The Dragon Shield Saga Book 2

The Dragon Shield Saga Book 2
The Dragon's Shield Saga

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Why God Gave Writers Editors

You know, some days when you’re sitting in front of your typewriter or word processors, and the sun is shining, theirs a slight breeze blowing outside, the smell of jasmine is in the air and everything is right with the world, you look upon the empty screen in front of your eyes and you think, “I hate this crap! I don't have a thing to write about.” With so much being right outside, inside where your world is clean and dry and perfect year round, you can’t think of a damn thing to write? Trust me, it’s not an unnatural phenomenon. The affliction that has frozen your brain cells is called Writer’s Block. And why does this happen? Well, you could be thinking too hard, or thinking of the days events that just happened, or thinking of the death of your family pet, or worrying over the electric bill, or just plain tired of sitting in front of the screen and not having anything to write about. Writer’s block is caused by any number of things. Stress and worry being the worst. But there are things you can do to alleviate the affliction and get the old brain cells churning out prose again.

Listen, life gets in the way for all of us. Everyday life, seeing to the family, taking care of business, or taking care of the electric bill happens to everybody. At those times what you have to remember is that time will take care of itself and bad things wont always happen to good people. To make those times easier, what you can do is write about them. You call yourself a writer, right? Well, do what every writer would do, fill up that blank screen with sentences concerning your day. It will not only take some pressure off your shoulders, for talking, or in this case writing, about it may empty the stress out of the old tank and get some alleviation to the soul. Sometimes what everybody needs is a shoulder to cry on. Don’t be ashamed of it. Journal your days events and the stress that goes with that everyday life can be a motivator for the words to start flowing again. When you have all that out of your system, you can then get back to what matters to you on your original project. Sometimes it just takes a little motivation to do it. Real life shit you can’t make up, it just comes pouring out. Its better than a doctors couch at times, and you don’t get the negative feedback you don’t want.

 And don’t feel alone in this, every writer has those moments when they just can’t make the words flow, just ask Paul Auster and James Scott Bell. Every writer goes through it at one time or another intheir career.

Another great method of shredding the wall of the mind is to read. Great writers come from great novels. If you’re not writing, read. Take your mind off what YOU have to do, and see what others have already done. Take a breath, step back, relax a little bit, read a good book, something that will take you away and put you in a world which breaths life back into you.

 In a writer’s world, not all is death and decay, sometimes its life and renewal. Don’t just live it, believe it. And believe in what you do. It doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, because life isn’t perfect. I know, I know, you don’t want to crank out crappy material. But allow yourself to crank out crap if crap gets you going again in the right direction. Smelly, shitty roses is better than no roses at all. Even something as beautiful as roses need to be fertilized once in a while. Don’t think you have to constantly crank out perfection, because no one is perfect. That's why God gave us editors.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Taking my own advice

Some of the simplest techniques for unblocking writers block are some of the hardest for me to do. For me to ‘get the juices flowing’, or ‘the cogs unclogged’, or any of a number of metaphors you may want to spit out, its tough for me. Oh, I have my moments, trust me, just like anyone, I can lock myself in my office and type until my fingers bleed (been there, done that, got the t-shirt) but it doesn’t happen in a consistent manner. And do I know why that is? When I think about it, yes I do! The main reason: I’m a TV junkie, that’s why. I love TV. I have my shows I watch consistently and as often as I can, and if I’m not doing that I’m being the proverbial couch potato and watching a good movie. Can’t help it. Been like that all my life.

I am absolutely hooked on professional wrestling. Fake crap? Yeah, you could say that. I know it too, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the show. These men and women who do this day in and day out have to be in great or moderately great shape to constantly perform as they do. Its no different for any kind of athlete out there. And when you really look at it, movies are fake too, aren’t they? But you like them, just as I do. We all know they’re fake, but we still see them. Same thing. My opinion, I know, but still, the same premise.

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
I like new shows, like The Walking Dead. Give me a bowl of popcorn and a good zombie apocalypse any day. Or how about Game of Thrones? That little midget on there is the greatest villain I think I’ve seen in years. Love his rich, deep, throaty voice. I don’t think they could have cast anyone else in the role to do better.

Also have to watch CSI, all of them of course not just the original set in Vegas, and unless I forget, NCIS. Can’t go without those either. I Love a good mystery. Apparently so do many others in the country, these are two of the highest rating shows on TV today. Still, after nearly 10 years.



Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon

And movies? Don’t get me started. I love about all you could think of, from mysteries, to action, to comedy (real comedy, like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, NOT Airplane, Leslie Nielsen types). I can remember going to a drive-in theater with my mother and siblings and seeing Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston when they first came out. (Yes, I am that old.) And when pulling into the car slot, having to place a huge, gray, monstrous microphone on our car window to hear the movie. (I was always afraid the weight of the thing would break the window. I’m still surprised it didn’t to this day.)

I grew up (I think I’m a grown up) whatever, some of my greatest moments was in front of the idiot box, or the big screen. So, its hard for me to give advice when it comes to getting the juices flowing. But, don’t think I don’t try. Oh Yes, I try every day. I write as much as possible, and when I’m not writing, I think about what to write. And yes again, I do get away from it for a while and do the mundane shores necessary to live in my home. Example: I have to travel almost thirty minutes one way to pay my electric bill, or go grocery shopping, or put gas in the petrol monster. But I don’t do those things every day. I have to manage my time so I’m not wasting time or more money on unnecessary trips back and forth. Just as I do my time in front of the box. There never seems to be enough time in the day for all I want to do or all I want to see in the box. But even the idiot box can give you inspiration.

So, taking my own advice is hard. But, looking back on what I’ve already told you, I may have to rethink that. I do have some things, don’t I? The main thing I’d like for you to think of is the time it takes you to do anything: reading a book, watching the tube, doing the laundry, going shopping for the perfect wedding dress, or simply being with the one’s you love. It’s not the destination you have to worry about, its the journey and the time it takes you to get there.
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