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We all need therapy!

I love writing prompts!  Writing is therapeutic, especially in busy, stressful times. You know  Christmas is like what eighteen days away?  Who’s really ready?  There are amazing people out there that are wrapped and ready.  This year has been a blur already to me, now I have all these responsibilities that I need to complete in the next eighteen days and not harm anyone, I jest.

Here is what I like to do when I get stressed.  I like to write. I know not everyone likes to write but I think that is because they don’t know what to write about.  It can be a silly prose, a deep thought, a prayer,  or a story from your childhood anything I promise putting it to paper will make you feel awesome.

In the spirit of the upcoming Christmas cheer,  I will give you a few prompts.   I would LOVE to see what you came up with.  Just give it a shot!  Here ya go!

Prompt #1 – Mrs. Clause is out of butter and those cookies are not going to cook themselves so she sends…….

Prompt #2 – O Holy Night, you are a sheep looking in on the babe, something is different tonight it feels special…..

Prompt #3 – There are people chanting outside the store, what is the chant and what happens when you unlock the door to let them in?

Prompt #4 – The sugarplum fairy has officially called it quits, no more sugar or gluten for this girl.  The kiddies are waiting what does she bring them

Prompt #5 – He sits on the corner of Bell and 7th Ave. You stop to hand him a warm cup of coffee and a bag of fast food.  He looks at you his eyes a deep espresso and you see there is a story.  Tell that story.

Pick one or make one up and share it!

Next up:  What is Narrative Summary anyway?

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Some Favorite Resources

 

Plot Whisperer ImageI have found that using a book called “The Plot Whisperer” a tremendous aid in the steps I needed to take to move forward in my novel.  I have never really been a person to write using “plans”.  I am a pantser for the most part. I sit down and find that the words create images on the page and I don’t always know where it will end up.  No doubt that is good for somethings, but when you are trying to write a novel it can lead to many re-writes of scenes as you often find that you need to change something you previously had down to make other scenes work.  This can lead to, at least for me, thinking I need to completely start over and allow myself to give up on the current project.  I have several stalled novels to show this frustration.  It has been interesting for me to work my way through this book and the accompanying workbook and see that I actually really like the idea of plotting.  It is fluid enough to allow my creative mind to line up with my logical voice.  I am able to move scenes and thoughts around on the plot line and make tweaks before I spend hours reading and getting discouraged with re-writes that lead to me giving up.

The next thing I have done is joined the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild.  It is not open to the public year round but here is the link to keep an eye on it, so if as a writer you need real support and encouragement sign up, it is worth the $37/month or if you can swing it an annual payment of $370 a year (saves you a few months of fees.)

Another very helpful site I found is Scribophile, it has free and paid membership.  The paid membership seems to benefit a writer that is serious about his or her career.  The casual writer can easily get by with the free membership.  I will say this, I love to read and critique (probably would have been a great editor) people’s work and give honest and detailed feedback.  I think this site affords me this fantastic opportunity.  I think we learn a lot about writing by reading other’s work.  I know I do!

Another great site for the writers out there that I stumbled upon during a webinar.  Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus this site is great for a writer, student anyone looking for just the right word.  Again, they have a paid and unpaid membership.  I got the paid membership because it was inexpensive but the site is one of my favorites while I am writing.

Another great find I am going to share about a set of reference books I find absolutely priceless in the usefulness.  The first one I purchased was “The Emotion Thesaurus” there is an entire series of books from this author/group. The Emotion Thesaurus cover

 

  • The Positive Trait Thesaurus
  • The Negative Trait Thesaurus
  • Urban Settings
  • Rural Settings
  • Emotional Wounds

All of these books will strengthen your writing especially when it comes to the magic that is “Show don’t Tell” mantra.

Finally, Writer’s Digest is filled with thousands of resources and books from individuals at the top of the field.  I have found that while I find Writer’s Digest to be a necessary evil, sometimes I am overwhelmed by the business of writing and that site discourages me greatly.  So much talk about agents, queries and the like just make me feel like it is impossible for someone like me to get a book published.  I don’t think that is what they are going for, but I find the magazine and the site to be just that.

I love what I read in the magazine and often am shocked at just how little I know.  I think for now I will just write my stories and worry about the business end of writing when the time comes.  I will add, my experience with customer service has been lacking.  It has been almost a year and they have yet to resolve missing issues, issue.

That’s all for today.

 

 

 

 

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Time has come…

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To get things DONE!  I am a writer! Why do I keep sabotaging myself?  It is crazy.  I love to write and I doubt myself, say I am not good enough start a book then get almost to the end and stop.  Time has come therefore, I have taken action.  It is time for me to take the bull by the horns and stop being so scared!  It is time for this book to get written.

This life of mine is not going to get itself all in order so I am going to make the changes.  I started by losing 27 pounds (so far) and am hitting the gym as well as getting my reading on track, I did something outside of my comfort zone, I joined (and paid) for a membership of Jerry Jenkins writers guild.

While my life is filled, my calendar is out of control but I have decided to create a plan of action.  I am back at this blog (probably going to pay for it too!) to hold myself accountable.  I am working hard to become a professional writer… so join me on my adventure, I hope you will enjoy some of my writing.

Excited for the upcoming year and hopefully the completion of my novel.  Maybe all three of them that I have started.  NO MORE EXCUSES.

The Craft of Writing, Thoughts on Writing

The Art of Discipline

clockDecember 1, 2016 I made a choice. To be fair, I decided earlier that week that it was time for me to take my writing to the next level. I vowed to attempt to wake early and get to my computer a wee bit before the family rose and try to get a few words that were rattling around in my brain and fold them into a story I had been toying with off and on for some time.

The spark was magnificent. As the words were exploding from my fingertips I realized, in those moments, I wrote without guilt. It was my time. My house was silent, the only creature stirring was myself and my faithful, yet annoying Dachshund, Dash. She was snoozing louder than I like to admit for her sake while snuggled behind me acting as a heating pad on the chilly Arizona morning. Yes, you may laugh it was about forty-five degrees.

As I sat weaving my tale and when the rustling began another room and the house began to wake,  I knew soon I would be on the world’s clock. I scurried to pump out a few more words, and finally I was torn away from the images in my head and left longing for more. The remainder of that first of December two thousand and sixteen I though back to my morning rise and I could not shake the story. It was there, it begged me to return to it. That is when I decided to do it again, wake early I mean.

Thus day two of my discipline,  I struggled to rouse myself at what I believed to be an ungodly hour of 7:30 am. Before you tisk or shake your head at my idea of ungodly hour, you must understand I am one that is up until the wee hours toiling away at my work.  I often am scratching my head when the sensible people are all yawning and longing for the siren song of their pillows.  For me, waking early to do this thing, this writing was a true struggle.

However, once I sat and the blinking curse was moving rapidly across my screen, it was exhilarating. I forgot about the hour.  I felt alive in those moments that slipped too quickly by and myself again,  another day I said to myself I will try again tomorrow. I woke a third day, albeit not without a good fight from my covers to keep their hold on me. It was not long after this third day that found myself awakening  without the aid of any of the several alarms I had set.

I discovered over those days of December, a month that shows no mercy, that my words words became stronger, the story clearer, and my heart happier for it.  One may say, that because I have gained so much joy from it that it is simply a discovery, not truly a discipline, but let me assure you, it is indeed a discipline.

I set a course that day, an undertaking of some magnitude.  I was not just writing a story but rewriting my own. I fight the same demons as you. Those fears that creep in as we undertake something new. In this new discipline, I took on all the frightening things of my mind, those things horror stories are made of and began to open myself up to them.  Fears so deeply rooted that I am still not sure how to battle them.  It is my discipline that will see me through.

Each day I use this discipline to  chip away at the fear of failure, self doubt and worse yet of disappointment. Inside my choice to wake and make something of my longing to put pen to page by means of the art of discipline I achieve in creating a mind of can do’s verses the devils of can nots.  A novel, a picture book, poem or any form I can put out my truth, enables me to hone my skill and take on the ugly giant that is lurking about the recesses of my mind seeking to hold me down again and steal away this hope, this thing of joy, my dream.

I will succeed dear giant of doom, because each day I practice the art of  discipline and you shall shrink eventually  you shall be cast into the void that is prepared for you by the art of discipline.

Ia m stronger. I am a writer. I finally have the piece to my missing puzzle, and no more will I be held down. I will write. It is after all, my art.

 

The Craft of Writing

NaNoMoExDec = National No More Excuses December

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) occurs in November every year. If you are not familiar  with this event,  it is a time of year that accomplished and  aspiring novelist have a mental break and attempt to write a novel in 30 days. Yes, you heard me a novel in 30 days. I totally ignored NaNoWritMo this year, like straight up ignored it.  On December 1, 2016  I decided I was tried of excuses. I claim that I am a writer, but have I taken the steps to actually be that person?

I love working with my husband and I love being a mom, but in my heart deep down where no one has access but me I know there is a writer.  I have scribbled in journals and played with prose my entire life. I have volumes of hidden thought and stories. I even write my prayers.

After 2016 NoNaWriMo month passed away  gently and mercifully into the night, I was working on my planner, (yes I am a planner person and I use stickers and washi tape to make it beautiful), and thinking how it is almost time to write out those New Year’s resolutions.  Something came over me, I felt the cold fingers of fear wrapping around my hope for a successful new year, what if I fail again? Another year, the paper still blank my stories still hidden deep inside.  I felt tears pushing up and my eyes stung, I realized if I am ever going to accomplish my desire to be a published writer, I must conquer my fear.

It is stifling, it is paralyzing, it holds me down, it causes my chest to tighten and sends me seeking frantically other ways to fill the void . It is the fear of rejection and possibility of truly being a failure that resonates so loudly that I have spent years refusing to comply with my God-given urge to write. I am not one that most people would peg as fearful or even more so, a failure.  Truth, I am when it comes to sharing my words all these things. I am horrified at the thought of not being good enough. To fulfill that one longing in my heart that would expose me and allow others to see I am not as tough as I pretend.  I simply don’t talk about it. I am surprised that I am sharing it now. It’s hard to be honest with yourself to lay bare the possibilities of your own failure.

I guess what I am trying to share is all people have fear.  It is how you deal with it that matters.  I have decided that I am going to face it, and trust that God gave me a gift and to not use it is actually failure.

In an effort to begin the process of overcoming my fear, I made a tracker for my writing, and put it in my planner.  I set a writing goal of 1500 words a day, takin

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This tracker is available for download for members of Write.Now.  My facebook group for writers.

g Sundays off of course. I decided to wake up at 7:30am and conquer my writing time first thing, and not allow myself any excuses. (NaNoMoExDec = No More Excuses December). Additionally, I created a private group on Facebook (Write.Now.) Send me  request and you can be added, to encourage and hold other writers accountable.  I made this declaration on the 1st of the month, right smack dab before all the craziness of the holidays.GUESS WHAT!

I am happy to report that just a few days before the hustle and bustle comes to a conclusion, I have met and surpassed my goals. I have over 45,000 words in my first draft and of those 45,000 words I have written 31,260 have met the page since December 1.  In addition to the my Sunday off policy, I have had to take 2 days of travel time which left me doing editing for an hour and one day I simply had to take off because of prior commitments.  That adds up to 16 days of writing to put 31,260 word on the page.

I am sharing this in hopes that it can inspire some other passion, to let you know you can do it. It is a choice to allow your fear to keep you from blooming into the beautiful, amazing, fantastic, purposeful human being you were created  to become.

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Me and Mojo – Have a Chat

I wrote this for a class and just rediscovered it while I was cleaning up some old files.  Thought I would share it. It made me chuckle as the assignment was to write a dialogue, any dialogue.  So here it is!


Me and Mojo- Have a Chat

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“Hey mojo, why after all the things we have been through, why would you just walk out on me?” Wringing my hands I hold my breath silently praying that mojo will return to me.

“I needed a break.  You just don’t understand. When we get together I feel like we are going 100 miles per hour and I am just exhausted.”

“I understand, but together we get so much done.  Mojo, how will I get those assignments written if you are taking a coffee break?”

“I need coffee, you really push me hard.”

“PUSH YOU?!?  It’s your own fault.  When you are in full gear, I can’t keep up with you.”  I pause for dramatic effect.  “Do you understand that when we are in sync that we do great things.  I really need you to come back so I can get this assignment done.”

“Let’s compromise, I will stop by just long enough for you to like the start of the assignment then I will take my bre—“

“—Oh no you don’t,” taking a deep breath and exhaling slowly and quite audibly, “not again! Please.  When you do that – OH the trees I waste!  So many rewrites. You need to be here for this.  I need you to finish this assignment!”

“I just want to chill, and the assignment means I have to be all creative.”

“Well you know once you get started you will have fun.  You know that you just need a spark. Remember our last assignment?  Remember how good it felt when we started creating that plot line?”

“Oh yeah I remember it was pretty awesome!”

“So come on Mojo, you wanna  give it a shot? Come on back and we can start with a mind map.”

“NO! Free write—if I come back—I wanna do a free write!”

“Free write it is!  I am so excited you’re here!”

“Yeah me too so, grab a pencil and paper. OH get the highlighters too!”

“I already have them—so what should write about?”

“I think we should work on our book. Maybe do some dialogue work?”

“Great idea!  Thanks mojo for coming back.  I missed you!”

“I missed you too!”


 

 

If you enjoyed this please leave a comment below.  I would love your feedback!

 

 

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Janet Evanovich = HOOKED

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Talk about a writer that used POV and characters in an elegant way.  I started reading this series on the recommendation of my beloved husband.  He started listening to them last year on audio and I would often hear him chuckling are outright laughing.  He got me to watch the movie of One for the Money with Kathrine Heigel and I thought, sure I will read the books this was a cute story.  I read One for the Money quickly dived into Two for the Dough which was just as good as the first. I am in the que for the third book and am very excited to read it.

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I have been reading many books on the craft of writing alongside these books and one of the things I noticed is the POV and character depth in this series of books is awesome.I love the voice of Stephanie Plum.  She is a no nonsense gal that is willing to admit her faults.

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She does however always seem to  persevere, even if it is with help, over adversaries.  I love that the characters in her books all have depth.  I feel like I understand Stephanie.  She has a past with the cop in the first book and it causes struggles for her that so far has continued through the books. This relationship adds a rich component to the stories. Morelli is both a friend and to quote Stephanie “pain in the ass”. Her relationships are not just deep with one character but all the characters in the books. I enjoy seeing and experiencing the relationships the other characters have with Stephanie.  I especially love that she and Rex are so close and her reaction when he is in peril in book two.  It was memorable.

One of my favorite things about how Ms Evanovich writes these novels is that she takes the first person POV.  I personally have been unable to perfect this POV and I study her work, because it is perfected here.  I truly enjoy this POV because I feel like the person telling the story is vested.  I feel like the story is much richer by using this POV.

 

Finally, these books envelop the people that read them. You truly feel like you are in the middle of Trenton with Stephanie, Lulu, Ranger, Morelli, Grandma Mauzer, Mom, Dad, Uncle Vinne, Connie and of course Rex.  I enjoy returning to her world and disappearing from mine.

I not only feel comfortable recommending these books but encourage you to take the time to read them.  Truly enjoyment reading.

If you are a writer, take note of how well Evanovich pushes the reader through the chapters, leaving the questions at the end of each chapter thrusting the reader forward into the book.  She is truly a master at this and is worth studying.

Enjoy!

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