Write About Dragons?


I am taking part in a terrific writing class which is on-line and free. It’s called Write About Dragons. It’s taught by Brandon Sanderson who recently won two Hugo awards. Brandon has tons of knowledge to share and an excellent style of teaching. I hope some of you will join me in taking this class.

The measly 3,000-4,000 words I’ve posted for the forum is nowhere near the number I need. But, in my defense, these post are in addition to putting together a non-fiction book, managing  Owensboro Writers Group and editing a short story for the growing writers’ group (see “Owensboro Writers’ Group is famous“). My posts are science-fiction and fantasy. You can see them at http://searchfordragons.com/?a_id=444&author_name=TheresaJewel, but I don’t know if you can read or critique them without joining the forum. If you do read and/or critique them, please comment below.

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W is for Writing


 

A tub full of writing.

This is my collection of notebooks, journals and steno pads – all with my writing in them. There’s also about four of my favorite books on the far right.

I am a writer. I don’t write every day and I don’t have a scheduled day or time, but I still consider myself a writer.

But, what does writing have to do with Mental Health? It does a lot more than you might think. Besides keeping a journal or diary, writing can help you heal in a lot other ways. Sometimes, just putting yourself in the process of writing helps you feel better about yourself. In other cases, such as Stephen King, writing is so much a part of you that you can’t heal until you take it back up. Look up ON WRITING by Stephen King and read what he says after his leg was broken in about eight different places.

But, my experience with the healing quality of writing came while dealing with grief. When my mother passed away in March of 2012, I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. I wrote in my journal several times with some form of “Goodbye Mom,” but it never seemed to be enough. I couldn’t figure out why.

Then in February of 2013, I was writing a scene where my character saw someone’s ghost go to meet Jesus. In it, this ghost told me nobody could hurt her in heaven, there was no pain there and she would always be happy.

Suffice it to say, I had not sat down with the intention of writing anything other than the ghost disappearing. I was in tears before I finished it. I’d finally realized what my mother would tell me if she could. Instead of saying “Goodbye,” I had the ghost say “See you later.” That’s what Mom would have said if she’d had the chance. When my character answers, I honestly felt like I was saying, “Yeah, see you later” to Mom.

My grief didn’t go away, but I healed quite a bit on that day. I’d finally told my Mother that I’d see her again some day and thanks to something I wrote, I knew I would.

Ghost

Ghost (Photo credit: Pétur Gauti)

On Writing

On Writing (Photo credit: Jody Art)

P is for Procrastination


Writing

Writing (Photo credit: Pascal Maramis)

I didn’t come up with a title for R yet, but I found the following quote to be quite inspirational:

“Have you been procrastinating about writing? Spend 15 minutes writing about what you’ve been doing instead of writing.

Put it on your fridge for a couple of days as a reminder and then re-visit this prompt. This time, spend 15 minutes writing a plan on how you’re going to wipe out procrastination. Put it on the fridge and use it as a checklist to start writing consistently on your own terms.”

This comes from FictionAddiction.net.

I wanted to share this with everyone who has problems with procrastination. Try it out and see if it helps you.

 

HubPages information needed


I’m thinking about writing for HubPages, but I want all the information I can find before I make this decision. I had a terrible experience writing articles for Examiner.com as Evansville Genealogy Examiner and as Evansville Pets Examiner. With them, it took me three years to earn the minimum payout of $10!

I need to know, does anyone here writes for HubPages? If yes, please leave a reply or send an e-mail to jewel(dot)ammons@gmail(dot)com answering the following questions?

  • Do you make money on every post?
  • If yes, how much do you personally make for each piece of content? What is your monthly average from GoogleAds and other advertising?
  • If no, what draws you to HubPages? Does what you’re earning from advertising make it worthwhile?
  • If you write for HubPages and another organization, which do you recommend for a writer with three years of publishing experience who wants to make a decent amount of money ($6 or more) per post?

Thank you all for any assistance you can give me. I’m also open to your suggestions of where to publish my writing whether non-fiction or fiction. I’m currently working on several short stories and 2-3 novels in the fiction department.

Bye for now.