Creating Twins … It’s Harder Than You Think

By Shawny Lou Miller

“Where’ve you been?”  3 Questions 2 (2)

“Did you finish your book?”

“Why’d you stop blogging?”

How can three questions provoke such conflict in my soul?

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Pushing the Brakes to Excelerate the Story!

By Shawny Lou Miller

Hello Friends,

Curious about where we’ve been lately? Life has been a bit of a whirlwind these days and has prevented me from writing.

CoverHiResBut, never fear!

Unsung Lyrics will be written (I’m about 8/10 through it), our beautiful book cover is nearly complete, and we remain confident in God’s divine hand on the story.

That said, Mikie DeLong Pyle and I have concluded that it’s time to push the brakes on our blogging, but only TEMPORARILY!

The intention is to allow me to clear my mind, refocus my heart and soul on Unsung Lyrics, and to finally get the finished manuscript to Mikie so she can adapt it into a God-inspired screenplay.TITLE PAGE cu

Basically, we’re pushing the brakes in one area so we can press the gas pedal in another!

With everything else that’s encircled my life recently, our precious story has been unintentionally starved. It’s time to add some fuel to our creative focus, Unsung Lyrics, get the motor running again!

Mikie and I know that we’ve been blessed by this calling and want to honor God through our attentiveness and care of what He’s commissioned us to complete.

CoverHiRes (2)Soon, the final words will be penned and a beautiful cover, which is nearly complete, will be ready to cradle the journey of Megan Calloway’s life, death, and afterlife.

We hope you’ll stick around. Wait for us. Wait on the story!

In the near future, we will return to 2 Pen a Picture with new excerpts and a fictional tale of redemption which we pray will touch your lives.

Until then, be blessed and know that we’re thinking of you as we continue to dance through the rain, sing through the pain, and discover our story’s unsung lyrics!

Unsung Lyrics – The Sweet Serenade of a Story

By Shawny Lou Miller

piano guys photoStar Wars has it. So does Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Twilight, and so many more great films.

A musical score that awakens our senses!

It’s no surprise that the music accompanying a movie plays a vital role in the overall experience that an audience takes away from the story.

Creating a novel can require the same melodic inspiration. Some of my favorite scenes in Unsung Lyrics were born when a song or composition tickled my ears.

It was late in 2013 when I’d arrived at Megan Calloway’s death scene. I was stumped. I knew that I wanted to take the audience on a journey they’d never experienced, but how?

How does a writer, who has yet to die, describe the feeling of being transported to the next life?

Is it possible for one, with such limited words, to carry a reader toward an encounter with a never-before-seen angel of death?

Doesn’t my audience deserve to soak in the same emotion that Megan does, as she travels away from her earthly life, up – up – up into the galaxies?

Writing the death scene for Megan, a talented cellist, would require some creative stimulation!

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ADAPTING TO THE ADAPTATION

From Prologue to Page One

by Mikie DeLong Pyle

I’m adaptable, right? So I should be adept at adapting to an adaptation, right? TITLE PAGE cu

Adapting writer Shawny Lou Miller’s novel, Unsung Lyrics, into a screenplay, that is.

When Shawny Lou and I talked about me writing a Blog post and including the first page of the screenplay to show the transformation of the book’s Prologue into page one of the film, I was excited to begin writing. I mean, it’s only one page, right? Piece of cake, easy-peezey-breezey, no prob.

In Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat book on screenwriting, he says:

“The very first impression of what a movie is – its tone, its mood, the type and scope of the film – are all found in the opening image.”

(No pressure, Blake, thanks.)

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