Happy to say Red Thief is progressing nicely. Still don't know my word count because I haven't typed anything up yet. My short story class will be over with the final next week and I'll have a free couple weeks before my last class starts, in which to work on it. Yes, I have one more class left and I will have my Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. I'll still debating whether I want to go after a Masters in Fine Arts or just take some writing classes.
I just received "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, the inventor of morning pages. It is a 12 week course in "discovering and recovering your creative self". My goal this week is to just read through the book and familiarize myself with the whole program. The morning pages are working for me currently and seem to be helping my memory, which is a good thing, plus keeping me on track with working on my WIP in the mornings, rather than sluffing off.
With the end of January, came the end of the 31 days to Better Writing Habits from which I learned quite a bit and will be useful in the future. Something that I had never thought about was toxic language. One of the topics was how toxic language can hinder your writing. Words such as can't, should, have to, impossible or need to are considered toxic because they take away your power. They are negative and limit you.
Use “Can” Instead of “Can’t”–You can do anything you want to do. You can do anything you set your mind to do. It’s been proven over and over and over again. So say “can.” “I can be a writer” and “I can write this novel.”
Use “Want to” Instead of “Should” “Have to” or “Need to”–When you use the phrase “want to” you’re making a choice. It’s no longer being forced on you, you are choosing it. There is power in the phrase “want to” because it shows you have a desire to do something. So say “I want to be a writer” and “I want to write this novel.”
Telling yourself you should do something is taking away your choice. Telling yourself you have to do something is extra pressure and most folks when you tell them they have to do something, will do the opposite. Do you need to write or do you want to write. You don't need to, you don't have to, but you want to. You are making a choice to write because you want to. Getting rid of the toxic language gives you back your power. I had never thought of that, so taking out the toxic language and replacing it with more positive - I want, I can, I will.
My goals for the next week:
1) continue morning pages
2) write one page a day
3) Read through and preview "Artist's Way"
4) Post review of Forsaken by Shadow
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