Trusting Our Craft

Hello! I hope that you are all safe and well during this time that we live in. I can say that My family, my boyfriend, and I are all safe, well and healthy. I now it’s been a while, since I have been on here but I’m currently adjusting to what is my new schedule for a while. Where I currently live, we are on ‘stay-at-home’ orders until May 8, which could change or who knows at this point. On that note, I want to get today’s topic.

Let me preface this conversation with this is not my first post that I have made today. My first attempt at a post today went totally into a rant session, which I do not want to do here right now. So I’m kindly switching gears to talk about trusting the craft.

Many of us see writing as a hobby, as a business, as an art form, as an escape from reality. Now matter how you see it, at the core of writing or even telling stories there is a craft. A craft that I will try to describe nicely in saying, that when it is done right, it’s like magic.

The reason why I turned to this topic for right now, is that I recently was watching Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This series was both beautiful and for me worth the watch. Well, after I finished the last epsiode, I wanted the making of documentary, The Calling of the Crystal. Now normally, when you watch these specials they do not cover the writing process, for it’s usually over the casting, the special effects and other such elements that go into making a production like The Dark Crystal; however, with this special they did cover the subject of writing.

I’m going to say one big thing here and that as a writer I apprecaited it. You have no idea who much I apprecaited it.

Getting back to the subject, I loved a certain quote that came from special and that was from Simon Pegg, who is not only an actor but who is also a writer. He was a writer on one of the Star Trek films. He said that as writers we need to trust in the process. Granted, while he was speaking about film or television production.

This means that no matter how we tackle our writing, whether it is by means of plotting, or flying by the seat of our pants, traditionally publishing or self-publishing. No matter how we tackle our writing, we as a whole need to trust in our process. Once we trust in our processes, then we are able to focus on our writing.

The other key takeaway from what he said in the special is that, as writers we don’t need to think about designers, or builders, for you write as massive as you want. But in terms of writing books, this means not thinking about editors and book designers, all you have to think about is writing the story that you want to tell.

Focusing on that idea is one of the main reasons, why I love self-publishing. Sure I have an editor, and I have an idea of how I want the cover to look and feel but everything else relies on the craft of story telling. If it was not for that, then there wouldn’t be a book, which is the underlying goal at the end of the project.

Granted, every project in how it is handled is different. But the processes that we keep in mind at the end of the day is what makes us keep coming back to the table to tell/write the story that we want to write.

Now if you want someone to tell you and dictate what and how to write something, then by all means your writing process is controlled. Some like having it controlled while others don’t. I am one that feels that I should be able to tell the story the way that I have always done so. I have a process that works for me.

My process is different from others, and that’s fine. Not everyone has to have the same process when it comes to engaging their craft. It’s fine. But as long as you trust your craft, then your craft will see you through till the end of your project(s).

I hope that you have found this topic helpful. I hope that you stay safe and well! I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

Focusing on being Creative During Stressful times

Hi and welcome back! Of course we are now in the month of April, and for many that means the start of Camp NaNoWriMo. If you are partaking this month in Camp, I wish you and your project the best of luck. I also hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty.

Really quick, I just want to let you know that I just finished The Eighth Dwarf, which means that it will be published very soon for Amazon Kindle, and when that goes live I will let you all know.

Now that I finished my plug for my newest work, let’s get on today’s topic, which is about dealing with trying to focus on creativity during stressful times. I got the idea for this post from Kristin Martin. Kristin Martin, for those that are not aware of her, she is an author tube channel that has published works of her own. While there has been some drama centered around some parts of her business model, I still found that her latest video is something that we can all relate to right now.

Giving the current climate that we are in, with having to stay home and only go out when it necessary for essentials. We might find that currently, it is hard to focus on our creative outlets during this time, with the news being all about the virus and us having to stay home. This might be a great time to look at other methods to help get that creative flow going.

This first tip, came directly from her video, which was to write in a journal our thoughts and feelings so that way its out of our heads and onto the page. Think of this as free-writing, in that you just take that pen or pencil to the page and you just write not stopping, unless you give yourself a time limit and you write for that amount of time. This is a perfect time to write about your feeling about being home, or questions that you have about what’s going. It’s just getting the flow of writing out and started. If you feel that you have more to write, then keep writing. It’s your time to focus on what is bothering you.

Another tip, that might help and this also came from her video is to mediate. There are many that say that the practice of meditation can help during times of stress. It help calms and relaxes the nerves. This can also help with any anxiety that you might be feeling during this time. It is also a great help to those that deal with mental illness. My suggestion when it comes to mediation is to mind some relaxing music or listen to either sounds of water running or nature sounds to get you in a place to focus on what you are trying to mediate through. If you have an image that comes to you through out your mediation, then after your mediation session is completed then write all about that image. Now this last part did not come from her video, this is my personal suggestion.

Another great suggestion that I have, and this is one that I’m going to be borrowing from a couple of my past teachers, in that while you write or trying to calm yourself down listen to calming music. Sometimes music within itself and give off images that our minds and sometimes our muses grab onto so tight. This is one of those times when you are strongly encouraged to follow your muse down whatever rabbit hole that he/she might be going down. Remember, the muse is there to help in courage your drive and your determination even in times of chaos.

If you have another way to cope and to keep your creative paths flowing then keep doing what you’re doing. We all get through this one way or another, and for me during this time, the best way that I am coping is to take my fingers to the keyboard and to write. No matter your method, there is no wrong or right way, for you know your methods the best. Trust your methods and your craft will get through this.

I hope that find this post helpful. I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. Happy Writing! Happy Creating! Until next time I hope that you have a happy writing day!

Updates for the Month of March

Hello and welcome back! It’s the end of March, means that for this post I’m doing my monthly update and what to look forward to next month.

I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. I can say at this point that my family, my boyfriend, his family, and me are all happy and safe at this time. We are following the guidelines that the government has imposed on us all. As far as my work life goes, I was working for an essential business, i.e. a liquor store up until yesterday, because I will be starting another job on Monday, working for a company that I had worked for before, so I have that going for me.

As far as Moonspinner3 Books is concerned, I’m still working on my projects and working on content in the meantime. As for my goal of re-working and re-publishing works that I had published in the past, that goal has been met. Yes, you can now get the updated version of Crimson Protection, the third installment of the Sheriff Crimson Series on Amazon.

So with the completion and the republication of Crimson Projection, the following have been re-worked and re-published with new covers:

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I am so happy with myself for getting goal completed, and on that high note, I have to tell you of my next upcoming work that I am currently working on to be published. This work is titled, The Eighth Dwarf. The Eighth Dwarf, is a take on the telling on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so yes, it is a fan-fiction.

Here is the cover The Eighth Dwarf:

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The Eighth Dwarf, is a fantasy short fiction piece, that will be published for Amazon in the near future, as soon as the re-write, the second round of edits, and so forth as is my process. Originally, The Eighth Dwarf, was written when I was in my senior of high school for a creative writing class, and so it was one of those pieces that I adore and cherish, and I hope that you will enjoy it as well, when it becomes available.

So what comes after The Eighth Dwarf? Well, I’m still working on figuring out what my next work in progress will be, since I can go one of two ways, I can either work on the fourth installment of The Sheriff Crimson Series, which is titled Crimson Soldier. Yes, there is a cover for that as well:

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So either I can work on Crimson Soldier, or I can work on one of the other projects that I have sitting on a shelf currently. But whatever the project is, I will certainly post the update of what I’m going to be working on as soon as The Eighth Dwarf is completed. See, I am getting better on working on one project at a time versus having lots of projects going on.

The other thing that I am currently working, that is for my business, I getting all of my pieces that I have written in the past in one central location so that I can find them and work on them as time goes, and as long as we are all home-bound, that too gives me loads of time to work on my writing and focusing on my goal.

Well, until next month, I hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy. I want to thank you, for all of your continued support. Until next time, I hope that you have a happy writing day! Keep writing and keep creating!