All posts filed under: Musing Moments

Gone till September: ICFTS Creative Sabbatical

Hello, Fellow Creatives! June is here and with it comes the start of ICFTS’s three-month creative sabbatical. If you are new to this creative space, no worries. The site will still be up and available or you to browse through and find the creative encouragement you need to grasp your vision, voice, and the courage to do what it takes to see the dream in you come to life! As it is the start of summer months, I imagine all of us will be taking time away to regroup, refocus, and just rejoice! God has blessed us immensely and through Christ, we are able to enjoy life to the fullest measure. Take these months to explore, to reconnect, to try new things. I will be doing all of those things, as well as building up my author page platform. My debut novel, NEXUS GATE 4037: THE ANIMAL, will be out soon so be sure to follow my author page or connect via Facebook or Instagram. Thank you for continuing with me on our creative journey …

Future Plans Ahead!: Summer Schedule for ICFTS

Hello, Friends and Fellow Creatives. I wanted to take the time and interrupt our weekly schedule, this month of May and give you all the scheduling information for ICFTS for the Summer months. As it stands, ICFTS has weekly postings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. These posting consist of Creative Motivations, Monday’s Muse Writing Prompts, Writing Prompt Results, and Faith for Creatives. With the summer months approaching, so too, do plans for vacations and more outdoor activities not only for myself but for my fellow creatives. With this in mind, a break from regularly scheduled posting is a must and will be something done annually with ICFTS. WHEN IS THE BREAK? ICFTS will be on posting sabbatical for the months of JUNE, JULY, and, AUGUST. We will return to posting articles on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2018, with fresh new content, and prayerfully new voices and topics to grow us all along our creative adventures. WHY THE BREAK? As stated, many Creatives will be off on vacations, spending time outdoors with family, regrouping and connecting with friends. Family …

Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt: April 9th, 2018

 “The look on her face spoke volumes. Her gaze had more intonation and resonance than that which came from spoken words. Instantly she was understood.” 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 “MondayMuse.” To get the Above Image follow this LINK 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 SITE WITHIN A PG13 RANGE. THANK YOU.) ~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Debut Novel Coming Winter 2018

Hello Friends and fellow Creatives! It brings me great joy to finally be able to share with you the teaser chapters for my debut novel, coming out Winter 2018, Nexus Gate 4037: The Animal! NG is the very first book in the Ministry of Time Series! Being that this is my very first go at indie-publication, I have found wisdom in taking my time with the process. My desire is to bring you a rich story that keeps you on the edge of your seat while igniting the depths of your imagination. This book is my first ‘hello’ in the publishing world and I want to be heard with clarity. Please enjoy the preview of the novel by reading the teaser chapters, and if you haven’t already, follow my author page, http://www.candicecoates.wordpress.com. The rules of Time Surveillance have been broken. The past has stepped into the future.  The threads of time are now tangled and retribution will be dealt… Will the past devour the future or will they unite in order to survive the threat of the present? …

The Wonder of Writing Every Word: Writing Encouragment #NaNoWriMo #MondayMotivation #AmWriting

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” ~Margaret Atwood Writing is a journey…most days it is an exhilarating adventure that never disappoints, always lending its cathartic powers to the creative soul who has taken up the mantle to bring life through the power of word, paper and pen…or computer. But there are moments (for many those moments show themselves during NaNoWriMo) where our fountain of words and musing seem to run dry, our focus is lost, or the plot line has gone from thick with delectable tension to just being nothing short of sludgy mud. If you are like me, you find that in these moments you are questioning your ability as a word weaving wordsmith. You wonder if you can truly hack it. If you have been writing for any length of time, especially during NaNo, the answer is yes! What we as creatives must never cease to remember is that even though we have something good, it doesn’t mean that every moment is going to be great. That is what editing is for. So …

Making Peace With Your Piece: 5 ‘Vows’ Writers Should Keep For a Happy Writing Adventure

Originally posted on I came for the soup…:
Deciding to write a novel, or to become a full-time writer, is much like making the decision to get married.  (Disclaimer: I’m not yet married or dating, but I’d like to be. I am however in a committed writing relationship and have been for years. I digress.)  Once a person decides that marriage err, or writing is the avenue they would like to take in life, all the warm fuzzy feelings of marital bliss begin to float around in their hearts in heads. Things are going to be perfect, we tell ourselves. There are never going to be any arguments with our fictional characters because like in our imagined marital relationship, we’ll always agree. Our writing will never stink just as our partner will never have any body odor. Our future wife (I hear men say this often about us ladies) will always know what she wants for dinner without any indecision same as our plots will run without getting lost and knotted…that kind of stuff. These unrealistic…

NaNoWriMo: Encouragement for the Weeks Ahead #NaNoWriMo #Author #Writer

The first five days of NaNoWriMo are behind us with many more blessedly ahead. Some of you have achieved your daily writing and creative goals while others may have missed your designated marks shy of a few words. No worries. You will achieve your goal if you stick with it. Consider the first five days of NaNo as your glorious warm up. The fact still remains that when we set out with a great goal and miss our intended marks at the very start, we tend to lose momentum or even the courage to continue. Our plans seem not to be as ‘plausible’ as they were before…and then we drift…staring at our computer screens too afraid to make music by clicking the keys of our keyboards. Can we really do this? Can we conquer our vision for NaNoWriMo? Everyone else around us seems to be doing just fine. I would like to take this time to give you a bit of creative advice especially in moments when our creativity seems to get the best of us and …

How to Take NaNoWriMo 5 Day Creative Tip Countdown Begins TOMORROW #NaNoWriMo #Fiction #Writing

Hello, Creatives! We are just FIVE days away from November 1st, which means we are FIVE days from the start of NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month.) This is the month for NaNo vets and newcomers to put their creative noses to the grind and crank out a 50k word novel in 30 days! Starting tomorrow at 9am EST, I will be giving a daily tip to help you get ready to accomplish your writing goal. Also, for those who are maybe stumped about what to write, I am adding a link to some of my favorite Monday’s Muse Writing Prompts to help you get started should you need a little bit of a boost. Remember, if you do choose to use the writing prompt(s) be sure to omit the opening line from your overall word count. MY ADVICE FOR HOW TO USE THE PROMPTS  Use the pictures as inspiration and create your own opening line that will lead to the start of your 50k word count. Use all 5 suggested prompts and dedicate 10k words to …

Back from Sabbatical: What’s on in My Creative World?

Hello, Fellow Creatives! It’s been several weeks since I made an official post. Yes, I have done as I suspected and dropped a few creative seeds here and there but this is a legit planned and on purpose posting. Over the past few weeks, I have been taking the time to go over my answers from the 12-week Creative Course, Sow the Seeds and Seize the Dream. What I discovered most was that even though I created the questions, I was able to gain a lot of creative introspection once I answered them. As a result, my creative path is more fine-tuned. If you haven’t given the course a go I do recommend it! SO WHAT’S NEW? I initially planned to dive right back into my scheduled postings with a Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt, coupled with a motivational piece to get you going for the week.  What changed my plans was the realization that November 1st is just a week away! For those of you who may not understand the significance of that, November 1st marks …

Learning the Beauty in Less being More: Musing Moment

I am truly learning and embracing the joy of ‘less is more.’ As I intentionally take the time to build the life that I imagine for myself, I am living the truth that I can create without hustle. I can be a success without embracing the lie that I need to be stressed to do it. I don’t have to do ‘it’ the way everyone has shouted that ‘it’ needs to be done. The wisdom is to perform for an audience of ONE (Yeshua Jesus) and to learn how to be better than the person you were the day before. I have no need to keep up with the Jones…I don’t even know who the Jones are, which makes it all the better. My life is unique and designed by Christ. It is my honor and privilege to discover that path and walk it in faith in His hands. My hands and knees may get messy along the way since the path is cleared by each step I take. There is grace in this way, …