How Much of Yourself Do You See in Your Protag?

You’ve been through a lot. You’ve seen amazing highs and dreadful lows. And you injected this into your protagonist, as you should.

In your novels, you crafted world’s that pieces of you could survive. That’s a powerful testament to the life you were given.

Yes, you may have killed off characters, but those deaths served a purpose to your storyline. Sometimes, those are pieced of your life which needed purging. If the good guy does away with the bad guy, the good guy is triumphant. Your story may be more complex than that; there may be ambiguous feelings and tragedy interwoven in the characters who leave the story, but you’ll probably find triumph, too.

Wishing you a life of triumphs through tragedies. 

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz 

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FITNESS FOR WRITERS

My back hurts and my muse thrust a dagger between my shoulder blades. My brain is amped with mighty muscle, but if I don’t attend to the rest of my body, my brain will become a deflated basketball. 

I’m not a fitness enthusiast but I wish I were. My husband works out in this gym 3 times a week. I took a week off work to focus on writing, so I took the time and finally went with him to the gym.

I hopped onto the treadmill and read my Kindle. Thirty minutes sped by.

I wanted to read more so I walked another 30 minutes! We finished the session by relaxing in the pool.

Because I have arthritis and fibromyalgia, I expected to be sore the next day. I wasn’t! I do walk every day, so my legs were probably used to the exercise. 

But here’s the best part: the treadmill loosened up the creative debris lodged in my skull. I got a lot of writing done.

What has worked for you? I wish I could jog or do more with my body. I bet that a writer who is also a jogger could really shake up his muse. 

Keep writing and keep sharing! Cronin Detzz 

How Much Time Should You Spend Writing?

The amount of time we spend writing is essential if we yearn to be writers. How much is enough?

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There’s no hard and fast rule but it makes sense to treat it like everyone else treats their career ambitions.

But how can we devote 40 hours a week to writing when we already have a full time job?

Ask yourself this question another way: How do parents find the time to properly raise their children when they work full time?  We could ask the same question of any artist, musician, or college student.

We all have responsibilities to tend to.

You are not alone.

What all the parents, artists, musicians, college students, and aspiring writers have in common is a desire to do something big with their lives which transcends their day jobs.

So they find a way.

They sacrifice television, video games, and sleep. I work 55+ hours a week as an accountant, so here is what has helped me:

1. I often write snippets of stories, poems, and blog posts on my smart phone during lunch.
2. I take two 10-minute breaks a day. I use this time to interact on social media.
3. Being a writer means being a reader, so I let my E-reader read aloud to me during my commute.
4. I have a few favorite TV shows, so I watch only those shows. TV sucks up  time that I should spend writing.
5. Being organized helps with time management. I make grocery lists. I ensure that I spend minimal time on nonessential things (I can speed wash dishes!).
6. I fill the vessel. This means getting enough sleep, eating right, and reading inspirational works.

Writers are deep thinkers, so let yourself relax and daydream. It’s a good thing. Anxiety and stress can get in the way. Take care of your problems and love the people in your life…yes, you want to write but you have to take care of yourself and relish the time you have with your loved ones, too.

What has worked for you? Please comment below.

Keep writing and keep sharing! Cronin Detzz

Stretch Your Literary Muscles

Do you keep a list of fun words? It’s a great way to stretch your literary muscles. What is on your special word list?

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Here are a few words from my list:
Zeitgeist: the flavor of a time
Excelsior: soft wood shavings used for packing
Attenuate: reduce the force or value of something

Help your fellow writers by sharing a few of your fun words in the comments below.

Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz