• Characters as Heroes
    Journal,  Writing

    Characters as Heroes

    When we think of heroes, we have two versions that come to mind… those created by amazingly creative people and those in real life that you may or may not see on TV, Facebook, etc. Where We Get Our Ideas Of Heroes Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay When we look back at our history, we see a lot of mythology, journals from explorers, and even written within the Bible pertaining to heroes and what they were like. Those stories paved the way for the hero to come to life in many ways. As the years have passed, heroes have evolved, grown and become more human, sharing their thoughts, pain and…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    What It Takes to Be a Hero

    The word hero means many things to many people. When we were children a hero could have been those you saw on television with supernatural power (or really cool gadgets). Always saving the day, they encourage us to strive to be better than we are. But what about real heroes? If you had to give the meaning or example of a hero without using a fictional character. What/who would you say is an example? Image by Imagine_Images from Pixabay The Difference Between a Hero and a Champion These two words are most often used interchangeably, but I’ve found that there is a very real difference to them. A champion is…

  • Updates
    Journal,  Writing

    Progress Update

    Oh my gosh, guys, things have been one whirlwind of a mess after another. Nothing has gone as planned and progress has slowed, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. Here is an update of what I’ve been dealing with: I sent out my manuscript to some beta readers and frankly, the feedback wasn’t good. Many stopped reading all together. My dad ended up in the ICU to the point where he had to have someone with him whenever he left the house (and to be honest, I went over there to check on him even when he didn’t leave) my kids and I walked with him…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Summer Plans (You and Characters)

    Summer is here and who doesn’t love sunny days, shorts and ice cream, right? Okay, I know there are some of you ‘crazy’ people out there that do love the cold and snow. I am definitely not one of them. I love being warm, not wearing heavy coats and ice cream on a hot day. Let’s talk about summer plans! But let’s move on. It’s summer and I bet you have plans, whether it’s a vacation, continuing to work, or spending time with your family. Summer Summer is a time of freedom, especially for the younger ones. They look forward to the time away from school, vacations, doing (almost) nothing…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Character/Story Communication

    What is Story Communication or even Character communication, you may be asking yourself, well, I’m going to show you what I’ve found, so keep reading. What is Story Communication? Story communication is the connection you get from the story itself. The deep level, overall, feeling of completeness once you’ve finished a good story. It’s how the words resinates with you as the reader. Have you ever read a story and when you were finished, you were completely devastated that it was over? Or completely satisfied by the last words finishing the tale? That’s story communication; it’s how the story itself, as a whole resonates with you, the reader, when you…

  • Language
    Inspirational,  Writing

    Language

    Language is something we take for granted, learning it at a young age and continuing to learn and use as we grow through our lives. We use it daily with so many around us that we don’t really think of what it entails. But what really is language and why do we need it? Keep reading to find out! WIKI  A body of words, and set of methods of combining them (called a grammar), understood by a community and used as a form of communication. quotations The ability to communicate using words.  A sublanguage: the slang of a particular community or jargon of a particular specialist field. quotations  The expression…

  • Business Communication
    Journal,  Writing

    Business (Writing) Communication

    Communication in any situation is important, but since relationships were talked about in a previous post, I’m going to spend some time talking about Business Communication. So, what is Business Communication? Business communication is essentially any type of communication you have with anyone else regarding your business, whether it’s marketing, customer relations or interpersonal communication. Anything that provides a way for you to speak to others is included. There are so many ways to communicate with in a business that we’ll only be focusing on how it relates to the writing business. That’s what we’re here for, right, the business of writing? Image by rawpixel from Pixabay You, as a…

  • Quality Feature
    Journal,  Writing

    Quality

    What is Quality? Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Quality is…. Well, let’s take a look at what the dictionary says. Dictionary.com an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute:the chemical qualities of alcohol. character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:the quality of a sound. character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence: food of poor quality; silks of fine quality. high grade; superiority; excellence:wood grain of quality. of or having superior quality:quality paper. producing or providing products or services of high quality or merit:a quality publisher. WIKI  Level of excellence.  A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person. High social position. The degree…

  • Tools for Writers
    Journal,  Writing

    Tools for Writers

    In the field of writing, there are so many tools out there for you to choose from. One could get lost in the sea of information, systems, and apps that are available to help those aspiring to write, edit, research and more. As you journey on this path to becoming a great author, you will try all the things to get down a system for yourself. Writing programs, apps, the dreaded editing (unless you like edits, then contact me because I hate them with a passion) revising, and more. What you find is that some things that work for others, will not work for you. Each of us has our…

  • Focus
    Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    Focus

    Nothing gets me more irritated then when I can’t focus on what needs to get done. So, what really is focus and how to you keep ahold of it or get it back when you lose it? Let’s get right to it. Dictionary.com a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity: The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts a point at which rays of light, heat, or other radiation meet after being refracted or reflected to bring to a focus or into focus; cause to converge on a perceived point: to focus the lens of a camera. concentrate: to focus one’s thoughts; to focus troop deployment…