Monday’s Top 5

Are you looking for a way to get the inspiration flowing and kickstart your writing? This week, Vivacia from A Wannabe Writer’s Blog brings you 20 Tips on Mugging Your Muse. She’s got a heap of different ideas, from Succeeding with Sneakiness to using Passion to Make Perfect, so there’s bound to be at least a few that appeal to you.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m writing I have a tendency to act out the scene as I go. I speak dialogue out loud, my own facial expression changes to match the way my characters are feeling, and, on occasion, I even stand up and act out the physical movements of my characters. (What would it look/feel like to do [insert action here]?) Billie Jo Woods talks about these things in her post this week, and wonders whether her writing packs a greater emotional punch when it makes her laugh or cry or cringe as she’s writing it. Go have a read: Please Pass the Tissues, Emotional Writing Happening Here.

If you’ve ever read any of Bridget’s posts on Twinisms, you’ll already know at least two things about her life: (1) Boxed wine is awesomesauce, and (2) Alaska sucks. (There’s also something about having two sets of twins or something… So hard to keep track of the little things.) So I was both amused and disappointed this week to discover that she’s been lying to us all along. And now she’s spilled the beans (with pictures and video footage to prove it.) Here’s Bridget with her confession: Alaska — Not Sucking.

This was a big week for Tracy from Sellabit Mum: She wrote and published her 1000th post. Yes, you read that right: One thousand posts. All I can really say is: “Holy dooley! That’s amazing!” (I apparently lost the ability to exclaim anything normal or interesting once my children were born.) Tracy looks back on the last four years, considers where she is now, and considers the question: I wonder if I’m really ‘just’ a blogger and not a writer.

On a more touching and sadder note, the lovely Worrywart wrote an amazing story about Ashlee. She may not have known Ashlee, but this post is full of passion and love. I leave you with this excerpt:

Several tables were set up. A small group of serious women served food from large foil containers. It smelled delicious. There were flowers lining the perimeter.

A wedding? 

Rounding the corner, ASHLEE was written in flowers. Her yearbook photo rested against a nearby shrub.

She was 17. She took her own life.


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9 responses to “Monday’s Top 5

  1. I act/speak out loud, as well! Sometimes it really helps get a feel for description and the best way to convey a scene.

    • So great to hear I’m not the only one!! I find the same thing — I can feel if the dialogue sounds right for the character, and if the style of movement is right, and what the character would really notice in that situation etc. 🙂

  2. Thank you for passing my post along. I didn’t know Ashlee, but I wish I did. I would have done anything to help her get from one sad moment to the next happy one.

  3. It was so fun…I almost liked Alaska for five minutes…now I have to like it for a few more.

    Although…I still think I’d like Australia more!


  4. Oh wow, Jo. That Ashlee one really got me.

  5. Aly Hughes

    I really enjoy your Monday’s Top Five posts! You always have great blogs to share. And, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Aly. I appreciate the award. 🙂 I just responded to one of these a couple of weeks ago, so may not do another one immediately, but I’m so glad to be nominated.

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