Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Power of Music

Music is amazing. I would die without it.

When I listen to music such as film scores, orchestra, solo piano, or awesome composers such as Lindsey Stirling and Two Steps From Hell, my creative juices for my novels gets flowing.

Of course, music is not my only source for gaining ideas and formulating plots, but it is a major part. The melodies and the powerful stories that each chord sings connect with the trials my characters are sent through. Unintentionally, I create a soundtrack for the novels that I write.

What's so great about this music is that there are no lyrics to distract me. I can clearly think through the current situation my characters are in and guide them to the light at the end of the tunnel. Plus, listening to this exciting music gets me pumped to write certain scenes (and to go faster on my daily runs).

Music is a powerful motivator in many things. It can make people cry, laugh, or even angry. For me, music invites me to write, to discover what will happen next and how to fix it.

A suggestion for you: If you are in need of help on a battle scene, listen to some Two Steps From Hell. I can guarantee that their orchestra based songs will plant the seed and nourish it to the perfect idea you've been waiting for. For my books, there are certainty some of their songs contained in my fighting sections.

I know this is a short post, but it's all I've got time for today! I'll do my best to keep up better.

Until next time.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

All the Difference By A.J. Baczek: A Book Review

Once again, sorry for the time delay on posts.

I'm working on that.

Recently, I completed the novel, All the Difference and oh, how I loved it!

Now, here's my review:

The message of All the Difference is quite profound. It taught me the valuable lesson of the power of a second chance. A.J. Baczek shaped her characters in a way that demonstrates the concerns and self-worries that nearly every human being has or will be troubled with. Her characters are sent through very real world situations that drive them to consider exactly what kind of person they need to be and if they should grant another chance to those around them. Baczek writes about the courage a high school student must have to overcome the pure pressure that bombards a teenager’s life. She accentuates the fear and the pain that accompanies bullying and struggling self-worth, but she also exemplifies the power and courage that comes from being yourself and standing up for what is right.

In her older characters, Baczeck shows that no matter how hard the situation gets, if one is willing, and genuinely loves the other, then a trial a couple is in can be overcome and ended happily. It won’t be easy—no, it never is—but if the mind is set and open to understanding, then the desired outcome can happen if it is fought for.

I feel that every young adult who is struggling in high school should read this incredible message of courage and self-worth. Baczek’s writing construction of All the Difference was beautiful, enabling me to connect with the characters and experience their trials with them. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I appreciate its message.

A.J. Baczek is a phenomenal writer, and I am excited for her next book.