Rounding the corner
The other side of accomplishing something is realizing that you’re getting closer to your goal. But that’s the thing about goals, they can be reset – reevaluated – fine-tuned.
Goals feel good when they are reached, but life isn’t one big goal, its a series of goals, mile markers and it’s all about growth – when you round one corner, you see more possibilities, and when you see more possibilities, you see more goals to reach.
Today’s Prompt: Where are you heading?
Feel the Burn
30 days into a new exercise regime. Do you feel the burn?
Writing isn’t just like exercising – it is exercising. The more you write, the more you create the better you feel – you get that euphoric writer’s high (okay a lot of the time that’s the caffeine talking, but there is something to be said for writing regularly.
I know I feel better when I’m creating and it puts me in a place unlike the rest of the universe – a place where I’m in control.
Of course, control is a relative thing because I swear sometimes my characters have minds of their own and have been known to wake me up and want to talk to me about this scene they feel really strongly about.
That’s when I know I’m getting somewhere because they’ve become real at least for the time I’ve got them on the page. All I know is, I’m getting into the groove and I want to write some more.
Today’s Prompt: What’s the message?
In the heat of debates in social media, people tend to quote articles and cases that support their argument. Sometimes it’s just the headline that they’re sharing and they didn’t even read the post.
(Again, it goes back to truth in reporting and word choices) but you have to look at things and see – what is the takeaway from what you’re seeing? Is what you’re seeing what is actually there?
And then you have to think about your source.
Today’s Prompt: What’s the message?
Some people say that life is not fair – it’s not, but it isn’t unfair either. Life, on the whole, is indifferent and that can be scarier than the idea that someone is out to get you.
It’s one of the hardest things to realize. I came upon an accident and tried to help a woman who’d been hurt – she kept asking me ‘what did I do wrong?’ ‘What did I do to deserve this?’
The long and short of it was – nothing. Well, she might have lost track of where she was, she may have caused the accident but… there was no ‘deserving’ it just happened.
The biggest problems I’ve had in the world involved accepting that sometimes, there is no reason. What matters is what you do with what happens.
Today’s Prompt: Finding light in the heart of darkness
They say that pride goeth before the fall, but there are so many faces to pride and not all of them are inherently bad.
We take pride in our work. We take pride in our family. Pride is bad when it is false or self-involved but I take pride in a good day’s work, when a story moves you or makes you think.
Somedays. I’m lucky I got words on the page, and on those days– I’m thankful I got that.
Today’s Prompt: Write about the oposite of pride – but don’t chose humility.
Whenever I’m writing a status report for work, I start writing and then I realize – nobody’s going to read it – so I translate my original email into bullet points.
I’ll include a more detailed version where needed but bullet point tends to get the point across as quickly as possible.
I was just realized that Flash Fiction tends to be the bullet point of writing – you get to the point because every word has to count, but that’s the kicker – it has to count.
Today’s Prompt: Describe your main character by their actions
Keeping things positive
It’s hard when the world around you seems to be going sideways and everyone is focusing on the negative. It’s easier than you think.
Turn off the news.
It’s sad but true – news media makes its money keeping you tuned in and the easiest way to do that is to play on your fear. The word choices they use evoke a reaction – and it is on purpose.
If you get the chance read “Fear Less” by Gavin de Becker. There’s a chapter on the news and truth in advertising. I highly recommend it.
Today’s Prompt: Take a news item and turn it on its ear … give it a good spin.
We use milestones so we can measure progress. When I’d start exercising after a long period of inactivity, and my endurance was so bad that I couldn’t get very far – I would measure my progress in tic-tacs. For every 2.5 calories burned, I put a tic-tac in a bottle.
We count the number of words we write, the number of stories we tell, the time we’ve been writing- how long we’ve been working on a story, how long we’ve been with a person.
What’s the proper gift for your 28th anniversary? 29th?
Today’s Prompt: Remembering something important, but getting it wrong
Fear is the Mindkiller
Yeah, I spent too many of my formative years reading science fiction – I loved swashbucklers, Swords and Sorcery, Epic adventures. After reading Dune I was putting cinnamon on everything I ate.
I’d pretend that I was a ranger or a musketeer. I was John Carter, and Paul Atreides that’s the magic of writing – sparking the imagination and then turning the tables and creating the next great (or hopefully decent) generation of writers- but writing is like everything else… it gets better with practice.
Ultimately – Fear is the killer of imagination and the imagination is the playground of the mind
Today’s Prompt: If you could create anything, what would it be?
Sometimes life feels like you’ve been caught in the undertow – and if you evern been caught in the undertow, you know what I mean.
I was body surfing in Ocean City – I was in college at the time and I got knocked off my feet – I was spinning and I had no idea which was was up. Then I heard a calm voice inside my head telling me – “This is how people die.”
I love that voice (or should I say I LoVe ThAt VoIcE) But it was right. In one of the spins I felt the sand/bottom with my shoulder and the next time I hit it I stood straight up and stood as stiff as I could.
I was like a block down the beach, and the people I was with had no idea what had happened until I self corrected.
Sometimes you have to find that solid point and make a stand – or drown in the madness around you.
Today’s Prompt: Roll with it until you can make a stand.