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Posted by on September 13, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Home

 

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What’s Your Motivation?

Motivation comes in all sorts of forms.

Perhaps you admire a trait in someone close to you, so that motivates you to emulate that trait. Maybe you’re competitive by nature and wish to keep up with the rest of the world. Your motivation can come from a tight-knit group of people you love, people who support you, and you don’t want to let them down.

Or maybe your motivation is spite.

When I first started entertaining the idea of writing as more than a hobby, I did a little research, trying to find author websites and figuring out what made them tick, what made them continue to put words on paper (or the computer screen). There was one website by an author that put up articles not only for grammar usage and outlining tips, but also personal posts about her writing days and journey. The article that has stuck with me the most out of all these years detailed how everyone should have one good enemy.

Not friend. Enemy.

This author, at one point, had quit her job with the blessing of her family to pursue her writing dream. It didn’t pan out, not right away. She ended up needing to get another job, one with far less prospects and perks than her previous one, and she was assaulted with her family saying, “Well, we really didn’t think it was going to happen, but at least you know now, right?”

They tried to be supportive, of course, in their wayward way, but the author’s husband (soon to be ex-husband, actually) was reportedly really nasty about the entire situation, despite his initial support. Instead of being apologetic and going right back to her day job, the author continued to write.

And wrote, and wrote, and wrote amid the job changes, the divorce, the struggles with money, all so she could eventually get published, look her ex in the eye and say, “I told you I would do it.”

So, if you’re looking for some motivation, spite can be a great help in the long wrong. Do it so you can prove them all wrong.

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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Home

 

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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Home

 

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Word Cushions

My word count cushion is starting to run low.

I’m still a little ahead, about a day’s word count, actually, but this past weekend had been excellent for my writing and it’s a little sad to see my daily word count slow down. If I didn’t have a silly thing called a “day job,” my word count chart would be fantastic!

I’m sure every writer, artist, hobbyist, what-have-you says something to that effect. There’s always something in the way of our creative pursuits, but how we work around those blocks (like day jobs that pay the bills) is how we get better at this game called life. They teach us about time management and deadlines, they show us what exactly we want out of these hobbies when the pressure starts to get to us, they help us prove just what lengths we’re willing to go to wrestle life into the shape we want.

So, yeah, my word count cushion is getting a little low, but I’m still planning on reaching 50k by Thanksgiving as opposed to the 30th. I’ve got about a week left. Let’s see what happens.

The best of luck to everyone else out there working on a project!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Home

 

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Author Quotes: J.R.R. Tolkien

Some of my top favorite quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien, famed writer and creator of Middle-Earth and The Lord of the Rings series. What are some of your favorites?

5. “Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens.”

4. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

3. “No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.”

2. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

1. “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Home

 

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