5 Aspiring Thoughts To Keep You Reaching For Your Dreams

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That’s the quote I instilled in myself as the quarter life for me is nearing. You might think that you are either too young or too old to achieve the things you want in life and there will be days wherein you’ll feel that life is going too slow, and at times it’s passing by too fast. Never fear my dear for it’s all too normal, and the good news is that, you can do so much than just worry!

1. BELIEVE!

Your own true power starts with believing in yourself and your dreams. No goal is ever achieved with self-doubt and holding-back. If you keep thinking that you can’t, you won’t even get the strength you need to take the first step. You should empower your dreams by believing in it; Remember when Peter pan and the others chanted “I do believe in fairies!” Tinkerbell…

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The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

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First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with her via email about the business of writing and tips for how she makes time for her own blog.

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Building A Meaningful Writing Life

Katia Raina

People think that writers enroll in an MFA program on a quest for publication, the shiniest treasure of all. hobbit

And maybe some writers do. Okay, many do. Most.

I guess I did, too.

I enrolled in the program with that shiny goal in mind.

And then, after intense writing and reading and studying, one of the biggest lessons I got out of Vermont College of Fine Arts is the importance of … life.

Yes, life.

The writing life. But also, the life outside of writing.

As I started to pay closer attention to the ebb and flow of my process and my creative habits, I discovered that the busier I was with other things, the more often I took time to step away from the keyboard, the more passionately I lived, the more productive became my writing output.

The less tightly I clutched my work in progress, the easier the words came.

The less the writing 

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Sometimes It’s Easier To Write In Fragments

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When I was little, scrawling away, people would always come up behind me and ask, “What are you writing?” And I always wanted to answer that it was none of their business, even though that was rude and I knew it.

Now, when people ask me, I always want to tell them stories I’ve made up around fragments of truth. You’re smart enough to pick and choose what really happened, right? “Once upon a time, there was a little queen in an apartment that was always dark in the evenings. She didn’t turn on the lights because if she did, water poured out of them all heavy and yellow. Everything was prettier in the dim light anyway. Old things look better when it’s not so harsh. She kept it dark and quiet. You’d have to follow your instincts to get to her.”

Sometimes, it’s just easier to tell…

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Is Kafka The Same On Kindle?

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The digital 100_1498age has forced choices; smart phone or single purpose phone, GPS for the car or old-fashioned map (and instinct), broadcast TV or streaming video, and my topic for this column; eBook or physical book?

As an author, my support of the eBook revolution was a no-brainer. It’s all about little time and large numbers. Write it, finish it, publish it, and sell it. No wait for agents to get on board or publishers to anguish through their process. It is conceivable to accomplish the whole process within a week. I suspect some people do.

The large numbers? More and more books available, instantly (purchase and download to your tablet, right now), more books available for free or $2.99 or less, more royalties for authors, more control, more self-determination. More competition? Sure, but I still believe in the buoyancy of quality––it will eventually rise to the surface.

Back to…

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Improvisational Writing

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I took an improv class in Cambridge this winter. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since 2008, when I did improv during a Master Coach training. Since taking the class, I’ve been using some of the techniques I learned to get more words on the page. Here are two of the ways I’ve incorporated improv into my writing life.

Warm-Ups: Every week, at the beginning of class, we would do a series of game designed to warm us up; to get us out of our heads and into our bodies. I’ve started doing warm-ups at the beginning of my writing sessions. One (silly) warm-up I do is write a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet, relating each word somehow (even tangentially) to the previous word (not all the previous words, just the word before that word).

An example: Apples Bruise Colors Design Elements Forever Granite Houses Invite…

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Music For Writers: A Quartet Named ETHEL And A Guitarist Named Kaki At The Ecstatic Music Festival

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There’s only one question you can start with, when you interview the violist of a string quartet called ETHEL (yes, all caps).

Ralph Farris: The name “ETHEL” comes from the film, Shakespeare in Love. The Bard was struggling to complete a play called, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter.Hilarity ensued.

Thank God we cleared that up.

Farris and his three ETHELassociates — violinists Kip Jones and Corin Lee, and cellist Dorothy Lawson — will be onstage Saturday evening (March 21) at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall on West 67th in New York. And if you can’t be there with them, you might want to jump online with New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, which will web-cast a live stream of the event (and then offer it for on-demand listening in its Ecstatic Music Festival series

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Inside A Writer’s Mind

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We make our home under piles of words, we make friends amidst the pages of books and we find comfort in between a full stop and the next capital letter. We feel in italics and reflect in capitals. With an obsession for the written word and words dangling from our fingers, yes, we’re writers.

Being prisoners of our impulses, we do not decide who we are. Initially, we are thinkers, over-thinkers to be precise. There are waterfalls of thoughts flowing through our heads. We think forwards, we think backwards and we think sideways.

Absurd questions race through our heads. Gradually, it turns into a state of mind. There’re always too many thoughts, more than our little cerebral hemispheres could store. That’s when it comes down to one thing, words.

We write because we have to. We write because if we don’t, our thoughts might dissolve us…

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Everyday Heroes: The American Fighting Man

Joseph Badal

Everyday Heroes: The American Fighting Man

I found this translation from 2008 of an article written by a French soldier who served in Afghanistan with Americans. His observations and comments about American soldiers in combat are eye-opening and should make every American proud.

Although I have no frame of reference to agree with the author of the article when he claims our soldiers in Afghanistan are the best we have ever had, even better than those who served in World War II or Vietnam, I do know that they are different. The war they have fought is modern warfare in as rough terrain as exists. And their enemy is remorseless and bloodthirsty. Having served in Vietnam with some of the best warriors the world has ever seen, if the warriors in Afghanistan are the best, then they are just short of super-human.

As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, the…

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The 18 Saddest Short Stories You’ll Ever Read—And They’re Only Two Sentences Each

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Found on AskReddit.

1.

I found the love of my life.
She didn’t.

2.

He promised he would wait for her forever.
She kept him to his word.

3.

It was a lot.
It just wasn’t enough.

4.

He woke up, rolled over, and reached for her.
She wasn’t there, and never would be again.

5.

They told me they could save either my wife or my son.
They were wrong.

6.

After months of waiting he finally saw his wife.
He’d never been happier but he knew he’d have to wake up soon.

7.

He never wanted to leave his wife.
But it was getting late and the graveyard gates were about to be closed.

8.

My owner won’t wake up.
My food bowl has been empty for so long.

9.

I pick up your little collar and leash, and I almost expect you to…

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