What’s your Purpose?

Over on Twitter, a question was asked, “What do you think your purpose is?” -Dr. Tara Sanderson

It’s a very interesting question. When I wrote my first book (#scoliosis) https://amzn.to/2BmJtQn, I wanted to put away the experience and never talk about it again. But the more books (#alzheimers) https://amzn.to/2DbYOTP and #childrensbooks (#autism) https://amzn.to/33q8Pt5 I’ve written about my kids’ #specialneeds … I realize — helping others with the same journey is my purpose. 💕

What’s your purpose?


Zodiacs and Star Signs Can Enhance Character Development

Are your characters ambitious, secretive, dramatic … jealous? Is your main character the drama queen or the fixer in the story? Take a look at horoscopes, astrology and zodiac star signs which can help flesh out character traits, flaws, compatibilities and matches. It may give you ideas for behaviors and personalities. Try it and let me know what you think. Do you use this in your writing? What are the sites that you find most useful? #writing #writinginspiration #writingtips #michellespray www.michellespray.com/updates

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Restart. Renew. Retry for the New Year!

The end of the year brings #resolutions and realizations. Did you make goals for 2019? Did you accomplish them? Any of them? In being too hard on ourselves, we cannot see how far we have come. But it counts.

Look back. Take inventory of all that you did. You’ll realize: 1) all you’ve done, 2) all you need to do, and 3) PROBABLY JUST how CLOSE you were! Don’t discard or dismiss it. Try again. Restart. Renew. Retry! And let me know on social media @SprayBooksEtc what your realization is! Happy (almost) year of NEW things! #youcandoit #youcandoitTOO #keepgoing #michellespray www.michellespray.com On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SprayBooksEtc

Write the scene that fits the mood for the moment.

A question I’ve been asked has been about #writing certain moods when you may not feel up to it. Besides getting into the mood of your character, one thing I find helpful is to write the scene that fits the mood for the moment. If you’re in a particularly peaceful or nostalgic mood, then remembering Grandma’s buttery mashed potatoes and seeing the heat swirl from the warmth of the homemade bread might be the perfect scene. If you’re in a don’t-you-dare-look-at-me kind of mood, then writing about the abuse of the narcissistic MC might be your scene of choice at that moment. Don’t force it. #justwrite #keepgoing #youcandoit #youcandoittoo #writinginspiration #writingmotivation #michellespray Like, Share, and let me know on Facebook what works for you!

How to Write a Novel Step One by Michelle Spray

Step one: Story Writing. I’m starting a new book (books) … come along for the journey!

When looking up how to write a book or novel, everyone has different ideas on how to start. You will see that you need to know your characters, plot and outline, show don’t tell, and have an idea of how it will end … but how overwhelming is that?

Most of us don’t know who the best friend will be or how a story should end. If we’re writing fiction we will need to add some sort of obstacle that we may not know yet or we will need to change things or put a different spin on something to make it more interesting.

My suggestion? Just write! Write everything down. Don’t worry about character names right now. Don’t worry about problems: antagonists vs protagonists. Don’t worry about grammar. And if you’re stuck on something add blank lines, highlight, or add some sort of symbol so you can find it later.

Step one will be the brain dump. I recommend doing this on a laptop or use voice text to “notes” in your phone if you don’t have a dictation program. This way you can easily import everything into Word and you won’t have to retype everything. But if an inspirational journal is your favorite, I have a few on my Amazon author page that you will love.

Anyway, write a general idea about a certain moment. Remember some memories about that moment and list them in bullet points or “tell” for now. Don’t worry about describing the mood of the wispy clouds or including details about the landscape of the meadow just south of the majestic cascades. It’s ok to just say things like “cloudy” or “hillside” or “city” or “the time we went to the park” at this stage.

Don’t worry about dialog and grammar and POV (point of view) … that will all come in time. Get lost in your memories of the event. You can change everything later: names, truths, who said what, who didn’t say what … as well as determine if it’s fiction or something else.

You can go back and worry about punctuation later. Does the period go inside or outside of the quotation marks? It doesn’t matter now. Just start writing!

Finally, it is helpful to write as if no one will read it and no one WILL read this version so it doesn’t matter. Write it just to get it out of your head.

Let’s do this thing together and let me know how you’re doing! I’d love to hear from you! www.facebook.com/SprayBooksEtc

Memories and Inspiration can Spark from Anywhere by Michelle Spray

This article about someone setting up a camera to photograph birds in the birdbath came up in my newsfeed and it reminded me of a story I read over and over as a child. It was about a bird that filled a jar one-by-one with rocks so the water at the bottom would rise and he could have a drink. 1) I had to Google it. 2) It’s Aesop’s Fables The Crow and the Pitcher. 3) Memories and Inspiration can spark from anywhere. 4) Now I have to write a book about a bird.
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