Getting Inspired and Staying Inspired

Day 29 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Quotes about Writing

Sometimes our best writing occurs in the simplest places, with the simplest tools, at the simplest moments. 

Once we find simplicity in our everyday routines, we unlock our most creative moments.

I used to fight against my urge to write my notes in my notebook then go to the computer and type it onto the screen.

I figured, I’d cut out the middle man and go straight the word-processor. This always led to hours and hours of editing after I had typed the “masterpiece” I envisioned in my head.

When I finally let go of my urge to rush and I started taking time to write out the plot, the characters, and scenes from my stories in my notebook, my work changed. My stories had more depth. I saw moments to highlight my characters personality traits and desires.

Patience and process granted me deeper vision.  

Too often we fight ourselves as we pursue our best, take your time and embrace your process for success.

Book Blurbs

Day 27 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write a blurb about your upcoming book

My upcoming book is the second installment of Dorean Black, titled, A Mother’s Song. 

It’s a bit dark, but here goes.

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As the last shell-casing fell to the cathedral floor, Mayven Deveraux tucked away his pistol and walked away from the lifeless bodies of Dorean Black and Moriah Norwood. 

As sirens blared in the distance and EMTs rushed to help the victims lying outside of the cathedral. Mayven walked into the darkness and disappeared. 

Meanwhile back in the cathedral, Dorean saw a distant light and heard his Mother’s Song. 

Forget your worries,
Love me always.

In the night,
Sometimes it’s dark,
Sometimes it’s cold.

No matter the time,
No matter the place,
I’ll love you always,
I’ll love you true.

Dorean snapped away from the light, drew a shallow breath, and felt for Moriah’s hand. This was the last thing he remembered before he felt a blood pressure cuff tightening around his arm.

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New Endeavors

Day 24 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Which genre do you secretly want to explore

The only genre of writing that I secretly want to explore is horror. I’ve always wondered how horror writers come up with their stories. I have some pretty interesting dreams, and I’m wondering if I should turn them into a book of shorts. 

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In other news, I know you’ve got some big things going for yourself. Stay focused and keep doing your best every day. It’s also a good idea to check on a couple of your friends and say thank you to a few people who’ve helped you in the past. 

 Have an awesome day! 

Stay Connected.

Philosophical Questions

Day 21 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Post a philosophical question and answer it.

For this post, I chose a random number using an online picker, and I used a random list from the Goog to select my philosophical question. Don’t ever do this. It may not turn out well.

I was happy when I got my number.  I screenshotted it below so you could experience the same joy I experienced. ***There was much Rejoicing***

But my happiness took a nosedive when I saw my question.

I had received a dreaded political question… dunh-dunh-dunh, the plot thickened….gumbo thick.

Is there an alternative to capitalism?

I thought of rearranging the list or just changing the question because no one was looking, but my integrity manifested, and I decided to stay the course.

This was bad because I don’t usually discuss politics or economic theories on my blog, because I’ve seen forums where they do, and I don’t want this space to become a political battleground.

And if you wanted to see the full list of questions, It’s below. Choose one. It might be fun to write a thought or two.

Philosophical Questions

1. Is happiness just chemicals flowing through your brain or something more?

2. Can we really know everything?

3. What is the meaning of a good life?

4. Is there a God?

5. What in life is truly objective and not subjective?

6. What is consciousness?

7. Is there inherent order in nature or is it all chaos and chance?

8. Is there an alternative to capitalism?

9. Is it more important to be respected or liked?

10. Are we in the Matrix?

But in the spirit of the blog challenge, I’ll share a little about the economic system from Star Trek.

First off, there isn’t one.

The Trekkies call it a Gift economy where you share your skill and craft to showcase your mastery of technique and discipline for the sake of being a masterful artist, not to accumulate wealth. Sounds fictional and nice. 

In the meantime, I’m going to get back to enjoying the opportunity to share a bit more with you every day. 

Find me on twitter if you haven’t already. 

Stay Connected.

Avoiding Burnout and Staying Healthy

Day 19 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: How do you juggle your writing career and your regular career?

The big secret to balancing my writing career and my regular career used to drive me insane. I had sleepless nights, long weekends, and even longer days. I would br half-awake when I was writing and half-awake at my day job.

The routine was extremely overwhelming until I watched this video

After some soul searching and deeply examining my daily routine, I started the work to establish boundaries and build a schedule that kept me healthy rather than busy.

It took some time to stick to the routine, but over time, I’ve learned to dedicate more of my energy to the aspects of life I consider the most important.

Stay connected.

Tomorrow’s Topic: Tell us about your first completed manuscript.

Transcendence

Day 17 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: If your book was turned into a movie what would it be called? Why?

If my book were turned into a movie, I’d call it Transcendent Secrets and Universal Connections.

I’d choose this title because the main character is searching to belong in a topsy-turvy world. On his journey, he finds the connections in old places that he must examine to overcome his current mindset. 

For most people, this is the universal quest that allows us to relinquish burdens and seek the higher planes of performance and purpose. 

When we read old stories and the characters and their circumstances contain relevant themes in today’s world, I wonder if things change or if we are repeating ourselves in a computer simulation.

Either way, when we look to these old places for transcendence we often discover the best pathway forward. It’s like watching film to get better at a sport or public speaking.

I don’t know how I got on the topic of self-study from turning my book into a film and choosing a title, but writing on any topic has this way of clearing out clutter and offering insight on the themes and ideas that we need to examine.

Stay connected.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Works in Progress

Day 16 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about your upcoming work in progress

My upcoming work in progress is the second installment of Dorean Black, A Mother’s Song. It follows the aftermath of Book 1 and answers questions about the terrorist cell that has infiltrated the Dark Moon City of Seven X while exploring more of Dorean and Philip’s backstory.

I had the most fun exploring the lore of the Dark Moon City and revealing its strong connection with Dorean’s family. It was like scripting a dream, and I can’t wait to get through with the edits and share it with you. 

Tell me about your work in progress on Twitter under this post. I’d love to hear about it. 

I’m working on a good way to allow comments on this blog while avoiding spam. I’ll let you know when I find a really good method.  

Keep Writing and Stay Connected!  

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes Blog Challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.

Building

Day 15 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: How do you build a scene in your writing?

When crafting a scene, I start by thinking of the ending then I draft an outline and short-list of goals.

It’s important to know where you’re going with your characters and your plot so your writing is focused and efficient.

The same goes for other endeavors. You wouldn’t waste your time writing a business plan you were never going to start or entertain opportunities you were too afraid to follow through with.

Start with the foundation, frame it properly then start with the details that make your project unique. There is electrical, plumbing, drywall, and a number of other things, but the first thing is always the blueprint with the full picture. Your job is to bring the picture to life.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.