Writer’s Wall: Inspiration

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I’d like to talk about a problem that faces all creatives at one point or another. The block, the wall, and the dead-end. The bane of writer’s everywhere, known as: “Writer’s Block”.

I have faced this terrible enemy many a time, won some battles and lost others. But over the last couple of years I have refined several war tactics to take down this fearsome opponent.
Today starts the first in a series, “Writer’s Wall”. I will offer up a tactic per segment.
Today’s tactic is inspiration.
I have found that inspiration comes in many forms.
Often an attack will come when we least expect it; thus we must counter with similar measures.
  • We need to surprise our minds. Try something new, maybe change your routine a tad. Perhaps change location of where you normally write, or go on a walk and soak in nature.
    • Our minds are like sponges; soaking in everything around us. Our settings and characters will take those memories and thoughts within our minds and convert them into actions and situations. When we change things up, it gives our minds a chance to breathe and soak in new things.
    • Additionally we gain more experiences that help us create ink splots upon our pages.
    • Another wonderful sort of inspiration comes in the form of an inspiration board.
      • Either created manually in collage format or by using a pin-board on pinterest, we can begin to gather more details for our works.
      • If you would like an example of a pinterest inspiration board, here is the one for my current WIP:
  • The final but no less important inspiration tactic I use are music playlists.
    • You can pick a certain genre of music to fit the setting of your story.
    • Many a musical playlist has helped me keep to a setting or theme of a story.
    • They are marvelous tools that can also be truly enjoyable, as well.
How do you inspire yourself? What kind of inspiration helps you when writing?
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Create a Write Pattern

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I’ve been making up stories since I was small.

Before I could write, I would make up songs with stories within them and daydream my way through far off lands.
When I got into school I discovered my love of reading and naturally over time this transformed my way of storytelling onto paper.

I tended to write in bursts during my schooling experience. I would write whenever inspiration struck, in wonderful moments where the pen held in my hand seemed to zip across my lined pages.  Those sort of writing habits fared me well in the school environment; writing between classes and scribbling down notes beside onto a notepad on my bedside table when I awoke from fantastical dreams. I wrote every chance that I got. It felt special, exciting and sometimes forbidden (when I’d write during class).

When I left school things changed. Life happened, as they say. 
I suddenly had to make decisions, I had to grow up.
My writing became stagnant for a year.
I tried some college, but it didn’t seem to stick.

It wasn’t until I started working full time, that I began to write again.
I wrote fanfiction and worked on a trilogy, neither of which I finished completely.
I never got past the 10 chapter mark, instead I was re-writer.
I wrote like that for a couple of years.

After I got married, I was fortunate to have the complete unconditional support of a like minded creative who encourage me to begin writing again. 
My method of writing that I had during my schooling years picked up once more. 

I took what I thought was to be just a breather from my series, and started a brand new idea for the wonderful time of year that is called NANOWRIMO.

I wrote nearly every day that November and had at the end of it 18k words of chronological chapters and words.

Finally I felt an achievement in my bones, and I wanted desperately to finish the story.
I had the ending crisp in my mind, and the characters had taken me on an adventure that I hadn’t ever truly experienced so accurately before.
I had also found like minded individuals on Twitter, who had cheered me on through the whole process.

Then I discovered the “Don’t Break the Chain” calendar through YouTube, and found #writechain on Twitter.

Finally it felt like all the puzzle pieces had fallen into place.

I needed to create a regular writing schedule and what better way than having a minimum word count for each and every day.

The idea was daunting at first, but  I picked a word number that I felt I could get in on even my worst day. And it worked, rest is history.

The lesson I have learned from writing every day has changed my life.

So here’s the kicker, I will not tell you that you have to write every day to be a writer.

Firstly, because that’s simply not true.

 
You write, therefore you ARE a writer.
 

But I do believe it is important to either set aside a time to write or create your own sort of writing schedule.

The main point of a writing schedule is to get you to write.
So often we can get stuck.
When you have goals, you are able to gather momentum towards fulfilling your dreams.

So what have you done to make time for writing? Do you have a writing schedule? Do you have any experiences to share. Please feel free to post below.

Rules Change

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I’ve been reading about writing for several years now.

I’ve read loads of advice, tips and opinions about how someone should write.
Rules like: always start with conflict, start with characterization, repetition is a bad, repetition can be good sometimes, details are important, dialogue is more important and ect.
Do you see the pattern?

The rules of writing are always changing.

There have even been some authors who have become recognized when they have decided to bend the rules of grammar within their writing.
Other books like “The Thirteenth Tale” have set away the guidelines and instead have brought us an experience full of imagery and mystery within the many details on their pages.
I have found that no matter what the genre, be it in YA, NA, or Adult, there will always be books that change the rules. 
But you might wonder, “Where is a constant? A rule or guideline that should not be broken?”
I believe there is only one true rule in writing, one that will never change.
 
Just keep writing.
 
The story that needs to be told will only tell itself if you first take the first step.
Each writer must find their own path.
The tips and advice given by other writers out in the world is there to help guide those of us who might feel stuck in one way or another. Ultimately the decision is ours and we need to find the best way of writing that suits ourselves along the way.
 
Here on this blog, I hope I can offer my experiences with writing and the various lessons I’ve learned. I hope that I may be able to help similar writers find their way around the word path until they find their own way.
The rules may always be changing in writing, but so are its authors. We seek always to be better.

Inspiration

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I’d like to dedicate my 2nd blog post to several very inspiring writers and creators out in the inter-webs.

I think as a writer it can feel as if you are lost in a sea of fantastic raindrops. You will read imaginative tales and be consumed in the lives and stories of the characters others have written. Then, when it comes to your own writing you may feel as if it will never measure up to the stories that have inspired your dreams.

This blog post is for the people that made me realize that this does not have to be so. These people may not have known me personally, but their words and encouragements have resonated truthfully for me. I hope they will do the same for you.

1) Ava Jae at {Writability}
Reason for her amazingness: She has wonderful tips and advice for fellow writers. She has humble beginnings. She has known the pain of a novel not panning out the way one may wish it; and the heartache of having to put it aside. She has felt rejection. She knows how it feels to try to find time in a busy life to write. Foremost she taught me that I am a writer. I write, therefore I’m a writer.

Notable posts and videos she has created:

Ava Jae will be having her debut novel, “Beyond the Red” coming out to bookstores in the March of this year.
 
Reason for her amazingness: She has helped to create another wonderful side of the writer community on Twitter. She’s supportive and encouraging. On days where I reported the my minimum word count and felt guilty for it, she cheered me on and congratulated me on my progress.
You can become part of the writer chain at her website, Writerology.net.

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Reason for his amazingness: He never ceases to put a smile on my face. His witty and creative tweets are insightful as well as fun. He is breath of fresh air that every writer needs.

Brian has written a trilogy, The World of Godsland. The books are available in e-book format on Amazon.

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Welcome One & All!

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Today is my Wordiversary. I’m so glad you were able to make it. I hope you enjoy your stay here.

So, what is a Wordiversary?

On Jan 2, 2015 I started a chain that I have not broken.

I have not stopped writing everyday since last January 2nd.

So today on Jan 2, 2016 in order to celebrate this very special anniversary I have written my first blog post, on my first official writer/author blog.

A writer blog is an essential. At least that’s what I’ve been told by many of my writer buddies. It’s important to practice writing. It’s important to practice writing what you know, so you can write about things you don’t.

I didn’t know what sort of advice or knowledge I could impart to fellow writers. After all, I have not published any of my writing thus far. I have not won any contests for it. But in a small way I believe I have achieved something great.

I was a procrastinating writer before I started my write chain. I would write only when the mood would strike, when my fingers begged me to type or scribble. When I was told I should write a blog for writing, I laughed. All I could ever teach someone to do is procrastinate.

I’ve learned since then that even the greatest writers of all time continued to learn.

Thus with the start of a new year I have created my new project, “Write Improvement”.

“Write Improvement” is about how creativity can have an positive effect on someone’s day to day life. I hope to have future blog posts on: creating a writing routine and how to do so under various circumstances, and fun ways to break down writer’s blocks.

I would like to thank Faye with @WriteChain on twitter for the inspiration of my very own write chain. I would also like to thank Karen Kavett for her “Don’t Break the Chain!” calendar that has helped me to keep track and put a smile on my face with each new link throughout this year.