Thursday, June 9, 2011


How much is too much?

When I write I want the writer to see exactly what I see in my head, which makes it a struggle for me to keep the description to an amount that wont completely bore the reader. For instance, I was writing about a plaque on the wall in my book and I had to stop myself from explaining that the plaque was a hard plastic square, with rounded corners, the top third of it was a faded maroon with white letters sticking out that read 'Human Agent Training', the bottom half a dull grey.

Really?! I am positive that my readers do not care about the specifics of that plastic square stuck to the wall, all they need to know is what it said. I try to keep a good pace and not get lost in the descriptions that don't add anything of value to the story. When I desperately want to go into depth on something I just know I can't, I like to make myself feel better by drawing a picture of it. Im no artist mind you, but just getting it on paper and out of my head makes the whole process that much easier.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

We have a winner!

After reading many submissions I have finally picked my favorite piece of writing from the May Contest.

It is a beautiful story by Entity Sylvir ( called "The Pianist". It will be up on the right-hand side of this blog for the month of June. Congratulations Entity Sylvir for winning the first every Write About This! blog writing contest!

Thank you to everyone who submitted, I look forward to the June contest!

Friday, May 27, 2011


As I sat outside this morning to do my daily devotional I noticed what a beautiful day it was. The wind blew lightly in the trees above me. The sun was filtering through a couple clouds making the morning glow with golden warmth. It is moments like this that inspire my writing. Those special moments when you notice the small details you overlooked in the past. The small details are what make a difference in any writing so I always try to take advantage of those moments.

Inspiration to write is so important, without it your work would be stagnant and readers most likely would not respond well to your writing. When you go to write, find something that inspires you and use it, take those moments when the details jump out at you and use it! When you are inspired in your writing, your love for the story will show through to the reader and they in turn will love your work.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

God Given!

When I am writing, the words flow through me, through the pen and onto the paper, and I always seem to write so much better than I ever speak. That is one of the reasons I love to write. I love that I can sit down in front of a blank piece of paper and begin to write a story that had not existed just minutes previously.

God is such a giving God, and he is the only reason for any writing ability I have. I thank and praise Him for allowing me to show His grace through my pen. Thank you Jesus my Savior for stepping in for my sins and allowing me to come to God!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Poll results!

I asked you all how much you wrote, and here are the results.

%50 - When the muse strikes
%0 - Weekly
%16 - A few times a week
%33 - Daily

It seems as though the muse myth persists! After I wrote the post about how much you write I have tried harder to write everyday. I am not perfect at it but I must say that it really does help. Now I don't have any excuses when I don't want to write one day, the muse is always there, she is just waiting for me!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The place to be

Where do you do your best writing?

I ask myself this all the time, and the answer seems to change with my mood. If I had to choose a place I think my family and friends would know before I said a word, Barnes and Noble. Specifically, the Starbucks inside Barnes and Noble with a Green Tea or Chai Tea Latte on my table.
Personally, I love to people watch. I think it helps develop my characters when I see how people interact with others. It could also be my personal form of procrastination, making myself think that I can only write when surrounded by books, coffee, and people.

When I try to sit down at my house and write I get so distracted by life, that I end up leaving before a word has been written. I could easily say that my family is a distraction, which don't get me wrong, that would be an excellent excuse. But, after the family is all in bed and Im up alone, staring between my TV and my notebook which do you think I choose? Writing would be much easier to do If I just had my TV, internet, phone, and other books taken away from me! I think 'If I just forget to pay the cable bill this month maybe I can get some writing done.' Or 'Oh! the TV broke, what a shame, now I can write!'

Please tell me I am not the only one doing this to themselves. Where is your favorite place to write? Is it a procrastination tool for you as well?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Book of the Month

Write About This! will be starting a Book of the Month Club in July. I would like all of my readers to pick the first months book to read. On the right of this blog there is a feedback forum that you can use to put your ideas. I will gather all of the favorites and narrow it down to 4 books, which you can then vote on.

So everyone throw in your favorites or maybe some new releases! We have a month and a half before we embark so get ready!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Daily Writing

There are numerous sources that site the benefits of writing something every day. Some writers need the discipline of having a set amount of time to achieve with pen in hand. On the other hand, there is a belief that you can only write when the epiphany hits, that when it is down to a discipline the creativity is lacking.

In the writing reference book “The Writer’s little Helper” by author James V. Smith, he seems to agree with the former stating “You want to write? Write. Don’t wait for the muse. Write. Just plant your but in a chair and write.” I agree that just sitting down and writing, even when you can’t hear that inner muse, is beneficial, mainly because I know myself. My muse is unreliable, to say the least. Waiting for her would be like waiting for rain in a Texas drought, it could show up tomorrow, or it could wait weeks, only God knows. Also, you could argue that anything you do requires practice. You wouldn’t hear an athlete saying “I have a big game in a couple weeks, but I’m not going to work out or go to practices unless my body is in the mood.” Most likely he would end up getting pretty banged up at his game. So using that same logic, if you have a book to write, or a project due and you just waited around until the mood struck you, chances are your book will never come out, or your project very late.

There are not many credible sources that promote the idea of a “magic mood”, but for some reason it persists. I believe that you should find a plan that works for you, if you are one to wait for your muse, and she shows up then, by all means go for it! But if you find yourself waiting around for rain that might never come, I would suggest moving.