Dear Linette…Why you should also write yourself from time to time.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? If you ran into your future self, what would you say?

This fun writing prompt is a great way to reflect on your achievements, future goals, and lessons that can only be learned from life’s interesting experiences. Feel free to share yours below!

Past self.

Dear Linette,

Keep focusing on your goals, even if they seem out of your reach. Never doubt your abilities. Don’t be afraid to take chances or break out of your comfort zone. It will only lead towards growth. Failure is okay, as long as you learn from it and pick yourself up. Do what makes you happy. Learn from as many people as you can and treasure the wisdom from their experiences. Never give up. Don’t stop writing. Ever.

Love,

Linette

Future self.

Dear Linette,

You’ve made it! Where? I’m not sure. I know that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, it involves something you love. I am so happy you never gave up. Look at what you’ve become! Look at WHO you’ve become. Help others get there. Keep learning, there is always something to learn. Make new goals. Always welcome growth.

Love,

Linette

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Patriots Day review (spoiler free)

As a Boston native, this one hits home. A phenomenal cast of actors rightfully paid homage by capturing the bravery and grit of some of the heroes who responded to this act of terror. Now, in this instance, I wouldn’t have even thought twice, but there was a surprising limit to the stereotypical accents that make me cringe whenever movies are filmed here. They do exist and I may even have one but when it sounds unnatural it’s devastating. Cahhh, Paaahk, Wicked Pisssahhhhhh, Don’t forget to use your blinkahhhhh (Guilty on the last one!)

Authenticity – Thankfully, they went for authenticity and I’m glad they did as it was a day that impacted many lives, including mine. From real footage of this year’s marathon to live scenes around the city, it was a great feeling to know they wanted to do it the Boston way. I will say this, be prepared to cry…for the entire movie. They did not hold back or sugar coat but it was important to have every raw emotion captured. You get the real feel of  #BostonStrong by the end of the film. Also, there are a few cameos from people who truly represent Boston which will make you want to clap and yell (I did).

Resilience – What a great representation of kicking ass after you’ve been knocked down! I remember this firsthand. Officers were out in the face of danger. The Governor and the Mayor held numerous conferences relaying as much information as possible to the public. Media coverage didn’t sleep and kept residents informed throughout a rattling and fearful time. I remember one specific reporter who looked exhausted beyond capacity and he was posted near the massive gun fight in Watertown, MA. The hospital staff with their tremendous care worked tirelessly to mend the wounds and reunite families. I worked at MGH at the time and remember President Obama visiting victims. It was truly inspiring to see people respond with unity & love.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for casting someone from Boston!

It was heavy, gut-wrenching, with an underlying message to always keep fighting!

 

 

 

I like bookstores and I cannot lie.

We took a quick trip to Newbury Street to check out Trident Booksellers & Cafe. There is something about holding a physical book that makes me feel complete. This is a common sentiment and with good reason. Reading is an experience. For the longest time, my husband, Chris, would try to convert me to Kindlism. He even went out of his way to buy me one. I am not against Kindle books. In fact, I’ve read quite a few books while commuting. When it comes down to it: All of I need in this life of sin, is me and my book friend.

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Both floors featured a wide selection of contemporary and timeless classics. You can also enjoy reasonably priced food and drinks (coffee, wine, beer) before or after you browse.

I walked out empty handed, haunted by the thought of all of the unread books at home. I want to get through those before I start adding to the collection. For now, I’ll start a wish list. Any suggestions?

Meeting in the ladies room!

Yesterday, I found two quotes posted on the mirror in the restroom of our company building! The messages were positive, inspiring, and posted by someone with a mission to encourage others. I want to thank this person for spreading positivity! The days have been troubling for many people. Violence, Division, Poverty, Sickness. The list goes on. Even the smallest gestures go a long way and may have a greater impact than you expect!

You never know what the person next to you is going through. Spread love, patience, and kindness always!

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Best,

Linette

I’ve got an idea!

To jot down or not to jot down? Lately, I’ve been writing one story after another without much time in between. I’m grateful for this. It’s the only way I’ll get better and in the end we all want to perfect our craft and tell the best story possible. My mind has been racing with outlines and ideas. Now if only these little piggies could catch up! Hey, I’ll take it.

I’ve heard many experienced writers give their take on the best way to store an idea. Some advise you to jot down anything and everything as it can always serve you later. This takes some discipline. You have to learn how to prioritize your writing projects and identify which ideas are worth pursuing. Once you have a bit of experience, I imagine, this becomes far less difficult. You get to know your own style. Also, if you read regularly, you can quickly gauge what’s working and what’s not.

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Other writers, such as Stephen King, advise a more organic process.

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He has said that at times he can let an idea sit in his mind for an upward of nine months! I understand his reasoning behind good ideas sticking around. Sometimes you have a strong idea in your mind that just won’t leave until it’s on paper. I love these kinds of ideas. These are the scenes, the characters, the storylines I picture clearly as I write them. I connect emotionally, I see them, I feel for their struggles and celebrate their victories. This is a connection I hope never ceases to exist!

What are your thoughts on ideas? Is there a process you recommend? Feel free to comment below!

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I need space. Writing space.

My husband recently designated a special writing area in our house as a gift! Major brownie points. I am beyond inspired and now it’s time to craft up some fun decorative ideas to keep things going! I have always wanted an office or a writing space to call my own and here it is! So far, this is what I’ve got!

 

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Quotes from the experts. I am still adding to this. If you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them below!

 

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A brainstorming board where I can create outlines, plots, and useless drawings to get me through a rough writing session.

 

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Picked up a couple of books yesterday! Pair some good reads with popcorn and coffee and you’ve got yourself a welcoming ceremony.

A work in progress but it will grow over time.  The most exciting part is that it’s mine. I don’t have to quiet down or wear headphones. I don’t have to dress like a human. Free snacks. I always get a chair. I don’t have to leave mid-chapter or during an important scene.  I can adjust the thermostat. I can scream vibrant profanities when I accidentally delete content during revisions.

So here I am, playing The Upside Down radio on Pandora, in a room full of quotes, working towards a dream! What are some of your dreams and what keeps them fresh in your mind?

Best,

Linette

 

 

 

 

In another world. No, really.

This weekend, I was lost in a story. I spent some time reading an unreleased fantasy novel. It has been a long time since I’ve read fantasy. I miss it. I am often in awe of writers who can build worlds, creatures, ways of life.  I needed that push of creativity. I’m looking forward to sharing feedback with the author once I finish. I can see why beta readers love what they do! Please comment below if you have any suggestions regarding fantasy novels!

I have completed another round of edits for my short story. The message behind the story is important and meaningful. It truly represents my writing style. It addresses a common illness that affects 5.4 million Americans per year. I cannot wait to share it with all of you (once it’s published). *Fingers crossed!

I am still working on my second story. It desperately needs a subplot for better pacing so I’m thinking that through a bit. I am going to edit what I have and see if it will direct the story.

Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow! Think warm thoughts!

Goals (this week):

  1. Dear goodness, finish the second story.
  2. Finish last round of edits.
  3. Read every day.
  4. Attend book signing Thursday.
  5. Work on writing prompts for month of Dec.

Don’t forget to connect on Facebook!

Linette

 

Ghostwriting. Zero. Words.

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Today was one of those days! One minute I would sit and start to write and the next find myself listening to “Rock the Casbah” while reading about movies inspired by books. Oh, and you can’t leave out the research about how they differ because that’s such an important thing to look up during the time you have set out to edit your story.

Yes, one of those days.

Thank you procrastination, you taught me about Posh Spice’s solo career (yes, I guess she had one) and allowed me to have a 45 minute discussion with my husband about the weirdness behind the creepy Benny Mardones “Into the night” music video.

Sometimes, you just need to take a day and regroup.

Here is an interesting video about procrastination: Tim Urban Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

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