Never Give Up

So I failed my first Write Chain Challenge and broke my chain after only 14 days.

It’s a failure. Yet I learned so much from those 14 days.

1. Never Give Up

The most successful people fail all the time. The difference is that they don’t give up. They keep trying until they discover what works. They keep working towards their goal even when it is hard.

So that is what I’m going to do, I’m not giving up. This time around I will get more than 14 links for the Write Chain Challenge 

2. Build a Habit

Building new habits is hard. There are called habits because they are something we do without thinking about it, good or bad. We have a habit to brush are teeth everyday. Driving a car is a habit. We do these things without having to think about every step.

Writing everyday isn’t an easy task. It is a habit that you need to build. You have to decide when’s the best time of day for you to write. I’m learning that it’s better for me to write in the morning because it ensures that it gets done and my brain is fresh.

3. I love writing.

It’s plain and simple. I love writing!

Never give up and

Dream without Limitations!

4 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

How do you find a topic to write about when you have no ideas?

It can happen to the best of us. You’re frozen in front of your keyboard, or notebook, and have no idea where to start. Today I had a case of Writer’s Block and had no idea what today’s post was going to be about until I turned to Twitter.

Here are my tips to beating the dreaded Writer’s Block:

1. Twitter. Twitter is a double edge sword. If you find the right people to follow, Twitter can be a great source of inspiration. Case in point: Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Skye, creator of the Write Chain Challenge and founder of Writerology. After I tweeted that I had no clue what to write today, Skye suggested I write a blog post on how to find a topic when you have no ideas. Without Twitter today’s blog post would not exist.

Through, I would suggest turning off you Twitter notifications once you actually sit down to write! 😛

2. Pinterest. Yet another double edge sword. My suggestion is to create a board full of ideas to inspire you when you need a little extra push to get your creative juices flowing. Just be careful not to end up salivating over the latest Fall boots or the latest pumpkin spice recipe.

Here’s my writing Pinterest board: Writing Inspiration

It’s a work in progress. Anybody know some great writers to follow on Pinterest?

3. Read. Pick up a book from your favorite author, your current personal development book, the Bible, or even a book on writing. Just spend time savoring the words on the page.

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One of the newest writing books in my collection is “A Writer’s Book of Days” by Judy Reeves. It was a birthday present from my husband. It is a great source of inspiration as a writer.

4. Exercise. It’s a great way to relief the stress of not knowing what to write, and you just might find a blog topic some where along the way.

What are your favorite ways to beat with Writer’s Block?

Top 3 Tips for Writing Everyday

This is my seventh blog post in a row, and I figured it was time to create a posting schedule. My daily blogging schedule with rotate between posts on faith and posts on writing.


Today, I wanted to share with you my top three tips for writing everyday. I haven’t been at writing/blog for long, but I wanted to share with you what has helped me as I begin my writing journey.

1. Write Chain 

I found out about the Write Chain Challenge on Twitter from Skye from Writerology.

The concept is simple. Decide on the writing goal you want to achieve everyday, and work to create the biggest consecutive Write Chain you can.

Click here for more information and to sign up: Write Chain Challenge

Here’s my current write chain, my visual reminder that I need to write one blog post everyday in order to keep my Write Chain going.IMG_3092


2. Creating your own writing space

Find a place that motivates you to write. It can be anywhere you’re most comfortable: coffee shop, couch, desk, outside, or kitchen table. It needs to be comfortable and conducive to long writing sessions. Find a space, make it your own, and the words will follow.

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3. Writing Community

Surround yourself with other writers, either virtually or in person. It is vital to set up a support system to aid you on your journey to becoming a writing. One of my favorite was to connect virtually to other writers is Twitter. Twitter is a great social media tool for writers, helping you make connections with other writers. Use hashtags such as #amwriting #WriteChain or #writing to search for other writers.

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Listen

Listen.

For the past nine months, I’ve been hearing an invitation to listen closely to my heart to discover my needs, talents, desires.

Here’s a bit of a Spoiler Alert for Season 8, Episode 4 – the latest episode hinged on the idea that we talk to ourselves when we’re alone because there is something hiding just out of sight.

Isn’t the same true in most of our lives? There is always something just out of our sight that we keep being drawn to.

For me this has always been writing. I have notebooks filled with poems and short stories from when I was younger. I have an memory of being at a Girl Scout career event, probably in middle school. When I was asked what I wanted to do with my life, I replied that I wanted to become a writer. For the first two years of high school, I was in yearbook. But in between Sophomore and Junior year, writing became something that I pushed to the outskirts of my life and it has remained hidden ever since. In the last several years, I’ve heard the writing siren call many times. A couple times in the last several years, I tried to pursue writing but it always got pushed aside by the busyness at work and was soon forgotten.

Earlier this year I felt called to discern my role as a teacher, in addition to my roles in Young Adult Ministry, writing, Beachbody and volunteering. I finally started listening to my true needs, talents, and desires. I discovered that my role as a teacher was holding me back from being able to fulfill my needs, talents, and desires. I decided that I need to take a step back from teaching in order to discover how God is calling me to use my talents. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I can see now that I was being held back from seeing my own potential.

I listened to the voices lurking in the darkness. I faced the scary monster underneath the bed. I am now learning to embrace the writer within me, and seeing where this journey leads me.15022817938_b20340a3d2_o


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Accentuate the Positive

Psalm 100:1-2

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;

worship the Lord with cries of gladness;

come before him with a joyful song.

Countless times have I forgotten to give God praise for the blessings in my life. Yet I know the power that praise and thanksgiving have in our daily lives.

The sad reality of our world is that the media is powered by negativity. Turn on any news station to hear news of violence, war, corrupt politicians, and crime. The list could extend for miles. Add in the endless stream of news we have access to from our smart phones and computers, and we are constantly bombarded by negativity. These negative images cause us to become anxious, worried, fearful, and weary.

We have a choice. We can choose to fueled by the negativity and negativism. Or we can choose to be fueled by positivity and be joyful.

Being positive won’t erase all the negativity in the world, but it will pave a way for you to become the best-version-of-yourself. It will effect your personal mindset, and the attitude of those closest to you.

Choose to embrace praise, thanksgiving, and gratefulness.

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Habits…good, bad, ugly.

Habits. The good, the bad, the ugly. Our habits shape us, even when we don’t realize it. While it’s true that without our habits, it would be very unlikely that anything would ever get done. Brushing our teeth, driving, taking a shower, eating dinner, and working out. These are just a few good habits that we develop that help to make us the best version of ourselves. But then there our bad habits – watching TV and mindlessly eating that bag of chips, nail biting, procrastination, and laziness. We do these things without thinking. But these small habits do nothing to help create a better version of ourselves. It is said that it take 28 days to create a new habit, less than one month. Next week, I start the 21 Day Fix back up after vacation and I’m looking forward to creating a better version of ourselves. So what habit can you create in the next 28? Besides fitness, My goal is to starting posting a blog post everyday, in addition to my daily personal and spiritual development. 9964439824_8f9a8d5d32_z Please share this on Facebook!

There is a Plan

Today was looking through my bookshelf to see what could get thrown away; I found papers, journals, and old poetry I knew I had. What really surprised me though was one simple piece of paper. I found my PLAN test results from tenth grade. Here is what plan is used for:

“The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts’ high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.”

I’ve seen this paper many times when I go to purge my belongings, what I never noticed before was that in the Career Area You Preferred section I wrote down: Creative and Preforming Arts. I’ve had this paper for ten years and I never once realized that after I first read the test score.

It makes me happy to know that I am actively pursuing my preferred career area.

The other thing I did today was researching a trip across to Ireland for my novel, and stumbled across this article my friend posted: Why you should travel young.

My heart and soul are ready for all the journeys that are in store for me both on paper and in my own life. One day I will get to see places I can only dream of now, thankfully it’s only a mouse click away!

 

 

Beneficial

The library has quickly become one of my favorite spots to go lately, having access to thousands of books for free is amazing.

I went yesterday with my husband, even though I already had a big stack of books to read and figured I wouldn’t get anything when I was there. Boy was I wrong.

One of the books I happened across was “Made to Crave’ by Lysa Terkeurst. I knew about the book from listening to K-Love and thought it would be a good read. I picked it up without paying attention to the details of what its about because we were getting ready to leave.

I had forgotten that the book is about desiring God, instead of food and the other things we fill our lives with. While reading chapter one, I was struck by this scripture:

“Everything is permissible -but not everything is beneficial.” 1 Corinthians 10:23 

I think God is trying to tell me something, trying to help guide me back to focusing on Him. There is a stark difference between spending my free time this summer sitting on the couch watching Netflix while eating all the junk food I can get my hands on and spending my time focused on God, Reading, and honing my writing skills while trying my best to watch what I’m eating. I know I need to focus on God and correct eating habits, which proves difficult in the presence of birthday cake left over from my husbands birthday celebration.

I hope that at the end of the summer I can say that I’ve grown as a person and grown as a writer, instead of wasting the summer doing things that aren’t beneficial.