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Monday, December 17, 2012

Writing, Whether You're Inspired or Not by Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

There are few things better than working on a book when you're inspired. It's almost like a high school crush. You can hardly breathe while you're writing, you think about it all the time, you're a little like a stalker and will do whatever you can to be close to it, and you can't wait until the next time you get to be with it. Remember when your whole day would be better because you passed him in the hall and he said hi? or smiled at you? or maybe just looked at you? The whole day was a success. That's how it is when you're in a good groove with your writing. You get that great scene and the rest of the day is good. Then there were the disappointing days, You were looking forward to seeing your crush and you put on your cutest outfit and you'd figured out how you were going to sit close enough to him during lunch that he'd have to notice you. But then you get to school and discover he's home sick, or he's gone with the basketball team for the day. It kinda stunk and it was hard to keep slogging through the day. Those days happen in writing, too. You're all ready to kill it, but then you can't get in the groove? Maybe you've had a few too many interruptions or distractions. You had to help someone with homework or you had to fix dinner or the bills had to be paid. Those can really kill the euphoria, right? In my experience, those disappointing days are the days that require the most guts. Just as it wasn't fun to go to science if HE wasn't there, it isn't fun to write when the inspiration isn't there. The answer is to gut through it anyway. You couldn't just check out of school (although maybe you tried) and if you want to write, you can't let distractions and lack of inspiration make you check out. You have to gut through it and write anyway. Usually when I do that, it doesn't take too long before I've forgotten about the distractions and the inspiration starts coming. I find when I write, even when I didn't feel like writing, I usually end up with something I can use. And just like the crush, who will probably be back at school the next day, the inspiration will show up again, too. And if you're lucky, it'll smile at you and make your heart race.


For What It's Worth: 
Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?



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