From Writing to Publishing, Raw

The Benefits of Reading/Writing

How can I not share when I stand so firmly by everything written in this post? I love reading and writing! It is the joy of my life.

The Benefits of the Written Word Upon the Worried Mind – http://wp.me/p4SsOO-mlT

Fanny T. Crispin

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From Writing to Publishing

Writing “Muse”

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Rizzle-Razzle is so stinkin’ cute! (Can’t decide between the names Rizzle and Razzle, so there you go).

I commissioned this little baby from the wildly talented Galindorf last year and just received word that he is complete. I am now the proud foster mommy of an earth dragon. Go get yours. Galindorf does custom work!

I suppose you’re wondering where I’m going with this post. Me, too. I don’t normally do plugs on my blog, but this is a special occasion.

What do we know of the elusive Muse?

Within the writing circle, we artistics can get creative and playful with our craft. You may hear authors say, laughingly, that their characters “talk” to them, or maybe a story will “run away from them”. If we’re going to give so much imaginative freedom to writing, we might as well embody inspiration as well.

A Muse can be a physical or ethereal being which comes and goes at random. This explains why inspiration will strike wildly out of nowhere, but leave us empty for long periods of time. Depending on your levels of inspiration, your Muse might be described as “flighty”, “mischievous”, or “energetic”.

Prompt
Think about your own inspiration. See if you can imagine a creature that might visit you to bestow such gracious creativity to your writing. Then in the comments below, describe your Muse, name it, and introduce it to the world. Oh, and let’s have some fun.

Fanny T. Crispin

Raw

Creativity

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Whatever you’re writing, never lose that sense of wonder.

Since January 1 of 2016, I have taken a writing hiatus. I’m sure a lot of writers/authors/bloggists probably just gasped in alarm at that statement. But I feel accomplished in what I’ve done. I’ve published two books with another on the way and have made good progress with my blog. Unfortunately, I found myself in a dull state of mind. I had lost my wonder with words.

It’s a depressing feeling for a writer. Words are what define me. I’m proud of my title–I fully own it now. So when I’m plugging out words but feel completely blah about everything, uninspired, without wonder, I started getting sick of writing entirely. To top this off, I was receiving critiques from readers, fans, and peers. Critiques are essential. They help us grow. But I was already struggling so they almost hindered more than they helped. So I decided to take a break.

I can honestly say it’s helping. I still keep a bedside journal and I jot down thoughts as they come to me. I write down story ideas and the like. I feel like my head is clearing, the storm is calming, and I’m coming back to a center of focus. It’s refreshing.

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In this day and age, there are opinions everywhere. Some good, some bad, some kind, some harsh. There’s an old saying that you have to weed out the advice that pertains to you and forget everything else. But that’s getting harder to do. People are overrun by advice.

So I’m not going to recommend anything today. I’m going to finish with this thought:  my hiatus has been a positive affect on my life.

This has been,

Fanny T. Crispin