Month: June 2014
Where I’m at Wednesday June 18, 2014
I am still moving ahead, and hoping to accomplish many great feats this week. It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty of the story. I want to be finished soon, so I will have enough time to reread, rewrite, and go over it a million times before sending it to the editor. When going back over the manuscript, I add more details or take away nonsensical issues. The work is grueling but very worth it in the end.
Hopefully next week, I will have some news.
Take care my friends.
I have a confession—if you read my bio, then you know that I was terribly bullied in grade school. Their cruelty got so bad, I shutdown and failed the seventh grade. The shame and humility became overwhelming, but for some reason, I endured. Negative words can affect us in ‘who we will become’. But should you listen to them?
Rudyard Kipling –fired from his job at the San Francisco Examiner in 1889 stating: “I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you don’t know how to use the English language.”
Marilyn Monroe –was told by a modeling agency that she should consider becoming secretary.
Elvis Presley –In 1954, the manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired him after one performance and said: “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
Walt Disney –was fired for “the lack of imagination”.
Oprah Winfrey –fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for T.V.”
Fred Astaire –In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”
Thomas Edison –a teacher said he was “too stupid to learn anything”.
Albert Einstein –told at school “you will never amount to anything”.
What drove these people not to listen to the discouraging words?
Could you imagine a world where Walt Disney listened to the negativity?
Or Oprah thought she was unfit for television?
What if Albert Einstein felt that he wouldn’t amount to anything?
Some of us are still fighting ghosts of dragons long ago; haunting to remind us of our inadequacies. This post isn’t directed just toward the writers, but whatever you do in life. I, too, have heard the exact same words, “you will never amount to anything”. I know in my heart that I would do anything to prove them wrong. Keep fighting the fight, and remember those words don’t define who YOU are.
Where I’m at Wednesday June 11, 2014
I have been so busy this week! You wouldn’t believe half the stuff that I’ve researched. Poland is an amazing country–rich with culture, architecture, and history. I am in love.
I am also glad to report that the end to The Omphalos of Delphi is within my grasp. I still have a ways to go, but most of the main issues have been resolved. I’ll admit that alternating between the three separate stories got too cumbersome. Now, I’m focusing on each one individually without interference. After they are finished, I will then interweave them together. This process has helped immensely.
Currently, I am writing chapters 24, 25, and 27, but things are moving faster even with the amount of research I did.
Big words may sound nice, but don’t get so carried away that you lose people’s interest. Years ago, I knew someone who felt big words would reflect on their education. To them, being known as an intellectual was more important than getting a point across. I try to lean in the opposite direction.
Educating the reader gently is more effective than to make them stop reading just to focus on a specific word. Your story should have a sound backbone, and not waste the reader’s time with arrogant fluff.
Where I’m at Wednesday June 4, 2014
I am still plugging away simultaneously on chapters 23, 24, and 25 . Now that it’s June, panic has become a reality. A flame under my britches might get things moving faster! But, I must keep calm and stay focused.
Will people be upset with me if I don’t finish on time? J.K. Rowling took two years in between each novel. LOL! No worries. . . I’ll finish. 🙂
You’re not good enough.
The story sucks.
No one will ever read it.
You might as well give up.
You’re not qualified.
For years, I have heard these whispers in my ears and many many more.
Self-doubt can be the killer of ideas, the defeater of goals, and vanquisher of dreams. We all suffer from it. If you Google: “Famous people suffering with self-doubt”, you’d be amazed how many actors, writers, artist, and politicians suffer with it on a day-to-day basis.
After extensive research on the subject from tipsters to psychologists, self-doubt is a REAL issue that needs to be identified and stamped out.
As human beings we naturally lean toward the negative; somehow it makes sense to us. Let’s face it, the world can be a negative place—just turn on the news and watch it for ten minutes. Our minds tend to remember the bad stuff verses the good. Why? I don’t know. We just do.
In dealing with self-doubt you need to take control before it controls you.
First off, identify your doubt or insecurities. For every negative message you hear, try countering it with something positive. Recently, I read an article about a young actor who wrote inspiring messages to himself on sticky-notes. Then he plastered them to a wall. Anytime he’d feel insecure or doubt, he would read each sticky-note.
My own vortex of self-doubt whirled me into believing my story was no good. I am glad to say that it never stopped me from writing; in fact it compelled me to finish each book. I was ashamed of my first novel, thinking it was horrible. That’s why it went from printer to box, and never moved. Last year, I dug it out and read the entire 100,000-word novel in one night. I thought, “Hey, it’s not that bad.”
If you struggle with self-doubt, you are not alone. But please don’t surrender to it and give up. Your decisions now can compel you further, or cause a lifetime of regret
Take care my friends