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Being Concise in Writing

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When writing a story it is important to keep things as close as possible to real life. The way things happen and their timeline transfered to the page makes the manuscript more believable and adds one more thing to the list of components that make the reader get lost in a story. 

Check out what Gary and I think about this subject on the show in the embedded video. 

Hope you enjoy. 

WCM

Metroid Morphing Ball

I see why some artists become depressed. I feel down sometimes, I see the points where it happens. Mostly the next day I'm better again, for the most part, but I've got other things to keep my mind busy. Family, work, perhaps a hobby or two. 

Writing, and just about any other art form, can be hard on someone starting out. I liken it to the Metroid ball in the first game on the Nintendo Entertainment System. 

If you don't know what I'm talking about, the character in that game, Samus, could morph into a ball and set small bombs. These could break blocks, but they also jolted the character up a bit in ball form. They'd come back down, but if you set another bomb just at the right moment, and then another on the ground, the first one would propel you to the second, and you keep doing this until you get to new heights in the game. 

In the begining it was hard, and I felt it was near impossible, but if you were in the middle of it (of course it could all fail at any moment…

Silly YouTube Thumbnails

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This is a fun subject. I always find the YouTube videos with the wild thumbnails to stir many emotions. 

As annoying as they can be at times, I still get a laugh. YouTube wouldn't be YouTube without 'em. 

Check out Gary and I on this episode to see what we think. 

WCM

Slept On It

I slept on the thoughts from yesterday. I still feel the same, for the most part, for now, but I do see that perhaps I was thinking those things because of emotions. 

There are a lot of things going on, like worrying about finances and the endless work on YouTube and keeping up social media. 

I also think about how much work there is fore the writing, which has taken a big hit due to it being busy at work. 

Either way, it's a bit overwhelming at times. But these are boundaries that have to be busted through. 

I also have a couple of stories I have to go through for the Trickster's Treats anthology this October. I'll probably be looking over those this weekend. 

Novel writing, I'm finding, is easier for me. I like to write stories more laid out, with a bigger canvas to work with. 

Short stories are OK, but I've never really liked them due to the small amount of time you have with the characters and not being able to fully relate to them. 

That's how I feel now. Lets se…

Silenced? Are We?

That's another thing. Here are some thoughts. 

I hold back sometimes, thinking of a way to convey what I really feel. Most of the time I'm OK with how I get my thoughts across. But so much of the time I feel I have to watch what I say. 

Now I'm not saying be a jerk and say something hurtful, or nasty. But think about this. 

Emenem has a line that says "the only difference is I got the b**ls to say it, in front of y'all, and I don't got to be sugar coated at all" and Metallica says, in one of their songs, "all these words I don't just say". 

What is truly on your mind? 

It's OK to express what you genuinely feel. It may not be how you feel later, you may not get on the good side of some, but depending on the way you do it, especially if it's a little blog, or your social media, one should have the freedom to express themselves. 

And what I was saying just now, we have the right to change our mind. One thing we learned here may change, or ou…

Hmmm, Social Media. Yay or Nay

The more I think about it, the more I am starting to think that perhaps Twitter was a mistake. 

I've gained friends and sure, not all has been a waste. But even looking at the posts from others, I see that it is a distraction. 

Used sparingly, I can see how later it might help, as a resume of sorts, but it seems like a game. The whole follow me and I'll follow you, hawking your wares to others who are most likely doing the same. Politics creeping in just at the right moment to screw things up further. 

I don't know. 

Maybe I'm not doing it right. Maybe that's all that it's meant for. What do I know? 

I do know we are supposed to be doing what we came to do. If that's writing, so be it. If it's some other creative path, so be it, as well. But we are supposed to be getting down to business and doing what we love, what we come home exhausted from work ready to pass out yet need to open that Word file, or insert whatever it is you do that is your "dream&quo…

Jimmy Hendricks of Writers

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When you are a self taught writer I think of Jimmy Hendrix, who taught himself how to play guitar. 

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WCM