe a slice of bread with cheese- because we all know cheese is fucking awesome.
But once in a while the need is just to great and I have to run to the store to get something to satisfy the craving. Because yes, I'm one of those people who can't have sweets in the house without eating them in like three minutes.
And really, I'm not difficult. I can eat everything from cake to cookies, to chocolate and salty licorice (I'm Danish after all, and we Danes love salty licorice).
In the town I'm living in, it's hard to get your hands on good donuts, though. Like, really hard. You can buy donuts, but they are more often than not boring, dry and not worth the money. So my donut cravings are satisfied like ones a year, but that's okay. I'm pretty sure I would be very, very overweight if I had access to Donuts every day.
So, what's your favorite sweet snack?
Have a great day,
I think most writers I know will agree that Coffee is an important part of the writing process (just like Chocolate). A few of them will probably say they drink tea, but they are british so don't listen to them.
For me, coffee is just an important part of the process. I can sit down and write everywhere, and yes, I can write without coffee, but I find the process much more enjoyable if there's a cup of coffee beside me.
Now, I'm not a coffee snob. Do I enjoy a good cup of coffee? Yes of course. An expertly made latte is wonderful, but I'm just as happy with a cheap cup of coffee with a splash of milk.
And yes, I'm one of 'those' people. I need milk in my coffee. Milk in my tea too. And sometimes, I even use vanilla (gasp)
But really, coffee is like the most wonderful versatile drink (that isn't just water). You can drink it first in the morning, and just before going to bed. You can drink it while eating cake, or dinner. You can drink it alone, or with friends. And no matter where you go, you can always find a place to buy coffee.
So, C if for Coffee, because there really wasn't a choice.
Have a great day
The cute little things, with their vibrating little noses and soft, soft fur. I mean, just looking at them makes most people go "awwww".
Of course, there's also the dust bunnies hiding in the corners and under the sofa. Those are not so cute, and since this is spring, it's a good time to get rid of them in a craze of spring cleaning.
But, B is also for plot bunnies. Those pesky ideas filling your head, refusing to go away until you've written them. There is a lot of different breeds of Plot Bunnies, and I'm just going to mention a few of them.
The Killer Bunnies - Soft, and innocent looking, they follow along as you write, until out of the blue killing of one of your characters. They will close some paths for you, but often open up new and before unseen ways to work the story.
The love Bunnies - With their pink heart shaped noses, and long fluffy ears, these little things can be impossible to get rid off. They constantly push romance into the story, making your characters fall in love, like some furry cupid.
The idea Bunnies - These black, sharp-clawed bunnies follows you around like a shadow, attacking you at every oppertunity, clawing their way into your mind where they dump a new idea before running off again. The idea bunnies never sleeps, never stops, and will always attack when you have a deadline.
That was all about B and Bunnies.
Have a great day
Today is the first day of the A-Z blog challenge. And it is awesome. I've been looking forward for this for months.
April is rain and sun.
In Denmark, April is normally a sunny month, with some rain thrown in just for fun. It marks the real change from winter to spring, even if it officially happens in March. (But really, March is bloody cold, and there's snow and stuff. Not much spring over that.)
April is writing, publishing, and trying something new.
I've done the A-Z blog challenge last year, and failed misserably, so this year I've planned better, and I'm determined to make it, and I think it's going to be so much fun to take on this challenge. But one thing is for sure, and that is that a lot of writing will happen.
April is Easter and Chocolate.
As I'm sure is the case for a lot of people, especially those with kids, Easter and April means lots of chocolate. Like, crazy amounts of chocolate. The stores have been selling chocolate eggs, bunnies and hearts for a month at least, and every time you enter a store your eyes are attacked by pastel colors, and your nose is assulted by the sent of cheap chocolate. ANd the kids love it (and so do I, secretly).
So that's it. A is for April, and April means a lot of different things.
What does April mean for you?
My boyfriend and I live in two different countries. He's Finnish and is currently studying a degree in Finland, and I'm Danish and live with my two kids in Denmark.
Being so far from each other can be hard, especially on days where you just need a hug (thank the gods for free internet calls) But, it is also wonderful and bring so many wonderful things with it.
And it got the perk of traveling to another country when visiting each other.
My trip started very early a monday morning. It was so foggy and cold. In the middle picture above, you would normally be able to see this our local castle.
I walked to the train station and took the 4 hour long trainride to the airport. I was lucky and arrived in a quiet airport, so check-in and getting through security took less than 20 min.
The flight was uneventful, if you don't count my body's fucked up reaction to flying. Dry throat, couging, pain in my jaw and ears. But luckily the flight is only 1 hour and 35 min.
When I arrived at the airport it was filled with asian tourists being led around by travel agents. Apparently Helsinki airport is a big layover for asian tourists. With my perfect (-ly fuked up) sense of direction I of course missed my exit and ended up in the wrong arrival hall. My phone refused to go online or even find network so there was no way to contact my boyfriend who was waiting at another arrival point, and I had no idea how to find that place. Finally I managed to find a signal and got a message through to him. I'm pretty sure I looked like a lost puppy when he found me. Let's just say that being lost in a big airport filled with people speaking a language you don't understand, and not being able to find the person your meeting, after traveling around 9 hours, was not my idea of fun. Luckily he did find me, and we arrived safely at his house about an hour later. And then I fell promptly asleep on the couch after dinner. I'm such a romantic.
We spend the weeks doing all kinds of awesome things together. We took a daytrip to Tampere where we visited the museum and saw the Vampire Exhibit, along with some other cool exhibits.
We also spend a lot of time sight seeing the local area. Because of my ankle, walking long distances are limited, but we went a lot of places where we could drive most of the distance. Since it was February it was cold, but not nearly as cold as it could have been, and as a Dane, the snow was awesome. We don't really get a lot of snow here. And I think I said "ups" about a million time trying to walk around with all the ice on the roads hehe.
Finland is such a cool place and there is so much to see, and I totally recommend anyone having the chance, to go there.
Ive been nominated for the blogger recognition award (squee) by the wonderful Frantasmagoria. She blogs about some really cool stuff, so check out her page.
Why did I start this blog?
Well, I'm a creative person. I write, paint and draw, and blogging was just another way for me to use my creativity. After I made my website, it seemed like a logical step to include a blog :)
My blog is more of a creative outlet than a job, and so I don't really have a theme, as you'll find on most blogs. I blog about all the things I love and find interesting. I know every advise for bloggers is to find your theme and stick to it, but I'm not in it to earn money, or get millions of readers (not that theres anything wrong with that as a goal) so I can allow myself to be a bit all over the place.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers
1) Network. Join twitter, and use the #writingcommunity. There is so many awesome bloggers out there, ready to help and answer questions. Join blog shares, find people to swap blog posts with. Be part of the community and it will help you so much.
2) Plan. This is probably the best advice I can give. In the beginning blogging seems so easy and then suddenly it isn't. And that's when planning helps :) I wrote a few posts about how I planned a whole year that you can check out if you're interested.
The Curvaceous Vegan
Joy V Spicer
(I know it says 15 bloggers in the rules, but I'm so bad at saving links, so I have to do some digging to find all the blogs I like to read. I normally just go to read them when they post on twitter :P I promise to add more when I find them)
Rules For The Blogger Recognition Award
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