Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hi Everyone!


It’s been a hectic week for me, but I managed to write tons of poetry and write chapters for my novel. Though, I hoped to finish, I didn’t. I have to go back to this skeleton I created and flesh out the scenes some more. Hey, I did finish a book by Eric Maisel (which means time was not completely lost). It’s titled, “Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals” (2013).

Maisel talked a lot about finding the confidence and motivation to do what you like. He pointed out many strategies and provided case studies as examples. One thing that stood out was when he said, “Have a life (p. 195).” So to start off this week’s blog post, I want to share what I took out of it. Here goes:

Creating leads to success. The more we put in this process, the more we get out of it. That’s not all. You need to make meaning of your life as well. Take time outs, enjoy some relaxation, build relationships, etc. And when you do create, you would be able to do so (more enjoyably, too).

I’ve been thinking a lot about this. It makes sense to take some time and recharge those batteries. Writing is WORK and like all work, we should take the time to treat ourselves with some other activities that might just draw you back to what you like to do. As for me, I think I’ll take that walk. Who knows, I might come up with a host of ideas for the revamping of the chapters I completed…

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Update


I will be busy trying to finish my new fantasy novel. I’m on the last few chapters and am so excited I’ve reached this step. The ending is always the hardest part for me. It’s when the writer needs to conclude the story based on what has been written by tying up any loose ends and such. This is me trying to write the best story for readers. So, I won’t be able to post next Tuesday.
 
Feel free to reread posts and come back on June 25!
Happy Writing!

Pet News 2: Munch Time!


I went shopping for some dog food the other day and found myself reading the labels on the different brands. There are a lot of new products that have organic or natural ingredients. My sister always says to look at the first five ingredients. Those make up the bulk of the nutrients. If it has too much salt or other stuff you don’t want your dog to eat, then keep looking, but take into account your dog’s needs and likes.

Every dog is different. Sometimes, you might have to phase out a brand if you want your dog to eat another. The best way to do that is to add a little of the new every day and increase it until your dog can eat all of it.

Cats aren’t all that different when it comes to their food. Just make sure they’re getting enough protein (meat). And NEVER EVER force your pet to eat.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Writing Endeavors 4: The World as a Gigantic Writing Prompt


 The World is like a Walking Writing Prompt

People have asked what inspires me to write the kinds of stories I do, and the only response I can give is, “I’m not sure.”

But, then, it gets me to thinking of all the pictures, people I meet, billboards, movie trailers, overheard conversations, writing prompts, books I’ve read, book titles, dreams, etc. etc. I come in contact with, and I have to agree with my previous statement: “I’m not sure.”

All the things I’ve mentioned have to account for some inspiration, right?

There are times when I am definite as to where the idea comes from. Most of the time, I don’t have a clue. The words begin to phase through my fingertips onto the paper or computer screen and I am happy for them.

So, I can safely say my inspiration comes from an unknown source, maybe even the subconscious mind. We carry around all these “files.” They may even get mixed and matched in some way that leads to a story idea.

Maybe the world is one gigantic writing prompt filled with ideas and thoughts. I can almost reach out and grab one the minute I step outside. If I’m not careful, I might end up bombarded with too many and get stunted.

Time is of the essence, though. Better sit down and write some of it before another comes my way…