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Got Creative Brain Freeze? Why don’t you bake a Cake?

As writers we’ve all experienced those days when we are stuck on what to write next, or we just can’t figure out that wording for that very important sentence. We wasted an hour or two, sitting blankly at the computer waiting for inspiration to drop into our head.
Yep, that is your creative brain freeze. How do you move past this creative brain freeze? You do something entirely different like cooking. Cooking is a wonderful way to help with that creative brain freeze and make something yummy to eat while you’re at it.
The reasons:
1. You are no longer stuck in that chair – and all likely your behind is a bit numb – so getting up and moving around will help those lower muscles.
2. Cooking is relaxing for you and your brain.
3. Cooking is fun.
4. You can rehearse aloud the sentences that you are stuck on, while you sift flour.
5. When your brain is busy on other tasks, such as cooking, your mind can find that answer you were looking for without you pestering it.
6. Doing something entirely different helps unfreeze those creative wires.
7. In the end you might not have created that masterpiece of a book, but you would have baked a yummy delicious cake, that you can eat, while getting back to your writing.

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Ideas where do they come from?

The Inspiration has hit.
We’ve all read those marvellous stories that keep us tightly gripped to the story right until the end, but how does the author come up with these wonderful ideas? What makes them think of these situations and how did they discover these creative thoughts. The following is of some famous authors, with their works and how they came up with the ideas and where they were when inspiration hit them.

J.R.R. Tolkien was grading college exam papers, and when he came across a blank sheet, he wrote down the first thing that randomly popped into his mind: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” He had no idea what a hobbit was or why it lived underground, and so he set out to solve the mystery. Thus began the creation of The Hobbit.

Leo Tolstoy was said to have had a vision of an elbow and the image expanded into a melancholy woman in a ball gown, one night after dinner. The woman was so intriguing and mysterious to him that he wrote her story. Thus began the creation of Anna Karenina.

In June of 2003, Stephenie Meyer woke up from an intense dream in which two young lovers were lying together in a meadow, discussing why their love could never work. And one of them, the boy, was a vampire. Thus began the creation of Twilight.

In the case of Misery a novel by Stephen King, King describes falling asleep on an airplane and having a dream about a fan kidnapping her favourite author and holding him hostage. When he awoke, King was so anxious to capture the story of his dream that he sat at the airport and frantically wrote the first 40-50 pages of the novel.

In 1816, Mary Shelley was just eighteen years old when she spent the summer with her lover (and future husband) Percy Shelley, at Lord Byron’s estate in Switzerland. One night, as they sat around the fire, the conversation turned to the subject of reanimating human bodies using electrical currents. Shelley went to bed that night with images of corpses coming back to life, and thus grew the creation of Frankenstein’s monster.

Suzanne Collins had said this on her idea for the Hunger Games series “One night, I was lying in bed and I was very tired, and I was just sort of channel surfing on television. And, I was going through, flipping through images of reality television where there were these young people competing for a million dollars or a bachelor or whatever. And then I was flipping and I was seeing footage from the Iraq War. And these two things began to sort of fuse together in a very unsettling way, and that is when I, really, I think was the moment where I really got the idea for Katniss’s story.”

J.K. Rowling had said that the creation for Harry Potter came to her one day when she was travelling on her own on a crowded train, and the idea of a boy who was a wizard simply fell into her head.

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The New Project Continues

I mentioned in November that I had started on a new project and I am so excited to say that the first draft is done. Many days of sitting at the desk and writing on the computer as the ideas came and then other days when I hated to even look at my computer where the new project waited for my return.
For the past few years I’ve been writing and editing my previous work but now it is finished as well as it can be and has been put on the shelf as I tackle another project entirley. And this one is different from my YA(Project 1).
Project 2 is for an adult audience and is centred with murder, so much murder and mystery.
It has been fun writing this darker story and I’ve enjoyed it writing it, even if some days I just starred blankly at the blank document. Sometimes it feels that that empty document is laughing at my lack of creative mind. Don’t you think?
As of today I’ve began the stage of editing and am excited to get back to this story and go hammering and chopping on the manuscript to make the story as good as it can be. Project 2 get ready to meet the red pen.
Edit, edit, edit!

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Sunday Quotes

Here are some wonderful quotes from some wonderful writers, who have shared their thoughts on writing and reading. May these quotes bring you some inspiration for your reading, writing and in your every day life.

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” — Ernest Hemingway

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” — Louisa May Alcott

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Hello 2015

Hello 2015,
I hope this year you bring much joy and happiness. Of learning and care, with playfulness and tone of glee.
I hope to see what waits for me and others.
Shall I read more books of splendid form and rich in writing. Shall there be so many that join the read pile that grows continously every year, but I read just as much as I add to it.
The writing continues and I don’t give up. Write a book and edit two.
Hello 2015, it is nice to meet you.

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The New Writing

As many of us are neck-deep at the moment in our writing for the NANOWRIMO, there hasn’t been much time to add a post. But i’ve finally made some time today to come back and write a blog. As the new month has started so has my new writing for my newest book which is different to my lastest one that i’ve written, which was a young adult fantasy. This book is a murder mystery. Dark and gruesome deaths, with untrustworthy characters and the good guys are the bad guys. It is a very different experience from writing a young adult novel, but so far it has been enjoyable to give myself a new challenge and writing in a different genre. I do read various murder mysteries as well, so the genre is not a complete stranger to me.
So, whatever you are wrting have fun and enjoy. Goodluck.

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Why do I write and read?

The other day someone asked me why is it that I write and read so much? Now I went on and told them that the reason I write and read is for the same reason because I enjoy doing it. When reading I am able to leave my very normal life of work and chores and live in a world of the paranormal or join the hunt for the murderer in the mystery novel. The same reason I write is because I can go anywhere and be anything when writing my characters, and that is the fun experience about it. It is as if when I am writing or reading I join the world that the main characters are involved in, travelling with them and experiencing the joy and sorrow, or the danger and pain. It is a step away from reality, which I think is why many people would agree why they read or write is because what we read or write is usually very different to the lives we lead.

But what about you, why do you read and/or write?

JMR

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