Amy on writing

Amy’s Bad Advice #11

It’s worth what you paid for it.

Welcome back to another Amy’s Bad Advice. It’s been a while, so I thought the perfect post would be an airing of grievances!

A festivus for the rest of us, if you will, in the fine vein of

Mr. Costanza.

Specifically. Let’s talk don’ts. And there are many. Especially with me.

But here’s the top hits-

1- Don’t make me fear for my civil liberties.

2- Don’t tell me the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones came out of left field.

3- Don’t tell me how pretty I look, especially more than once.

(Talking to you mother)

4- Don’t ask me where I put your whatever until you check the pantry.

5-Don’t pretend 45 has redeeming qualities. Own your shortcomings.

I think that’ll do it for this installment. I feel so much better. How bout you?

Let’s Commiserate!

Share your own in the comments!

Until next time,

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing, on writing and kids

More than me

Welcome to another Vent-sesh poetry for the terminally stressed.

This session, instead of inflicting y’all with self-critical frustration in the form of poetry, I thought I would share an ode to the most important things in my life…

My daughters… my gifts, my treasures. My greatest accomplishment.

More Than Me-

Better than me.

Better than us.

Better than anything we wanted to be.

Harder, faster, stronger, longer.

Every choice,

leads to the next.

Be the change, don’t ever hold back.

Sharper, keener, deeper, dreamer.

Everything you want,

everything you are,

is exactly what I want you to be.

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

All About Meme

Who are we? Behind the words, the stories, the images that grace the pages of this blogosphere

Inquiring minds want to know.

Not really,

but here’s a fun little getting to know you activity all the same.

I’d love if you would add your own in the comments. Just a little extra you, the perfect meme that says “this is me” or pardon, meme.

And now…Everything you never needed to know about Amy of Amy-Westphal.com

Cheers, Amy

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Amy on writing

Capture the Tide

My book, my book. Capture the Tide by Amy Westphal…

The entire purpose of this blog, it’s very existence is for the sake of this book.

But where is it?

It’s been almost a year since I began platforming here on WordPress and I feel that I’m almost back to where I started. Not what I hoped. I’d rather be singing about a book deal.

But that is life. If it were easy, everyone would do it. As they say.

Nearly a year ago I finished writing Capture the Tide. A literary leaning narrative about a young woman surviving and coming of age in a post apocalyptic world.

I had it edited and I shopped it. Then I reworked it and shopped it again. 22 agents. All rejects except one R and R maybe.

And there I stayed. For some time.

Today I am rewriting my book. On Page 20 to be exact. My focus has been to embrace the YA. Remove my author voice and find the characters voice, be more immersive in her experience, in the moment, rather than telling a story about her.

This is proving difficult. My nature is to tell stories and read old books. Old books often focus on the classic third person narrative. We are onlookers. But today!

Today people want in, be in their head. Not first person style where the protagonist is unreliable and limited in their language.

Deep 3rd person allows the author to be both deep and shallow to suit the story. It is weaving of the most difficult fabric. And I am woefully out of my league.

But I am learning, I’m studying. I’m trying.

Kind of drowning here.

But I’m in this thing.

Wish me luck, I love it.

Cheers, Amy

Art, As usual, by me.

Amy on writing

It is the First of April

On this day of pranks I will instead share a list of today’s grievances. Some may even call it a Festivus for the rest of us.

This wonderful idea is from the fabulous and sharp AllaneSinclair.wordpress.com

And now the airing of grievances!

1- plates left next to the sink neither rinsed, washed or without the bare minimum of putting water on it.

2- people asking me to smile, as If I live to serve your fancy.

3- parents who don’t vaccinate because of what they read on Facebook.

4- people who start conversations with “Did you see that thing on Facebook?”

5- Facebook in general

6- Number 45

And now for a life changing video.

Jk. Always wanted to rick roll y’all.

Happy April Fools

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

Writing Deep POV

One of the suggestions I received for my manuscript revision was an interesting one. I had to look into it deeper.

What is deep POV?

Most of us know that POV means point of view. In writing fiction, you usually decide whether you will write in 1st, 2nd or 3rd person. 2nd person being super uncommon.

(In fact. The only example I can think of is the Netflix series You. Anyone??)

I am most comfortable writing in 3rd person. I love classic literature and it feels natural to write in this generally traditional format.

Unfortunately, it ain’t hip.

People have become accustomed to something more intimate, immediate. First person gives you that, but to be more omnipotent, 3rd person is where it’s at.

So what do you do? You go deep. Deep POV.

This is my mission. To change my 3rd person limited narrative into a deep POV story that sucks you into the mind of the protagonist, it’s no longer a story about the hero. You are the hero. The hero with the power to see through both your own eyes in real time, without losing those beautiful narrative moments that only the all knowing can provide.

Seems daunting doesn’t it?

It is, that’s why I’m sitting around drawing blanks and not writing anything. Even the blog is suffering. I haven’t given you guys bad advice in weeks!

Whatever will you do with out it?

Anyway, what are your thoughts on narration? What do you prefer to read in? Or write?

And do you have any tips for me? I’m in the shallows here, I need to jump. Help Me!

Cheers, Amy

Amy on writing

That’s My Jam!

Finding inspiration through music.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

I’ve hit a number of writer blocks in the years since I began writing Capture the Tide. And an interesting thing I noticed, about myself, is it wasn’t so much that I didn’t have an idea. But I couldn’t find the mood. I remember driving in my car and listening to the radio. And this song came on, I liked it so much I bought it for a buck 29 on iTunes! Anyway, why did I like it….. as I listened, an entire scene unfolded in my head, it was everything I needed. I simply needed to feel the feeling, hear it, away from the sterile blue light of a computer screen. The intense rawness of new love, of being young and totally impetuous. It’s so easy to forget those feelings when your day’s full of toddlers or you’re feverishly typing notes into your phone between ballet classes and lunch time.

I should note that if you find yourself having those wondrous feelings, enjoy them, please don’t stop to write them down for fucks sake!

Cheers!

Amy