writing

My Life Lately

So I’ve been missing from my blog for some time but I promise not without good reason. I’m stuck in the world of editing –– “Serenity Now!”

I’m not going to lie, it’s rough. Like I want to cry, throw my computer at the wall or sometimes even hit “select all” and click “delete” kind of rough! Okay so I am a little dramatic but I guess that’s one thing that drives my passion for writing –– emotion.

It is not my favorite part of the writing process but it is necessary to create a “polished manuscript” as they say. When I first started writing I believed a polished MS to be something that you wrote, revised, sent off to be checked for grammar and spelling errors (compliments of my friend Erin) and you were as good as gold,     right? . . . Ha! Not even close!

Thanks to my Twitter writer friends, I have learned there is so much more . . . By the way, Twitter is another thing to blame for my absence from this blog. It’s like a drug (the information drug) and you can never get enough. Between all of the support between writers and links to click on and learn from –– the addiction is endless.

So my MS is currently in the hands of the great author S.A. Jeffery and once I get it back from her, I will send it off to the next Beta . . . and so on. Until then the only thing left to be said about it is, “I loved it and can’t wait to see it in print!”

I must continue to slave away until it is in the best possible condition to be sent out to agents. That’s a whole other beast to tackle but I’m just trying to stay focused on polishing it right now. It’s stressful, but whenever I’m stuck or frustrated and need a break –– I read!

If you are need of some killer book recommendations you should head on over to:

The Mad Hatters Book Party or on twitter @AimiJeffrey

Aimi reads more books than anyone I know, so I live vicariously through her ‘goodreads’ list, which is insane.

 

-C.C. Ford

In Tune With Your Inspiration

How do you find inspiration?

Inspiration is something that helps ignite your creativity from within. Inspiration can strike at any moment and can come from everything that surrounds you in life; books, art, people, music, travel, etc. I always find that when something inspires you, you will always have that to lean on when you fall into obstacles that stifle your creativity.

For me music is always my go to for inspiration. When I started writing I originally did it to tune out any surrounding distractions {aka my husbands obsession with the history channel} but now I can’t seem to write without it. What I listen to all depends on what I’m writing, although right now I seem to be on a Florence and the Machine kick.

When I work my way through a novel I always listen to music that will reflect on my character’s mood or if I need help setting a scene.

A piece of my book takes place in New Orleans but I was having a hard time setting the scene since I had never been there. So after subjecting myself to a million You Tube videos that portrayed the streets of New Orleans through other people’s eyes, I just wasn’t getting what I needed.I couldn’t quite place myself there.

So instead I turned on some New Orleans jazz and created my own New Orleans.

Have you ever watched a movie with no music in it? Of course not!

A movie without music would be dull and dreary. Obviously when people read my book there is no soundtrack that comes along with it {although that would be rad – maybe I should add that to my marketing plan}. It is my job as the writer to try my best to set a memorable scene. One that you will want to read over and over again. With music the beautiful words and sounds pour into our ears and help shape the story we are trying to tell.

Because let’s face it, life without music is just mundane!

Listen up – and get inspired!

Here is just a few of the many bands that inspire me…

Florence and the Machine

Lana Del Ray

Paramore

One Republic

Birdy

The xx

Billie Holiday

Muse

Matt Costa

The Beatles

Death Cab for Cutie

Ellie Goulding

Lorde

Of Monsters and Men