Fear is a real part of my life. A real emotion I feel every day. And with the new year coming up, I've started thinking about the direction I want my life to go and how to get there.
Herds of bison roam the protected lands left for them. Without intervention, they'd be gone. Of all the rolling hills I've seen, North Dakota had a different feeling, a different peace, a different texture than the rest of the world. I love experiencing what small corners of this world has to offer.
Every writer knows that as soon as you sit down to write, focus tries to allude you. Some days it's easier than others to hang onto, but here are four things I avoid when I write.
Writing is similar to exercising. Your mental strength and stubbornness is more important than your physical capability. What you believe you can do dictates what you'll accomplish.
I went to university in Scotland, and over there they do classes differently. Preparedness is valued, and if you aren't prepared, you receive judgmental glares from a disappointed lecturer who then marks down your paper. Uni exhausted me, but I did learn my lesson.
Running down a centuries-old pier. Seagulls soaring overhead. Their ability to sense food was uncanny.
Writing is hard. It's especially hard to write when it's the fifth, or fifteenth, or fifty-sixth day in a row where you wake up and don't do it. How do I convince myself to write so often? Here's what I do.
Simple, yet beautiful between the willow trees. Walking next to the stream, listening to the water and wind, wandering to the stone steps. Peace. Perhaps how the creator of such a soothing place wished love could be.
Sometimes when I'm writing, I notice that I'm saying the same thing over and over. It's not fun to read. Then I feel like a failure and a crappy writer that no one will ever like or want to publish. So I've come up with a simple method to help.
In the Park Güell. There's space for an entire neighborhood, but only a few houses were ever completed. Perched on a hill overlooking the city. It felt like stepping into another world.