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Renee Bradshaw I am currently working on a four book series that is a fun mixture of supernatural horror and a coming of age story.
Meg is reaching the end of her fr…more
I am currently working on a four book series that is a fun mixture of supernatural horror and a coming of age story.
Meg is reaching the end of her friends' pity and hospitality, unemployed for several months and crashing from couch to couch. When her siblings call and nominate her to go home and take care of odds and ends after a death in the family, she is forced to go back to Oregon and face both demons of her past and some not so metaphorical demons hiding in the shadows.
I love this four book story arch because Meg goes from being one of those friends we all have around somewhere, leaching off of our pocketbooks and energy, to someone you need to have in your corner. She's a fierce friend when she finally looks past some pains in her past, and those friendships she's ignored for years turn into bonds that some people would kill to see in their own families.
And like the rest of us, when Meg lets go of what is holding her to the darkness of her past, she finds she is capable than not only more than she thought she could do, but more than she realized any human could do.
Book One is in polishing stages now, with a projected publishing date of early Fall 2017(less)
Renee Bradshaw First, I think writer's block comes from so many places. The mental block that we unintentionally place in our mind that keeps the words from coming i…moreFirst, I think writer's block comes from so many places. The mental block that we unintentionally place in our mind that keeps the words from coming is placed there by something individual to so many of us. I think each person really has to sit down and examine, "why?" Research your favorite and respected authors thoughts on it. These thoughts are just my thoughts, and could be a lightening bolt for you, or the least relevant thing you've ever read in your life:
I make myself write everyday, even the days I'm feeling lazy and tired. There are usually a couple days a month, sporadic and spaced out that I don't write. When I'm in the trenches of a first draft, my desired goal is 1k a day. That's been at times higher, or lower, depending on what my family life is like at that time. I have young kids, one at home full-time, and a husband with a volatile work schedule who's free hours are spend working on work related continuing education. I also require at least eight hours a night of sleep to function, however, there are many amazing people who work with all that, much more, and still write more than I do. I used to find myself jealous of that. There were people who did not have small children, or had family members living near them, or... or... or...
That jealously was what blocked me.
I sit here now, saying, was it even jealously? Or was it more of, One Day Syndrome. You know? One day I'll have more time. One day the kids will all be at school. One day we'll live in a quiet area. One day I won't have to find other means of finance. One day I'll have an office. One day. One day. One day.
I think I read Stephen King's On Writing there sometime in my One Day Syndrome illness. He worked a full-time job, sometimes two, writing in the laundry room of their trailer.
Research other writers. Their origins. See how they found motivation and determination in those days. Instead of one days, they carved time when they could.
And so I did.
I carved. Standing in the kitchen waiting for noodles to boil. In the carpool lane while I was waiting for my kid. Out in the backyard while the kids played in the sandbox. In the ten silent minutes I get before the house goes haywire in the morning. Speaking into a recorder while I made the fifteen-minute drive into town. Carve.
Now, I'm not saying that I carved anything good out. No, mostly it was bitter skin and pulp. Rotted bits. I have over 600,000 words on my hard drive I've written in the past few years that will never see the light of day. That is fine. Those pieces of bitter and sour diseased fruit made way for the gems hiding at the bottom. At least, in my humble opinion, the gems. The stories that have been hiding in me for thirty years, waiting to find their way out.
Push them out.
Write a hundred first chapters that will never go anywhere. Write a thousand sentences playing with structure. Write a book start to finish, using every single cliché that comes to mind. Don’t think about it. Just put it all out.
Because that’s what I did. I was sure I would never progress past first chapters or beautiful lines not connected to anything else in the world. But one day, my carving knife stopped showing up with mold, and started coming out with the most delicious pieces of fruit I’ve ever tasted. And yours will too. (less)
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To my WW meeting this morning, and I’m up .2 which isn’t bad because I could not get it together this week. Not hitting my daily walking goals at the beginning of the week, and then too much pigging out as the week went on. I think I’m okay with it though, because I’ve been on a steady loss since starting back on the program, I think having a little gain isn’t going to break me. And, I’m here obvi

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