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Welcome to my website, where you will find information on my writing and coming books.

I’m a Thriller and Fantasy Author who drinks way too much tea, loves long books, and connecting with fellow writers and readers. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you decide to stick around for a while.  

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Ta!

Brianna 

Wednesday Morning

Hello lovelies!

It’s another music playlist Wednesday. Outside it’s dark and raining so I’m feeling some good old Rock legends. 

Check out the songs below! ^_^

Have a great day and don’t forget to like and comment! 

Ta!
Brianna 

 

Finding Neverland – A Guest Post by Brianna Merrit

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Today I have a fabulous treat for you: I’ve asked the lovely writer Brianna Merrit to guest post on my blog! She has some wonderful inspiration and epic encouragement to share with you all and I am honored to have her do just that on my blog. Go ahead and enjoy! (Warning: Use fairy dust in moderation but don’t be afraid to fly.)

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That…is Neverland.”

~J.M. Barrie

If you’re a writer or anyone loosely associated with the Arts you can probably find that you identify, perhaps even relate, to the character of J.M. Barrie in the 2004 film Finding Neverland. I’ve been involved in the Arts since I was 3 years old when my mom enrolled me in Ballet class. And for as long as I can remember I’ve loved telling stories through dance as well as the written word, so to say that I felt a special connection…

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Tuesday Musing

Good morning lovelies! 

Another week has come and gone and it’s by far time for another blast of Irish blarney on the blog.

“May the road rise up to meet you, 
May the wind be always at your back, 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.”

-Irish Blessing  

 

If you’re looking for more Irish blarney check out my new Tumblr account here. I’ll be posting pictures and poems and other goodies there all themed Irish and Fantasy. 

I also have a guest post on a friend’s blog today. You can read it here. It’s all about Neverland and Peter Pan and his author, J.M. Barrie. Check it out now!

 

The Chase by Natalie Macmaster 

Speeding Cars by Walking on Cars

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Ta!
Brianna

 

Guest Post: How Film Scores Help You Write {Playlists Included!}

 

First of all, a big thank you to Brianna Merritt for having me guest post on her blog! And thank you, readers, for tuning in. Today I’m going to talk about two passions the both of us share: music and writing, and how they both complement one another. So get that cup of tea, find a comfortable seating situation, and let’s dive in!

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If a movie had no soundtrack, there would be no emotional impact. There would be no suspense, joy, or sadness felt by the audience; in fact, we might feel nothing at all except perhaps boredom and that sensation where a leak has been sprung in our interest meter. Though the absence of music in a film can be used as a technique for a different sort of impact, a whole movie without even the tiniest bit of a soundtrack would leave an overall dry, empty feeling; something is missing.

Enter film scores. This genre of music was originally created specifically for storytelling, to give the movie’s audience the right emotions needed to best interpret the film’s story. That’s the sole purpose of film scores, and the more impacting the emotion they conjure, the better the job the film score composer did.

So why not listen to film scores while writing? In your story, there are probably many scenes that express different emotions, depending on what is going on in the plot, transitions, or what the character if feeling, saying, or doing. Just like there are in movies. I’ve found that if I’m listening to a film score while I’m writing a scene, and if both have corresponding emotions, then the overall emotional impact of the scene I’m writing could be enhanced. For example, if I’m listening to Schindler’s List while I’m writing about a character slowly losing a loved one to death, the emotion will be transferred from the song, to my ears, to my fingers, and out in the words I use. The tragic emotions portrayed in my writing, therefore, will most likely be boosted and more powerful.

Now I do understand that not all writers enjoy film scores or wouldn’t consider listening to them while writing. Some don’t even like listening to music while writing at all in the first place. But I do know some writers who, like myself, have found that film scores can help improve their writing emotionally and they can even set the context, style, and tone of their story. Plus, film scores are my favorite genre, and, as a writer, I love exploring how my favorite music can help me write my stories. It’s all very exciting.

So, say you want to write a bittersweet scene. You might want to find not just any sad song, but find a track that has the specific tone, taste, and style that you’re looking for in the scene you’re about to write. Find a song that is bittersweet in the specific way you want and listen to that while you write your scene … listen to it on repeat, if needed, or find other songs have the same emotion and create a playlist to listen to on repeat (assuming your scene is rather long-ish and you don’t type 2,000 words a minute). You might be surprised at the result you end up with.

To demonstrate the storytelling power of a film score, allow me to use one of my favorite examples that portrays thus: Consider the evil, glorious grandeur of Darth Vader as expressed in “The Imperial March” from Star Wars.

Though this song is the villain’s theme song, it happens to be so epic and majestic that even though the villain is “bad,” you end up actually appreciating the villain. Vader’s theme march communicates that he’s cool (because he is, but that’s a different topic for a different post). You see, you can completely manipulate your reader’s feelings for a particular character, no matter how bad or how heroic that character actually is, simply by crafting specific emotions into your description of that character. Why, you could even make your reader think very highly of your darkest villain and they’ll just have to catch themselves later. Now that is the true power of using emotion in a story. (And it’s kind of mean and entertaining at the same time, on the writer’s part; though thankfully it’s not as bad as killing off a beloved character.)

Oh yes, now for those playlists I promised you in the title. They’re YouTube playlists and I don’t use them very often yet (I prefer my iPod or playlists on Spotify) so they’re not completely developed as I’d like, but these are just examples that I hope give you some ideas. (As a note, not all the songs I have on the playlists are film scores; there are several songs by the artists Two Steps from Hell, Piano Guys, and Audiomachine, which work just as well as film scores do.)

I have one each for epic/majestic/triumphant scenes, sad/moving/depressing scenes, and action/tense/suspense scenes. Those are all pretty broad umbrellas to place songs under, but if I want to write listening to a certain mood without paying attention to the details in the emotion, I’ll just let one playlist of that mood keep running. So, as you can see, they’re not perfect. Ideally, I would have twenty plus playlists, each with a very specific emotion that I can find and write to easily. These playlists are just examples.

I know most of you writers who do enjoy listening to music while writing already have playlists or a source for music you personally prefer, and that’s great. In fact, what exactly do you use? What site or artist or genre have you found the most helpful? What are your listening/writing techniques? I’m just one person, so hey, I’d love feedback and suggestions from you guys. In the meantime, please look around and click around on Brianna’s very pretty site. Thanks so much for reading!

 

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S. M. Metzler

I’m a Christian writer of science fiction and fantasy. I’m also a book dragon, who consumes large amounts of tea and black licorice. Also aiming to publish a book and take over a couple planets while I’m at it.

Check out her site here: https://ateawithtumnus.wordpress.com

 

Even Tolkien Needed Lewis

Are you an Introvert? Did you think that writing would be the perfect hobby/career for you so that you could hide away from people? I did. And boy was I mistaken. 

As a writer you have to be around people more than the average human.

Networking and connecting with fellow writers, publishers, and editors is how you turn a hobby into a career. But even if you just want to write on the side you still need the inspiration that comes from social interactions. 

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Fear not, even J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings and many other epic works needed C.S. Lewis.

J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, played cricket with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, and G.K. Chesterton. 

Writers share experiences and interests that others do not, sharing something that few others understand. Lewis once said, “The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'”

No one can truly understand the struggles and agonies of writing as well as another writer. We know all about the frustration of editing our own work as well as the absolute joy that comes from a finally-finished story. And don’t get me started on those nasty reviews that send authors into the fetal position in the corner. 

 

Many authors have come to find that other authors like themselves tend to be, as Anne Shirley would say, “kindred spirits.” Though professional  rivalries may have strained these relationships, the joys of shared interests and companionship won out. 

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C.S. Lewis

Writing can be a very isolating work, but it can’t be if you want to succeed. Writers need people, and people need writers.

But most of all every Tolkien needs a Lewis. 

Comment below about your favorite writing companion! And don’t be shy, we writers are a very needy bunch, we always need a good word of encouragement and pat on the back. 

 

Ta!

Brianna 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Morning

Hello lovelies! 

I am officially on crutches for a month in the hopes of healing a fracture in my foot so I’m in the mood for some “pick me up” tunes. 

Here are my top picks for the playlist today: 
(They’re definitely worth a listen!)

 

 

 

Comment below with some links to your favorite music to listen to…

Ta!

Brianna

 

The Writer’s Life According To Sherlock Holmes

You Write Fiction

Another week, another Monday, another installment in the Writer’s Life According To… series. This time around we’re going with a reader’s request: BBC’s Sherlock Holmes. Shall we begin?


5 Non-cliche descriptions can be tough.

6 It’s important to prepare for each writing session.

7 When your beta readers get back to you.

8 No, we’re not totally insensitive…

10 The writer-protagonist friendship in a nutshell.

giphy (1) When a friend goes on about a story they always wanted to write.

giphy (2) “Oh, you’re an author? You should write about–”

giphy (3) When you lose yourself in an emotional scene.

giphy (4) Fairly self-explanatory.

giphy The obligatory when-you-get-an-idea-in-public reaction.


Thanks to S.M. Metzler for the suggestion! And have a fantastic week, everyone.

Note: all gifs found on giphy.com, header image and characters belong to BBC. 

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