#BringOnTheTears Part One

Typically my most dreaded part of the writing process is researching content that will help me write a scene in my book. Many times I have not experienced the moment for obvious reasons (I have never flown on the back of a sleek dragon).  When I have to research something, I am positive that my google search history is not only suspicious but also a mix of confusion and oddities.

However, as always I came across a blog by a fellow writer that suggested watching movies to gain inspiration for a scene. So I am going to give it a try! One of my favorite characters is going to meet his untimely demise! OH NO!

I did not originally plan on killing him, but he has got to go. He is the catalyst to the entire plot, that flows around in my brain like a restless sea. So I am going to begin an experiment that will hopefully push the right words out of my mind and onto paper. I am going to watch eight of the saddest movies that have ever been created. I am going to fondly refer to these as “The Chosen Ones”. Most of them I have seen recently, others it has been years. While watching these movies I am going to take notes. Writing down certain aspects of the movie. I encourage you to follow along and watch these movies too and I am always open to feedback on what you experienced.

The Chosen Ones

  1. Jack (1996) Starring Robin Williams
  2. Gran Torino (2008) Starring Clint Eastwood
  3. The Fault in our Stars (2014) Starring Shailene Woodley
  4. Schindler’s List (1993) Starring Liam Neeson
  5. The Notebook (2004) Starring Ryan Gosling
  6. Mars Needs Moms (2011) Voicing Star Seth Green
  7. Step-Mom (1998) Starring Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts
  8. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) Starring Jack Scanlon

The Criteria

  1. Pathetic Amount of crying. Blubbering being the most pathetic type)
  2. Level of emotional wreckage
  3. Humor
  4. Predictability of the death of a character

Meanwhile I will be taking my own private notes, including but not limited to my emotions that I experience while watching these movies and how they were killed off.

Grant it, I am in no way qualified to make a scientific experiement in regards to this, however, I am hoping to get some insight so I can kill off my character will a debonair flair that will impress the socks off an editor. Part 2 of the blog will be updated and jam packed with all of the juicy, blubbering, sentimental, and sappiness any one could ever wish for. I hope some of you go on this journey with me into our cry baby emotions. Let me know how the movies effect you. Maybe your experiences will be different than mine.

Hasta la vista…. humans.



Battle Scene Inspiring Music

Hello all,

I am so glad I have found a moment to be able to write. For the last couple of weeks I have been in the deepest, darkest, pit of writers block. My book continues to play endlessly in my mind, day and night, like a movie worthy of at least a HBO series. Yet, for some reason I can not find any motivation to write a new chapter. Instead I pick and scan over what I have already written until there is absolutely no possible way to explain a scene in a more inspiring, heart pumping way.

In some ways my main character Magnus, may be the closest friend I have at the moment. He torments me when I am showering, or cooking breakfast on a random Thursday morning. I see his battle against his foes, while I ice cinnamon rolls. The whistle of my kettle screeching away is the sound of a mine deep in the earth’s belly as slaves toll to extract valuable stones.

Yet, I could not write the words tumbling around my brain. Until now!

Late last night I was browsing Pinterest, like I regularly do when I cannot sleep, when I stumbled upon a pin that announced  “44 Perfect Songs to Listen to While You Write” by BuzzFeed.

Dare I say, I was instantly intrigued. I saved the pin and slowly fell asleep. This morning bright and early I find myself Sitting on my porch, with my laptop, languidly drinking a cup of coffee in my new thermos (I collect them, even if I don’t drink much coffee). A beautiful view of Michigan mere steps away from me.14074563_1365819890099372_1399543939_o


I click on the pin and follow the link to a most intriguing post. Wouldn’t you know… but the “44 Perfect Songs to Listen to While You Write” are literally, the perfect songs to listen to when you write, especially if you are writing a battle scene.

Grant it I am not writing a battle scene, but about the first meeting of a love interest. One that will guide Magnus through his quest. It is a first love, seeing as Magnus is only fifteen. I cannot have him falling into deep love so early in the book, it just doesn’t seem necessary, he is still a tad bit too young.

However, the song I am listening to which is number three, on the list of Perfect Songs, is the “The Bridge of Khazad Dum” from the Lord of the Rings, Howard Shore. The beginning, is typical Lord of the Rings melody, yet, the ups and downs fight for a place. I remember the exact part in the movie. The drama, oh the drama. I am siting here as the chanting washes over me as I sip my coffee and can see future battles that Magnus will have. Tears that he will shed, anger he will have and I am once again excited about my book. I cannot wait to reveal the danger that he faces.

Thus far, the soundtrack has not disappointed me in any way. Songs included are from amazing movies, such as Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Gladiator. Then tips its fountain pen into classics such as Bach, Beethoven, and Albinoni. I will include a link at the bottom to the BuzzFeed page in case you want to check it out.

What music do you listen to when you are crafting, working, exercising, or just relaxing? I would love to know. Who knows maybe your favorite song might inspire me to kill off a most beloved character, or find a mystical land with cannibals. One never knows.

Until Next time Humans.



44 Perfect Songs to Listen to While You Write Credit to BuzzFeed by Dan Dalton