Month: August 2016

Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015 You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book. Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it. Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace. What in the world is happening?! You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.) First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke. You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a …

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: August 29th 2016

OPENING LINE (S): “The sun and the heat, dancing with the gentle bounce of the truck had lulled him into a hungry state for sleep, one that was too much to ignore. It didn’t matter anyway. He had no idea where he was or where exactly he was going.” RULES:  Using the above line and the picture provided, (Or a line of your own choosing) create a story (or even a poem) within up to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of THIS POST to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” If you do not have a blog of your own, leave me a comment and send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post your lovely words here on my blog. (PLEASE KEEP ENTRIES THAT NEED TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG WITHIN A …

Be Brave: A Quote

Promise me you’ll always remember-you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin to Pooh Being discouraged by circumstances or challenges is easy. It’s deciding to overcome them and be victorious that takes courage and strength. the beauty is, just like with any muscle, whenever their is resistance applied and a push back given in the face of resistance, do we see strength and growth occur. our courage, our hearts, require healthy doses of resistance in order to grow strong. whatever you’ve set your heart to do, be brave in your doing. discouragement can always be turned on its head and be the stepping stone to CATAPULT you to your goal. if the dream is in you, it only means you were meant to see it as a reality. Be Brave and keep creating! ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Remembering Compassion While Fulfilling Your Passion: Guest Post by Phoenix Grey

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal.” This week, I have the pleasure of turning over the pad and pen to a wonderful blogger and writer Phoenix Grey. Bio: “I have been writing seriously for the past three years, though I don’t have anything published beyond what’s on my blog. I write fantasy fiction, and sometimes science fiction. I love to share my stories, and I love to read anything I come across. Words are what I feel comfortable with, they take me to other worlds and inspire me every day.” To find out more about Phoenix Grey you can do so by following her on these social media platforms: Blog: phoenixgrey85.wordpress.com Twitter:  https://twitter.com/phoenixgrey85 Now on to her amazing offering of wisdom! Compassion In Writing by Phoenix Grey One thing I’ve learned about writing is that it requires commitment. Especially for big projects like novels. It takes time. It takes passion. The best advice I’ve received is to write every day, but what when this isn’t possible? What when you’ve set yourself a …

But it’s Awesome: A Quote

It’s not all easy , but I think it’s all awesome.” ~Kris Langham I am pretty certain if anyone sat down and told a caterpillar the work that it was going to take not only for it to transform into a butterfly but just being able to break free of the future environment that will keep them safe but will soon be the very thing that holds them back, that they would rethink the whole metamorphosis thing. But then…maybe not.  I think the guaranteed results of flying would be too much to resist. (There is a greater spiritual component here and I’m going to have to share it later I another post in the future.) Transformation takes transition. Being able to fly is a right that comes from gaining power and strength from the struggle found in transition. If a caterpillar never struggled to break free of its cocoon, the place that once was its protection while in transition, it would never have the strength to take to the skies. There are dreams and greatness in each …

5 Benefits of Participating in Writing Prompts: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal

Writing prompt: (In my opinion is) The Creative springboard or theme from which a story is directed or born…In less fancy words, it is a writer willingly giving up creative control of their imaginative ideas in order to grow through the ‘prompting’ of someone else’s. I don’t know about you, but I really love writing prompts. Writing prompts do two things simultaneously; they cause us to surrender control while incubating our process in a controlled environment. Writing prompts create boundaries while enabling us to write with inhibition of our previously set creative  ‘boundaries.’ Through them, we sample other flavors of genre and creativity while learning to laugh again, gaining a creative adrenaline boost that comes from facing a challenge, whether it’s through the boundaries of a time-limit, word limit, or even theme or opening lines. If you want to grow your creative writing muscles, keep them toned, participate in a weekly writing prompt. Here are 5 benefits of doing so: 1. You know that you will have something to write about: Sometimes it seems our creative wells run …

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: August 15th 2016

OPENING LINE (S): “It was just one interview, one, and yet s/he felt as if s/he were trapped in a room filled with flashing camera’s and buzzard-like reporters, all out to take their bite at her/him.” RULES:  Using the above line and the picture provided, (Or a line of your own choosing) create a story (or even a poem) within up to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of THIS POST to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” If you do not have a blog of your own, leave me a comment and send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post your lovely words here on my blog. (PLEASE KEEP ENTRIES THAT NEED TO BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG WITHIN A PG13 RANGE. THANK YOU) My results will be posted by Thursday. ~Dream. Imagine. …

Bolstering Your Chances For the Win: Tips for Online Writing Contest Guest Post by Joe Baldwin

Welcome to this week’s edition of Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal. This week I have the pleasure of introducing Joe Baldwin. To find out more about Joe, you can do so by reading his bio that follows this article. Now, here’s Joe! A Number of Behaviors That Will Bolster Your Chances of Bagging That Elusive Online Writing Contest Prize by Joe Baldwin I get it. You had summoned all your might and finesse in furnishing the best draft you turned in on one of the critically acclaimed writing institutions today, but to no avail. You probably received a heart-wrenching email, thanking you for your valiant effort and saying “it’s not what we’re really looking for”. While you cannot always ensure your triumph in online essay writing contests (i.e., having its prize pegged at some thousands of dollars with unlimited online exposure), you always have the power to at least make a good account of your written craft. How do you help yourself to win it all? Below is my personal take. Proper scouting Before you pitch …

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: August 8th 2016

OPENING LINE (S): “He pulled his cap over the earbuds that blared in his ears. He needed them to stay in place, needed the music to take him to a different dimension in the same way the gray smoke that drifted from the embers of his cigarette led him into a superficial, addictive calm. He needed to focus if he was going to do what he planned to do.” RULES:  Using the above line and the picture provided, (Or a line of your own choosing) create a story (or even a poem) within up to 20 minutes. Once you have finished your super awesome masterpiece, add a link in the comments section of THIS POST to your story for others to read, as well as a link on your page back to this original post for others to follow along and write with as well. In your “tags” section, add the tag “Monday’s Muse.” If you do not have a blog of your own, leave me a comment and send me an email to icameforthesoup@gmail.com and I will post …