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Sharing My Unedited Writing Experiences & Life Experiences.

I’ll Write When I’m Inspired

I hate when people say that they will write when they get inspired. I hate it even more when they then complain about how they never get around to writing anything or they don’t understand why they haven’t finished _______ writing project they have been trying to write for ______ number years.

“I’ll write when I’m inspired” is one reason why you are never going to get to writing. If you wait for the inspiration fairy to come visit so you can write you’ll miss all the opportunities to improve and even more opportunities to discover. If I waited to “feel like writing” or “feel inspired to write” I wouldn’t have two books published, my blog would be empty, and my websites would be non-existent.

Yes, it is easier to write when you’re inspired. Yes, writing can be more enjoyable when you are inspired. But 9 times out of 10 your best work isn’t going to be when you’re inspired. Inspiration helps make a foundation for ideas but pushing yourself to write is what gets your story built.

Here are some ways to put inspiration aside and get right to writing:

1. Making writing a habit:

Wake up every day and write a sentence down. Force yourself to post something on your blog or even write a response to someone else’s post. The more your write the easier it becomes and the better chance you’ll get to feeling motivated to write because you’ve made it habit instead of waiting for the inspiration fairy to come visit.

2. Explore other pieces of writing:

Checking out what other people are writing might help you get ideas on what you want to write. Better yet, write about your experiences or events that happened during your day. You don’t have to share them online but writing about your day can help your develop better writing skills.

3. Find fun knew ways to describe boring tasks or happenings.

In other words narrate your life. This can tie into number 2 but I find this helpful. Narrating your life like you’re a character in a book not only gets you writing, but you learn to develop your voice and what you should or shouldn’t add to scenes. It also is awesome at annoying housemates if you start narrating out loud.

4. Read something online that you think you could improve.

Write about that. Like I said above it doesn’t have to be published online but it gets you into a habit of writing.

5. Learn a new word and write down sentences you can use it in.

I do this with my Old Word Friday posts. As I love learning words and I am interested in old words I try to challenge myself with finding old words online and bringing them into current everyday conversation. Learning a new word and using it in sentences not only improves your vocabulary but gets you to think outside your current collection.

There you have it 5 ways to put aside your inspiration fairy and hopefully help you get into the habit of writing. These are also helpful with fighting writer’s block if you happen to be suffering from that.

Of course this is just my opinion… someone who writes for fun and for a living… so no reason to listen to my advice. You keep doing what you’re doing and I’ll just be over here writing about it. ^.^

Lemon Loaf

Decided I needed a distraction a few weekends back so I went a little bake crazy. I made two banana breads and two lemon loaves. I’ll just say Mr. Canuck and my co-workers were happy to get free food.

Anyways, I wanted to share with you the lemon loaf recipe since I had always shared the banana bread recipe. So, here it is!

Prep time: 15 minutes     Cook time: 50-60 minutes

Ingredients:

Dry:

1 cup white sugar

1 1/2 cups flour (white or brown)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoons baking powder

 

Wet:

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

Grated rind of 1 lemon

 

Glaze:

Juice half a lemon and mix with 1/4 cup sugar.

 

 

Instructions:

 

Cream shortening; beat in sugar gradually. Add eggs, beating well; stir in rind. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together. Blend in dry ingredients with the wet ingredients while added the milk slowly. Mix everything well.

Bake in a greased loaf pan in an oven at 350F or 176C for 50-60 minutes.

Remove from oven. Spread glaze over top immediately. Let cool for ten minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely. Slice and enjoy!

Dialogue Prompt: This is a game

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“Why aren’t you taking this more seriously?” He growled, slamming a flat hand against the wall before turning back to face the woman who continued to adjust her dress in the body-length mirror. “This isn’t a game. There are lives at stack. Your life in particular!”

She stopped, lifting her eyes to connect with his reflection in the mirror. Her face a void of all expression, unable to be read no matter how hard he tried. Something he had said had pulled her out of the trance she was in, but what?

“This is a game and we are the pawns,” she breathed, turning to face the man in the center of her room. “If you didn’t realize that by now, no wonder why you are so unclear about your path.”

Old Word Friday: Bonifate

Hello World!

This week’s Old Word Friday is bonifate. This word is an adjective that was popularized during the years 1655-1656. The word bonifate means to be lucky or fortunate. Although I think lucky and fortunate pretty much works well enough… but you know the English languages loves to get fancy so we will let this one slide.

They way bonifate is pronounced is as follows:

BON – I – FATE

Some examples of this word in a sentence:

It appeared he was bonifate with the cards he was holding.

Or…

They were bonifate that the weather held off.

Or…

I’m bonifate this is the last sentence I have to think up for this ridiculous work.

Should bonifate come back?

No. Lucky and fortunate work well enough to make sure this word stays silent. The reason I brought it up was due to the fact is shares a similar word formation to benefit. They share a similar sound and I was curious to see if bonifate may have been the origin of benefit… but nothing so far has linked the two.

I also don’t say this about a lot of words but I don’t like this word. Either the sound of the word gets to me or the way it is written into sentences gets on my nerves… I don’t know but this is one word I will not be using in the future.

How about you? Have you used this word before or know of this word? Do you want it to die a fiery death or consider it a useful word to know? Let me know in the comment section down below and until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

Where do I get my ideas?

Hello World Out There World!

Today’s Thinking Thursday I’m focusing on a question that I get on a regular basis.

Where do I get my ideas?

When it comes to growing my ideas for my books or short stories I know many of you expect me to say something along the lines of, “It came to me in a dream” or “Some television show inspired me to write this.”

The truth is… it is both of those and more.

I could be walking down the street and an idea pops into my head… usually in a ‘what if’ sort of question. I could be eating lunch, listening to a song I never heard before, talking to my peers, standing in my shower, sitting on the bus, volunteering at the ARTS Project… be anywhere and doing anything when an idea pops into my head.

imaginary.pngI consider myself lucky. My parents (especially my mother) made sure to embrace and
grow my creative side. When I was a kid I had an overactive imagination and even had moments where I mixed fantasy with reality – most people would call that ‘make-believe’. As I got older I worked hard to keep that creative imagination in me alive. I did this through writing and not being afraid to explore my mind through creative expression. This made it easier when I became an adult to tap into my creative mind to find new ideas for things or what some people may call ‘thinking outside the box’ for solutions.

Now that I’m 25 (soon to be 26) I am able to tap into my creative mind whenever I want. When something inspires me my brain is the first one to react with an overflowing amount of questions. When I want to create something it usually takes me a couple of minutes to find something to explore creatively.

Yes, this gives me an advantage but at the same time I can easily burn myself out. When my brain is in this continuous drive to create there are moments it reboots or shuts down… and this can last for days even weeks. People would call this writers block… and I call it annoying. I’m used to the overflow of thought always going on in my head and when there is this sudden silence due to creative burnout I’m at a loss. The silence is eerie… and so I do what I can to avoid that burnout as often as possible through taking regular breaks or even suppressing my desire to create.

So, where do I get my writing ideas?

From everywhere and anything that makes my brain tingle. Usually EDM or Netflix is guaranteed to give me some creative ideas. I also like learning new things which leads me to finding creative ways to explore what I’ve learned.

Everyone has their own way of discovering what ideas they want and where they can get them. If you are having trouble at the moment, don’t worry, relax and the ideas will come.

Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

Character Build: Emery Thermae

Some of you have started to read book two, while others haven’t gotten around to reading it. Either way, you will likely hear about Emery Thermae. She is the second member of the Six – the child of water. Her character was an interesting challenge and has grown into one of my favourites. With a history as Menk’s draper apprentice, Emery has a passion for making and creating new outfits for herself and others. She is a little bit of a prude, unable to understand why Liora likes to tend to other peoples problems when it is clear she has her own issues to deal with. Emery is forward and loves to tease people – especially Cael and other male peers. As the second of the Six she is the support character for Liora. She is Liora’s big sister and first female friend closer to Liora’s age. Although the two girls have different personalities and interests, they stand by one another and clearly have a connection.

It took a while to develop Emery’s physical appearance. I knew I wanted the two girls to be opposites. Liora has dark hair, darker skin, and a tomboyish personality. Emery has hair light hair, light skin, and a girly personality. Both girls are set in their ways, but both run into barriers in society. Liora is facing gender policing for wanting to take part in “boy activities”, while Emery is being ostracized for being the person she wants to be. As time goes on Emery will grow into a stronger character and in her own way become her own kind of badass.

Fun fact: Thermae was a name for a facilities for bathing in ancient Rome. As Emery’s parents owned the local bathhouse in Menk, her last name is reference to her parents’ business. 🙂

Now, what was the character design I made for Emery?
That’s right here:

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Just Don’t Let Go

The wind will blow.

Just don’t let go.

Stay strong.

Hold on.

It will pass.

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Photograph taken by: Deanna Wiltshire

Location: Celebration Forest, London, Ontario

Writing Prompt: Golden Ship

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I sat there in awe… unable to believe what I was seeing. There had been legends and tales of the God of Sun’s ship sailing the horizons at dusk but never had he come to shore. As the large vessel drew closer the beating of the horses wings echoed in harmony with the waves crashing against the shore.

When the ship reached the port the sun had set and there awaiting the arrival of the God were my people packed along the boardwalk. I stayed where I was, standing now awaiting to see this man of legend.

Old Word Friday: Welmish & Yelve

Hello World!

Last week I didn’t do an Old Word Friday, so since it was Christmas and New Years I thought I’d be nice and gift you two Old Words this week. This weeks words are welmish and yelve.

First off, let’s start with welmish.

Asides from it sounding like one of my character names, this words is an adjective mostly popular during the year 1688. This words is a fun one to say but you aren’t here for that. You want to know what the word means. Well, welmish is a word that describes a ‘pale or sickly colour’.

This word is pronounced:

WEL – MISH

Some examples of this word in a sentence are:

It was clear she wasn’t well with her welmish complexion.

Or…

After riding the roller-coaster the children had a welmish appearance.

Or…

When the plane hit turbulence many of its passengers turned welmish.

 

The second word this week is yelve.

This is a noun popular during the years 1000-1886. This is basically another name for a dung-fork, or garden-fork.

The way you pronounce yelve is:

YELL-V

An example or two of this word in a sentence is:

The farmer swung the yelve over his shoulder.

Or…

The young boy used the yelve to clean the horse’s stall.

Or…

My grandmother is set on using her old, rusted yelve instead of getting a new one.

Should these words make a comeback to modern day conversation?

Maybe. I have used the term yelve be used around farmers markets and history museums. It isn’t a term that is forgotten so much as it takes a particular group of people with a certain set of interests to use this word in regular conversation. As for welmish, I know I’m be using this word. Not only is is a fun word to say but it is always a great word to put into a sentence. Welmish gives off the feeling of not being so well… similar to how the word meh is used in common conversation.

Anyways, what do you think? Have you heard of these words before or do you see yourself using this words in your regular conversations? Let me know in the comment section down below.

Until next time stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

Also… enjoy the video I’ve made for this post if you want!

 

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