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 April 23, 2014
This week, I intend to finish chapter 21. Recently I went back, and reread what I wrote. But before I did that, I thought to myself: “There’s no way this will make sense.”, “The story can’t be exciting.”. Then after reexamining my manuscript, I couldn’t believe it wasn’t as bad as I feared. Everyday I fight doubt and insecurities. I get so engrossed in each chapter that I lose sight of the whole picture. Usually I have a well thought-out idea where I want my characters to go, but when I sit down to write, the story takes on its own personality. I forget the monster I’ve created. Going back reassured me that I’m still on-track and sane.
Kids write too!
Kids have profound imaginations and can create amazing stories.
Some children express themselves through whatever means their talent compels them to. No one is too young to write stories, poetry or books. In the fourth grade, I wrote a little storybook. A few years later, my abilities developed into short stories, then into writing novels.
J.R.R Tolkien, in his early teens, created his own language, which he later applied to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. It would be known as the Elfin Language.
At the age of 15, Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon. It was published in 2002, topping charts and winning numerous awards.
Kids amaze me with their wondrous, and [sometimes] humorous creativity. As a parent, I encouraged my kids’ inventiveness.
Writing may be the only means of expression for certain children.
If you are a parent— acknowledge an individual’s talents and nurture them; they could be the next bestselling authors.
If you are a child writer- KEEP GOING! I applaud your courage.
25 Ways to Get Kids Writing
Creative Writing – Kids on the Net
PBS Kids Writers Contest
Where I’m at Wednesday April 2, 2014
Over the last two weeks, I traveled from Phoenix to Albuquerque. Even though I enjoyed visiting with family and seeing different areas away from my normal circumference, I’m glad to be home. Now, I must focus on finishing The Omphalos of Delphi.
Currently, I am almost done with chapter 21. I like the turns of events, but I’m anxious for the story to progress near the climax. The action gets my blood flowing! Still, there is a lot to accomplish and conflict to write. The Omphalos has three seperate, building stories; however, they won’t come together until the third book.
Some days, I absolutely love writing, but then again on other days, it makes me feel like I’m at a job.
Choosing a subject to write about.
I am not the kind of writer who sticks to the same subject matter. As it appears, I randomly conceive ideas that I have no formal education on the topic. Then I exhaust myself with countless days of research. But, the cool thing is—I learn alongside the reader(s).
1. Subject matter you’re knowledgeable on
. . .or at least you have some idea about it (unlike me…geesh!).
2. Themes you’re passionate about
3. Issues and characters your audience will love
Happy writing! 🙂
Take care my friends.
Traveling can be so exhilarating to brighten the senses. Across country, hopping on a bus, or walking to the nearest park, whatever method you can use to see NEW things.
Where I’m at
In my travels, I confirmed an idea that has been rolling around in my head for some time. Sandstone is sedimentary rock and an amazing spectacle.
These were some pictures I took recently.
In chapter 20 sandstone plays an important part. I try to describe the details the best I can; however, it’s a lot like pictures–they never do reality justice.
(pictures: Arizona, and El Malpais National Monument New Mexico)