When Fiction Fails….Why Not Journal

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Just like we all at times need an escape from reality, sometimes we need an escape from fiction.

I know it may be hard to believe that such a thing exists; the need to escape from the worlds within our heads. I know it was hard for me to realize such a thing but even on days like this we can still dream.

At times it’s not so much a need, its more as if we feel as if all our creative energies have been suck dry. Perhaps it was a hard week, or perhaps we’ve written non-stop and we have hit that famous Writer’s Wall. When this happens we can always turn to reality for a brief hiatus.

I have always been the kind of person to start a journal but never really stick to it.

Recently though I started an online diary and suddenly I’m writing more regularly.

On the off days during the week when I have just updated my stories on Wattpad, and my blog is current; its nice to have an outlet to place my stress.

Having an outlet for every day stress helps us to not burn out when we need to get our writing done.

& guess what? It counts towards your daily word count! Isn’t that great?

So on a day when you need to vent, so that you may return to your creative endeavors with renewed vigor, you can journal while still keeping to your daily writing schedule.

Have you journaled before? Or if not what sort of things do you do to vent away the stresses of every day life so that it doesn’t disrupt your writing schedule? 

Write Inspiration: Dreams

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Every story I’ve ever written started from a dream or at the very least a daydream.

When I was small, before I could read or write, I would sing tales as I spun them in my head. When I grew older those sung tales grew into real ones and I fell in love with storytelling.

Dreams are mysterious and hold meaning to our lives; often inspired by experiences of our day or week; thus they can be excellent fodder for the growth of a new story.

If you meld a dream and iron out the wrinkles and self-inserts; you can have a good novel on your hands.

Many an author I’ve spoken to keeps an account of their dreams, because they hold quite a bit of inspiration.

They can also can help solve plot holes in current novels.

Many a night I have gone to sleep thinking over and over about the last chapter of my story and when I woke up somehow I had a new idea to spark the next chapter.

Have your dreams inspired you to write? Have they ever solved a plot hole for you?

For more daily prompts, check out The Daily Post on wordpress.

What Makes Your Character’s Heart Sing?

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When creating a character sometimes it can be very easy to get lost in just that, creating them. But sometimes the best characters are discovered in the littlest details that make them all the more human.

Today I’d like you to take a break from the research and instead think about the little things that makes our characters’ hearts sing.

Is it a look across a crowded room?

Or is it watching as a little bird perches upon surface and tilt its head up at the character?

Do they smile when music sweeps through the air?

Is their breath taken away when they step into a canopied forest?

Are they rendered speechless when someone smiles at them unexpectedly?

Have you ever thought about what makes your heart sing? If so why don’t you take a moment and find out what makes all your characters hearts lift high into the air like a kite.

For more daily prompts, check out The Daily Post on wordpress.

 

Special Post: A Creative Intermission

Today I will be doing something a little different.

An important part of being the writer is breathing. Sometimes we need to soak in nature, take a break and eat a donut, or take a stroll through an art gallery.

Today I shall spotlight a person I admire. She is a friend who has had many trials in her young life, and yet she has always found  reasons to smile and laugh.

She has always inspired me with her tenacity.

My friend Kaylissa (@kays_crafty_creations) has recently taken the leap and decided to display and put up for sale her own art and photography.

Her art has a lightness to it, that will always bring a smile to anyone’s face.

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(“Harold the Giraffe”, Photo credit to: Kaylissa, via Instagram)

Her photography transports you. She has a way of looking through the lens and taking photos of familiar places and breathing new life into them.

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(Photo  credit to: Kaylissa, via Instagram)
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(Photo credit to: Kaylissa, Via Instagram)
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(Photo credit to: Kaylissa, via Instagram)

I hope you will enjoy these captures and I hope it will give you a small breather from the busy life as a writer.

Never forget the power of a little bit of inspiration from those around us.

Bookworm: The Tales I Am Reading

I thought I would let you all know what I am reading right now.

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“Beyond the Red” is the debut novel for one of my favorite bloggers, Ava Jae.

I’m only a couple of chapters in but the world-building is amazing and the character development has you caring from the very beginning.

The Goodreads Summary:

A story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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“Infatuation of a Merman” by: Scarlel

The 2nd tale that has made the top of my list is, “Infatuation of a Merman” on Wattpad.

It truly surprised me and taught me to not always judge a book by its title. The author has done quite a good job at world building. It’s set on a planet where the water is feared for within its depths the man-eating mer-people reside. But there is one girl that is not afraid of the water, for that’s where her friends the fish swim and play. She can speak to the sea creatures and she feels safe with them. One day though her gift betrays her and that’s when everything changes.

The Wattpad summary:

They lure you into the waters, twisting their haunted melody. 
You don't feel a thing as you drown into the sea, 
unaware of your new deathbed. 
Only once they sink their teeth into your soft skin will you feel the agony 
and realize your mistake. 
They are mermaids, the ones who leave nothing but bones in their wake. 
They're the reason everyone abides by the unwritten rule: 
Never go near the ocean. 
Everyone except Nyx, a human with the ability to talk to fish, 
who ignores all these warnings. 
But her peace is shattered when she encounters a merman, 
the flesh eating fish of the sea. 
Soon she's about to realize that there are no such thing as allies; 
only enemies. 
And this flesh eater will do anything to ensure that he stays 
the only threat to her heart.

A Write Confession

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I have a confession.

I am terrified.

I am terrified of failing. Not just a little, horribly….

That is why I have not submitted my 1st draft of “A Victorian Tale” into the foray of publishers or agents yet.

Now let’s be fair a first draft is hardly prepared enough to enter that underworld of crazy rejections and spontaneous successes.

I give myself credit in knowing that it’s not ready yet, but that is also an excuse.

I’ve been holding back from editing it.

I edited perhaps the first 3 chapters, but then after NANOWRIMO hit it was put on the back burner. Then for health reasons, going back and forth between a computer screen and a typed out/edited manuscript was torture. So I took a break, a long break.
The guilt of keeping it frozen in its toddler stage haunts me.

It has so much potential I can feel it and yet I have it stuck.

Part of me, I suppose, is terrified for another reason.

You see, “The Land of Fear” was the first time I truly allowed the darkness out as a writer. My previous writings had hints, but not the whole shebang.

I had held myself back a couple of times in “The Victorian Tale” and although it filtered through sometimes I think I held back the novel as well.

If I edit it this time, I know I will not be able to hold back and that terrifies me.

I am scared of what non-writer friends might think, and yet at the same time I know it will feel like a weight off my soul if I do do it.

All and all my resolution is not to allow any of the above to hold me back anymore, I miss my toddler and I’m going to go back and nurture it to grow once more.

Moral of this tale: If you have a fear that is holding you back, confront it, battle it and defeat it; so that you can move forward and grow. 

 
Do you have writerly fears, as well? If so what helps you combat them?