And Boom Goes The Dynamite!!

Like most writers I’m often asked where do my ideas come from? Well its not a simple answer for me, because inspiration can come from anywhere. And I do mean anywhere!

For me ideas can come from anywhere at anytime, whether convenient or not! And when these ideas come at you it can drive you bonkers, especially if you don’t write them down soon. Because like a lot of ideas I’ve had before, if not captured soon they tend to gnaw off their own legs and get the shit out of dodge!

Songs?
I’ve gotten ideas from songs before, and are still a great source of inspiration.
I once had an art teacher that gave us an assignment, it was to turn on the radio at home and draw whatever that song inspired. A very cool assignment by the way, thanks Mr. Seplocha! My song was a done me wrong song. So my picture had two dead bodies lying across a bed, with a woman in the forefront holding a smoking gun! Loved it!

Books?
Don’t like the way a book ended, write how you’d end it. (of course I don’t men for you to plagiarize someone else’s work either,) write your own story and see how you’d end it.

TV?
There are a lot of stories on the news that can spark ideas, also on reality shows and entertainment news that will inspire you as well. Even soap operas can inspire you, in high school I wrote my own soap opera called “As the stomach churns” it wasn’t great but it sure was fun to write.

Pictures?
A picture really can be worth a thousand words, and more. Think of an iconic picture that you saw that made you wonder about what lead up to that moment and what happened after that moment. There’s a story behind every picture, look at some of your pictures and think about what lead up to that moment, what if you’d done something different? Write from that point on!

Movies?
Turnabout is fair play, take a movie you like and write something about it but from a different point of view! Write from the villains POV, or change the plot completely or the major players? For instance what about instead of the three musketeers, and then becoming four with the arrival of D’artangan. Why not a fifth musketeer, why not a female musketeer? What would be her societal dos and dont’s in that time period?

Ideas can come from anywhere at all so be prepared when they do!
Keep pen and paper handy to jot down ideas.
Cut out pictures that look intriguing.
Listen to all different types of music, and see what they inspire.
It’s the digital age of course there are many apps that let you jot down notes, capture images, websites and any information or inspiration. Like Evernote..a personal favorite of mine.

That’s all for now!
Next, the little sparks that turned into the biggest books.
Until then..happy writing
Jody
P.S. still no word on the partial I have out, it’s been a month so hopefully it won’t be much longer. Fingers crossed!

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The voices told me to!

Okay, so why do we do it? Why sit for days, months and sometimes years on end to pour our hearts out onto paper for everyone to read?

Why do I write?
Because kidnapping people and forcing them to act out make believe carachters in my world is illegal…right?

They’re are several reasons people decide to try their hand at becoming a published author.
Fame..
Fortune..
To see their name in print..
To hear family and friends constantly ask ..you finished that little book yet? Or why don’t you write a vampire book like that one girl an make tons of cash like her?
Because you yearn to tell stories..
You love making up your own worlds and people you can control like a little child with a box full of barbies?

Me, I have to write or the ideas bouncing around in my head drive me nuts. Ideas are always popping in my head, at all hours if the day no matter what I’m doing. Needless to say I have many notebooks full of ideas, names, partial stories etc. plus several files on my laptop, phone and iPad that are full of ideas. And it would be a shame to waste them, right?

From junior high and the stories I’d try to write, and books that totally needed better endings. Then to high school when I wrote my own soap opera “As the Stomach Churns” compete with a multiple personality star who was a nun by day. Hooker by night!
Then after high school I turned to writing harlequins, and that’s what I’m aming for to this day.
I still haven’t heard from my submission, but it’s only been a couple weeks so far. Patience, I must learn! Until I hear I’m going to start a novella and see where it goes. If it doesn’t work then on to the next one, and the next one…until one day Boom goes the dynamite and I write a winner!

So far with no luck yet, but I’ll get there. And by the time I get here I’m sure you will be damned tired of hearing from me.
Maybe not?
Until then…Happy writing!
Jody

Submissions, no not the kind that involve ropes and safe words either!

Okay! Well I finally broke down and did it. It took a very infuriating long time to write the dreaded synopsis, lord I hated doing that. But I did it, pit together my submission package and clicked send. Now I get to sit and obsess over my inbox and wait to see if I get a reply anytime soon, not that I want one too soon. I want them to actually read it, to ingest my story and want more.

I want them to fall in love with my characters, to love Morrigan and Aiden so much they desperately need to hear more about them. Oh yes and to give me a four book contract so they can keep reading my excellent prose,I want them to need my books like they need air, food, and clothing.

I want them to need my books more than an addict needs heroine! I want to make best seller lists over and over, enough that every other writer live will envy and hate me. Enough that Nora herself will call me to ask for advice!!

Okay fantasy over! I just want an honest feedback of my book, and hopefully not a letter telling to not quit my day job! Or telling me to take up the piano!
Okay back to the next book while I wait….wait…wait.. Hey! Is that chocolate!
Later!
Jody

It’s Nanowrimo time!,

Well, it’s that time of year gain! It’s Nano time!!!
NANOWRIMO or national novel writing month starts officially today, and hundreds of thousands if writers are at this very moment writing their little hearts out!
National novel write month lasts the month of November and every writ sets out to write a very shaky first draft of a novel, or 50000 words by midnight November 30th which averages out to be 1667 words a day.

For many this is a breeze to do, but for those like me that have never met that goal yet its one hell of a start. The three times I’ve been a Nanoer I’ve accomplished over 30,000 words. Which to me is a godsend. Especially when I have to share my laptop with a very hyper eight year old, who loves to watch videos on you tube!

So for now I’m not sure if I’ll join in this time or not, I want to but have a lot of personal issues going on now! But il be there in spirit, unless I decide to jump in head first….only time will tell…

How about you, are you a Nanoer?
Happy writing.
Jody

Contests, Votes, and Confusion!

Well, the SYTYCW contest is over and I’d like to thank everyone who vote for me. I really appreciate taking the time to read and vote for me!,
Alas I did not final. Damn! Maybe next contest I’ll do better.
That doesn’t mean that I couldn’t get a call from Harlequin later requesting my incredible manuscript, but I’m not going to hold my breath on it.

So for now ‘m going to polish it up some more and get I ready to send, even if they don’t ask for it. Surely they didn’t read it clearly enough, they probably didn’t even read it!! ( kidding, isn’t that what everyone says!)
Then after that I’m starting something new, I think I may try murder and kill people off for a while….figuratively of course!
Just in case though, if you see my name in the news you never read this!
Happy writing!!
Jody
Oh as for the infusion, well that’s me daily anymore!!

It’s Contest Time!!!

Wel, my contest entry is up and running and voting starts on October 2nd on the site. It took me three days to get it up on the site, they had some tech issues. But it’s there and if you’d like to vote for it that would be great!

Here’s the link to my entry!

http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts/one-smart-cookie/

There are over 450 contest entries up, there are a lot of writers like myself looking to get their foot in Harlequin’s door. Good luck to everyone who entered! I can exhale a little now…

Happy writing, Jody!

Coffee, Writing, and Matthew Mccounaghey!

Good Monday Morning Everyone! I know that’s impossible to have a good monday morning right? I mean after all it is Monday! Well, maybe we can wake up together with  a hot cup of coffee, and some hot pics of a true handsome man, and a damn good actor as well.

But first the writing! I almost have my book ready for the SYTYCW contest through Harlequin, I have to finish up with some filler scenes today, and then polish the hell out if it for submission soon. I have my first chapter and my 100 word pitch ready to go, they have to be in by September 30th then on to online voting for the best 25. After that hose 25 will submit their entire book for judging by everyone online and by the harlequin judges, I’m just hoping I do okay. Either way, I have impressed myself with my production over the last four months for writing an entire book. Goes to show me that I can do it! So wish me luck!

Coffee, on my first cup,winding down towards my second. Ahhh, love my coffee!

Okay now Matthew!

Matthew the health nut!

the ladies of the world thank you for being so fit….

Mat all relaxed

He looks lonely doesn’t he….

Theres that killer smile we all love!

What a killer smile!

And of course last but not least, Mr. Magic Mike himself…

Well there you have it, my Monday Eye Opener.

So back to writing, and to Dare I say it…Monday! Happy writing everyone.

Jody(okay maybe one more peek at that smile before I go….ahhhh!)