A Writing Update on Writing Wednesday

Just wanted to check in on the writing front. Where all is quiet. #literarypun #suchadork

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The last query I sent was March 20th.

The last rejection was March 30th.

The last writing other than a blog post? Um…last year? Yeah, I think.

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Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #5: Anna

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Wondering what this is all about? Start here: “What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise

It’s back to the 80s this week. Anna likes to stay busy, so she really doesn’t have time for music. But on the off-chance she has a spare minute, she’ll put on some 80s. While Hunter is more of the cheesy 80s pop fan, Anna likes a little more 80s variety. Not much though! 😀 And definitely some girl power.

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Anna’s Playlist

“The 80s Rocker”

1) “Livin On a Prayer” Bon Jovi

3) “What You Need” INXS
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Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #2: Lily

Time for another character playlist. As before, I’ll post the list with a few video samples and give you the link for the Spotify playlist if you’re on Lily’s wavelength. Music pun. And a bad one at that. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

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Since Lily tends to dwell in the past, it’s only fitting her music preferences would be from another time.

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What’s all this about anyway? Start here: “What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise

Here’s Tyler’s: Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #1: Tyler

Lily’s Playlist

“The Classic Rocker”

1) “Let It Be” The Beatles
2) “Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd

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Writing Exercise – Character Playlist #1: Tyler

If you missed my suggestion about creating playlists, start here: “What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise. I’ll just wait for you…

Now that you’re up to speed, let’s continue.

So, I’ve chosen Tyler to start with, because he’s definitely the easiest. Two words: Bob Dylan. And some Pink Floyd too, but Bob Dylan.

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I wanted to also expand my explanation for the reason behind this exercise. Not only does creating a playlist help to round out your character, but it also serves as inspiration for writing any scene that character is in. Listening to what your character would be listening to is highly recommended either before or during your writing time. Or both! Since I have a hard time writing with music on (other than instrumentals), I would actually mostly listen after, in the editing process. While I would read the scenes back, I’d have whatever music on, and it just helps to get in the right space. I don’t know how else to explain it, but you should definitely give it a try.

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“What’s on Your Characters’ iPod?” A Writing Exercise

If you’ve spent any time here, you know music is my absolute favorite part of life. While the blog is ultimately dedicated to writing related topics, if and when I’m able to combine writing AND music, you bet I will.

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I’ve made a soundtrack to my novel. If you haven’t done this, what are you waiting for? My novel tends to play like a movie in my head when I read it. So it only made sense the scenes would have accompanying music. You can listen to the soundtrack and check out my other novel related posts in the I’m Only Me tab above.

I’m getting to the point, promise. So I decided, why not take this one step further? I have a novel soundtrack, but what about a character soundtrack? Think of it like, What Would Be on your Characters’ iPod?

You may be thinking, who cares? Well, you should, for one. You can learn a lot about a person based on the music they listen to–I truly believe that. And it’s no different for your characters. There are always exceptions, (me, for example) but take a moment and picture this: someone who listens to Five Finger Death Punch, Slipknot, and Mudvayne. Now picture someone who listens to Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Ed Sheeran. They’re most likely pretty different, no? I’m not trying to stereotype people, but the audience at a Beyonce concert would look nothing like a Manson one, know what I mean?

Whether you’re just meeting some new characters, wanting to dive deeper into your current characters, or you just miss your old characters and will find any excuse to hang out with them again, you should try this!

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Writer Resources: “Writing Excuses”

I’ve bookmarked more websites than I realized in the 5+ years I’ve owned this laptop. I have quite a collection of writing resources I’ve saved, and I came across one I’d forgotten: Writing Excuses.

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If you don’t know, Writing Excuses is a weekly podcast made up of a panel of authors: Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Howard Taylor, Mary Robinette Kowal, among others. The tagline of their show is “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Love it.

Each podcast is devoted to a certain writing related topic, and there are twelve seasons worth of material if you feel like diving in. Although short, they give you valuable information. They know what they’re talking about. And they’re fun to listen to, because the authors are so comfortable with one another. That makes all the difference if you’ve ever listened to panel discussions.

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18 Items Every Writer Needs

*Needs is strong word, right? Let’s say…

Items Every Writer Should Highly Consider Purchasing to be More Awesome, Motivated & Inspired


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Category #1: For Your Walls

You can’t possibly be expected to write in a sad, sterile environment. It’s in your best interests to surround yourself in awesome things. To see a picture of where I write and my awesome things, check out my blog post, Lauren’s Writing Space.

Writing Related Art: You need something to look at instead of that blasted blinking cursor. Consider these alternatives, all of which I stare at daily.

I actually bought this poster for my classroom, but I ended up bringing it home with me.

How true, how true.

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Start a 2018 Memory Jar

January is saying goodbye today. That makes this week the perfect opportunity to make yourself a memory jar. Don’t worry. It’s not too late.

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I started one of these last year, but like most year-long projects, I only lasted until February.

My classroom had a memory jar, one for each class, and the last week of school, we’d read all the little slips of paper the students had added throughout the year. We had some laughs. Good times.

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