Eventually

Hello!
Just posting to let those who follow me know that I’m in Arizona for training, so I won’t be posting very frequently for a few months.
I’ll try to get something up once a week. We will see how things go.
-Dan

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“Keep Moving Forward”

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Writing can be very frustrating. I was at a point in my short horror story where the MC meets other important characters in the story, but the greetings didn’t feel right. The dialogue was weak and unrealistic for what had been transpiring with the MC.  I was getting frustrated and started opening up Facebook and checking my email and such.

Of course, this didn’t really fix anything and I was only holding myself back. I remembered two things after a few minutes of distracting myself.

1: Write now, Revise Later

2: Keep Moving Forward.

The first is what just about every well known writer has every said in an interview when asked, “What advice would you give to all the aspiring writers out there?”  It’s true. Right now I have a very weak spot of dialogue in my story. However, I’m 600 words farther right now than I was a half hour ago when I didn’t want to write until I figured out what needed to be said at that point.  I know it can be revised later to be stronger, but if it still isn’t as perfect as I want it to be, then at least I have a completed story and not at the same spot as I was yesterday.

The other is from Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons” which is one of my favorite movies. The quote is simple and to the point. Keep moving forward. In my case, Keep writing and keep writing and keep writing. Sooner or later, it’ll be of better quality and easier to pour out. I won’t need to go back and revise AS MUCH.  It’s also a very positive outlook on life itself. Don’t focus on your mistakes, Don’t worry about things you can’t change, just keep moving forward.

I’m putting a lot of things on my plate as far as collaborating on a Sci-fi Novella with another writer, offering detailed critiques and edits to a different writer’s short stories and chapters, writing my own shorts, starting up my poetry again, and this blog.  It’s a lot on top of my working schedule.  It’s a challenge, but I’ll keep moving forward. I have things I WILL accomplish, not just “want” or a “might” accomplish one day.

What will you accomplish?

Inner Child

Hello,

I haven’t written any poems in a number of years.  I’m not exactly sure why I stopped, but I wanted to slowly get back into it again.  I was reading some of my older poems I’ve written and wanted to share a few of my favorites over the next couple of days.

 

Inner Child

The feathers floated down to the puddles,
and I knew it was too late.
A child’s dream still held on to the nonsense,
but the eyes that didn’t want to open..started to flutter…
I knew the bullet wasn’t physical,
but the aiming was precise
and the damage…was equivalent.
You never had to see to of known
that the blood-loss was substantial,
I could of told you that between the mouth fulls.
Can you hear the gargling sound of death?
It becomes a sweet symphony of maturity,
when the naive innocence insides decays.
You’ve slain a part of me that I’m better without.
I don’t know whether to thank you or cry,
I’ll never dream again…
Subconscious bitter coldness,
Goodbye Inner Child…

How Do you Write?

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How do you write your stories, blogs, poems? Are you in your living room or bedroom? Do you have music going or a T.V. in the background?  What do you use to write with? There are a lot of different ways to help a writer write more efficiently and be more productive. Mainly, it’s just a change of your writing environment. 

I used to try and write in the living room with the T.V. on in the back ground. The dogs playing with the cat around me and my wife talking to me about things she reads on Pinterest. There was too much going on for me to fully focus on what I was trying to accomplish. So, I took an old table we had outside and sanded, stained, and sealed it.  I put it in my spare room and created an “Office!”

The picture up top is my Office. It’s a corner in my spare room which also has my weight bench and a spare couch that unfolds to a bed.  It’s not much but it’s MY writing area. I have headphones I put on and listen to http://www.Last.fm, which is like Pandora. I have an instrumental station going so I don’t find myself listening to the words of songs. It helps block out everything else going on in my house.

I use WriteMonkey for short stories and poems. It’s free and has spell checking. You can also have it sound like an old typewriter when you type which I find enjoyable for some reason. For my novels/novellas I’m working on, I use Scrivener which costs $40. It has templates for writers who are working on short stories or novels. It has tabs along the side you can click on to open up research, notes, pictures, ect. There’s a lot you can do with it as far as formatting, “Print a novel using standard manuscript formatting. Export your finished document to a wide variety of file formats, including Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF and HTML—making it easy to share your work with others. Or self-publish by exporting to ePub or Kindle* formats to share your work via iBooks or Amazon, or for reading on any e-reader.”(http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

So, This is my setup and those are my tools. It’s not much right now but it’s more than I had a month ago. Since then, I’ve noticed a how much easier it is for me to concentrate and write. My productivity has increased and my quality is slightly better.  I’ll keep improving my little office space with pictures, painting the wall, getting a better chair, ect, but right now it’s all I really need.

What do you use? Where do you write? Have you changed anything and noticed your writing better or more frequently?