Here’s a great way to get your writing process started for those of you whare beginning writers, discovering your own writing style. To read Lynda’s seven stes to writing success, please visit the following link:
This is helpful to those of us who have books that were originally published under Create Space.
In the past month or so, I’ve made some very interesting discoveries about my writing that have been confirmed by the book I’m reading today. Let me tell you a bit about the book, (no spoilers included), and then I’ll share my discoveries.
I’m in the process of reading Writers Block by Hank Garner, host of the author stories podcast. If you would like to listen to his podcast and/or learn a little more about him, please visit his website at the following link:
This book is making me laugh and cry, and it’s pulling at my heart strings and making me care. Here are the truths that this book confirms for me:
The first thing I have discovered is that although I don’t play a traditional musical instrument, my words are my instrument and my stories are the songs I hear within my innermost being. My second, yet more profound discovery is that I not only hear the spiritual rhythm that Waylon tells Stu about in this book, but I also feel the rhythm. I write the stories that come from my internal melodies. If these stories that I write and put out into the world can touch just one life, out of the hundreds, maybe even thousands of people that read them, then I know that I’ve done my job. This is the driving force that keeps me going.
Like Hank Garner and other writers, whose books tear at your heart strings, I strive to make people care about my characters as if they were real people. The stories I write are not written for mere entertainment, they are deeply emotional and have a special message, while you try to solve the mysteries within the pages.
Let me explain how I have discovered the truth of how music and my writing are deeply connected. When I tried to teach myself how to play the keyboard, I would hear a melody in my head and picture myself playing this melody, but I couldn’t transpose that melody through my fingers onto the keys. However, when I would sing a song that I made up off the top of my head, no matter whether it made sense or sounded like the songs we all know and love today, often times, the song would turn into a story idea. I may have said something about this in another blog post a while back, but I wanted to bring it to your attention again, to say one thing: If you love music as much as I do, but you’re not a musician, don’t think that the melodies you hear in your head are just empty, useless pieces of music that will never see the light of day. If you’re a writer, or you have a special talent in a different art form, the music you hear in your heart and mind comes out through your craft.
I’ll leave you with one final question: What discoveries have you made about your own writing, and how have these discoveries touched the lives of your readers. Please share your thoughts in the comments below or add your thoughts in your own blog post, if you decide to press or reblog this post for your own readers.
Happy reading and writing, and have a blessed Sunday afternoon.
This is so true. I can be sitting out on the front porch swing, and a story idea will hit me in the gut and not leave me alone until I begin fleshing it out.
What inspires you in the moments you least expect to find inspiration?
I’m not talking about the “inspiration” that comes from searching through 500 inspirational quotes on Tumblr until one finally hits you where it matters.
I’m talking about the surprises. The story ideas that appear when you’re just walking down the sidewalk or sitting in a lecture or minding your own business reading a book for fun.
Maybe it’s a hummingbird outside the window. A really good cup of coffee. Waking up before your alarm and having a few extra minutes just to breathe. The ending of a book you wish had never come but was worth the heartbreak anyway.
In all the years I’ve been writing, I’ve found that what inspires me to create the most isn’t a quote from a successful entrepreneur, a YouTube video about productivity or a book filled with all the reasons I should…
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To answer the questions at the end of the linked post: I do the following things to help promote my blog:
First of all, I automatically share my post on my social media platforms, as well as my tumblr blog.
I often times take part in Cee’s share your world challenge, if I have relevant answers to the questions that are posed there, and I leave a ping back to the post. I also take part in the Cherished blog fest every fall, which has helped me gain more blog followers, and I find posts that I really love in the process as well.
I also press posts like this one, and add tags and categorize them, so as to leave a pingback to the original poster. Since I am an author, I like to do author interviews, either on other blogs, with a link directly to my website, or ask other authors to do interviews on my site so I can share a link to theirs.
For those of you reading my post as well as the original post, please share your blog promotional tips in the comments below.
Sometimes I’m that way. I was trying to finish a story a few mintes ago, when this happened. I try to get in a couple thousand words today, but as I came to the end of the story I ran out of steam. Thanks for sharing these words of encouragement and letting me know that I’m not the only one who struggles with getting things done.
It took me years to learn that procrastination isn’t something you have to stop doing.
But it took me even longer to figure out WHY I couldn’t get my destructive habit under better control.
Constant flare-ups of anxiety and panic could have been avoided if I’d just start things earlier, instead of waiting until the last minute.
Why was that so hard?
It turns out there’s a reason I still struggle. And it might be the reason you’re struggling, too.
I can’t break up big projects into small pieces. At least, not very well.
It’s one of my top writing productivity tips, yet I still struggle with it almost daily.
If I’m going to sit down to work on a 10-page story, for example, I want to sit down, write those 10 pages in one sitting or one day, and be done with it. I don’t want to keep…
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I don’t usually write every single day, simply because that doesn’t work for me, but when I do write, I always start out the way you do.
When you post on the same blog daily for a year or more, you have moments when you start to doubt your ability to come up with new ideas.
It happens to all of us, whether we’re looking for an excuse to write or we know we have to get it done, but don’t know where to start.
Sometimes it feels like everyone else has some kind of superpower you don’t, always coming up with ideas you never would have thought of seemingly out of nowhere.
How do they do that?
It’s not a secret. And the truth is, you can do it, too.
Yes, there are going to be days the words just don’t come and you have other things to deal with and writing just won’t happen the way you want it to, or at all.
But I can guarantee that if you don’t let yourself give up…
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Hello everyone, today I am proud to announce the release of my brand new Electric Eclectic Book entitled Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book.
If you think you don’t have time to read, think again! This is one of many charming little books that you can read on your kindle, or the kindle app on your phone, no matter whether you have five minutes, or five hours to yourself. Here’s a bit about the book, and I’ll follow this blurb with a link where the book can be purchased, and I’ll even throw in the cover for your viewing pleasure!
Happy reading and writing, and have a Blessed Friday afternoon everybody.
“The past is but a whirlwind of memories,
there are those you want to capture,
and those you want to forget.
Hold on to the precious ones and let the rest spin away into the abyss.”
These are the words Kelly Dobson wrote after learning how to use her Inner Vision in order to do the creative work God has called her to do.
After awakening in an unusual hospital from an operation she never had, Kelly and her physician, DR. Markey Andrews, work together to find the reason why she ended up in a hospital resembling a hotel, rather than a medical facility.
During the process of solving the mystery at hand, Kelly has strange dreams of being carried away in a whirlwind to places which hold memories she’d rather not relive. In order for her to face her fear of her Charles Bonnet syndrome and the accident that caused her blindness six years before.
After being released from the hospital, Kelly gets a brilliant idea to draw the images she sees in her heart and mind. As she does so, her mother stands in awe as the talent her daughter once had as a child returns in full swing, regardless of her blindness.
Even though Kelly’s father doesn’t want to believe in her talent at first, through the power of prayer and her faith in God, she teaches him how to use his own inner vision.
Available now on amazon at the following link: