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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stay Positive



It's impossible to stay positive in my situation, a few mumbled. The mounting bills, alone, drives-out that idea. I know from experience that, sometimes, you have to dig within for a thread of positivity. Or, a pessimistic thread could ravel you.

1. You owe it to yourself.
2. A thread of positivity holds the key to new ventures.
3. New ideas and opportunities will show-up.

The positive or pessimistic thought process weaves your health into it. Martin Seligman, University of Pennsylvania, has done research on the subject. Your attitude plays a role in possible illnesses that would invite themselves in. 

1. A positive attitude strengthens your immune system.
2. A positive person is happier.
3. Depression runs pass a positive person.

Settle down. Take a deep breath. Slowly, let it out. Allow your thoughts to roam over to a happier time or moment in your life. Negative thoughts drag you down. They find fault with you, making you feel worse. Let them go.

1. Hold onto, even, a thread of "that" happy moment. 
2. The negative buzz is slowed.
3. You're able to think with a clearer mind.

This action helps you toward a brighter tomorrow. Or, you'll handle problems better and move on. Take your time with choices. Ask questions. How will this choice help me? Is this the best choice for me? Determine if another choice suits you. Continue asking questions until you're satisfied.

1. Don't rush.
2. Surround yourself with positive people.
3. Beware of people who don't have your best interest in mind.

It's wise to think twice about anyone pushing you to accept Plan A, for example, when you're considering Plan B. It's possible Plan A is the better direction to move toward. The point is that you make the choice

1. You figure out the best plan.
2. Be suspicious of someone hammering his/her agenda.
3. It may not be right for you.

Be grateful for reaching a goal in life, happy to have certain people in your life or find that "joy" moment. Why? Gratitude brings happiness. It's a good feeling. Pass it forward. Be the light for someone as you glow in your moment.

1. Happiness helps you stay positive.
2. You're, possibly, a happy memory for someone.
3. Pessimistic thoughts are spun into options.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Critique and Write



Critique and write are required for poems, articles to biographies. It's a two-step process for writers before displaying the finished work. The order depends on the writer. Often, writers poo-poo the thought of any encounter with a critique. Why? The process drains energy, if you allow it to.

1. Put the work aside.
2. You get an emotional rest as you leave the project alone.
3. Spin the critiquing portion into a game.

How long of a break is needed from a writing project? The more involved a writing project is, more time away is suggested. You'll come-back refreshed and with new ideas. So, less time is needed between you and the critiquing process when it comes to short writing projects. There're other factors like the number of projects being worked on, deadlines and the writer's life.

1. Calendar in what has to be critiqued.
2. Shuffle-out stress.
3. Focus on a funny or happy memory.

The determination has been made about which writing project to critique. Some may feel that the most difficult part is over. Still others run close to panic. Think positive. At least, a goal has been met. This is a moment to calm down.

1. Take a deep breath.
2. Relax.
3. Bring along an apple for a reward, for example.

You're ready to critique and write. At this second, you're the editor. You, too, can treat the writing project as a friend's work. The point is to be objective. Use a composition book or some means of note-taking. Jot down notes on how to make improvements after reading it out-loud.

1. Check the grammar.
2. How is your sentence structure?
3. Syntax?

The critiquing game begins. Drag stress to the waste-basket. Giggle at your mistakes. Did you really make that error? Did you use "bear" instead of "bare?" Remember, shorter paragraphs are more effective. 

1. Make notes on to use verbs, for example.
2. Note-taking exposes what you need to work on.
3. Writing is a continuous learning process.

A goal is to have clear, strong and interesting writing. Writers want readers to have learned, laughed and/or displayed some emotion. You don't want a reader to find "their" in your writing where "there" was meant.

1. Comb through your work relaxed. 
2. Provide yourself enough time to critique.
3. Find humor in your mistakes, but learn from them.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

What You Need to Know about SEO



What you need to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is that it's the beacon for potential customers to find your web site or product/service. The goal is to to have a high ranking when a user is looking for a web site offering Professional Resumes, for example. How do you access the the process?

1. The web content shared by you.
2. Articles.
3. Keywords.

SEO showers Google, Bing, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, etc. with information. The search engines supply users with content. The proper mix of SEO within your content can help get a high ranking. A high ranking means your web site, product/service, is sitting on page one of a search.

1. A high rank for a web site, product/service, brings potential customers. 
2. Many users, according to the experts, tend not to look pass the first page.
3. Keywords are important in getting a high ranking.

A keyword is the word or phrase a user taps into a search engine as he/she looks-up information, product/service. A user may want to know what exactly is it that a web site or what you're offering can do for him/her. Let's go to the Professional Resumes example.

1. A web site promoting Professional Resumes should list keywords.
2. Select the best keywords for the web site, product service.
3. The keywords are cover letter and resumes for a Professional Resumes web site.

Articles, web content and meta tags rally to get your web site noticed. Meta tags cheer the loudest for your web site, product/service. It's the title tag search engines seek-out. Search engines view meta tags as the most important keyword, phrase. 

1. Titles wear keywords that appeal to the largest market or group.
2. The title should be unique and no longer than sixty characters.
3. Title tags are spread throughout the web site.

The above information is written to help you understand, apply and benefit from SEO.

Monday, June 29, 2015

How Are Flashbacks Used in Fiction?


Flashbacks are used in fiction to explain why, for example, a character dislikes antique typewriters. The mention or tap of a key digs-up a different personality for him/her. The mystery of why he/she can't remember what or how it happens unfolds the flashback. Look-over the following.

1. Sudden change of place or time.
2. The character goes to a different place from the original.
3. He or she is returned to the first place.

A flashback reminds a character of something, bad or good, from the past. The sight of an antique typewriter, for this character, swirls around memories of murder. The flashback is the means for readers to understand the character's plight.

1. A flashback is stuffed with lots of information. 
2. The tapping of keys plops him or her back to the present.
3. The character's past is exposed.

Flashbacks keeps fiction interesting when mixed well. It should be long enough to provide necessary information, but not bore readers. What do bored readers do? Move on to next author. 

1. Be clear on what you want to share.
2. An outline may help.
3. Try more than one possible scene flashback before deciding.

A tale begins with a dramatic scene. It explodes in the middle of a problem. It'll grab the reader's attention. Still, they'll want to know what triggered the boil-over. What derailed the relationship, friendship? Circumstances? Characters responsible?

1. A flashback is needed.
2. It uncovers facts.
3. Also, it leads to where the story opens.

Sometimes, a sentence is all it takes to stir-awake the flashback. The situation may require a paragraph or two. The story's pace must not be slowed by a flashback. How is a flashback set into motion? 

1. The sound of music playing.
2. A fall or hand-shake.
3. A character's eyes recognizing an antique typewriter.

A flashback is a transition from the current place to a different one, and a return to the original place. It isn't a long process. The flashback is packed full of information to allow readers to understand a character. 

1. Outline the flashback.
2. Test more than one flashback for "the" scene.
3. The flashback's job is to discover and inform.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Why Start a Business?


Why start a business? It's a venture to reward you and your family for generations to come. The idea may have been tossed back-and-forth through your mind for years. For one reason or another, you never acted on the idea. The key ingredients to a successful business are the following. 

- - Passion.
- - Courage.
- - Discipline.

Swirl yourself around passion, because you'll encounter nay-sayers as well as obstacles. Fear will try to find a home, but refuse to allow it. Move pass fear. Your commitment should be bigger than fear. Place your mind on the businesses goal.

- - Take a deep breath.
- - Keep your focus.
- - Be attentive of business funds.

It takes courage to embark on a goal like starting a new business. There will be days when bills out-weigh your product or service sold. It may require that you dig-up additional money to take care of bills.

- - A strain is put on relationships.
- - Do you quit?
- - Or, do you find an option to continue?

Discipline is doing research to see what competition awaits you in the chosen industry. Who are you targeting in the market-place? What need is your business addressing?

- - You're a business owner day-in and day-out.
- - There's the possibility you'll talk to a client(s) after 5 p.m.
- - You'll continually work odd hours.

Start a business with passion, courage and discipline to possibly leave as a legacy. High and lows tap on every business door. The key is how you handle them. This is an exciting time, but don't forget the following.

- - Learn from mistakes.
- - Deal with stress through exercise.
- - Stay on point with goals.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Blank Mind



A blank mind stomps-out creativity, and will find any thread of anxiety you have about writing. The anxiety then balloons, you feel worse and creativity falls asleep. You may not have been aware of it. The situation balloons more as the fact that a dead-line looms. What can you do to spark writing ideas?

- - Take a deep breath.
- - Don't force creativity.
- - Type any word.

The act of writing will stimulate your creativity. In other words, "be writing". You can, even, pick a word from a project-in-progress. Or, select a word from the project lurking in the crevice of your mind. The word may be one you identify with or not.

- - Write the next word playing around your mind. 
- - Try the word, writing project.
- - Make note of writing ideas as they occur.

Are you having trouble deciding on a word? Work with more than one word. The goal is to ignite writing ideas. The act of jotting down a word(s) is called free writing. Its job is to stir-awake your creativity. Free writing stuffs a blank mind with writing ideas. The following are words to consider. 

- - Summer day.
- - Going green.
- - Tumbling up.

Perhaps, you prefer meaningful words. Use the words you connect more with. It's possible an essay about a college moment or Summer session holds interest for you. An article on beach attire is promising. One last idea is on a specific day... How will you end the sentence?

- - Thunder boomed before it happened.
- - The front door flew open
- - it was dubbed "Summer Crime."

Many businesses, still, can use tips on "going green." Research offers the helpful information needed to write articles. 

- - Start small. 
- - Announce the change in meetings.
- - Involve employees each step of the way.

Finally, there's no excuse for writers to have a blank mind. Use this post to curtail it before your creativity is zapped.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Writer's Block



                       
     


Writer's block can't bully, taunt or stop me from writing. I poo-poo the wanna-be thief of possible word master-pieces, or interesting as well as helpful information that I can produce. You can too. I'm not in fear of it. Why not? Every circumstance or issue can provide writing ideas. Also, there are techniques to stomp out writer's block, and it'll never return.

1. Think about an issue or problem you have or had.
2. What have you learned from it?
3. Could the lesson be shared in an article, blog post, or book?
4. Or, select an area from the problem to write about. 

I stared upon this technique. I sat down to write, but my creative flow didn't have the usual energy on this particular day. Normally, I can't get the words down fast enough. Sometimes, I have to scribble a writing idea down that's unrelated to what I'm writing about. 

- - Get comfortable.
- - Set in place everything you'll need.
- - Take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
- - Below are techniques to write pass writer's block.

I call this technique Game to Topple Writer's Block. The game should be tailor fitted to you. Re-arrange or change the game to suit you. One try may not excite your creative flow. Still, don't give up. This game works.

1. Pick any word.
2. Select one letter from the word.
3. Any letter within the word.
4. First, second or any letter.

The word snack grabbed my eyes. My letter is K. K can be spun into fiction, non-fiction or poems. A story idea pops into my mind about a character named Kamack. I'd have to create a profile on him before building a story around his tale.

- - K stirred into non-fiction is research on kangaroos. 
- - The habitat of kangaroos, for example.
- - There's no limitations on which direction you'll go.
- - Follow up on your writing ideas from this post.


Writing Inspiration


Things inspire from any place. It can be a train, plane or in the lane. A muse may or may not grab your attention, but peel away what inspires you. Stir it together as you sprinkle in your creative flow. The writing process begins (http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com/2015/05/writing-inspiration.html).

1. The beaming sun has possibilities. 
2. An eye-catching headline.
3. Researched topics.
4. An antique chair.

Write-A-Cise

Write-A-Cise (http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com/2015/03/write-cise.html), often, begins with one thought and ends with new writing ideas. It works with old and current writing ideas too. How?

- - Select a word, phrase or line related to a subject.
- - Write about the word, phrase or line.
- - Focus on the clever, unique or helpful aspect of the subject. 
- - Just write.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Steps to Write a Murder Mystery




The first course of action is to get comfortable in your writing place. It's the chair, attic, barn or corner of a room that serves as your writing place, author at work place. Allow yourself, at least, two hours each day for writing. Select the same time everyday for writing. This is your time. Turn-off the phone, grab your coffee/tea before settling in to write. Take care of anything you need to. This eliminates the desire or excuse to stop writing. "Steps to Write a Murder Mystery" is the beginning, or a step to the next level in your writer career.

The setting and characters must interact. Show the character whose living his/her last days clashing with other characters. The character whose time is limited argues, find fault and chaos is ignited. The other characters in conflict with the soon-to-be deceased character will become suspects. 

In my novel, "Grave Street House," the killer and victim knew each other well. In fact, no one suspected who the murderer was. The murderer socialized with everyone, well known in the neighborhood. A friendly character can be a serial killer.

The unfolding of a murder starts early in the mystery. One of the characters that last had a confrontation with the deceased is his/her murderer. Provide odd, weird, stalkerizzi, information stirred in a setting that equals murder most foul. Ask some questions. Was the victim feeling a certain way? Feared someone or something? One character's behavior was different. Why? The behavior had something to do with the murder. The victim and a suspect were seen together. People who knew the victim expressed how unusual for the two, because they had issues. 

Who stumbles into the murder scene? Or, will the murderer pretend to discover the body? He/she didn't have enough time to dispose of the body. Why? The events played out differently than what the murderer planned. Perhaps, the murderer heard another character approaching. 

The police is called. They begin investigating and questioning. Is there a neighbor-know-it-all? This kind of neighbor knows the latest gossip. He/she shares the gossip with the police. The murderer gives as little information to the police as possible, even mis-directs.

The police has to sift through truths, half-truths, supplied by suspects. Show evidence to rule out several suspects. It's up to you, author at work, how the plot plays out. Keep the police looking at three suspects until the murderer is uncovered. "Steps to Write a Murder Mystery" involves a twist. 

Keep the readers interested by splashing in new information. A suspect, for example, confesses. Only, the police determines he/she has a habit of admitting to crimes. One other suspect dies by suspicious means. What does suspicious mean? This is when your creative flow takes over. Write it out. Suspicious means how your creative flow shares it.

Any question raised in the murder mystery is answered as you near the end. Some questions will be taken care of earlier than toward the end. Your mystery will clue you. A good practice is to make notes on questions. Be sure to look at them as well as answer them. Sometimes, the questions can spin-out possible new scenes.

The author at work must critique. Sit a finished writing project aside. The longer a writing project, the more time away is needed. Return in two days refreshed. You'll have new ideas and be ready to move forward with your writing project.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Inspired Free Writing



Inspired free writing is free writing taken to the next level. Free writing is writing down whatever ignites your creative flow. The goal is to weed-out writer's block as well as have writing ideas available when needed. The session is used for a writing project struggling, any idea wanted or your creativity longs for inspiration. Apply it to non-fiction, poems or fiction.

The session happens in an area that you've carved into a writing station. It can be on a plane, in the rain or riding fast trains. Write for, at least, two hours. Preferably, your station is situated where no one will disturb you. 

You've worked on a writing project that, at first, excited your creativity. Now, the writing project isn't near half finished. What's worse? The project has become boring. Two questions play-over in your mind.

"Why did I pick this topic?" You asked out-loud. "What was I thinking?"

This is where inspired free writing becomes the tool to use. Select words from the writing project that interested you initially. Write about the word throwing sparks at your creativity. Jot down each word. Simply, write. 

You, too, can pick a word from your writing project for inspiration. Scribble down words that come to mind. You may prefer to look-up words or phrases from the writing project for new appeal. Words previously written can be added to new words. A word off the top of my head is over-the-top. Over was an old word with two other words added.

Peel away a word from your writing project, or any attention grabbing word(s). Add new meaning to the word using each letter. Take a look at a random example. 

B  ouncing
A  longside
L  ingering
L  abor

Inspired free writing means using bouncing, alongside, lingering or labor in a writing project. Your creative side decides which direction to go. Explore to see which path suits your writing project(s). 

Perhaps, you have writer's block. You're searching for writing ideas. Write down the words or any word. Come-up with words and phrases. I'll work with the word writers.

W  acky

R  oad

I  n

T  he

E  xtreme acts of

R  anting from the

S  uggestive one

The words are avenues to new topics and subjects. Extreme acts is promising as a title. Mix and change words to tailor your writing needs.

Inspired free writing tickles your creative flow into producing. Let's work with words from the above paragraph. Is there a road named Wacky? A writing idea is to research and spin it into non-fiction. Your creativity wants inspiration? Stir-up fiction with the words wacky rode. Expose the funny but strange goings on in such a community. One more suggestion is your opinion about the campaign rode for Hillary Clinton, or one of the other candidates. This method is a writer's tool that opens-up new writing possibilities.





Monday, May 4, 2015

Writing Inspiration



Writing inspiration awakens your creative ability. Some refer to it as a muse, that which ignites, fuels, you to write word master-pieces. It awaits specifically for you, because you're the only one who can appreciate it. A muse cheers you on.

Muse stirs-up your creative power. It comes from any direction to inspire only you. No one else will see it like you, or experience it in the same way. You'll recognize your muse the moment it arrives. How will your muse arrive? 

1. Scents from the past.
2. "That" song.
3. A rhyme.
4. Spoken words.

People are filled with emotions and mannerisms for writing inspiration. Each is unique to his or her own way of doing and perceiving. Scoop up a large helping by doing the following. You don't have to do anything out of the ordinary.

1. Observe people.
2. Listen to speech patterns.
3. Take notes on mannerisms.
4. Pin-point gestures.

Places are interesting back-drops to inspire writing. A certain place from memory or history can be the trigger to a new genre, or a fascinating tale. It, too, has the potential of being "the one" that takes you to a new level.

1. A building from your past.
2. Some place in a movie.
3. An odd looking wall.
4. Strange interior.

Things inspire from any place. It can be a train, plane or in the lane. A muse may or may not grab your attention, but peel away what inspires you. Stir it together as you sprinkle in your creative flow. The writing process begins.

1. The beaming sun has possibilities. 
2. An eye-catching headline.
3. Researched topics.
4. An antique chair.

The last words are that writing inspiration lives everywhere and anywhere. There isn't a limit to where it's found. Simply, observe. You'll always have writing ideas, and your muse could expose itself.



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Writing Therapy Stirs-up Healing



Writing therapy stirsup-up healing in unbelievable ways. I know from experience. Some years ago, I retired early from a job, decided to push away the tears and jot down the ingredients of what happened. The more I wrote, a clearer understanding exposed itself. I felt better. The writing therapy allowed me to move forward. 

The writing down of my thoughts and feelings filled several books. I enjoyed the writing process, looked for that specific time to write. It dawned that I should write a book. My novel, "Grave Street House," was spun into existence. 

It's important to find a specific place for writing therapy. Make it yours. Schedule an appointment in your calendar for writing therapy. It's as vital to your life as any other appointment. Take it seriously. The time spent in a session should be, at least, two hours long. Sometimes, you'll write longer or shorter. Simply, write. The place can be an attic, barn, portion of a a room, basement or library. Curve this time and place out in your unique style. It should be comfortable with everything you'll need. Tissues may be needed, for example. Water? Sugarless gum? Get or do whatever you'll need before sitting down to write. Don't give yourself an excuse to stop writing. 

When an issue or problem becomes over-whelming, stop. Return the next day. There's no one to hurry you. Writing therapy stirs-up healing differently for each person. Writing isn't a cure, but it's part of the healing process. It can help you identify issues and mood swings in order to cope with life better, according to the experts. Some may heal faster or slower with writing therapy. It depends on you. 

Writing therapy is a discovery process. Take your time with it. What issue(s) or problem(s) is nagging at you? Is it a job loss? Unexpected illness? A goal not reached? There isn't any issue you can't examine through writing therapy. No one will grade or judge you. Be honest with yourself. 

Some questions to consider during a session are as follows. What part did I play? What happened? How did it happen? What can I do differently next time for a nicer, better, happier, outcome? Do A or B to avoid a like situation. Who or what is a trigger? Avoid the trigger by (fill in). Look at the issue or problem objectively, or from "that person's" perspective. Would you act the same?

Writing therapy stirs-up healing as you scribble down notes about your life. It, too, builds the path to a writing career. How? Write a how-to article on your journey. Most likely, there are other people who can benefit from your experiences. The direction a writing career roams is limitless.

Writing therapy stirs-up healing involving any issue or problem. Take your time during the sessions. Stop when a session becomes too emotional or over-whelming. Return the next day to continue. Or, take a two-day break from writing therapy. You can be honest, because no one else will judge or grade you.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Narrator

The narrator is an important decision for a writer. Make the choice for narrator prior to a single syllable being written. Why? The story is told from the point-of-view character. He/she opens the door according to an one sided view, and that view is from the character telling the story. The stance covered in your work of fiction depends on which character is narrating.

It's paramount to complete a profile for characters before you start writing. You can always go back and nip and tuck information. A character's story can't be told well if you don't know him/her. The narrator's voice arrives with his/her unique experiences, attitude and culture. The educational level swirls into his/her speech pattern. These details and any others you'd like to add constitutes a character's profile. 

When a character slides into the narrator's spot, he/she is engaging. The character stirs-up the emotions of sadness, anger, happiness or fear in readers. It leads to a connection. It's why a person cheers, yells, frowns or poo-poos a character. The ability of a character to spark some emotion is why readers look for more writing projects from the writer.

I'm referring to the first person narrator. The character is limited to what he/she knows, finds out or witnesses. The story unfolds through his/her eyes. The reader identifies, cares, hates, the point-of-view character. The writer sprinkles in the right ingredients for the fit with his/her vision.

The first person, I, narrator is a mixture. The character is formed from a writer's experiences. Each writer is different with many and varied experiences. Writers are influenced by what they see, feel, hear and read. There's no limit to where writers gather writing ideas.

What if the narrator is a liar and the protagonist? The story is usually written around the protagonist. It's the writer's job to expose the character. How? Let the character's lies be uncovered. The character is left with no choice but the truth. Readers will get suspicious of the "tall tales." They will reason if the character is fibbing here, he/she could be lying about A and B. After all, they're just taking his word. Hmm. Some will watch the character more carefully. They'll pay close attention to what and how the character speaks. Readers will be looking for inconsistencies. Some other people will go along with the character to use him/her for their own purposes.

In the end, a narrator is selected based on which character best fit and the vision a writer has.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Writing Soothes like Hugging





Writing soothes like hugging. How? They are a form of communication. Although, hugging is non-verbal. Writing and hugging can serve as therapy. Writing and hugging stirs-up good feelings. Hugging is good for the heart, lowers blood pressure and relieves stress, according to the experts. A hug from yourself works well too. Writing therapy (http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com/2014/11/writing-therapy.html) helps you understand experiences and/or behaviors in the after-math. Write down your thoughts and fears. Writing ushers in clarity and moves you on. Let's start the process.

1. Write down all details.
2. Keep writing until it gets uncomfortable.
3. Facts can be hard to face.
4. Return tomorrow.

Change arrives as you practice and understand what happened. Look at your behavior written by you. Sometimes, it's easier to read small amounts at a time. Stop when it becomes too much. Take your time through the process.

1. Let a few days pass.
2. Re-read your account.
3. Jot down the incident as an observer.
4. Do as much as you can.

Give yourself a hug. Relax. Wait for the hug to soothe you before writing. A hug gives you a chance to calm down. Take care of anything that you need to prior to the writing therapy session. Bring some water? Perhaps, tissues.

1. A hug settles you.
2. Your stress level goes down.
3. Hugging boosts the immune system. 
4. It encourages a good feeling.

Return for a new session on a different day. The problem or issue you're working with using writing therapy is the focus of discomfort. This is the time to address it and move on with your life. Remember, take your time. Writing therapy is an option for traditional health-care, not a replacement.

1. Write down specific concerns.
2. Expose your issues as reactions to others involved.
3. Select different actions on your part.
4. The actions picked can only be what's within your control.

A fact to consider: The person (s) that you associate with is a bad choice. There will always be confrontations if the company you keep clash with you and your goals. It's important to be mindful of the people that you surround yourself with.

1. Positive thinking people are good choices.
2. People who are like minded tend to fit well.
3. It isn't wise to pal-around with people who throw around chaos.
4. Look for people that inspire.

Writing soothes like hugging as you relax and motivation arrives. Don't wait for someone to hug you. Hug yourself. Warning: Never surprise hug anyone, even if you've hugged the person before. Get a person's permission to hug him/her. It's called respect. Which statement describes your hug?

1. Grab and squeeze (Bear hug).
2. Barely touch (Shy hug).
3. Arms length (Not sure hug).
4. Shift side-to-side and say, "hug-hug" (Hollywood hug).





Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flickering Writing Ideas

                              



Flickering writing ideas are worth the time to explore. It's the glimmer of an idea that shines briefly and runs away. Think of it as a possible writing idea. It's time to get comfortable for writing. Only, what the idea was about has disappeared from your mind. You think..., no. Maybe, it was...? No. You can't recall what the writing idea and your vision for it was. The key to catching a flickering writing idea is as follows.

1. Jot it down.
2. Text it to yourself.
3. Record it, or make some kind of reminder.

There is a game of sorts to recall information. I'm going to use the words chirping birds. Make a note of the words for later. I want to write a poem, perhaps, using those words. Use the two words too. My poem included the words chirping birds. Use the words how your creative flow will.

1. Massage in effort.
2. It may take time to arrive as in your vision.
3. What did you come up with?

My poem follows.

Chilling night melted into dawn
men ravaged by the street life,
boys not yet at full term
stood as chirping birds.

The words birds chirping words can be stirred in any direction, subject or form of writing. An entire subject is exposed with the two words. You have the option of selecting a specific breed, habits of birds or the area of your choice.

1. Be guided by your interests.
2. A trending story about birds.
3. Why do some birds fly?

Flickering writing ideas will emerge as you write. Take the time to scribble down the writing ideas that inspire your creative flow. Don't allow a flickering writing idea to vanish, especially when it grabbed your attention. An idea should be examined from every angle. Get as much writing material as possible from it. 

1. Slip a flickering idea into what you're working on.
2. Write down an idea for a novel or a how-to project.
3. Keep ideas for future use, avoiding writer's block.

Capture a writing idea as it flickers in your mind. It shines for a short time and disappears. Write down the idea before it leaves. Be sure to have enough of the writing idea down to understand your original thoughts. 






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How to Reach a Writer's Goal






How to reach a writing goal is as unique as a writer's word-print. The suggestions in this post are for writers to mold, stir into his or her individual style. It's you that add flair, truth, emotion, to word creations. The process is started by goal planning.

Set Goals

1. Write down your goals.
2. Work on one goal at a time.
3. Select the most important goal.
4. Decide on a time-frame.
5. A novel in three months, for example.

Writing Time

1. Find a writing place.
2. Write everyday at the same time.
3. Writing time lasts, at least, two hours.
4. Schedule the time in your calendar.
5. Paste-up reminders of your goal.

Effort

1. Often, you have to remove an activity from your life to make room for a goal.
2. It takes effort to reach a goal.
3. People, places, things, that aren't supportive must be removed.
4. Positive people inspire.
5. Connect with them.

Determination

1. Distance yourself from people who try to stop you from succeeding.
2. How to reach a writing goal requires choices.
3. Reach your goal for a better quality of life.
4. Or, linger where you are.
5. Believe in your goal and yourself.

A writing goal happens when it's set, worked on, made time for with effort and determination. Still, you have to let go of the negative people who drown out success with the noise of chaos. Sprinkle into your life positive people and their inspiring words.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Write-A-Cise



Write-A-Cise is a free writing exercise. It's scribbling down words, phrases or sentences that your creative flow wants to share. Simply, write. Write-A-Cise is used for writing non-fiction, fiction and poems. The writing exercise uncovers your creativity.

Let's get started. Take a look around where you are. Scan for a writing idea. The room, car, trailer, cabin, house, attic or basement waits with writing ideas. Ask some questions.

- - What's different about the living space?
- - Uniqueness?
- - Would others be interested in reading about it?
- - What happened in it, or how did you make it more liveable?

A step-by-step guide to building a shelf, for example.

- - The how-to of replacing a floor.
- - A cheaper way to put together an office holds promise.
- - How used items helped you save money?

Stop. Look toward any corner in the room. What do you see? My eyes ran to the window. Stir creative flow into the mix. I carved-out the following.

- - I yawned several times as wind driven snow danced outside. My clock beamed 3:03 a. m.

"Take today off." A voice in the depths of my mind said.

- - I splashed back onto the bed and wondered if Darkid would execute his threats against my employer, Burger Mart.
- - Darkid worked every position at Burger Mart, even the manager's job. What happened to turn Darkid on Burger Mart is anyone's guess. What secrets were he talking about?

- - My buzzing cell phone broke into my thoughts, and the caller was Darkid.

"Don't do it, Darkid."

"Huh?"

"Everybody heard your threats."

He laughed. The line went dead.


My creative flow mixed window into paragraphs of fiction, to move in any direction. Non-ficion or writing of any choice could've been sprinkled into interesting writing.

Write-A-Cise, often, begins with one thought and ends with new writing ideas. It works with old and current writing ideas too. How?

- - Select a word, phrase or line related to a subject.
- - Write about the word, phrase or line.
- - Focus on the clever, unique or helpful aspect of the subject. Or, just write.

In conclusion, sit the writing project aside when you're done. Return in a day or two. You'll be refreshed and ready to write with new ideas. Write-A-Cise is the writing exercise that uses your living-space to inspire writing.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Bury Your Head or Find Writing Happiness




Bury you head or find writing happiness with what fulfills your hopes and dreams. Discover your passion from doing, learning, researching. It's possible you'll have to uncover where your writing happiness is hiding. Is it in fiction, poetry, blogging or elsewhere?

Try one and then another until writing happiness is yours. This journey insists on you sitting alone. Curve-out a comfortable space. Scribble down what your creative flow shares. Keep jotting information  down 'til there's nothing left and stop. Return another day to explore a specific niche or writing happiness. You may have the creative flow writing session many times before settling on your writing happiness. Still, write as you learn.

Bury your head or find writing happiness by making a plan. Research. Start with what you like to read. Can you write it better? Are your styles similar? Re-write it. Practice re-writing other authors too. Look at the head-line, how he/she transitions, manner of hooking the reader and the method of encouraging an action. What interests you about a specific author's writing? Do your writing inspire?

The creative writing session spins into a goal, life-style. Devise writing prompts (http://critiqueandwrite.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-buzz-on-writing-prompts.html) to keep you motivated. The following writing prompts are examples.

- - Throw your hands up and then start writing.
- - Hands in the air before writing.
- - I'll find my writing happiness.
- - I believe in me.

Bury your head or find writing happiness with a decision. The doing, learning, researching, paves your way to writing happiness. Start today. Hands in the writing position. Do. You can reach writing happiness. Or, forever wonder where would your writing happiness be if?


    



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Poetry


 

What Makes Poetry

Tempo
Tempo is the speed of a poem. It swings or slows to the poet's mood, words or how he/she writes a specific poem.
A party beat poem calls for a jog. A stroll down memory lane requires a slower tempo. Some poets naturally have a slower or faster tempo. It depends on you and your back-ground.
Your poems expose just the right tempo.
Slice-in a slower tempo between paragraphs of faster tempo poems. Add a dash of pepper to a slower tempo poem.
The objective is to have a natural flow of poetry.
Lines Vary
Lines grab attention and then stop. They develop into two words, three words, five words or more. Lines beat in tempo, sway in rhythm and dance to your beat. Lines jump into essays, mark stanzas, take paragraphs at will and knead songs.
You, the poet, determine how lines support and shape your poetry.
Poems are centered, set to the left or right margin. Simply, be creative.
A Thought
Make a note of words, thoughts, that tickle your interests. Concentrate on what ignites your creative flow. Let your thoughts flow freely.
One Incident
Don't stop when one incident or thought helps you write a poem. Twirl the one incident into as many poems as possible. I turned the poem "Auntee" into several different poems, one incident.
It's written in Free Verse. Free Verse poems aren't set in pattern or length.
Plopping dishes into the sink
Brought those last minutes back,
Of Auntee-
The blank stares,
She slapped hands over her ears
Fighting to block something.
Eyes darting around the room
Rolling to the floor,
Struggling for a hold-
But she lost
Now, Auntee have days
When she's not trembling in fear
Pacing from the loud voices
That reside in her head,
Or screaming at space.
Awakening to focus on me
Small glitter of childhood,
Just as it was--
Then the blank wall stands up.
Patty-Cake
Brings a smile to her lips,
While Buckle My Shoe
Puts glee in her eyes.
It's my turn
To care for Auntee,
With love.
Flashback
I used a flashback in the following Free Verse poem.
Auntee stares became blank,
She slapped hands over ears
Fighting to block something.
Eyes darting around the room,
She folded to her knees
Struggling for a hold
Auntee lost.
The moment peeled away
When her dish plopped to the floor.
Now, she has days
Of trembling in fear,
Pacing from loud voices
That reside in her head,
And screams at imaginary people.
It's my turn
To care for Auntee.
In closing, lines of poetry grabs attention and pause. They develop into two words, three words, five words or more. Lines rise to your tempo, sway in rhythm and dance to your beat.

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Buzz on the Plastic Injection Molding Process




How 3D Printing Gets Mass Produced
 
The buzz on the Plastic Injection molding process is melting metal, rubber or plastic by pouring or injecting them into molds. A company is commissioned to design and produce a plastic injection mold. The mold begins as a bar of steel. A mold of several blocks are made which constitutes the base. The mold is usually two-halves.
 
A grinder comes into the process by doing its job of smoothing. It prepares the base. A computer guided tooling machine called the CNC completes its shape. Most go on to a second machine, especially when more detailing is needed or wanted. A snow-mobile, for example, took twenty hours to complete. The snow-mobile required additional work for a head-light.

A second tooling machine is out-fitted with a specific part. The CNC machine isn't capable of performing the task. A strong electric current is used to make the mold with the second tooling machine. The plastic cools and hardens. The mold is easily persuaded to release the product.  

Take a tour of the Injection Molding Company, and the actual process as it unfolds at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHYouINymiY&index=1&list=PL2JWDcbnTw4X2ZA05oNsIsxpVz2gZ1LS6.

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Procrastination Break-up

Procrastination break-up is actively working through the task, situation or job without stopping to chat or perform some other less productive habit of choice. Commit to the healthy habit of kicking away the words delay and postpone. They are words to no longer speak or think about.
  • Decide what's more important.
  • Select the goal of procrastination break-up.
  • Stick to it.
Life's twists and turns will make some days feel like walking without a coat on a frigid day. Blanket yourself in determination. Keep moving. This is your life. You must believe in you and your journey. Or, you'll fall for anything.
  • Practice, as with most things in life, improves your resolve.
  • Start slowly.
  • Improve each day.  
Put your goal in writing. Yes, pencil, ink pen or type the goal into your calendar. It's a gentle reminder of your goal. The eye contact with your goal sprinkles in motivation. Time is, sometimes, needed to adjust.
  • You may not do as well as you had hoped.
  • You sat chatting instead of writing, for example.
  • Return the next day to do better or re-connect with the goal.    
Reading about setting goals or how to break-up with procrastination is a waste of time, if you lack the belief in yourself. Stand-up, muster-up courage and stop a habit from taking you down the rabbit hole before it's too late.
  • Procrastination will drag you through all kinds of undesirable places.    
  • It'll take you to other people's business.
  • Take a moment to focus on your goal.
The time you're spending in-and-out of activities you have no business in takes it toll. You'll spend more energy on the wrong situations than helpful habits. Procrastination bounces you around. Blood pressure rises, pretzel stomach and other ailments develops as you contend with procrastination.
  • Stop procrastination from ruining your health.
  • Get into the flow of working pass it.
  • Procrastination can't come into your life unless you invite it.   
You'll have more time for projects or activities when procrastination break-up is done. The delay of doing what's necessary steals more time than the act of working with positive goals. Do the most difficult task, project or job first.
  • You're left with additional time.
  • Most likely, you'll get the necessary done as quickly as possible.
  • In the process, you learn responsibility.
Give yourself a treat while moving away from procrastination break-up. Each improvement deserves a treat. Let's be clear. Change isn't always easy. All positive change should be rewarded. A reward is extra time doing something you like, movie, new hat, piece of clothing or whatever you feel is appropriate. 
  • The determination to make a change is a must.
  • Courage plays a major part.
  • Discipline has to be spread well.
Procrastination break-up leaves your life which enhances it. You have more goals to reach. Life moves forward for you. A challenge isn't scary to you, because two of the most forward stopping words have been deleted from your life.   











Thursday, January 8, 2015

Leave No Words Behind




Leave no words behind happens in the critiquing stage. It's the deciding point after a writer has cuddled and pampered his/her fiction, non-fiction or poetry into a worthy project. Next, the plucking of titles, lines or whole paragraphs must begin. The writing process demands that a writer critique and present readers with a polished project. It's just part of the writing process.

The titles, lines and paragraphs deleted from a writing project can be re-used. Leave no words behind by sprinkling editor grabbing titles, prancing lines or page turning paragraphs into other writing projects. Simply, save them.

File away words, lines or paragraphs for some other attention grabbing writing master-pieces on three-by-five index cards, computer files or a notebook. Also, the lines, titles and paragraphs serves as inspiration. They, too, keep writer's block away. 

Leave no words behind allows you to always have a writing topic available. Write with a different angle for variety. Look at a line, title or paragraph from every view until you've found the best writing idea. Writer's block is driven to your neighbor's house, never to bother you again.

Leave no words behind gives you the freedom to write without concern for how many words, right words or sluggish paragraph(s). Sometimes, concern for words chops into creativity. Throw word fear to the wind. Besides, you'll have to critique. Creativity will amaze you.

Realistically, writing projects have word limits, and should be addressed during the critiquing stage. The point is to lead with creativity. Writing projects becomes more interesting to read, because creativity rose to the challenge.

Leave no words behind provides a treasure chest of writing ideas for you. You have the option of mixing-and-matching titles, lines and paragraphs. Determine what's best for your writing project. Free creativity and have fun with it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Attention Grabbing Plots





Plot is the problem in a work of fiction. The writer has numerous paths to go down in figuring-out a solution. He/she sifts through the "fiction world" picking and plucking up ways 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 character's position. The characters spill some or all of their plan. It leads to an attention grabbing path for a writer to take. It is showing rather than telling. 
  • 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. A character's path to success is not easy. He/she must try to succeed, at least, three times.
  • 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 position of the other.
  • One wins or loses in this particular round.
  • Respect can come from this encounter.
Opposing parties prepare to out-do each other to the end. The conclusion is not always a happy one for characters, but should be fair to readers and exciting. Or, the end is not expected by readers.  

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.


She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.


She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.


Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.


Meet Marcella Glenn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marcellaglenn.



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