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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.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rejection



Rejection slips happens to most writers, because there are not many writers who can stimulate the mind, push a reader to emotion or excite on the first try. Rejection is a fact for writers as it is in life. Writing ability is not necessarily the cause of a rejection slip. It could have been the timing, similar work had been published or word length. You can handle rejection by using the following tips. 
  • Select your next writing goal.
  • Dig for the reason you write.
  • Quiet the negative thoughts. 
Rejection of writing projects should not stop you from writing, achieving and succeeding. It is part of the writer's life-style. Accept it. Move on with the business of writing. You know the possibility of rejection exists, but never look for it. Deal with a writer's rejection with the below tips.
  • Reward yourself for sharing the writing project.
  • Waste no time starting the next writing project.
  • Smile, cry or walk it off.
Read through the rejected writing project after a few days. Ask some questions. Are there errors? What kind of errors? It could  have been just the publisher and its guidelines. How can I improve it? Pay close attention to any comments from the rejecting publisher. It is about the writing, not your feelings.
  • Make needed corrections and keep writing.
  • Re-submit the writing project to other publishers.
  • Successful writers scribble through rejected writing projects.
Rejection for writers is the hand of encouragement whispering try harder, do more and learn from it. Again, the reason a writer's work is rejected skips all over the publishing arena. It is important to check with any publication's guidelines.
  • The publication could want a different angle.
  •  A different tone is required.
  • The editor has a different vision.
Some people find it difficult to get over a rejection. Collect your thoughts. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Most likely, it is not your writing ability that is being attacked. Remind yourself to not take it as a poke at your writing skills. It is a waste of time and energy to complain.
  • Your work was not suitable.
  • Let it go.
  • Write about it.  
 Rejection is handled with more writing. A rejection slip leaves a writer sad, silly or stumbling, if you let it. It is important to rise and write. Focus on the courage that inspired you to share the rejected writing project. Reach down for it, and re-connect with the writing ability within you. Free write to kick-start your creativity.
  • Rhyme words.
  • Write a paragraph.
  • Keep jotting down words until creativity starts.
Free writing taps into ideas within that you had not realized was there. The writing ideas revealed will last through many writing projects. Be sure to save them in files. Swirl writing ideas in different angles. Look at the writing idea surrounding a stalker. The topic can be sprinkled into other writing ideas.
  • An essay on how a stalker likes to "control" behavior, and that is the "biggest predictor," according WedMD  --- http://www.webmd.com/women/features/how-to-protect-yourself-from-a-stalker.
  • Stalkers will shower attention on anyone.
  • A jealous person about anything and nothing is a warning sign that avails itself to many writing paths.
Rejection throws itself at writers, but go through it and keep writing. It will not help you to personalize it. Start working on your next writing project, or send the rejected work to another publisher. It is up to you. Place your attention on the reason (s) that you are a writer.     
  • Keep writing.
  • Believe in you and your writing ability.
  • Rise and write.
  
 
  
   


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Writing Therapy

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Writing therapy is a useful means to understanding an experience or your behavior during a specific incident.  Anne Frank was right. Spill your thoughts and fears in writing to find the courage to move on. The writing is a light to better understanding. The writing frees you from un-necessary anxiety which allows a better quality of life.

Address Any Experience with Patience     
  • Are you ready to face an issue or problem?
  • Write down all the details?
  • It may take more than one try.
  • Stop after two hours.
  • Facts can be hard to face.
  • Put it aside.
The practice and understanding of behavior brings about change. It takes time. Some work through issues faster than others. It depends on how fast or slow writing therapy goes for you. There's no right or wrong time limit. 
Change Behavior Through Understanding
  • Let a few days pass.
  • Read through your account.
  • Leave out anything?
  • Jot down all the facts.
  • Writing therapy takes longer for some.
  • You determine the time-frame.
  • There is no one to compete with.
Writing therapy is an alternative and not a replacement for traditional heath-care. There are many reasons why a person would work with writing therapy. Or, some people use both writing therapy and traditional health-care in resolving issues and problems.

Anxiety Disappears
  • Express reasons for fear. 
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Jot down the reasons for your uneasiness.
  • Look at the cause (s).
  • Is the cause (s) preventable in the future?
  • Yes, it is.
  • Change begins.
Negative thoughts can hold you back from living, even bring feelings of sadness. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Write about it. It could inspire you to write a book like I did. My first novel was based on a situation that confronted me.   

Negative Thoughts Are Faced
  • Write down all negative thoughts.
  • Why are they of concern for you?
  • Select one thought at a time.
  • Work on what's within your control.
  • Find a solution.
  • Decide on numerous solutions.
  • Pick one.
The results rolls into a quality of life that sky-rockets with new purpose. You're not tied to the former issues and problems. New memories, plans and happiness can be yours. Writing therapy can be applied to any and all issues/problems that come your way.  

Better Quality of Life
  • Doubt is removed.
  • Fear runs away.
  • Living starts.
  • New energy blossoms.
  • Plan making soars.
  • Laughter.
  • A new you.
Final Word

It worked for Anne Frank, me and the list goes on. Writing therapy will help you as well. Practice with it when it's convenient for you. Take it slow in the beginning. Get comfortable with it. People who wrote regularly visited the doctor less, according to James W. Pennebaker, Professor of Psychology.  

 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Role of Conflict in Fiction



The role of conflict in fiction is to hold the reader's attention when two opposing forces clash or disagree in their created "World". Conflict is a major element in the presentation of interesting fiction. Conflict is a quarrel or struggle, according to the dictionary. The same concept applies to fiction.
  • When two characters have differing opinions conflict arises.
  • It spirals out of control each time the characters cross paths.
  • There isn't an easy answer.
Simple Conflicts Can Be Spun into Fiction

A person's alarm clock didn't ring-out which causes conflict in everyday life. The idea of being late for work or school can elevate stress levels, push you to rush while driving. You are focused on getting to a specific place and not on driving which leads to accidents. A character in that situation may react as follows.
  • A character may speed up to avoid another reckless character.
  • Take down a license plate number and try to locate the driver.
  • Start a possible revenge campaign.
Creating Character Conflicts

The role of conflict in fiction is to make the conflict more interesting than in real life. Sure, pluck some ideas from real life but stir-in chaos too for successful fiction. Let's take a look at my character Reeva. Reeva met Bill indirectly when the two stood in a grocery store line listening a customer's love-life. The characters weren't familiar with each other.
  • Reeva shook her head but looked forward.
  • Bill coughed and muttered a few words.
  • Reeva didn't acknowledge him.
 A Character's Ego

The idea of Reeva not turning around to remark about Bill's words or say anything was un-heard of to him. Everyone liked Bill who cheated and lied his way into lives. Besides, he wasn't above doing anything to get his way. In that moment, Bill decided to stalk Reeva.  

  • Bill followed Reeva home from the store.
  • The smile on his face was from ear to ear.
  • Bill started going to Reeva's apartment building just to stare.
Conflict  

The stalking of Reeva has Bill thinking that he has a relationship with her. He has gone beyond staring at her. He knows what time she gets up for work as well as when she returns home. Bill has gone into Reeva's apartment to touch her belongings.

  • Reeva noticed clothes in her closet were re-arranged. 
  • Dishes left in the sink washed.
  • She'd awaken to a turned off alarm clock.
 Reeva's Plight

Reeva has told family and friends about what has been happening. She was advised to change her door locks, move and/or call the police. She doubts the police will believe her, and she has no proof. Reeva isn't sleeping well. On this particular night, a noise pulls her to full consciousness.
  • Reeva jumps to her feet.
  • She grabs one of the 5" heels.
  • She moves toward where the noise originated. 
The Noise

Bill had been sneaking into Reeva's apartment for about 2 months without being caught. He has watched her sleep, even stolen through her personal belongings. Still, the 30-year-old couldn't find the courage to address Reeva or introduce himself.  
  • Reeva finds everything in its place.
  • She manages to go back to sleep.
  • She wakes up late and takes the day off.
Reeva Goes to the Store 
 
Reeva washes clothes in the apartment's laundry room. She dusts and cleans. She tires of sitting home and goes out to the store. Or, she just wants to get away from the apartment. She grabs her hand-bag and leaves. Bill has moved into the apartment under Reeva's, knows where she shops and follows her.   

  • She sees Bill at the Less-Everything Store.
  • He pretends to look at an item.
  • Reeva runs in and out of different stores.
Bill Makes His Move 

Bill shows-up at the last store Reeva visits. She recognizes him but isn't sure from where. Reeva backs up as though she's uncomfortable. She grabs her few bags with items and departs. She looked behind her several times. 
  • Bill catches up with Reeva and tries to start a conversation with her.
  • Reeva speaks and moves away from Bill.
  • Reeva wants nothing to do with him.
Moved Furniture

 A few days passed without major incident. Reeva took a nap to get up earlier than usual to bake cookies for the party at work. Bill walks in as she's in the kitchen. Reeva runs to her bedroom with Bill following. He reaches for her. She falls, lands on her shoes and wraps her fingers around a five-inch heel.  
  • He drags her to him as she screams.
  • She tries to wiggle free, kicks.
  • Bill pulls Reeva up with her hair.

The Struggle Continues

Reeva asks what he wants, why and how did he get into her apartment. Bill kicks her and she moans. She slowly raises the high heel shoe and stabs him in the eye. Bill pushes Reeva and she falls to the floor. He howlers as he snatches the shoe from his eye.     
  • He steps on Reeva's body as he palms one eye.
  • Reeva rolls around the floor.
  • Bill stumbles as Reeva stands.
Conclusion 

Bill is dazed, throwing words of ill-repute at Reeva. He searches for the door. Reeva heads for the bedroom to get her cell phone. She dials nine-one-one. She hears a big boom as she talking to the nine-one-one operator. She looks-up to see Bill charging at her.   
  • She drops the cell phone.
  • Reeva hops up and begins throwing bottles of cologne and fingernail polish.   
  • Bill in an effort to avoid them bumps into the wall, head first and falls-over.
The role of conflict in fiction requires a resolution too. It may not be a happy ending, but there must be a resolution. The resolution should come from the characters involved with he disagreement. In other words, it wouldn't be fair to readers or ring true if a neighbor just walking by ran into Reeva's apartment to save her.     













Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fictional Characters



Fictional characters are products of a writer's imagination. The characters are mixed into a make believe setting for entertainment or learning. The character isn't a real person in the sense that he/she really lives, but some fictional characters can seem like actual people. Take a look at how fictional characters become memorable.  
  • Fictional characters must be believable and interesting.
  • Writers must know their characters to tell attention grabbing stories.
  • A major character's trait or quality is the "stuff" that brings him/her to life.  
 The focus of this post is on major characters, because they move the story forward. The choices of main characters are very important. Why? The choices of main characters move secondary characters to action, gossip or more problems. The profile of my character begins. The character hacks into any business computer system at random intervals, in hopes of not being caught.   
  • The character stole his/her way into employment.
  • He/she gained access to the computer system and stole money.
  • This fictional character lived a life-style far beyond his/her means.
A character's profile holds all the information about him/her. The name, his/her mannerisms, flaws and attributes. As with people, my fictional character gets greedy and goes too far. You, too, jot down any feature or trait that you want to dress-up the character with.   
  • What will the character's eye color be?
  • Will he/she have a limp? 
  • The strengths, ambitions or weaknesses of the character?
The above character that stole into his employer's computer system have the weaknesses of hacking and thinking he/she's smarter than most people. This character is always trying to dig information out of people, especially secrets.   
  •  The character looks for information to accounts.
  •  The character tends to brag about how easy it's to steal credit card information.   
  • Social security numbers are a favorite of this character too.
Look-over your character profiles. Is more needed to make a character well rounded? You have too much information which isn't show-casing the character. It's information that can be uttered by his/her actions or secondary characters?
  • Character profiles are sprinkled in.
  • Memorable characters display a certain flaw or trait.
  • Fictional characters grab attention when the flaw or trait is believable.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Make Time for Writing




Make time for writing is next to impossible when you're multi-tasking from sun-up to sun-down. Still, you have a deadline, want to get back into writing or just have the writing need. Writers, passionate or not, stumble through their schedules to pick-out a writing time. Let's look at ways to make time for writing.

Write Where You Are

Slice away a few minutes to jot down a writing idea when you're in the car, boat or on a coat.  The goal is to write down enough of an idea to later spin-out a writing project. Capture a clear idea while in the moment, because time will erase away specifics.   

  • Close your surroundings out and write.
  • Become one with the writing idea and you'll need less time with it.
  • Hear and see only the writing idea, if only for several minutes.
Sift Through Your Life

 Make time for writing can be stopped by too much socializing, for example. Sift through your life to find out what else is distracting you from writing. Remove activities that are hampering you from reaching your writing goals.
  • Cut-back on the time(s) that you socialize.
  • Fill your time with writing related tools to help you succeed.
  • Grow into writing by experimenting with it.
Own Your Writing Goal

It's not enough to tell yourself that you want to write, or mumble it to the World. Look at the words: "I'm a writer." Say them out-loud. Practice saying them. Own your writing goal with actions. How? There are ways to own your writing goals.
  • Writing on a regular basis is a writer's action.
  • Make time for writing when family and friends have other plans for you. 
  • Develop your voice by writing.
Learn to Say No

The above title can't be written or said enough. It's a must to comprehend and do.  Why? You'll be dragged to some place, this event or the other activity. It's stressful and tiring. The results are your goal(s) of writing is left-out. You can learn to say no. Try the following.
  • I have other plans.
  • I'm just too tired.
  • Writing is waiting for me.
Make time for writing is a choice as with anything else in life. It, often, requires removing obstacles out of your life which is preventing success. A goal  is worth-while and demands determination. Practice using the word no. You can be polite when using the word. Practice, practice and practice some more. 




















 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fiction



What's Fiction?

Fiction is invented, the imagination churned it into existence or was created from an individual's view of a world. Characters are sprinkled into a setting to love, live or solve a problem. It's the actual participation in fiction related writing, short stories, novels, television, stage and screen plays.

Short Stories

A short story has one problem to address, but more problems and issues are weaved through longer fiction. It depends on the length of the fiction as to how many problems and issues are stirred-in. Or, work with as many problems and issues that you're comfortable handling.

Keep a Journal

It's a good idea to make friends with journals. A journal is where you store writing ideas, and fragments of writing ideas. They can be retrieved as you need them. They are the stuff of writing projects yet to be, and an excellent remedy for writer's block.

A Possible Journal Entry 

October 3, 2014

Store Visit
--walked into XYZ Store
--a young male worker unpacking items
--threw boxes around
--banged, stomped, rolled his eyes
--very rude

A writing idea and a character, Brandy Young, description was based on the above journal entry. You'll see how it unfolds. You, too, bring a character to life. It isn't hard. Gather pieces of traits you've liked and/or disliked from various people. Perhaps, people you know, celebrities or those from your past.

Think about a character's description before you start profiling your character. How will your character look? What gender? Will he/she live in the city, country or suburbs? Will he/she be able to speak? Ask other questions to bring your character to life.

Character Profile
Meet Brandy Young who is 15-years-old. She dislikes her job, authority and is an aggressive person who lives in urban America. She applied too late for a Summer job. So, Brandy's mother asked a friend to hire her at the XYZ store where the friend is a manager. 

Brandy is normally disliked, talkative and the leader of most situations. The five-foot Brandy is always in disagreement with someone, except her friend. Connie agrees with Brandy on just about everything. The two have been friends since grade school.

Know Your Characters

You have to know your characters in order to tell their story well. Write as much as possible about a character. You don't have to use all of the information, but use the profiles as reference guides. It depends on the fiction's length as to how much of a profile is shared.

Let Characters Show-case Themselves

Let characters show-case themselves through dialogue, or other characters can drop rumors about this or that fictional person. The fictional family through actions gives insight to characters too. What is said or not said indicates information about characters.

Fiction Factors

Fiction has a beginning, middle and it concludes. Start in the middle of a problem or issue. Let readers witness the struggle.

"Here she comes, Brandy." Connie pointed across the street.

Brandy and Connie ran across Broad Street.

"What up wit ya talkin' 'bout me, Sandra?" Brandy pushed her.

"I didn't say nothin' 'bout you." Sandra's eyes filled with tears.

"You callin' Connie a liar too?" Brandy curled her fingers into a fist.  

You get an idea. Brandy isn't one to talk issues out.

At this point, the middle approaches.  

Obstacles

The following is an obstacle for Brandy.

"Why are ya messin' with my sista?" A female with hair several shades of purple said.

"Don't touch me." Brandy walked away.

Sandra's sister followed Brandy, but Brandy ran. Brandy zoomed home, jumped in and out of stores on the way. Sandra's sister lost her. Brandy jumped up the steps of her house and slammed the door behind her.

Brandy was restless after she ate dinner. She kept getting up, couldn't stay seated. She sneaked out of the house as darkness descended, left the front door unlocked. She made her way to Broad Street. She stopped short of going up Sandra's porch.

"There she is!" Sandra walked down her porch.

Brandy punched her in the face and ran.  Again, Sandra's sister trotted behind her. Brandy rushed in front of cars, almost was hit once and Sandra's sister gave up.

The next evening Sandra, her mother and sister rang Brandy's doorbell.

"May I help ya?" Mrs. Young asked.

"I'm lookin' for Brandy's mom." Mrs. Ivan said.

"That's me." Mrs. Young stepped back into the door.

 Ya're daughter beat-up my sista, and I'm gonna get her." Sandra's sister headed into the Young's house.

"No, I came 'round here to find out why ya're daughter is fightin' wit mine." Mrs. Ivan explained.

"I don't like what this woman said." Mrs Young pointed at Sandra's sister. "She's too old to hit a child and I'm calling the cops."

"No, no cops." The Ivan family left.

In the next week or two, Sandra saw Brandy at the mall. She approached Brandy.  

"I said one thin' 'bout ya, and I'm sorry."

"Ya bought people to my house, got me in trouble."

"Was tryin' to talk to ya, don't want my sista in it."

"Too late." Brandy walked away.

Days passed without Brandy and Sandra encountering each other. 

Brandy's mother managed to drag out of her what was going on. She demanded that Brandy apologize. Mrs. Young went to her bedroom.

Brandy left and ended up at Sandra's house.

Sandra's sister saw Brandy and grabbed her by the shirt. Brandy wiggled free, pushed her to the ground and kicked her. Sandra's sister jumped up but Brandy took-off running. Brandy didn't stop running until she was home.

Brandy told her mother what had happened. She left out the part about how hard she kicked Sandra's sister in the side with her designer sneakers. Mrs Young told her that they'd go back tomorrow evening.

Let's Pause

A Character's Quest

A character must try, at least, three times before succeeding. It shouldn't be easy for a character to solve his/her problem. A character is changed after a problem is solved. The reader wants to see how a problem or issue is resolved. Also, it gives the reader more insight to the characters. The strengths and fears are exposed.

The most intense moment happens and then the turning point.

The Story Continues

Connie rang Brandy's doorbell. Only, Sandra's sister was behind her. Sandra's sister pushed Connie through the door when Brandy opened it. Brandy landed against the wall, unharmed.

"I was wrong, and will apologize to Sandra," Brandy confessed.

"Not dat easy, brat," Sandra's sister reached for Brandy's throat.

Brandy jumped back. Sandra's sister stumbled but didn't fall. Sandra's sister punched Brandy in the face while Brandy slapped her head against the wall. Sandra's sister staggered.

"Get out of my house!" Brandy yelled.

"I dialed nine-one-one," Connie threatened.

"It ain't over." Sandra's sister stumbled out of the door.

"Why ya bring her here?" Brandy splashed down on the couch as she rubbed her jaw.

"Didn't know she was behind me." Connie sat across from Brandy.

"She crazy." Brandy went to the kitchen to get ice for her jaw.

The two girls watched television. Connie decided to go home.

Mrs. Young arrived home from work. Brandy gave her account of what happened.

"I'm callin' cops."

"Mabe, it's betta if we go 'round dere like ya planned."

Mrs. Young agreed. 

They had tuna fish sandwiches and ice tea for dinner.

Before long, they retired to their bedrooms.

Saturday rolled around. It was about noon when the two left to go to Sandra's house. It didn't take long to get there.

Sandra's sister answered the door. She grabbed Brandy around the throat before a word was exchanged. Brandy started punching any spot. It took both mothers and a man to peel her hands from around Brandy's throat.

Mrs. Young pulled out her smart phone.

"No cops," Mrs. Ivan pleaded.

"This woman tried to kill my daughter." Mrs. Young consoled Brandy.

"I'm all 'ight," Brandy said. She coughed. "I came to apologize."

"I'm sorry too." Sandra's eyes filled with tears.

Everyone looked at Sandra's sister.

"I ain't done nothin' to apologize for." Sandra's sister disappeared into the house.     

"If I see or hear that woman anywhere near my child, I'm callin' da cops," Mrs. Young made clear.

Mrs. Young and Brandy headed home.

"I'm not sure Sandra's sister will leave me 'lone." Brandy told her mother as they entered their house.

"Don't go near 'em, and she seem to be scare of da cops. Call 'em on her."

"Not going near 'em."

They heard someone's feet beating against the ground. They turned around to see Sandra's sister charging them. She slowed down, and stepped up to Brandy.

"Can we drop dis"? Brandy asked.

"Nope." Sandra's sister replied.

"What's wrong..." Mrs. Young started to say.

"Shut up!" Sandra's sister shouted.

Mrs. Young pushed Sandra's sister away from her daughter. The two women pushed, shoved and fists flew. Brandy jumped on Sandra's sister's back which forced her head to bang on the ground. Sandra's sirster plopped down on the ground and didn't move.

Mrs. Young grabbed Brandy's hand and went home.

Brandy and her mother never spoke of the incident, but Brandy's bullying ways disappeared as did Sandra's sister.

The end is where all the loose threads are explained. In other words, every story line that you introduced must be explained and settled.
























Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Game to Stop Writer's Block





I'm told writer's block happens when you're on a dead-line, need a chapter start, searching for the right words for a poem, a specific article just has to be written but words refuse to appear or creativity falls asleep. Panic can set in, if you let it. Stop. Take a deep breath. Relax. Allow Game to Stop Writer's Block assist you.

I'm cured of writer's block, and I'm having difficulty remembering it. Wait. Writer's block seeped in during the time I was writing my first novel, Grave Street House. I learned to play writing games to stop it. Is it possible for me to get it, now? I have to say, no. Over the years, I've stumbled into writing games to stir-up my creativity. The writing games were developed out of necessity.

"You're joking, right?" You scoffed.

No, I'm not joking. I'd find a word, object, person or animal to ignite a writing ideaThe game to writing is applied to fiction and non-fiction. You can be given anything to write about, and this technique will cure writer's block. Test it. 

Game to Stop Writer's Block can help you write a news article, essay, poem or any writing assignment. It will push writer's block to the curb, and keep it there. The technique is easy and fun to use. Also, you have the flexibility to tailor it to your specific needs. Don't be afraid to experiment with it.

Game to Stop Writer's Block begins with you looking around the room you're in. Pick the first object, person or animal that your eyes first see. Select what your eyes land on, first. I've come-up with variations, but decided to share the following version.

My eyes landed on the radio. The first letter of radio is spun into five other R words. My words are Ralph, random, road, roll, and rat. The words are off the top of my head. This is the fun part of Game to Stop Writer's Block.

Take a look.

Ralph eyed a female the moment he dragged in. He moved toward her direction, and turned away. He found a seat in the back of the bar, ordered Vodka and returned to his seat. He glanced at the woman, ordered another drink and walked up to her.

"Millie, that you? Ralph, from high school." He pointed at himself.

"Right." She stared forward. "Let's get on the road, leave this bar."

"I have to get home to my wife, just had a hard day at work."

"Too bad." She smirked. "We coulda had a roll while on the road. Get it?"

"Nah, gotta get home, wife worries.

"You don't do random?"

"Need a ride?" He offered.

"All 'ight."

"They left the bar.

"You don't 'member?"

"Huh? Ralph sighed.

Suddenly, she blasted him with foul names as they reached his car.

"Ralph, you were the rat who killed...

How would you continue it?

Say the following sentence six times, fast and with no pauses.

Ralph rolled randomly 'round the road.

Try creating a poem with your letter. My letter is R. Add other words beginning with R.

My poem.

*Ralph ranted 
roses go away
runny nose
nasal cavities will pay*

Play the game to writing if you need a chapter start, to break the hold of writer's block in the middle of an article or to create a new idea. Also, the object your eyes land on can be researched. Game to Stop Writer's Block allows flexibility and opens options.

The Game to Stop Writer's Block is easy to use. You'll change it to fit your writing needs. Experiment with it. Leave me a comment about how it helped you. Did you find a new version? Or, it didn't help you? The writing game is the cure for writer's block. It requires you to sit down and write.





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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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