Who Is Your Biggest Fan?

Where I’m at Wednesday

I made it home. Yay! But. . .Boo! I left my parents, cooler temperatures, and the tranquil forest behind.
The good news is, while I was gone, I managed to finish a few chapters. Now, I would like to print out the manuscript and get it ready for the “clean-up” stage. It isn’t just about editing, but adding more details. I do enjoy this part of the process. It also helps me to get a clearer picture of where I’m at in the story. I consider this part the final stages before completing the book.

 

Writing to impress others

What drives you to write?

 

Is it:

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                   A passion to express your stories,

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                                  Or, do you hunger to impress others?

 

We—writers can gravitate to both reasons. But, if you lean more toward the latter, then you may be setting up for failure.

 

Why? 1) The rewards will be short. Sure, in the beginning, you may gain a lot, but sooner-or-later it will dwindle. 2) People lose interest; you can only hold their attention for so long. 3) And when they wane interest, you will too. 4) It may even force you to write harder, but it won’t have the quality you’re hoping for. 5) Eventually, you will run out of stories or ideas. 6) You will become exhausted, trying to maintain the pretenses.

 

Be passionate about your work, but don’t let it go to your head. People read to imagine new things, to escape their own issues, or to gain a broader knowledge. They don’t attach to you—the writer until you’ve proven you can do these things for them.
Enjoy your work, and don’t let it overwhelm you. I would rather my stories to be a journey for me, as much as it is for the reader. If you rush or push yourself, it can fizzle; most of us don’t work well under a panicked state. Take your time to craft ideas. Relax.
Seeking notoriety shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Gaining an audience should. Be respectful and don’t pressure people.
I wish you the best.

 

Take care, my friends.
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. . . Challenged Your Originality

 

 

True originality

 

 

Recently, I went to see the movie The Guardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome!

 

Although in the movie, there was a part that bore a likeness to the orb in my story. At first, it made my heart sink; however, I concluded our stories were not the same.

 

This has happened to me on several occasions—movies, television shows or books having similar concepts to mine. I am sure it has happened to you too.

 

Some of us hide our stories away, thinking others will assume we copied them.

 

In the past, I critically compared my work to other stories. It caused me to wonder if I could ever be taken seriously. But, friends and family members notated the variations and the originality of my stories, which convinced me to continue.

 

Before you discredit your work take into consideration we all share similar creativeness, but then our stories grow in different directions or have nothing else in common. Don’t let it stop you from writing. Don’t let it discourage you.

 

Your unique originality is yours. Own it!

 

Take care, my friends. 🙂

Negative Advice

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.

Albert Einstein

 

Negative Advice

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. 

 

Creativity

Where I’m at Wednesday May 14, 2014

I am well into chapter 23, and trying to hurry along. I NEED to finish this book by August; that will give me enough time for edits and corrections before sending it off to the publisher.
J.D. Scott & I will launch our books together again this year. I am also happy to announce that Benjamin Phillips will be launching his first novel with us. Welcome Benjamin to “published author” status. Yay!!!
We decided that the launch will take place in October, but the date is still being negotiated–I don’t want to mention specifics until we know for sure.

 

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CREATIVITY

-is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created such as an idea, a joke, an artistic or literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.

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Our creativity flows best from the world around us. Understanding  places or people brings the story closer to life. You can use nature as a prime example. Have you ever stepped outside and your eyes become transfixed on the scenery? In my head, I try describing the panorama using words to illustrate the images. It helps my mind to absorb the magnificence.
Take clouds for example:

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Words like: wispy, breezy, scattered, thin, dotted, stretched. . .

 

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Billowy, amazing, wondrous, dark, puffy, thunderous, mysterious. . .

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Heavenly, happy, beautiful, glorious, peaceful, solemn. . .

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Frightful, ominous, oppressive, dread, catastrophic, looming, terrifying, horrendous, grim. . .

 

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A good friend and author asked me the other day if our creativity can end. I don’t think so. For as long as we dream dreams, and enjoy the splendor around us, our creativity will never cease. Artists, writers , and inventors have profound imaginations. Don’t listen to the negativity in your head to discourage your brilliance to craft ideas or images.
Take care my friends

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Kids write too!

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.

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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.

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Resources:

25 Ways to Get Kids Writing

Creative Writing – Kids on the Net

PBS Kids Writers Contest

 

Choosing a subject to write about

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.

Books

 

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).

 

PICK:

 

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.

 

 

 

Where I’m at Wednesday March 26, 2014

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.
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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.

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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)