Inspiration Everywhere

When I pulled over and jumped out of my car to capture this image, I knew I had to share it with you.

There are times when inspiration arrives in wind gusts and we drop everything to capture it. That’s why I appreciate cell phone cameras. They’re the perfect tool to broadcast a memory or share a side-note with a friend.

I don’t want to get too sentimental. The natural world loves us enough in its ways.

I hope you have a wonderful day. Stay purposed and keep writing. I’m sure you’re up to great things.

Building Dreams

The best way to cure a long bout with a creative slump is usually a brain dump.

The intellectual offload eases the neural stress load and offers a reprieve to the modern busy world.

Afterward, I’ve always found it’s more fun to categorize and sort the findings for mental clarity. I usually have more fun with the sorting.

In other news, I’ve finished the draft of the second installment of the Dorean Black Series. I’ll be announcing the name in the coming weeks.

This week’s photo is from my efforts to remain invisible in the visible world. I’m always amazed by what you find when you search mundane places for inspiration.

I hope you have an amazing day. Stay purposed and keep writing.

Clearing the Fog

It was a foggy night. The rain had finally settled and the fog rolled in.

The radio blared on about lawsuits, failed drug trials, tax shields, and sports games that I didn’t have time to watch.

I glanced over at the clock on my dash and watched it tick-on. It made me think of the places beyond the fog.

I grabbed my book of recipes for this moment and mixed the worlds.

I thought of a place beyond, the land between, and the world that could be.

I wrote a description for each, heroes, villains, tax codes, and tick-tock men to guard the gates.

The world you make may be too much or just enough. Be a minimalist if you desire.

Just get your pen and paper filled with something.

Time

Allocating time to outlining your work and clearing away the clutter of a foggy narrative can make the vision of your story clear.

I recognized the practice of outlining helped me with more than just creative work. It help me with finances, work choices, and goals for the year.

This morning I recognized I’d devote an entire day to outlining a story. The character details, the nuance of their decisions, the ideas that spark their interest all help build the overall narrative.

Sometimes, I’d think I was wasting time, but the planning made all the difference.

Moonlight and Bridges

I was traveling to a friends house when I saw this moon over the city. I snapped a photo and saved it for a writing sprint.

Changing the setting of your everyday writing routine can shift the tone of your work and add some inspiration if you’re encountering a momentary writer’s block or feeling uninspired.

A good real-life moment, like this, and a list can help you sort out the clutter and get you going with something new. I wrote ten secrets lovers would share, ten endings to a climactic battle, and ten things I noticed at the moment.

The bridge was noisy with cars and city sounds as the wind passed. Some people in cars honked because my car partially blocked the road. After I moved it—my car— I managed to write a short scene. Maybe it’ll lead to a new story.

Happy Holidays!

Growth

When you look at the world as more than bottom lines and growth strategies you arrive at the true opportunities.

True opportunities offer space to create with abundance and share meaning beyond economics.

Work beyond the most common strategies and find a way to connect with the people you serve on a deeper level. Moving beyond the numbers and the surface level interaction offers true opportunities for growth.

Writing is Life

Believing in yourself is the key to achieving your greatest accomplishments.

Writing has always been my deepest passion, and I don’t feel right if I’m not scribbling words onto a sheet of paper.

For me, it’s always been the thrill of crafting a new story or sharing a dream with others that has driven me to write.

I didn’t have to be perceived as the best at it or the best at grammar and punctuation to continue this calling. What mattered most was that the voice and visions deep inside me had life.

Giving voice to and applying action to your deepest passion is the greatest tool you have on the journey of self-development. Keep building and keep expanding your story on your path to journey to greatness.

P.S. My web series is finally live and I’ve got a new story on my portfolio site. Keep working on your vision. Keep building day by day.

Your Mornings

Your mornings belong to you.

Today may be the perfect day to set the tone for the rest of your week.

Clear the clutter and start your day with a meeting with yourself, two-hours of interrupted time for your art, or creating a list of pros and cons for your goals.

Don’t think about it. Get up and do it.

Your Time

Taking power over your schedule is one of the most significant steps toward achieving your goals.

Often, there is an ongoing battle between our obligations and and time for our art. And sometimes, the obligations win. They stress us out. They can force us into a creative funk.

Luckily, you run your calendar. Invert your day, schedule everything, even fun. I bet you’ll find a place for your creativity.

Your Choices

There is a light inside us all waiting for the greatest destiny, the deepest achievements, the most amazing challenges.

Get to work and don’t look back. The day is yours.