Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Writer's Thoughts: Using Pinterest to Organize Your Ideas & Thoughts

Since I recently finished the process of writing, designing and self-publishing my first book, I finally have time to start on the project that's been simmering in the back of my mind for the past few days. Naturally, that project couldn't get the attention it wanted, because I was focused on something already, but now, it has my full attention. 

The funny thing is, once I was free to focus on this new manuscript idea, I found myself feeling disorganized, jumbled and disoriented, having the following thoughts: Where should I begin? What are the chosen characters of this book? What are their details?

My Experience as a First-time Self-Published Author

At the beginning of the New Year, I prayed to God, that He would give me a book to write. I made this prayer because of the many attempts to write Christian fiction or romantic fiction which ended with uncompleted manuscripts. So, I decided that maybe I wasn't writing within the will of God and the calling He has for my life, and this was what ultimately kept me from finishing a manuscript. So, I decided that if He gave me an idea, I would be more inspired to complete the manuscript. 

Within a matter of days, I was hit with inspiration, as a result of personal experience. Basically, I had taken out one of my empty journals, to begin the process of setting it up as a notebook for bible study classes and sermons. As I did so, I began to think that it would be nice if I had a professionally bound notebook with pages that were already formatted the way I liked my journals to be formatted. That way, I wouldn't have to hand write so many pages in the journal myself. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I Have a Book Coming Out Soon!

The cover of my soon-to-be-released book so far,
designed with CreateSpace's Cover Creator

    Near the beginning of the year, I decided to vigorously pursue my dreams, one of which is to be an active writer and published author. As far as my being a writer, this blog has been my outlet for that, as it allows me to practice my craft at will, without fear of judgment (since no one really reads my posts). But in regards to being published, I knew that the first order of business was to complete a manuscript. I didn't really know which idea or project to focus on (I have several stored in my mind, journals, and on jump drives), so I simply prayed to God, "Lord, give me the book You want me to write."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Just Listen & Observe

"I had convinced myself that if I listened attentively enough to others my own tongue would be able to mimic their words. So I listened more than I spoke. I became comfortable with silence, and, not surprisingly, spent a lot of time alone wandering nearby woods and creeks. I entertained myself with stories I made up, transporting myself into different places, different selves. I was in training to be a writer, though of course at that time I had yet to write more than my name."
-- from The Gift of Silence: An Essay by Ron Rash
jennifer lawrence starring in serena

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Joy of Being Inside My Head

I grew up in a house with seven other children: I had three sisters, and four cousins that my parents took in after their mother (my aunt) died. The transition to an 8-child household was sudden, as my parents had not foreseen my aunt's death or the need to step in and raise her children. Therefore, I had a rough time adjusting to the change.
      I went through a short phase where I responded to this struggle with the expected outbursts: temper tantrums, running away from home, etc. But that got old quickly for me, mainly because all the whippings I received weren't fun to deal with. So, I pulled back from this behavior and focused on another kind of self-therapy: solitude.

Dreams & Aspirations Must Become Proclamations

We all have dreams, goals and wishes. I've always been told that it is best to keep them to yourself, because not everyone will believe in your vision or wish the best for you. Therefore, they might discourage you into giving up, or even sabotage your efforts.
      Because of this, I've always tried to be secretive about my deepest dreams. But this attempt has often been hindered by my own personality traits. I can be a very friendly, talkative and outgoing person. So if I am in the midst of excitement about a particular goal or dream, I can't help but to tell somebody. So, I've always been conflicted about which tendency I should focus on: secrecy or openness.