Partner Post with Julia: Writing

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  Hello Ladies! Today I have a special treat for you! I am partnering with Julia from Julia’s Journal for the month of August! We are doing 4 different posts with 4 different Categories. This week it is Writing! Julia is a novelist who has self published 2 fabulous books! Ashburn and Diamond. (click on the links to take you to her amazon pages) I am her self acclaimed no. 1 fan!

 

  About a year ago, her exploits encouraged me to re-break out my pen and paper and dive into the literary world once more. I have loved writing stories since I was little. Dreaming up plots. Filling pages with handwriting. There is something so special about seeing a notebook filled with writing of your own imagination and creation.

 

  So here are two things that have helped me immensely in my writing endeavors!

 

Outlining

 

I was originally what they call a “pantster” I wrote off the cuff with very little planning in the beginning. This resulted in what I thought were weak endings or no endings at all. I just couldn’t seem to finish them! I had great beginning ideas but they never came to fruition. That ever exciting “The End” moment seemed to elude me like a lost earring. You know, those ones you drop somewhere and can’t find ANYWHERE!?

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Julia encouraged me to look into outlining. Basically laying the facts and all the plot points down before actually starting the writing. I never wanted to outline, thinking it would stall creative juices and keep me from getting into a “groove” or rhythm with my story. I had an idea for a story I thought was really good. So I tried outlining and OH MY WORD! Where has it been all my life?! It works! All the good things they say of it are true! It didn’t inhibit me from the creative process at all! It was great! My novel is a mystery so it needed the plan before hand. Mysteries are like puzzles. If I hadn’t done an outline, there was NO way I could have EVER fit all of the pieces together.

 

  ~Questionnaire/Backstory:

 

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One other SUPER helpful thing was this cool questionnaire. It was a list of questions to ask yourself about your characters. For instance:

~ What do they fear?

~ What calms them down?

~ What is their vice?

~ What is their greatest hope?

 

These types of questions really helped me solidify the characters and now they have such awesome personalities and actual reasons they behave the way they do.

 

Also, writing them a Backstory helped as well. Filling in their life before the book takes place also gave them reasons for their thoughts and actions.

 

With these two or three things, I have a lot of confidence that I have the ability to finish a Novel! I have dreams of publishing it ya’ll! I felt so weird saying that. Sometimes dreams come true right? Praying God will use this book for his glory and allow me to finish it.

 

Be sure to check out Julia’s Partner Post here!

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

Friday Faves July 2015

Hello! The last Friday of the month has come and with it another Friday Favorites post. These posts are full of things I have enjoyed the last month. Maybe you’ll find something here you haven’t heard of before and you might enjoy it too!

 

 Books:

I don’t know why, but I have been really into mysteries lately! Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I am writing a mystery story right now. It helps with inspiration. Not to mention, they are quite enjoyable!

 

~ The O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson.

 

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These books are really enjoyable! They are mysteries, and each book chronicles the life of one of the O’Malley siblings. There are seven of them. They were all raised in the same orphanage and they banded together with a very real connection as children. As adults, they legally changed their last names to O’Malley. The family dynamics are so sweet and I really enjoy the sibling teasing and fun. I am only on book 3 of 7 I believe, so I can’t vouch for the rest, but book 1 and 2 were great!

 

~ Squeaky Clean Mysteries by Christy Barritt

 

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  These books were so cute! There are ten in the series and I have read through book 8. These are so fun and witty! Gabby St. Claire, the main character is a feisty red head with an adorable sense of humor and quirky personality. She is a crime scene cleaner, so at first a little of her banter seemed a bit crass, but then you see that her heart is really sweet, and she does what she does as a means of respecting the families who have lost loved ones. Gabby is just so Hilarious! I wish she were real!

 

Music:

 

 So mostly I have been listening to soundtracks this month as I have been using them as a focusing help to myself with writing. Soundtracks really help put me in the story and lessen distractions. Which is nice, because a distraction free zone is hard to come by in this busy house of 10 people!

 

~ Sherlock Holmes Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

This one has a darker mysterious feel that I like for when I am writing intense or mysterious scenes

 

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~Cinderella Soundtrack by Patrick Doyle

This one has a whimsical, soft, classical sound to it I just so adore!

 

Other than soundtracks a song I really like right now is Ready or Not by Britt Nicole feat. Lecrae. It’s my happy “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” song. Open-mouthed smile

 

Movies:

 I got the opportunity to watch this movie over Skype with a sweet friend of mine who lives too far away. Her name is Julia and here is her blog if you would like to check it out!

~ Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
O my word, Can I just say I wish I could be Audrey Hepburn for a day!? Her ladylikeness and poise and gracefulness are exactly what I want to emulate! And her politeness. And she is so naturally pretty! Such a cute movie! I highly recommend it! Especially if you like old films.

 

~ Unconditional~

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Goodness! This movie was a tear jerker! I was literally I kid you not, SOBBING at the end! So if you don’t want to cry, don’t watch this movie! The story was so amazing! I am going to cry again (fans my face) The story of a woman whose husband was murdered and how she found hope again. The part that made me cry the most (other than the end) was when the little girl who could not speak because of trauma started talking to a horse. This movie was just so good! And based off of a true story. I wouldn’t recommend it for children.

 

Random:

 

These pens are super awesome! They can keep up with my furious scribbling without the ink skipping in places.

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My story. I am in the process of writing a novel! I know scary right? I tried something new at the advice of a friend and tried outlining this time around. Can I just say it was awesome!? The story is a mystery so outlining it really helped me to know EVERYTHING that was going to happen and get a broader picture. I will ramble about it in a post next week! But I am just thrilled with how it is turning out!

 

What are some of your favorite things right now?

By His Grace,

Victoria