A Big Thanks

Day 30 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write a post about your upcoming work-in-progress or service you offer

 It’s the final day of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge, and I want to send a big thank you to everyone who tuned in and shared encouragement along the way.  

Blogging for the last 30 days straight has definitely yielded some profound insight and allowed me to deep dive into my writing habits both good and bad. 

I want everyone to keep writing and keep sharing their stories. You never know when your journey will inspire others to keep going and striving for their best.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Working Smart

It will take tons of heart and diligence to conquer your next challenge.

The good thing is you’ve got more than enough heart and more than enough courage to make it through.

Stay focused and resilient as each step moves you closer to your goal.

You’ve got this. Keep working smart.

Photos and Journeys

I took some photos in a old yard this week.

It made me think of abandoned things and aging with grace.

I was never sure why we discard things or make things and leave them.

We tell ourselves stories to justify the separation then someone comes along and finds beauty in things we could never see ourselves.

A Little Pick Me Up

Your posts and your best art originate from the light inside you. Sharing, selectively and tactfully, on your social media page or on your blog maybe the perfect hobby to clear your mind and showcase your talent for introspection.

Don’t resist the urge to connect with new people and find clarity by building new and stronger spaces for communication with your loved.

Your art is your world; create a beautiful experience and don’t let anything hold you back.