Sunday, April 26, 2009

Where Are You Going Today?

So, where are you going today with your writing?

What? No where?

How come?

No inspiration?

I see.

Sometimes the inspiration that comes to us doesn't have to be the idea that becomes the bestselling novel.

Take this blog post for example. Hardly award winning. It started out with trying to find something to write about. The question, "Where are you going with your writing today?" was really directed toward me. Where am I going?

I have freelance projects that are due, but I really want to get my book 'Reinventing Rita' past the first draft.

Hold on. I'm getting off topic. I was talking about inspiration. Finding something that inspires you doesn't have to be this amazing a mountain or a sunset or the calm of a lake. It can be a breadbox, if that's what really gets you going.

It can be an action: Going to the breadbox and finding there is no bread.

It can be the desire to buy a breadbox and how it would really make life easier.

It could also be figuring out what the heck a breadbox is. (My husband has no idea. When I explained it to him, he said I was old.)

Find the thing that gets you to write and write about it. Who cares if it doesn't go really didn't waste any time. Did you have something better planned today?

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

When Being Crusty gets the Job Done

Right now I'm not in the best of moods; the littlest thing will set me off. However, what I have noticed is that there is motivating energy in being in a rotten mood.

I feel more focused and less wishy-washy. I feel assertive rather than passive-aggressive. I feel like I can write with clarity and style....and mean it.

I guess crustiness does have some positive traits.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Articulation Prevents Headaches

I'm going to rant a bit: there is nothing I hate more than lack of articulation. Mean what you say and Say what you mean. It's easy; it's simple. It's not brain surgery.

If you are a freelance writer, taking on freelance projects can be rewarding and a pain. Some clients know what they want, some want you to guide them and some don't know what they want and think they do, then change or add things without warning. This is the client I can't stand. My current client keeps changing/adding/fill in the blank to the project. Does the client think I'm a mind reader? I wish.

I re-read emails, looking for things that I might have missed and there is nothing that I can pick out. Instead, I'm the one that looks like the idiot.

It shouldn't be this hard...should it?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's Your Story?

I took some time off to think about my own writing situation; I did some much needed reflecting.

What we want in life comes down to this: What is your story? What story are you making up or telling yourself that you truly believe about yourself? Now, really think about that story.

Is it really true? Is it an accurate measure of who you want to be? Is it a story made-up through the years by friends and family members; a story that you took on as true?

We can change our story. We can choose for ourselves in every moment who we are.
So, what's your story? And, are you strong enough to change it to what you want?