Freewriting My Way Out of a Rut

So, things were going so good. I was writing again, had a piece published, was finding my voice again; then BAM!!!! I’ve hit the proverbial brick wall. I’m feeling stale. I need to come up with something to write about and keep myself moving forward. So that’s what this boring little post is going to be about, it’s time for me to freewrite.

I learned about freewriting many years ago on a little site called Gather.com. The site is no longer in existance, but I had so much fun there. I wish I could find another place like that one. I met a lot of nice people, learned a lot about writing in a variety of different genres, it was a blast. Then it was gone. Bummer.

Not that it needs an explanation, but freewriting is simply where you let your brain guide your fingers and run wild. One of the rules of freewriting is that you’re not supposed to edit your work until time is up, but I’ve never been able to follow that rule. Another rule is that you set a time limit for yourself. Most are about 10 minutes, but I don’t usually pay much attention to that rule either. I just write.

Freewriting is a great way to clear the clogs out of your head. It gives you a way to move all the daily crap to the side and find those little tidbits that could become your next sale. Just since I’ve started this post, I’ve had 2 or 3 little ideas pop into my head about where to go next. Once I come up with 5 of them, I’ll feel as though I’ve really accomplished something tonight.

That’s another thing, you’re not supposed to stop writing once you’ve started your freewrite. Yeah, that’s another one I don’t exactly adhere to. Really, I’m not really a rule-breaker by nature, but my take on the freewrite is that it’s about becoming one with the words. It’s about letting the message take hold of you and allows your imagination to be free.

The world can be a very stressful place and daily strain can cause a writer’s mind to become overwhelmed. A simple little freewrite session can help clear the mind. It’s a great way to scream at someone without the worry. It doesn’t even have to be something that anyone else reads. It’s just a release from everyday life.

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

So I made a little trip to my personal Nirvana…aka Hobby Lobby. That is one of my all-time favorite stores in our little town. I’m a very creative person. Not everything I create comes out the way I envision it in my mind, but I try. I crochet, I sew, I love adult coloring books. I just love creating things out of other things.

I also love Hobby Lobby as a way to get my creative juices flowing for my writing. I walk through the silk flowers and wall decor as a way to find things that prompt an idea in my head. I found several things that got me feeling creative, then I found a small sketch book that jumped out and grabbed me. Now mind you, I can’t draw. I’ve tried my hand at Zendoodle, but as far as sitting down and drawing something that looks like it was done by someone over the age of 6, nope. But the front cover screamed at me.

Do more of what makes you happy. Yes! I love it. Do more writing, more dreaming, more believing in yourself. It’s just what I needed to keep going. I sat down and did a little freewriting in it and then made a list of the top ten things that make me happy. This will be my place to go when I need a mental vacation. My own little happy place.

Happy Writing

Keeping In A Forward Motion

Hi kids and Happy Memorial Day weekend. Before anything else, I want to take a moment to recognize all the men and women who have given their lives for their country. My daddy was a veteran of Vietnam, and though he was fortunate enough to come home, he brought parts of the war home with him. I thank all of the families, from the Revolutionary war to our present day, for their bravery as well. God bless you all and God bless America.

Now, let’s see what we’ve done to keep ourselves moving forward. I’ve restructured my “writing” environment. I was doing quite a bit of my work on my Kindle, but hey, guess what. That doesn’t work so well. You can do some things, but in the end, the laptop is much easier. So, I got the laptop off the kitchen table and have made myself a sort of “writing space” in my living room. Now granted, it would be great if I had a nice quiet home office where I could go and do my thing without any distractions, but I don’t have that luxury. I live in a very small house with my hubby, a grandbaby, 3 dogs, and a cat. Space is limited.

However, I am a lot more comfortable in my new little space. And though the hubby thinks this whole writing thing is nonsense (he’s a gear head), I;m actually closer to him so he can’t say we never spend any time together. I’m sure there’s a lot of other ways I could make this work, but I’m pretty okay with where I’m at. I have good lighting and a nice writing space, (I do a lot of writing with pen and paper), I have a little table for my laptop, and I can still keep up with what’s going on in my house.

Another thing I’ve done to make things easier is….cut my fingernails. Now, anyone reading this is going to think “what the heck is she talking about?”. I’ve been working on speeding up my typing skills and I found that most of the mistakes I was making was due to the fact that a couple of my fingernails were hitting the keys above the ones I was aiming for. I’m not the kind of woman who goes in and spends a ton of money to have my hair and nails done. I don’t do the acrylic nails or even paint them for that matter. But my nails grow at a fairly rapid rate and I have to keep them trimmed up to type efficiently.

And finally, I got back into checking out Google+. Seriously, I rarely used that platform as it was too cluttered and chaotic for me. With that said, it’s also a great place to find some really good information. And that’s my goal, to find out all I can and get myself back to writing for money again. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to write–paid or not–but it would be nice to get back to at least where I was 5 years ago.

The last time I really put forth any effort, I got really frustrated and gave up. This time, I’m taking each step as a win and a push in the right direction. I have to remind myself that it took me nearly 10 years to get to where I was, and I’m not going to get there without some work again this time. Hopefully it won’t take another 10 years, but I have to do things correctly in order to be seen as a serious writer. And it will happen again.

Happy Writing:)

Building My Writing Portfolio

Hello all, so what did we learn today?

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading the past few days. As I keep looking for ways to keep myself going and coming up with new ideas, I’m finding that one of the main things I need to do is have an active writing portfolio. Now with all the writing I did back in the day, you’d think I’d have a nice little page put together filled with links to all my previous pieces. Well,  you’d be wrong.

Here’s the thing. All my previous work was published under my former last name. Now, I need to start building my portfolio under my current sir name. Easier said than done. I have to figure out how to get some new pieces written, but how.

I’m thinking about going back to where it all started all those years ago and start writing for a couple of those mass blogging/mass article sites. Now I know those sites are all geared toward getting people to click on the Google ads, but it’s also a great way to get a few things published so bigger companies can see what it is that I do and whether or not I’m right for their needs.

There was a time when I was a member of about 10 or 15 of those sites, but I  don’t even know if half of those sites are still up and running. I’ve stopped by a couple others, such as Squiddo, but they’ve been bought by another company and I can’t access my work.

Rather than thinking that I might be beat, I’m going to just start over and get a few pieces published at the sites I know I can get into. I’m not expecting to make a lot of money in the process, but if I do happen to make a little here and there, I’ll consider that a win.

My only obstacle now is to come up with some new ideas on which to write. It will depend on which site I write for as to what I end up writing. I might do something about raising grandchildren for one site and ways to use Pinterest to come up with ideas on another. Now to find right sites.

Happy writing. 🙂

 

Easy On The Eyes

So, if you’ve ever stopped by, you’ll notice that I’ve prettied up the site. I’ve been looking at the sites of other bloggers, more successful bloggers, and the one thing I noticed was that their sites were bright and cheery. Mine was kind of drab and boring. So, hopefully this site will be a little more attractive to those stopping by. What do you think?

I’ve also been reading a lot of sites that are all saying the same thing; use more photos in your posts. Yeah, well this is where I suck!! I’ve tried in the past to add photos to my blogs, but for some reason I just can’t seem to keep it up. I’ve found some really good sites with free stock photography, but it seems to take forever to find the right pic for the right post. I also just bought myself a new Canon camera. Spent a lot of money on it, but I’ll bet I haven’t even used it a dozen times yet.

I have been thinking about doing more with taking pictures, but I’m not very good at it. I know a lot of people in my local area who have taken up photography as a way to make more money, but I’m not a photographer. I need to do a little more research about selling photography online, sounds like a good way to make money. But I need to make sure I know what I’m doing as I have a bad habit of getting myself into trouble over things like that.

I’m going to keep doing whatever I can to make this site more appealing to the public eye. Whatever it takes to bring people in and get myself going again. I’m very happy that I’m finding real inspiration again and the ideas are starting to flow instead of me trying to force it out. I’m loving life again. Here’s to the future.