Even though it’s the last day of the month, I figure it’s worth posting.
February is usually a quiet month, outside of the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and the Oscars, which is airing as I write this post. It’s also American Heart Month, which reminds me–I need to start working out. Can’t be a good writer sitting around the house all day. Need to exercise every once in a while.
And, lest we forget, February is Black History Month. Continue reading “Black History Month: My Perspective”
Being this is Valentine’s Day, I figure I contribute a little something, even if it’s my first flash fiction piece.
Sheila sat at the bar, her magenta dress flowing down to the floor. The dew from her martini trickled down to the napkin, making a perfect ring. She glanced down at her Blackberry and let out a sigh. Nothing. Sheila stuffed the phone into her clutch. What was taking so long?
“Another one, ma’am?”
Sheila shook her head. She felt something vibrate. She fished out the phone. The ID read “Wiley.”
“Hey, baby. Are you on your way?”
“Bad news. The boss wants this presentation completed ASAP. I agreed to stay late to get this finished.”
“But this was supposed to be our night. You promised me.”
“I know I did. I’m sorry.”
Sheila hung up the phone. Her face turned sour. Tears welled up in her chocolate eyes. She waved for the bartender.
“Just a moment.”
A towering gentleman approached Sheila, dressed in an ash grey three-piece. She turned toward him. He placed his hand upon hers. Her body stiffened up. The only movement she managed was the blinking of her eyes.
“I believe the lady’s not done yet.”
Sheila and the gentleman sat down at the bar. He waved for the bartender.
“I’ll have what she’s having.”
“Excuse me, do I know you?” Sheila asked.
“Not yet, but you will.”
I struggle with getting in the right frame of mind when it comes to writing. These tips help me, and I hope they will help you, too.
Writing scenes often requires setting one’s mind in the right mood. Some scenes are intense, some somber, some hysterical. As a writer, I can’t allow myself to travel the emotional roller coaster all the time. I can’t meditate on being angry or scared for the amount of time it takes to write a scene. But there are a few tricks I keep in my pocket to get me into the zone quickly.
1. Find the Right Song
Nothing can put me in the right frame of mind quicker than music. I usually pick a soundtrack of songs that fit the pacing and mood I need for certain scenes, then I can come back to the same songs next time I sit down to write. For Surviving the Stillness, my go to songs were Tenth Avenue North’s Worn, Shane and Shane’s Though You Slay Me, and Jars of…
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I’m quickly learning that WordPress plays the stat game. I’m not really sure what all of this means. It’s been some time since I last had a blog on WordPress. (I’m surprised it hasn’t gone away or something.) Anyway, as much as I appreciate them keeping up with traffic, I thought I would do my own little “review.” Continue reading “Month in Review: January”