Loreena McKennitt’s adaptation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott” has always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy listening to it when I want to get lost in the world of Camelot and Avalon.
As always, I hope that the music inspires you to write.
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green appeared on Monday night’s episode of Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report to talk about his book. What I found particularly interesting in the interview occurred when Green discussed his emotions when writing the novel. You can see a clip of the segment here:
Green acknowledges that he wept over the novel when writing in Starbucks. He had an emotional tie to the characters that developed because of his personal experience with Esther Earl, a cancer patient. The book is dedicated to her memory.
I have never written in a coffee shop; I write in my home office. I do become emotionally attached to most of the characters I create. (I haven’t wept when writing yet, but I also haven’t created a character based on someone I know who died of cancer.) I sometimes hate it when bad things happen to my characters in the story, which is ironic because I am the one putting them in those situations. Yet the story goes where it will.
I would be interesting in learning about how other authors deal with this issue. Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.
(Disclaimer: I have no association with The Colbert Report or John Green.)
A friend of mine recently gave me The Love Book App. I have been under the weather and he thought it would cheer me up. Mission accomplished! There is nothing like a virus to sap your energy and creativity, and nothing like a collection of works by great authors to help restore your spirit.
The APP is an anthology of timeless poems, short stories, quotations, and letters collected by Allie Esiri that are all inspired by love. The poems are narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Gina Bellman, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.
The following is a video of Tom Hiddleston reading Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare. (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”).
From the APP you can tweet the works, post to Facebook, or email. You can record your own version and share it. You can write your own work. And, of course, you can listen, read, and be inspired.
(Disclaimer: I am not associated with Allie Esiri or The Love Book APP in any way.)
I enjoy the music that Kina Grannis creates–whether it is her own work or a cover. I have listened to this song–“Without Me”–for years and I cannot believe that I never watched the music video until now. The song itself is wonderful but I love the way she incorporated the images–newspaper clippings with the words of the song–into the video.
As always, I hope the music inspires you to write.
I first heard Brandi Carlile’s “Dreams” on Samantha Brown’s Girl Meets World series. The lyrics speak of going after your dreams–something which is very much a theme for me this week. (See my prior post for more information: http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/18/first-novel-to-be-published-with-musa-publishing/ )
As always–I hope the music inspires you to write.
Musa Publishing has accepted my manuscript. I signed the contract on Friday.
It looks like the novel will be released sometime in October of this year.
I will provide more details as they become available.
I am very happy and I want to thank everyone who has provided me support and encouragement over the years—especially my fellow authors. The people I have met through WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter have been wonderful. I am really glad that I discovered the #amwriting group; reading the posts there about both the tribulations and successes of other authors is inspirational. (And I constantly marvel at the word counts everyone strives for each day!)
In an earlier posting this month ( http://chrispavesic.com/2014/05/09/on-writing-writing-inspiration-from-other-authors/ ) I shared some advice from fellow writer Jim Butcher: “*NO ONE* can take your dream away.” I truly believe this and I hope that the readers of my blog do as well.
Perseverance is the key word of the day. Keep at it, keep writing, and do not give up.
Over the years I have collected quite a bookmark list of web sites by successful authors. I enjoy reading (and re-reading) them, and many times I will put their advice into practice.
Jim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files, gives this writing advice in “The Most Important Thing an Aspiring Author Needs to Know:”
Writing is a LOT of work. Breaking into the industry is a torment worthy of the fifth or sixth circle of Hell. Face that. Expect it. Deal with it. It’s going to be difficult . . .
In fact, the vast majority of aspiring authors (somewhere over 99 percent) self-terminate their dream. They quit. Think about this for a minute, because it’s important: THEY KILL THEIR OWN DREAM.
But here’s the secret: YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away.
No one but you.
Jim Butcher provides a great deal of advice on writing in general, plotting novels, creating characters, and so forth. You can find more of his blog at the following:
(Disclaimer: I do not have any association with Jim Butcher or The Dresden Files).
I discovered Ben Nichols song, “The Last Pale Light in the West,” when watching The Walking Dead (Season Four). I do not want to reveal any spoilers, but the song integrates perfectly with the visuals on the screen.
As always—I hope the music inspires you to write.
I really enjoy this quote by Doris Lessing.
‘Without me the literary industry would not exist: the publishers, the agents, the sub-agents, the sub-sub agents, the accountants, the libel lawyers, the departments of literature, the professors, the theses, the books of criticism, the reviewers, the book pages – all this vast and proliferating edifice is because of this small, patronised, put-down and underpaid person.’
I also found this video inspirational. Lessing was “ambushed” by reporters outside of her home after news was released of her winning the Nobel prize. It was obvious that she had gone to market and did not expect strangers to be waiting right outside her door. They pester her with questions, but she does not give them much satisfaction:
“Waiting for My Real Life to Begin,” by Colin Hay, is a very inspirational song for all types of artists. Hay sings about focusing on his creative life and reaching for success against all odds. I love the imagery in the lyrics–especially about sighting the ship in the distance, the cobbled lanes, and slaying the dragon.
I hope the music inspires you to write!