Good evening! Passion!….it’s what drives us to chase a story that we feel the world needs to hear! It’s what steals our sleep in the dark, ‘a.m.‘ hours. Whilst our body rhythms are demanding of us…”This is the time in which I require you to sleep!” – Our thoughts ruminate on strategies — “How do I utilize my writing skills to glean enough facts to bring this story to fruition?” Ahhh, the mind of a writer….does it ever rest? – Rhetorical, of course! I have no idea why I thought researching facts for my fiction pieces would be any easier than is necessary in writing non-fiction. Hmmm…”Oh boy…was I ever wrong!” I find myself spending just as many hours – digging for facts – to make sure that my fiction pieces are just as accurate. I have learned much from many experienced fiction writers – “to be absolutely sure that our readers can ‘feel‘ themselves in the stories we present“. It has taken me a few years to really understand how valuable this step is. I have been applying this lesson to my NaNoWriMo novel – during my editing stage. Bringing me back to why I opened with “Passion” – I have drafted and polished ‘four‘ novels. Each year I ask myself, “Will I shop my manuscript this year?” – Each year I decided, “Not this one!” — But, this year – 2017 – there is such a fire burning inside of me to share this story with the world!!!! I find myself full of Passion for this story! My behavior towards this ‘story’ has been unlike any of the previous three. I am pushing my writing skills to newer levels. I am chasing and verifying every fact to satisfy my future readers. Yes, my passion for this story still keeps me up at night…”What if…?” C’mon…all of you amazing writers have experienced this, huh? My editing journey continues……
© Daily Writer Girl 02/15/2017
Good evening! I’ve been thinking about that feeling that comes over a person when they have a dream they desire to achieve someday. It is a very exhilarating feeling that provides the drive to keep moving toward it each day. Determination has proven to be a key factor to keep a dream on the radar with a busy daily schedule. Another key factor is tenacity because obstacles will get in the way to distract us – sometimes serving as the reason we abandon our dream. There is such sadness in a person’s eyes when they share with me that they allowed someone or something to distract them from achieving their dream – every story is full of regret. There is no joy in living a life full of regrets. The daily drive of pursuing a dream adds passion to your life. Do not deny yourself such joy of a life filled with passion! Another tool is to visualize yourself already living your dream – imagine how your life will improve by reaching this milestone. If you can visualize it then you are breathing life into your dream. It proves to be the foundation of those who have already reached their ultimate goal – – here are some results shared from those I know when I asked, “What does it really feel like to daily ‘live your dream’?” — Two common answers — (1) “It is everything I expected it would be and, yes,the anticipation was worth it! I wake up each day full of passion – doing what I love!” -or- (2) “It feels great to get this reward after working so hard – it has taught me that dreams are real! I know because I am living mine!” Their answers are always spoken with such confidence as they display a wide-eyed sense of enjoyment. Each time I hear these comments – I feel even more determined to stay focused on achieving my dream — so that I too may experience the same sense of joy! Do not allow anyone or anything to steal the joy of achieving your dream!
Good morning! What I love about being a writer is that it sharpens my perception because I am always in observation mode. There is a slight caveat to this amazing sense – it heightens my passions. Allow me to explain – when I observe a person being treated “unfairly” it eats at the very core of my soul because unfair treatment is cruel! Many adults can advocate for themselves, but children do not always have the tools to advocate for themselves – what is most important is that they should not have to – any adult who chooses to treat a child in an unfair manner is a cruel human being! Children are gifts and they should be valued and treasured to the highest degree! I have a passion for protecting children – being their voice when they are not able to speak or when I feel that they should not have to speak, instead be allowed to be a child because we all only get one chance to be a child – therefore, their innocence and freedom should be shielded to allow them do so in a safe and healthy environment – anything below this level is simply unacceptable! This is what keeps me awake in the wee hours of the night; typing at 5am. Writing is therapy for my soul. Some issues we can resolve immediately – others, when unfair treatment is involved, takes time. When my passion and patience collide, as it is this morning, then I use writing to calm my soul. Most of the time it works! Sometimes the only thing that works is to have justice prevail in the matter that keeps me awake – unfortunately, justice is a slow process — I fill in that time with writing, writing, and more writing! It is these such matters that is the genesis of many great stories. Passion ignites a flame so strong inside my soul that I sometimes cannot contain the flow of words lined up to jump onto the pages and express, in written form, what I am feeling inside. When I see my words patterned on the pages – I can then process my feelings that have been stirred inside. This is when one of my journal exercises prove to be effective – the freedom I feel to express myself in my journal feels like “therapy in a bottle” – one journal session can equate to an entire year of therapy because I give myself permission to release all internal intrusions in a very safe environment. I shield this healthy environment that I have built for myself. A dream that I have is for all children in this world to be nurtured by emotionally healthy adults who will protect their innocence, to allow them freedom to express their creativity in a safe environment which will allow them to have the confidence to reach their full potential. Until that goal is achieved…..I write!