Work at Work

One thing I’ve gotten away from this past year is making the most of my time to progress in my writing life while at my job. I know, I know. You can’t write a novel at your day job. Or CAN you? 🤔 Continue reading “Work at Work”

Impressions of the food court in Orland Square Mall

Throughout the week, I write down moments out of the day about fascinating details of the environment and the people around me. I’ll be posting them here every Monday.

The tall, middle-aged man with the childlike haircut and pudgy face points in the direction of a Taco Bell as he watches his elderly mother shuffle her way up the ramp to the food court.

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Saturday Inspiration

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”

— Joseph Heller

It’s true. No matter what you may be feeling or thinking, writing just doesn’t happen for the chosen few, it’s hard damn work for every single writer every single day of their life. Continue reading “Saturday Inspiration”

Saturday Inspiration

“Ballast yourself with reality, then throw yourself into the sea. The sea is inspiration. That’s what we’re looking for: the release into the unconscious that comes up with images. You’re dealing with images.” —

Wynn Handman

This is from the documentary, ‘It Takes A Lunatic’. In it, you learn about Wynn’s life in the theater. He’s an acting coach, and so this quote describes the creative process. We as writers are actors as well. We delve into our characters and mumble their words and thoughts.

The most important part of this quote is when he talks of ballasting ourselves in reality. We must, he says, start with our lives and what we’re going through before we can delve into creation and the sea of the unconscious that swims us like fish.

This is exactly where I’m at now, and you will one day be here too. To allow that sea to take you, you must ready yourself with the fact that you will be taken.

Impressions of a coffee shop in Edgewater

Throughout the week, I write down moments out of the day about fascinating details of the environment and the people around me. I’ll be posting them here every Monday.

The crying baby is more a moaning sleepy cry than a loud, shrill, and it comes and goes in ways that make it more a conversation to the mother that isn’t there. Continue reading “Impressions of a coffee shop in Edgewater”

Saturday Inspiration

“When it comes to the reading part of it, there’s a magic moment, a really magic moment—if you read enough, it will always come to you if you want to be a writer—where you put down some book and say, ‘This really SUCKS. I could do better than THIS. And this got PUBLISHED.’” —Stephen King

I love this quote because it reminds us writers that we need a floor as well as a ceiling. Especially right out of college, we get inundated with the flawless prose and poetry of The Greats. Even writers that no one knows about can be detrimental if that’s all we read.

So read some really bad crap! There’s plenty out there. And realize that yes, indeed, you CAN do this and can do it EVEN BETTER than you think!

Create and Complete!

 

After NaNoWriMo

I started my next book in November for #nanowrimo2019 and working on finishing the first draft by the end of the year. 81,551 words of the book so far. It’s a mess that will take some time to clean up. But that’s why I love rough drafts—making a mess! 😊

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@chicagogrind is where I do most of my writing. This particular item is called the Almond Joy. Something off their old menu. If you like caffeinated chocolate and coconut, ask for it. Super delicious!

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Back to it. Have a great day, creators!

Saturday Inspiration

“It’s actually a fact: your adventure is your adventure. And if it is yours, the world will open. Where other people would run into obstacles and blocks, it will open for you. You get on the road, and are thumbing your way. The car that stops has the people in it that are just the ones that can carry you that distance and give you advice and perhaps a five-dollar bill to carry you on the rest of the way.”

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell is such an inspiration to me, not only for his knowledge of ancient myths but simply his storyteller’s character. If you’ve never watched Power of Myth, watch it. It’s great.

But this quote is something I can relate to. It’s as if life moves with you. It’s eerie almost. And the more you let go and believe in yourself, life will somehow aid you.