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My Top 10 Distractions From Writing

Besides having issues with my eyes for the past year, making reading and writing more of a chore, I have a number of distractions that keep luring me away from writing fiction;

youtube1. YouTube.com- I love videos. I don’t have to read. I can watch but I’m not entirely goofing off. I watch many writer based channels.

WritersD- This is the Writer’s Digest youtube page that includes many topics and samples of workshops/courses they provide.

M.Kirin – Self-published author. He has a great sense of humor and covers many aspects of the writing process.

Bruce Jones- Love his channel. He shares classes on self-publishing including marketing and book cover design.

pn2. Pinterest.com- Another addiction of mine. I love Pinterest. My profile has thousands of ‘pins’ but what I love about it is that it’s a search engine with graphics. Not to say they don’t provide some incredible links for writer resources.

Writing Prompts– My pins for all sorts of prompts.

Writing Craft– Pins for crafting stories. 

Writing Marketing- All things marketing for authors.

3. Facebook.com- My biggest reason for this as a distraction is that I connect with friends and family, keep up with news, and find some neat posts. Just this week I found-

21 Summertime Book Promotion Ideas for Self-published Writers

“Ghost Ship” Crewed by Mannequins Washes Up in Florida. (a prompt idea)

Random Name Generator– my sister sent me this link via Facebook to share with my meetup group.

4. Amazon.com – Amazon is not just online shopping. You can watch TV and movies, and you look up tons of books for Kindle.

Amazon Prime TV  and movies provides streaming TV and movies. Some are included in the Prime membership ($99 per year) while others you need to rent/buy.

Amazon Unlimited unlimited reading for $9.99 a month on any device.

Kindle Apps are not just for the Kindle. The apps are free for tablet, iPad, iPhone, android, and computer.

You can find tons of books through Kindle books.

5. Video Games – I love my video games. I like to play Fallout 4, Skyrim, Elderscrolls Online, Dishonored, Thief, and others. When my hands ache from typing, I like to switch to a game controller and be someone else for a while. It was video games that prompted me to write my lengthy Morrowind Fanfiction, which got me into writing and publishing my own stories.

I also get distracted with working on projects such as graphic design, worksheets, homeschool planning, and web design. Too many things, not enough time to do them all.

What distract you? Post in comments below.

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Writing Motivation: Who will be next?

I really enjoyed this video, where it touches upon not just writing, not just writer’s block, but the raw emotions that writers endure. Even more beautiful is how the video illustrates this through scenes from movies (many about authors) to show you, not just tell you, the pain, joy, and adventure that writing is all about.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/UJM7FpnPGYc

What are your thoughts? Post in comments.

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In my own world

635668079090870143I think many writers tend to live on the edge of the imaginations all the time, only delving into the deep when actually writing their stories. I know I do.

I find myself lost in my own thought doing mundane things like walking my dog or washing dishes. Scenes play out like movies in my head, where sometimes I’m the character, while other times, I have a cast of characters to direct for a story.

Over the years I enjoyed alternative lives;

– An everyday housewife who plays secret agent at night. There was a twist of humor, since my made up nemesis was Kang Fang of the Nepal Mafia. Each story ended up with his defeat, often due to his poor planning, being outsmarted, or being too stupid.

– A house cat that ran the streets at night, fighting crime, only to return home to be a loveable house cat.

– A leader of a rag tag group of misfits, trying to survive an apocalypse.

– A ghost that haunts the house, struggling with her own demise, while trying to ‘help’ the family that lives in her house.

And how much have I written on this? Um…not much. Okay, not at all. The plots sit in a folder on my hard drive. <sighs> Yeah, I know. I need to get writing, not dreaming.

What sort of writer’s journey am I on if I’m not actually writing?  I need to get my inner world put to paper.

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Some recent highlights

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So far this year offers so many ups and downs. My cat, Max, (see the photo of the cute kitty), developed some swelling on his face. I took him in to see the vet and seems he needs oral surgery. It’s a tooth abscess. We don’t have the money now, so we opted to use antibiotics for now, and get the surgery when we get the money.

For now, I give him antibiotics, and he’s already better. Not that he seemed to suffer before. He continued to eat, play, and demand cuddles. But cats are more tolerant to pain than other animals, and he’s such a god natured animal. He’s also getting old. We figure he’s over 10 years.

logo_82As for other highlights, my two meetup groups swelled in numbers. It’s a bit overwhelming, since the scheduled meetups are full capacity. I then took on a third meetup for small business owners, and that has over 100 members. I’ll have to be careful not to get too carried away with my time.

One of my goals is about making my business a success, so I’m joining business groups in the area. This month I have two meetings to attend, one being a workshop.

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 I’m experimenting with a Silhouette die cut machine, and made myself this vinyl sticker for my laptop.  I think I might make a quote about writing, or put my business logo on it or something.

What I haven’t been doing much is writing. Yeah. I know. Bad, bad writer! I found creative writing difficult to get into for some reason. Maybe I’m not getting enough sleep, I’m stressed, or I let that evil inner editor get to me. Or maybe I should devote more time to the non-fiction writing instead.

So I wanted to touch base with this blog- to put it out there what I’ve been up to, and hopefully to get myself back on track by next week. I swear I will update on a schedule, to post regularly.

Pinky promise.

And here’s a small offering of something I found on the web- such a lovely story idea from a 5th grader. This, my friends, illustrates a true mark of a writer- the ability to see beyond the obvious.

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