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Grate post about writer’s advice

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Advice doesn’t always fit, we are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I found this post from a writer through one of my Linkedin writers groups I joined. Lots of writers add there blog post (it is actually a discussion and you need to go to the blog to read it all), however I don’t always get the chance to read ones I find interesting from the title, but I had to read this one. I’m glad I did, because she is right, not all famous writer’s advice fits every writer. I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did! Let me know do you agree or disagree? Did some of these methods work for you, or did you find a different way of doing it? I always love hearing from you.

Happy writing all 🙂

http://www.livewritethrive.com/2013/07/29/words-of-advice-from-famous-authors-that-are-just-wrong/?goback=.gde_3163388_member_261592633

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I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my writing

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I can’t possibly tell you why, but I seem to have a bad habit of making things harder for my self. Hence I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my writing. For example I have read more times then I can count in writing post and blogs and articles on writing, one of the worst mistakes a writer can make is to go back and reread what they have written before they finish their first draft. I can’t seem to stop my self, I can’t just sit and write and write until its all done. So I have realized I have caused my self to get stuck and start over on my novels again and agin. However what can I do about it, other than do my best not to go back and read. I feel like I have to go back and make sure I am on track and I haven’t made some huge mistake. Is there any other writers that have had this problem? I could use some ideas, I am so tiered of getting stuck. I even scraped all but my prologue for Helix and started over, completely changed some important parts Of Celestria so that now the story is completely different then when I started. I know this must be common, I can’t possibly be the only one who has had these problems when working on their first few WIPs. I don’t want to sound like I am complaining, I just know a more experienced writer may know how to get past this type of block.

Happy writing to all 🙂

Stuck In My Head rewrite

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This is a rewrite of a poem I did about writers block. If you want to see the first version check through my archives. I am very happy with this rewrite, it says more then it did before. Not only about my writers block, but blending the pain and joys of my life into my writing. Hope you all enjoy. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

Stuck In My Head

Stuck in my head, what a sad place to be.

Words run round yet they elude me.

Images flash by, some real some only mine.

Sweet and colorful, terrifying and dark.

A mix of emotion blending to paint a picture of my being.

The mind of a tormented soul, both light and dark.

I stomp, I scream, I let it all out, no one hears me alone in the dark.

Dust rolls up, desert all about, no oasis to satisfy my thirst.

I wish for peace but my mind scrambles about.

Thoughts of dark times, past but still here tainting the joys of my life.

Am I to stay for all time, to run round desperate to fly.

If only you’d come lift me to the sky I could catch those thoughts that fly by.

I sit and I wait, wish for only you, hands full of desperate tears as they pool.

Mind full of hurt and love, joy and pain, yet my hands sit idly by with nothing to say.

How long shall I roam this desolate plain my mind calls home, unable to return.

Where have you gone, I beg wont you come save me from this depressing fate.

Still I sit and wait for your return, knight in shining armor won’t you come, return me to a life outside this dark and hurt filled hole.

Hands held high I will wait for the touch that brings me to life once more.

Today I Write for ME

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So lately I have been trying to add more of my own personal content, it was suggested to me a while back, instead of posts about other writers or artist. My life has been a little crazy recently to say the least. For over two months I was unable to work on my novel at all. My lap top even broke down for about a month, drove me nuts. I am the kind of person that if I am not creating something new out of thin air I go a little bonkers. I have also discovered that the more stressed I am the more creatively blocked I become.

Coming to that realization I have stopped stressing about my novel. I am writing this for me, not for any one else. Yes it would be nice to sell my novel, and I do have an interested publisher (online publisher),  but if its never sold that’s OK. I have been told a first novel is rarely published, so I write this for me either way.

When I came home from my first writer’s group I was energised. It was so nice to sit and talk with another writer, to share our writing experiences, and discuss our trouble coming into the writing world. So after everything I have learned over the two months I didn’t write, and the support from my group I feel ready, prepared to get back on the horse and get to writing. I was even reading through my first draft looking at it with new more knowledgeable eyes seeing where I could change and improve my manuscript.

So here I go to write, excited at the possibilities of implementing my new found knowledge.

Happy writing

Cutting Down

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I have said before that I try to do to much. For the first time I have to do something, make a choice. After talking to my older brother I know what I now have to do, even though I don’t want to.  I have to  post less on my blog. I spend so much time  researching my blog posts I have no time to write, to read, to do things I need to do for my son’s after school activities, and all the little things that go with being a mom of three young boys. I guess that is why most writers either don’t have kids or wait until they get older. So, what do I plan to do? I plan to free up my time by blogging less. I love blogging every day, or almost every day, but kids take up a lot of time and I do still need to work on  my novel. So I will go back to doing an artist of the week, and my segments will run for 1-2 months. I apologies to all my readers, I will post again on Friday so I can do a great post for you all. Thank you all for reading and liking my posts.

A wall we must pass

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As writers we all struggle with writer’s block now and then. Not only when writing a novel, but when writing poetry, and short stories. Not only writers get that big wall blocking there path. Artist of all kinds have this problem. This will help with any mental wall you have, rether you are a writer or a painter, no matter what form of art you do. I have read up on many ways to pass that mental block, and discovered a few on my own I would like to share.

Writers block has many coses. We get tiered and try to force ourselves to write, never a good thing. Our mined is clouded by other thoughts and problems making it impossible to focus. What ever the reason for your writers block, I have a few tips that may help. Most of the time we are the ones standing in our own way. It is up to us to crash through that wall , no one can do it for us. Here are a few simple ways to move past writers block and get something on the page.

1. If you are tiered don’t try to write. You will only end up beating your self up in the end, and more exhausted then before you started. Go take a nap or get a good nights sleep. For your mind to flow it must be rested.

2. If you have to much on your mind there is no room for ideas to form. Take the time to clear your mind. Salve your problems by dealing with them or working through them. Write them all down and how you can salve them. At least you are writing.

3. Go for a walk and clear your mind. Observe your surrounding, admire the flowers, the texture of the tree bark, the cracks in the side walk. Look at your world from a writers point of view, how would you describe your world to your readers. Don’t forget to take a note pad and a pen with you, just encase an idea hits you, or to simply write down and describe what you see. This can be a good way to clear your mind and start writing. Even if what you are writing has nothing to do with the project at hand its a good exercise.

4. Some times it is best to just walk away and come back later. Go have a cup of coffee with a friend, yes I know you have coffee write there, but being write there isn’t helping. You can sock in a hot bath, relaxing your body will help relax your mind. What ever you decide to do during that time take your mind off your writers block.

5. Just write. It doesn’t matter what, it doesn’t have to make any sense at all just write. Write about your writers block, why you have it, how frustrating it is. Write about the bad or good day you had the day before. Write about your family, friends, people you don’t like. It is perfectly alright to go on a rant, this is just for you. Describe the room you are siting in, or again what you see when taking a walk. It doesn’t matter what you write about just write. I have used this trick my self.

So five simple ways you can use to break down that mental wall. Remember you are the one standing in the way, no one else can do it for you.

Let me share The poem I ended up writing when I was going to blog about my writers block. Funny writing a poem about how I can’t write, the irony is hilarious!

I am stuck in my head

what a sad place to be

words run round and elude me

Images flash by

some real some only mine

I stomp I scream I let it all out

I wish for peace but scramble about

Where have you gone o muse of mine

am I to stay here for all time

am I to run round desperate to fly

if only you’d come lift me to the sky

if only I could catch those thought that fly by

I sit and wait hands full

I sit and wish for only you

you fill my mind

yet my hands sit idly by

How long shall I roam

unable to return home

o muse where have you gone

I beg you wont you come

Make my idle hands fly

across my keyboard words wont come

still I site and wait for you to return

Playing with shadows

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Now this art work is cool. Remember when we where kids, playing with shadow pupets? I loved makeing the differant shapes and images. This person has taken shadow pupets to a hole new leval. see this image and more at : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=118602291491383&set=a.118588208159458.15675.118587544826191&type=3&theater#!/photo.php?fbid=118602291491383&set=a.118588208159458.15675.118587544826191&type=3&permPage=1