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Weekly Writing Prompt: Autumn

20 Sep

Sorry for the delay on my coverage of my own weekly writing prompt. I found myself a bit sick yesterday and dealing with a headache, which made it a bit difficult to stare at a computer screen for too long. However, I am back today and so here is how I handled Tuesday’s writing prompt:

A persistent gust of wind ruffles my brown hair, hair that I had carelessly forgotten to get cut over the past few weeks. A smile crosses my face as I shiver from the cold air that had taken refuge in that last gust. I pull my hoodie tighter around me.

Just a week ago it had felt like I was in a furnace, standing out back and playing fetch with my dog. I remember it vividly. My arm pits had been stained with sweat and the beads that were on my brow continued to roll into my eyes with each toss of the ball. I would look up into the sky, hoping in vain that a cloud would pass by or that the breeze that was dancing through the air didn’t feel like a heater set to 100.

And now I sit quietly in my front yard, watching as the sky fills gently with grey clouds. The temperature has dropped and the two trees on either side of me begin to shed their leaves. I watch as each gust of wind shakes the leaves free and they float down to their resting place in my yard.

I close my eyes and I listen as some of the leaves dance playfully down the street. Each leaf scratching the blackened asphalt, creating their own kind of music that can only be heard at this time of year. Another gust, this time cooler than the last. I pull the red hood attached to my shirt up over my head as I look above and watch as the first few raindrops begin to fall, the first rain of the new season. I smile again.

As the rain splatters the ground I begin picking up my chair to bring inside. I take my time, ensuring that I enjoy every second of this blossoming new season. With autumn finally arriving, bringing its refreshing temperatures, changing leaves, and tasty treats, I keep in mind what comes after. Always lurking in the shadow of autumn is winter, with its frigid airs and icy roads.

So I take one last moment as the cool rain sends goosebumps across my arms and appreciate the weather while it’s here. I can never get enough of my favorite season.

 

 

So as you can see in this post, I decided to add myself as part of the story again. I did this because I felt it was important to have some kind of character in the story to really relay the feelings of not only the weather, but the season as a whole.

One thing I did, albeit it was brief, was mention what the other seasons felt like. The reason I did this was simple: to have that compare and contrast. Both summer and winter can have harsh weather, so by showing what people hate about the two, it makes autumn feel even sweeter to both the character and the reader.

That’s all for today’s blog! Hope you enjoyed and if I have time keep an eye out tomorrow, I’ll be continuing Monday’s story then!

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Weekly Writing Practice: Character Development

21 Aug

Hello one and all! Hope everyone that’s reading this is having a great Tuesday. Mine personally was very productive with cleaning around the house getting done and some writing and editing taking place. However, this post isn’t to talk about me, it’s about to talk about US and the weekly writing prompt I’ve come up with.

So one thing that I find myself sometimes struggling with, and it seems like a lot of people do too, is creating a character. Now just quickly coming up with any old character is easy. Simply pick a name, decide what they look like and what they do, and you have yourself a character. However, creating one that people will like and care about takes a bit more work than that.

To create a good character, one that people will understand and enjoy, there needs to be depth to them. If you don’t know your character as well as you know yourself, how are people supposed to care? Now normally what I tell people that talk writing with me is to make a list of everything they can about the character. Start with the description. What color eyes? What color hair? Any specific features that stand out? Scars? Tattoos? You get the idea.

After that, I recommend that you begin writing things down about the character, mainly there interests. Now I know this is where things can get difficult, as you may not know what they may or may not be interested in. So first take into account your setting and the things that are relevant there. For example, if you’re writing a fantasy novel that has a lot of magic, does that character like magic? Can they use it and if they can, do they like to use it? If you’re writing a modern piece, does that character enjoy sports? What about movies? What’s their favorite? The possibilities for what they may or may not like is endless.

So with all of that in mind, this week’s writing prompt will revolve around creating a character. Now this can be done in a variety of ways. You can make a list, just stating facts and figures about what they look like, the size of their waist, their hair length, etc. Your other option can be to write a scene that gives your reader a picture of what this person looks like. Find a way to create a scene where you can bring this character to life, describing their life and  what they look like.

Once you finish this, I would be more than happy to read it as always. Feel free to comment at the bottom of this post or wherever you read this blog post on social media. If you don’t wish to share as well that’s fine, just make sure you’re writing. Whenever you don’t, you hurt your chances of improving.

So stop reading this and get to work!

Weekly Writing Practice: The Room

14 Aug

Hello everyone! Welcome to what I’m tentatively calling the “Weekly Writing Exercise.” Since I’ve wandered into this wonderful world of being an indie author and a blogger, I have found that it has been a blast to talk to people about writing and the steps that I take in order to prepare for writing something new and original.

Which trust me, it’s painstakingly hard and complicated and not always easy to teach.

However, one thing that is very easy to teach is the simple idea that the best writers get great by writing everyday. Now for some, that’s constantly working on their next book. For others, they write short stories to sell as well. Or if you’re like me, you blog about about writing, discuss writing on social media platforms, and try to share as much creative new content as possible.

Regardless of what your take on writing is, it is important to make sure that you ARE writing everyday. So this is where the challenge lies. What do you write about? Well whatever you do, don’t fret, that is what I’m here for. Each week I will post an easy prompt to work on. Something to just help get the creative juices flowing and to practice your writing skills. Remember what they say: Practice makes perfect.

So this week’s writing prompt will is quite simple. Describe the area you write in. Tell me about the room you’re currently in. Are you lying on your bed writing or are you at a desk? What is in the room with you? What is nearby? Focus on simply putting me in the room with you. Don’t leave any detail out. By the end of your writing, your reader SHOULD be able to feel like they’re sitting or standing next to you in the room.

Now the final part of this. What to do with this prompt once you write it? Well that’s easy: share it. Show it to a family member or a friend. Share it on your social media pages and show off. Hell, post it in the comments anywhere you may read this post. I’d be happy to read it and tell you what I think. Also, don’t worry. I will also be doing this same prompt and showing what I created tomorrow. Until then get to work and remember, to get better all you have to do is one thing…

Just write.

How to be Inspired

16 Jul

So to start this post off, let me go ahead and give a bit of a disclaimer here: the title of this piece is not giving you a guarantee on how to be inspired. No, the reason this piece earned that title is because lately I’ve been thinking about inspiration and what it means to be inspired, along with how to get that feeling harnessed for yourself.

So let’s say you’re a bit like myself. You want to feel inspired and do great things in the world. I’m a firm believer that everyone on this planet is good at something and that they’re just looking for ways to show off what it is that makes them great. However, if you’re like me, then it’s nerve-racking to actually put what you’re talented at out there. I can’t tell you how many attempts it took to convince myself to sit down and actually start this blog.

So, as you sit here and read this, the thought may cross your mind to question what made me do it. Well, it was a mix of things. Sadly, it was not reading an inspirational article or seeing an inspirational text post on social media. While I find most of those to be nice and serve a wonderful purpose of putting out positive vibes, it wasn’t something that worked for me. Instead, what worked for me was simply family and friends.

Now when I say it was family and friends, it wasn’t them just telling me to go start a blog or put myself out there as a writer. When I decided to launch this page, it was nothing more than a private idea that I had and only shared with Kylee. As expected, she was more than supportive which helped get me started. However, what was a guiding force to get myself going was seeing others hard at work doing what they were passionate about. There were people I would see posting daily about the effort they were putting in every day to get what they wanted. I would see friends I graduated with posting about an upcoming book they had coming out or how they were in the process of writing a book. I would see others sharing their photography or regularly trying to find new people to photograph. I would see friends working on new music and posting projects they were working on. Seeing all of that, all the hard work and dedication, pushed and motivated me to do the same. That’s how this blog started.

Now that the blog has started, I find inspiration through the encouraging words and messages from my family and friends. At first I found myself questioning whether or not writing daily in a blog was worth it. I thought that it may be better to just follow the status quo of becoming a professional writer by continuously writing new pieces and sending them to magazines and publishing houses, hoping for my voice to be heard and that my work would be seen. But I found over these last few weeks that by self publishing on a blog and working with a great cinematographer, I’m inspired to write daily and constantly create new content.

It also helps to have a great support network. Since I’ve started writing and releasing content on a regular basis, people have been a constant positive influence on my work. I’ve found that receiving text messages and phone calls, messages on Facebook and shares over social media, and just general messages of encouragement to be an inspiring force that allows for me to sit down everyday and write. It’s where I believe inspiration truly comes from. It’s easy to sit down and share a video, picture, or text post saying to get out there and do what you love. However, I believe that if you want to be truly inspired, to get after what you love doing, all you need to do is just start in working on your passion and lean on your family and friends to give you the support you need.

Trust me, I know that may not be the answer you were looking for going into this post but I think that it’s the lesson that needs to be taught when it comes to this subject. There isn’t any major secret to be learned or anything like that. At the end of the day, you just need to get out there and work on doing what you love and as you do, your support network will help you with the rest. So good luck and if you ever need a kick in the ass to get yourself going, feel free to reach out to me. I’m willing to do for you what others have done for me.