Focusing Your Writing

August 20, 2011

Hello, Blogger World. It’s been awhile. I hope you’ll forgive me. I needed time to think about some things, like: What is it that I want my blog to accomplish? What things am I really passionate about? Do I want to be a writer?

Imagine me sitting with a rose, peeling off petals.

  • I write
  • I write not
  • I write
  • I write not
  • I write

During my time off, I have set new personal goals for me and the hubs. I’ve been on vacation in the lovely Orange Beach, AL. I’ve been busy with my professional commitments. I’ve been happy go lucky. I’ve been down in the dumps. I’ve lost family on my husband’s side. I’ve met new people and joined a local book club.

I think I’ve done just about everything except clean my house…

And this is what I think that means: I am a writer!

But I’ve also decided that maybe I’m not the writer that people expect. I don’t really want to write fiction – at least not at this point in my life. I can look at someone on the train and make up a story about them in a heartbeat (it’s the Southern in me), but I don’t feel passionate about writing those stories down.

Instead, I feel like I am a non-fiction writer through and through. I want to serve others. I want to offer something that will improve someone’s life. When I look back on my life, I realize every job I’ve had – whether I realized it or not – was providing a service in some way. It was meant to improve someone else’s life.

One minor exception: retail. But who hasn’t done a stint in retail?

So, I’m going to focus my writing. I have some ideas up my sleeve; literally, they’re written on my arm (just kidding, Mom). So stay tuned. This writer’s life is just beginning.

How do you focus your writing?

Book Title: Talent is Never Enough
Author: John C. Maxwell

Book Review:

John Maxwell is the leader of leaders, literally. He is one of the predominant experts on leadership. I just finished his book Talent is Never Enough. Here’s my reaction:

It left me encouraged and driven. We all have talents. We all have dreams. But sometimes we forget that we are responsible for achieving our goals. What’s more than that – the choices we make every day will help us or prevent us from achieving those goals. Maxwell’s book takes you through 13 choices – that’s 13 things you can do to maximize your talent.

If you need some direction for your dream-filled life, this book may be what you need to guide you.  If you’re trying to achieve your goals but find yourself struggling, this book may lift you up. If you need a little kick in the caboose, this book may have boots.

Have you read Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell? What did you think?

Note: This review expresses my personal opinion about John C. Maxwell’s Talent is Never Enough. I was not paid for this review.

Get Inspired

July 10, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I need to get inspired. The problem is, a word that rhymes with inspired is usually a better descriptor of me…tired!  I’m busy. I work a lot. I get home from work and cook dinner, eat dinner, make lunches, take a shower, and go to bed so my day can start over in less than 8 hours. I have so many ideas that shoot across my mind each day, but I don’t always have the time to bring life to them.

I’ve read that writers should write in the mornings. You should know, if you don’t already, that I’m NOT a morning person. I will convince myself in the mornings that there is no one else in the entire world awake, and therefore, I should not be awake either. Nevermind that hubs is already at work. I am very good at ignoring that fact. 🙂

So, write at night, you say. The thing is, I’m not really a night person either. I’m tired at night, and I want to sleep!

You may be assuming at this point that I fill my evenings with television, games, or reading, but if you are, you’d be wrong. I rarely watch t.v. I have one show that I’m keeping up with right now, and I have to record it just to see it every week. I’m not much of a gamer, and I do all of my reading during my 1 hour commute to and from work.

I’m really just. that. busy.

And tired.

So I’m reaching out to y’all (that’s southern for you guys) for inspiration.

What do you do to motivate yourself? What plans have you made or goals have you set to make sure you achieve your dreams? How do you get inspired?

You should know – just because it may be humorous to those of you who know me – I’m multitasking at the moment, and I may or may not be blogging in an apron. But it’s okay. I’m southern.

I had just woken up to the rolling thunder and the snap of a tree branch outside when the phone rang. I rolled over and glanced at the clock beside my bed. It was 3 minutes after midnight.

I know where this prompt is going because it is part of what I’m writing, but where would you take it?

  • Who is the “I” in this prompt?
  • Who was calling?
  • Why was someone calling at midnight?
  • What happened next?

Top Five Talents

July 3, 2011

I’m currently reading Talent Is Never Enough by John Maxwell. One of the things he asks of the reader is to identify your top 5 talents. I feel like I have a few talents, but I also feel like there are some talents that we have that we don’t even know we have because they come that naturally. So, I’m asking you – what do you think my top 5 talents are? (and if you say cooking, I’ll know you’re lying. following a recipe does not equal a cooking talent.)

I know this is a tough question, so know that you can take a few days to think about it before you respond. I asked the hubs about 3 or 4 days ago and told him he could think about it…I’m waiting on the full answer. So far, his responses were writing and talking. (It’s possible he was implying I talk too much…oops!)

So what do you think?

What do you consider to be your talents? How do you use them?

 

When reading a fashion magazine today, I noticed that many things have at some point been labeled the “new black.” Why not blogging? A lot of people are doing it. People blog to express themselves, to record their children’s lives, to increase their creativity, to track their journey. People blog in color, in black and white, through pictures, through video. People blog with big words, with little words, about facts, and fiction. People blog about books, about exercise, about technology, about blogging. They blog about truth and about beauty. Blogging is everywhere and it’s about everything. So, I say blogging is the new black.

Word of the Week: Blogging

Word to the Wise:  “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

Disclaimer: I read only the highest class of fashion magazines for blogging inspiration.

Do you have a blog? If so, what do you write about?

The couple sat silently on the bus. The man nodded off from time to time, jerking his head up just as he loses consciousness. The woman sitting close beside him stares out the small window looking wistfully at the old brick buildings they pass.

  • Where is this couple headed?
  • What are they doing?
  • Where have they been?
  • Why is the man sleeping?
  • What is the woman looking for?
  • What does the woman see next?
  • What is she thinking?

What do you create when you read this scene?