Creative Writing

A Force | A Poem

It’s been hard

To keep myself together

To keep from falling apart

But now I’m standing up

Breaking down these walls

You can’t stop a force

That refuses to back off

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Editing

How To Silence Your Inner Editor

There are times you need to write, which means you somehow have to silence your inner editor. Unfortunately, that’s a lot easier said than done.

Below is all my bad advice on how to silence him or her.

Tell your editor to shut up. Put your foot down.

Ask nicely. If being mean doesn’t work, try being polite?

Don’t do anything. Sometimes not forcing the issue is the best thing you can do.

Embrace the obnoxious editor. Befriend him or her.

Ignore. Hopefully they can take a hint. Or at least learn to.

Blast music. Turn the volume up. Careful you don’t shatter your ear drums in the process.

Listen. Maybe your head is trying to tell you something. After you hear yourself out, maybe your inner editor will finally stop bothering you. One can hope.

Lock them in a cage and throw the key away. Or just imagine doing so.

Practice. Just keep writing.

Never write another word in your life. Non-writers don’t have to deal with annoying inner editors, right? It doesn’t seem like such a bad life.

Creative Writing

Anything’s Possible | A Poem

Is the grass greener on the other side?

I guess I’ll never know if I don’t try.

Can’t stay in the same place my whole life.

Doing this gig day to night.

Never questioning the routine.

Because it was easier not to believe,

That anything’s possible.

But I never want to go back

To where I was before.

Trapped and holding out,

Not living for myself.

Reading

The 49th Mystic By Ted Dekker | A Book Review

Title: The 49th Mystic

Author: Ted Dekker

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the first in a series about a blind girl named Rachelle. As the 49th mystic, she has to find five seals before it’s too late.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

First impressions: Dekker eases you into the story. I especially enjoyed the beginning when the author gets into the science of epigenetics. That was eye opening and educating.

Characters: I could relate to Rachelle. During her journey, she learns a lot about herself. In my opinion, Rachelle becomes more likeable as the story progresses. Her father also plays a big role, and I liked him too.

Quote:

“All fear springs from an averison to being threatened or wronged on some level.”

Writing: I got to the end of the novel before realizing there’s not much romance, which I loved.

Dekker’s a good writer and storyteller. He’s descriptive, making the scenes come to life, even when Rachelle can’t see.

Final thoughts: The ending sets the stage for the second novel, so it wraps up some loose ends but doesn’t provide complete closure. I’m curious to see what’ll happen next.

The author manages to weave various storylines together into a cohesive read. It’s a little over 400 pages, so the book didn’t feel too long or too short.

If you’re into fantastical reads that involve two different worlds, check out The 49th Mystic. It wasn’t what I expected, but I liked the premise a lot.


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Blogging

My Biggest Blogging Problem

I love writing. I love blogging. But I don’t love transcribing. So I have no problem writing posts by hand, but I struggle to type them all up.

I try to write a post every day. Problem is I don’t type everything in a timely manner.

I could switch between writing and transcribing. So I write a post one day and transcribe the next.

I’m behind and unsure how to catch up. I could spend the time writing on typing up the old posts I’ve written. Although I think I’d miss writing them.

Or I can just continue writing every day and transcribing when I have extra time. By the time I get around to publishing a post, sometimes the subject isn’t that relevant anymore.

I’ve thought about trying to write posts that aren’t time sensitive. So I wouldn’t write about a holiday or an event.

In a similar vein, I might attempt to draft posts I could publish at any time during the year.

I have the same problem with my creative writing. There are tons of handwritten poems and stories in multiple notebooks. None of which I’ve transcribed.

On one hand, I could eliminate handwriting to save time. I can jump straight to typing. Too bad I love writing by hand.

Do you handwrite and then transcribe? Do you type straight away?

Blogging

Why I Love Blogging

I love blogging. Here’s why:

The community

To be honest, when I first embarked on this journey, I never expected to meet such lovely people from around the world. As always, thank you for the continued support. You’ve inspired me more to keep going.

The challenge

I’ve come to realize that I enjoy being challenged. It’s nice to express myself and exercise my imagination. Obviously, some days are tougher than others, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The control

I like calling the shots and doing things my way. So I get to take the credit when I succeed. But I also take the fall when I fail. I don’t want to blame anyone else for my failures.

The creativity

I get to experiment all the time. Going forward, I aspire to be even more creative, especially with my fiction and poetry. I’m still learning to trust the process.

What do you love about blogging?

Creative Writing

Over Soon | A Poem

Don’t worry

You’ll get where you need to go

When the time is right

Until then enjoy the ride

Learn to forgive

And forget the little things

You think too much

More than enough

Just roll with the punches

As they come

You won’t know if you don’t try

Personal Reflection

What Do You Want Out Of Life?

I want to be happy. I hope I’m able to do what I want to do.

My health is important to me. But sometimes I do things at the expense of my well-being.

Even though I worry so much about so many things, writing helps. When there’s nothing to stress over, my mind makes something up. At least getting my thoughts and feelings on the page takes some of the weight off my shoulders.

This year has been tough for reasons out of my control. So I’ve tried hard to focus on what I can control.

Word by word, day by day is my motto. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. Sometimes though I can’t stop thinking about the far future.

I like to believe everything will work out somehow. The pieces will fall into place eventually.

For now, I want to concentrate on the present moment. I need to enjoy each day.

I love what I do because I love the act of doing them. It’s the process, the journey that matters. Not the numbers, not the results.

While I don’t know everything, I know I want to learn. Even if it terrifies me. I want to learn more. I want to better myself as a human being.

I’m always learning. I love teaching myself. Going at my own pace, putting in a little bit of work every day.