Monday, August 7, 2017

What's something you keep in your writing space that's meaningful to you?


Happy Monday, writers!

First, I want to share this really cool video about Warren Adler. Warren Adler is a bestselling author of over 50 novels, and is best known for his novel War of the Roses. This video is about his journey and persistence as a writer, and I think it'll give you a zip of inspiration this week. You can find more info about Mr. Adler by clicking here.

Also, next week is our last word war of the summer! Just like the previous two, it'll run Monday through Friday, and is meant to be a fun, come-and-go kind of event where we can encourage each other as we write.

Our panel question for today is, "What's something you keep in your writing space that's meaningful to you?"




Shannon Dittemore
I have a teeny tiny sparkly frame next to my computer screen and it keeps a very important reminder close at hand: Make them care. If I can do that—if I can make readers care about my characters, about their plight—I’ve done my job. And I take my job very seriously.




Stephanie Morrill
A copy of the book Arthur Writes a Story. My daughter brought this home from her school library when she was in first grade, and when I read it to her, I cried at the end. Arthur is writing a story as a class assignment. He knows exactly what he wants to write, and so he does. But then his sister says it's boring, so he rewrites it to be more unusual. Another friend says his story takes place in outer space, so Arthur rewrites his to be set on the moon. One friend is putting in jokes, another is going really deep with research, and so on. Arthur keeps tweaking his story so that it fits everybody else's opinions about what's best, and by the end, his story about how he got his dog has turned into a country western song and dance about an elephant on a different planet.

The reason the story hit me so hard the first time I read it is that I was writing The Lost Girl of Astor Street. I was waaaaay out of my comfort zone, and I kept leaning on others to tell me that I was making the right choices with the story. There's a time and place for that, of course, but I really needed to trust myself and believe in the story the way I had envisioned it instead of seeking approval.


I bought a copy for my office, and it sits where I can see it (unless one of my kids runs off with it) as a reminder to trust my vision for the story, and to stop hustling for approval and permission from others.


Jill Williamson
I have a framed quote by author E. B. White (who wrote Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little) on my wall that a friend gave me as a Christmas gift years back. It is meaningful because it was such a thoughtful gift, but also because it reminds me that I am loved. We writers can feel very isolated sitting in front of a computer all day, even when interacting with people online. We need face-to-face friendships with people, whether they are other writers or not.




What about you? Do you have anything you keep near your writing space to remind you of something important?

14 comments:

  1. I keep many inspirational quotes on a cork board. Some are Bible verses, some are song lyrics, and some are just sayings I've heard that are motivating. They're colorful because I doodled on the cards with the sayings or I wrote the sayings in colored pencil.

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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  2. I don't really have a writing place to put things right a the moment, but I have found that I can find inspiration wherever I am. I would love to have some of my favorite motivational quotes on the wall, but first I have to find a place to put them :)

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    1. I have a question. I have two different characters in different stories, but they have similar names. One is Nickie and the other is Nicole. Should I change one so they aren't so similar?

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    2. Hope you don't mind me coming in here to offer my opinion. Since the two stories are different, I don't see a problem in that. If the characters were in the same story closely related, it might have been a problem, but I don't see why it would be when they are from two different stories.

      But, that's just my opinion. I also think its really up to you. Hopefully that helps. :D

      God bless you!

      iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    3. Thanks for your opinion Ivie :) I didn't think it would be a problem since they were in different stories, but you never know.

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  3. I don't really have a permanent writing space (one of the problems with using one desk/computer for both school and writing) but I need lots of notebooks and my bulletin board. If I could have a really beautiful office, I'd be in the seventh heaven. Really.

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  4. I don't have a dedicated space, as I float around the house depending on where the quiet spot is at the moment, but I like to be near a window. We live out in the middle of nowhere, so half the windows look into our grove, and trees are good for inspiration in every wind and weather. The other half show fields appropriate to the season (right now that's soybeans and tasselled corn), and the road. A straight gravel road, going over a few small hills before it gets to the horizon, is very nice to stare at when you're stuck on something.

    Someday, when I have a place of my own, I'll have a writing room, and I'll keep some of my favourite books in it (probably other things will accumulate, but books for sure), to remind me what I'm striving for.

    https://ofdreamsandswords.wordpress.com

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    1. That background sounds lovely, although it would probably send me to daydreaming. :p

      -Ann

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    2. Daydreaming can be helpful when you're stuck or in a brainstorming spot. Other times. . . well, we can get distractions out of anything.

      https://ofdreamsandswords.wordpress.com

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  5. By my desk I have a chock board with my favorite Bible verses written on it. Proverbs 3:5-6. It always reminds me who I'm writing for, who I need to lean on, and who I need acknowledge through every word I stick on paper.
    -Emily D.

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    1. What a great idea! I love those verses.

      -Ann

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  6. My mom gave me a teddy bear wearing a shirt that says, "God bless you as you write." I keep it right by my computer or on my lap whenever I'm writing.

    -Ann

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  7. I write everywhere. I have a folder of bible verses that I look to sometimes. I also wrote a collection of little sentences I made up in my notes section and I'm going to keep adding to the list and looking at that list for inspiration later on. :)
    My favorite verse that I keep in mind when I'm writing is Romans 8:28. Usually I think of my characters I write and this verse is the theme a lot of times.
    I love word wars. I'll be looking next week! :)
    God Bless!

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  8. Oh my goodness, I love to have things around me that are connected to my characters in some way. I have a little red VW Beetle toy like the car my character, Daniella, drives. I'm wearing a Claddagh ring with a green stone (er, acrylic gem?) like the ring the mother of my character, Flannery, gave her. I just purchased an old baseball card that would be a prized possession of the boy in my WIP (it only cost me $1.50). I went a little nuts a few years ago with ball-jointed dolls that look like my characters (still love them, especially the one that looks like Tyler and has his own red Fender guitar https://www.pinterest.com/pin/387802217882666161/ ). But I think the thing that is most inspirational to me is the music I play when I'm writing. I often listen to the music my characters would be listening to, because I feel it helps me to get inside their heads a little more.

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