When You Feel Lost, Follow The Bread Crumbs.


Something that has been bothering me lately is that I'm losing my stamina for writing. I know that everyone goes through their ups and downs, and I know that this too shall pass. I'm feeling guilty for not writing but not guilty enough to continue. It's like everything that can come up to distract me, does.

My husband just added a new member to our family- Harvest. She's an Australian Shepard puppy only a few weeks old. She's an absolute handful, and she makes #4 to our dog count. We already have Sugar, Honey, and Coco. Things like this keep me distracted to no end.

On top of all of this, getting little positive feedback of my novel from agents is a major downer. I know that there is nothing uncommon about having a few form letters under you belt, but since I'm new to this each letter tears a little piece of hope out of my heart.

I realize that I've got to keep motivated. It's just that sometimes the odds get to me. Luckily, I write for pure enjoyment. I pray that I find my determination again and start writing on a regular, steady basis. After all, my inspiration is abundant.

Sometimes I find that God gives me the crumbs I need to just sustain me from one day to another. This too shall pass, and this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I'm glad.

Vanessa

How Do You Make Lemonade If You Ain't Got Any Sugar?


Ever heard the phrase, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?" This phrase is one of the most commonly used sayings when people are trying to make you feel better about your life. Unfortunately, it never works!


There is nothing more frustrating than telling someone about your troubles and them give you some lame- cop out- saying that doesn’t help in the least.

It’s just like when someone asks how you are, but they couldn’t care less. You know those people. Heaven forbid that someone actually answer truthfully! (haha)

These days people are only interested in very impersonal responses, such as, “fine.” With the invention of technology we’ve created a whole generation of people who never actually say what they mean, or if they do it’s not face to face (i.e. texting, facebook, twitter, and  blogging). This has become the only source of truly being able to speak our mind without ever having to face personal conflict. We don’t need any help making our life less personable.

The point is, instead of using lame phrases to put a wall up against the true feelings of people- just listen. You might just learn something. Encourage someone. Next time someone is having a bad day, ask how you can help. Be genuine; be interested. Why, you ask? Because it’s the right thing to do.

Besides you can’t make lemonade without any sugar, or else it’s really gross. 





Until Later – Don’t be a sour!



Vanessa




Captivating...



Captivating written by John and Stasi Eldridge may very well be my favorite book. I get asked all the time who my favorite author is, and what is my favorite book. Well, here is my answer. Being as I write fiction, it may seem odd that my fav book is a Christian non-fiction. But I learned so much about myself, and I found it to be truly enlightening. This blog post is not about the book, but I just wanted to do some shameless advertising. ;)

I recently posted a comment on twitter stating, "Don't we all want to captivate our audiences the way that our characters captivate us?" I live by the thought of taking captive the thoughts and imaginations of my readers. This is my goal as a writer.

With that being said... to take captive your readers is a very powerful thing. If you read, then you have experienced a few books in your lifetime that took you away from this world and into another one. One of either fantasy, romance, humor, or mystery. You may have experienced the few times when a book keeps you up reading into the wee hours of the morning, and you find yourself yearning to read the next word and the next. I LOVE these books!

As writers, this is what we want! Most people don't realize it, but writers very often are just as taken by the characters as their readers. Unfortunately for us, most of the time our characters don't leave us alone until every word is out. I even find myself missing my characters when they are gone (crazy, right?). But it is the same way when you read that awesome book and you feel almost depressed when it's over. We feel it too.

I find that the word captivate is what motivates me with my writing. Captivate means to take hold of someone through their mind, heart, and spirit. It's stronger and deeper than if someone we're to bind you physically. It's inescapable! Undeniable! And utterly wonderful... 

I look forward to my opportunity to share my work with the world, and to see if my words can truly captivate.


Vanessa