Thursday, September 30, 2010

You Deserve A Star Today: part 2

Here’s my lovely blog award again, given to me by Jeffrey Beesler. You can check out his blog here.

The ‘You Deserve A Star Today,’ blog award requirements are to re-gift to four blogger friends. I did that on Tuesday. And to share ten things I do to help me with my writing. That’s today’s post.

Ten things I do to help jump start my writing.

1. Pray…yes, I talk to Jesus. I am a born again Christian. If you don’t know what that means I can let you know in an email. If there is a lot of interest I will post about my faith.

2. If I am really stumped about a character’s motivation or a plot twist I talk it over with critique friends and family. Sometimes just talking out loud helps.

3. I sit and start writing something. I have learned that the simple act of writing alone can often get the muse active.

4. Read. I read books on writing, blogs, and other authors.

5. I play the what if game. What if I was stranded in a different world, how would I feel? Who would I meet? What if there was a strange monster, what would it be like? How would it have developed in this world and why? You’d be amazed at the ideas the what if game can generate.

6. Music…I prefer instrumental if I am trying to write.

7. If I am burned out I will sit and stare at T.V. My favorite shows are on Food Network, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. I learn all types of interesting things that I can put in my writing.

8. If my grandchildren are over, I play with them. They love Mickey Mouse, trains and being read to.

9. I draw, I have been ignoring my art lately but I have plans to really get that aspect of my creativity going again.

10. I want to start an exercise regimen. Only five years ago I couldn’t walk at all due to my hips being injured in a car accident. Now I have two new state of the art hips. I need to start walking. The problem is that I can only stand and walk for about twenty minutes at a time before severe pain sets in. I used to walk for miles and talk to Jesus the whole time. I got a lot of negative things out of my system doing that.

There you have it. What do you do to jump start your writing?


Misha said...

I usually read, watch movies, sit in cafe's and just generally contemplate my stories.

Usually my muse will nudge me and I will be struck by an idea that I write into my book.

I love that you're so open about your faith! I really find it sad the a lot of Christians try to hide who they are...

God bless you


Jeffrey Beesler said...

I love reading when I'm not writing. Encouraging kids to read is an awesome act which they often appreciate later on in their life. One time my niece wrote me a little story or poem, and I just about cried.

N. R. Williams said...

Misha, it's easy to hide behind a persona, but who we are is integral to what we write, including out faith.

I love reading to children. I am contemplating doing something more with this love but I am not sure what.

Thank you both for your comments.

Clarissa Draper said...

I read, watch movies, go for a walk and just write. These are great. COngrats on the award.


N. R. Williams said...

Thanks Clarissa.

The Golden Eagle said...

I walk or run, usually. Sometimes I'll read a favorite book or one I'm enjoying at the time; if I slide into the flow of words sometimes I can think up new ideas.

N. R. Williams said...

That is a great choice for description Golden, slide into words. Thanks for your comment.

Carolyn V. said...

I usually read crits from my crit partners. Then I feel inspired to get the work done. =)

N. R. Williams said...

That's a good idea Carolyn and one that I use too. I just forgot to mention it. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Rachel Morgan said...

It is super awesome to meet other fantasy authors who are also Christian :-) And I admire you for being so open about your faith.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Rachel...I appreciate your kind words.