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IMG_1617Writing can be playful, spiritual, and thrilling. It can also be grueling, depressing, and impossible. When the writing flows like a clear stream it’s easy to think you’ll sail along forever. But when the writing hits a wall, like water stopped by a boulder, you believe you’ll never be a writer and there’s no point in trying.  My advice is to ignore both of these thoughts.

When it feels easy, challenge yourself and see how you can improve your craft. When it feels like you’re banging your head against that rock, you also need to improve your craft. Both the smooth sailing and the rock are a signal that you can learn more.

So learn more about writing. Learn something every day, but remember the most important rule when writing:

Just write.

If writing seems like that immovable rock, jump over the problem spot and keep going. If you can’t do that then back up to a previous point and go in a different direction, like a tributary on a river. If you put words on the page you’ll eventually erode that boulder. Your writing is water, it only moves forward when you add more and more.

 

A Work in Progress

I checked out a book from the library that is worth hundreds of dollars worth of web designers. The book is “Create Your own Website Using Wordress In a Weekend” by Alannah Moore. I still have a lot of writing to do but the nuts and bolts are coming together nicely. Once its done I’ll have a grand re-opening. Stay tuned.

A Cool Progress Bar Thanks to Kyle Pratt

Kyle Pratt, a great author and friend of mine has a very professional website. (He focuses on his writing career, unlike my blog that focuses on my random thoughts.) He created a progress bar for his website that I loved, and he graciously shared it with me. (Check his out here to see how cool it is.)

I need to figure out what I’m going to finish in 2016. When I do I’ll create my own awesome progress bar. For now I’ll just put up my Nano project since it is closest to being done. Thanks Kyle.

Jennifer’s Writing Projects for 2015

Fostering Evil
(A Clara Barton Novel)

72866 / 80000 words. 91% done!
Updated December 1, 2015

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

Be Thankful

thankfulThanksgiving is this Thursday. Since Christmas has taken over November you could be excused if you didn’t notice. I like Thanksgiving. It’s not my favorite holiday (that would be Halloween), but it’s nice to have a holiday with family that doesn’t involve the stress of presents. The history of Thanksgiving can get sticky, so I like to think of what Thanksgiving has become, not what it was.

Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks. If we all focus on that I think the fourth Thursday of November could become the happiest day of the year. No matter who you are there is something to be thankful for, even if it’s nothing more than the ability to give thanks.

So let’s all give thanks. Make a list of ten things that make you thankful. If you don’t want to read it out loud at the dining table I don’t blame you, but perhaps you could write it down and hang it somewhere. Have everyone coming to your house make their thankful list and hang them all together. Then people can read them if they want to.

Here’s my list:

10 Things Jennifer is Thankful For (in no particular order)

  1. My husband, who keeps the house warm and watches bad movies with me (it must be love)
  2. My friends, who hang out with me even though I’m weird
  3. My house (the pink palace) that is the perfect size for me
  4. My family. who supports me, no matter what
  5. The library that feeds my book habit
  6. The internet, which allows me to learn, to laugh, and to keep in touch with friends and family
  7. My health, which I don’t respect enough, but allows me to follow my dreams
  8. The planet that gives me a place to live and new places to visit
  9. The universe that fills me with wonder and questions
  10. Life, that I don’t take for granted. I love waking up every morning.

There is my list. I’d love to see yours. Feel free to post it in the comments. Don’t worry. No one will judge it. Anyone can be thankful for anything and it’s not a place for criticism. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that you read my blog.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”  – Henry David Thoreau