Screenwriting sparks creativity – thank the Muse at last!

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A couple of months ago, I got the chance to try something I had never done before – screenwriting. I was slightly terrified, but wanted to help a friend who’s really into film with a creative project. I’d never worked on a film, mind you, and I’d never tried my hand at crafting a screenplay, even a short film. But I decided to go ahead with it for the pure fun of having a unique creative experience.

I had no idea what to expect when I met with several new friends to work on Boston’s recent 48 Hour Film Project in May 2015, but within a couple of hours the ideas were flowing and within an evening we had the potential plot to our own little suburban drama. Then came the really fun part – I had to write a 5-7 page script overnight so we could start filming in the morning. Ah, the joys of a deadline. Sometimes I panic at deadlines – self-imposed or work-driven – but I found the film deadline really gave me the freedom to get words on a page in a way I hadn’t experienced before. I had teammates counting on me. The clock was ticking and we had less than 48 hours to finish our short film. I had to make the magic happen and it did. The Muse finally smiled on me, or maybe I just didn’t bother to wait for her to show up and just did what had to be done – WRITE!

I’m grateful to the 48 Hour Film Project and our film crew for helping me try new things, which in the end, helped rekindle the flame for my novel writing. Off to go conquer some more pages…See You In Tahiti – A 48 Hour Film Production.

Write Your Own Kind of Music

musicblogA few years ago, almost by accident, I learned that listening to music while I write can spark tremendous creativity and inspire me to write words I didn’t even know I had in me. I was working on a new manuscript at the time and couldn’t get past the first five chapters. I wasn’t even stuck in the middle; I was mired in the quicksand of a good idea that wasn’t turning out so hot on the page. I was, however, determined not to give up on yet another almost manuscript. I decided to dig in, to stubbornly press on, and of course not much happened. Then I moved, and we all know how much writing usually gets done when a major life event occurs.

But, the move ended up providing me with a fresh start for my writing in a most unexpected way. I found the CDs for a music course I took in college again and feeling nostalgic I listened to the CDs. The CDs were filled with many of the classics, Mozart, Copeland, Smentana, Lidzt, and Brahms, to name just a few.

The music was powerful, emotional, compelling. It moved me, so I listened to it again and again, and then, almost like magic, the music and my characters began to fuse together and I finally I knew how to fix my story.

Life is tremendously busy these days and finding ways to write can be difficult. I’ve been trying to do at least an hour a day, no worries that the words are far from perfect, just as long as they reach the page. To keep me focused and motivated, I’ve been listening to tons of music while I write and I’m thankful to report the magic is still along for the ride.

For me, I think music gets all the parts I need to write (my head and my heart) headed in the same direction. Music is like a force of nature unto itself – it can move you physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. The word music finds its origins in the Greek word for muse, so I suppose it is no surprise it can be such an effective tool while writing.

I tend to stick to movie soundtracks, think Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, LOST (composer Michael Giacchino is a musical gem I would recommend to anyone), and Pride and Prejudice (2008), among many others, but depending on what I’m writing, more contemporary music can help to spark my imagination as well (thank you Coldplay, U2, Lifehouse, Sarah MacLachan, The Killers, and anything from the 60s and 70s).

Hey, it’s good to be eclectic.

Welcome to my web site

Welcome to my website! I’ve been writing romances for a few years now and have enjoyed love stories for as long as I can remember. While not yet published, I’m actively working towards it – sending sample chapters to writing contests, pitching to agents/editors at writer’s conferences, and critiquing with fellow writers amongst other things. This website is one of those “other things” – me doing more to follow my passion for storytelling and getting ready for the day the publishing gods/goddesses smile on me.

This website will be my way of connecting with readers and sharing news and events as well as information about a variety of topics, mostly around writing and my journey towards publication, but also other topics that interest me. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for visiting. Stay tuned!