Taking English 101 – Literature and English 103 – Composition and Style, I find myself struggling with the essay writing. I love the Literature studies and enjoy writing about the stories and plays. When it comes to Composition and Style, however, I am a flop. I will spend 3 – 5 hours per essay, researching and downloading key quotes and material. I will then spend 2 – 3 hours on brainstorming and outlining. It isn’t unusual for me to start writing and skip to the end to write my concluding paragraph. But then . . . I jump all over the place. I cannot seem to focus my thoughts and stay on path. My outline changes at least 3 or 4 times. Then I cannot solidify my thesis statement.
So if I can write stories, they must be rather boring and disorganized if this is any indication. Academic essay – ok. This argument/persuasive essay is tough. The tone, the wording, all is very difficult. I will defeat this dragon, however.
In starting the James Patterson Masterclass, I picked up the book Honeymoon by James Patterson. He uses this novel as the reference for his classes. I started to read it and was immediately caught up in the fast paced, sharp writing that is JP’s style. Short, brief chapters. Lots of action. Startling reveals as the characters meet new characters. Wow. This is why I am taking this course.
I am spoon feeding my characters to my readers. I lay out too much detail and leave nothing for them to discover or relate to for themselves. I am saying too much!
In the past, the volume of the writing was the goal. It wasn’t necessarily the quality of my writing, but rather the quantity that I focused on. After all, if I am a writer, I should have lots of writing. This is parallel to my quilting. If I am a quilter, then I have to have multiple works in progress and finished quilts to show for it. I am hard at work doing exactly that right now.
So as of today, I have a new mantra. I am what I am. I don’t need to produce anything to prove it.
I have subscribed to Creative Emergence with Andrea Schroeder for the month of September. This is a free 30 day journaling event where Andrea helps you focus your intentions and dreams. Since I have made a number of changes this school year, I felt this was a great supplement. Some of the changes I have made are: 1) one year personal leave from teaching at CNC, 2) signed up for 2 courses at CNC: Literature and Composition and also Composition and Style, 3) committed myself to write my book (or two) before next spring, 4) signed up for James Patterson’s Masterclass. With all the education and learning happening, I wanted to ensure I stay on focus with my dreams and goals. That is where Creative Emergence with Andrea Schroeder comes in.
I recently finished The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. This was an amazing course where he taught the 9 factors in creating, maintaining and sharing motivation. This was perfect for refocusing on my writing. Keeping the motivation going day after day, is tough and more so for the solitary writer. I am still following Brendon in his High Performance Academy presentation. All are to help balance the writer and the my life. Having a tendency to throw myself in too deep and give up too soon (burn out), I hope these new personality and spirituality leaders will help me balance the next year.
So if I tend to regularly post here again, it will be thanks to my “team” of experts and motivational speakers, that I have gathered about me. Now to source a personal team of draft readers and editors. . .
Xs AND Os FOR GABBY ANN
This was a cute read. I believe some of the words would be a challenge for new readers, and would recommend the book for parents and older siblings to read to the preschool child.
The book recognizes the reality in today’s world, where one of the parents works away from the home and is not available at bedtime for the traditional bedtime kisses. This is a harsh truth for many families today. I can only imagine the impact of this book in a family where one parent is serving in the military overseas.
Unfortunately, the book will be released only in the US, however, the book may be purchased by Canadians directly through the website.
I completed NaNoWriMo!!!! And I won! Yes, I made it to 50,000 words in 30 days. I did have to bust out the 29th to the point of OMG! But I made it. This means that I really have a rough draft that is no where near finished, but on its way.
I’m doing it! Started my novel on November 1, 2014. I am so excited. It is so easy to distract myself with doing more reading and research and catching up with forums on the NaNoWriMo website.
I am meeting up with a friend to encourage each other early on in the month. I already met up with writers in Prince George on Saturday at the library. We chatted for too long but I still got a start on 400 words. So off I go. Had to share . . . Looking for lots of positive energy.
I was trying to write a novel about a young girl growing up in rural Manitoba in the early 60’s. I say trying because this project was so overwhelming that it was beating me up every time I approached my desk. So . . . onward and upward with my new intention. This is not a scrapped project, just one that is sitting on a shelf – waiting for my muse. I will be keeping this image close to my heart however.
My daughter has created a piece of art for me to use as inspiration. An artist and computer wizard, she is my biggest motivation. She just finished a huge internet design project involving hundreds of people, and her organizational skills and creativity kept her in the loop all the way. She is a true friend and gift to the artist in my spirit. She constantly adds challenges to my art to push me further into the creativity – for example, she will sit me down and let me start to draw on a page, but then turn the page on me and make me continue, then change my pencil to a felt marker and then later to a pencil crayon, all while turning the page different ways. Every time she sees me settling into my “box”, she shakes me up. She is a natural teacher and uses multi-media as if it was an everyday tool.
This is my daughter’s idea of a sketch for me to focus my young girl on . . .
Seems that all around me are stimulants to writing – from magazine articles, announcements for competitions, college requests for opinions, to journal options. I seem to be surrounded with suggestions. I do not believe I am a “writer”. At least, my attempts at novel or short story writings have not produced anything resembling success. But, I have also read that writing is a lot of work and I am treating as fun, entertaining, a release. Maybe I should give myself a gentle prod into writing for real! So let’s start with my blog. Can I write something of interest every day for the rest of the week? Will it spur me into making the effort for real? Hmmm, off I go. Into the world of journalling.