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8/16/14 6:45 P

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Boy, can I relate to slumps in diet and exercise emoticon
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keep plugging away and your passion will rise to the surface emoticon

xoxo elle~


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8/16/14 8:12 A

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Hi Glenn.
We all have slumps in writing, just like exercise and diet. Some days it feels like you can do anything, others I know I can barely muster enough energy for a quick walk or to turn on the laptop. Why don't you look at other forms of writing. You might find that the desire to stick with them last longer? And the longer you stick to it the easier it becomes.
I do hope you renew your passion and belief. If we didn't fall down now and again we wouldn't feel so proud of ourselves for following our dreams. x

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8/11/14 3:41 P

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Like my son would say, "Don't get too hung up on labels."

Read, read, read, and then read some more. I'm always inspired by writers that I love to read.

Also, it's easy for us older folks to feel silly dreaming big dreams. Why should the kiddos have all the fun? The antidote for this is to research authors that started their careers later in life. I think you'll be amazed at how many folks on that list you will recognize.

Good luck, Terri

P.S. I'm glad you're keeping the puppy.

Je Suis Prest means "I am ready," and is the Fraser clan motto. With Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser - Outlander).

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8/9/14 11:40 P

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My current problem with my writing project is that I've never written a novel before. I don't exactly know how to do it. So when I start writing my ideas I don't have enough meat and potatoes to carry the story through to the end and it stalls. So i'm trying to flush out that outline and get enough happening per chapter that the story stays interesting.

When I get hung up there are a number of things I do that remind me why I want to write.
Below are some examples.

1. Daily Writing Prompts .
2. Flash Fiction.
3. Journal.
4. Twist a fairy tale.
5. Fan Fiction.
6. Create a location or a character.

Try to choose something you can write from beginning to end in one sitting.
The accomplishment may remind you why writing became a passion in the first place.

Glen, You can do it!

Mena Harker

According to the BMI chart, i'm much too short! O.O


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8/9/14 5:20 P

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That's always better than giving up on it. :)

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8/9/14 3:57 P

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Because the dream, like the puppy that followed me home one rainy night, still wants to hang around, I guess I'll keep it. However, that doesn't mean I'll ever do anything about it. Glenn

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8/9/14 1:22 P

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Thanks to everyone for all you kind thoughts. For Ryan, I wanted to say that the reason I didn't think my not writing isn't a motivation issue is that 17 weeks ago, I decided to work out regularly at the gym. I have gone consistently three times per week, and have seen some pretty good results. However, when it comes to my writing, when I've started a writing project, I have only written one or two days in a row, then dropped it. I guess that's why I'm figuring I'm not really a writer. It's like I write when I have something meaningful to write about, but within a couple of days, it loses it's sense of importance, and I have lost my subject matter. I just may not have the patience nor perseverance for the craft of writing. So why keep thinking I might be a writer? (Let me tell you. I can say it is hard to let old dreams die. They just want to hang around.) Glenn

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8/9/14 12:11 P

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If you really love writing, you have to write, nothing will be able to stop you. At some point your dream becomes your passion. Maybe you haven't found the "write" genre.

Do you belong to a writers group? Mine is a life saver. They keep me motivated and boy... do they critique (in the nicest way possible). Three hours once a week is my escape, which keeps me sane.

I also do not journal on a regular basis. I've tried, and envy those who can... just not for me.

Good luck, and your heart will tell you what to do.

xoxo elle~


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8/9/14 7:45 A

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Oh, Glenn. That's such a sad thing to hear. I hate to see anyone give up on their dreams. Journaling isn't for everyone (I hate it) but that doesn't mean you can't write that book or those articles. I think you DO like writing, else you wouldn't have chosen this dream but you've chosen a type of writing you don't like. Why not begin writing those articles or that novel? Start telling the story instead of journaling about it. Start small. Afterall, a novel is really just a collection of smaller stories woven together.

I only have what you posted to go by but as you said, the issue isn't motivation (inspiration). That can bring you to sit down and pick up the pen. It might even get you to start. But it takes willpower and discipline to keep writing, every day, especially when it gets hard and stops being fun. Because let's face it, writing IS hard. BUT it is rewarding, else we wouldn't do it. Something made you fall in love with writing a long time ago. I hope you can find it again.

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8/9/14 7:38 A

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Glenn, clearly what you wrote was heartfelt and difficult.

If your definition of being a writer includes commercial success, then most people who call themselves by that label are inaccurate. If it additionally includes notoriety, the pool is even smaller.

Personally, I relate to what you are saying. I've been writing for ten years and am rapidly approaching fifty. I've indie published a few books and could point to a couple of things that may imply notoriety. However, I resist calling myself a writer. I say instead that I write. However, I do several other things too.

When I read about what it takes to "build a platform" and all the social media networking that may (or may not) translate into sales and a wider audience, I just lose interest. Right now I'm not interested in doing those things. I don't write every day. Because of the nature of my actual money paying job, I do it seasonally and that has worked for me. If I think of writing every day, it seems 1. unnecessary and 2. burdensome and not enjoyable. I'd rather be out living my life and finding it interesting, which stepping into writing has provided for me.

Currently, I am unsure if I will continue to write the way that I have. It's reached a few people and from their response, I am thrilled. Sometimes that is all that is needed - just one. If I set out on this crazy journey for one, it is still enough. I don't look at it as failure. It is something that I set out to do.

You set out to do something and you pursued a dream. That takes more guts than wondering what might have been. It also takes guts to make an honest assessment and consider if you want to keep at something. Perhaps none of that is helpful, but you should be proud of yourself for doing something difficult, even if it didn't turn into what you once hoped. That certainly is something for which you can pat yourself on the back.

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8/9/14 1:23 A

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I am now in my 7th decade. 63 years old. My whole life I thought I would write, nonfiction. I thought I would journal and I would develop a wealth of information to use for a book or even articles. Every time I have decided I to start journaling, it has lasted one or two days, then I would drop it for what may be six months or even longer. I do blog from time to time on Spark, especially when I am in conflict about something or want to make a point. Sometimes I do it just to get positive feedback for my accomplishments. But I have decided it is time for the dream of being a writer to die, or at least be put way back on the shelf. I figure if it was going to happen, it would have by now. I know it's not a motivation issue. It's a, "Do I really like writing issue?" And I think that for the structure of a book or articles, the answer is likely no. I think I can honestly say, "I am not a writer." Glenn

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