A blog about writing, being a writer, getting inspired to write, etc. For writers, authors, would-be writers and authors. I only have 2 rules. 1, please keep everything PG rated at most, there are some younger folks who read my blog; and 2, please do not criticize what others have written. I would like this to be a safe haven for folks to explore their writing style and to gain some confidence in their story telling abilities. Nasty comments will be deleted.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
November 20th Challenge
it’s Christina –
morning and happy 200th blog entry. Wow. 200 posts in 218 days (I started
in the middle of April), and 175 post out of 200 had writing challenges. I don’t
think that’s too shabby.
you recall, this was supposed to be a two week project to get me in the habit
of writing every day, now I can’t imagine not starting my day without a blog
entry. One author who I absolutely adore said to me she didn’t know how I did a
daily blog. She tried a blog but couldn’t do it. She said it sucked all her
creativity into the blog and left nothing for her novels. When I mentioned this
to another author friend, she said, “A runner doesn’t start a marathon without
warming up first do they? So for you, your blog is your warm-up.”
know something? She was right. I can guarantee, on the days where there were no
blog entries, I did not touch any of the stories I was working on either. The
blog has helped me to become more disciplined. I now have a writing routine,
and I try to stick to it.
the spirit of “sticking to it”, I overslept this morning, so I am already an
hour and a half behind, so off I go. I hope you have a wonderful day, and happy
Your Last Challenge:
fictional character would you like to meet in real life and why?
I found this challenge a little more
difficult than most of my other challenges. If I had chosen a fictional
character like James Bond, people could argue I could conceivable meet Sean
Connery or Pierce Brosnan; the chances are slim, yet they do exist. If I chose
a cartoon character, I would be told to go to Disney or Universal. So, I needed
to choose a character from a book, a book which has not been turned into a
It took a while to come up with someone
who fit the bill, someone who truly sparked my imagination enough where I would
actually want to interact with the character. Then it hit me, I knew exactly
who I would want to meet, Noah Bishop. Who is Noah Bishop you might ask? Noah
Bishop is the cornerstone character in author Kay Hooper’s novels.
Bishop is an FBI agent who has hand
selected his own team of agents, agents with unique and unusual gifts. Some of
his team was pulled from the existing pool of FBI agents, and some were recruited
from the outside because of their specific abilities. The team is brought in to
handle your “not the run of the mill” cases, cases which contain a paranormal element.
Because it did take me a while to
figure out what, or maybe I should say who, I was going write about, I didn’t
get very far in the ten minute time frame, but I did want to tell you a little
bit more about these amazing books. There are now fourteen books in the Bishop
Crime Unit series, as well as a few more in another series which was spawned
from the Bishop series. Kay Hooper, whose work I stumbled upon quite by
accident while working in a book store, writes incredible stories. She has
created a world where the paranormal doesn’t seem so unusual, where having
precognition is about as unique as having green eyes. I cannot sing the praises
of Kay Hooper enough. Give her books a try. I highly doubt you will be disappointed.
Next Challenge is (this idea hatched from the lists which have been popping up
on FB these past two weeks):
a little or unknown true story about something strange or unusual that happened
You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong,
just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to
criticize what someone else has written. Go.