Your lens is creating your world…

Loved this post from James Need. Just fantastic and so empowering. I’m rereading it now and just feeling so peaceful. I loved it. What a wonderful message.

Resistance creates pain. Acceptance creates peace.

I simply loved this post. Loved it. LOVED it. What a wonderful message. It was exactly what I needed to hear and gave me a great deal of peace.

Do not write here

I know there are authors who have their ideal places to write. I do as well. But, I thought it might be more interesting to talk about places where I’ve tried to write…and, well, let’s just say conditions weren’t ideal.

1. Holiday in Mexico. There was no air conditioning in the resort lobby and it was July. I can honestly say I’ve never, ever been that hot. I thought, with a cool glass of water, I could handle it. Nope. Add the heat from the laptop and that might explain the dehydration that followed. Ew.

2. At home while my hubby and his buddy were shovelling our roof. Canadians have to shovel more than their driveways. If you don’t shovel your roof and there’s enough of it, the weight of the snow will break it and literally destroy your house. Trying to write while someone is stomping and shovelling over your head is not ideal.

3. At work. I got some interesting questions about the ‘project’ I was working on. Snoops!

4. At the Doctors, or the dentists or… Turns out, while they don’t mind you waiting, they’re really picky about having to wait. And I’m not really nice when I’m in the ‘zone’ and someone interrupts me.

5. A zoo. Okay, okay. I know. That was silly of me to even try. But I thought that with the animals there’d be inspiration and the day was so beautiful…It was a disaster. They might be beautiful but they’re also very loud. And they don’t really keep up with the hygiene! Phew!

I hear authors often go to coffee shops and I would agree. I have one of my own. There’s something about caffeine, the soft murmur of voices and music and a lazy afternoon that immediately makes me want to write. It’s one of my favourite places for productivity.

How about you?

Positive thinking: You’re an awesome writer!

That post by Jeff Moore is still with me. I was looking for reviewers yesterday and their warnings sent me to a sad place. I started to wonder what I was doing fooling myself writing. So, today, I went and found some sites that have positive messages for beginning writers. I certainly needed to hear what they said. Here’s hoping some of you will find these helpful.

Justine Musk wrote 11 things writers should know here. I really liked that post.

I needed to hear that the first draft will not be perfect and that I should give myself permission to write badly. I always try to get that scene right. Not just the dialogue but the ambiance, the foreshadowing, the goal of the scene and the character quirks…not to mention the editing. With all that critique in my head, I just feel a lot of pressure. I loved hearing that the first draft should be rough!

I also related to her first item. “If you have a calling to write, it won’t go away.” I believe that. I’ve lived in different countries, learning different languages and I managed to write and read. It was in me and it certainly didn’t go away.

And I loved when she said: “Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale.” Isn’t that so very true?

But I’m not done! Kelly Leiter has this awesome blog where you can find all kinds of goodies for writers (see her side menu). Here’s the link:

http://www.thebeginningwriter.com/

In particular, here is a post on self-doubt. I particularly liked the article by Susan Mary Malone, “Writing’s Four-Letter Word: Fear”. And the one by Michael Wallace, “On the Importance of Persistence.” I really liked when he said he could ‘wallpaper a room with rejection letters’. If he’s so good and got that many rejections, maybe there’s hope.

Finally, Kelly Leiter has these helpful quotes to get you started wherever you are in the writing process.

http://www.thebeginningwriter.com/2012/03/helpful-quotes-to-inspire-and-guide-you.html

So, like Natalie Goldberg says: “Just write. Just write. Just write…”

One little image, just for a smile.

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(credit:alanrinzler.com)

Thinking Into Your Destiny

I have a nagging suspicion that what we believe, we make come true. I thought of this when I read this post by Jeff Moore. Soo interesting. Loved it.

Tips for indie authors

Found two great sites for indie authors. One on reasons to blog and another on how to blog.

When I first started out, I didn’t know the difference between a blog and a website. I didn’t think I’d need to know the difference because I was a writer. Why would I ever keep a blog?

Molly Greene has a great answer to that question. I’m not going to repeat what she says (she says it way better than I ever could). Just click here and you’ll see what I mean.

Now, getting a blog is all good and dandy but if you have a blog, you want traffic and that only comes if your blog is both engaging and worthwhile to the reader. Karen Lotter has these five amazing tips. I had no idea how important it is to use good titles and headlines. Google doesn’t ‘get’ puns and sarcasm and so they won’t lead your post to your intended audience.

I’ve also posted these sites on my Resources page along with those others already there. Have a read!

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Night-time writing

My best ideas often come at night. Right when I should be dozing off, ready for dream-land, I close my eyes…and finally see how my heroine is going to face her fears or I finally know where the climax of my book will be or I finally get what drives my villain.

I’ve tried ignoring them thinking I’ll remember them in the morning. Nope. The paths connecting the issue with the solution, so clear as I dozed off, were impossible to remember in the clarity of the morning. No amount of coffee could resuscitate my memory either.

I’ve ignored them thinking they weren’t that important or good…only to curse for days while my waking mind tried to recreate them. It took me weeks to finally remember.

As I write this I’m reminded of the story of Scheherazade and the muses who whispered stories for her to entertain the sultan but did so only at night. While I’m no Scheherazade, able to magically capture the attention of my audience until daylight, I certainly don’t want to snub my nose at inspiration. I do get ideas in the daytime–certainly I get them at the most inconvenient times, like while driving or while at a work meeting–but the best ones often occur to me at night.

I have no idea why enlightenment comes just as I’m about to lose consciousness. Maybe because the mind is relaxed and open to Karma? Who knows and really, who cares. It’s like the inside of my laptop, I have no idea how it works, I’m just glad it does.

Still, years and years of this happening and I never once thought to put a notebook by my bedside. Not once. I have one now thanks to my husband who, hearing me moaning about a lost idea, put one there. I remember I thanked him while secretly convinced I wasn’t going to need it…

Until that night.

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Some blogs I love

I follow some blogs religiously. They’re just simply awesome. Some are good for a laugh, some are great writers, some inspire me and others are just beautiful works of art.

http://infinitefreetime.wordpress.com is just awesome. I read it every day. It’s not only funny and addictive but it’s also well written and fresh. Love it. I bet you can’t read an entry and turn away.

http://feetfromshore.wordpress.com has absolutely stunning pictures. Don’t miss the one about rain. I couldn’t believe the shots. How does she do it? Is it the camera? To me, someone who has trouble not cutting people’s heads off when I take a picture, the shots were incredible. Totally worth going and checking it out.

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com. I follow Kristen Lamb’s site because she tells it like it is and it’s very helpful to know what’s what in writing. It’s not always easy to find the truth about writing and she delivers. She also has great tips, ideas and hints for writing issues. I get those all the time!

http://pennydreadfulbooks.me. I follow her because she writes great reviews. You can tell because she doesn’t simply give every book perfect and she writes so eloquently. Good reviews are hard to write. Why did you like it? What exactly makes this a good read? What’s outstanding about this author’s writing style? To be precise and clear takes talent. Plus, I get to see what books are out there and I’m always looking for a good book…and did I mention she reviewed Olivia’s Choice?

http://everydaypowerblog.com simply inspires me. There are days when I want to pull out my hair, when work sucked and the car needs gas and I’m cranky and need sleep and I can’t think of one single word to write…and this blog gives me a boost. The rest of the time, I just read it and feel grateful.

http://tarissahelms.com is a great blog I follow because it both inspires me and just makes me smile. I love the stories in it. And…

http://rachelmankowitz.wordpress.com I won’t miss because the stories are just too good to miss…plus she loves doggies so that’s always a winner with me aaand she includes pictures of her pooches! It’s a definite must check out in my book. (mental note: take more pictures of Ocean for blog).

Quotes about books

I was the only one in my family who read. When I was a teen, I was the only one of my friends who read. As a young adult, I remember getting odd looks from people when I pulled out a book from my pocket. “You brought a book?” they asked.

Today I know lots of people read but I still find it comforting to hear them speak about the connection they have with books. From funny to tear-jerkers, these quotes moved me. They’re all about books.

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx.

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”- Elizabeth Hardwick.

“When I get a little money, I buy books. If there’s any left over, I buy food.” – Desiderius Erasmus.

“Education is a vaccine for violence.” – Edward James Olmos.

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Joseph Brodsky.

“A book is the most effective weapon against intolerance and ignorance.” – Lyndon Baines Johnson.

 

And, of course, the amazing poem, “The reading mother” by Strickland Gillilan.

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
“Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.
I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness lent with his final breath.
I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be —
I had a Mother who read to me.

Awesome blog

I just found it: 1000awesomethings.com. It’s truly awesome. It lists the top 1000 things ever. It didn’t just make me smile, it made others smile too (52 million hits! Those are some stats!)

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