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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tour Stop: The Chick Flick Project Guest Post

This is my second stop for The Chick Flick Project Book Tour, organized by Enchanted Book Promotions. This time, I have a guest post from author Courtney Elliott. There's also a giveaway at the end of this post, so check it out! :)

In My Zone
by Courtney Elliott

When I first sit down to start writing a new story, or even to start working on an old one, there is a certain method I go through. The first thing I need is a glass of warm sweet tea. Then I turn on my iTunes and click on my writing folder filled with all sweet, slow songs. Last, I pull out a journal that I got for Christmas a few years ago.

When it comes to my music selection for my writing time I tend to go for very emotional songs. Any song that has to do with something sad or lovey-dovey goes on the list. My favorites are usually country songs. They tend to tug on my heart strings more than any other and can really put me in the mood for any type of writing.

When I was writing The Chick Flick Project, I went with a lot more upbeat tunes, but still very sweet and sappy. My favorites to listen to during writing it were all songs by a YouTube artist named Chester See. I think he’s fascinating, and his songs always put me in the perfect mood for writing sentimental stories about love and friendship. I owe a lot of credit to him for that. I think he actually has more songs than anyone else in the list, as a matter of fact.

With my music on, I open my journal. This journal is probably my most prized possession. I call it Herbert, and he is filled with everything from my favorite quotes and song lyrics to the idea for every story I’ve ever come up with. I refer to it as a him, and I know it’s strange, but I often write in him as if he can understand me. I ask what he thinks of certain ideas or characters and while he doesn’t ever give any feedback, usually seeing the idea down on paper will help me decided how I feel about it.

He is always extremely close any time I start working. That way if I get a new thought as I’m writing, I can just jot it down in him and it’s there for me to come back to later. I know it’s crazy and I’m sure a lot of people don’t understand it, but it helps me out a lot and I wouldn’t imagine writing without him.

Between Herbet, my music, and the occasional sip of sweet tea I am ready to turn my ideas into a story!

Title: The Chick Flick Project
Author: Courtney Elliott
Genre: Romance, Comedy
The Chick Flick Project
Ally Nichols is fed up with constantly putting herself out there to only be rejected again and again. After her most recent failure, she comes up with a solution. She decides to start modeling her love life after all of the big screen’s most recognizable love stories. Hilarity, heartbreak, mishaps and mayhem ensue. She hopes that maybe one of them actually figured out the secret to true love. The only problem: no one ever told her that sometimes your Hollywood Happy Ending is where you least expect to find it.

About the Author

Courtney Elliott lives in a small town in Texas called Cleburne. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old. She’s an easy person to get along with. She loves making jokes, most of which are self-deprecating. She’s not ashamed of who she is therefore not afraid to be herself. She may be young, but does not believe age should be a factor, her writing should speak for itself.

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  1. If my life was a Hollywood film it would be "Sleepless in Seattle" but would love to be "Dirty Dancing." Thank you for the giveaway.


  2. Mine would be a mixed bag with little of everything (as for a name of a movie, IDK at the moment)

  3. If your love life was a Hollywood film, what would it be? Diary of a Bachelor (of course, before I married my sweetie)


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