IWSG POST 14: Story-Telling, Helen’s Heritage, and My Favorite New Proofing Tool
[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]
Mark Twain inspired me with his words, “ The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
I think Mark Twain addresses passion perfectly here. And for me, passion is more than just responsibility, and taking care of the things you might need to do to survive, but the reason you wake up eager and excited early in the morning, or stay up late at night to make time for it. The breaks you take in your day to get something done because you feel better, creative, or more like who you want to be for you.
Passion for story-telling is my answer to this month’s IWSG post. The question being: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?
I can’t imagine my life without the characters I create and the situations I place them in to try and solve and grow. 🙂
If you’re looking for some tips on finding your passion, I came across a great article and a few steps to start exploring what makes you feel more you. You can find the article at entrepreneur.com . My favorite tip from the list was number 5. Take a break from responsibility, your work and let your mind explore something you really love. The example given was a quick exercise in creating a haiku. Then I started to picture myself taking 5 minutes during work to strike a yoga pose like three legged dog or a modification to Warrior II. Sometimes graphic design can be hard on the eyes. Especially when I’m doing some line coloring … line … by line … by line. I think the key is to interrupt something you may be struggling with in your day and to replace it with something you enjoy to help get you back on track.
A lovely new writing tool to help.
Last month I mentioned I was planning to try a new proofing tool to start the editing of my manuscript. It’s an App I can use on my I-phone and I purchased a customized voice. for $4.99. I’m really happy with the results. My editing has taken on a whole new meaning and I feel like finally, I can catch the holes and the invisible grammatical mistakes I often miss when I’m silently reading my words to myself.
It’s called…vBookz PDF.
A lovely new book out.
Helen’s Heritage: Life Stories of Helen Herbert Gillham as Told to Debra IreneOne of my writing friends recently published a nonfiction book.
The back of the book goes something like this:
What was it like to be born in the depression era and to grow up the youngest of sixteen children in a poor family in rural Missouri? What was it like to be separated from your mother as a young toddler, to be without her daily nurturing and yet have deep spiritual roots and an overall strong family base? How do you carve out your own journey? And then, when your journey is over, what heritage have you left for your descendants? Will they know about the struggles and the victories on earth? Will they know about the promise of an eternal home? Will they know the family stories, those jewels locked up in time?
Helen decided not to keep those jewels to herself. Instead, she unlocked the treasure box, opened it wide, and documented it all for the generations to come. Come and read her stories. Learn of her heritage, the one on earth and the one for eternity.
I highly recommend it and you can find it on Amazon.
Lastly, I’d like to thank the IWSG hosts for taking so much time to stop in and read important thoughts to this month’s question:
Question: Do you have a favorite aspect of writing? What do you do in your day when you feel stuck and it’s time to get the wheels turning in a whole new way?
Happy Wednesday. 🙂