Monday, February 29, 2016

You Only Got Three Choices

"You only got three choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you've got."
Kim Garst

          Pursuing a career in writing you have to choose one of the three mentioned above. We face each choice at one time or another. Maybe all of them at the same time. Life is weird like that. I've given up, for a period of time. I've given in, to the terms my beloved first manuscript will most likely never make it to a hard back cover. I'm giving it all I've got. Starting right here with this blog. I'm a firm believer in practicing your craft. (It could also be that I simply love writing.) Listen not one person whose "made it" will tell you it came easy.  But what most will tell you is, they gave it their all.

          Keep your pen up! 

Monday, February 22, 2016

All We Need

"Be happy in each moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more." 
       -Mother Teresa 

Profound words from a profound woman of wisdom. Can you imagine the life this woman lived? I would have loved to sit with her a spell and soak it all in. It would take years to learn just one little thing this person did so effortlessly. 

Lets backtrack a tad before we get into the meat of this one. 
As an American we are taught at a very young age to thrive on instant gratification and surplus. We take a lot of things for granite because of our driven mentality. We are the essence of "more is better". Greedy. Selfish. (I'm speaking in a general sense, just hang in there). 
So the question is how can we apply this to our writing?
Simple. Relish each and every moment you write. Savor it as if you would never again get to write. Be profound. Make the words you spill from head mean more than ever before. Enjoy writing like you did before it became an overwhelming task. We've all been there and we're all on the journey together. Keep your pen up and enjoy the hard work you do in choosing each word.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Big Plans

<Make big plans, but change your plans as time changes>

Welp. We're done here. Time to go back to your regularly scheduled programming. (kidding)  Time changes a lot of things. Things that time changes, changes how we view time.
Maybe you've wanted to be published traditionally but hear the same thing from agents, this topic is dead (e.g. shape shifters, vampires, dystopian), but are confident that your manuscript is so shiny you could blind a pilot at thirty thousand feet then explore self-publishing. Times have changed and technology is progressing quickly. Along with that new avenues have opened for us, writers, to utilize. There are dozens of sites to self-pub.