TGIF – the end

It’s been a great week.. thank God it’s Friday!

I know for sure that you are one with the rest of us who are happy it’s Friday. Another week has ended and we can set aside the worries of work and enjoy the calmness of home surrounded by family. We get to shut down our work mode and just be.. sluggish.

Beyond that, Friday reminds us that everything shall come to an end. That to every Monday is a Friday. To every start is an end. More importantly, not all endings are to be construed as sad. Not all that ends should be heartbreaking.

I just finished a book today and the characters have grown on me. It took me a while longer to finish this one not because it was a bad one but because of all the other things that happens in any one’s life – work, husband, children, chores, etc.

During those times that I was reading, it almost felt like I was part of the story. I was part of a different world. As the book was coming to an end, I had wanted not to end it but I also wanted to know how it will conclude its plot. I almost didn’t want to finish it because a part of me will miss the characters. But things that begin have an end.

The end of a book marks a beginning to a new one. The last part of the movie can be the prologue to a sequel. The fading words to a song means you can play another one. The close of the mall says you can come back tomorrow. The end of a week signifies a start to a brand new week to explore.

So let us not see the end as a period to a sentence. Let us not see the finish as the conclusion of the story. Because we all get a fresh start as the week begins on Monday.

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http://www.funkyfaithgirl.com

 

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All about your craft

 

In my entire blogging experience which has not been too long, there are two things I found to be true. I’d like to share that on today’s two things Tuesday.

  1. Know yourself

It is quite impossible to share your work to others if you haven’t decided what you really want. Ask yourself, why do you write? Why do you want to write? Identify your purpose for writing.

In the beginning I was just writing for myself or so I thought. I didn’t care if anyone read my blogs or if anyone actually like them. It was more of overcoming confidence then. I didn’t trust myself that I can write. I didn’t believe myself that I have things to say that is worth other people’s time.

I had a lot of struggles – inconsistency, lack of focus, short of reason, waiting for inspiration, writers’ block and the list goes on. I needed to know my strengths and use them and identify my weaknesses so I can find ways to turn them into strengths. That is easier said than done. But I did it and everyday I choose to do it.

It helped a lot getting to know myself. I found my purpose and I found fulfillment.

  1. Know others

You may tell yourself “I write for myself” but the fact that you publish your work means you want people to care about the things you care about. You want readers to take in what you say and ponder on it. Because if you truly are just writing for yourself, you don’t need to blog; you just need a notebook and start a diary.

Knowing others does not mean you have to write for other people. It’s just equally important to know other people (may it be your follower, the general public or whoever) so you can consider them when you write.

Consider others in the sense that, you need to write stronger blogs to intrigue your readers. Or offer your readers something after reading your article or your poem. Your readers do not have to agree with you on what you write but the essence of sharing your craft is to provoke them or affect them.

I always think of writing (or sharing your craft) as a two-way street. You give and you get or you give and other people take.

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a kid’s journal

I started writing on a diary when I was 5 and I can barely spell. My grammar was out of this world and not being a native English speaker, my journal entries were absurd if not horrible. I knew this because I came across my many journals from 25 years ago when I was packing my stuff and putting away things I’ve held on to in the past which I thought were important that’s now clogging my cabinet.

It piqued my interest to read further more on my journals and those Ordinary days now seem precious. I know I wrote those things but I don’t recall much about it happening. I could not believe myself that that was even possible. Even the ones from when I was a bit older, around 9 or 10 years old; I still cannot recall the things I’m reading. How odd is that?!

I had an idea. I picked a random, totally Ordinary day from my journal and read the entry to my sister. And I asked her to read her journal entry on that day. The day I picked was a day when we apparently had a big fight about who’s going to hold the clicker while we watch TV. And based on what I wrote on my journal, it was a pretty big fight. When she read me her journal for that day, it was about a totally different thing and no mention of the “big clicker fight” at all.

It’s interesting that my sister’s Ordinary day was not so Ordinary for me. Each day can be just another day – typical, average, and nothing special. But all those Ordinary days combined, makes up my uncommon, unusual, extraordinary life of today.

Oh! Writer’s block

Every profession has its own predicament that requires dedication to overcome. Every passion has its own tight spot that needs inspiration to triumph over. Being a writer is both a profession and passion which makes it a little bit more exciting and interesting. The possibilities are endless, topics are boundless and writing styles are abundant. Even then, overcoming writer’s block is not uncommon. There are days when a writer stares at a blank page, fingers positioned on the keyboard ready to type, but there’s just no coherent thought. No need to worry, there are ways to get those words flowing.

 

  • Take a walk – staring at the same blank screen and racking your brains for a brilliant idea won’t work. Stand up and take a walk. Free your mind and just take a breath to relax your mind. This may be the last thing you want to do especially if you’re on a deadline but it is definitely the first thing you have to do to relax and get those neurons working.
  • Listen to music – music stirs emotion and if you let yourself be carried away by melody, it can bring you to a place or memory that can inspire you and provoke your inner thoughts. Strong emotions can always bring about an interesting idea that you can start with.
  • Change of venue – I know it is most of the time easier to collect your thoughts when it’s quiet and solemn but people, white noise, chattering and simply observing people can be a source of idea. Instead of the library, why not try the park, the playground or your garden.
  • Bullet brainstorming – think of 10 random, unrelated ideas on a piece of paper. Use these prompts as starting point. You do not have to write about the exact word you thought. If you wrote tremble then you can try branching out of that topic and describe it. So you might end up writing about guilty or forgiveness.
  • Free write – remember when you were just starting out, when writing is not a job but a mere hobby? Forget about the rules and the required number of words or the key words that you need to inject on your article. Write what comes up, start raw and go back to basics. You can make the edits and revisions later on.
  • Just start – get off Google and stop reading “how to overcome writers’ block” blogs. Just start writing. You can write as many paragraphs and they don’t have to be on the same idea. Remember that the goal is to get those ideas flowing.

 

So next time you find yourself staring at your screen too long, try the above suggestions and when you find the one that works, stick to it. Happy writing!