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.

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.

Getting in the Zone

Day 28 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Writing Routines

A lot of people second guess their routine for greatness. They think it’s luck or the alignment of the stars that triggers their genius but success is more closely linked to routine than we think.

If you ever watch a pro athlete warm-up before a game or match, you will see that they use the same routine to prepare. They tape their ankles a certain way, they tie their shoes a certain way,  they even warm-up for the game the same way.

You should employ the same approach when writing. When you sit down at a desk there are things that you should do to trigger your genius. This doesn’t mean checking your social profiles and starting internet searches.  

Try free-writing for a few minutes or looking at a photo and describing what you see to warm up your mind before you begin writing. A good warm-up can clear the clutter, so you get in the zone faster.

Cartoons

Day 26 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Today we’re posting cartoons about writing or reading.

In my next work, the hero returns to even the score.

Book 2

Coming Soon!

GhostWriting

Day 25 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about a book that you didn’t know was ghostwritten by another author

Ghostwriting is one of the most powerful positions in media. Secret writers are employed for speeches, songs, and even books. 

I remember when I found out most popular songs are written by the same group of 5 to 10 writers then they sell the songs to record labels and artists. The artists either buy or “copy” the songs without permission and lots of money is exchanged one way or another.

The same is true about some of my favorite books. It takes patience and an overwhelming amount of time to carefully sculpt words that move or inspire an audience. Usually, when a single author produces volumes and volumes of work in a short amount of time, the work may be written by other authors or a group of authors. 

This is fine for the group and its label. The power for the aspiring author is knowing that it takes time to produce great work, and even the greatest of the greats may have had some help along the way.

The ghostwriting discovery that most shocked me was the Goosebumps series. I enjoyed reading the horror series when I was younger. It’s too bad more of the authors didn’t get more credit for their work. 

The disconcerting piece may be the issue of credit, but the number of ghostwritten books lets you know there is a demand for highly-skilled writers and a place for the art of writing in the economy. 

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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! 

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Reading Treasures

Day 23 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: List a few upcoming books you want to read.

The books that I’ll be reading in the next few weeks are anything but upcoming. I usually do things at my own pace and finding a good read is like a treasure hunt. 

That’s why I like recommendations from friends and anthologies with lots of options for good stories.

With that said, here’s my really short list. 

I’ll be reading The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. It’s a short read with a good ending. I believe the story has been adapted into a screenplay and other visual projects.

Then I’ll be diving into the Story of Her Holding an Orange By Milos Bogetic. I met Bogetic, and I thought it’d be good to read something by a fellow author that I’ve actually met. 

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Stay hungry as you pursue your best and don’t forget to meet good people on your way to happiness. It makes the journey worth the trouble and the treasure of friendship that much more incredible as you continue to accomplish great things. 

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Favorite T.V. Shows

Day 22 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: What was your favorite T.V. show growing up? Why?

I watched a ton of T.V. when I was a kid. Most of it was sci-fi, action-adventure cartoons. My favorites are a mixed bag of old anime and American cartoons from the 90s. 

Biker Mice from Mars, Exo-Squad, Robotech, Voltron, Spiderman, Batman the Animated Series, Dexter’s Lab, and a bunch of other network cartoons are part of my TV show gumbo. 

The mix of stories informed my storytelling and helped me shape the dreams that I use to create my stories today. 

Your work will flourish when you draw on a palette of stories from your past and integrate it with your work and dreams of today. 

Keep researching and striving for your best.  

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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. 

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Manuscripts

Day 20 of the #FridayWritesBlogChallenge

Today’s Topic: Write about your first completed manuscript

My first completed manuscript was Dorean Black. Writing the story was a journey in and of itself, because I learned a lot about writing and the little steps you take that add up to big changes over time. 

Learning to pace yourself as you grow into your newer and bigger place in the world is the greatest lesson as your personal story unfolds and you work to finish your series. 

I often say, the manuscripts we write run parallel to life, offering two journeys, side-by-side.

As I look back, I learned its not about the books we finish. It’s about the people we help along the way and greater understandings we learn as our journey through art and life unfolds.  

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Tomorrow’s Topic: Post a Philosophical Question and Answer it.