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11 Visual Exercises – Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book!

Imagine Yourself as a Published Author

Imagine Yourself as a Published Author

“Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.”
Quincy Jones

 

Imagine.

You. Published author.

Your published book on Amazon’s shelves.

People spotting your beautiful book cover as they search for a book to buy.

Readers buying your book.

Logging in to your Amazon bookshelf and seeing numbers popping up under month-to-date sales.

Wouldn’t that be exciting?

You’ve just spent the last few months or years writing your memoir, romance, mystery or non-fiction story. The material is amazing. You’ve gone over it with a fine tooth comb and it is perfect. The story has been burning in your chest to be told. This story has become your baby. You know the world needs to hear what you have to say.

 

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” 
– Brian Tracy

 

You say you’re not even close to completing your book?

Think it can’t be done?

Have you even gotten started?

Maybe you need some inspiration about right now.

 

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?”
– Sun Tzu

 

Here’s a goal for you.

Kindles Wrapped under the Tree

Wrapped Presents are waiting under the Christmas Tree

Christmas is close at hand.

Christmas morning will find millions rubbing the sleep from their eyes. They run into the living room to check out what Santa brought.

Christmas trees are lit up all over the world.

The tinsel sparkles.

The lights will be twinkling.

Presents are wrapped and waiting.

Kindles are under the Christmas tree.

Kindles under the Christmas Tree

There’s a Kindle in one of those packages!

These are gifts to new readers of ebooks.

Recipients will be excited that they received their brand spanking new e-reader.

They will, of course, need books to fill it up.

They will be heading over to Amazon to find books for their new  Kindle.

This is the first of October.

You have three months.

Let’s do a little exercise together.

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Picture your book as completed.
  3. What does the cover look like?
  4. What color is it?
  5. Is there a picture on the cover or just text?
  6. Picture your title.
  7. Picture your name under the title, with the word “author” after your name.
  8. Picture your book in the listing of your chosen category on Amazon.
  9. What would it feel like to hold this book in your hand?
  10. Who is the first person you would share it with?
  11. Take Action

“Everything you can imagine is real.”
– Pablo Picasso

 

Now you’ve imagined your book, the Kindles in hand at Christmas, now is the time to take action. (Tweet)

Imagine your Author Name and Book Title on this Book Cover

Imagine your Author Name and Book Title on this Book Cover

Now is the time to write.

 

“The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! ”
– George S. Patton

 

The next post will help you do this.

 

Try the visual exercises and tell me what you imagine.  What is the title of your book? Color?  What are you doing to make this book a reality?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

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Dip into the Writing Well of your Bliss, Talents and Passions (Part 2)

Find Your Bliss and Never Fun out of Writing Topics!

Find Your Bliss and Never Run Out of Writing Topics!

Ask yourself this question: How many artists are truly blissful?

 

“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”
 – William Shakespeare


Previously, I wrote about finding “bliss” when painting—albeit  painting “for sale” signs to help a neighbor sell a house.

You can read this post here

 

Speaking to Writers

How does painting and finding your bliss apply to writing?

You may be saying, “What in the world do I have to write about, and who would want to listen to me?”

Let me put this in more practical terms–speaking especially to aspiring writers. When I was writing the book “The Body Revolution Solution,” I was excited.

You can find that book here.

For the first time in 26 years, my children were on their own. The house was empty. I finally began doing something for myself. I was taking care of myself for the first time in a very long time, instead of the little people tugging at my skirt. This new path was transforming my body, changing my moods, and my outlook for a bright future. This was exciting to me, and I translated this excitement to the page as I was writing the book.

I was becoming an entirely new woman.

The discovery process brought joy.

An entirely new world was opening up through this new way of eating and exercising, which also helped with hormone fluctuations and hot flashes that I had been experiencing for many years.. This was a serious light bulb clicking on and off trying to get my attention.

Ah ha! A new book!

This new book, “Put the Pause in Your Menopause” can be found here.

The lesson for authors?

If you are going to write, why not write what you love?

 

What Makes You Happy?

Write what makes you happy.

Find your bliss. Find Your Joy. Write about it.

Find your bliss. Find Your Joy. Write about it.

Your joy will cause your words to simply flow onto the page like a cool, clear, rushing mountain stream. They will gush forth without forcing them.

Others will be blessed by what you have written because your talents will shine. There will be people who need to hear what you have written.

Here are a couple of lessons I gleaned while painting (this can be applied to anything you love doing).

 

LESSON #1

Make sure to have a lot of paint on your brush

That advice seems so simple, but when I took a watercolor course from a grumpy watercolor instructor who wanted to withhold his knowledge on how to paint, I was afraid to get too much paint on my brush.

Why?

Perhaps I was fearful from his attitude of withholding information, and I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I didn’t want to waste the paint, and the colors came out weak.

Fear can cause you to hold back.

Dip that brush deep into the paint well and make broad strokes. In doing so, you will make an impact.

The colors will pop!

You can’t make broad and bold strokes if you don’t have a good dollop of paint on your brush.

 

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!
– Oliver  Goldsmith

 

Don’t be afraid to dip into the paint of your talents and let your colors shine! Be who you really are—you will be joyful—and people will be attracted to that joy.

The world is woefully short on joy–and needs more of it.

Be the joy the world needs to see.

 

LESSON #2

If you switch colors, make sure to clean off your paintbrush and dry it first.


In other words: Finish one thing before you move on to the next.

If you can visualize the entire picture, you may get ahead of yourself and want to jump ahead too quickly to the end. I paint the foundation on a flower or tree, and then I can readily see where I need to add more color.

I get excited and want to quickly dip into this other color.

Resist the temptation!

Let the first color dry.

Writers: Master the writing genre you are currently in–before you move on to another one.

I’ve currently written books in nonfiction and I am slowly moving to fiction. There is a learning curve. So give yourself grace. You are infallible and prone to mistakes. God gave His grace to us. Let’s give it to ourselves. I’m soaking up all the learning I can on writing romantic fiction.

I’m not a master, I’m an apprentice.

In this life, I will always consider myself an apprentice. I freely admit this.

I am a voracious learner.

I am a voracious reader.

I trust that I will learn what I need to know to move forward.

I go to the library and request 15-20 books. They sit here in a bag on the couch. I try to go through them one by one until I get bored. I glean what I can from each one of them. There is something to be learned from each book, and then it is time to move on.

 

Lessons We Can Learn from Paint

Paint colors can also teach us something.

What can you learn from Painting?

What can authors learning from painting?

Learn from them.

There is a world of colors. Each color portrays a different emotion.

Like paint colors, people are also all different. They have different tastes. They like to read a wide variety of books and topics.

Learn what your readers like.

How they think.

Now dip your paintbrush boldly into the well of your different colors. Write with color. Write with passion.

 

And  the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing  where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.
– J. K.  Rowling

 

Note: This post is part 2 of “Finding Your Bliss”
Here’s Part One: Dip Into the Writing Well of your Bliss, Talents and Passions

Let me know what you can pull from your writing well of your bliss, talents, and passions to create your very own self-published book. 
What makes you happy?

Leave a comment. I’d love to know!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

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Dip into the Writing Well of your Bliss, Passions, and Talents

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Find Your Bliss and Never Run Out of Writing Topics!

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”  – Dale Carnegie

 

Follow your bliss; have fun in your work; do what you love, and find your joy.

My dictionary defines the word bliss as: “Extreme happiness, ecstasy and serene joy.”

I have been pondering following your bliss, and how this applies to authors. I believe if you are doing things you love (work, hobbies, family, travel, volunteering), you will always have material to write about.

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Do you have a hobby you can write about?

You will love your writing.

Others will also fall in love with your words.

I wrote an earlier blog post about painting and finding the joy it brought to me.

Joy!

How often do we experience this blessing? You can find this post here. I’m not admitting to painting masterpieces; I just noticed my garden figurines were looking a bit on the shabby side.

I wanted to make them beautiful again.

Give them new life.

Just this week when a neighbor needed help in selling their house, I again picked up the paintbrush. This time, to paint signs. Signs? Yep. Signs using stencils and paints.

Oh joy!

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Painting “For Sale” signs can be Bliss, too!

Sounds kind of kindergartenish, doesn’t it? It was eye-opening to me. I found that I was in that zone again.

The “bliss” zone.

The zone you find yourself in automatically when you are experiencing sheer joy and everything flows.

I have found that painting brings me joy.

I am a child.

Give me paints and a blank piece of paper and I will be quiet for hours.

I am writing this blog post to avoid a necessary evil. That something does not bring me bliss but is an evil necessity: editing my first romance novel. I have had some edits back for weeks from a crit partner, and I am at a point where I need to expound on a topic, and I am procrastinating. I’m guilty. Ack! I admit it.

I need a break.

I need to chew on this a bit.

I need to swirl the scenario in the story around in my mind like a fine wine.

Let it stew.

I may even sleep on it. Meanwhile, I’m going to write about why I think aspiring authors should follow their passion in their writing, instead of following what the crowd is doing.

The other thing that got me to thinking about this is from connecting with an aspiring author on Linked In. She is also a photographer, and she has taken some darn good pictures.

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Image courtesy of Kim Powell at Photograph_kp

You can see them here.

I believe she is following her bliss as a photographer, and I know she will do very well. As she develops her photography business, perhaps she might consider keeping a journal and this could turn into a book on photography. I don’t know. Here’s what I do know.

When you are joyful while doing something you love, the work flows.

Just as I am painting signs right now for a neighbor. Hey, I’m filling in stenciled letters, but I love it! I am good at it, and I can keep a pretty steady hand. That is what is needed when painting “OPEN HOUSE” on foamboard.

So it’s not a Van Gogh.

It’s still fun.

And when you having fun, the world knows it.

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” – Katharine Hepburn

So, listen up. If you are an aspiring author, and you don’t know what to write about, follow your bliss.  You may want to start journaling to find out if you’ve been stifled in your creativity. Here are the questions you can ask yourself:

  • What makes me happy? (Make a list)
  • What one thing does not feel like work? Pick only one.
  • What do I want to say about this one subject? (Start an outline)

I’m just going to stick with these three questions, because I, myself, work well in three’s.

Three items on the to-do list is not overwhelming.

Three questions should be easy to think about.

Ponder it. Stew on it. Let it rest. Then follow your bliss and begin writing.

“If you have that flame of a dream down inside you somewhere, thank God for it, and do something about it. And don’t let anyone else blow it out.” – Rich DeVos

 

What is your bliss? What makes you so happy that you just want to write and write and not stop? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com, where
“Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.
 

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11 Simple Tips to Increase Writing – Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper!

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Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper!

When I was a six-year-old in kindergarten, I was easily distracted and had a problem keeping my eyes to myself. When we were supposed to be working on an art project, the little boy next to me started talking and I got caught up in the fun of the conversation. The teacher noticed, and she came over and whacked me hard on the head with a big book (she was kinda mean).

While still in school, did you find yourself peeking at a classmate’s paper, only to be chastised by teacher? She would peer over her bifocals directly into your eyes, and you felt the fear of being caught. If you learned your lesson, you immediately turned back to your own test, refocused on blackening in those circles, and tried to guess the correct answers.

This current electronic social media age lends itself to turning people into modern day voyeurs. Like moths instinctively drawn to a flame, we are drawn to spy on others’ Facebook pages, You Tube videos, or websites. This creates a feeling of discontent. We ask ourselves, “What are THEY doing that I’m not? Why are they so much better than me? What’s wrong with me?”

Nothing is wrong with you. Just as keeping up with the Joneses and buying a bigger house or car will keep you forever in a destructive cycle, the same applies to writing. We have our own styles, our own methods of working, and our own distinctive subjects that push our hot buttons. Our neighbor has theirs. We are all different, and we work differently as well. As soon as we come to this realization, we will be happier, contented, and at peace. Our focus now back on our own work–we will accomplish more.

There are 11 simple steps that I strive to follow that help me increase my writing output, which cannot be accomplished when I’m looking over my shoulder at everyone else. Follow these steps, and I believe you will be on your way to more books, more blog posts, more articles, and a much happier you!

1)  Meditate. Spend some quiet time first thing in the morning blocking out the world. My chosen path is prayer and Bible reading. If you like to just spend it just clearing your mind in a quiet atmosphere, that is fine. Just clear the cobwebs out of your mind to make room for the things that really matter. This will give you more clarity and focus than anything else you do.

2)  Have a plan. Make a list, preferably the night before, of your top three items that will move you forward towards publishing that book, article or blog post. Use a planner (Paper or electronic) Plan out your month and then break the steps down by week, day, hour, etc.. I like using a Weekly or Monthly Planner from the dollar store that I can lay open to glance at, or a web-based planner can be found at http://Wunderlist.com. If you like mind maps, you can create those with a free one such Freemind. Try a couple different methods to see which one works the best for you.

3)  Prioritize. What is your top #1 item  to do that day? If you get through all three on your list–fantastic! I have found that writing any more than three down on any given day, is a recipe for feeling overwhelmed and torn, and usually not much gets accomplished.

4) Research or Study. If you need to get some research done–before you start writing–do this first. Organize all the research all in one place, such as a document or on a legal pad. Have it right in front of you before you begin writing.

5)  Environment. Figure out what type of environment allows you to do your best work. Do you need perfect quiet? Noises of a café? Music?

6)  Forget perfection –dive in! I am a recovering perfectionist, and I can truly say this keeps you from making progress on your goals. As the Nike slogan says, “Just do it!” and worry about fine tuning, i.e., editing, later.

7)  Social Media off limits! At least until you tackle the most important thing on your list first. Give yourself a time limit, and reward yourself by quickly scanning Facebook and Twitter, respond if necessary, and then return to your work.

8) Time yourself. Would you like more hours to magically appear in your day? Try timing yourself. I tend to do my best work when under the gun of a timer. Here’s a site that will allow you to plug in your to-do items and then set the timer when you are ready to work! You can listen to the ticking countdown, or turn off the sound. It will ding when the time is up. Try it at ActionEnforcer.com

9) Tackle one item at a time – Multitasking does not work! As human beings, we are made to only work on one thing at a time. Pick one item on your list, work on it for the amount of time you have set before you move on. Finish what you start.

10)  Exercise. Our bodies are meant to move. Complete one item, close down that screen of your laptop, push your chair away from the computer, and go take a walk, do some yoga, or lift some weights. Try to take a break from sitting about every hour. Finally, last but certainly not least:

11)  Be Flexible! Realize that life will interfere, and you will sometimes not be able to adhere to your schedule. If I can’t follow my plan I’ve laid out for myself, I realize the best laid plans…Give yourself grace and realize there is a new day waiting for you tomorrow.

 I’m always open for learning new tips. Leave a comment and let me know what tips have helped your writing output!

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

 

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Authors: Find a Fun Hobby to Boost Your Writing!

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I painted today.

If you are a serious author and you write, you should paint.

Let me rephrase that.

If you write, you need to find a hobby you can attack when your brain needs a rest from writing.

There is something about engaging that right brain that also engages the left. Since I have begun my painting spree, the words are flowing like water from an open spigot.

A few years ago, when I was trying to find my way as a writer, I read a book by Julia Cameron, called “The Artist’s Way.” I highly recommend this book if you feel frustration in your writing, and you need help unleashing the creative side of yourself. We all have this side, but most people never tap into it their entire lives. If you have always dreamt of being a writer, but were blocked from limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, this book seeks to help you replace them with artistic confidence and productivity.

One of her recommendations is to get into the habit of writing what she aptly calls “Morning Pages.”

In other words, journaling.

Get out the journal first thing in the morning, and let it all hang out.

Write, write, write whatever is clogging up your little head. Write about the little tick you hear in the car, write about having to call your mom, write about feeling depressed or blue. This is what is called stream-of-consciousness writing. You are head dumping onto the page to clear out your mind for your more productive writing time. This was a totally new concept to me.

Not edit as I write? Shocking! 

I am a bug-a-boo about grammar and perfection.

You are not to worry about re-reading, or editing, or correcting. Leave it as is, and don’t even go back and read it right then. If you want to later on, fine. Just don’t do it in that one sitting. I have now been engaging in this practice for years, and I can’t believe how cathartic this process has become for me.

The other recommendation that brought me to the painting table?

An artist’s date.

A date with yourself that you are supposed to set for once a week.

You must honor this date as you would a date with your beloved that you would never consider breaking. You must get yourself out of the house, and go haunt the thrift stores, antique stores, art shows, or whatever. Take yourself someplace you’ve always wanted to go. Go sit on the beach and watch the sunrise or sunset.

Just go.

Writers tend to isolate themselves and sit for way too long (which is another subject for fitness), and we become like bumps on a log. We become stale and stagnant and well, you know what happens there. Our writing gets stale and stinky and we get writer’s block. Get out in the fresh air, treat yourself and don’t you dare not show up!

OK. So back to my painting date with myself.

Am I a master painter like Da Vinci or Dali? No way. I revived this fun little hobby from my youth when I noticed my little cat and dog garden figurines were looking a little shabby. I mentioned it to hubby and he searched high and low (at Walmart) for some multi-colored acrylic paints that I could use to paint to my heart’s content.

My projects began usually first thing in the morning (with coffee in hand, of course) on our wrought iron table out on the patio.

I had so much fun giving both a facelift that I moved on to the faded stepping stone. It needed a good rinsing off under some water, and once dry I got to task in the tropical sunshine, and our faded little stepping stone went from ugh to vrooomm! It is now gracing our garden with its new found beauty. I receive the feeling of satisfaction every time I glance its way—a satisfaction that only comes from knowing it is a job you have completed all by yourself!

Then I got on a tear.

A new thought wriggled its way into my subconscious mind. Hmmm….I can repaint all of the smaller garden decorations the same way–those little daisies and their leaves, the flying bird, spade and bucket and birdhouse. Well, you get the idea. Before you know it, I had repainted every last one of them. Hubby sprayed them with an acrylic to seal them and keep them looking pretty.

Now I’ve run out of things to paint.

Before I start on the furniture inside the house, I believe I will make a trip to Hobby Lobby to see what I can beautify for my Christmas presents and then I will go write some more!

Leave a comment and let me know what your hobbies are. Do you feel they help you to be a better writer?

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

 

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All Authors Blog Blitz Featuring Author Aramis Barron

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Today I am pleased to feature author Aramis Barron through the All Authors Blog Blitz put on at Goodreads by author Y. Correa. I hope you enjoy reading this article by Aramis, and will pick up one or both of his books. Enjoy!

 

Leave a Good Story by Aramis Barron

One of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered as a writer is turning interesting ideas into good writing. The theory is simple enough—have a good idea, write it down, flesh it out. Success! Or so the theory goes.

In practice, I’ve found there’s often some sort of disconnect where the awesome gets lost, and what started out as an innovative idea turns into boring clichés in a vain attempt to fill the page. Maybe this doesn’t happen to you, but if this sounds familiar, what can be done?

For me, the best option has been to ask this question: what do you expect to see vs. what would you like to see?

It’s all too easy to fill the page with some generic plot progression while waiting to get to the “good part,” but that’s exactly where excellent writing stands out—it takes advantage of every opportunity to add more to (or remove the unnecessary from) the story. For example, a star-struck couple fights over a misunderstanding and then they make up. That’s the storyline. But what if they didn’t? What if one went into a jealous rage and started an anti-dating corporation/poisoned every box of chocolates in the city/contracted the t-virus and flew away into outer space instead (depending on your genre)?

Think about every story you’ve read, heard, watched, in which you knew exactly what was coming next. How did you feel when you knew what the protagonist or cookie-cutter villain was going to do before they did? Then look at it from the other side: do you remember some of the greatest surprises you’ve ever read in a story? Why was it surprising? What made it work?

An example from literature (spoilers!): In the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, after Martin is revealed as a serial killer, he asks Blomkvist who killed his sister. This opens up a whole new, fascinating plot line since it is implied Martin had killed her, which although short, works very well and creates the opening for an even more surprising ending. Another example is from the television show Prison Break when Michael and Lincoln miss their plane after they escape Fox River. After everything that’s happened up to that point, the audience has a vested interest in seeing the brothers escape, and expects them to, only to watch them fail. As it turns out, failure is an acceptable storyline!

Each writer has their own methods and styles, but if you find your pieces need a little something more to stand out, consider the questions above and don’t be afraid to explore the results. Sometimes the plot or even the entire storyline may change—that’s okay! Moments happen in life that are completely messed up and change the way things are “supposed to go,” but those exact moments are the ones worth telling. In the end, explore different options and see what works best for you, but most of all—leave a good story.

Before I wrap this up, I’ll include a brief advert for my book series, A Bard’s Folktale. The first book, “Roaming Cadenza,” is about three high schoolers and their mental unstable college friend driving across country to get the hell out of their hometown just after graduation. Finally getting out of their protective bubble, however, they see just how difficult the “real world” can be, and whether they each have what it takes to get by. The second book, “Dustland Requiem,” (available June 25th) continues the story by dealing with the fallout of the group’s decisions and trying to survive the lawless desert of gangland Mexico.

For more information, including a free copy of the first e-book, please visit http://emarosa.net

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Writers are On a Journey – Everything in Life is a Lesson

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A writer’s life is akin to taking a journey.

Guaranteed, the journey is going to be a long and winding road.

It is sometimes an arduous trek.

As we are writing, we learn, we mature, and we transform—sometimes at a feverish pace. This can be an extremely painful process as we are pushing hard to attain the goals we have set for ourselves and our writing. I believe, as writers, we learn more about who we really are, than through any other path. Writing can be very therapeutic and cathartic if a person has lived through very traumatic life situations. Personally, I find that as I write, I can work through serious life questions I am seeking and be rewarded with answers that I would not otherwise find.

The other night, I dreamt about mountains.

These were no ordinary mountains.

They were vivid blue and white with peaks so tall, pointy, and sheer that no one could even attempt to scale them. They resembled some of those magnificent cathedrals in Europe with spires that go on and on forever. I awoke, amazed at the picture still vivid in my memory and the analogy that came to my mind:

“Everything in life is a lesson.”

Our writing goals are our mountains.

The peaks are what we aspire to reach.

Of course, before we reach the peaks, we must all start at the bottom.

All of us must.

You, me, and everyone in the entire world since the beginning of time, who have already attained what they aspired to.

We stand on the prairie at the bottom, at the foot of the mountain, craning our neck, shielding our eyes from the sun, and squint as we try to make out the peaks hidden in the clouds.

They seem so far away, don’t they?

Almost unattainable and unreachable.

Especially when those peaks cannot be seen by human eyes.

We wonder, can we really do this?

Ah, but that is where the faith part comes in. Faith in our abilities, our writing, our stubbornness, and our persistence to push through at all odds. We must have faith that if God has given us this desire, this unquenching fire of a desire in our bellies to write and write and not stop, then we must have faith that the lessons He is trying to teach us, are in the process of the writing.

We slowly begin to climb our mountain, taking tiny, tentative steps.

As we scale the face, struggling to reach the top, each step is a lesson learned.

When we strain and grunt and groan on our way up, we keep on learning, stretching and growing. It’s difficult at times, but not impossible. Sometimes, we pause to wipe the sweat off our brow and may feel like quitting. Once we finally reach the peak of that mountain, we breathe a sigh of relief that we are home free—the lesson has been learned–but they are far from over.

Again, Everything is a lesson.

In a writer’s life there will be many more lessons to learn and more mountains to climb.

Hold your writing close to your breast, breathe a prayer of thanks for the gift that you have been blessed with, and open wide your eyes to the lessons you have been taught…

and to the lessons still waiting to be learned.

Leave a comment and let me know what kinds of lessons you have learned on your writer’s journey! I love to hear from other writers.

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

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A Great Gatsby of a Story – Writing Tips from a Great Movie

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In my estimation, there are so few skillfully told stories that can keep you absolutely gripped to the book page, TV, or big screen.

When I find such a story, I want to tell the world.

Last week I become totally immersed in a captivating story.

I have never read the classic novel, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald or seen the movie made in the 70’s with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Last week, when I plopped down in my cushy seat inside the darkened movie theater with my popcorn, all I could do was grouse about how long this movie was going to be! 2 hours and 22 minutes!

I just knew I was going to be looking at my watch all the way through, and my rear was going to be sore, and….

I did not glance at my watch even one time.

Once the previews were finished, and the movie began, I was absolutely entranced.

It was a visual masterpiece to behold and the story of J. Gatsby kept me glued to my seat.

The story held me spellbound from the start and never let go.

I pondered over the story later that day and the next, and came up with a short list of what I felt were some essentials to a great story:

1)   An element of mystery
2)   Symbols
3)   Romance
4)   A not necessarily happy ending

From the start, this Gatsby fellow was a mystery.

We were shown his life being a certain way, but we were kept wondering who he really was, from the time we first heard his name. And of course, he was not who we thought he was. We didn’t find out the truth until much later in the movie. This keeps us constantly guessing and watching to learn more.

Many symbols were used throughout, like little bread crumb clues that something more was about to happen. Different colors were sprinkled throughout the story, to lead us to think a certain way—when circumstances actually took quite a dramatic turn.

Stories with a touch of romance are always fun.

Mystery and romance bundled together?

Irresistible.

Some of the best stories don’t have happy endings.

I’m not going to give it away, but a sad ending will sometimes leave more of an impression than a happy one.

Suffice it to say that “The Great Gatsby” is no Disney movie.

Do you have some favorite movies that are great “stories?” Tell us about them and what makes them worth watching.

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Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.

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Ghost Novel: Day 4 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

Penelope‘s insight:
 

Now it’s been four days of writing for Dean Wesley Smith, and he has written 22,418 words. I am checking in with Day 4 to see if human nature will take over and he will take it a bit easy–since he has written a novella already! 

Of course, he was hired by a New York publisher to do this, so we could argue that he had a goal to get it done–maybe this is a lesson for us?

He hasn’t written one word by 5 p.m., so could I be right? By 7 p.m. he had manage to write 1,800 words in between answering e-mail and comments. He took a nap, and then managed another 1,000 by 9:30 p.m. He had a lot of “other” stuff he was working on this day, but by the end of the day, he had still racked up an impressive 5,070 words! Grand total now? 27,488!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 4: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8967

 

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Ghost Novel: Day 3 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Day 3 shares more insights into what it’s like in DWS’s world of writing over 7,000 words per day. He seems to be on a writing pace of about 1,000 words in one hour.

In two days, he has typed 15,359 words into the computer. Day 3’s total? 7,059 words, for a grand total of 22,418 words!

Even if we typed half of this each day, we’d have a small novella finished in a week!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 3: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8955

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