So now, I’m trying to write. Fortunately, I’ve been able to adjust the font size on my laptop and Nook. However, I have trouble reading small print, some fonts and cursive.
I’ve spent many hours praying, asking God to take this away from me. He hasn’t. He may in the future. He may not.
He reminded me to trust Him.
I do trust God! I prayed, “Dear Lord, I thank you for all that You’ve given me, done for me, and all Your blessings. You’ve always helped me through the tough times. You’ve held me when I was hurting.”
Do I want to have trouble seeing? No. Do I want to be exhausted and in pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia? No! Do I want to live my life healthy, strong, free from pain, and able to see well? Obviously, yes.
If I had to choose between the two, would I choose a pain free life with good vision over my God?
Because God is always with me—helping, guiding, encouraging, and He loves me! He loves you, too! He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.
I CHOOSE GOD!!
What have you done, or seen others do, when faced with challenges?
A Pantser is the person, like me, who doesn’t outline their story. There are several advantages to this type of writing:
* Our index cards or outlines don’t control us.
* It’s exciting when your characters head off on a different path than you had anticipated.
* It allows our characters to have the freedom to live and breathe, to have a mind of their own and I think they become more believable for our readers.
* We don’t have to change our index cards or outlines when we want to make a change.
* We can be spontaneous in our writing.
Three things to remember:
1. It’s best to know how you want the book to end, before you begin writing it (just my opinion)
2. Not everyone is the same – several people in my writers’ group are “Plotters” and KNOW their way is the best! (best for them!)
3. Just as I KNOW my way is the best! (best for me!)
4. With the freedom we have as Pantsers, we still have to include the three acts, character arc, a strong middle, an exciting end, great dialogue, etc.
Let us know what type of writer you are in Comments below.
My favorite character is Sa’dora. She’s the main character in my book The Tirwine. Sa’dora is seventeen years old in human years, but she’s not human. She’s 153 in Tirwine. I like the fact that she’s a very complex character. She’s a natural leader, born with gifts and abilities that would enable her to be one of the most powerful Tirwine.
However, having grown up under the shadow of her two friends, she lacked the confidence necessary for anyone, Tirwine included, to succeed. She compared herself—her lack of coordination, accomplishments, and abilities—to Br’ee and Jeff’rey. Many Tirwine, including her parents, felt she should perform at the same level, or higher, as her friends, even though they are ten years her senior.
At the Governors’ Ball, she turned to hurt and anger when she thought the Wisas had given her menial jobs because of her lack of abilities. Her emotions vacillated between fear and the thought she that she would mess something up if she tried to protect the humans from the Gehata.
Sa’dora has forced me to study the many layers of our emotions and to understand complexities of how these emotions interact with each other and how drive our actions.
Please respond in the comment section and let us know who your favorite fiction character is? Any why?
Webster defines hero as, among others:
b : an illustrious warrior
c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
d : one who shows great courage
Last week, when I saw the picture of the men standing between the Baltimore Police and rioters: protecting the police by Van Applegate, chills ran up and down my arms. These men, who most of us will never know their names, stood up, stood between, stood in front of the men and women who were most likely their neighbors, friends, possibly even their families, to do what they thought was the right.
If I had my hat on, I would take it off to them. If I saw them on the street, I would have to stop and say, “Thank you. This country needs more like you.” I would shake their hands, each one of them.
What I saw gave me hope, hope of a good future. There are people who, no matter the cost-physically or relationally, would stand up for what is right. Of the eleven men in the picture, more than half were young men. I pray for more people like them.
My next thought was - What does it mean to do the right thing? I would define it as being selfless, caring, and empathetic, a person who values life, values others, and is respectful to the end. In the Bible, Jesus said that love is when someone is willing to lay down his or her own life for another.
But what do we see and read every day:
* a driver cutting everyone out so he/she can be in front.
* the person who ignores the hungry
However, we don’t often hear stories of heroes who stepped out and did what was right for the good of someone else. Why? I hope it’s because the media doesn’t publish these stories. But what if that wasn’t the case! What if there are no stories to tell? Have we become, as a nation, so deprived that we don’t help others? Yes, we send money and aid to other counties, which was great, but, let us NOT forget to do what is right here at home.
So, again, I acknowledge those strong, selfless men in Baltimore who stood up for the greater good, no matter the cost to themselves.
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