Update on Sarah Blue

I’ve been hoping (planning?) to finish Sarah Blue by this summer. After a big timeline change a few weeks back, I was exhausted and not too excited to finish the paper edits. It’s amazing how you can love and hate something you’ve created. I’ve been ironing out the bumps that appear with a timeline change and I’m finally done. Happy dance!

I can finally work on the next set of edits, which I am excited about. Only other writers can understand the triumph of watching your word count grow and knowing you’ve got the words in the right place. Word count doesn’t mean anything, if all the words stink.

 

 

Heather Kidder

Watching the story grow and your characters mature and make better (or sometimes worse) decisions is such a joy. I know one of my characters is lacking at the moment, my police detective; but I will get him where he needs to be, eventually. I want him to be strong, confident, and knowledgeable. So far, he’s two for three.

It’s hard for him to know things that I don’t know; thankfully, I have a few friends to lean on to help me when it comes to The Shield. Regardless, I need to pick up a few gritty true-life detective stories to make him completely the way that I want.

I’m sitting at just under 42K words. Varying blogs and books tell you to get in a word count of 40-60k, others tell you not to be a word under 75K, others 90K. In reality, I’m going to write the story until it’s done and the word count be damned; but I know if I want to sell it, I have to play by the rules – though I’m fairly certain none of the Greats got there by doing that.

Your Homework: Focus on an area in your story that you aren’t an expert in – now go study it.

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This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

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A Poem

I released this to my Instagram followers this week. I originally wrote this a few years ago but I have been re-working it the last few weeks and I’m happy with my final result.

 

Heather Kidder

Poems always feel more personal to me, than stories. Maybe it’s because I feel more when I write and read them. The words reach in and grab hold of you, squeezing you in quick, little bursts. They pluck at your heart strings and tickle your spine. They hurt. They heal. They can give you peace. Slow or fast, sweet or sad, poetry is the sing-song voice of the soul.

Your Homework: Find something that moves you, a song, movie scene, or poem, and go put that emotion into a poem of your own.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Visit it each and every Saturday for your weekly writing prompt.

This blog updates each Friday and Saturday with writing resources, prompts, and of course, the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

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Ignore it

source: buzzfeed

This is spot on. I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately (tips, tricks, and whatnots for writing). However, sometimes you have to take all that advice and throw it out the window; the only thing that’s going to work for your story is what you write for it, so stop listening to everyone else, and listen to yourself.
You are the author, creator, and owner, of your words, make new rules, it’s your world after all.

Your Homework: Throw all the rules out the window and free write for an hour. Write bad, write long, write with all the feeling and emotion you can muster. Or not. 🙂

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Come back next Friday for a new post!

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com

The Problem with Expectations

Songs, movie previews, book jacket summaries, they all create an image in your mind of how a story will unfold. Your mind fills with colors, accents, and ghosted outlines of the characters. Music videos can make you wiggle with excitement or really let you down when you’ve fallen in love with a song.

Sam Smith’s video for Stay with me, lost me within the first 30 seconds. The opening lyrics:

Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand
But I still need love ’cause I’m just a man
These nights never seem to go to plan
I don’t want you to leave, will you hold my hand?
Oh, won’t you stay with me?

The video begins with him singing and leaving his one night-stand and heading home. Now, every time I hear the song, I picture him leaving and the song is ruined. How can they shoot an entire video of him singing ‘stay with me’, and he, be the one leaving?  It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching piece, but the video utterly wrecked it for me.

I expected something different.

I’ve had the same issue with my story, Sarah Blue. The last three weeks, I’ve had a hard time committing time to sit and type. I’ve blamed work, home, exhaustion; but the truth is, that parts of my story have been nagging at me. Pieces I wanted to improve and things that didn’t seem true to life, were circling around in my mind. I did a big rewrite a few weeks ago, which left me drained but also, with more questions. Sometimes you need to leave your work alone to really work on it.

Two nights ago, bleary-eyed from my day, I finally crawled into bed and curled up around my pillow. As the comforting blanket of black settled over me, my mind snapped open and I saw my answers clearly. I was quickly up on one elbow, flailing around for the journal and pen I keep on my nightstand.

I’m going to have to cut a few favorite scenes and rework some awesome lines; but it’s all for the greater good (of my story, of course, not man-kind ;)).

It’s much more interesting and realistic with the changes. I’d been plugging hard at my story for weeks, but a little distance made everything come into focus. I’m excited to throw myself back into it. I started last night and loved the feeling of the paper back under my hands as I made notes.

As for Sam Smith and his video, I’m sure he, and his bank account, are unconcerned with my two cents.

Your Homework: Having a hard time with a scene? Walk away from it. Walk away from the entire thing, give it some time.

Saturday: The Spark will update tomorrow. Come back next Friday for a new post!

This blog updates each Friday with writing resources, prompts, and of course the random things I decide to post. Feel free to contact me here or find me on GoodReads @ https://www.goodreads.com/hkidder. Follow me on Instagram at: Everythingonpaperisperfect or on Pinterest @ paperpinning

Contact Email: everythingonpaperisperfect@yahoo.com