Book Excerpt from UNSUNG LYRICS, Chapter 5 – “Notions of a Moment”

By Shawny Lou

Ready to travel deeper into the story of Unsung Lyrics? Green landscape

Collaborating with Mikie DeLong Pyle on this tale of transformation and redemption has been a life-changing challenge for me! I’ve grown in my faith and have discovered an unexpected comfort in what may await us. My hope is that it will offer our readers, those who walk this journey with us, the same inspiration!

Come along as our protagonist, Megan Calloway, discovers how the notion of a moment – in this case, spontaneously deciding to visit a nearby ice-cream vendor, can change everything.

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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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Book Excerpt from UNSUNG LYRICS, Chapter 2 – “Spirits and Angels”

CoverHiResBy Shawny Lou

Mikie DeLong Pyle and I are excited to share this portion of Unsung Lyrics with you. Of course, your (gentle) thoughts and feedback are invited.

Lead-In to the Scene …

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Pondering Heaven

1926789_10152314855965903_899690304_n Ever ponder what awaits us in heaven? I bet most of us do at one time or another.

And what about death? What will that be like? What will you feel when your heart thumps for the last time and the soul separates from its shell?

I often say, “I’m not afraid of death, but dying concerns me.”

The notion of being “dead” is actually kind of exhilarating for me. I believe I’m going to see God and live joyfully in eternity! I’m sure I’ll have some responsibilities in my new celestial home and I’m excited to see what they might be. Whatever they are, I’m sure they won’t include stressing over my health insurance.

But that whole “dying” part. That’s not quite so thrilling. I mean, it’s got to hurt, right? And are we going to know when it’s happening or will it be more like a blink? One second, we’re mortal, the next we’re … something else?

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“Unsung Lyrics” – Travel Update!

By Shawny Lou

We’re happy to announce that we’re continuing to travel deeper into our collaborative story of “Unsung Lyrics”! The road may get bumpy at times, but its all part of the journey!

Did you know that the average novel has between 70 and 95 thousand words? From the look of things, “Unsung Lyrics” may house between 85 to 92 thousand, depending on future plot twists.

As of five minutes before this publication, the story stands at 66,214 words. We’re inching closer to the end!

If you’re familiar with James Patterson, one of my favorite writers, you understand the concept of short chapters that keep the reader hooked! I’m finding myself patterning after this talented man and thus, have already entered the “Unsung Lyrics” world of Chapter 42, A Clear Mind Holds Dark Secrets. While it wasn’t my initial plan to format the book in “Pattersonesque” tradition, it’s working well for the story so I’m just gonna roll with it!

1167229_10203202234804269_66178373_oI have to admit that I’ve struggled with these recent chapters. Not because of writer’s block. No, it’s not that at all. Instead, it’s because of Megan, the tale’s protagonist. She’s making some really dumb decisions and sinking into an emotionally dark world. Honestly, her life weighs me down and writing about it has challenged me in ways I didn’t expect. I’ll be happy when I’m finally able to pen her away from her current environment (hurry up, Chapter 46!), but then again, I already know what’s to come. Hopefully her future challenges won’t stir me up as much as her current ones are!

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Our Collaboration: The Beginnings

by Shawny Lou Miller

It all started on October 9, 2013. Two casual friends got together to discuss a church topic and ended up on a life-changing journey of collaboration.

We both remember the exact moment when serendipity struck. The lighting. The temperature in the room. What was said … and how it was said.

You know those moments in life when everything around you is so vivid. They become a snapshot in your mind that will never fade.

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