How Do I Continue To Believe In Me?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer, Something that touched my life | Posted on 28-08-2017

I continue to work on my writing, despite feedback that is less than inspiring. Sounds like I should give up, but how do you do that with something you love?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It was something that helped me deal with being so different. I am the oldest and my two younger sisters are the pretty, popular ones. That I could write stories helped me hide away from the world and the hurt of being short, fat and smart.

I grew out of the worry of being different, because of the community where I’ve lived for the past forty plus years. The niche I’ve carved for myself is quite enjoyable. Strange, I’ve also come to learn that it’s alright to be different.

About being different, I’m also bull headed. When someone tells me that they are smarter, or knows more than I do, now they have to prove it. Maybe that’s really why I don’t give up on my writing. I believe it is good. And I will continue to believe until someone proves me wrong to my satisfaction.

That being said, it’s time to get back to the writing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

Time to Get Serious

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 21-08-2017

For over a month now, I’ve been playing around with a new character. The purpose was to write a short story for The Surrey International Writers Conference. So far, I’ve gotten to know and understand the character, however I am still as far away as possible from writing the story.

I thought once I knew what the problem was that the words would flow. That has not happened. One character we (meaning me and the protagonist) thought was the antagonist has shown his true colors and is not.

One of the problems is that I’m having a problem determining where the story begins.  There are scenes I have written, but the cohesion I search for is evading me. To inspire myself, I am going to listen to the webinar presented by James Scott Bell that I received for my entry in the Writers Digest Short Short Story Contest.

The deadline for Surrey is September 22, 2017. This week for @The Creative Hour, I will commit to getting a good solid start on this.

In the meantime, keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

Time for a Staycation

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 15-08-2017

I finished my work day and start the first day of my staycation tomorrow.

Even though I had hoped to win the Short Short Story writing contest for Writers Digest, it did not happen. I didn’t even place. It was a good experience and came with with a fascinating webinar hosted by James Scott Bell.

There are far worse places to spend free time than my home town. Another perk to staying home is that, somehow I got lucky and chose time over our local county fair. I hope to volunteer at least one day with Grants Pass Kiwanis. They do Fair parking. It’s the only chance I have to wear the straw hat I bought in Jamaica. Temperatures should be better than usual as well.

Along with this I need to spend more time on my writing. Someone is trying to convince me that I’m wasting my time. They have no clue how stubborn I am. I will write and I will do it in my own style and time.

It’s going to be a great time in the best river city. I love Grants Pass and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Time to move on and work on my writing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

What to Do Next?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 07-08-2017

I work on my writing, because I love doing it.

There are some I know who tell me one or another of my stories is not good enough. Who knows, they may be right. However I will not betray my characters by butchering their story.

One person told me that I need to determine where I want the story to go. Truth be told, it’s not up to me. When I first sit down to write a story I get to know the characters, at least the main one. They lead me along and I learn more about them as I go.

My first book is a huge learning curve. I have always written stories, but only dreamed of writing a book. My first attempt, and complete joy is “Not Too Late Forever”. I have written and edited for a substantial amount of time. I have faced praise from a few and criticism from many more.

The book and characters have filled a void in my life. Besides that, they have given me purpose in many other endeavors.

Despite critiques that are less than favorable, I will follow my passion. It has become so much more than a dream. My biggest regret is that I have not been able to share it and my other stories with many others.

Good, bad or indifferent, I will continue in my own way, and on my own path, to dream and build for the future. I hope you follow your dreams as well.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi