It looks like my survey was a success! I was so glad to hear from everyone about their thoughts and interests, and some of your responses made me laugh, too. So here are some of the results. I'll be working on the suggestions and potential guest posts you all gave me later on!
I've done this once before: putting my music library on shuffle and using each song that comes up to answer a question from the Facebook song game. I'm going to do that again today, but with a focus on and commentary from my character Sage O'Riley!
The questions are in BOLD text, songs linked, character response in blue. Got it? Good.
Sage O'Riley's Playlist
Songs for Sage O'Riley of #ChosenFourStory
1) IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY?" YOU SAY...
Godric's Hollow Graveyard
Where you will end up if you question me like this.
2) WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
3) WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A ROMANTIC PARTNER?
Fall for You
Today, because one of my readers asked, I'm sharing what motivates me as a writer.
They say that writers write because we must. There's something indefinable inside of us that makes storytelling a necessity, that makes the written word our power. While this is commonly true, there are many successful writers out there who consider writing a side project rather than a passion, and even born writers struggle oftentimes with motivation. Writing is an extremely difficult career, as are all the arts.
Here are a few things that keep me going when I'm down in the dumps or just generally not feeling it.
Great Artwork of All Kinds
Because writing is an art medium, it is often inspired by the other art that can be found all around us. Pinterest has actually been a great piece for gaining motivation. I have boards where I can pin quotes and artwork of all kinds.
Similarly, great music (I work well with movie scores) can help you gain inspiration and motivation. If you connects with it, there's something there to feed off of. Use it!
Most of all, other stories give you a starting point from which to work, not only teaching you how to refine your craft in innumerable ways, but also giving you bits of inspiration and a greater understanding of what speaks to you. Movies, television, and especially books are great inspiration pieces and incredible motivators. Make use of them!
Happy day after Valentine's Day! 💜 Thank you for continuing to read my blog!
Today, I thought I'd write a little about blogging! I've been doing this for over a year and a half now, and it has really been a great experience. Though I know I don't have a massive readership, I still love the process and am super grateful for those of you who do come here.
I've read lots of articles online about how some authors really struggle with maintaining the blog and social media presence that's almost a necessity for authors in this day and age. That's never really been a problem for me. I really enjoy both blogging and social media. I started blogging basically on accident, as some of you may remember. I was setting up an author website for when I was eventually published... and I accidentally published the website. So then I was like, What the heck. And I started blogging!
I'm not entirely sure where to go with this post, so... HOW ABOUT SOME WEB ANALYTICS?
For those of you who don't know, web analytics show you how many people visit your website, and what they're doing, and how they got there. I do it through Google Analytics, which is the best analytics website I've found. I check my analytics, I don't know, maybe every two weeks, whenever the urge hits.
Hi, everyone! Today, I was thinking I'd run a survey of you, my readers! Just to gather information about the people who are interested in my blogging so I can adjust to my audience. I'll keep it going until the last week of the month, get the answers in, and then make a post showing selections of the (anonymous) results. I don't know if you like surveys as much as I do, but I thought it could be fun!
So here it is. There are multiple sections to fill out.
(Editor's note: Survey period has closed.)
Today, I thought I'd step in with thoughts on some recent news in the writing world.
RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman
As you've probably heard, actor Phillip Hoffman was found dead Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose. I don't know much of his work, but from what I've heard, he was a very gifted actor. In the Hunger Games movie series, he has been playing Plutarch, who is a pretty important and complex character.
All the work acting-wise on Mockingjay: Part 1 is done, and the movie is post-production, so he will be in that movie. Only seven days were left for shooting Mockingjay: Part 2, leading to the same conclusion. We Hunger Games fans can breathe easy, knowing we still have the inclusion of both an important character and a great actor in our series. Nonetheless, it's only appropriate to say RIP to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. You will be missed.
J.K. Rowling's Interview: Ron + Hermione = No?
J.K. Rowling gave a recent interview in which she stated that, in hindsight, she was wrong to put Ron and Hermione together at the end of the Harry Potter series, even going so far as to say Hermione and Harry would've been a better match. She stated that the couple was "wish fulfillment" for her, and that they would have ended up needing counseling.
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