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Are You Thinking Straight? Check Your Beliefs.


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“Are You Thinking Straight? Check Your Beliefs.” by Joan Y. Edwards

I was searching through papers from my teaching days yesterday, looking for pictures that might need scanning, when I came across a paper I’d saved with hints for clear thinking from Dr. Albert Ellis, a famous pyschologist in the 1950’s.  He designed a therapy called Rational Therapy. Dr. Ellis believed that Rational Therapy was more direct, efficient, and effective than pyschotherapy.  Later they changed the name of his therapy to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

Dr. Ellis said there are 12 false thoughts or beliefs that are prevalent with people that lead to problems in our thinking. If our thinking is faulty, our emotions may be out of whack, too. I’ll bet you’re familiar with at least one of these faulty statements.  Dr. Ellis wrote them as we-statements; I changed them to I-statements. I added what I believe are healthier ways of thinking for each of them.

(Hint for Writers: You can use one or two of these erroneous thinking statements as flaws for your character(s) in your stories.

  1. Faulty way of thinking: I must be loved by everyone and everyone must approve everything I do. Healthier way of thinking: It’s okay if some people don’t love me and don’t approve of everything that I do.
  2. Faulty way of thinking: I must be thoroughly competent, adequate, intelligent, and achieving in all possible respects. Healthier way of thinking: I don’t have to be thoroughly competent, adequate, intelligent, and achieving in all possible respects.
  3. Faulty way of thinking: Certain acts are wrong or wicked or villainous, and people who perform them should be severely punished. Healthier way of thinking: Certain acts are wrong or wicked or villainous and people who perform them will be punished by God. It is not my job to judge them. Judge their actions, not them as a person. The authorities who govern the area where they live are in charge of  judging and punishing them for their actions, if deemed necessary by the law.
  4. Faulty way of thinking: It is a terrible catastrophe when things are not as I would like them to be. Healthier way of thinking: Things can be okay even when things are not as I would like for them to be.
  5. Faulty way of thinking: Unhappiness is the result of external events and happenings that are forced on us and that we have no control over. Healthier way of thinking: Happiness is the result of my internal beliefs and thoughts about external events and happenings. I can control the thoughts and beliefs on which I focus.
  6. Faulty way of thinking: We should be greatly concerned about dangerous and fearful things and must center our thinking on them until the danger is passed. Healthier way of thinking: I should be concerned about dangerous and fearful things, but I should center my thinking on surviving the dangers and facing my fears.
  7. Faulty way of thinking: It is easier to avoid difficulties and responsibilities than to face them. Healthier way of thinking: It is easier to face difficulties and responsibilities than to avoid them.
  8. Faulty way of thinking: We need a person stronger than ourselves to rely on. Healthier way of thinking: I am as strong a person as I need to be to do what I need to do. I don’t need someone stronger than me to rely on. God will help me.
  9. Faulty way of thinking: Because something greatly influenced us in the past, it must determine our present behavior;  the influence of the past cannot be overcome. Healthier way of thinking: Even if something greatly influenced me in the past, it does not have to determine my present behavior. The influence of the past can be overcome.
  10. Faulty way of thinking: What other people do is vitally important to me, and I should make every effort to change them to be the way I think they should be. Healthier way of thinking: Sometimes what other people do is vitally important to me. I should accept them as they are. If their behavior harms you in some way, explain how you would prefer for them to act. Realize that they may or may not do it. Behavior is a choice.
  11. Faulty way of thinking: There is one perfect solution to every problem, and if it is not found, the result will be terrible. Healthier way of thinking: There is more than one solution with good results to every problem.
  12. Faulty way of thinking: I have virtually no control over my emotions; I am their victim and cannot help how I feel. Healthier way of thinking: If I change my beliefs and thoughts, I can change my emotions. I am a victor; not a victim.

Resources

  1. Ann Jorn. Psychcentral.com. “Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy:”
    https://psychcentral.com/lib/rational-emotive-behavior-therapy/
  2. Famous Psychologists. “Albert Ellis:” http://www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com/famous_psychologist_and_psychologists/psychologist_famous_albert_ellis.htm
  3. Smart Recovery.org. “Basics of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy:” http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/library/For_Family_Volunteers_Professionals/basics-of-rebt.pdf
  4. Good Therapy.org. “Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT):” http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/rational-emotive-behavioral-therapy

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“Don’t Tell God How Big Your Problem Is; Tell Your Problem How Big Your God Is” – Author Unknown


Don’t Tell God How Big Your Problem Is; Tell Your Problem How Big Your God Is.”
…Author Unknown

Many times during my life, I wish I had been familiar with this saying: “Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.”

In his homily during a February 12, 2017 weekday Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, Fr. Casmir Maduakor from Nigeria told us: “Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.”

Today I’m reminding you that your God is bigger than any problem you have now or ever will have. Trust that He is going to bring GOOD out of every problem situation you ever have. Tell your problem how big your God is. It will crumble before your very eyes. Watch a solution show up. See your problem disappear. 

In the year 2000, when I was driving Mother from Delaware to Charlotte, NC after they repaired her left hip, I couldn’t get her back in the car. She had gotten out but was walking like Tim Conway as the Oldest Man  or Mr. Tudball on the Carol Burnett Show

She walked for ten minutes and moved two feet. So I had to call for help. I called to a man on the sidewalk in front of the car, “Sir, sir. Would you help me, please?”

He said, “How can I help you?”

“I got my Mother out to go to the restroom, but she’s not moving very fast and doesn’t have any energy. I need to get her back in the car. I have a blanket. If you could pull her from this side to the other on her blanket, I would appreciate it very much. She’s limp and can’t pull herself.”

So I sat Mother down on her blanket and he pulled her to the left side of the car. He stopped and said, “Is this far enough?”

I said, “No. Her feet are hanging out the door.”

He smiled and said, “Then I believe I need to pull her a little farther.” And he did. Then he put a pillow behind her head and shut the door.

When Mother’s feet were inside the door, I covered her with another blanket, and closed the other door. 

I thanked the man and asked him if I could give him a hug. He said, “Yes.” So I walked around the car to him and gave him a big hug. But it was me who needed the hug. The man told me I was welcome and headed on his own path.

There were many times when I was caring for Mother that God sent someone to help me. My problems disappeared. 

Believe and it will be given to you.
Ask and you shall receive.
Trust that God will hear your voice and help you.

I pray that you always have the help you need.

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Install New Confidence Software


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“Install New Confidence Software” by Joan Y. Edwards

When computers were first able to send emails and get return emails in minutes, they hooked me right away. Computers fascinated me. I took a class to learn to program a computer. Oh my goodness! It took about 10 pages of programming to get the computer to add 1 plus 1 = 2. 

Computers enabled me to communicate with people far and wide. That was fun. I enjoyed teaching my students how to use a computer. There have been many times in my life when I lacked the confidence I needed to do something that seemed to hold a “fear” or a”don’t be ridiculous, you could never do that” voice in my head. I needed more confidence.

There are many times in my life when I needed more confidence. I wish I could just download it and install it that would install new confidence in me. I’ll bet you’ve wish the same thing. I’m here to tell you that there is an app to download to your heart that will fill you with confidence. It’s called “Love Yourself as God Loves You.”

Love yourself as God loves you.

Here are definitions to ponder: download means to transfer (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a distant to a nearby computer, from a larger to a smaller computer, or from a computer to a peripheral device…say from God faraway to you, wherever you are.

Install according to Merriam Webster means to set up for use or service. That’s definitely what I want to do. I want the confidence set up to serve me to use for my benefit and the benefit of others that I meet on my path in life.

Notice the word “Soft” in software. Soft like a pillow, like a cotton ball, like a balloon filled with air, like a velour towel, like a baby’s skin.

The “ware” in software means an immaterial asset or benefit, such as a service or personal accomplishment, regarded as an article of commerce. So software from God will enable me to perform a service and to carry out personal goals. 
Once you download this software  into your psyche, your subconscious mind, it starts working. Just press the Belief power button. Good luck. (When you press here, it takes you to Gospel devotionals I wrote that may help give your more confidence and faith in yourself.)

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I haven’t done a new post in a while. I worked on my taxes. I efiled them with Turbo Ta for Home and Small Business on April 18, 2017 about 3:30 p.m. EDT. I am thankful that I was able to get the taxes done on time. I loved using that software.

I promised myself that I would begin anew on the illustrations for Larry the Terrifying Turkey after I submitted my taxes. When I get the illustrations near the final draft, I might share with you. I’m shy about sharing my drawings and paintings. So I may do a few blog posts about illustrating and drawing.

Thanks for reading my blog. If you have any subjects, you’d like for me to write about, let me know.

For the Giveaway there were two people who left a comment between April 25, 2017 and Midnight May 2, 2017. Therefore, I am going to give both of them a free critique of 1,000 words. Thank you, Linda Andersen and Kathleen Burkinshaw. You are the winners of a free critique of 1,000 words.

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23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed


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“23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed” by Joan Y. Edwards

Most of the information in this blog post came from a handout Copyright © 1988 from Bjorn Secher Achievement Systems in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1988. I’ve reworded some of it to make it more meaningful.

You are today where your attention has brought you.
 You will be tomorrow where your attention takes you.
You cannot escape the result of your attention.
Attention is your most vital tool…Bjorn Secher

Is your focus scattered with distractions? I’ve had a little trouble focusing my attention lately, too. So I thought I’d read over notes I saved from Bjorn Secher. He was an expert in focusing attention in the 1980s. Reading these ideas might help you focus your thinking and feelings to achieve your goals.

Thought is the key to your success — and thoughts start from a single source…your attention. For increased health, happiness, and success, a change in your attention is essential. In the following, review how your attention influences every moment of your life.

Write 3 of the following statements that appeal to you on a 3″x 5″ index card. Refer to it 10 times a day for a month. It will help to activate your self-awareness and thereby automatically instigate positive behavior changes. Attention is the flow of your thoughts, consciously or unconsciously, in one direction or another, either positive or negative.

  1. When you focus your full attention on something with your thoughts and your emotions, you give it strength, energy, and power. It automatically becomes your priority.
  2. What you relate and identify with becomes your reality, positive or negative, depending on the focus of your attention.
  3. Any road can become a scenic route, depending upon your attention.
  4. Your attention creates the way you perceive the world around you.
  5. The direction of your attention determines what you see, think, hear, and feel.
  6. In any given situation, two interpretations of the same situation exist. Your attention with its beliefs and emotions decides the outcome.
  7. You are not responsible for other people’s actions, but you are always accountable for your own reactions. Your reaction depends upon how well you control your attention.
  8. Control your attention and you control your destiny.
  9. No event, situation, or circumstance can influence your thinking or emotions before you allow your attention to dwell upon it.
  10. When you deliberately change the focus of your attention, it is the first step for a discovery of possibilities that have existed all along.
  11. Attention with its beliefs and emotions is the basis for all decisions.
  12. By changing your attention, you automatically change your mood and attitude.
  13. Depending upon your attention, the problem will appear as an opportunity or turn an opportunity into a problem.
  14. Changing your attention with its thinking and emotions is the beginning of challenging any belief that you assumed was true in the past.
  15. To loosen shackles of your negative assumptions, place your attention on the concept of possibility.
  16. There are always new possibilities, answers, solutions, and techniques for a person with creative, open-minded attention.
  17. Attention creates images — and images are life’s controlling mechanisms.
  18. When you change the focus of your attention, you enter a whole new world and ways to think and act.
  19. Your good intention gets the job started; your controlled attention finishes it.
  20. Commitment and attention are synonymous. It’s very difficult to have one without the other.
  21. Your attention is your constant companion.
  22. In your attention lies the secrets to your strength, determination, and endurance.
  23. The most important thing to remember is wherever you fully put your attention, you will succeed.

When you concentrate your energy purposely on the future possibility that you aspire to realize, your energy is passed on to it and makes it attracted to you with a force stronger than the one you directed towards it.
― Stephen RichardsThink Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!
― Mike Dooley

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope these ideas help you focus your attention to receive what brings you joy!

For the Giveaway from February 7 through midnight February 21, there were 3 people who left a comment. Thank you very much.

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Random.org chose Number 2, so Carol Baldwin you win a free logo image with the favorite saying from this post or a saying of your own to help focus your attention. Please email me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com to let me know so I can create it for you.

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References

  1. Bjorn Secher. Your Appointment with Success: The Way to Get Rich:
    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Appointment-With-Success-Rich/dp/0811901971/
  2. James Allen. As a Man Thinkethhttps://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-James-Allen/dp/1514698692/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “God Will Show You How” by Mary L. Kupferle public domain:  http://wp.me/pFnvK-1c
  4. Mike Dooley. Choose Them Wiselyhttps://www.amazon.com/Choose-Them-Wisely-Thoughts-Become/dp/1582702330/
  5. Stephen Richards.  Ask and the Universe Will Provide: https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Universe-Will-Provide-Straightforward-ebook/dp/B01FWWKSSY/

 

Why Not? Day 4 Write a Snappy Title. Go Ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 4 Write a Snappy Title. Go Ahead.” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 4 of the Why Not series. I hope you’re enjoying it and learning a little, too.

Let’s say, you’ve written all the paragraphs you plan to write about the subject at hand. You may have written a draft title. You want to check out your title for three things:

  1. Is it meaningful in view of the words you’ve written?
  2. Does it capture the mood, mystery, and attention of the readers?
  3. Can it be said in fewer words and still capture the attention of your readers so that they want to read your words to discover what you have to say, what your story is, who your characters are, and how things go in the world you describe.

How many words does a good title have? Let’s check it out.

52 Oscar-Winning Movies from 2012-2015

In the Oscar Winning Movies from 2012-2015, there were:

24 one-word winners: Room, Amy, Spectre, Stutterer, Birdman, Whiplash, Boyhood, Intersteller, Ida, Selma, Citizenfour, Feast, Gravity, Frozen, Her, Helium, Argo, Lincoln, Skyfall, Amour, Paperman, Brave, Inocente, Curfew

11 two-word winners: The Revenant, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Bear Story, American Sniper, Still Alice, Blue Jasmine, Mr. Hublot, Les Miserables, Diango Unchained, Anna Karenina

14 three word winners: Bridge of Spies, The Big Short, The Danish Girl, The Hateful Eight, Son of Saul, The Imitation Game, Big Hero 6, The Phone Call, Dallas Burgers Club, The Great Gatsby, The Great Beauty, Life of Pi, Zero Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, 

4 four-word winners: The Great Budapest Hotel, 12 Years a Slave, 20 Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugar Man

1 five-word winner: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

2 nine-word winners: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Top 52 Fiction New York Best Sellers in 2015

I placed a link to the 2015 New York Times Best Sellers in the resources. Curiosity got me. I tested the titles to find out if this rule holds true for fiction novel titles, too. I chose the top 52 titles since there were 52 Oscar-winning movies.

5 one-word titlesRevival, Fangirl, Fallen, Burned, Torment

23 two-word titlesThe Nightingale, Gone Girl, Orphan Train, The Goldfinch, Sarah’s Key, Gray Mountain, Sycamore Row, Memory Man, The Escape, Leaving Time, The Selection, Paper Towns, Station Eleven, Golden Son, Carry On, Finders Keepers, First Frost, Hush Hush, Dead Heat, Saint Odd, World After, Defending Jacob, Red Queen, 

12 three-word titlesMe Before You, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Rosie Effect, What Alice Forgot, Before I Go, Edge of Eternity, The Rosie Project, The Boston Girl, The Burning Room, The Bone Clocks, Obsession in Death

5 four-word titlesThe Invention of Wings, All the Single Ladies, In the Unlikely Event, Our Souls at Night, Mightier Than the Sword

3 five-word titles The Girl on the Train, The Fault in Our Stars, A Spool of Blue Thread

4 six-word titlesAll the Light We Cannot See, Be Careful What You Wish for, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I believe there is a power in three and the power of one. Think of the fairy tales. They used the power of three: The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Three seems finished in our minds. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

It could also be power in the number of syllables: Many of the two word novel titles had three syllables.

The power of one:

  1. Jake had only one fault.
  2. She was the only person left.
  3. I had only one chance to live.

So when you’re choosing a title, choose the fewest words with enough oomph to stand the test of the reader’s mind. Will it hook him? Will it catch her interest?

I did a random test and found that many magazine articles and blog posts have more words than the titles of movies or books.

Good luck with your writing. You can do it. I know you can. Have fun with deciding a title for your writing. Read your choices aloud. That might help you make your decision.

The Why Not Series

  1. “Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go Ahead.” http://wp.me/pFnvK-3t0
  2. “Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go Ahead.” http://wp.me/pFnvK-3u1
  3. “Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead.” http://wp.me/pFnvK-3uf

OTHER RESOURCES

  1. Goodreads. “New York Times Fiction Best Sellers 2015:” https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/83612.NY_Times_Fiction_Best_Sellers_2015
  2. Joan Y. Edwards. “4 Books to Give You Aha Moments in Writing:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/4-books-to-give-you-aha-moments-in-writing/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “7 Ways to Add Surprise to Create a Best Seller That Readers Crave:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/7-ways-to-add-surprise-to-create-a-best-seller-that-readers-crave/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “17 Reasons to Write – Why Do You Write?:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/17-reasons-to-write-why-do-you-write/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “28 Craft Books to Help You Get a Grip on Writing:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/28-craft-books-to-help-you-get-a-grip-on-writing/
  6. Joan Y. Edwards. “33 Books to Harness the Power within You:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/33-books-to-harness-the-power-within-you/
  7. Joan Y. Edwards. “Add the Power of Three to Your Writing:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/add-the-power-of-three-to-your-writing/
  8. Joan Y. Edwards. “Fascinating Writing Prompts Get Stories Rolling:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/fascinating-writing-prompts-get-stories-rolling/
  9. Joan Y. Edwards. “Grab Your Reader’s Attention – Use Irony:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/grab-your-readers-attention-use-irony/
  10. Joan Y. Edwards. “Think and Say Good Words about Yourself:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/think-and-say-good-words-about-yourself/
  11. Wikipedia. “List of Academy Award-Winning Films:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Academy_Award-winning_films

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Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead,” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 3 of the Why Not? series.

Wow! See you’ve got a bunch of sentences written now. You need to place sentences in logical order in a paragraph. In some cases, a paragraph may be only one sentence. Group your sentences about one topic together in one paragraph. The UNC Writing Center calls the topic the “controlling” idea. Paragraphs may be indented or have a line between them.

When you’re typing or using a computer to write your work, use double-spacing to leave room for you to review it and make notes for changes. Using one inch margins and double-spacing will put it in the right format for sharing with a critique group or critique partner. This is also the correct format to submit work to a publisher or agent.

Put one space between sentences. One space after a period, exclamation point, or question mark. They changed the rules from two spaces to one space as far back as 1989 and in 2010 The Chicago Manual of Style of the University of Chicago Press stated that one space be used between sentences. 

All of what you put in a paragraph depends upon the point you want to make with your words. You have one sentence that explains the main idea you’re trying to get across to the reader. The other sentences in the paragraph are all related to and may lead up to proving the main idea or topic sentence.

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

I think J.R.R. Tolkien’s words would make a great topic sentence for a paragraph. So would all the other quotes from novels listed by Piotr Kowalczyk. Here’s a paragraph I wrote with Tokien’s sentence first (The topic sentence or main sentence) and a sentence rewording that sentence at the end.

There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. Children share their lunches. People help the homeless. Men and women adopt children. Teachers teach because they care, not because of the money.Many companies give you much more value than the money you pay them. Communities band together when there is a crisis and help each other. I believe our world is good and is definitely worth saving.

Fill your paragraphs with sentences to: explain, defend, persuade, elaborate, describe, show, tell, list ideas on the topic under discussion. Writing is formal or informal:

  1. Note
  2. List
  3. Letter
  4. Article
  5. Essay
  6. Poem
  7. Thesis
  8. Science Project
  9. Dissertation
  10. Review
  11. Advertisement
  12. Critique
  13. Conversation
  14. Explanation
  15. Proof

You can publish writing in: blogs, bulletins, newsletters, magazines, chapbooks, books, skits, plays, and screenplays.

Paragraphs may have dialogue.

If a paragraph has dialogue. The main thing I’ve learned is that you use the word “said” and not uttered, moaned, sobbed, etc. When you use fancy, off the wall words for said, it takes the reader out of the story. You don’t want to take the reader out of the story.

Jane said, “Oh dear. Sally fell in the mud puddle.”
“Oh dear. Sally fell in the mud puddle,” said Jane.
“Oh dear,” said Jane. “Sally fell in the mud puddle.”

Writer’s Digest – Famous Writing Quotes: Inspirational Author Quotes on Writing
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If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
David Brin, Best-Selling Author

You’ve got all these things in your life – family, friends, and good productive work (even if it’s not for pay) so go ahead and write. You’ve got what it takes. I believe in you. God believes in you. Believe in you. Go ahead write.

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Why Not Series

  1. Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead.
  2. Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.

OTHER RESOURCES

  1. April Klazema. “Paragraph Writing Examples: How to be a Great Writer:”
  2. IELTSBuddy. “Good Paragraph Writing:” http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/paragraph-writing.html
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “Accept Yourself As You Are:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/accept-yourself-as-you-are/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “Put One Space between Sentences:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/put-one-space-between-sentences/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “Put Quotation Marks after Periods, Commas, and Question Marks in America:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/put-quotation-marks-after-periods-commas-and-question-marks-in-america/
  6. Marisol Dahl. The Write Life.com. The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016: https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/
  7. Owl.English.Purdue.Edu. “On Paragraphs:” https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/
  8. Piotr Kowalczyk | Ebook Friendly. “50 Most Inspirational Quotes from Books:”
    http://ebookfriendly.com/most-inspirational-book-quotes/
  9. Richard Lederer. “Let’s Face It – English Is a Crazy Language” by Richard Lederer
  10. Writers and Artists.uk. “Websites for Writers:” https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/108/a-writers-toolkit/essential-information/websites-for-writers
  11. Writer’s Digest. “Famous Writing Quotes: Inspirational Author Quotes on Writing:”
    http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes
  12. Writing Center.UNC.Edu. “Paragraphs:” http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/paragraphs/

Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.


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“Why Not? Day 2 Write a Sentence. Go ahead.” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you’re jotting down your thoughts in your first draft, focus on getting the words written down. Do put periods, commas, and question marks. When you revise, you can change things around to make your meaning clearer.

You’ll be surprised how much your write when you get in what I call the “ZONE.” When you’re fully into your writing and oblivious to what’s going on around you. Set up a safe environment. Set aside time for you! Have someone watch your children. If they are the age to write – have a family time to write or draw in the same room. When I taught school, we did it in the classroom. You can do it in your home.

A sentence has a subject and a predicate. A noun or pronoun and a verb.

John walks.

He walks.

She walks.

A command has a verb (action word) and a subject that is not said but understood that it is the pronoun “you.”

I’ll bet you knew who your mother was talking to when she called, “Come here this instant.”

If things in your story are intense and scary, you’ll probably want short sentences. When things are more relaxed, you’ll probably make them longer.

I’ve written blog posts about sentences that you might find helpful in your study to encourage you to begin or to renew your belief in yourself as a writer.

  1. How to Write a Good Sentence
  2. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  3. Get Rid of Passive Voice
  4. First Lines from Non-Fiction Best Sellers
  5. Make Your Character’s Actions Show Emotions

Here’s the key to keep you writing. Silence your inner critic. Tell it to go on vacation for awhile. Study about writing. Take an online course. Read blogs about the problem you’ve encountered. Read at least 3 books in the genre of your writing choice.

Put a 3×5 or 4×6 index card on your computer that says one of the following or something positive that’s meaningful to you:

  1. I am a best-selling author.
  2. I am a great writer.
  3. Thousands of people buy books to read what I write.

I know that you need encouragement. Each of us does. Be your own encourager to reach the goals that God sets in your heart and mind. God will help you. You may find people along the sidelines of your life that say things that stop you in your tracks. Chances are they mean well. Remember that people base their opinions on their experiences. If they are afraid for you, it’s because something happened that frightened them. Be assured that God is going to help you get to your goal. Believe in yourself. Set a path. Look for ways to help you get there. Rise above the experiences that seem to stop you. I believe in you. God believes in you. Believe in yourself and go forward and take that first step. Get a pen or pencil in your hand or a sit in front of a computer and write until you’re weary! If your goal doesn’t have anything to do with writing, that’s okay. These same principles apply to what you want to do. Believe in you. Do it. If you have problems figuring out something, search for a way to help you!

Why not write a sentence or two or three. Go ahead. Do it.

Here’s a link to DAY 1 in this series: Why Not? Day 1 Write. Go ahead.

I’d love to hear from you. You give me life. Click on comment and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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