Inside A Writer’s mind: Part One of Three Series

An experience that writer’s can relate to, and hopefully encourages them. This is also for people who may not understand writers, This is part one of three series.

This is part one of a three-part series of a writer’s mind. The mind, in general, is fascinating, because the mind works nonstop, and it shapes up who we are as individuals. The past day led me to this series. I was exhausted yesterday and last night since it was a very hot day, and it takes a lot out of me. I thought I was okay to go to sleep, but my mind had other plans for me.

While I was sleep, I want to say three hours not even went by, and I woke up. I thought it was early morning, but I was freaked out since it was dark. I was trying to comprehend how it is so dark early morning. It was only two in the morning. An idea came to me in the form of a dream, and I wrote that idea down. After I was done with that, I got up and got myself a cup of ice water. The ideas were for an existing script, as well as a new idea for a new script in one night.

I did my exercise of dissecting the plot and doing what I call “Writer’s surgery”, which is putting the pieces together to see where it all fits.  I knew it was a great idea, it was clearly jumbled in some areas. These exercises help me keep my mind going, and it helps me stay fresh with all ideas current and new. I eventually fell asleep. It wasn’t the end of it though. I kept thinking about it and referring to it.

The writer’s mind never stops working, and each writer has a unique mind that works in a million different ways.  That whole night it was like I was trying to put the pieces together to make it into a legitimate story rather than a jumbled idea. It became clearer when I woke up. That all came to me in one night. I am a little exhausted from all of it, even after sleep.

You may feel tired even after having a normal sleep schedule. This may not happen every night (or maybe it does for you), but it is not a burden. It is a gift, a special gift that makes the writing experience fun. The fact my mind and so many writers mind can come up with something twenty-four hours a day is nothing short of amazing.

The next time a person ridicules a writer or even yourself for what you do, just remember you have a mind that only a few can truly understand. Utilize it any way possible, it certainly beats sitting in front of a screen and trying to brainstorm ideas all the time. This is only the beginning, stay tuned for part two of the writer’s mind as I share more experiences for writers and everyone to see, stay tuned.

Don’t Stop Dreaming, Don’t Stop Believing

The one thing lacking today is dreams. What made you stop believing in dreams? What will make you start believing again?

While writing my script, I was thinking about a big subject which is dreams. Creative writing is a big field, and so many people have many talents for creative writing. My dreams of writing content are reality every single day. Whether it is gaining more for my scripts or writing right now to you guys. Those are dreams that I have every single day.

I have dreams long term of course for myself, but every day is a new adventure. Normally, I am writing just about how creative writers can dream, but I want to take it a step farther and speak to everyone in this piece. One thing I feel like is lacking today is dreams. We let people take our dreams away, or we take our own dreams away because we feel it isn’t realistic, or we think we are not good enough to do it.

Like I mentioned, every day is a dream for me when it comes to writing, and a new adventure as I wake up. That passion to make us dream for the long term or every single day is what makes a happy life. It isn’t being a shiftless dreamer or a waste of time. No matter what you do, whether it is writing like me, or anything, having that feeling every single day is the best feeling in the world.  That happiness and joy should be shared no matter what you love to do and no matter who you are.

Follow your dreams, there are many ways to make it happen. Whether it is going to college and doing what you love to do like I do, or making your dreams happen in other ways. There are endless possibilities, even when it seems like it may be impossible. That is the beauty of a dream, it may seem impossible, and so many others may think your dream is impossible, but you see it clear as day. The fact you see this dream and vision for yourself makes it possible. Do not stop dreaming, and don’t ever stop believing, because that is the true happiness and joy of life having dreams every single day.

How Twitter Made me a Better Writer

Social Media is generally frowned upon, and can be seen as a negative thing. To me, it was positive. Here is my story.

I was a sporadic Twitter user in the past. I came back in November, and since then it has helped me as a writer. I have been able to see experiences from close friends, and new friends. Networking is a powerful thing when gathering around like-minded individuals, and being able to see writers, independent actors, and workers of the entertainment field succeed. Some people may see it as a small deal, but it is a big deal and has helped me in a major way since coming back on Twitter. Twitter can help you propel to the next level when gathering with people who motivate and bring out the best in you.

There are so many names that come to mind. Stephanie Andujar who you probably remember from the movie Precious or as the Young Miss Rosa from the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black. She is an actress who is down to Earth and her knowledge, kindness, friendship has meant more than anything. The journey and seeing projects that she is involved in is always nothing short of awesome and inspirational.

The same case for Nadine Marissa who is part of the hit show Walking Dead who has helped in ways that have only made me better, from tips to just general life advice. AdELA who is a hip-hop artist has proven what love and compassion can do. Nadine and AdELA both since connecting with them on Twitter have been the ones to help and be a support. They all have been an example of the two H’s, hard work, and humility. They have helped develop who I am, and what it truly means to do what you love to do.

There are many people who I already knew prior to Twitter such as Barbi Hayden, Kacee Carlisle, Brittany Wonder, and Kikyo who have been amazing support as always, and if it wasn’t for them, none of what I do today would be possible. Their continuous love and support are what kept me going even during the worse times. On Twitter, they have continued to be a support, and amazing friends despite their busy schedule, and been the greatest friends a person can ask for.

That brings me to a person prior to Twitter who is my best friend Shayla Hyde. Who is also a wrestler just like Barbi, Kacee, Brittany, and Kikyo. She has done everything to emotionally prepare me for every step in my life. For that, I am truly grateful. She has been there prior to college, and like the ones mentioned, way before I ever came back to Twitter. The support kept going, and everything that she accomplished up to this point has motivated me to do better.

There are many Twitter followers and people I have come across on Twitter from Brooke Hogan to Tamara Torres from Orange is the New Black. All of them that have been part of this journey, I am grateful for. Every one of them, and all the future ones that will join the journey later. Twitter has negativity and some bad news that people may like to avoid, but the truth is it can also bring out the best in people when they network. Let Twitter bring out the best in you, instead of letting the worse bring you down.

 

Being an Online Student of a University

Life as an online student has ups and down, but it is so worth it in the end for a degree. Here is my story as an online student.

There are advantages of being an online student for an amazing University. Whether you are part of Southern New Hampshire University, or to another good reputation online university. Nowadays you need a bachelor’s degree to make everything work. If you have certain dreams, you need a bachelor’s degree.

Online Universities like Southern New Hampshire University help make that happen. So many people see online as harder for many reasons, and as an online student for SNHU, I can say it can be harder. If you are not dedicated to your decision since essentially it is up to you to meet deadlines. It is up to you, and they will be there for you to ensure your success.

Universities are not easy and are not meant to be easy. If you are only applying because you think it is going to be easy, you have already lost. The eight weeks of classes all year long can tear you apart if you start classes with an attitude of “well it’s easy’.  I failed a few classes back in 2015 because of how tough my personal schedule got and how large the work was.

I had to give up a job for a job in writing to gain experience in my field. It was hard, and I took nearly a whole year off, because of how shook I was failing classes back to back. I was borderline academic probation at a 2.2 GPA, but when I came back, I was determined to make that rise higher than it was before. I am close to a 3.4 GPA since coming back.

Southern New Hampshire University has been an amazing experience. I am currently one year away from being done with classes. My goal is to see more people succeed with Southern New Hampshire University, or other great online universities and to help the online program grow more socially among students.

This kind of growth and initiative with a great online school is what it is all about. Online is more than just getting the work done, and being done with it, it is about gaining skills and communication needed to propel yourself to the next level.

I’m a creative writing student and been in my program since late 2014.  I hope to see more people succeed, and even help online Southern New Hampshire University grow to new heights. If you want a bachelor’s or masters be sure to apply to Southern New Hampshire University’s website through this link if you are serious about getting a degree and working hard for it. I hope to see you in class.

The 5 Stages of Writing

Your work is your baby, sounds weird right? It is true! Your work goes through a life cycle, five stages to be exact!

Creating your work is like a baby going through stages to transform eventually into a successful adult. It is vital to make your work grow into a healthy piece of work. This is relevant whether you are a script writer, a poet, fiction writer, or song writer. No matter what these phases will be there. Your piece of work goes through phases in growth as you develop and nurture it.

  1. New Born Phasepexels-photo-269451

Your piece of work is just born, this is the outline phase. When you find out that you have an idea to develop. It’s like having a joy of knowing a baby is on the way. Your baby is on the way at this point, the genius piece of work that you are planning.

  1. Toddler Phase

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At this point, you are nurturing it and getting your idea together. It will come out messy, and it is nowhere near perfect. You are just getting your ideas out, with mistakes and all onto the paper. You wouldn’t send your helpless baby out to fend for his or herself, right? You shouldn’t send your little piece of work out there when it is nowhere near ready either. You are nurturing it and giving it all the love and attention in the world.

  1. Baby Phase to Almost Teenager phase

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Your piece of work is coming together slowly but surely, but there are still critical elements missing as it grows up. You are proud as your piece is taking its first steps so to speak. You are so proud, and at this point, you have probably bragged to your friend how well it is coming along at this point, your piece of work is growing up before your very eyes.

  1. Teenager Phase

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Your work is growing, but it is becoming more difficult suddenly. You are stuck in critical places and days at a time trying to figure out what you will do next. Your piece is giving you a hard time. I got news for you, you are at the teenager phase. Some give up or hand in the work as it is because they feel there is nothing left for them to do. You got a teenager, and no matter what the teenager may say they are ready. They are not ready, because there is more to be done to guide your work on the right track and prepare your piece for the big world.

  1. Adult Phase

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Congratulations, you raised your work into the adult phase! You have done all you can for your work and got through all the rough patches. Your work is mature, and everything with your work makes sense. As the creator and being the one that gave birth to the piece of work may still be there to rough out the edges. At this point, your work is mature and ready to hand in and for people’s enjoyment.

It is literally your baby, and you are raising it through all this. Have confidence and pride you have raised your baby, and through the good and bad. Your work will not let you down when you reach the adult phase.