Motivational Monday: I Wanna Dream

I am so close to the end of REWRITTEN I can taste it. I was in a bit of a funk for a while, so I decided to go back and re-read some of the earlier parts of the book, and I totally fell back in love with my story and my characters. Gah, I love them! Their story deserves to be told! And that’s why I’m back at it, full force! I’ve been writing like a mad woman the last couple of days, and it feels great!

In fact, I just wrote the big, game-changing scene last night, and now I’m just a couple of consequence-scenes away from the end. And I found the perfect song that is inspiring me to write the end: “Dream” by Imagine Dragons. It perfectly encapsulates my characters and the vibe of the end of my book. I’m pretty much going to listen to it on repeat to keep me going. It gives me motivation! Here’s to wrapping up the end of my first book! Cheers!

Bisous!

Elle-Elle

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Motivational Monday: Your Voice is a Weapon

So, as you all know, the band Bastille is one of my big inspirations right now while I write. They are one of my favorite bands, a lot of their songs inspire me to keep pushing myself, and many of their songs remind me so much of my MCs.

With that said, this week for Motivational Monday Jennifer Austin posted a video by Angel Haze, which reminded me 1. That I absolutely love her and 2. She does an amazing song with Bastille that is also motivational to me. When I saw Bastille in concert last year, they had her come out on stage and perform it with them. I wanted to post that video, since I, of course, recorded it, but WordPress won’t let me. Wah, wah. So instead, I will provide you with the official Vevo video, which isn’t as fun, but you get to hear the song at least.

Update: I found a video on Youtube uploaded by someone who was at the same show as me, so you can enjoy this, too! (It does cut off a little early at the end, but they really only repeat the line over and over again after the cut off point, so you can still get the feel for the performance even with the abrupt cut off.)

What I really like about this song is this mantra that your voice is a weapon. I feel that way in all aspects of my life. My voice is important and deserves to be heard, whether that’s personally, politically, or creatively. Words have such power, and that’s awfully inspiring to me and motivates me to keep writing and keep working. My whole life has been devoted to affecting others with my words, through teaching, scholarship, etc., but now it’s my turn to make my words make people feel and think. I want my words to transform.

My voice is a weapon, and I’ll do with it what I can.

Bisous!

Elle-Elle

Motivational Monday: It is not Enough to be Dumbstruck

This Bastille song always motivates me to get my shit together and get back to writing. I posted a version that has the lyrics so you can see why. Such an awesome song! If I ever publish this book (tentatively titled Rewritten), I will for sure thank Bastille in my acknowledgments.

Now, as I explained in my last post, I had been feeling pretty down and unmotivated. Well, it seems that I have found a way to push through my writer’s block. I have plotted out my next chapter and started writing it. I’ve only written 2,000 words of it so far, but that’s more than I’ve written in weeks, so I’m putting that one under the W column. I’m feeling good about what I’m writing again, too. Also, I have an idea for a contemporary I plan to write once Rewritten is done (who knows how long that will take), and I’ve had a lot of ideas pop in my head. My LI is fully realized at this point. I don’t know why, but my male characters always come to me before the females. Maybe it’s because I grew up with pretty much all uncles, only brothers, most of my friends were boys, and I live in an apartment with my husband, brother, and male dog. Ha! Anyway, I’m getting really excited about writing that story when the time comes. So, on the writing front, all is looking good. Hopefully I stay on this writing high and get a lot done and keep you updated!

Exactly!

Bisous!

Elle-Elle

Motivational Monday: Bastille’s “Poet”

So, today for my Motivational Monday post, I wanted to share a song I like to listen to when I am feeling unmotivated to keep writing. Though Dan is more than likely talking about writing songs, I still think the words apply. I included a version I found on Youtube that includes the lyrics so you can see what I mean.

Every time I hear this song, I think about my characters and feel like I owe it to them to get back to what I’m writing. So, enjoy!

Bisous!

Elle-Elle