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What I Learned About Writing Emotion: A Tale of One Detroit Lions Fan

Hi Everyone!

See. I’ve been a Detroit Lions fan since I was little girl. I started watching pro football in high school and loved it. However, it’s been an emotional ride to say the least… The following is a story about what I’ve learned by being a loyal Lions fan all these years. I’ll also explain how it helps me with my writing, too.

I’ll use this past Sunday as an example.

My hubs and I were sitting quietly (well except if there was a blown call, or holding) on our prospective couches, doggies at our feet. The hum of both our laptops could barely be heard over the Bears fans screaming in the stands on tv.

It’s toward the end of the game. The Lions are trailing 14 to 19 to the Bears. It’s the last minute and thirty seconds or so, we’ve lost our starting quaterback to a shoulder injury (thank you, Julius Peppers). My heart’s pounding as our star receiver, Calvin Johnson starts running, running… My chest feels like a ton of boulders rolling down a mountain, I rise out of my chair, fists toward the sky… Johnson jumps up, and catches the ball, two feet down, handles it all the way to the ground, then releases it….

Screaming commences by both of us. I’m jumping up and down like a deranged monkey. Doggies are freaking out ’cause of the screaming, so they jump up on me and scratch the crap outta my arms…

Wait. What? “They’re *bleepin* reviewing it– that ref says it’s not a catch,” I say to him as if he didn’t see the screen, or hear the inept announcers tell us for the fourth time.

“What! The process?” I add. Hubs is very aware. Yet I feel the need to say it outloud in between a few swear words.

Heart is still pounding, fists are now tighter, room is quiet, doggies have laid down.

The ref comes back. It’s not a catch. Heart gets ripped, swear words fly, stomping resumes, but not light and happy like before… breathing speeds up. Where is that ref? Goes through my head. I’m gonna find him and… Doggies snarling at each other thinking something is wrong. Hubs and I snarling at each other, because it’s such a familiar feeling to lose.

Lions lose, but they shouldn’t have, cause the call was crap. Wanna see it happen? Check it out Here

So. What did this teach me about writing?

1. Never give up. Lions fans (I believe) are the most loyal in America, well except for Raiders maybe. The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only team in NFL history to lose all 16 regular-season games. They have the 2nd longest losing streak in all NFL history. Yes, we are a loyal breed. I stick with them. I know they will be great someday. As writers, we will face challenges like the losing streaks (rejections) and blown calls (mis-steps) but we will keep writing. Why? Because that’s what we love to do ;o)

2. Emotion in its most natural state shows me the type of person I am. It helps me make my emotional scenes more real. Many emotional moments can do this. But when I’m invested in a team, like the Lions. I take the losses personally. I’m with them the whole game. When we lose, it affects me. I may not know what it’s like on the field, but I sure as hell know the feeling of loss after all these years.

3. I knew how Calvin Johnson would react to the call. He smiled. He laughed because he knew how rediculous it was. The coach? Schwartz, being the stand-up guy he is, backed up the call the ref’s made, because that’s what the stand-up guys do. I know what my characters’ reactions will be before they make them. This is what matters. It’s not fake.

What have you learned from emotional moments in your life? Any of you football fans?

Stay tuned for the 200 followers contest. I’ve bought some fun stuff for it!! Have a wonderful week ;o)

Er

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Curse Of The Over-Plot


Hi Everyone!!

I hope you’re having a fabulous week ;o) I also hope you enjoyed the interview with the awesome, newly-agented author, Brooklyn Ann!

Wha? You missed it? It’s okay, I just happen to have the link right Here!

So.

I’ve come across something I may have a problem with… it’s in my current WIP. Wanna know what? You may already know… *cough* the title of the post…
I believe I’m on the verge of over-plotting my story. Why’s that? You may ask. Isn’t plotting a good thing?

It is. But.

If you’ve been revising your WIP for a few months, as I’ve been, you begin to add in twists and turns, love triangles, Back to the Future and Scooby Doo references… oh, just me? Some of these ideas will make my WIP fantastic. Some… I’m afraid are going to make it confusing and scattered. So. Here’s my dilemma.
Which twists/triangles/surprises do I keep? It’s not clear to me at this point, which would make it great and which would make it like that picture up there.
I have to ask…. do you have this problem? What was your solution? Am I being a paranoid freak? Have I been looking at my WIP too long? YES!
Probably all of the above! LOL
Have a wonderful rest of the week ;o)
Rock on!

Awesome pic found here–> http://fineartamerica.com/featured/twists-and-turns-in-life-l-k-hisayasu.html

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Emotion. How Do You Write the Scene?

Hi Ya!
I hope you are all doing well ;o)
Yes, that’s me there… I took it a while ago, when I was all emotional ‘n junk…

So I was writing. Like ya do… and it was one of those scenes where you’re like on the verge of crying and you keep pushing repeat on the crazy song that brings out all of those feelings you keep bottled up in the places you don’t talk about at parties (A Few Good Men Anyone?)

Whew.

And.

I had a thought. What if I didn’t have this song blaring in my ear. What if I just wrote it when I was like really happy… would I be able to tap into that same area of my psyche again? Is it the way the notes blend together that brings it out, or is it what I feel that does the job?

So. Here’s what it takes for me… *ahem*

1. Has to be late at night, it’s hard for me to conjure emotional scenes during the day.

2. I must have a powerful song playing, usually Decode, by Paramore. I don’t know what it is about that song… Metric (acoustic) works too.

3. No one can be in the room, just in case I start bawling like the baby I am. Seriously, it’s a sad sight.

4. I need to write the whole scene in one sitting. No coming back to it, unless I’m writing the whole thing again. Strange. I know. That will change, I’m sure.

So…

What about you? Do you have a certain song/place you have to go to write those emotional scenes? What is it you do to get into the emotional state? Or. Is it always on the surface for you.

On a personal note. I’ve begun the South Beach diet, er the oh-my-god-what-have-I-done-I-miss-cookies-so-much-I-could-eat-my-friggen-hand-with-ketchup-diet. And. it’s going well… LOL I’m actually really pumped about changing the way I eat, so you may see some wayward posts about cookies and cakes and how much I want to eat them… hey, I gave you fair warning.

Enjoy the rest of the week!! I’ll be stopping by more blogs this week, I’ve been pretty busy as of late ;o)

~Er

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Transitions. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Have to have ’em.

Hi there!
I hope everyone is doing well and writing a lot ;o)

I’ve been working on the revision of my WIP, Believe, and it’s slow going for sure. I’ve run across some areas that have followed me around like lost kids.

Transitions.

Ugh.

Basically, how you get to where you need to be in order for the story to make sense. Bad ones can kill your story, good ones make it shine. Mediocre ones are forgettable. Right now, in some parts I’m lacking them altogether. I’ve also realized I need to add in some extra chapters and have been staring at a blank screen all night. If I knew a good transition I could be clicking away at my keys… *thinking* yep. I got nothing.

So. I’m curious. How do you do transitions? Do they come magically (and if they do I envy you) or do you have to work at them?

Over the weekend, I read SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers on Saturday (yeah in like 4 hours) it was that good. If you’re into edgy YA, this is the one for you. I LOVED it. Her voice is brilliant. She has a way of making you really feel empathy for the MC in situations I might not normally. This isn’t an official review, I just wanted to tell everyone how great it was. I can’t wait to read CRACKED UP TO BE!

Ooo. I bet you thought I was done. See what having NO TRANSITIONS does!

I have some exciting news, (like that transition there?) Sandy Shin Super writer and sketcher has a fantabulous blog! That’s not all. I recently won a super awesome contest on her blog where Sandy herself is going to sketch my MC, Snow!! Actually, there were 5 winners, Yay! You have to see the sketch she did already. Just clicky there on that link with her name and visit. It’s wonderful. I just want to thank Sandy! I’m excited to see the sketch and with her permission I’ll show it to you ;o)

Have a great week! Do something fun ;o) Happy writing!


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Two Road Diverged in a Yellow Wood…

Hi Everyone~

I’m feeling poetic tonight and one of my fav’s is the thought-provoking poem, The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, you can find the full version Here.

What got me thinking about it was a YA book I read recently. It was a good book, but something was missing. It’s as if the choice I thought the author would make, they didn’t.

And.

In my opinion, it would have really made the story that much better. The choice seemed to be screaming at me, so I’m surprised the author didn’t take advantage?

This got me thinking. (Hey. It’s not always a bad thing peeps. Well, sometimes, but I digress.) What if I’m missing that moment in my story?

Are we exhausting all the angles we can to make our stories shine? Or do we take the easy route? I’m not really sure how to answer that. I’d like to think I’m checking out all the angles, but what if I miss something. I was surprised that this author and CP’s etc. didn’t catch this moment, But. I didn’t write it, so maybe it was left out on purpose. I don’t know. It didn’t harm the book, it was great without it, but it just got me thinking about choices.

So, my dear peeps, have you exhausted all the angles in your stories? Have you found something you missed and been like *face palm* why didn’t I see that? This just made it that much better.

Or maybe, that’s what the whole writing process is. Trying to discover the angles you missed in the first draft? You tell me ;o)

I was fortunate enough to win one of the 5 prizes up for grab in Shannon’s 500+ follower contest! Woo Hoo!! Thanks so much Shannon ;o) She has a fantastic blog, Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe. It’s chocked full of wonderful writerly goodies! Check it ;o)

Welp, I’m going on vacation (Family Trip to Kansas City) for a week and I won’t have my baby (macbook) I know. I’m incredibly sad, but I need to leave it for the hubs (he started a new job and can’t go) I will have my iPod touch and Blackberry so I’ll be checking in, but may not be able to leave any comments, but rest assured I will be reading them ;o)

I’m guest posting this Friday over at Dolly’s fantabulous blog Writer Revealed. She’s totally awesome, and so is her blog! Wanna know why I write YA Paranormal? And maybe some other stuff. Ha. Check it out ;o) I will be posting a link to her blog in a post that I scheduled for Friday too, in case you miss this one. What am I saying… LOL if you’re reading this you didn’t miss it, right? Ha.

Well, take care! I’ll be back later next week ;o) Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do *wink*

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