Book Release Countdown: 9 Days Left

Book Release Countdown: 9 Days Left

gettingreal

It’s getting real!!! Today, my friend instagrammed and texted me telling me that she received her copy of my book. I will take a moment to say how proud I am of the United States Postal Services. That was quick. It took only two days to get to its destination. I will also take this moment to say OMG!!! I am so excited!! Someone in the world has my book. OMG! OMG! OMG! OK, My, breathe.

I also received the license that allows me to collect sales tax on my book. Taxes, Ughh I know, but it makes me feel so official. Like this isn’t just a dream coming true, this is a real business.

It’s Nano2014 and I have at this exact second, 8,939 words. I’m writing a lot differently than I have in the past. The story I am writing is in third person and has a lot more description which is something that I have been trying to get better at. I’m having a blast writing and I think I’ll actually meet the 50,000 word goal (here’s hoping I didn’t just jinx myself.)

I think I’ve got the release  party all planned. I just need to do a little fine-tuning and I need to come up with a big surprise for a finale. Fingers crossed everything comes together.

Another day finished and another day closer to the best book you may ever read this year.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. Click here to order the paperback from lulu.com. If you hurry, you might get it by the 14th.

And here’s the link to the ebook here on amazon.com, you can pre-order it now, but it won’t be available until the 14th.

 

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Diana Nyad: All types of crazy wonderful

Diana Nyad: All types of crazy wonderful

diana nyadI have been trying to write this post for over a week. Honestly, I just haven’t felt the urge to post and I have a new project that is in the works and is taking a lot of my attention. I’ll talk a little bit about that in my next post. (It’s going to be called “Glutton for punishment: Writer’s Edition” so be on the lookout for that. )

Now, if you’re wondering who the woman in the picture is, that’s Diana Nyad. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry I’ll tell you. Diana is a swimmer. A week or maybe a week and a half ago, I watched the documentary of Diana’s effort to swim from Havana Cuba to Key West, Florida. She tried on numerous occasions to make the 110.86 mile journey and failed 4 times. She risked her life battling the elements and dangerous marine creatures in order to reach her goal.

On September 2, 2013, on her 5th attempt, after  52 hrs 54 minutes, she did it. I cried. I was so happy for her. To those around her, she probably sounded crazy. “Hey guys, I want to swim to Florida.” But she did it! She may have failed a couple times. There was even a couple of near-death scares, but that didn’t stop her. She pushed through and she did it. It makes me think would I have that same sort of drive to go after my dream. Would I risk death in order to chase after what I wanted? Do I want my dream as much as I want to breath. I use Diana Nyad as an example for me. She did so much, experienced adversity and still came out on top. There was probably plenty of times when she thought of giving up, but she didn’t. There was something in her that kept her moving forward no matter what the situation looked like. I want at least a fraction of that. I want to be so focused on my dream that I will do anything to accomplish it. So focused that I can’t hear my naysayers and critics. Can’t say I’ll ever swim to Florida, but maybe if I work hard enough, I’ll not just shoot for the stars, but stand among them.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

 

 

I’m a Writer Thursday: “Why I Write”

I’m a Writer Thursday: “Why I Write”

Power of Words

I often ask myself: Why do I write? Especially with me working on  my first book it seems like the write question to ask. (Get it?  write and right. OK. I’ll stop lol) What is it about writing that has drawn me to it all this time? Well, there’re a lot of reasons. Why do you breathe? Because you need to. That’s why I write. It’s because every fiber of my being needs to. There were weeks when I hadn’t written anything and everything  felt out of whack. There was too much going on in my brain and I just felt weird. I sometimes forget the power writing has over me and the fact that in order for me to truly be me, I need to write as much as I need to breathe. I write to free myself. Writing is cathartic for me. It frees me from whatever is holding me down during the day. I have been able to solve a problem quicker by writing it down than by going to any therapist. Writing is a mental escape. With my words, I can create a new reality that is not hindered by what’s going on in the world. It’s a powerful feeling to be able to write however you want and not have to worry about anything. In writing, I can truly be myself. I can write the stories I’ve always wanted to read. I can show the world who I am. I can share my stories with the world and in doing so, hopefully, I can give that same love of words and writing to someone else who will in turn give the same love and a cyclical love of writing is born.

If you’re a writer, why do you write? And if you’re not a writer, why do you do whatever it is that you do? Let me know in the comment section below.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

The Pursuit of Inspiration

The Pursuit of Inspiration

As we have learned, we can’t just sit around and wait for inspiration to decide to knock on our doors. Most of the time, we need to take it upon ourselves to pursue inspiration. That’t the name of the game today. So, how does one pursue inspiration? If you have been stuck sitting at a computer for hours on end like I’ve been, you will know that inspiration can be effortlessly elusive. How does one catch up to it? Simple. You find inspiration by not looking for it.

What?!?!

Now hear me out. Have you ever approached a deer and as soon as you came closer it sprinted away? The same concept applies to inspiration. You can’t go after inspiration with guns blazing. You’ll scare it off. Pursuing inspiration takes tact, it takes planning and above all else, it take silence.

So, you have a deadline and you have no idea what else you can write. You’re frustrated and you’re questioning your skills as a writer. Here’s what you do:

1. Calm down. The more frustrated you are, the harder it will be for the ideas to flow. Take a breather if you need to. Go for a walk and most importantly, don’t panic.

2. Be quiet. I’m sure by this point you may think your work is trash, but that doesn’t mean you have to say it aloud. You’ll psych yourself out the more you hear yourself saying how awful you are. Just breath. You are not awful! Also, I’m not sure if anyone is like me, but the more silent a room, the more my brain starts racing. When you’re looking for something to write about, those thoughts are your best friend, but the only way you can expect to hear them is if you’re quiet. Trust me.

3. Stop caring so much. Now, I’m sure you’ll think I’m crazy with this one, but think about it, how many times have you been so worried about the word count or the deadline or the subject matter that you completely blocked yourself and now you have little to no words to show for it. Believe me, I can be as anxious as the next person when it comes to my writing because I want it to be perfect. The thing is, perfection is a fool’s pursuit. I can only write the best that is within me and I have done my best work when I stopped caring and just started writing. All I would do is just type and let my fingers connect to the idea center in my brain and just get out of my own way. It works, I promise and I’m a better writer because of it.

4. Respect the Art form. I do believe we need to stop caring when it comes to the trivial things revolving writing, but I also believe that a level of respect and reverence is necessary in the pursuit of that amazing idea. As you approach inspiration, do so respectfully. Don’t think that just because you’ve won so many awards that you’re suddenly the best writer on the planet. There are times when we think we’re so awesome that we take our minds and inspiration for granted.When we find ourselves on top of the world, it appears that nothing  and no one will be able to bring us down, but that isn’t true. There’s always going to be a way down. Without respect for words and writing, inspiration will not be kind and the critics will be much worse.

5. Open your mind. Even if  something doesn’t look like much, it could be the key to your next novel if you think hard enough. You can’t be inspired with a closed mind, that just isn’t how this works. Sometimes, you need to pause and take a look around. Maybe your inspiration was hiding right in front of your face. Nearly anything can be inspiration, if you open your mind and your eyes to the possibilities.

With these ideas in tow, you may be able to pursue inspiration. The best of luck to you.

From the #1 rule-breaker,

My

Go Barefoot

Go Barefoot

Now, call me crazy, but sometimes a girl just needs to go barefoot. I confess to being a person that stresses about almost everything. I have been trying to get better, but sometimes life gets to me and the pressure of being a student, working and preparing for graduate school becomes a little too much. Yesterday, I needed to get away, so I decided to take a walk to a field near where I live and just walked around barefoot. This is big for me because I’ve never been a big fan of the great outdoors, but I felt so at peace walking around. In that 15 minutes or so that I was outside, there were no worries. I had a stree-free environment where I could talk through all of my issues and just take in the fresh air. I know with the Go!Go!Go! mindset of society today, it is hard to find those fifteen minutes to just chill out and breathe. For your sanity’s sake, I suggest everyone find that time where you can just have a barefoot moment. Take time to really decompress from a long day and really think about anything that has happened. You don’t even have to go barefoot or go outside. If you take at least 5 minutes to just sit and breathe, then you’re doing yourself a big favor. I know I felt a lot better afterward and I know you will to.

Until Next Time, Just Breathe.