Month: April 2015

Stay out of the shadows: A Quote…Inspired by the Late Whitney Houston

“I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadow…because its much more fulfilling to be my original self AND I get far more vitamin D that way, which we all know is a good thing.” Whitney Houston was on to something here besides going for the record gold when she sang the song, “The Greatest Love of All,” written by Linda Creed and Michael Masser. Looking to our heroes and sheroes for inspiration is part of being human. Its what gives us the fuel to press towards a higher mark and prize, but hiding in the dark, cold, musty shadow of someone else, well…that’s just a waste. Yes we are to learn from others, but to only achieve the same level of artistic greatness (or any kind of achievement) as the person before you is not to do the world a favor but it is to reinvent the wheel. It’s just plain wrong. To stay in the shadows is to get lost in the shuffle of mediocrity. Originality is a precious gift from Yeshua/Jesus/God. …

Writing Process: A Question-What is Your Process?

For the last five years I had been the sole proprietor of a small business. It was hard, honest work-work that ate up most of my mental time, and creativity. I enjoyed it for the season that I was dedicated to it, but I recently closed that business, and have found myself with somewhat of a void. What I mean is that where nearly ever waking hour of my day was dedicated to the growth and production of this business with as many moments stolen away to dedicate to my writing, I know find myself wearing a different hat; one where my muscle memory is focused in “business mode” but I am clearly standing in the land I have longed to be in for many years now, and that is the world of writing! Now that I have all of this time on my hands to actually write, I find myself struggling to make the best use of it. Don’t get me wrong, I get at least 1,500 words in a day, but that is …

Writing Process: A Quote

In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful…You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing.” ~Doris Lessing In our pursuit of writing the perfect prose, novel, short story, let us bless ourselves with the gift of time-time enough for our ideas and visions to proof and rise to their fullest potential. After all, I would much rather have a “meal” from a slow cooker than a microwave. Let’s treat the words we weave together with the same honor and respect, especially since we intend to feed them to someone else. Cheers!