Perfect Heroes

Day 12 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

The perfect hero is probably someone who loves you for being yourself.

Challenges

Friday Writes Blog Challenge Day 5

What’s your favorite kind of character to write about?

My favorite kinds of characters are villains. Don’t get me wrong, I like writing the heroic journey, but in my opinion, villains are much more intricate. 

When you comb dark philosophies and search for ways to persuade your audience to side with your villain, sympathetically and logically, you arrive in an unusual and unfamiliar place with your audience. 

Crafting a villain’s journey is unconventional. We always see things from the hero’s perspective and I figure why not turn things around. 

Finally, our world is perfectly imperfect, and delving into the imperfect decisions of a villain adds more substance to your work. 

I’ve always thought the best stories have the best villains. Villains create challenges for themselves and their heroes. And ultimately, good heroes are only as good as the challenges they overcome.

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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.

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Organization

Day 3 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

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.

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Today’s post is all about staying organized. I have a few quick philosophies that I use.  I don’t employ an elaborate method. If you have more than 3 to 5 rules, you probably have chaos.

Side note, I remember when I wasn’t very organized and, I didn’t have a process to sort out my daily tasks or organize items into categories. I relied on my memory and placed things in familiar locations which led to a slow journey to chaos.  During my time as an educator,  I learned the value of truly being organized and I have not looked back since. My go-to philosophies are below.

Number One: Everything has its place. 

Create a place for everything that a space. This is where you sort things and group things that have similar utility. I have a place for financial records; I have a place for writing notebooks. I have a place for fun and leisure time items. Everything in your life needs a place, so things aren’t strewn about or left in unfamiliar places.

Number Two: Use tools to help you stay organized.

Every organized person uses tools to organize their space.  I use notebooks and digital binders to keep up with my writing and filmmaking. I use storage bins to sort out my film equipment and other tools for my household. If your first philosophy is everything that needs a place, then you need to have specific and appropriate tools to effectively store your items.

Number Three: Don’t be afraid to let things go. 

One of the biggest tips on staying organized is not getting lost in the milieu of hoarding.  Getting rid of old stuff and living a more minimalist existence may be what you need to remain organized.

Number Four:  Don’t reinvent the wheel. 

I’ll keep this one short because I was only supposed to list three tips. Look online for great ways to organize your lifestyle, office, email inbox, and writing journey. You don’t have to start from scratch. There are tons of people who specialize in helping with organization, and many of their strategies are free and available to you online. Do some research and let go of the chaos of disorganization.

P.S. The 200 words or less limit is crushing. Write freely, but keep it short. Stay Connected!

Writing Routines

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. Tomorrow’s topic: What are three tips you have for staying organized.

Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge.

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I’m going to cut to the chase on this one. The biggest challenge to completing your work is you. In my case, that’s me. I had to come to terms with this reality to get more work done and reach my writer goals. I used all kinds of software. I tried mind tricks and yoga, but nothing changed until I examined the things that were holding me back and used them as inspiration to solve my problem.

My typical writing day starts with reading over my work from yesterday and editing it. I have a worksheet for the edits, and I categorize the scenes as things I need to cut, things I need to strengthen, and things I need to replace. After I fill my categories and perform my minor edits, I set a timer, look over my scene outlines, and start my work.

This is when the fun begins because I get to relax and let the story flow out of the furthest reaches of my mind. Sometimes I get emotional because I have to write weighty scenes with harsh experiences for my characters. I often feel like I am living through some of the incidents, but in the end, I know it’s only part of my imagination.

After my time hits zero, I relax and turn off my PC. I get as far away from the story as I can and wait for tomorrow to get back into it. Distancing myself from my work allows me to evaluate it without the proximity blindness that occurs from being too close and familiar with it. 

I rinse and repeat this method until the end, and I focus on watching the world for inspiration which leads to deeper meanings and discoveries about the human condition and our connections to the world.

Inspiration

For the next 30 days, I’ll be hosting The Friday Writes Blogging Challenge. It’s a blog rejuvenation series where we build community and challenge each other to post on our blogs for 30 days straight.

I’ve included a calendar with topics for each day. Please write your post on your blog then share a link on your Twitter profile with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge.

Each post should be less than 200 words, if you go over the word count you are not disqualified, but try to adhere to the parameters.

My first post is below. Stay connected.

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5 Writing Inspirations

80’s and 90’s Cartoons

Cartoons are one of the biggest influences in my writing. When I was young I mainly watched action cartoons like G.I. Joe, Biker Mice from Mars, and the 90’s Batman the Animated Series. 

Comic Books

I didn’t have access to many comic books when I was a kid because we didn’t have a local comic book store and our local library didn’t have many comics. Whenever I found a comic or managed to scrounge up a few dollars to buy one, I read it 1000 times. The endings to the never changed, so I would make up my own story arcs and draw them in notebooks.

Lived Experiences

Lots of everyday occurences inspiree me to write. Some times the way the light touches the moon or the ambient noise from a sleepless city prompts a new story. I am thankful for these moments, because I feel fortunate everytime an inspirational experience comes to me. 

A Deep Compulsion

A big part of writing is the compulsion to complete a story every day. In the morning, if I wake up and I don’t get a little bit of writing done, I don’t feel right for the entire day. It’s like my brain knows that I haven’t done something that I’m supposed to do, and I need to get it done. 

P.S. This short word count is tough. I trimmed this down to 222 words. If you exceed the limit. It’s ok, just post your words, share, comment, and find some new writing friends.

Urban Space

The night is honest in its resilience. We are bold as we endeavor into its embrace.

The urban landscape is one of the few places bright enough to call our attention from the stars and seduce us with its artificial light.

As the night shifts into morning, the calm gifts us the clarity to wade through the pending chaos of an urban morning.

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This week was all about returning to self and finding the space for creativity. Walks at night and photos usually get my inspiration churning.

I’m sure you have a dozen ways to find inspiration. I always say do what’s best for you. I’m inspired most by conversations with friends and the calm silence that follows when our spirits part ways.

I’ve reopened my website, and I’ve been finishing up some video work from the past few weeks. I can’t wait to be done and get back to the Dorean Black series.

If you have a website please share it with me on Twitter or IG, just comment website and leave your link on an old post. I love exploring author pages and checking out new writing.

Side note: Keeping a blog is a little therapeutic and looking back on each post is the best part of the journey.

Keep writing and Stay Connected!

It’s Time to Win

A lot of our day to day routine is a relentless cycle brewed by powers we feel we have no control over.

We strengthen this destructive mindset by continuing on the path of the mundane. Forgetting our art and our passion to feel secure in our world and afraid to take a risk to make a difference.

Our urge to seek comfort is a stark difference from the desires of our ancestors who battled and risked their lives to survive winters and gather food for their tribes.

I don’t want to get all preachy, but it’s time to risk something and win. Don’t quit your job, but go after something that will change your life forever.

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This week has been all about organizing my book making process and refining my editing process.

I’ve broken things down to Writing, Editing, and Marketing/Publishing. Each portion is 100% essential to preparing your book for your audience. If you don’t give it your all something will fall flat and you’ll be wondering what happened.

P.S. Have an amazing day. There is love to share and a world that needs the best of us. Most importantly, we need the best from ourselves.

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.

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.