Jilly: Listening to Song Lyrics

26194894_sDo you pay much attention to song lyrics?

When I’m spinning my wheels and my Girls need a hit of inspiration but I don’t have time to read a book or watch a movie, I treat myself to a blast of music. Pop songs. Ones with brilliant, dazzling, word-candy lyrics. The kind I’d never include on a writing playlist because I’d get distracted trying to deconstruct how the writer created such a vivid mind-picture with just a few deft lines. I put the ipod on shuffle, fire up the coffee-maker, and take a trip into the song-writer’s story world. Ten minutes to half an hour later I’m refreshed and ready to get back to work.

In no particular order, here’s a selection of story-songs that never fail to fire my imagination: Continue reading

Jilly: Putting My Feet Up

Putting My Feet UpDo you know The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars? Then you’ll have a pretty good idea how I’m feeling today. For one whole 24-hour period I am officially going document closed, pen down, not even going to read through a single scene of the manuscript I think of as Not Rent & Cornflakes / Something McKenzie. Because – cue fireworks! – last Friday I finally got to the end of what I believe is my last major re-write.

And as an additional feel-good bonus, over the holiday period I learned that the opening scenes of said story, under its latest title Dealing With McKenzie, made it to the final of two RWA contests – Spacecoast Authors of Romance Launching A Star and West Houston RWA Emily. Double yay!

The job’s not done. I have Continue reading