I set this current art journaling aside so that I can find the right words to use. I’m often interested in quotes from writers. If you have a favorite quote, please feel free to share it with me.
Here’s a little update.
I’ve been very busy writing and working on my second manuscript. Yes, I repeat…the second manuscript and I’m still searching for that perfect literary agent.
So far, all the rejections I’m receiving tell me that my work isn’t something that is right for them. I did get a helpful rejection with links to several websites for writers who are in search of the right agent. I like agents who take the time to send personal, helpful rejection letters. It means a lot to me and I know agents are very busy people, so I know where they are coming from when they send these types of rejections.
For next week, I have a new list of agents to contact. I will send out my query letter to four or five agents at a time. And then I wait.
All the agents I’m hunting down are searching for the type of work I write. My work is young adult contemporary romance.
I write love stories.
I LOVE love stories.
And all with happy endings. Although, it doesn’t start out that way in my stories, but eventually, my work has a happy ending. It’s just what I like.
I also like to journal in my stories. Journaling from the character’s point of view. Ever since I read Flowers For Algernon in 7th grade, I’ve been obsessed with reading a character’s journal entries. I just happened to discover Flowers For Algernon after reading Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.
I know. That was totally random, but those two specific novels really influenced me.
What books have influenced you? I would love to hear.
This is one of my favorite quotes I added to my journal.
I used 6×6 Heidi Swapp paper and Close To My Heart embellishments from my stash. I also used Heidi Swapp’s Project Life kit, which is where I found the ‘beautiful new day’ 3×4 card from.
This is my process and how I document the words that I discover and inspire me.
” Nothing marks a man’s character better than his attraction to intelligence.”
I posted this photo to my Instagram and thought it deserved a blog post too. Some of you may know that I love notebooks! Especially Moleskine. My favorite are the slim Moleskine notebooks. They come in a pack of three. I prefer the kraft color over the black ones. The slim books are not too thick and not too thin in structure, which makes them perfect for carrying around in my handbag.
I keep several around for my writing. One of these days I’ll share with you my entire collection of notebooks, but for now let me share with you how I keep track of my character quotes.
Yes, I have a notebook just for my character quotes. I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone say something that catches my attention, I stop everything and write it down. It might be something that I feel one of my characters would say.Of course, I’ll change some of the wording around to fit my character’s speaking style, but you get the idea.
What type of notebooks do you prefer?
My visual journal book is coming along nicely. I’ve worked on several pages this weekend and found some beautiful quotes to add. I also included tab titles and figured out what I wanted to write about. There is a section that I’m including as an inspiration page. I have an inspiration board in my studio already, but having one in my journal is a great idea.
I think the biggest sections that I find myself using are the Goals and Gratitude. I have goals I want to accomplish, and things in my life that I am grateful for. I’ll share more pictures of what’s inside my book soon!!
Yeah! The weekend is here. This morning I started off working in my gratitude journal. I really needed the quiet time to reflect.
By the end of the week, I feel like my batteries are running low, and for me, working in my journal helps me recharge my batteries.
What about you? How do you recharge yourself?
This week has been full of ups and downs in my life. Since I have been actively querying literary agents, I wanted to find some way to stay positive and busy at the same time. So, I decided to create a vision journal.
I’m using a blank journal sized at 9×11. I get mine at AC Moore, a local craft store. Keep an eye out for their clearance sale or use their coupon. You can also find any of these blank journals at Michael’s, Barnes and Noble, or Books-a-Million bookstores too.
I also used some of my Basic Grey products for embellishments. I found these scrapbooking items at Joann’s craft store on clearance! My idea was to use my favorite colors, choosing three that I wanted to work with. Blues, greens, and yellows.
What do you think? I can’t wait to share more with you! Happy journaling!!
on my lips… M*A*C lipstick in Fresh Brew
loving these patterns… small floral prints
obsessed with… Starbucks Chocolate Protein Smoothie
listening to… “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons
crushing on… Henry Cavill
reading… Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow and On Writing by Stephen King
working on… my YA book, short stories, and new inspirational journaling prompts
craving… chocolate cupcake
daydreaming about… a visit to Thailand