Residential Writing

 

 

Here in this state they have two residences where writers can gather with other writers and work on their projects. One such program there is a fee the other there is not. The one that has no fee you do have to bring everything with you. This could go from bedding, food, towels and everything you would need if you were home. But again it is free. There is no internet in the house but in one room which is the library which can hopefully help you to work on your writing without that distraction.

Well known authors of this state has gone through this place and have made repeated stops. The quietness, the away from social media and finally taking time to just concentrate on your work can be so instrumental to you as an author. Plus you can help others as they help you on your work. Another plus is forging friendships with new people in your field that can last a lifetime which is priceless.

Yes, I will be trying to get into the free one. I know the waiting list is probably long but the good part is the stay is just two weeks per year. You an break that up into two one weeks or all at one time so the turnover is pretty good. With life being hectic time away to work on one’s project could be a vacation of sorts.

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This book or movie is based on a true story: But how much really?

 

You have seen the movies where it says the following is based on a true story. I use to be impressed with that expecting that the movie would be upfront and accurate from the story they took it from . That came tumbling down with the first of the Jason Bourne movies. Walking out of the movie theater I asked my husband, who had read the book, how accurate was it. He said, “ My name is Jason Bourne.” He then proceeded to walk to our vehicle. Catching up I inquired more of how it was accurate. He said that is it. I think I remember that line correctly.

How true do you want your book to be? How much do you want it to be accurate to a story or headline you are writing it from? As writers or movie makers we can take a wide leap and a huge circle of license to complete the story line.

Now when I hear this statement I take it with a grain of salt. When a movie is based on a book if it is decent enough I will go back to the book and read to see how much they used versus how much they changed the outcome.

It does come down to the artist and how they want to proceed with the project. But it be nice if they write that it is based on a true story that a portion of it is accurate and not just the statement alone.

Where do you get your ideas for your manuscripts: I mean location, location and location

 

Do you get ideas for your stories or novels at the absolutely wrong time? And what do you do about it if anything?

One of my favorite places to get ideas at the wrong time is at night when I am either trying to fall asleep, tossing and turning and so on. An idea will pop in and I do the same thing each time because after all it works so well. I say to myself I will remember this tomorrow for I don’t need to write it down. Because that works NEVER. Ugh. I am not sure why I can’t put a notepad near me. Well, I have but did I put anything in? No. Instead I tell myself that I will remember that.

Another awesome place that ideas come to me is in the car. That reminds me I need to put a notepad in the car. I rarely keep my cell phone out unless I am charging it. I don’t call or text when I am driving. I need to watch for cars that have people who are calling or texting. That whole topic I best save for another day for it angers me how people can drive a car that can kill them or someone else so easily just because oh my gosh Betty broke up with her boyfriend or Mrs. Miller needs to call you for the umpteen time on something. It can wait until I am pulled over.

Moving on. Another place that is just peachy when I come up with ideas is the shower. Because nothing says story ideas like a shower, am I right? I won’t bring up the idea that came to me on how to remember the story idea. Just too stupid. But this is place where I get a mega amount of story ideas.

The point is story ideas will come at you from all directions, any time of the day and at any eventful thing you are doing. It don’t care if the doctor is about to come into the examination room, it don’t care if it is finally your turn at the DMV or anyplace where you have time to wait. It does not care if you are doing anything that does not concern it. Ideas will pop in at will and demand you pay attention to it.

I am getting better at writing these down or noting them for later. Still for all I know I may have had the idea for a NY best-selling book but I just didn’t for whatever reason write it down.