Inspire Yourself

images_032How do you inspire yourself when your thoughts seem to be made of clay. Nothing sticks together or when it does, there is no form or clarity to the mold. Some days, my computer screen stays empty. No matter what I write, my words make no sense. Okay, maybe a new sheet of paper will inspire me to write by hand all my thoughts. Oops! Another blank page. Music, this will give me a different inspiration. Soon, I am busy changing stations or channels on the television. Nothing begins to form. And then I get an uneasy feeling–something is not right.

When we need inspiration, we need to get out of our rut by getting out of our writing space. Exploration is a great way to begin. We need something different, or we need to ‘people’ watch, or be with other people. Sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen or blank notebook, is a lonely life unless you include others into your space. Balancing your life is one important part of the inspiration process. You need a regular schedule that includes, exercise, fun, checking out new places, and getting out with friends. This means getting your life back in balance and when you do, your writing will improve and the blank screen will be full of new words.

Remember, you do not have to go around the world for inspiration, this will come naturally when you become alive and do what you like. When you get outside your writing world, there is another world waiting for you to explore. This other world is your inspiration for writing.  Confused? No way.

Obstacles are there to make certain you know how to overcome them and live your passions to the fullest. Writing is a passion and your creative passion can fulfill your dreams.

Live life. Enjoy life. Be passionate and your writing will show this.

HAPPY WRITING.  HAPPY INSPIRATION(S). HAPPY YOU.

 

 

 

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PASSION = TIME VS. MONEY?

An IdeaThe  last post on my blog, we discovered the 86,400 seconds we have every day to use when we need these seconds.  I thought it would be fun to turn this around from time to money. Are you ready?

You have discovered someone, and you do not know who, has provided you with a livable income from now until….? Stop. Let this sink inside your head. No more problems. No more jobs you hate. No more balancing your life and your money, and no need to work. Wow! What a predicament to be in, or so you think. What would you do with – all the time you need and all the money you have? When you have little of either, you can manage with all the restrictions. But, with all, where are the restrictions and which ones would you place on yourselves?

It is neither and both. We have a lot of time and wish we could do everything that means something to us. We could write and never have to worry about the monetary side of life. Now, we have all the money we could ever need, and do not have the time. What a two-edged sword we create with our thoughts.

Much of our lives is spent doing things we do not want to do, but have to do, because of what we’ve been taught to believe. Or, we do things we do not like because of what we think we need to get ahead. These are the two edges of the sword we put before us. We drain our energy before we ever become aware of the possibilities we have.

Yes, we all need time to sleep, eat, revive our souls, and energize our existence.

We need money to have the food we eat, to pay our bills, and pave our ways for better avenues.

If you could have a great job, love what you do, and not get paid the amount you think you should, you would have time to do other things you crave to do, within reason. This way you could see yourselves:
Time  = passion
Work = money
Time + Work = our possibilities at both.

You do not have to give up one for the other, rather combine your new energies to give you the best of both worlds. Now is the time to make changes and energize your lives rather than draining energy from your lives.

What all of this contributes to is PASSION. Your passion for what you want from life and what you have to give to life. Then we realize we have to give to get and get to give.
Take the next few days to look back over your lives and see where your passion rests or not rests and get the PASSION back in your life. Passion of what we really want to do and passion of what we can give is without time or cost. We do this because it makes us feel alive. And, as writers, what better feeling can we give ourselves and our readers? I’d say none. But, it is up to you.

Let me hear from you about PASSION and time vs. money. Feel the passion in your lives begin to come alive. Do you crave more time? Do you need more work? How can you combine both to give you a real PASSION for yourself?

Happy Writing. Grab the Passion and continue forward to new heights.

USE YOUR VOICE

images_063What? I am a writer. There is no singing in my head, unless on the radio. It is my fingers that do the work as they tap on the keyboard.

NO. Your voice is how you write. The attitude you give your characters. They must come alive and give their attitudes to your readers. Some days, their attitude is fantastic, upbeat, positive. Sometimes their attitude stinks. They seem to stay on edge, waiting for something to happen. They are nasty and ugly. Does this sound familiar? Since we are our characters’ voice, we have our good days and our bad days.

Voice is what your reader hears after you give your character a physical description. Does the voice fit the character? Could you pick your character out in a crowd? Your character takes on a living personality by all the actions you let your character show. The voice must fit these actions.

Give yourself a test. Read a page or two of your current work in progress. Do you feel moved by your characters? Now, go to a newspaper or magazine article. Do you hear or feel the voice? No. The writer or journalist must keep their voice quiet. They must present an impersonal objectivity of their work or article.

Aren’t we writers lucky? We get to make our work personal. Our stories show the emotions of each character on good and bad days. This is your voice and it is you, the writer, making each character sound genuine. When you force a voice, you make the character seem false and can turn the reader away.

Keep passion in your voice as you show your characters in so many different situations. They will love you for this. Then you can relax, enjoy the scenery, and who knows, see a different side of your characters.

HAPPY WRITING.

WE NEEDED TO CHECK OUT THESE WRITING RETREATS

ImageWe weren’t invited, but here we are again. I watched as you gathered for your first retreat as a group and noticed – hey we are all together in our age areas. This is great and maye we can add a point or two.

We like the idea of spontaneous visits to a country when you do your writing and critiquing. Sure everyone wants to write, but don’t you want to hear the stories too? Maybe you should add – WRITING AND CRITIQE RETREATS. OOPS, here we go opening our mouths. SHH.

The evening begins and the hostess has set up a Paris writing place. Music fills the air, the wine is cool, the coffee aromas penetrate the small room, and the table is a small iron circle with small chairs. You feel like you are in a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Your hostess has pictures of her trip to France all over her small room and gives a snippet of information about each one.

Then down to work writing and getting the next few pages written or revised. We stand outside and listen. Nothing but the sound of fingers on laptops and no talking. There is something missing – conversation. An evening of writing with your friends satisfies the soul, but what about the quality of writing. We knock and ask if we could observe this Paris scene.

Observe doesn’t happen; instead we begin asking if anyone would read their written words.Startled, the writing stops. “Why?” one lady asked. “We are here to write.”

“But, wouldn’t it be nice if you could hear comments and get new ideas? Sometimes, we need to see our writing and our story from another person’s view point. If you get stuck on a scene, a character’s attitude, or another character wants to take over, wouldn’t this be the best place to hatch out a new angle?

“When you read out loud, you might hear your story in a different tone and is there any conflict there? Or, are there too many conflicts? Do you know where you are going with your story? Is the plot clear and did you start at just the right place?”

We get stares. “We’re sorry for the intrusion,” and stand up to leave.

“Wait,” the hostess hollers at us. “We never thought about all of these questions when we worked together. We are not a group of ‘young chicks,’ and maybe you could help. Would you stay for a while?”

Of course, my friend and I could not resist. Two hours later, a lot of discussion went around the small room: writing, exercises for characters, subplots, and names of characters. “When your ages creeps upward, viewpoints of life change, and yes, we all know a lot more about life than the younger ladies. This is what makes your coming of age novels different than your characters who have faced life, death, loneliness, and still want the passion, tender moments, and love.”

“Just remember, you are here to help each other make their writing the best it can be. Always be polite and critique the writing, not the writer.”

As the hour got later, the women moaned about the workload facing them tomorrow.

“No, what you had this evening was a blessing. Tomorrow is an opportunity to encounter what your character may face. Do this as a challenge and let your writing show your fortitude. Hey, we all can’t fit the same mold, thank heavens.”

“Uhh,” one lady responded. “Would you be able to join us next time at my home?”

The other ladies responded, “please?” One lady in particular extended her hands toward both of us. “I noticed my writing was for the younger generation, and it’s been quite a while since I looked back. I think my rewrite will be in a era all of us know, and this is exciting.”

Since, it is not polite to refuse, my friend and I agreed, keeping the excitement hidden under our coats as we left. “Next time.” Our mission instead of being accomplished, was just beginning. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” and realized we’d said the same thing at the same time. Hey, what are friends for, if not for a friend.

A SLIGHT CHANGE

YouI know I said we’d do a little more in the critique process area, and we will, just not at this time. I have had this word, “PASSIONS,” floating around in my head and cannot shake hard enough to let the letters fall to the floor. No, I do not do resolutions for the new year. Why? They are of no use. If after day 1, of the new year, I screw (oops, pardon) up, then I feel the whole year will be that way. New Year’s Resolutions set people up for failure.

Now, let us take PASSION. Passion grabs you at any time, any place and any year. SO, WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS? First let me ask you, “What turns you on?” The second question is “Why aren’t you doing this?” Think on these questions for a while, before you answer. Turn yourself inside out and look at the choices you have made.

All of us have gifts and they get buried. Now is the time for you to get a shovel and see what gifts you can dig up. Sure, a good job and a paycheck are comforts in our environment, but you do have choices out there. Look at things that have the deepest meaning for you and see if there is an opportunity for work in this area. You need to deepen your gifts.

A thought about gardening hits. A nice yard with plenty of flowers and shrubs or a veggie garden. But, your yard is small or you live where you have no yard. OK. Check within your area for community gardens. You get your passions satisfied and meet other people.

You love to read and could sit all day with books around you. Share this passion by reading to children at your local library or starting a book club. Your passion gets filled and overflows into a child’s life or new members of a book club.

Think outside the box.

Put these passions down on index cards and look at them every day. If one does not fit, look for a different avenue, a new choice or decision. Then you find one that does fit, and you soar to new heights. You will find yourself getting closer to working with your passions.

If you are a writer, remember that every writer faces fear and failure before that one golden moment of publication. Why do we continue? We are filled with the PASSION. PASSION. PASSION. of putting words on paper.

But, one words drives all of us in search for our PASSION….PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE.

No more resolutions, just grab your PASSIONS and hang tight. You will find your match. If you want to share, please write down five passions and how you plan to work these into your lives, starting now. No sense waiting until the New Year.

Happy Passion Hunting and let me hear from you.