Monday, February 29, 2016

MEME Blog Hop

Copied from blog of Tara Tyler:  Christine RainsC. Lee McKenzie, and Tara Tyler are hosting A MEME Blog Hop! We want to help chase away the winter blues with some Encouraging, Inspiring, and Funny MEMEs! Join us the week of Feb 29 - Mar 4!

I didn't create an Internet meme but I just fancied up an inspiring author quote with a cool font I found in my MS Word called Segoe Script: 

“You can't use up creativity. The 

more you use, the more you have.”

-Maya Angelou 

What author quote is speaking to you today? 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IWSG: Blank Paper in My Handbag

Today is IWSG day, an online writers meetup started by Alex Cavanaugh that happens on the first Wednesday of the month. Today we writers share our insecurities, thoughts, and other stuff going on in our lives. Today, I don't have an insecurity to share, just some thoughts.

When I was a freshman in college, I had to read a book for a class about writing. The author would share stuff, like how she carries paper with her everywhere because she never knows when inspiration would hit and how she must write those idea gems down before she forgets them. Although the book is a well-reviewed writing book, I remember finishing the book back then feeling uninspired by much of the writing advice. 

In past years, I find I've been carrying more blank paper in my handbag to jot down notes about stuff I could work into my fiction. I know many writers do this already but I still attribute this habit to the book I read back in college. It's a small habit to keep, but a useful one. It's interesting how advice I discarded years ago has come in handy once I realized what I needed to do (not what I wanted to do) to become a published author. 

I wonder if I might come away with more if I were to read that writing book again, now as an adult. 

What writing advice have you once discarded that you later adopted? What writing books do you like?