Writing Exercise

I really wanted to start this week off with a blog post, but was drawing a blank on a topic.  My brain is still on standby following an exhausting weekend.  As much as I hate to admit it, I didn’t do anything related to my writing.  My weekend consisted of football, Jeeps and more football.  Oh wait……did I mention football?  Yes, even more football.  Anyway, I mentioned to a friend that maybe I should blog about recent news events.  However, he wisely suggested that it might not be a good idea.  He’s right though.  I can be very passionate about certain topics and the last thing I need to do is upset or irritate any of my readers (yes, I finally have some!).  He also gave me the idea for my blog post today!  Thanks buddy!

So, he recently heard about a writing exercise, which sounds incredibly helpful and actually really fun.  Maybe you’ve already heard of it, maybe not.  Either way, it goes something like this.  One person writes two sentences….about anything really.  Then the second person writes one sentence.  The first person follows with another sentence….and so on and so forth.  This creates a “story,” that literally can shift directions at the drop of a hat.  This continues until one person says, “the end,” which can be at any time.  The last person then gets to write one last sentence.  The writing of the sentences is timed as well, so you really don’t have time to think (or overthink) what you’re going to say next.  It’s supposed to help people overcome writer’s block.  I think it sounds pretty brilliant myself.  I keep being told that I just need to start writing and stop thinking.  This sounds like the perfect way to try that out.

I would be thrilled if this exercise not only helped me, but maybe some other aspiring writer too.  So, I’d like to throw out an invitation.  If any of you are interested in trying this out with me, I’d be stoked!  Shoot me an e-mail if you want!  It’s 7thtimesacharm@gmail.com  Let’s do this!!

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Stumped

Happy two days after Halloween!  After spending one of my favorite holidays at Disney (imagine that), I came home and revved up my thinking machine for more storyline ideas.  It may come as no surprise, but here I sit….stumped yet again.  Why do I make this so much harder than it should be?  It’s what I always do, which usually ultimately leads to the death of my dream.  Again, I am trying to make this time different.  I will not let this storyline (or lack thereof) defeat me!  There is so much around me to get inspiration from.  I just need to open my eyes.

In the meantime, I need to read up on how to get blog followers.  How on earth will I get advice or suggestions if nobody is reading it?  Help!

Storyline Dilemma

Okay, so my first order of business was to come up with a storyline, which I actually started thinking about yesterday.  I feel like this has been my bump in the road the last few years.  I’ll come up with an idea and start the process of creating characters, etc…and then I decide I don’t like that idea anymore.  In fact, I hate that idea and now I can’t think of another idea, so I quit.  It’s a vicious circle.

Now you can imagine how excited I was yesterday when I came up with a plot that I felt very satisfied with.  Here’s the rundown….female attorney working on a murder case….gets the guy off….they start spending time together…they fall in love…she comes across an item that makes her question whether he maybe did commit the murder she got him off on….she starts noticing other things that lead her to believe maybe he’s committed even more murders….she’s torn on whether to do or say anything because she loves him….and ultimately, he tries killing her.  It seemed like a great start to me.  That was until someone informed me there’s a movie from the 80’s with the same plot.  Damn!!!  I never saw the movie so luckily I ran this idea by a friend.  Otherwise, I would’ve chugged along.  Now I have to start from scratch….or at least tweak that one quite a bit.  I CANNOT and WILL NOT let this discourage me!!

Welcome to my World

If you were to look up the word “quitter” in the dictionary, you’d see my smiling face staring back at you.  At least the “old” me.  Hence the name of my blog….”7th Time’s a Charm.”  I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have dreamed about becoming a writer.  I also couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve attempted (a/k/a trying to come up with an idea…making some notes…and quitting) to make that dream a reality.  Definitely more than seven….but “158th Time’s a Charm” just didn’t have the same ring to it.  Plus, seven is always a lucky number, right?  Anyway, I have decided to take another stab at it.  This time feels different though.  As I get older, I really sense the urgency of being able to fulfill my dreams.  I only have one life to live, so I better at least try to make it the one I want.

I am going to document every step of this journey and share it with you.  I hope doing this blog and having your support will keep me motivated.  I also hope that maybe I can inspire other people to finally try and make their dreams come true as I fully intend to finally succeed this time.

I guess I should tell you a little about myself to get started.  I’m 36 years old and live in sunny Florida.  I’m married to an amazing man who is undoubtedly my soul mate.  We don’t have any children…well at least not in human form.  We have two cats that are the apple and banana of my eyes.  They really are the most amazing cats in the whole entire universe (as I often tell them). Yes, that is them below laying on top of laundry…haha!  Those are my boys!

IMG_1617I finally graduated from college in August of this year with a BA in Political Science.  I’ve been working in the legal field for eighteen long years now.  I love traveling.  I just wish I could do more of it.  I ADORE Disney.  It’s really an unhealthy addiction.  We go as often as we’re able to.  If I’m not at Disney, I’m usually listening to Disney music or watching Disney movies.  I can’t help it.  It’s just magical.  When I’m not being a complete Disney dork, my husband and I really enjoy off-roading in our Jeep!  We’ve only been doing this about a year and a half, but have really embraced it.  The feeling of going through mud, climbing hills and maneuvering through the woods in a naked Jeep is really a feeling like no other. Here I am strutting my stuff!

Jenn Jeep 6I have many other interests, which I’m sure I’ll touch on along the way….but for now, it’s a start.

I look forward to sharing my journey with you all!!