Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Music to get the creative juices flowing

Just as the title of this post states, I find music is the ideal way to get the creative juices flowing and a big help when I'm suffering from writers block.  I've been rewriting some chapters and I find myself switching artist and music genre with the mood of what I am writing. My itunes library consists of 198 artists and growing. The following are just what jumps into my mind right now, but by no means is it limited to only them.
During fast paced sequences, I alternated between Cage the Elephant, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars and the Foo Fighters, to name a few. Heartbreak, love betrayal or any words written that cause pain due to love, Adele is a must and I Should Have Known by the Foo Fighters. (Dave Grohl is a music genius but that is just my personal opinion).  Billie Holiday's beautiful voice is ideal for the exchange of sweet words between lovers and Robin Thick's low sexy voice has the love scenes practically writing themselves.
There is no specific song or genre that I have to listen to when I am having difficulty writing something or when I can't seem to write at all. I just turn my itunes library shuffle on and listen to whatever starts playing. Eventually the words and scenes start flowing back. 
Music does not only get my creative juices flowing, music is part of my everyday life, be it the ride in the car, working, exercising and even just lounging around.
And what do I use to write a post for my blog? The answer is whatever my itunes library decides to play and right now it decided on Imagine by John Lennon.

And just in case anyone needed instructions in how to integrate music into your writing here you are:  hehehehe....

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Catching up and log line

I have been missing in blogging. I started the blog with the intention of blogging at least once a week. I felt that it would be a way to help me get over my fear of showing any type of my writing. I still feel this way. I will diligently try to blog at least once a week. Now you will get tired of me.

What have I been doing the last three or four months? I have been working on my novel. It is a very long process, many long nights and a lot of editing and revising. I have been reading a lot of helpful information, the Internet is littered with it and I am taking full advantage of that.

I recently came across Kristen Lamb's Blog: I have been having trouble writing the sypnosis for my novel. As I was reading her latest entry, , she writes about nailing the pitch idea and a log line. I don't think that I have yet to nail my pitch idea or log line,  but she pointed me in the right direction. Now if she could only point me in the right direction for a title.

This is my potential log line:
In El Salvador, Kareline with her unique abilities battles a strong and unknown evil the likes of what she has never faced and falling in love with a dark eyed stranger was also something she had never experienced before.
What do you think?

Updated log line:
Kareline is a modern day witch that travels to the country of El Salvador to use her abilities to fight an evil far more dangerous than what she has ever encountered but falling in love with a dark eyed stranger puts her life that much closer to death.

Which is better the first one or the second one? Or neither?