I had a weird dream. No, seriously…

I had a weird dream. That’s never been an unusual phrase in my house. If you’ve ever lived with me, you’ll hear that sentence at least once a week. Occasionally, I have bouts of them, one every night for a week, sometimes two. Story of my life. Sometimes they even become stories for other people.

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Writing Prompts Are Better Than Claw Machines

In February, I decided to try daily writing prompts. Thought it would get me in the groove of writing, and it did. But only when I was responding to them. It might have helped if I actually made it routine, but in the end, I only did it for two days. That’s not a routine. That’s not even an attempt at a routine! Let’s not kid ourselves. But here’s a piece of one of those writing prompts.

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3 Times My Brain Lied to Me about Writing

Writing is hard. Your brain is your best ally and your worst enemy. You need it to write, but Lord knows, it can kick you in the gut until you give up. The following list are feelings spurred on by my oh-so-loving brain. I’ve experienced all of them, and they are ALL WRONG. I want to believe that. I want to know deep down that I am none of those things, yet my mind tells me I am. This plays off my post from last week about approval and how demanding/expecting it from yourself is futile. But here I am, a week later, asking myself “Am I good enough? Do I belong? Do I even know what I’m doing?”

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Approval Is Not You

Do you ever ask yourself why you bother submitting your short story anywhere? I am right now. Not because it’s bad or out of some belief that I never should have written in the first place but rather from a place of apathy. I don’t know the exact statistic, but the majority of submitted stories to any magazine or journal are rejected. That begs the question: why submit in the first place?

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Tightening Up Prose

Words have a way of making or breaking a sentence, or even a business deal or relationship. When you think about it that way, it’s a wonder people don’t choose their words more wisely, as the saying goes. Words, spoken or written, have been an important form of communication for centuries. You can communicate in other ways, art, gestures, and body language to name a few, but when two people get together, most of the time language is the relied upon form. So why don’t we think more carefully before we speak or write anything?

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