Writing Through Thick and Thin – Daily Quote

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The exercise of writing every day teaches us many lessons. Some days your writing session is filled with wonder.  You look forward to the writing time, and words, sentences, and paragraphs become completed pages. The process is effortless. Other days you drag yourself to the keyboard. You feel uninspired, but you sit, force yourself to type, and like magic, the obstacles disappear, and you finish with more than you could have imagined. Then there are days when despite your best efforts, the words are crap.

Discipline makes you strong, you battle through, working, and writing until you reach your daily goal. The chances are, when you edit those hard-won words, you find gems you didn’t recognize when you wrote them. The truth is, even words written on a good day could be crap. Regardless, they exist on the page. They are words you can edit. Words you can spit-polish and shine to tell your best story.

How is your writing discipline developing?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – February 28

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 59 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? If you didn’t, what stopped you? Self-doubt can leave you feeling like a deer in the headlights, petrified, off-balance, and powerless. Instead of using your precious minutes to type even a handful of words on the page, you allow yourself to be distracted.

Perhaps you stare at a blank screen, convinced your work recounts an incoherent trip along a winding road leading you nowhere. Your vivid imagination has forsaken you, leaving you in a void of uninspired darkness. You suspect you are a fraud who will never be good enough.

Breathe. Think about the adventure you want your audience to experience, explore your plot, meet with your protagonist, and learn about his hero’s journey. Practice composing your favorite scene in your head. Eliminated distractions, lock worry in a cage with your evil antagonist, and just write. Remember what you love about writing and remind yourself this is about creating a world for your ideal reader. The story is the path you share, and your destination is the beginning of another tale.

Try it and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Exploring the Intersection of Knowledge and Fantasy – Daily Quote

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Einstein was one of the brightest minds of the last century. The value he placed on fantasy in this quote is shocking, given that he was a man of science. However, “fantasy” is defined as “imagining things which are impossible or improbable.” When Einstein allowed his mind to consider alternate possibilities, he created a world where time and space were no longer absolute concepts. In his imagination, time and space were relative to a frame of reference.

We don’t need to understand the mathematical equations, to appreciate the value of his theories. Letting our minds consider the unthinkable and unbelievable is freeing. It allows us to create worlds where improbable coexists with impossible in ways that feel logical.

Will you allow your genius freedom to fantasize today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – February 27

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 58 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? If you didn’t, what stopped you? Self-doubt can leave you feeling like a deer in the headlights, petrified, off-balance, and powerless. Instead of using your precious minutes to type even a handful of words on the page, you allow yourself to be distracted.

Perhaps you stare at a blank screen, convinced your work recounts an incoherent trip along a winding road leading you nowhere. Your vivid imagination has forsaken you, leaving you in a void of uninspired darkness. You suspect you are a fraud who will never be good enough.

Breathe. Think about the adventure you want your audience to experience, explore your plot, meet with your protagonist, and learn about his hero’s journey. Practice composing your favorite scene in your head. Eliminated distractions, lock worry in a cage with your evil antagonist, and just write. Remember what you love about writing and remind yourself this is about creating a world for your ideal reader. The story is the path you share, and your destination is the beginning of another tale.

Try it and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Staring in Defiance – Friday Fictioneers

Title: Staring in Defiance
Source:  Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

It’s been forever, and I wonder if I still look like I should.

You pause in the doorway. Your face reveals it was always about you. Despite your madness, I believed I could walk through fire, and I wear the battle scars of hardship, pain, and struggle. They are etched on my heart’s shield, and they call you a liar.

I introduce the characters in my parade, the countless faces, forgotten places, and lonely nights traveling to nameless cities for another show. The demands of Orion’s sword were not in vain.

I stand where you said I would never be.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

When It’s a Safe Bet the Problem Will Disappear – Daily Quote

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They are predicting snow again. The alarms began on Monday, forecasting 6-10 inches of accumulation. Their cautions made me smile. I have a stocked fridge, heat, electricity, plenty of coffee, and I didn’t have to rush to the store. Daytime temperatures are above freezing, which means my concern is nonexistent. In the off chance we get snowed in tomorrow morning, I know it will melt by noon.

I am happy to let others race around like Chicken Little, while I ignore the winter weather warnings to focus on my work. It has been blissful. When I choose not to engage with the reactionary melee, the din recedes, creating the same gentle hum as my favorite background music. The babbling is a perfect backdrop for my writing. I hope the snow descends and covers the world in a thick, muffling blanket. In the silent, dark, night, I listen to my heart. My muse giggles and arm in arm, we explore.

What problems can you safely ignore?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – February 26

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 57 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? If you didn’t, what stopped you? Self-doubt can leave you feeling like a deer in the headlights, petrified, off-balance, and powerless. Instead of using your precious minutes to type even a handful of words on the page, you allow yourself to be distracted.

Perhaps you stare at a blank screen, convinced your work recounts an incoherent trip along a winding road leading you nowhere. Your vivid imagination has forsaken you, leaving you in a void of uninspired darkness. You suspect you are a fraud who will never be good enough.

Breathe. Think about the adventure you want your audience to experience, explore your plot, meet with your protagonist, and learn about his hero’s journey. Practice composing your favorite scene in your head. Eliminated distractions, lock worry in a cage with your evil antagonist, and just write. Remember what you love about writing and remind yourself this is about creating a world for your ideal reader. The story is the path you share, and your destination is the beginning of another tale.

Try it and let us know how you did in the comments below.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Mums the Word – 100 Word Writing Dare

Title: Mums the Word
Source:  100-Word Writing Dare
Prompt: Photo
Word count:  100 words

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Photo by Di Maitland on Unsplash

“Mums the word,” Calypso whispered.

Lethe stepped backward, sinking into the shadows, and pulled Calypso with her. Rivers of people surged around them. Lethe scanned their faces, searching for a clue. No one noticed two women hiding in plain view.

“Can you give me a hint?”

Calypso’s face paled as she extricated her hand from Lethe’s tenacious grasp, and she shook her head. “It’s a secret.”

Tears glistened in Lethe’s eyes as desperation suffocated her.

“You must tell me. For my assignment.”

“It’s not my story. You should ask the Administrator.”

Lethe’s shoulders slumped. Her only option was to wait.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Homeward Bound – Friday Fictioneers

Title: Homeward Bound
Source:  Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words

PHOTO PROMPT © Dawn Miller

I ran, rejecting the past, I raced headlong into my future.

Twisted years manipulated iron forged values that made me a success machine. I paid a tragic price, leaving my heart on the altar. Then one morning the prodigal child woke and realize what I had become.

I didn’t need the GPS. The red barn was the only signal I needed. She looked older, neglected, but she still stood. She greeted me without reproach, her sun-worn boards reached for me, offering me comfort I didn’t deserve.

True North revealed forgotten facts and pointed to the golden road leading me home.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Catching Up Without Magical Intervention – Daily Quote

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My workload has doubled since my unscheduled vacation, and I am scrambling. While everyone feigns compassion, and profess their relief that I am well, the truth is they are anxiously waiting for me to deliver my assignments. “How soon?” is the implied question. With the pressure, it is easy to consider finishing the job for the most annoying person first. The trouble with this tactic is it means I fall further behind on my high-priority projects.

Finding the desire and focus to deal with the never-ending stack of work is daunting. I can’t count on magical unicorns, fairies, or helpful shoemaker elves. When I don’t know where to start, I clean my desk. It sounds counter-intuitive, but this simple task allows me to identify, organize, prioritize, and reschedule the tasks demanding completion. I block schedule, setting my agenda with specific times, and goals.

It is a ritual I have used often. Instead of wasting precious moments staring at a blank document, second-guessing whether I am working on the right assignment, or feeling guilty for never getting around to my passion project, I am free to work. The plan grants me the ability to concentrate. With a set objective and an established timeframe, my motivation helps me power through the piles, without losing sight of what is important.

How do you tackle mountains of responsibilities?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer