Do Something Different

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Do you always take the same road to the same place every time? It’s easy and you do not have to look for signs, but isn’t it boring?
The same goes for writing. We are told ‘write what you know,’ but doesn’t this get boring too? Sure, we like to stay in the genre we know and this does not have to be boring. Characters have minds and if we turn them loose, their adventures can surprise even their writer.
Getting rid of the shame you feel when you are not creating, gives you the right to try something new or blow off the dust to an old project you just could never finish. Take a break and look through all the files you stuck in folders because they just seemed to take you away from your writing. Why? Did they sound more like fun, rather than writing?  A mini-mini vacation might be what you need.  You need to run your body and mind like  a machine and give it proper fuel to keep going.
When our mind slows down, this could be an indication of boredom and we need to step away and take a break. Do something that is not writing. Some have hobbies a 100 degree different from writing. Kinda like doodling, quilting, painting, gardening, watching old movies, running, even taking acting lessons. Even a long walk away from your neighborhood can stimulate your senses. You see different places you begin to imagine the people living there. Then your nose senses new flavors from a restaurant around the corner. A name you’ve never seen, but you are enticed by the exotic smells floating through their open windows. You continue this walk through unknown neighborhoods and feel a release of adrenaline. Your whole body becomes alive and boredom no longer exists.
You are almost ready to return home, and a turn in the sidewalk takes you by a park with a lake you’ve never seen. People are feeding ducks, stretched out on blankets, relaxing and at ease with themselves. You make a mental note and a promise to yourself…I will be back.
Now, you are ready to turn around and head home. A new energy has replaced the boredom and you look forward to the end of the day. Yet, your mind tells you….shut out the noises in your head and anything else for the rest of the day. All of your work will be there in the morning and you want to continue this energy blast. Well, maybe just a peek at your draft, OR writing something in a notebook with your hands and heart tied together. You pick up the notebook and write down the picture of the lake and underneath, the road to get there.
HAPPY DAY OFF.  HAPPY ADVENTURE.  HAPPY YOU.

 

REVIEWS?

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Reviews are part of the writing process, whether good, bad or indifferent. What writers do with them are sometimes a shrug of the shoulders. Let’s take a this to a different level. I have noticed more and more questions coming in from social media. What to do? How to handle emotions? Ignore? This is why I will take a stab at my own observations.

We write because of a fire that burns inside us. Stories we want to share. After months and months of research, writing, editing, searching for an agent or publisher or deciding to self-publish, we still keep plugging on making this the best book we can. Edits, edits, and edits are done over and over until the publisher or the author thinks this is the best.

The next steps are the cover and the ‘blurb’. You  look at the cover and decide if this entices you enough to look at the ‘blurb’. Then you notice your book is in the general “Romance” section, and you know it is romance and suspense. Sometimes, our books get into sections of a bookstore, or even online where we do not expect to see them.

A writer writes what she or he sees, feels, imagines, or has experienced. This may take a year or years to get the experiences onto the computer screen. Then  a publisher or agent comes in with their view points. Next, the bookstore puts the book into a different section.

As writers, we know our work is good, but we cannot please every reader. Each reader has an opportunity to express their thoughts on a particular book. However, I have found a lot of social medial avenues are not reviews on the books. Sometimes the reader has not even read the book, but wants to get their information online, so others will see their names on social media.

As writers, we have the option of reading and responding or not responding to these reviews. Why, we can see they have not read the book, ignore the content, or the genre of the book.

Just remember, a reader took time to bash your book and another reader took time to share a good report of your book.  Move on without a conversation on either the good or the bad. Reviews and Reviewers are part of the process. Your  part of the process is to KEEP writing.

HAPPY WRITING.  HAPPY DAY.  HAPPY YOU.

 

 

 

 

DO NOT WRITE TODAY

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Got your attention, right? Writers get so wrapped in their story, book, novel, or whatever you are writing, that all of us forget to step away, walk away, run away, and then wonder why our words are hard to pull out of our heads.
Do not bother to get up. You are not writing, you are reading. Seem funny? So what? This is a day to think about writing, but walk away. Think as you take a walk. Does this sound familiar. Forget it and proceed forward with your walk. What do you see that interests you? No, not the stuff you should see, but this is a journey of the unknown, and you might surprise yourself.
We need to take time to THINK about writing and new avenues to travel. This does not mean we can give up writing for a week, because this will never be a fix. Have you ever been on a long vacation, without a computer, a pen, or a piece of paper? At first, there is a feeling of freedom, no time restraints, no deadlines to meet and then the feeling of nothing.
Taking time away from writing should not be a guilt trip, rather a self-care to yourself to energize the writing center inside you. This is the time to realign your thoughts and see where you need to go and with a new purpose. After a while, the need to write becomes more vivid and the thoughts you created need to be turned loose. You will notice a difference in the way words flow from your head to your heart to your fingers on the keyboard.
So, take a writer-break and do not feel guilty. Have fun, do something different, enjoy a leisurely day. You may come to realize that these writer breaks enliven you and revitalize your writing.
HAPPY BREAK TIME.  HAPPY WRITING.  HAPPY YOU.