Because a picture can be worth a thousand words…

By what do you get inspired? It is almost like asking: why are you writing?

Sometimes, it is difficult to grasp where the writing scenes come from…

Sometimes one can recognize in the MC´s habits, way of talking some small characters of a loved one, an acquaintance, of somebody from the past or even of oneself.

Tonight, as I was outside looking at the moon reflecting on the water, I wondered what my main character would feel on an evening like this with everything she has been going through…

Is she thinking of Aleksi, the one who not only gives her butterflies but is no longer as mysterious as she first thought?

Is she pondering the words of Ben? Is she wondering what he meant when he said Aleksi was dangerous? How does he even know him? The guy just arrived…

Or maybe she is actually tired of the stupid drama and just wants to figure out why this entity is coming after her and her loved ones, why she has flashbacks from another time and what the heck happened to Marie and Elijah, those girls who are linked to her over the centuries?

As I type this and look at the moon, I know a scene is unfolding, I feel the pain of my character and I just want to tell her “Sorry you have to go through all of this but remember, you have it in your power to make the right decision…this time around”

And if she did hear me, her reply would be “Can´t you be a tad more specific? I mean come on people…I just cannot guess what you think, you need to spell it out for me. I am tired of this!” and she would storm out.

She does have a little temper of her own…(my husband would say I am projecting :-))

Week 40: Finding the time to write….

This is not a new topic. After using my friend “Google”, I found several websites/blogs talking about the topic, here are a few below:

http://absolutewrite.com/novels/finding_time_to_write.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Time-to-Write-when-You’re-a-Busy-Mom

http://timetowrite.blogs.com/weblog/2010/10/how-to-find-time-to-write-.html

http://self-publishingresources.com/2011/01/28/time-management-how-to-find-time-to-write-your-book/

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/startingtowrite/tp/TimetoWrite.htm

Commuting does not necessarily making it easier to write…sometimes I am not seating, sometimes I am self-conscious about the person sitting next to me and sometimes I am too squeezed between people to actually write.

I agree that it is not always easy to find time for oneself even for something one loves to do and I would dare to say that all writers love to write. They get the urge in their fingers to tell a story.

Yes writing can be difficult, yes sometimes we want to throw our computers across the rooms and sometimes we want to ask our main characters “why are you doing this to me?” but we still love it.

For me (the commuting girl without any children but a long day at work and a long commute and a dear husband I want to spend more time with…and the family/friends I want to keep in touch
with…and….and….and….) the best advices I should pay attention to are the following:

  1. Always carry a notebook with you, you never know when you may  have the time to just put down some ideas (waiting at the doctor’s office, having coffee, having lunch…)
  2. Schedule time to write (but make it realistic). If you need a least a few hours of sleep every night do not schedule it so early in the  morning that you cannot do it. Why not use your lunch break twice a week to actually go out and eat a sandwich while typing or stay at your desk  with a notepad?
  3. Set yourself a realistic goal on how many pages you want to write per week
  4. Take a look at what you can cut: do you spend some time watching a show when you could be writing?
  5. Important: keep writing fun even with when it becomes cumbersome; do not beat yourself up if you do not reach your goal (see 3).
  6. Turn to writing communities: you are not alone with this! I joined Absolutewrite not too long ago and just reading that others are going through the same thing as I am is helpful.
  7. Be thankful for what you achieve and for the small things

I know I am very lucky because of the support I receive at home:

A dear, wonderful husband who understands my passion for writing, who lets me write while he sometimes cooks on week-ends and who pushes me a bit (sometimes I think he pushes me too much but I recognize it is because he wants the best for me….pshhhh don’t tell him otherwise he will think he is perfect)…

Week 39 – Delays, another perk of commuting?

Delays are annoying, sure…but let’s try to see the positive side of them.



It is quite an exercise as I get very annoyed when I leave work somewhat on time but my plans on coming back somewhat early compared to usual is flawed by things out of my power.



so maybe it is a control thing:
of course coming late to work is not a pleasant feeling especially when one gets up extra early to make sure they do make it to that particular timing but what can one do about it? Leaving earlier does not necessarily mean you will make it earlier, checking the trains’ status does help but only when the statuses are actually updated…

I simply wish I had more control over this type of situation which brings me back to the beginning of my post.



Delays are annoying, sure…but let’s try to see the positive side of them.

* If you commute with somebody you know, you can chit chat a tad longer
* You can get coffee-to-go
* You can listen to your ipod
* You can use the time to check your emails…
* You can observe people and see how they get annoyed
* You can day dream

Plus let’s face it: being stuck in traffic jam can be more stressful, yes you are in control but control does not mean it’s solving the issue…

Does it mean that I will be less annoyed next time there is delay?

Probably not but when I see the sign “Delay” (here note the emphasis on Delay…not cancellation, it may make me smile…)

Never too late: Posting at least every week….

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week for the rest of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

Commuting Girl

 

Starting point: The one who likes to sit down but does not want anybody sitting next to her…

A writer/commuter: a rare breed…

Commuting to work everyday allows me to observe people, to reflect on some ideas, to practice my writing and to think about the big story I am working on at the moment…

This blog is to share those observations and thoughts, the randomness which comes with commuting, the beauty of simple gestures and my road to becoming a writer and a better photographer…

And here we go!

The one who likes to sit down but does not want anybody sitting next to her…:

this one lady used to always sit down wherever there was an available place. Seems normal, I actually do the same.
However, whenever she could, she would not follow the very well-known and worldwide accepted commuting well-behaving rules:

(1) do not sit on the aisle seat when both aisle and window seats are availables

(2) do not use your bag/backpack/newspapers as a friend/shield when the train/bus/metro is full…

The first rule is simple, it is quite annoying to pass over somebody while technically that person could have simply moved over, thus making it easier and less risky for him/her. Why do I say risky? If you have not lived through that situation, let me explain. One usually has to juggle (as a woman at least) with one handbag, a possible sweater, another bag (if the purse is too small to contain a book, a fruit, a bottle of water, some cookies).  Trying to get to that window seat with all these necessary ustensils without touching/hurting the one passenger sitting comfortably on the aisle seat is more difficult that it may seem at first.

The bag rule (and here it´s not only women (men also use backpacks and both sex do have laptop bags) is also quite simple: if you see that the bus, train, metro is full, then please put your bag on your laps. Some people see the bag as an obstacle and are too shy to ask…or believe maybe the seat is taken…or simply take it as it is: That person does not want to be disturbed…Maybe but again that early in the morning, people will not try to start a conversation (most of the times)

So please, when you are on your next commute or if you are new to the system, remember the rules, they are simple but make it so easy for everybody…

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