“Literature is strewn with the wreckage of
men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.”
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama
What does happiness mean to you? Do fame and fortune define your happiness? Is it all about what you have in your bank account? What would happen if you lost all the material trappings that made you happy and you had to start over again…where would you find your happiness then? Would you value your relationships with friends and family more? Would you pursue your passions? Would you gain new insights that could help you redefine where you look for happiness? What actions would you take?
Reflect and write!
“If you have that unconquerable urge to write, nothing will stop you from writing.”
~ Theodore Dreiser
Guest Post by Author Emerald Barnes
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is sit down and be creative; to build worlds simply by thinking about them and letting the words bleed onto paper. I’ve found myself stuck countless times wondering what to do to fix a problem I’m having in my books or to simply finish plotting a novel. I may not be an expert, but I’ve found some helpful things to do when you’re stuck creatively.
Find a quiet place and just write. Sometimes, stream of consciousness writing can declutter your mind. It doesn’t matter what you say or what you think. It doesn’t have to be related to your project. It just needs to be whatever is on your mind to take away the racing thoughts that may hinder your project. Sometimes, we need to just write it all down in order to focus our thoughts on what needs to be written or fixed.
Go for a walk or run. Getting outside and exercising or simply just taking a walk can help get your creative juices flowing again. The fresh air and sunshine does wonders for your brain. Get your heart rate up and focus your energy onto something that isn’t your project.
Distance yourself for a while. If you can pull yourself away from your project and focus on something else for a few minutes (or however long it takes), you can come back to it with fresh eyes. Sometimes, that’s all you need. A break. Don’t be afraid to take one!
Then, face that blank page head on! Type in “Chapter One” or “Untitled Chapter” and have at it! Start writing. Mentally picture your characters doing that thing they do and go for it. So what if it’s awful? That’s what edits are for. Just write! And write. And write. And write.
Don’t worry if your creativity isn’t working like it should. We’ve all been there before. We’ve all had issues with feeling creative. Don’t let it get you down. Just step back, assess the situation, and handle it with as little stress as possible. Stress will not get you what you need. It will only hinder you. Take a deep breath and keep going.
About the Book ~ Read Me Dead
Alexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.
For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.
Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.
About the Book ~ Piercing Through the Darkness
It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.
Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?
Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?
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About Emerald Barnes
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.
She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs at emeraldbarnes.blogspot.com
and ebarnes23.wordpress.com which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is so amazing!
She’s an auntie to two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews (and another unknown gender coming by the end of 2013) who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!
She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
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Piercing Through the Darkness
“Poor strangers, they have so much to be afraid of.”~ Shirley Jackson
You are at a masquerade party and begin talking to someone who you think is your date for the night only to discover it is a complete stranger. Write a story about your interaction with this stranger. Will this person become a friend or foe ~ your soul-mate or perhaps a hit man? Are they someone from your past ~ a horrible ex or lost love? Do they give off a dangerous vibe or are they in fact terrified of you? Will your encounter it be comical or mysterious?
Get creative and have fun! 🙂