Vivien Limon's blog
|A blog about everything...eclectic and a reflection of me...and hopefully interesting to others.|
|A week of writing is going on right now. An author who helps other authors (she calls herself a story midwife) named Traci Skuce is running a Clarity Challenge that began today and is fun. She gives prompts in the early morning and has a Q & A later at 11:00 am PST. On another front, ProWritingAid is running a Fantasy Writing Week with videos and all kinds of things. Both require sign-ups to get the links but they are both fun. Oh, and with the ProWritingAid, there is a a 40% coupon for signing up. Finally, Marion Roach Smith, a respected memoir writer and coach is starting a book club for her latest edition of her Memoir Project book. It starts tomorrow. Look her up on Instagram and sign up for the club. The book is very useful.
|I haven't been very faithful. You probably have guessed. My blog misses me. (I think, or at least assume). I've been working through some online writing courses. It has made me see I have a long way to go to be a great writer. I suppose some authors are naturally uber-talented. Me, not so much. I realize I will have to work hard to have a chance. The one thing I have going for me is that I'm super competitive...and someone just challenged me to write my stories. In fact, it seems from her feedback, that I don't have the traits to be a writer. Big mistake. OR. she's super-smart. Nothing is going to make me work harder than that kind of challenge. Since that afternoon, I've written everyday for my first book, a biography of my mother. Actually, another author, explained that if you're not writing about a famous person, you're probably better off writing a memoir. I guess that makes my work a memoir/biography.(I'm still not willing to get rid of the biography category). This book is so personal, I'm having trouble approaching parts of it without pain. But I guess that's what a book like this should do at points. The story is inspirational and hopefully glorifies God and gives people hope. I did start to write it here but I received a rather negative review (1 star) because I started out with my grandfather because that is where my mom's Christian walk began. At least that is what I tell myself. I still have the story in my portfolio but only I can see it and I work on it in Microsoft Word and Scrivener. If you're interested in reading it, let me know, and I'll open it for you so you can see my progress. (It's not nearly done). Anyway, thanks for reading this and I wish you well on your writing journey. Come back soon.
|I just heard Elton John's song title in my head as I sat down to write: Love Lies Bleeding, and it made me think how many other titles of songs, movies, television, have wonderful titles. I can think of Star Trek (the original series) having several. City on the Edge of Forever, A Piece of the Action, Amok Time, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Empire Strikes Back. (Can you tell I love Science fiction?) Great Expectations, War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov, A Tale of Two Cities, The Canterbury Tales. Crime and Punishment. What are your favorites?
|I watched a webinar today that discussed the idea of taking steps to fulfilling your dreams. He said that I must be committed to meeting my goals, not interested in them. If I'm interested I'll use every excuse in order to avoid any action to get there. If I'm committed to them, every action and words will lead up to reaching them. It takes courage to act, to feel uncomfortable putting yourself out in order to reach your goals. That is my new goal for my writing and life in general. I'm interested in what others think of this.
|Today is my flex day. I work nine days and have a day off on the second Friday of my pay period. You would think I would spend that day relaxing? No, sir/ma'am. I scheduled four webinars and an online class from subjects ranging about business to writing. Some people would call that personal development. Stephen Covey called it sharpening the saw in his Seven Habits. I call it investing in myself, too. All of these were free. But I have spent some money on some classes and webinars, coaching, and even writing groups/guilds lately. I had to justify that. But I figure if the greats from Stephen Covey to the great writers do this, than I could and should do the same. After all, am I worth it? Is it the best thing to get better? Of course it is.
It is also a big deal to cultivate those talents that you think were given to you. I struggled to find out what purpose and passion God gave me. It was right in front of me. Now, that I've accepted the fact that writing is one one those, if not, the main talent, than I'm going to do whatever necessary to make it even more potent.
|On the first day of my blog, I thought we would have a little fun. So, I decided to make this post something that would give the readers a chance to respond to. This is my question, what are words that you like or are your favorites? For example, I like the following words:
This is just a sampling. I have so many more. The trick is using my favorite words in my writing. Do you use favorite words in your writing or not? Maybe if you have a chance to do that, you'll love your writing more.