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Best Thing About Writing…


…is definitely the rewrite.

There’s not a whole lot of fun involved in fighting and cajoling your characters into behaving write I mean ‘right’ on page. Sometimes they barely want to speak or do things according to your rules/philosphy/hopes/whatever…. in other words, it can be tough getting them to do what you – get this – thought you wanted them to do. As my fellow writers out here know, writing is sort of like driving a car with little-to-no power steering; it will make a new path all on it’s own if you don’t force your will.

But, hooray! The rewrite straightens out that horribly obstinate, meddlesome cast member and the boring, nondescript imagery. It’ll make that conversation far more intriguing than anything you’ve ever observed in your entire life! And suspense is not really suspense until your palms are sweaty and your heart is thumping wildly. The draft may get the gist of it, but the rewrite  perfectly captures it and delivers scenes that convinces your reader to the hilt.

So, as I wind up my novel, Quiet, I salivate over the promise of meeting it again down the road, from a fresh and objective point of view. This time I’ll be holding my finger near the delete button and armed with more choice ways of showing, speaking, and revealing it’s imaginary world.

In the world of writing, for many, the rewrite is where the real fun begins.

A musing from the…

Voice Of A Writer

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Strange World of Literary Characters


Oh, how they evolve and take on a life of their own; becoming more – and less, for that matter.  Literary characters are a lot like real flesh and blood counterparts — never know what to anticipate.

How I thank God for giving me an idea, a keyboard and the desire to write!

Happy Writing from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Writer v. Character


The novel I am currently working on is entitled Quiet.  My main character, Quincy Avalee has decided to no longer utter a single word. In fact she will not speak until twenty years later.

Her vow started in response to an aunt’s indiscretion but has grown into much, much more.  It is her mantra, her means of connecting with the larger things of life and disconnecting with the small.

Quincy has stopped speaking to me as well.  She is a very complex character and getting her story out, onto the page lately, has been a heart wrenching struggle, much like pulling teeth.

But as stubborn and strong willed as Quincy has proven to be, she has met her match.  I will not give in and allow her story to go untold nor unexplored, it’s way too enriching.  I shall continue to dig into the recesses of this imaginary person’s mind and get her truth out.  It is incredible to me that even I, her very own creator, would have to endure the quietness of her tongue.

Ishmael Reed said ‘writin’ is fightin’.   I must admit, there’s a rumble going on at my keyboard! And when it’s over, I’ll have my novel and Quincy will have a very special gift from yours truly – her very own story.

Hard fought words from the…

Voice Of A Writer

IT MATTERS


What:

  • You think
  • You say
  • You advocate
  • You believe
  • You hear
  • You consume
  • You imagine
  • You _____________ (fill in the blank)

It is undeniable that our lives here are purposeful, each and everyone of us.  Why?  Because we do not live in a vacuum.  We matter, some way, somehow, to someone and somebodies.  We matter.  The thought that nothing escapes being important, not even the “innocent” or the “trivial” matter-of-fact details in our lives, the concept that nothing or no one goes unused, is literally amazing.

The pats on the backs, the kisses, the mistakes, the regrets–it all adds up in momentous results in our individual and collective lives.

Isn’t life good?  It’s not just taking up space and time — it matters.

May what matters to you matter to others!

Thoughts from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Ruts


Ruts are a good time to reflect. Forget the notion that they are a place for wallowing and licking your wounds. Not so. They are for inhaling, exhaling and digging in deep. Ruts have their benefits.

I am in a rut right now. No shame. Not exactly especially proud of it either but look, it is what it is. Everybody runs into one every now and then, ruts are like inclement weather —  they come and go. Sure, it’s not something you choose any more than you choose to have a migraine headache. But just like a migraine it has it’s benefits: getting much needed rest/seeing a doctor/taking better care of yourself, etc.  Ruts make the inner man uncomfortable. The benefit is not complacency if we behave properly while in it.

Some of us work ourselves ragged trying to shake out of it. I am not doing that. Not anymore. It’s too tiring.

Instead, I have chosen to immerse myself in some good, solid, biblical preaching. Praying quietly for strength and relaxing while I’m here.

Good things come from ruts: inspiration, deeper faith and rest. Personally,  I need this anyway.

True, bad things hang out in ruts too: depression, bitterness, irritability, etc. By the grace of God, I (simply) walk pass them, refuse to give them too much attention… I was definitely tempted, but thankfully, quickly remembered and recognized their place in the rut, not as consolers but controllers, intent on keeping me with them.  Like any sane person — I prefer not.

I made a decision to keep my eyes on what’s good, the light. The light that houses hope, love, and faith is the same light  the Bible speaks of when it speaks of God, Yaaweh, Jehovah and Jesus. It is the light that keeps me company and nurses my spirit while I spend time in this rut. TEMPORARY rut.

Thank God ruts pass!

From the inside of a pesky rut, but only a short while, me, the….

Voice of A Writer 

Gratitude Radio Interview


Listen to my interview on “Doin the Do”.  I discuss the inspiration for my essay on Going for Gratitude.

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Going for GRATITUDE


My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.

The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.

Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?

Sure it was.  That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.

However,  for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.

Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!

Be grateful.  Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks.  Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.

Go. For. GRATITUDE.

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