My One Requirement to Write

Happy Friday everyone! Hope this week has been good to you. For me it’s been busy as always. I always have so much on the go. This week I wasn’t sure what to write about. I was thinking about what gets my creative juices flowing and what inspires me. When I’m sitting on the couch with my laptop, the first thing I do is turn on the TV and tune into the spa music channel. Classical music has always been a requirement to help me write. Somehow it calms me and clears my mind of its distracting thoughts and allows me to let the words flow on to the page. When I’m not distracted by the blink, blink, blink, red, blue, green light on my cell phone. Ha, ha, ha… but we already went through this on a previous blog post.

From the time I started writing when I was sixteen, every night I would sit in my room on my old, clunky computer with its dial-up internet connection if anyone can remember what dial-up is and I would turn on my CD player (if anyone remembers what a CD player is) 🙂 and I would listen to the Titanic soundtrack, over and over again. The dark, moody tune of the songs would amp me up in the dramatic parts of my story just as the sweeter songs would inspire me in the lighter parts of my story. I wrote my first three novels to that soundtrack. My story comes to life in my mind much easier when I hear a song playing in the background that I think would fit  if it were made into a movie. We all know movies would be awful if there wasn’t dramatic or romantic etc music to accompany it. This is how it works in my mind too.

 When I hear a song on the radio, I always listen closely to the words  and suddenly I find myself picturing a mini-movie in my mind. I see people, the emotions, the world described in that song. I automatically turn those words into a movie in my brain, am I the only one who does this??

Music is extremely powerful and healing. I’m not sure what I would find on the page if I couldn’t listen to beautiful classical music and have a glass of wine beside me when I write. Both are my writing vices. They both ensure the writer’s block stays away, far, far away.

What are your writing vices? What evokes strong feelings in your world? I’d love to hear. As always, you can tweet me @sasloveswords, email me sasloveswords@gmail.com or simply comment at the bottom of my post.

Thank you ever so much for joining me again this Friday and I look forward to reconnecting with you next week.

Happy music filled weekend!2012-10-22-Classical-Music

❤ Melissa

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TwitterHello everyone, ready for a gorgeous weekend? I always am- although it makes my dedication to writing dwindle when it’s so sunny out. I love being outdoors in this amazing Vancouver weather. We only get like three months a year to enjoy it, so my writing may just be pushed aside slightly. Regardless here I am with another weekly blog. Today’s topic Twitter! Yes I can hear the collective groan out there because seemingly people love it or ‘don’t get it’.

Speaking honestly I’ve had a Twitter account for a few years now and not really invested much time into it. It was kind of fun reading celebrity tweets or searching what was trending. It’s certainly a good way to pass a vast amount of time reading people’s random thoughts in a concise 140 characters. In the last few weeks however, I have come to the conclusion I was looking at Twitter all wrong. I wasn’t using it to its full amazing social networking potential. The best aspect of it for me is using it to connect to other writers/readers/editors/bloggers/fans around the world instantly. I found a lot of good advice and tips people squeeze into a small amount of words and the powerful ‘#’ makes it easy to search for topics that are on my mind.

I was hesitant to commit to tweeting regularly because I felt like what did I really have to say that could be that interesting? Would anyone find what I tweet interesting enough to follow me? Admittedly I don’t tweet as much as was recommended for promoting myself as a writer; the suggested amount of tweets per day being 10-15. I try to get a couple tweets in throughout the day when I can. The next step recommended after coming up with a clever tweet was to re-tweet other people and/or favorite their tweets. That’s when the skeptic came out in me… really… tweet, re-tweet, and favorite and this will make a big difference??? Brushing the skepticism off, I have been following the advice of tweet, re-tweet and favorite. Wouldn’t you know that I went from 17 followers to 70 as of this morning in a matter of just over two weeks! I have been mentioned in tweets by another Young Adult writer, Jackson Dean Chase in which he suggested his followers, “follow their passion to these romance authors…”, listing myself and three others. I was floored to have the support of another author like that. My twitter community, supporting each other through tweets! Other people have viewed my “About Me” page and then tweeted me the compliment about it.

I know all the social media websites out there can be a bit overwhelming and might seem redundant at times too. I myself have thought do I really need: Facebook, Twitter, About Me, Pinterest, Instagram and so on to promote myself as an author? Well no, not necessarily but it certainly helps to build up a readership and definitely find connections. Becoming a published author is challenging to say the least, but the more I put myself out there the better chance for opportunity to come my way. As they say there is power in numbers and the more people I can reach the more powerful my words become. Ultimately that’s what writing is about… write and then have people read it. Maybe having people read my tweets isn’t as impressive as having people read my novel, but it’s a start and hey my novel’s still in the works anyway. Tweeting takes seconds; a novel takes countless hours of writing, editing, re-editing, obsessing about.

For now I will take my daily instant Twitter gratification more seriously and keep tweeting, re-tweeting and favorite-ing to gain more followers. So if you are already signed up for Twitter, don’t forget to follow @sasloveswords (that’s me) and if you’re still sitting on the fence about signing up, give it a try, you might be surprised how you can connect with others all over the world, and when you give it a try, don’t forget to follow @sasloveswords and tweet me! Okay, that was the last shameless Twitter plug for @sasloveswords… ha, ha, ha…

Happy Tweeting!!

Until next week,

❤ Melissa