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Where do you start?


In a 24-hour world like ours, with much to do and less time to do it, what does an aspiring writer, artist, entrepreneur, social media guru, mime (yup, mime) do? How do they decide on attainable goals and then proceed down the road to fulfilling them? How?

Start with the right — then the left….

…absolutely that simple: start with putting one foot in front of the other. That’s what my husband always says.  Do the things you can and don’t fret over the things you can’t.

I took his advice and guess what? After working at it all day, I finally got a log line I am pleased to show off for my screenplay, Goodbye Me! I’m going to start with you:

An overworked, self-pitying young mother struggles to keep it together after her husband’s sudden illness. Her life rapidly goes from simply chaotic to a living nightmare after a deceitful new friend’s sneaky stunt forces her to fight for her freedom and her family.

Now, for the next project — the rewriting of one of my novels (oh my goodness!). But wait! One foot in front of the other…  Soon I’ll be showing that off, too!

Encouragement for you and me

from the…

Voice Of A Writer

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Now, I’m going to Disney World!!


INTERVIEWER:

Congratulations Mrs. Pierce, you have just COMPLETED your novel, Quiet, with an additional 50,000 word challenge with http://nanowrimo.org online writing community. After all of the late nights of writing and pressing on tirelessly, even when you thought you wasn’t going to make it, how will you top that?

ME/MRS. PIERCE:

If I could, I would be going to Disney World but since that’s not on the itinerary, I’m going to my living room and relax with a good book and get geared up for my next challenge.

INTERVIEWER:

And your next challenge is?

ME/MRS. PIERCE:

To revise my novel, Atypical Woman.

INTERVIEWER:

Folks, you heard it here first, a good book and a new challenge sounds better than Disney World to me. DISCLAIMER: Only sounds good because I too am a writer.

A little fun 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

Coming From Behind


I’m a sucker for those kinds of movies that highlight the underdog.

It doesn’t even matter if he/she goes down in oblivion and never ends up as the top dog; of course that would be great but really, that’s anciliary. Just the fact that the one lost in the shuffle, invisible to the masses and having the greatest obstacles to overcome is being chronicled is what I find most enriching.

Let the truth be told: in some way or another, most of us probably fall into that category; if not now — in the past, and if not in the past, perhaps, somewhere in our future. Why? Because, that’s life and ultimately we really do not have control over the final outcomes. We are all subject to the unexpected, and can easily find ourselves miles away from the finish line.

But thank goodness for many uplifting things in this world and… beyond — including my personal partiality to stories that put a voice or face to these types of individuals.

Those stories are hope factories and give a “newbie” to a particular struggle a glimpse of the fighting process — illustrating what it takes to fight a good fight and to come from behind and finish the race. Now, that’s exactly what I like!

It is impossible to overdose on hope no matter where it comes from: movie, book, song, friend, ecetera.

A thought from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Pressure… How Sweet It Is!


There is plenty of  pressure to perform and do those things we must do in order to:

  • Eat
  • Wear clean clothes
  • Pass a class
  • Clean our house
  • Get a paycheck
  • Have a finished product
  • Finish reading that book
  • Look presentable (as opposed to being unkempt)
  • Research
  • Network
  • Ecetera, ecetera, you get the hint

But, oh how efficient it is!  Pressure gets the adrenalin pumped and then there’s nothing to do but to do.

Now, true, there are some of us whose doing looks more like couch potato riding or fighting hot air.  Say what you may — it’s still some kind of doing, some type of performing.  Might be a sad, bad act, but nevertheless — something’s happening.  The end result might not be so pleasant, but, possibly, over time, enough unpleasant results may cause new pressure and kick up the performance, changing it from a sad act to a determined act.

When we reach the point that a combination of laughter, sweat and tears is how we stare pressure down, we are in a good place.  Why?  Because we know then that the pressure is useful.  It gets us revved up, causes us to dig deep and pull out things we probably could have never done absent of our pal, Mr. Pressure.

Pressure might sometimes appear heartless, but it sure can be good.  One thing for certain, it will produce something; whether it’s a good something or not so good something.  It will get it’s money’s worth and will have left something to show for it’s presence/trouble.  Success or failure, it has a face.

With the help of pressure, we are given a nudge to go deep and pull out absolutely incredible, unique and unexpected gems; GEMS that we would have never known existed had there been a lack of pressure.  Pressure’s alright.  It let’s the genius out.  Oftentimes it’s the ingredient that turns the just average or simply good into the … well — PHENOMENAL.  When pressure comes… dig in deep, then enjoy the results!

Toast with me:  To pressure — and what it produces!

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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