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I Ask Myself A Thousand Times Why I Write

I will continue to ask myself over and over why I write and the list continues to grow.

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  • Communication: Writing is a form of communicating with those not met or seen every day. A friend, a sibling, former co-worker, even someone never met may find a shared experience to be inspirational, helpful or educational.
  • Sharing: Experiences are wonderful to share. By sharing the experience the how, why and what will offer insight to what to possibilities for others.
  • Caring: Everyone needs something. Caring is part of sharing insights of experiences of how to do something, why to do it, and what the reason was for the experience.
  • Business: Writers write, plain and simple. Writing becomes more than a hobby as the experience continues to grow, which leads to greater sharing opportunities that are all part of business as usual.
  • Just because I can: The more experience a writer obtains, the more they need to write. Just because, writing is a form of communication just like talking to someone in person. The letter, diary, story, note, message, chat, or phone calls all are forms of communication to not only other people but also to the self.
  • Something I like to do: Writing is fun and allows detachment from the current world. Life can be shaped to reflect dreams, illusions, or reality.
  • Imagination: A form of dreaming, day dreaming, scurrying the unknown to experience what if possibility. Nightmares can be horrifying, but the disturbing nightmare can be overcome by the power found in imagination. A weapon can magically appear to kill the monster; one only needs to imagine – or think it.
  • Creativity: To think something into existence. What is real? Think and see something appear as one wish. What comes first? Imagination or reality.
  • Development: Can be personal or creative. Change takes place without one knowing, realizing a plan is in action until all is done and over with the final result or outcome.
  • Pondering: Thinking, imagining, wonder, inspiration, and creating a new idea or thought.
  • Growth: Personal, knowledge, financial, character, and wisdom are all desirous for any individual.
  • Aspiration: What one wants, wishes, and desires in their life. The one and only, the bucket list that never empties.
  • Escape: Freedom from the events of the day. An excellent way to release stress and learn to enjoy life once again.
  • Experience: What has been learned from doing something, being somewhere, being with whom, and knowing a common knowledge?
  • Learning: All that is needed to know how to do something, to be someone, to get somewhere in life.
  • Self-discovery: Self-knowledge, knowing who you are, become all that one needs to be, and understanding the self.
  • Self-expression: Communicating who we are and what we want and why we want what we want. Just being a being is all one needs to be.
  • Experiencing life: Life happens regardless whether we want to be on the boat of life. Open up and know what is happening to experience the storms so one can ride the waves of life without capsizing the boat.
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Dear Writer’s Block – ROW80

Dear Writer’s Block,

It’s not you, it’s me. I know we’ve been together for over a year, but it is time for us to part ways. So, I will no longer be sitting with you and talking to you. It is over, and time for us to move on. I’ve stories to write and worlds to build. I want to put characters in desperate situations and see how they get out of them. I want to help them find love, romance, and to finally find happiness.

For the past year, you haven’t made me happy. You’ve only made me procrastinate by playing online games on Facebook. Isn’t that what social media is for?

But it’s over between you and me. I have NaNo coming up next month and I want to finish 50k words in 30 days. I’ve never done it and this year has to be my year to shine.

I don’t want you to be unhappy. Believe me, you will find someone else to spend your time with. I know you will be in touch, but don’t expect me to call.

I don’t love you, and never have loved you. It’s not fair to you to be around someone who doesn’t like you. Feel free to find someone else.

What I’m trying to say, is that, I’m breaking up with you. So sorry to waste your time, but what is time to you anyways. I should have had two books already published this year. Instead, I will be lucky to have completed one.

Goodbye my Blocked Head and may peace follow you wherever you go.

 

Sincerely,

Your latest Writing Victim

 

ROW80:

I’m back! NaNo is right around the corner. I still don’t know what my NaNo story will be about, let alone a title. Will it be Contemporary or Fantasy? Even that I don’t know yet.

That secret wip is coming to a close. I have another 10k words to go before I’ve hit the end of the story. Sometimes it is hard for me to write the ending. I’m never sure if it is enough.

I guess what I need to focus on is whether or not it is a happy ending. If it is a happy ending then, it is the end of the story. No happy ending means the story must go on until I’ve got that happy ending.

Yesterday, I wrote almost 2k words. I consider this pretty good since I’ve been plagued by writer’s block for the past year. It all started half way through NaNo. I don’t want to continue with this writer’s block. My goal for the coming writing season is to write a minimum of 200 words a day. If I can do this, it may keep me writing long enough to get back into the good writing habits I had a few years ago.

So how’s your writing going? Did you pick a NaNo title yet? Do you have NaNo buddies? I would be more than happy to be your buddy.


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Do Da Writing Sprint #amwriting #ROW80

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Puppy Power!

I remember Scrappy Do from Scooby Do. Scrappy was fearless and full of energy. That’s the way our pup Keelaa appears to be. She runs around like a miniature greyhound, doing figure eights around the older dog Julie.

Meanwhile, Julie barks encouragement, sound as though she is saying faster, faster, faster…

I’m not sure what she is in training for. Maybe counter-attacking the family cats who keep trying to terrorize her by pouncing on her from dark corners. I never realized, cats can be so mean when they want to be.

Me, I haven’t actually run sprints since High School. I’m not sure if I could either. The body doesn’t function the way it once did. I have toyed with the idea of taking up running, and think of it long enough to say, “I don’t know. Can I go that quarter mile?”

Then I’d have to take not just one dog, but both dogs, and the older dog would get to the quarter mile and require either a long rest or a car ride back home. I’m not carrying a 100 pound dog back home.

 

ROW80:

Sprints can be applied in different areas, like writing, which is what I did all week, except for Friday night and Saturday night.

My secret work in progress is coming along nicely. I have the first draft at 75% done.

It feels good to be able to write once again, after months and months of writers’ block.

I think I needed a different creative outlet to help me think and plot. So, I thought about else I’d been doing when I wrote Aaron & Keja and Witch Book. I’d been crocheting, or knitting, or one of the many craft projects I like working on.

My son has a requested that I make him an afghan. I was supposed to make this for him last winter, but never finished it in time. Since it is getting cold again, I’ve picked the project backup, and now I’m doing the finishing touches, as in the border.

Since I picked the project backup, I’ve seen an increase in my word count, of nearly 5k words for the week.

My hopes for the week are to at least match the word count for the entire week, and be done with the first draft by the end of the month.

How is your writing going?

Are you struggling? Have you considered changing just one thing you’ve been doing when you’re not writing?

I think being able to channel creativity in another form can help open up the channels that fuel our writing muse.

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Cats of Terror

I don’t know why dogs and cats can’t get along. Our older pup, Julie, was raised with two cats that she got along with very well. They used to play together all the time. One of the cats used to put his whole head in Julie’s mouth and appear to count her teeth with no fear. After seeing how she had gotten along with those two cats, it is hard to admit that dogs and cats don’t always get along.

Granted those two cats that Julie had friended were kittens when she was only 6 months old may have something to do with it.

Our new puppy is having a difficult time being accepted by the cats who’ve been residing in our home for many years before we thought about adding a puppy to the household.

Gracie:


She is the meanest cat out of the two of them. Notice how she is laying on top of the scratch pad. She has no claws and apparently no one knows this except for the humans. The reason she lays on top of the scratch pad is to hide the fact that she can’t use it to sharpen her claws. She even has poor Sam convinced that she has claws and has only chosen not to use them.

 

Sam:


He is the original resident cat. A few months ago, he was much larger. We aren’t sure, but we think he developed an allergy to his canned cat food and treats, because he kept getting sick from them. His illness started about the time the puppy arrived. Is it coincidental? We’re not sure. Since then he has been living only on a diet of dry food. He can’t keep the wet food down. Maybe his body was trying to tell him and Mom something.

He’s lost a lot of weight since then. I think he’s looking good.

Sam has a strong opinion about the puppy. He doesn’t like her. He thinks that one dog in the home is more than enough, and hisses at the puppy all the time.

Today the two cats cornered the puppy behind the coffee table. One cat in front the other behind. Sam held his ground while Gracie pummeled her clawless paws on the puppy’s rump.

Poor Keelaa, she didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t go forward and she couldn’t go backwards. All she could do was lay down and cower until the cat felt she had enough.

I think I will start calling them the Bash Kitties.

Mentoring a Puppy

This is Julie, our 13 ½ year old mix breed. She’s been wishing for a little friend to play with for years. We finally found the perfect playmate for her, but now her joints bother her. We’re not sure how many more years we’ll have left with her. Keelaa, the newest member looks up to Julie as a Big Sister, Nana, and a mentor.

This is Keelaa. She’s also a mixed breed. We’re thinking she is more on the line of a Jack Russell Terrier. She’s full of energy and a bundle of joy. Slowly she’s inheriting the writing mascot job.

The cats aren’t too happy with the new member. They keep trying to intimidate the puppy, even though all she wants to do is play.

MIA – Nope, I’m Still Here!

I know, I’ve been missing in action for several months this summer. In the past, I diligently posted at least once a month. Lately, I’ve been saving my writing well for the work in progress.

So, how’s it been coming?

It’s going great. I went through a period where I was wracking my brain trying to remember what it was that I had done to get Witch Book done in that record amount of time. It seemed all elusive; there was no way I was going to be able to create another story in that short amount of time, or so I thought.

I’ve been struggling with a piece I started a few months ago. I managed to write just three or four chapters and then nothing. I couldn’t think of anything that would spark even myself. The story seemed lame, but others did comment that they were intrigued by the idea the first chapter sparked. But still, I didn’t know how to carry on with the story.

What was so special with the way I wrote, Witch Book?

I plotted that book, and even made character and setting sketches.

So I broke down this past week and dug out a book on writing that I bought way back when I first began working on, Friends of Choice. Back then, I didn’t understand a word that book said. It talked about character sketches and motivations and goals and setting sketches. Then there was the part about consistency and POV.

Four years later, I know what all those terms mean, thanks to my local RWA chapter. They’ve done a great job at teaching me the ropes.

 

The book, From First Draft To Finished Novel: A Writer’s Guide To Cohesive Story Building, by Karen S Wiesner, is loaded with worksheets, both character and setting, along with plotting, goal and motivation.

Above, is the book I’ve revisited. I know the terms in the book now, it all makes sense. In fact, after doing only half of the worksheets recommended for a proper pre-write, I’m getting that super strong urge to start writing that next chapter. Maybe even finish the darn book.

But, I’m going to hold myself back. I’m going to continue with the worksheets and use all of them. Hopefully this effect will have a springboard effect.

Come the end of September, I will let you all know the results of this little writing experiment.

 

Giveaway on Goodreads.com

I can’t forget to let you know about the paperback edition of Along Came Neil that I’m giving away on Goodreads.com. Stop by and check it out and enter to win my first of many to come YA Romances.

 



Adventure Into Self-Publishing

 

Have you been wondering what it’s like to be a self-published author?

I don’t want to scare you, but it is a lot of hard work and the learning process will take you down an immensely long and winding road.

The journey of the Self-published author is a dangerous one. Critique Partners, editors and most of all reviewers will jump out at you along the way. Each one will tell you how you should have done this with your story, or how you shouldn’t have done that with your story. And mind your grammar and spelling. Jesum crow!


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I see spelling mistakes all over Facebook. They are random mistakes that everyone makes. But being a self-published author you are not allowed to make those mistakes anymore. You are now about to embark on the journey of the elite.

This will be a learning process that will change the way you see yourself. At first you will think that everyone hates what you are writing. Maybe, you will even think that they are out to attack you. Some just might be. There are a few trolls out there that like to see what you are made of. Can they push your buttons and make you uptight by saying something mean and nasty about your story along with a single star rating?

When this happens, will you take what they say personally, or will you give them the benefit of the doubt and look over your story again to see if what they say is undoubtedly true or will you get all worked up and not read one more word of what they have written? Saying, they don’t know what they are talking about. Obviously they didn’t read the story. Meanwhile they did. Their review holds subliminal messages about what is wrong with your story.

The writing journey of the self-published author will continue if you have not fallen by the wayside to the dangers that are out there along the way. The dangers of self-doubt brought on by the reviewers who have left those nasty tidbits about your book.

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Well if your book is that awful – then fix it – you hold the power to change what you have written. You are allowed to revise your story as many times as you see fit. Obviously you will never be able to satisfy all the readers, but if you make just a few happy then you are learning to improve.

A few more years or months will go by and soon you will learn how to take the positive from a negative review. These will be your beta readers. They may be a dangerous bunch, but they will help shape your writing journey.

Continue that journey and never, ever stop learning to write one word at a time.


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