Beginning

Welcome to my blog, thank you for stopping by. If this is your first time to my blog, it's nice to meet you. If you've been here before, welcome back.

My writing journey has begun. The road will have some bumps and detours. I only hope that the first hill is not too high, and the journey is long.














Monday, January 20, 2014

Intruding On My Characters

I seem to have a habit of intruding on my characters.  Instead of letting my character lead the story and having their dialogue and their actions tell the story, I seem to be narrating.  It is really a hard habit to break.  I must realize I cannot manipulate my characters, they should have a realism all their own  Learning to let them show the reader what they are doing and where their part in the story will go.  The more I train myself to stay focused and let my characters lead the way, the more readable my stories will be. 

My quest for this week is to re-write, and re-write.  Looking forward to a productive week.  Wishing the same to you!  I leave you with a few quotes that I have pinned up at my desk to keep me on track:

"You have to throw yourself away when you write." - Maxwell Perkins

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." - Beverly Sills

"All profoundly original work looks ugly at first." - Clement Greenberg

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without words
And never stops - at all.".  - Emily Dickinson

"All glory comes from daring to begin." - Shakespeare, 'Coriolanus' 

Monday, January 13, 2014

I dipped my feet into 12x12! 
 

Actually, my toes in 12x12!  Time to take on the challenge.  I do have some stories that I have been working on and several more ideas in my head waiting to get on paper. Writing Picture Books is a challenge in itself.  Now, to add writing one a month into the scheme of things 'UPS' the challenge.  There is no magic formula for writing.  At least, not one that I have discovered.  So, time to see if I can hold up to the challenge.  I used to think that my goal was to be published, but I am looking at my goal in a new light.  I now keep a picture of a child reading a book on my desk.  That is my new focus, to one day see a child with my book, opened in their hand, excitedly reading away! 

If you are interested in checking out the 12x12, you can check it out here:
http://www.juliehedlund.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/12-x-12-new-banner.jpg

Has anyone else signed up for the challenge? 

Happy Writing!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year! I'm Back!

I have been trying to figure out how to get back on the blogging track after being away for a considerable time.  Sometimes life just gets ahead of you.  As I sat down at my desk today, I had the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start.  That’s what happens when you have been away from blogging for so long.  I have been having the feeling of discontent and disconnect so, I am jumping back in. J

Even though I haven't been on my blog, I have been writing and doing some illustrating.  I have finished the pencil illustrations for one of my picture books and have completed six color illustrations.  My next step will be to do the same for another picture book that I have finished writing.  My plan is to bring them to the Spring Conference and hopefully have the opportunity to sit in on a critique.  

I am glad I am back!  What have you been up to? 

   

Monday, January 7, 2013

Am I making progress or not?


     Mondays are hard! It is hard to pick yourself up sometimes and start the week, especially, when you receive a letter back on your submission and it wasn’t exactly the response you were hoping for, but it was a personal letter with some helpful criticism, for which I am extremely grateful.

     The letter stated that she is not taking on many new projects at this time, however, she found my story very engaging; and couldn’t wait to get to the end! I was given a couple of suggestions to enhance my story. So, that is what I am going to do. I appreciate the advice and I am going to start working on it this week!

     Hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, January 3, 2013


A View Outside My Back Door!

I just wanted to share with you a picture my daughter took outside my back door!  I love this time of year!  You can find inspiration even by just looking out your door.  Hope you are all having a wonderful week. 


Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Happy New Year! 
 
     I have been away from my blog for so long!  The past few months have been busy.  My husband had a fall over the summer and broke 4 ribs, punctured his lung and broke his elbow in several places.  He is now well on the mend and back to his full daily schedule.  I have also been taking care of my step-mom, she is 88 years old and has had a tough year and she, too, is doing better.  So, that in short, is why I have not been on my blog. 

     I love New Year’s Day.  There's something exciting about turning over the calendar page on January 1st. I'm always full of anticipation, wondering what things the New Year will bring, and hoping it will be a good year.  This day holds so much promise.  It is like the first page of your newest book.  The page lies blank before you, waiting for you to let it know where it is going.
 
     I am not making any New Year’s Resolutions this year.  I am taking each day and page as it comes.  So, with this New Year, I am offering to you a blank page.  Where will it take you?  What will you do with it?    

Best wishes for a Very Happy and Safe New Year!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hi Everyone! 

Happy Monday!

I finished another Picture book draft!  Yay for me.  This one I am actually going to try to illustrate.  I'll keep you posted on how that goes. 

How was your weekend?  I hope you had the opportunity to get some writing done.  I hope this week you hit the ground running (as far as writing goes)!  Have a great start to your week!  Here are a few quotes to get you going:

"A writer is, after all, only half his book.  The other half is the reader and fromthe reader the writer learns." - P. L. Travers

"I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning." - Peter De Vries

"The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal." - Elia Kazan

"The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence." - Cyril Connolly


Monday, June 4, 2012

Inspiration For The Week

     Do you know why a car’s windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small?  Because your Past is not as important as our Future.  Look ahead and move on.

     Old friends are gold!  New friends are diamond!  If you get a diamond, don’t forget the god!  Because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!

     Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.

     I chose these particular inspirational phrases because the author is unknown to me.  I hope that you become the author of these phrases during your upcoming week. 

Happy Monday to you all! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Planning On A Writing Weekend

So, I am geared up and ready to go.  I am planning on having a writing weekend. 

     I picked up a funky new pen and a new notebook.  I love the notebook, it is one that you can sketch on your own design on the cover.  I have gathered my magazine photos and articles, for a little added inspiration. 

     This weekend I am heading outdoors for my writing retreat. 

     How about you?  What are your plans for the weekend?  Hope it is Inspiring!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Quotations for Inspiration

Good Morning!  Hope everyone had a nice long weekend!  Here are a few quotes:

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night.  You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
– E. L. Doctorow

“Most of us don’t value what we have.  Instead we focus on what we lack.”
– Paul McKenna

“It’s never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.”
– Nancy Thayer

“True success lies in deciding what our priorities are, and what trade-off we are willing to make.”
– Octavius Black

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is.  The way you cope with what it is what makes the difference.”
– Virginia Satir

Hope your week sails by smoothly. 

All the best,

Maeve

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Am I Really A Writer?

     Has anyone else questioned themselves and asked:  Am I really a writer?  There are times that I hesitate to share my craft, to let others know that I write.  I hold back. 

      Maybe, I feel this way because writing is never about me, even though there may be some of me in everything I write.  Writing is hard work.  I apply myself, writing and re-writing every day.  So, then why is it so hard for me to grasp onto that title?

      This is something I am working on.  How about sharing some of your own feelings and tips?

      How do you overcome this feeling?  Have any of you felt this way?    

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Here we are at the beginning to a new week!  It is like the start of a book.  Ideas of what you would like to happen are laid out before you.  How will it end?  Will it be as you planned or will surprises await you?  I love surprises!  Don't you? 

Here are a few quotations to start your week.  I hope they bring you some inspriation.

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glit of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekhov

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

"Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business whn you will be the only one who does.  Take heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong, distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous.  But in the end, only the strong survive.  Readers return tiem and again to the unique, the distinctive, storytelling voice.  They may love it or they may hate it, but they do not forget it." - Jayne Ann Krentz

"Each day comes bearing its own gifts, untie the ribbons." - Ruth Anne Schabacker

I'll be checking in on you to see what gifts this week brings you.  Have a great week!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Friday!  I am working on a new story while I am waiting to hear on my submissions.  My main charachter keeps yelling at me and saying:  "YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!  YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!  I WANT TO DO IT MY WAY!"  Which I find kind of funny.  I thought I was.  Am I not the one who created you? 

So, with that in mind I took a step back and did some rethinking.  Was I pushing my character around?  Was I being a dictator or a coach to my character?  What I really wanted to be was a coach.

We may create our characters, but it is their journey in our story.  They each have problems conflicting with their own goals.  They already had plans before our story interupted their lives and made them change course.  They weren't just sitting around waiting for something to happen. 

Today, I will be getting back to my story and my character.  I will challenge him to do his best.  I may not always see him as he sees himself.  But, I will coach him to be the best he can be and make sure that he has self-assurance, self-discipline, courage and a sense of humor.  Hopefully, with all this I will have created a character who is believable and can stand on his own.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hello Everyone - I Have Really Missed You All!

Wow!  It has been so long since I have been on my blog!  Sorry for my absence, sometimes life just gets ahead of you.  I hope all is well and I can't wait to catch up on what has been happening and how you are all doing.  I have been actively submitting.  Now, I am hoping I won't actively be receiving rejections. :)

I know it isn't Monday, but I am going to start with posting some inspirational quotes just to get back on track.  Hope you find them as inspirational as I did.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Agatha Christie

"You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer.  You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one.  If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist." - Isaac Asimov

"Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business when you will be the only one who does.  Take heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong, distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous.  But in the end, only the strong survive." - Jane Ann Krentz

"Never, EVER give up.  Not ever. Not EVER. Ever EVER." - MaryJanice Davidson

So, everyone - Hello, Best Wishes and Good Things to you all!


Monday, February 27, 2012

Inspiration for Monday

"You may only be someone in the world, but to someone else you may be the world"
-Author Unknown

"Today you are You,
     that is truer than true. 
There is no one alive
     who is Youer than You."
-Dr. Seuss

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
-Benjamin Franklin

"I have spread my dreams beneath your feet-tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
-W.B. Yeats

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
-Langston Hughes

Have a Happy Monday and a Great Week!