Why Can’t I….

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Why can’t I dictate text? I often daydream about how easy my writing would be if I could. While I was doing dishes, I could be writing….While I was driving, I could be writing….While I was in the shower, I could be writing. I wouldn’t have to put my life on hold and retreat to the dark corner in my office or hide in the bathroom with my phone to get the story out of my head.

I’ve tried, many times, to dictate text…as the thoughts are flowing, I have tried to speak them but I can’t….I just can’t.

It’s almost like there is a corner of my brain; a quiet still place that I go to when I write. Like I must retreat within myself and retrieve the story that’s dying to get out. For me, writing is very internal. Is this weird?

Or maybe, my writing comes from someplace else…or something else. Maybe I draw my stories from the same place I draw my energy and that place isn’t accessible unless I stop and listen. Maybe writing is a meditative practice for me.

Whatever the answer, it is sure that writing is not exactly a science, for any of us. As authors, we all have limitations and quirks that make our writing style our own. What are your little writing quirks or what limitations do you have, as an author? Am I the only one who finds it impossible to dictate text?

 

#BeQuotable…Day 8….Quote From My Favorite Book @PatrickRothfuss

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Name of the Wind- I am obsessed with this book.

“‘But there’s a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It’s hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you…’Bast gestured excitedly. ‘Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn’t sen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.’ ~Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

 

I could honestly choose thousands of quotes from The Name of the Wind (or The Wise Man’s Fearfor that matter) for today’s quote. But then, my blog would be an exact translation of both books in The Kingkiller Chronicles…and that would be of no use to anyone because these books are meant to be read in entirety….in print…under the covers with a flashlight.

When a friend recommended that I read The Name of the Wind, I had no idea of the treasure he was handing me. These books epitomize the reason why I read…and the reason why I write. The world imagined is beautiful and complete and I want to live in that world. The characters are deep and lovable and I want to fold each one up and store them inside myself…so that I might be a better person. The story…the story is unique and riveting and you can’t let go of it once you get into it.

I know, I’m sounding like a fangirl right now and I know that I’m supposed to be talking about the quote but I feel a deep need to express what these books have done for me. They remind me of the reasons why I read…the reasons when I write. They inspired me to pick up a pen and strive to be a better writer, every day….because one day, I want to write a story that makes people feel the way that the Kingkiller Chronicles made me feel. Patrick Rothfuss stands, in my mind, alongside Neil Gaiman as being one of the most influential minds of our time and if I can imagine a story half as great and moving as either of these novels, I will die a complete person.

So, that’s your quote today…from my favorite books(s)…and a completely random blathering about how much I ❤ Patrick Rothfuss…and Yes, the links to both of these amazing novels are above…if you haven’t read them, you should…They…will…change…your…life…!

New Feature Coming Soon! #IndieAuthor #Spotlight

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I will be doing an Indie Spotlight on my blog. I will showcase a different Indie Author, Musician or Artist weekly. I will begin by doing a post on myself, to give interested “Indies” an idea of what it is going to be like. If you are an artist and you are interested in being featured, email me at ashleywillis5@gmail.com. Everyone else; be on the lookout for my Friday Feature; Indie Spotlight…coming soon!