Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Road To Wisdom

Writerly Wisdom Wednesdays, posted on the third Wednesday of the month, is a regular meme for writers to share lessons they've learned along their path to publication and beyond. I haven't used it in forever. But I noticed that last year was tough on a lot of us, so I decided to bring it back to the forefront. Feel free to join me! The only requirement is that the post be brief. 

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There are days when all seems bright and airy. Then again, some are filled with doom and gloom. And with the fast-pace of life today, the two can sometimes blur. The one certain we have is the current moment we're living in. Right now. Yeah, that one. Other than that nothing is assured. 

A multitude of variables bombard us each day that influence, affect, and change our activities, goals, attitudes, and motivations. I don't know about you, but every time I think my day is going smoothly WHAM! the unexpected happens. Wisdom: The unexpected really should be expected. 

Although this quote could be relative to many people in numerous different walks of life, it is a hard-fast truth for writers. I could spend a dozen posts on methods of deciding whether to remain steadfast with a manuscript or shelf it; that will be for another day. The most valuable lesson I've learned about writing is that loving the craft will not always feel good. It's sacrifice. 

So tell me: what's the wisest writing advice you've been given? 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

#The100DayProject

Sometime ago, I came across this site called The Great Disconnect and the fabulous Elle Luna - she's a fabulous artist, designer, and writer! While there I read a post about college kids, the need to commit oneself, etc... And VOILA! #The100DayProject was born. 

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I won't go into all the logistics of how the project came to be, because you can read about that HERE. And you should. It's quite an intriguing story. My purpose, today, is simply to share its brilliance and how I'm going to participate. 

As you can see in my left sidebar I've chosen a logo to cheer myself on - logo totally provided by the project. If you go HERE, you can choose your own too! In a nutshell, the idea is as follows:

- Choose something you're passionate about. Think about what you enjoy, what helps you relax, what you've always wanted to try your hand at or master. It doesn't have to be work related, but it can be. The purpose is to set our goals free from stress and see ourselves grow. I love how Elle mentions in her post that The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. How perfect is that?(Seeing how I'm sure I'm speaking to a lot of writers, we all know what that is.) My choice: current revisions on my YA novel & then on my MG novel.

- Commit to interacting with the passion you've chosen at least once every single day for 100 consecutive days, starting on April 6th through June 14th, 2015. (Yes, it's the 8th, but that's okay. You can catch up.)

- Share your daily progress with the world on Instagram (or anywhere, really) by using #The100DayProject and a hashtag you create - #100Daysof... My personal hashtag is #100DaysofPolishing. Follow or check in with The Great Disconnect and Elle Luna on Instagram. 

- Lastly, choose one of the designed logos to keep your commitment in the forefront of your mind ... and eyes. Once again, you can go HERE to find them. 

If you decide to do this - and why not? We all need a little push now and then - let me know. I'll be cheering you on! I'm on Instagram HERE! I'll follow back, promise. 
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

IWSG~FB Sharing

The purpose of the IWSG is to share and encourage, posting on the first Wednesday of each month. You'll find writer doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Support and a common understanding spread throughout the group as many fellow writers can relate. Feel free to JOIN in anytime.

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So it seems like feeling insufficient comes naturally to most of us, at least at times. The other day, while surfing through status updates, posts, and shared articles on Facebook, I noticed something. Some of my amazing FB pals share. A lot. And I'm not just talking about I'm at Five Guys or Watching a Movie status updates. I mean wholesome posts and shared articles. 

My eyes brushed upon subjects of public education woes to five things you never knew about your teacher to marriage advice. Really good information. Of course I love to see meaningful sharing on social media instead of some of the hate-mongering we've all been subject to read or those horrific animal cruelty videos that now auto-play - which I think is so unfair, BTW. 

Whether writers or other work endeavors, I know the majority of those who share great material have children, families, and other responsibilities besides their day jobs. So how in the heck to they find, read, and share so much social media? I can hardly find the time to do what is necessary in my daily life to be able to find all that quality. Sometimes I feel like I owe those FB/Twitter/Tumbler/Pinterest friends a share in return.

Can you relate or am I nuts? 
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