Operation Success!

So I’m not going to lie….I haven’t done much writing the last week or so.  I’ve been down with a cold and pretty much spent the last 6 days on the recliner, in my pajamas, watching Maury, Price is Right, and all the other guilty pleasure shows we’re all too embarrassed to admit we watch when we’re sick.  However, I’m feeling better (for the most part) and am feeling a renewed hunger to write.  One cool update to report is that my writing exercise (this one) has been very successful.  If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend you try it.  Craig Hole, one of the guys that I’ve done this exercise with actually created a short story inspired by our exercise!  How freaking cool is that?!  You should check it out right here.  While you’re there, take a look at his blog!  The exercise really does help you with writer’s block and, for me, it has helped fill my brain with all these new ideas.

Since I’ve definitely deemed this exercise successful, I’d love it if anyone else out there had any other ideas or exercises that they’ve found to be successful.  Help a newbie out!!  Somebody?  Anybody?

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Writing Exercise Update

So I’ve been fortunate enough to try my writing exercise with a couple people.  For those that didn’t see my last post (shame on you! haha), I highly suggest you check it out.  It’s basically an exercise that is designed to help you not overthink things…and JUST WRITE!  Overthinking has definitely been my kryptonite in this writing process, but I can absolutely see the benefit in this exercise.  You’re supposed to respond within a specified amount of time, which has helped me tremendously.  When I’m forced to just write…..I JUST WRITE!  Imagine that.  Additionally, the people I have done the exercise with so far have been great writers (intimidatingly so), so I feel like it’s forcing me to try even harder.  While I’m not at their level, I like the challenge.  Also, from the stories I’ve done so far, I feel my mind going into overdrive.  I’ve had a bunch of new ideas for a storyline pop up in my head, which is exactly what I’ve been needing.  So I would say this exercise has been a success so far!  Do you guys have any other ideas for great writing exercises?  I’d love to hear them!

Discouraged

So I’m feeling a bit discouraged today.  I know it’s only been 2 weeks and 1 day since I started my journey, but I’m still at square one.  I haven’t made any progress on my storyline or characters.  I only have 1 blog follower, so I’m not optimistic about getting advice and suggestions.  I definitely have an issue with patience (I need to work on that) and I’m an instant gratification type of person.  And so my pattern begins.  Typically I have a few days of being discouraged and then I quit.  Obviously, I will try my best to not let that happen this time….but we shall see.  I just wish my creativity would slap me in the face every once in a while.  That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

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!!