Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia!

Morning all,
Well today i want to express my love for writing. I hope i don’t bore you, of course if i do ... just close the tab and come back tomorrow ; )

So as you already know, i go through alot in my life. Good times, bad times; swings and roundabouts. One thing that has always kept me completely passionate about living is reading and writing.
Fictional or non-fictional i love them all.
You can quote me on this as i have said it many times before, but i love how words can have such a powerful effect on you.
They can transport you to a different place, make you feel things you’ve never felt before, make you go through things you’ve never experienced before. Take you places you’ve never been, see things you’ve never seen.
I love how words can awaken your imagination. How suddenly that little kid inside you appears again to paint pictures in your head.
I adore how writers have that ability to make you laugh, cry, inspire, imagine, FEEL things.
It amazes me.

Story Telling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining – Hannah Arendt

Some of my personal favourite writers are:
• Stephanie Myers – author of the twilight series as well as a thrilling book, ‘The Host’. Her absolutely amazingly, imaginative books have me hooked. If you go on her website, you can see why ... i would say i idolised her.
• Jacqueline Wilson – I don’t read her books anymore but as a child i was addicted to her writing. She was my favourite author from an early age.
• Charles Dickens – One of the most famous authors in the world. No explanation needed.
• Roald Dahl – Yet again an author that needs no explanation as to why i admire his work. To me Roald Dahl seems to make a riddle into an answer. I don’t know whether that makes sense to you, but it makes perfect sense to me. If you get the chance ... ask me what i mean by that and see if i can give you a good enough answer : )

Some of my favourite books are:
• Twilight Series – All four of them; i hear a fifth book is on the horizon though. : )
• The host – A novel that is fantastic, inventive, thoughtful, and powerful. It will definitely keep you reading and keep you thinking even after you have put the book down.
• Little Woman – it’s a novel by the American author, Louisa May Alcott. It’s a fairly old book but my grandma recommended it to me and since then it has been one of my favourites.
• Great Expectations – I love this book, i really do. When we had to do an English Literature essay on this in school i had a field day! Sad i know ; ) I love how Charles has a way of portraying himself in the character Pip.
• Of Mice And Men – This book i think everyone has done in school at some point. It has become one of my favourites, that’s for sure.

We all have idols – B B King

If you asked me who my idol’s were, i would answer my mum, dad and infact most of my family.
From a creative point of view... i idolise my Uncle Neil (you got a mention!!) AND Stephanie Myers.
No, i won’t be shutting up about this woman. : )
Stephanie Myers has openly admitted to crying whilst writing her novels because she feels everything her characters go through. I found that rather remarkable; if i do say so myself.
Words, as innocent and powerless as they seem, can become so good or evil when in the hands of someone that can combine them into the most powerful book of all time. Myers has completely enlightened and changed the way i write. She has corrupted my mind, filling me with the most influential and inspirational motivation i have ever come across. After reading through her website, (which she writes on once in a while), I had a sudden urge to write the story i really want to read that no-one has written yet. Her words are so dominant to me.
“I went back to Bella's senior year of high school and asked my little cast of characters, ‘What happened?’
I swiftly regretted asking them for the story. Because they gave me a story I wasn't expecting. More specifically, Edward told me something I didn't want to hear.
I should probably mention here that I am not crazy (that I know of), it's just that I am a character writer. I write my stories because of my characters; they are the motivation and the reward. The difficulty with strong, defined characters, though, is that you can't make them do something that is out of character. They have to be who they are and, as a writer, they're often out of your control.” – Stephanie Myers.
She is talking about writing the sequel to her first book, Twilight.

If that doesn’t explain why i admire this author so much ... i don’t know what will.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. - William Wordsworth

So, i have mentioned authors that i adore and i have also talked about a couple of books that i love. I have written a paragraph on my ‘idol’. I think for the final paragraph, i will write about me.
I have written stories for as long as i can remember, they were usually the typical, ‘damsel in distress’ type of things.
I recall writing one that was similar to ‘Rapunzal’ when i was around the age of 9 or 10.
The main character was the damsel’s dog! Say’s alot about the story doesn’t it!
As i got older, i moved onto more trivial things, my writing matured and i involved the reader alot more.
I would call myself a character writer. My stories revolve around the character and are told by the character. My imagination is let loose; however when i read through my work, i bear in mind what i think the reader would say. I try to make the reader feel like he or she is the one telling the story. That’s how i love to feel when i am the ‘audience’.
I like a book to grab me from the very first line.
A story needs to have a beginning, a middle and an end; i just think it’s better when you switch things and put things in different orders.
If ever you read one of my stories, you’ll notice that the first paragraph of chapter one is always the character’s opinion of what has happened ... but it doesn’t tell you what has happened exactly. It makes you not only want ... but need to keep reading. It attaches you instantly, making you addicted to the story unravelling inside your head. Making you guess what’s happened, what’s gone on?
Making you hooked on the character telling the story because they are the only lead you have.
I loved drawing the pictures that my inner child painted in my head. I just could never get it to look exactly how it appeared in my mind. However, with writing, i discovered i could get it to look completely the same.

I am strongly guided by music when i write.
Nothing else gets me motivated then music. Nothing else stirs up my emotions then music.
I never write in silence, some people find it easier to concentrate, i don’t atall. It becomes harder for me to concentrate because i then get distracted by little noises downstairs or outside.
At least when i am listening to music, the lyrics of a song is encouraging me to continue.
They do this by opening closed doors, making me feel emotion as i am writing.
Sometimes, the inspiration for the next song i will be playing comes from what i am writing.
I love it when that happens, because then it’s like a soundtrack for that particular scene.
For instance, let’s say an upsetting part of the story i am writing is coming up ... i’ll listen to:
* Fix You – Coldplay
* Uninvited – Alanis Morrisette
*Unintended – Muse

An upbeat happy part of the story:
*Mr Brightside – The Killers
*I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
* Wouldn’t it be nice – Beach Boys

An action pact part in my stories:
*Supermassive black hole – Muse
*Ya Mamma – Fatboy Slim (generic action –scene music)
* I’m not okay – MCR

As you can see music helps to get my creative juices flowing. : )
I can't write without music. It’s definatly an impossibility.
Someone once told me that being an author was like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.
In my head, there are thousands of characters just waiting to come alive. They’re just waiting for that tiny flare of inspiration that will kick start their personal story.

On the other hand, my blogs just seem to flow. I don’t know where they come from ... they just
burst through the seams, enter my fingertips and then appear on the computer screen as if by magic. Writing my blogs has become such a process of discovery that i actually can’t wait to wake up and see what i am going to say or talk about today. It started off being a way to express myself and inform people about the ‘behind the scenes’ of CF.
This then spiralled into being a way to let whatever was cramming up inside my head out. A way in which i could just write down whatever came to my head and then type it up on my laptop.
Amazingly, you all love it ... you all keep coming back for the next instalment.
It’s great : )
I not only do it for my benefit but i also do it for everyone who reads as well.
Everyone likes a nosey through someone’s diary right?
Over the weekend i have had ‘writer’s block’ ... i just couldn’t motivate myself to write. I had nothing to write about and i struggled to write the one yesterday about my Nana Flo. One day i will re-write that and do my Nana justice. The legend that she is :D

If i didn’t write to empty my mind i’d go mad.
Since i have been writing; i’ve taught myself alot and i understand myself alot more too.
I think other people are starting to understand too : )

Okay, so four pages after and my blog is completed.
Thankyou for reading : )
Take Care, Sophie xoxo
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1 comment:

  1. I just ordered the twilight books and then read your blog, abit weird I think!! I hope after I have read the books I don't hate the film because the eye candy in the film is GREAT!
    I used to write alot when I was in hospital, I guess been bored out of your brain can make you develop a sense to write!