Monday, July 28, 2014

Story Premise




Create a Story Premise

A story premise is quick and to the point. It explains the story in one sentence. The premise gives you, your story, direction. You know which path to take, confusion is side-stepped and story over-lapping disappears. A map is formed when a story premise comes alive. Avoid the confusion of stumbling into wrong turns, and ending-up on similar streets. Stick to the map, premise, and finish writing the story faster.

Every word written after the premise develops your story. Remove any word that stalls or stops the premise from moving forward. A story begins after the premise is created. The premise must be proved by your story. Look-over the following premises.
1. Aggressive behavior leads to bullying and ruined lives.
2. Too much ambition ends in cheating, exposure and destruction.
3. Good or bad, you receive back what you send out.
4. Stealing starts lying, drama and chaos.
It isn't necessary to create a story premise that's researched or soul searched for months. You have lived, experienced or seen various premises in action. Premises take the following shapes.
1. Aggressive behavior can be enterprising.
2. Ambition takes effort.
3. Karma, good or bad, returns.
4. Stealing leads to other crimes.
Premise, too, sprinkles in characters, conflicts and resolutions. Let's look closer at a premise. 
Aggressive behavior leads to bullying and ruined lives, for example. A character is bullied by another employee at the work-place. The character that bullies thinks he/she can display any type behavior, because management used several of his/her ideas. The character that's being bullied is new to this department, and brings better ideas.

The bully keeps reminding everyone of his/her used ideas. The bullying continues. Management receives complaints, but not from the bullied character. At this point, the bully is upset. He/she has a negative write-up. He/she invites co-workers to a bar after work. One or two people drag-in to this informal party.
The resolution starts as the bully refuses to stop his/her negative behavior. The bully taunts everyone he/she thinks reported him/her to management. The bully is moved to a different department. His/her behavior becomes worse, and termination follows.
In conclusion, a story premise is a one sentence explanation that stirs-in characters, conflicts and resolutions.

Monday, July 14, 2014

10 Ways to Ignite Creative Flow

A writer's creative flow or writer's block stops producing at inconvenient times. There's no warning. Writers are left staring at a blank computer screen, playing paper basketball with the nearest wastebasket or finger tapping a tune out.

I've discovered, from years of writing, ways to ignite creative flow and stop writer's block. The following lists 10 ways to ignite your creative flow.

1. What to write? You're working on a writing project, and creative flow decided to nap. Stop fretting. Take a deep breath.

What would fit well into the writing project? Is there an aspect that you haven't considered? Or, a different angle works better? Allow creative flow to weigh in and then start the writing process.

2. Pick an event that happened during the last 24 hours. The event grabbed your attention and continued to nag at your creative flow. The moment it happens, begin jotting down notes. Figure-out how to share it. Is the better view through fiction, non-fiction or poetry?

3. A gathering of any kind is a storage of possible writing ideas to nudge creative flow, and push writer's block to the curb. A family group togetherness or holiday offers many writing ideas.

Have you listened to toddlers agreeing on a movie to watch?

"No, don't wanna watch it." Toddler number 1 cried.

"I wanna." Toddler 2 said.

"Nooo." Toddler 3 screamed.

Several non-fiction articles could be written before the family get-together starts.

4. The experience of a life time piece. It's the experience that had a profound influence on you.

One of the profound experiences in my life: I was unjustly fired from a job. It was the focus of my book, Grave Street House, and articles.

The point is to get information from life and write about it.

5. Write a piece that's different from what you normally do. A poem, for example.

6. Make-up a sentence to shape writing ideas.

The rain driven snow pounded all night.

You get any ideas from the statement? Make-up some of your own.

7. Ghost-writers address writing needs.

What form would your answer take to stir-up creative flow or stop writer's block?

8. Pick your ideal place to be. How would your essay start? A travel writing article?

9. Grab the book you thought was poorly written. Your book?

10. Write about your favorite time of the year. Why is it your favorite? Could you sell the article?

The ten ways to stimulate creative flow and stop writer's block is a writer's tool, but shape-it to fit your needs.


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Buzz on Writing Prompts

 



The buzz on writing prompts begins with words that motivate, inspire, nudge even, your creative flow. A writing prompt could hold encouraging words for anyone, at any time in life. Writing prompts are words, sentences and paragraphs that hold a special meaning to the reader. The specific meaning moves a person to act. Look at the following writing prompts.

     1. The wind danced against my window.
     2. Make better choices.
     3. A scent, memory or toy from an earlier time.

The buzz on writing prompts acts as a much needed "starting place," http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises, according to Poets & Writers. Naturally, writing prompts are the cure for writer's block by keeping your creative flow ignited with writing ideas. The more you write, the path or place you want to go becomes clearer.
 
     1. Make notes of the writing ideas that avail themselves. 
     2. Select the writing idea of most interest.
     3. Take breaks as you write.

I am going to work with the first writing prompt: The wind danced against my window.

I was snatched out of a troubling sleep as the wind danced against my window. There was something out of place in my bedroom, but I didn't know what or why. The dim light from my digital clock read 2:47 a. m. I tried to relax when someone or something moved in my closet. 
 
     1. What should be the next line?
     2. Have fun with it.
     3. Pass the post on.

The buzz on writing prompts is about words selected by you to enrich your writing life. Let's go through a writing prompts' gathering session. Sit. Relax. The session should last, at least, two hours. Jot down words that make you laugh, push you to question or have a special meaning to you.

     1. Is the word yo-yo funny?
     2. Make better choices, question it?
     3. What word(s) are you drawn to?

Writing prompts inspire titles, poems, writing ideas and can take you to new writing heights. Write down every word you can think of, titles and quotes too. Keep a computer file, notebook, of writing prompts.

     1. Scan through it for a poem, title or writing idea when the mood stirs you.
     2. A writing prompt can bring understanding to a situation.
     3. They have the ability to move you in a new direction.

The buzz on writing prompts is to paste them up in frequented areas like a desk, chair, wall, purse or wallet. The writing prompt attaches to a mirror. A possible writing prompt: Today, I will work toward my goal. You do not have a goal? Think about where or what you want to be doing in three months, six months. Set a goal. 

     1. Work toward your goal each day.
     2. Use writing prompts to keep you moving.
     3. Believe in yourself.
     

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Writing Goals

 Be Specific
 
 Writing goals should be given careful thought before attempting. Take a seat. Jot down all the goals you will achieve. Pick one to work toward and bring to life. Realize one goal, and slowly walk toward the next one on the list.
  • List goals like blogger or novelist.
  • Rank them in order of importance.
  • Number one to be reached first.
A goal must be important. The specific goal should be worked on each day, or schedule time for a specific goal.
  • Two hours before the day begins.
  • Perhaps, a time set by you.
  • You could need more than a few hours to work on your goal.
Some goals are involved and have to be sliced into pieces. A goal could necessitate that research be done in order to start. Decide how best to proceed.
  • First, select the institution to attend.
  • Your life-style calls for online courses.
  • Smaller slices will lead to reached goals too.
Writing goals stirs in the possibilities of obstacles showing up. It's not the time to panic. Stop. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Begin scribbling down ways to combat obstacles. Or, return tomorrow with ideas of slipping around obstacles.
  • Socialize less?
  • Surround yourself with people that have similar interests.
  • Depart from people with negative criticisms.
It's important to push away distractions that confuse or nudge behavior away from writing goals. There are too many people, places or habits that rubs out goal achieving efforts. A person who, for one reason and any reason, finds fault with your writing goals move away from. A mall, park or house everybody talks about pulls your attention to it, today. The habit of doing, wasting time, online is extra inviting. This is the moment determination must kick in.
  • Focus on the goal.
  • Think of reasons it's a goal.
  • Look at what you've done so far.
Beware of certain behavior. If you prefer to do anything but work toward a goal, stop. It means, somewhere in a crevice of the mind, the goal lost its appeal. The conclusion is that it's not attainable.
  • Don't waste anymore time with it.
  • Throw it out.
  • Look at the list of goals and pick the next one.
Spend more time with a goal that's rolling toward completion. Give yourself a deadline.
  • Two weeks.
  • Three months.
  • Two years.
Writing goals should become part of life. Motivation for goals can come from what you're trying to achieve, just keep doing. Reward yourself when there's a successful step forward. Paste up words of motivation on a mirror, slip of paper with "You Can Do It" in a wallet or "Keep Going" taped to the desk works well. Motivational words encourage. You may know some. The following are a few more.
  • "Believe."
  • Reach Higher."
  • "You Must, First, Believe In Your Talent."
Writing goals can be realized when narrowed down, realistic and sliced into manageable pieces.



























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Monday, April 21, 2014

Make Better Choices

Life Patterns


The three words make better choices are true for most people in some aspect of their lives. Life patterns, way of doing for years, aren't easily changed but you can do it.
  • Set a goal.
  • Pick the life pattern of most concern.
  • This is after taking inventory of you.
  • Better choices can begin. 
Life patterns are changed one step at a time.
  • Ease into better choices.
  • Each day work on your better choice.
  • A new you is difficult all at once.
  • Stop behavior contrary to goals.
It took years to get comfortable or tolerate a life pattern.
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • Courage.
  • Don't panic over a slip.
  • Come-back stronger tomorrow.
How to tackle the life pattern, for example, of not being able to say "no?"
  • I'll have to get back to you.
  • I can't today, maybe some other time.
  • We'll discuss it later.
  • When all else fails, "no."


The original post is at: http://voices.yahoo.com/make-better-choices-12610970.html

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From Notes to Novelist

Write Your Novel.

I went from notes to novelist by commenting, in a diary of sorts, about being "retired" from a job. Yes, it took time, but you can do it too.
  • Select a topic.
  • Be passionate about it.
  • Stir-in research, if needed.
  • Start writing. 
Writing is therapeutic.
  • Vent.
  • Describe your feelings.
  • What happened?
  • Come to terms with it.
Sometimes, welling up emotion stops you.
  • Take a break.
  • Come-back in a day or three.
  • Make notes.
  • Dig deep for strength.
Tell your story.
  • No one can tell it as well as you.
  • Begin chapter one with the problem.
  • Show the conflict and suspense.
  • Move forward from chapter one with action.
Write every-day.

Original post at: http://voices.yahoo.com/from-notes-novelist-12605578.html.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Components Of Attention Grabbing Plots

Good Plots

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion.

 Plot is the problem in a work of fiction, and how a writer sifts through a "fiction world" to resolve it. 

Good plots are woven through action, suspense and conflict.  

Action between opposing characters can be intense, and it's one way for characters to learn about the other's position. 

•A good plot grabs attention. 
•People keep reading.  
•A character's plight moves the story forward.  
•The incident has a chain reaction.  
•A shake up in "fiction world" for some. 

 Suspense happens each time a character almost succeeds, stumbling blocks are thrown in the main character's path. 

•Characters probe for answers to a murder. 
•Someone sprinkles false clues around "fiction world." 
•Frustrated, but determination pulls the character along. 
•The same character makes a desperate move. 
•Suspense builds as to what will happen. 

 Conflict means a clash while differences surface. 

•At this point, the two opposing forces meet. 
•Betrayal and bitter words are exchanged.  
•Each knows the other's position.  
•One wins or loses this particular round. 

 Opposing parties prepare to out-do each other to the end.

Original post at: http://voices.yahoo.com/components-attention-grabbing-plot-12596089.html.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Write from Life

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion.

Game To Writing

 It's productive to spring-board from one writing project to the next. Only, life stands-by with a hammer to interrupt routines, that leave you blinking at a blank screen and nudge creativity to take a vacation. 

You, writers, must work with life by making a game of it. Besides, there are far too many serious moments.

 Look at what interrupted your routine. Make a game of it for writing.

 In my neighborhood, there's a constant rumble of vehicles moving up and down the street I live on.

 My game about the truck rumbling is to turn it into non-fiction. Perhaps, why trucks make a specific sound? Truck design determine how heavy a load it carries? 

 There's no limit on what to write about. It depends on you, the writer. 

"What to write?" You said. "Blink screen." 

 Spin it into a game. You have five options to flip a blank computer screen into a writing project. 

 On slips of paper, jot down five possible writing sources or places to get writing ideas. The sources (for this article) are writing prompts, something that made you laugh, your last thought, weather, or a sad moment. 

 Fold the papers in half and throw them into a container. Shake. Pick one. Spring-board to writing with the idea that stirs-up your creativity.

 A writing prompt, believe, for instance. Believe. 

 Look at it. Write it. Stop. Start working on a writing project. 

 Now, creativity is on vacation. 

 Re-fresh creativity by writing down any word. The word(s) could be from the previous paragraphs. Look at objects in your room. Write about words playing, exciting, your creativity. 

 The words are used in fiction or non-fiction. 

 Finally, a game of writing from life keeps you churning out writing projects.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Inspire You To Write

Writers, like other people in life, have routines, demands of living and are slammed into by a crisis. Writers, inspire you to write. Find, at least, two hours just to compose thoughts, write. Pull the writing idea from your circumstances, a happy memory or look out of your window.

Look at your circumstances. What words stand-out?

A car accident, for example. What words flash through your mind when you hear the words car accident? Is it accident, texting or snow?

Pick any of the words to write about, or select all of them. Add other words that inspire you to write.

Take a look at the following circumstances.

The car could be heard miles before anyone saw it, because of the loud engine roar. It rolled-up on the curb, hit person after person. People screamed, ran. Some, even, took out their smart-phones to capture the incident.

Keep writing until you have fiction or non-fiction. Inspire you to write.

A happy memory is an excellent spring-board to writing. Take the happy memory in any direction.

A happy memory could be from child-hood, early teen years or adult-hood. Pick the situation, incident, that will inspire you to write.

Look out of your window for inspiration. What do you see? Write about what you see.

I looked out of my window. It's rainy and cloudy. What can I do with rainy and cloudy?

The last day of Winter blew in with rain and clouds, quickly melted away day-light into night. Thunder rumbled my window pane as lightning ran across the floor and out a back window.

The above paragraph has to be edited, more added and I have a short story beginning.

Inspire you to write not just in good times, but when you're challenged too.




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Computer Chip Credit Cards

We've, all, heard about hackers stealing information from various retailers. One retailer was Target, but other well known retailers were visited by hackers too.

Customers were advised to frequently check accounts, close accounts and get new accounts. Immediately, address purchases or charges you didn't make.

It was a rude awakening to retailers that more security is needed, because of the ease with which hackers accessed credit card information.

Bankers and credit card networks understood how serious the breach was.

Most credit cards, by October 2015, will be minus the magnetic stripe on back.

Computer chip credit cards will become available. The computer chip requires a pin number. Hence, the pin and chip cards are called EMV cards.

Target once explored the idea of placing computer chips in cards. The retailer decided against the idea. It was costly, and other retailers were using the magnetic stripe on their cards.

Some countries use computer chips in their cards.

Credit card fraud in Europe dropped in the area of thirty-five percent since using EMV cards, according to the Federal Reserve.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Motivation For Writing

Motivation for writing comes from air, land and/or sea. My belief: Writers should never experience a block due to writing. There's much motivation, in the world, for writing. 

Take a deep breath. Relax. Find your motivation. Pick one. Land? Air? Sea? Don't make excuses.

Yes, life happens. You may become ill, have a family emergency or any number of circumstances could pop-up to steal your motivation for writing.

Refuse to let your motivation for writing be stolen. Capture some moment during a time your motivation for writing is being stolen like the following.

You have planned to work on a writing project, for example. Your writing place is set-up with everything you'll need to spend, at least, two hours writing. You're ready to sit-down. Only, someone knocks on your door.

"Who is it?" You asked.

It's a friend.

What will you do? Explain that you have plans? Or, forget writing and socialize?

Motivation for writing can include how you turned down socializing for writing. Write the account in fiction or non-fiction.

On the other hand, you may decide to socialize.

This is the moment that you must pick the right choice.

Shine through, take comfort in, motivation for writing. Socializing will always be there. Do it any-time.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Writers Make Mistakes

It's a fact of living that human beings make mistakes, and writers make mistakes too. Human beings shouldn't keep making the same mistakes. Still, some people will come behind a person who made a mistake and do the same thing. Likewise, writers fall victim to grammatical mistakes, errors.

Writers can't keep making the same grammatical mistakes, errors, and do well. Writers, as must people in general, learn from their mistakes and become better.

Become better by analyzing what your weaknesses, faults, are. Those are the areas in writing, your life, that need working on. 

You have the tendency to write run-on sentences, for example, then practice not writing such sentences. Make use of the period/comma, and the other parts of punctuation, speech.

A period stops a sentence that makes a statement, or asks an indirect question.

Get a detailed understanding of punctuation by reading:

Frequently Used Punctuation

The post gives you a better understanding of how to use different parts of speech like: adjectives, adverbs, question marks, exclamation points, commas and periods.

http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com/2014/01/frequently-used-punctuation.html.

Writers make mistakes, but become better through practice. Better writing projects are created through practice and learning from your mistakes.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Goal: Write

The goal of an author is to write. It could be fiction, non-fiction, essays or poems. Writers have to keep their particular goal(s) in focus. It requires time, and tuning out the nay-sayers, haters.

Find the time to write. Go after your goal. How? Pull-away from activities, people, that don't fit your vision. Or, people who don't bring positive actions, energy.

People who bring negative actions, energy, can't help you. The negativity interferes with you, and positive goal achieving.

Keep moving toward the goal of writing, or any goal in life, business.

Now, there's nothing wrong in seeing/hearing what others have to say. Haters and nay-sayers fail to bring advice that helps toward a goal. The negativity buries positive goal reaching. It stops you from being the best you, and seeing your goal realized.

It takes a lone person, often, to reach a goal(s).

Apply determination to a writing goal, or any goal you plan to reach in life, business.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Frequently Used Punctuation

Punctuation is common, because we use, write, it most days. There are a few times when no one cares how you punctuate. Most occasions in life, business, writing, will require correct punctuation.

Let's discuss frequently used punctuation.

Adjectives

Adjectives change the meaning of pronouns (used in place of a noun) and nouns (person, place, thing or idea).

The noun man is changed by sitting an adjective next to it.

The big man fell.

A loud man slurred his speech.

The bloated man was found.

One foolish man eases into every crowd.

An added word better describes the man.

Adverbs

Adverbs will give a different meaning to verbs (action words), other adverbs and adjectives.

Most words ending in ly is an adverb. Use adverbs as a last choice when writing fiction or non-fiction. Replace an adverb with a verb in order to expose strong images.

Tom left suddenly.

Provide readers with clear images like: Tom bolted, Tom dashed, Tom scurried or Tom scooted.

Question Mark

Question marks are placed after direct questions.

Who are you?

What do you want?

Do you work?

Exclamation Points

Exclamation points shows emotion, surprise.

Hurry!

The house is beautiful!

The party is in two hours!

Comma

A comma is an indication to slow down, new words are on the way.

Tom, Mrs. Cook and Mr. Cook had a cane to fist-fight."Tom, where is Mr. Cook?"

A comma will set a series apart.

The colors to pick are pink, blue, plum and red.

A comma is used before dialogue.

Tom turned around to say, "Throw Mr. Cook out!"

When a person is named after a pronoun or being spoken to, commas are used.

"Tom, where is Mr. Cook?"

"Listen here Mrs. Cook, don't know, don't care.

Period

Stop a sentence that makes a statement, or asks an indirect question with a period.

Mr. Cook refused to curb his trash, and asked Tom to leave him alone about it.

Periods are used to abbreviate.

Mrs. Cook

Ave.

Phila.

Etc.

Sat.

Approx.

In closing, frequently used punctuation rules swirls your writing into interesting and exciting reading.








Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year: Write

A new year means, as with any goal/resolution, write. You must decide and see that the time is now. Don't let the nay-sayers stop you from reaching your goal. There will always be someone who disagrees with you, your goal. Write.

It's humbling to live in a country where you can part company with someone/people who brings drama, confusion, just not a good fit.

You can write about your situation, to help someone else. Writing is therapeutic. Writing can be your out-let.

Write. Look at your words after writing about a situation or problem. Help yourself understand what happened, how it happened, through writing. Let writing be your therapy.

A new year, write. Write about your past year, ways to move forward from a not-so-good year. Make notes on how you'll make improvements this year.

Write an essay, novel, poem. Embark on a writing project that you've never done before. Why? New year. It'll be a challenge to try new projects. It's motivation out of the old routine.

My book, Grave Street House, started out as notes, for example. The plot centers around how the main character handles being sexually harassed at work, and she gets to the bottom of why people are destroyed by the house on her street.

You don't know what path writing will take until you start.

Simply, write.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

2014: Make It Better

Make 2014 better than all the years before. Don't stress about making a New Year's resolution(s) that will fade from your memory and life by February. It's a waste of time to tackle, try to, promises, resolutions, that you have no control over.

Start with small steps to making 2014 a better year.

Some people want a new career, for example, in 2014. Begin looking into requirements for the new career. You need to take courses for it? Remove an activity from your life, to free-up time for the new career. Do research about the intended career. Determine how you'll move forward with a list tailored to your needs. There should be more positive than negative reasons for such a move.

Make-up your mind about how to reach into a new career, or goal.

Refuse to be in the company of people who want you to live their way. Don't be afraid to say "no." Live your life.

Separate yourself from people who find fault with you, your goals.

Hug yourself from time to time.

Write in big letters, Yes, I Can. Tape the words on your mirror, desk, computer or wall.

Surround yourself with people that understand you, your goals.

Push self-doubt and fear away. Use the energy to move forward, and never look back.

If you make a mistake, learn from it. Keep moving toward your goal.

Stay motivated. Remind yourself of the reasons for the goal.

Work hard.

Simply, believe in yourself.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Your Voice

Practice writing to get better, as with anything in life, and allow your voice freedom. There's no need to search for your voice. You can't type your name in a Search engine and then pull-up your voice.

Voice, uniquely yours, develops over-time through writing.

An important goal is to keep writing. Practicing writing puts you on the path of finding your voice. It's how to become the best writer possible.

Keep working, writing, to see improvement as well as changes in your delivery. From time to time, writers mold, change, how writing projects are made/delivered. It could be words used, how they're used, your voice.

Writers should always reach higher, better, for excellence.

Before long, someone, people, will comment on your voice.

Simply, practice writing while your voice shines.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Detail-Less Writing

I don't feel that there's can't write or writer's block. My blog, http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com, lists many avenues to escape can't write and writer's block.

Detail-Less Writing is one more tool to stop can't write and/or writer's block.

First, you must push stress out of the door. Wash your hands of stress. Stress frustrates. It keeps you motionless and your goals are ignored. Of course, your goal is writing, or to finish/start your writing project.

Calm down. Take a deep breath, let it out slowly.

Detail-Less Writing is selecting one word from a writing idea or writing project.

Write any related words or information about the word. Write a poem, even, to encourage your creative flow.

Keep Detail-Less Writing until you're able to work on your writing idea or writing project.

Pinch the first letter of any word to spring-board into writing about your topic. This is an additional facet to Detail-Less Writing.

At this point, you should be more relaxed. Creative flow is inspired. If yes, good. No? Work with other letters of your topic.

Most likely, writing ideas for more topics will emerge.

The writing exercise is worth the time. Design it to fit you, your writing needs.

Let me know how the Detail-Less Writing tool helped you.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Writing Check-List

In writing, it takes more than a few well placed words for vivid images to live. Writers should consult Writing Check-List. Writing ideas, work-in-the-making, are sifted through Writing Check-List, to make your projects better.

Writing Check-List is a writer's tool that should be used frequently.

It's wise to take a break from writing projects. You'll come-back refreshed, and better able to critique. Issues and problems with your work becomes clearer. It's easier to deal with an issue, problem, when you can see it.

Writing Check-List requires question asking like the following.

1. Is your writing understandable?

The night melted into darn...

In my mind, I meant to write dawn. The Check-List pointed out my mistake.

2. Writing projects must be stuffed with vivid images. This applies to fiction and non-fiction.

3. Strong verbs makes reading more interesting.

Bill ran.

Or

Bill dashed.

Dashed tells how urgent the situation is for Bill.

4. Paragraphs move with ease from one to the next.

Each idea begins a new paragraph.

5. Transitions flow from idea to idea, effortlessly.

6. Discard words that's not needed.

Well, it happened, last night, on November 14, 8 p.m.

What word(s) should be discarded.

7. The opening sentence, fiction or non-fiction, must grab the reader's attention.

8. Titles are what potential readers see, usually. The title is an invitation to read your writing
project. The invitation tickles the senses, opens-up disbelief, for example.

This is the hook to catch readers interests. You have only seconds.

In closing, Writing Check-List is a tool to inspire the best fiction or non-fiction within you.








Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bitstrips

Bitstrips has been available since 2008. It launched the IOS App about one month ago.

Bitstrips is a free mobile app that uses Facebook login. However, Bitstrips login will be out soon, according to the company.

The app turns you into a cartoon character, Jacob Blackstrock, Creative Director. "Then you can take those characters and put them in crazy scenes."

Users build avatars by selecting physical features like: skin color, hair-style.

The characters are displayed in thousands of different, updated scenes. You have the option to include Facebook friends, or not.

Characters can be shared on other social networks.

Bitstrips gained popularity in the Apple App Store and Google Play store, recently.

I signed-up for an account today. It was easier than I thought, or was told it'd be to get an account.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Peel Ideas Into Writing Projects

Writing ideas stand-tall in dreams, walk around the market and live on the Internet. It takes a writer's creative flow to peel ideas into writing projects.

A dream that repeats itself, night after night, can unfold into fiction. Some dreams appear vividly and refuse to be forgotten.

Slice-away a segment, part, of the dream to write about. You don't want to write fiction? Write an essay about a portion of the dream. Your creative flow may prefer to write non-fiction on your dream. Use the dream in as many angles as possible. This is how the process of peeling ideas into writing projects begins.

The more you write about it, the better you'll understand your dream. After all, writing is therapeutic and good for you.

Stay on the look-out for writing ideas, no matter where you are. I can't emphasize that enough.

At the market, this happened to me, a stranger was on his cell phone. I didn't pay it any special attention.

"She's here with pink flip-flops on," he said.

Needless to say, I quickly moved away from him.

There are many writing ideas within that incident that comes to mind.

Fiction based on a stalker holds promise. An essay probing the loud tone people use on a cell phone. One last short story idea is that the man didn't have anyone on his cell phone. He wanted to speak to a female, but fear had him in it's grip.

The Internet, too, is a place to peel ideas into writing projects. Every link, Web site, offers material. Writers must decide which idea to use, how.

Let's look at an example.

Critique And Write Fiction

There's one more step to the writing process before sharing with the world. Few, if any, can skip it. Read the entire post at:

Critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com/2013/10/critique-and-write-fiction.html.

Do you get any ideas from Critique And Write Fiction? If yes, share them.

The last words are that it's time to write.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Writing Niche

Niche is an area that has great interest to you. You excel at it. A comfortable place, if given time, you'll turn into a profitable business. The potential is limited only by you. It takes little to inspire you for this niche.

Likewise, writing niche is writing you understand. Sometimes, the writing makes sense when others don't get it.

The perfect writing niche is when a-piece of writing/reading feels right.It stirs around your creative flow. You, in your opinion, can re-write it better. Your mind begin to think of ways to profit from a writing business, promote it.

Set a goal. Do some research to see what you'll need to get started.

Is it a business that will fit into your life? You have enough time for it? Right tools? Should the writing niche be done part time? Is there anyone in your life that can help? Barter for services.

Bartering is when a friend/relative provides an item or service to your business. The item could be paper clips. A relative offers to handle the business side.

Bartering ends with what you'll give in exchange for the paper clips, and the management of your business.

Keep an account of bartering in writing. There'll be no confusion.It makes life easier. Someone in doubt about how many paper clips, for example, were agreed on? Check the contract, or the bartering agreement.

Writing niche can be a profitable out-let to writing.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Critique And Write Fiction

There's one more step to the writing process before sharing. Few, if any, can skip it. Often, it's not the mot fun prt of writing.

It's the critique and write of fiction process. The initial writing centers around developing characters, scenes and peeling-out an exciting plot. The main focus isn't on sentence structure and weak writing.

Now, attention has to be given to all sentences. Sentences must move the plot forward, connect and stimulate a reader's imagination.

Put aside your manuscript. Start a new project. Make the calls you meant to weeks ago. The longer a work of fiction is, the more time needed away from it. Of course, pay attention to dead-lines.

Return to your manuscript. The second time work through critique and write by making sure characters read like real people. A character, for example, could tap his/her fingers anywhere when stressed.

Sometimes, dialogue helps.

Take a look at a simple morning greeting.

"How are you?" Mary asked.

People don't necessarily use those exact words.

Some say:

"What up?"

"Hiya."

"How ya doin'?"

Dialogue, too, should glide plot along with conflict and suspense. A fiction community's language should mimic real language.

There isn't room for words, lines or paragraphs that fail to show-case an action packed story.

A good place to start stories is on page one. Begin conflict as the reader is hooked. Establish a viewpoint, characters are exposed for who they are and the type of story being told is displayed.

The final words are that when writers critique and write better fiction comes to life.



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Re-Call Writing Exercise

The Re-Calling Exercise is a writing tool geared toward igniting a writer's creative flow. There's never too many ways to awaken creative flow. This writing exercise can be applied to fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Let's go through how the Re-Call Writing Exercise works.

Sit down in your writing place. Get comfortable. Make sure you have everything you'll need. Take food or water. Fruit? Leave the phone outside of the room you're in.Write, at least, two hours before getting up.

Look at anything in the room you're in, for five seconds.

Next, write down, in ten words, everything you remember.

I scanned a notebook for five seconds.

I remember the following: yellow, lined, notes, writing, stuffed, square, dull color, informative, book and name.

The above ten words leads to many paths.

Yellow color inspires an article about ducks, non-fiction. Possible question: Where are the happiest ducks.

Lined, hmm? What or how do lines in fashion help/hurt specific body types?

Notes can play-out in fiction. A crime!

The man stared at me as he spoke into his cell phone. I turned away, fled down another aisle. Two strange females followed me...

The idea has all kinds of possibilities.

Writing means poetry too. Or, your opinion?

All words are sifted through your creative flow, and writing projects happen.

Finally, Re-Call Writing Exercise is to help you, the writer, explore new depths.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

How To Get On The Blogosphere

Subjects range from cooking to commerce on the blogosphere. Blogging is an online journal, or whatever you want it to be. It's one way to stop using paper, go Green. It leaves one less foot-print.

It's done by typing or posting on your subject of choice. Your blog should be what you're passionate about.

The blog is viewed only by you, or whomever you want to see it. It depends on how you set the blog up. Some people share photos, audio and/or videos.

There's no age limit on the blogosphere. In a few steps, you can become a blogger.

Get a free account at blogger.com.

Meet me on the blogosphere at http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com.

My blog taps on various subjects, but it's mostly about writing topics. My blog suggests where/how to get ideas for fiction and non-fiction. I point-out games to stop writer's block. Advice exists there to help writers self-edit.

You, too, can be on the blogosphere. Today, start your blog.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Government Shut-Down

A United States government shut-down begins Monday, if the Republicans and Democrats fail to agree on a funding bill.

President Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law was to be available on October 1.

Funding for national security and public safety continues. People will receive Medicare health insurance and Social Security retirement benefits.

People to be furloughed are those who process pass-ports to National Parks/Museums.

Most federal agency workers would be furloughed, but a few will work like air traffic controllers and prison guards.

All military personnel operates normally, but civilians working for the military would be temporarily furloughed per the Pentagon.

Federal courts will open 'til October 15. After that date, the Judiciary will give the necessary guidance.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to start its 2013 session on October 7. The Supreme Court operated as usual during previous furloughs, according to a spokesman.

The IRS will have about 90 percent of its work-force furloughed. The call center would be closed and audits stopped, the agency stated.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Slip Of The Tongue

A slip of the tongue happens, but take a moment to think before speaking. The tongue is used for many things, and talking, talking too much, is one of them.

The tongue can be a weapon to hurt you and others. It's wise to guard carefully what you say.

A slip of the tongue can pop-out around acquaintances or walking with another person.

A few friends, for example, gathered to go see a concert. They rented a limousine too. A back-seat driver asked the driver asked the driver, again, to stop for additional alcoholic beverages. The driver, known to them as friend, denied the third request to stop.

"M, I can't." The driver pulled-over. "All of ya had enough."

"Just cuz ya part owner of the limousine company don't mean..."

"Get out!" The driver interrupted he back-seat driver.

"Sam, ya're biz partner, and ya got the same girl-friend." The back-seat driver departed quickly.

The slip of back-seat driver's slip of the tongue hurt friendships, not sure if they'll recover. A friendship lost is hard to get back.

Most people in back-seat driver's life will find out about it, and never trust him/her.

The fact that you know or think you know isn't the "green light" to share it. It goes back to the kind of person you are, your character.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Three Letter Words To Writing

Three Letter Words To Writing is a writing tool that inspires creativity. Think-up as many three letter words as possible. Why? Three Letter Words To Writing can help pull-together fiction, poems or non-fiction.

Let's look at how to use Three Letter Words To Writing.

Sit down in your writing place. Bring everything you'll need. Don't give yourself an excuse to move. Spend, at least, two hours working with Three Letter Words To Writing. Make sure to pick the same time each day to write. It helps you get into good writing habits. Before long, you'll write any-time and in most places.

Start with three letter words that you'll comfortable with.

Write a three letter word. Look at it. Tinker with it.

Add lines to the three letters, and make claims, statements. Let the words dance a tune of short stories, gather pools of poems and bring articles to life.

Here are some three letter words: fee, saw, him, win, too, not, bee, tea, low, off, well, your, dig, how and set.

I plucked set.

S ocial

E tiquette

T omorrow

The three letter word dig in fiction has possibilities.

I woke dizzy, unsure why. The last thing I remembered was Pat, friend, being at a party with me. We were dared to dig up a grave.

This place is dark, small and feels hard. Oh no!

Words should be tinkered with to see how your creative flow responds. Use more than one of your three letter words in fiction, poems or non-fiction.

A non- fiction article on how well bees live in colonies, for example, has possibilities for non- fiction.

The goal is to take Three Letter Words To Writing in new, creative, ways.











Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Shooter: Building 197

Aaron Alexis, 34, entered the Washington D.C. Navy yard to execute as many people as possible. Alexis had clearance to walk-in the building, according to F.B.I.

What made a nice guy, some said, massacre people innocently going to work?

Let's look closer.

Alexis was hearing voices, had a bad relationship break-up.

Friends brought Alexis food while he played violent video games up to 16 hours a day. A sign of problems, or what will come?

Friends were aware of the voices Alexis heard, but not one person pushed him to seek help.

Now, it's reported that Alexis tried to reach-out to the Veterans Administration. For reasons that are unclear, he didn't get the necessary help.

How about free clinics, ER? His friends could've staged a kind of intervention.

Alexis was diagnosed with mental problems, include PTSD, before the break-up.

It's reported Alexis visited Thailand, became serious about a woman. He wanted her to move back to the United States with him. She didn't, and he was hurt.

Alexis returned from Thailand alone, moved around the country.

He was liked. A few thought he was nice.

Alexis' behavior started to get aggressive, and the unthinkable happened.

Someone along the chain of friends, associates, should've recognized that Alexis needed help. Friends, associates, should of made sure Alexis received help.

The F.B.I. Is looking for tips or any information about Aaron Alexis. The telephone number is: 1-800-call-FBI.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Twitter's Plan To Re-Design iOS App

Twitter has a plan to re-design its mobile apps according to AllThingsD. Home, Connect, Me Sections, Content and Discover will become streams, and managed/navigated by swiping. The Discover section will be taken out, and Media available in all streams.

Twitter is experimenting with a stream that shows only television related tweets and conversations. The idea is to help users retain/enjoy by delivering interesting content.

Now, the re-designed app becomes available after the iOS 7 is out. It arrives with a focus on streams, but the standard Menu bar on the bottom, gone.

Twitter iOS is an app that can be downloaded from the App Store, for free.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fund-Raising For School Supplies

Fund raising for Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Education Supplies Fund, schools was announced by Mayor Michael Nutter. The idea is to purchase school supplies for students. Nutter wants school supplies available in September, March and when needed.

Nutter, too, gave a city-wide challenge to citizens, business and philanthropic communities to raise $500,000 by October 15th. Also, Nutter wants to have $2.5 million in the next five years.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will administer the fund.

The school district and teachers' union are in contract negotiations.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Write Time

There isn't a write time, location or reason to scribble down word pictures. Inspiration comes any-time of the day or night. Unless, you, the writer, set a specific writing time. Work, busy life, can get in the way of the write time. Simply, pencil-in a calendar date to write, and stick-to-it.

You could be at a store, gathering or reading the paper. The write time pops up through someone stealing at a store. Store employees notice the person, and take necessary actions.

You were several feet away, lots of drama/confusion.

How will you write about it? An article? Fiction? It's up to you.

Or, you prefer to write about the missing recipe from a family gathering?

Change of hands time for a family recipe, from one generation to a younger generation. The newly typed recipe had been laid in a draw. The recipe disappeared? Who took it?

Would you write short or long fiction?

No? Your choice is to write about a news article?

The write time offers no reason to share pictures in words. Still, many times, writers have reasons to write about an incident, life.

A situation that touched a writer, often, will push him/her to show-case the experience. Also, he/she writes about what happened to others.

It spills-out in the form of an essay, perhaps. It depends on how the writer wants to share information.

Finally, there isn't a write time to share thoughts on events, life. It depends on you, the writer.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Transitions

The job of a transition, in fiction, is to smoothly move stories along in time, location or point-of-view.

Fiction, especially long fiction, requires a time change. You don't have to bring-along five hundred words before a new day, time. Unless, your story can't be told without lots of words.

Take a look at my example.

I was awakened out of a sound sleep by someone shaking, knocking, at my door.

"Who...who is it?"

No one answered.

I reached for my cell phone, but it was dead.

"Who is it?" I asked, again.

No response.

I jumped into jeans, sleeveless top, and pink flip-flops. In case, I had to run. I plugged my phone into the charger, laid on the bed. Sleep refused to visit me.

Time Change

Night began to melt into day. I rushed to the door. A man was face-down on my porch.

I quickly closed the door, not sure what was going on. The police had to be called. Upstairs, I dashed. My cell phone still wouldn't work.

Downstairs, I returned. I cracked the door, and the man had disappeared.,I slammed the door shut.

I had to get to my cousin's house, help a few minutes away.

I locked the door, ran.

Location Change

At her house, I explained what happened.

View-Point Change

Deadman on ya're porch?" Louise looked at me with furrowed brows.

Louise was pencil thin with a man's crew-cut. She stared at me, shook her head.

"What now?" Louise sat down in her L-shaped kitchen.

In conclusion, transitions can make the writer's job easier, and entertain readers.







Saturday, August 24, 2013

Inner Drive

Inner drive is the motivation that encourages you to try a new writing project, personal goal and/or life challenge. Often, it's not easy and requires special effort. Simply, allow inner drive to work for you.

Don't be afraid to write a novel, for example, if you post on a blog. Or, write a non-fiction article instead of the usual. Essay? Start a recipe book. Draw off your inner drive.

The point is to ease out of the usual, and into the new. The act of trying something new pulls motivation to you.

Pick a view-point to write from. Gather notes and research to determine how the information will be shared. Filter it through your creative flow, and begin the writing process. Most likely, you'll be able to spin more than one writing idea from your notes/research. Make it your personal goal.

What's your personal goal? Do you want to start a business? Learn a new dance?

A personal goal has to be worked toward. Some personal goals take longer than others to realize. Some days, it may seem the personal goal isn't what you want. If you have too many of those thoughts, stop. Your personal goal may have to be changed.

A goal change is fine. Keep goals in your life, and a time-frame of how long it'll take to reach it. Goals can be one life challenges.

Goals become life challenges when some people try to stop you. Some jealous people spread rumors/lies about you. Why? They aren't happy with themselves, and want others to feel/be angry, unhappy, like them. Still, you have to muster the inner drive to move forward.

Inner drive is the courage that helps you move forward to reach goals, and do you.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Writing Idea Fragments

Writing idea fragments are almost ready, incomplete. Writing idea fragments need more thinking about before the writing process begins. A writer has to decide from what angle he/she wants to share the writing idea fragment.

Let's look at a writing idea fragment of mine. I wanted to write a post about non-fiction. The post should explain what non-fiction is, and some information on non-fiction writing ideas.

The above sentence uncovered my title: "Non-Fiction Writing Ideas."

The next step is determine what to write about the topic. The facts can come from research, something in the news or a certain way of looking at how-to make a book-shelf.

Look at your writing idea fragments. Ask yourself questions. How will you share it? Your writing idea fragment is a problem, comment on life or a topic of your choice?

A problem is explained in a how-to article. Step by step explain solutions to problems. Perhaps, you've found how to do it better/faster.

Many situations/circumstances require comments. Someone could've had a similar situation as you, and can benefit from your experience.

Maybe, a topic exists that you want to write about. Take this time to tackle the topic. Explore and write. You'll be surprised at what you come up with.

Writers will find all kinds of uses for writing idea fragments. Simply, start.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Non-Fiction Writing Ideas

Non-fiction writing ideas are factual, and are gathered from anywhere, everywhere. Many people research writing ideas for non-fiction.

Non-fiction writing ideas address problems, comment on life or are topics of your choice.

Write a how-to article about the problem that you handled successfully. How did you manage the going-back-to school costs? Explain it in easy to understand steps. People pay money for helpful advice. Put an interesting spin on it, not what's already out there. In other words, the article should be uniquely yours.

Do you know of a drink/food that lowers a person's chance of getting a cold? A formula for building an excellent credit score/rating would be of interest. Many could use information on paying debt down, or general debt information.

Can you think of other possible non-fiction writing ideas?

One way to comment on life is through non-fiction writing.

What are your comments on Paula Deen's use of the negative word? Or, her court ordeal about racism?

Your comments on Trayvon Martin's murder trial? His family? George Zimmerman's account?

Perhaps, you want to comment on the media's coverage of a specific event? You have insight on an illness, and want to share it.

Is there a topic that have always held your interest? For some reason, you've never written about it.

It's time to research, look at what angle you want to write the topic from. Simply, write.

Non-fiction writing ideas lives everywhere. It's a matter of picking which view to work with. Start today.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chaotic People

The nature of a free society is choice. Some people make choices that benefit only them, chaotic people. They don't concern themselves with the chaos it causes. They have no morals.

Chaotic people say or do anything in pursuit of what they want, no matter the extreme confusion it costs.

Chaotic people have a tendency of crashing into people that enjoy a less chaotic life-style. Since chaotic people have no respect, they don't understand the word "no." They continue spreading chaos until they're hurt.

Who, in their right mind, would want to be associated with them?

Chaotic people are always in the middle of drama, trouble. They blame others for negative results. They don't take responsibility.

A few good people are caught in the chaotic web. Sadly, the caught don't see, understand, until it's too late. Remember, chaotic people will do anything to further their cause.

How to tell if someone is a chaotic person? Look at a person's actions. How do they live their life? Person always in conflict with someone? Talk bad about people? Need to drag someone down for pleasure? Trouble, drama, follows them. Any morals?

It's wise to stay away from chaotic people.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

Plato

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Brain Storming Writing Ideas

Brain storming writing ideas gives writers fresh ideas. It turns a writing idea side-ways, upside-down, to allow a different view of it.

Different views of writing ideas inspires creativity. Brain storm, for example, through this process became Brain Storming Writing Ideas.

Simply, take any writing idea. Look at how many articles, posts or poems that you can curve-out. Perhaps, the writing idea leads to a novel?

Slices of writing ideas, too, make excellent brain storming material. The sun, gossip, news and chair are slices of writing ideas.

Brain storming writing ideas for the sun can spin-out articles, poems and books.

A possible article title about the sun: The Solar System's Star.

Brain storming writing ideas for gossip offers many paths. Truth and Gossip, title?

There exists too many roads for brain storming writing ideas when it comes to the news.

How to brain storm writing ideas? decide what kind of chair to write about. Antique? New chair? Pretty chair? Let your creative flow decide.

Brain storming writing ideas is a writer's tool to inspire creativity.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Prejudice Exists

It's interesting to live in a culture that allows open expression, opinions. People judge, have preconceived opinions, based on their life experiences, and tales from others.

Human reaction of clutching a purse, for example, when passing-by teens is normal after being robbed by them. Perhaps, a loved one had bad encounters with teens, and your loved one re-counts the circumstances, often. It's not unusual to form a prejudice, especially when the loved one's keeps telling you about it. The prejudice is compounded when your love one's life is turned-upside-down by actions of teens, or the negative encounter.

Let's look at another situation.

There's one job available, but two applicants of different races wanting the position.

Feelings of prejudice will tip into the mind of whichever applicant remains unemployed. Most likely, race didn't play a role.

The unemployed applicant spreads his/her experience to family and friends. The preconceived opinions take root.

The most production action to take is step around prejudice. if it's real, handle it through the law. Often, it's a preconceived opinion.

Everyone is different. There's no reason to blame a group or race for the actions of one, few.

Prejudice exists because people permit it.

If you live with someone pointing-out preconceived flaws of someone, group, then prejudice grows.

Prejudice can't exist when the facts are known. Facts are freeing, or should be.

Seek-out medical or legal help when facts let prejudice exist within you.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Healthy Writing Habits

it's never too early for writers to start healthy writing habits, or too late.

Healthy writing habits means steady-work and an abundance of writing ideas. Writing ideas and steady-work equals money, presence and/ or stability.

Is there such a thing as healthy writing habits? A few asked.

The answer: Yes.

Healthy writing habits begins with writing everyday. Curve-out a space for you to write in. It could be in the attic, basement, barn, or closet. Fill your space with your writing tools.

What is a writing tool?

A writing tool is a book, app or any item that provides inspiration for writing.

Disconnect from everything but writing. Your writing space is just for writing, creating.

Select a specific time to write each day. Stay there for, at least, two hours. Try to write more than two hours. Take anything you'll need before sitting down to write. Could you want fruit, for example? Don't give yourself an excuse to not write.

Of course, turn-off your cell phone, and other writing stealing appliances.

Healthy writing habits are keys to success.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How To Set Goals

People encourage you to have goals, set goals. A goal is important, because it guides you toward success. Still, you have to know how to set goals.

Let's look at what goes into setting goals.

First, decide what matters most to you, or figure-out what you want. Place a time limit on it. In other words, how long will it take to reach your goal?

Sit down. Think about it. It could take weeks, months, before you come to a decision.

Set rules for your goal when you have one.

Is writing, for example, your goal?

Rules for writing follows. Write everyday. Writing time is at twelve noon. Write for two hours each day. Possibly, write a novel in two years.

Stick as close as possible to your set rules. Yes, there will be days when you can't write. It's allowed. Return to the schedule as soon as you can.

Sometimes. A break is needed. You'll come-back more enthusiastic for your goal.

The healthy habit of setting goals can't begin too early, or too late.

Goals require discipline. Often, extra effort has to be mustered for a goal.

Make a note, scribble down an appointment or pencil-in time for your goal.

Believe in you, your goal. Don't allow doubt or nay-sayers to push you into their version of your goal.

Change or modify your goal only if you feel there's a need.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Question Of Morals

Many people, be it George Zimmerman or anyone else, taking an action because they can have the wrong attitude/thoughts. It's a question of morals. Don't act due to a bad mood or twisted feeling.

It isn't good conduct to approach another just because you can. The wrong attitude, thought, brings un-necessary pain, chaos.

The thoughts, attitude, that shortness makes people aggressive, because they're compensating for lack of height stirs ill-will.

A person with the above thoughts, attitude, will cause harm or inspire much conflict. One-sided thinking rarely ends well.

Good conduct is following a set of moral values and/or protocol. When or if all else fail, wait. Waiting allows you to re-think, and not act too quickly.

Let's look at the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, situation.

Had George Zimmerman waited, there would be a different out-come. Although, a jury of Zimmerman's peers found him not guilty.

Still, Trayvon Martin's blood will forever stain the mind and heart of George Zimmerman.

Lesson: Never take an action just because you can. It rarely ends well.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

12 Writing Tips

Writing, as with other paths, requires a stepping stone or a point to start from. It has has been said write what you know.

Sure, it's fun and easy to write what you know. A writer grows when he/she manages to reach higher by researching and/or investigating a topic/subject.

Let's look at 12 writing tips to get and keep you writing.

Find a place that's comfortable, your writing place. Your writing tools should be sitting and waiting, because they inspire.

Although, there'll be times when you, the writer, can't be in your writing place. Still, writers write. Curve-out a spot where your creativity can run-free.

Writing ideas that keep flashing in your mind could be promising writing ideas for songs/poems, fiction or non-fiction.

Life and living offers excellent writing material.

Family gatherings are stuffed full of tips and material for writing.

Quotes are sources for writing tips. Like: The jealous are troublesome but a torment to themselves William Penn

Use simple words.

Use strong verbs, and avoid adjectives as much as possible.

Titles dance their way into the reader's mind. They allow a quick look into your work. Titles summarize in a stimulating and interesting way.

Play a game to writing when creativity stalls.

The first word, that jumps to mind starts the game. The word shirt begins my game.

The word shirt can spin into songs/poems, fiction or non- fiction.

A possible non-fiction article: What's the best material for a summer shirt?

One fiction idea revolves around the disappearing shirt. It was last seen in the closet.

Poem

S oar

H igh

I n

R ocking

T ime


Passion shines through, just write.

Critique, more than once.

Have fun writing!




Friday, July 5, 2013

Writing Heals

The act of writing heals, is a treatment to becoming a better you.

A need for writing therapy, treatment, comes from experiences of people involved or have been in the military service. The writing heals technique aids when you're ill, received low college grades and/or lost of a job.

This isn't to say that the medical profession should be ignored. Writing comforts when the medical profession can't quit reach you, or you may want an alternative to healing.

The re-telling of what happened, often, is hard and uncomfortable. It's easy to jot down what happened, how, in a comfortable place.

The actual time could be during dawn, for example. Or, your thoughts flow more before bed? There's no one to compete with, or urge you along. Move as slow or fast as you like.

Writing gives you the opportunity to heal. It's therapy. The writing can be a journal, poems, songs, fiction or non-fiction.

Simply, write. You see the words. Read them. See your experience. Let the words be a treatment. Distance yourself.

Now, it may take more than one time or one treatment.

The first time scanning through the words may be too hard. Stop. Put the words away. Let a few days go by.

Return to the words. Take a deep breath. Relax. Embrace the words. Allow healing through writing to begin.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Reached Goal

A reached goal is something you've been working on, toward. Goals aren't always reached in a month, year.

The length of time a goal is reached depends on you, and the time given to a specific goal.

Set a time period for your goal, and work toward it. The time period for a goal has to fit into your life-style. You'd like to be jogging three miles in two weeks.

If, for example, a goal is to jog each morning, but it's impossible for you to get-up--stop. This particular goal isn't fitting into your life-style.

Shift, change, the goal to fit into your life-style, and a reached goal will be yours.

You can be successful when goals aren't reached in a specific time-frame. Simply, change the path of how you move to it.

It has to fit into your life-style, be comfortable for you. It's important that you follow your goal, not a friend's version of your goal.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Words Can Make Or Break You

Words can make or break you, your career, as we have seen with Paula Deen.

Paula Deen mentioned words that offended many people. She apologized. I'm sure, on any given day, she wished those words never escaped through her lips.

Still, she can't take the words back. People have been hurt, offended, by Deen's remarks. The reason or time the words were used makes no direction.

When a perspn's actions offend, those actions has to be addressed.

It goes back to what a person does, good or bad, comes back.

Deen and her sons explained how she in't a racist.

However, the words she used was racist. Why use those words if her feelings/thinking were different.

People tend to use comfortable words out of habit. Sometimes, a word is spoken that you're use to hearing/saying or grew up with.

Still, no one can or should offend because it's their way of doing, living.

I can't say it enough: Think before speaking.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

"The Color Of Your Skin..." Paula Deen

Paula Deen was slapped with a discrimination law-suit.

It stems from Deen, 66, admitting to using the N-word, racist jokes and commenting about wanting black waiters dressed as slaves.

She apologized using YouTube as the forum.

The Food Network, her employers, fired her.

"The color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference, does not matter, but it's what's in the heart...and my family and I try to live by that" is part of her apology.

Questions: Do you believe her?
Why would she utter such words?
You accept her apology?

I've seen over and over like situations. Some people rise to a certain position and become too comfortable. They feel that they can do or say anything, surpass the rules.

Many thoughts will come to mind, but it isn't wise to say or act on all of them.

Think before speaking or acting.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Edward Snowden

"I'm neither traitor nor hero," Edward Snowden. "I'm an American."

An American who believes a certain way makes it known, acts on it and the stand is made. Often, a person's stand brings unfavorable consequences.

An American would stay and defend his/her stand, not flee to China.

This is a land, United States, where differences exist.

Perhaps, a person is called traitor, hero and a host of other names due to his/her stand. Still, it goes-along with taking a stand.

"I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded," Snowden said.

Snowden, 29, leaked secret information about NSA's domestic surveillance programs to the media.

Today's world is a place, foreign and domestic, where you're recorded almost everywhere. There're few places a recording, spying or listening device isn't.

Without the devices, terrorists, murderers and other bad elements wouldn't have been captured.

Still, Snowden didn't destroy the information, but the former NSA contractor leaked it.

The result of Snowden's hands on the stolen information resulted in chaos.

Snowden departed the United States, left behind everything that was near and dear to him.

Snowden announced that he'd fight extradition back to the United States.

Friday, June 14, 2013

How To Believe In Yourself

Sit down. Take a deep breath. Think about the direction you want to take, life direction. You must believe in yourself, and the direction your life will go. Believe it with every fiber of your being.

A life direction path is weighed against what's going on in your life. What has to be taken out of your life for the new direction? Who will be removed? You have to get-up earlier in the morning?

Most likely, there will be people who disapprove of your choice.

Believe in yourself. Explain your decision if you want. Be prepared for questions. Why it's right for you.

There are many answers. It's time. it meets your skills, education and experiences.

Still, others will have nothing better to do than throw negativity at you, your life direction choice.

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
Mark Caine

Simply, believe in yourself.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Goals

Goals are places you'll be in three, five or ten years. Often, others see your writing goals, goals, differently than you.

"You're not a writer," Someone said.

It's possible that person sees a goal, for you, at Walmart. There's nothing wrong with working in retail, but continue to move toward your goals. Believe in yourself, and decide on the place you'll be in three, five or ten years.

Don't allow anyone to turn you against your goals. Remember, no one knows what's best for you, or the goals that matter to you.

Confusion slips through when you listen to goals that aren't yours. Be kind as you listen, but a friend's goal isn't going to motivate/inure you. Simply, share your feelings.

Confusion is avoided, and friendships last. Everyone knows the truth, what path will be taken.

Friends and family have two choices: Respect your choice or move on.

People who really care tend to help you realize your goals.

Work on the goals you set, not goals that belong to someone else. Sooner or later, the weight of doing what someone else wants pulls you down. The road of unhappy swallows you.

Trust you, your talent.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Writer's Success

A writer's success depends on how the writer feels. Success to one writer is different for another.

The ability to write a poem could mean success for one writer, and posting to a blog is success to someone else. Still, a third writer may feel success is publishing books.

"Bloggers aren't writers." I heard a hater bark.

In that person's view, bloggers don't qualify as writers. Most likely, he/she doesn't realize what research, talent and work goes into writing a blog.

A writer posting a daily journal is that writer's success. The act of writing is success.

Don't listen to people who don't understand the writing process, your talent or goals.

The mind-set to write is a writer's success.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Ingredient For Successful Businesses

The ingredient for successful businesses: customers. Customers hold a business together as well as help it grow. The primary concern of a business owner, big /small or online/off, must be customers. Without customers, you have no business.

The manner in which you/your employees interact with customers determines success. Yes, your customer service.

Customer service involves assisting, providing problem resolution and support.

I had a problem, for example, of not receiving a mattress that should've been delivered along with the bed frame.

The delivery guys called the store. I was asked to get on the phone. The employee volunteered to bring it to me. I agreed.

The manager wanted to speak to me. He spoke, but didn't help.

The manager didn't need to get on the phone. The employee had assisted, solved the problem with the right amount of support. I would've been a customer for life until Mr. Manager jumped on the phone to say nothing. I was done with the store, and found the needed mattress at Ikea.

My Question: How many others had the manager treated unprofessionally?

Good customer service means addressing the problem quickly, and getting repeat business.

Clearly, a professional acting business knows the ingredient for a successful business.

It's important, for all businesses, to remember the ingredient for success.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Self Help Prompts

Self help prompts are words, quotes and repeated sentences that inspire. A few words about life, writing, can inspire positive achievements.

Sometimes, there will be despair, but encouraging words will give better out-looks.

The words, believe in yourself, for example, are self help prompts.

When life is difficult, stop. Take a deep breath. Write a self help prompt, or read the one you've already written. The self help prompt should apply to your situation.

Think about the self help prompt, I'll work through it one step at a time. The words inspires.

Tape it to your mirror, bed or desk. Sit it in/on a place you frequent.

Use words that comfort you. Perhaps, "The Lord's Prayer?" Or, tomorrow, I'll be refreshed and ready to go.

Quotes inspire too. Look at the following.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato

Benjamin Franklin's quote is a reminder to keep writing through the bad and good times. There will come a time, maybe, someone will write about you.

How do you see the quote?

Martin Luther King's quote makes sense. Stand-up for your belief.

What's your thoughts?

Plato's quote means you have to know the facts of a situation before making a decision, not the gossip of others.

Your opinion?

Repeated sentences like a few from my childhood inspires.

Look at the glass half full. I see it as don't be negative. You?

You can do it. They are words of encouragement to keep moving forward. What do you think?

Win or lose. You'll win some and lose win. Either way, deal with the events and move on. Your thoughts?

Now, think back to a time in your life when self help prompts were spoken. Of course, you didn't realize it at the time.

Finally, self help prompts inspire. Lay them out and use them. Don't forget to share.

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