There are few things I enjoy more than a blank canvas. Blank paper. Blank screen. It's so very inviting and my imagination runs wild with creative ways to make something out of nothing. Oh the thinks I could think....all the what ifs and maybes...the possiblities are ENDLESS...and not even the sky can limit my beautiful funny ingenious ideas. And THERE lies my problem. I'm sitting here working hard to fight off the feeling of overwhelm as my mind is going faster than my fingers can type and I'm unsure if writing about writing is...well...what I really want to write about.
      Sounds crazy huh? Welcome to my creative and very sane brain. Writing a book is a difficult process but I'm blessed to have a publisher who is also a great friend and a team of authors that encourage each other. She has given me some tips that has assisted me greatly. I have also learned a few things in my writing journey so far that I thought would share. 
 1. Don't edit while writing. Just let it all out and edit it later. 
This was so hard for me, as I am constantly tempted to make sure its right as I'm typing. I have found that I often dont finish what I start and end up extremely frustrated. 
2. Plan a dedicated writing time. Know how many hours you can devote a week. And what you need to make the creative juices flow.  
For me I need inspirational movies playing in the background to write my best. I also do well to write anytime I feel inspired. Even if its just a few words to think about later. 
3. (This one is fresh from today) "Comparision is the thief of joy"  
    I made a concerted effort to admire my favorite authors and not compare myself to them. At my last meeting with my awesome publisher, I realized I suffered a huge loss in confidence. It was an even harder pill to swallow when I had to admit I was doing it to myself. No one told me I was doing a bad job expressing myself. I actually received numerous compliments that caused a mixture of emotions. Like, what if I dont continue to meet their expectations? What if my story isn't important enough? What if my work doesn't change or impact anyones life?
     As ridiculous as it may sound,  I was comparing myself to myself and coming up short. The thought that I may not be able to do better than the 1st entry was getting me nowhere fast. I then began to compare myself to my publisher who is a well established author and just like that my confidence dissipated. I had to realize that I have people who were willing to invest their time and resources to help me pursue my dream. I dont have time to think about quitting. 

So here I am with a screen full of my thoughts and ideas chuckling at the irony that my title is no longer relevant. 

Happy Writing!

Let's Fight!

     Cleary, THATS the end goal right? Maybe its just me. But I am just tired of the all out threats of hell and the condemning eyes. Christians and church folks (trust me theres a difference) have been picking fights with one another for centuries. Armed with "their truth" and every scripture they could find that mentioned something about something so therefore....REPENT AND TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS OR ELSE!!!!!

     We have fought so many battles in the "four wall" ring. Some of my favorites that bring all the "Christians" to the yard are:
woman are supposed to be quiet, (yep im totally capable of THAT! NOT), dont drink that sinful wine, (but Jesus' 1st miracle tho?) that one inch from the knee gonna cause your brother to stumble (still haven't found that in the Bible), Jesus HATES homosexuals (but he loves the murderers, thieves, fornicators, crackheads and errbody else) and with the recent very slim chance billion dollar lotto the "christian hunger games" has  begun.
     We are throwing whole bibles (without reading them) at each other, condemning and not convicting, judging folks whole salvation for a $2 piece of paper. Its not enough that we got an enemy who wants to kill us all. You know the one seeking whom he can devour. Looking for a body he can use to create chaos, strife and confusion all because he essentially picked a fight and lost miserably. We, the church have become the modern day Pharisees we read about and said, "we would never". We have become so blinded by our "great intentions" that we are killing each other like the Midianites that attempted to defeat Gideon. In the most unfriendly fire, we have lost more than we have gained and forgot that God said he didnt want ANYONE to perish.
     So, lets fight! Lets fight the spirit that seeks to divide us (we shouldnt be wrestling against flesh and blood anyway). Let's fight to stay together and not be so easily broken. Let's fight to resist the devil so that wimp will flee. Let's  fight that crazy condemning tongue and deceptive heart and show the world our Daddy, our  Savior, our Lord Jesus, our all encompassing God in all his glory. Lets fight the good fight of faith where the answer to the questions, "what do we have to lose?, and what do we have to gain?, is the same: EVERYTHING.

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