One Fine Day...

One Fine Day...and so the story begins...but alas the dreaded writers block creeps in like a vine and starts to choke the very essence of the writer. Papers lay on the ground, a testament to the many trees that have given their life for a muse that will not appear. The writer struggles through and slowly emerges weary and emotionally bruised to find the light. The story now slowly unfolds and at the end of the day...a whole paragraph is written...it's a beginning.

So...if this sounds like a day or two in you world as a writer then be glad for it. These 'little' writers blocks bring out the brilliance in us when we finally get around to creating that one small paragraph... which leads to the 300 plus pages of a novel that, hopefully, someone will be smart enough to see as the next bestselling book.

The moral of this lesson folks is that struggle is good for the soul, it forces us to reach and fight for those things that we might otherwise have let fall on the side. So One Fine Day...you might just find your own 'writers block' leading to something better. So...Carpe Diem...Sieze the Day!

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World Refugee Day

Hi All,

I just wanted to mention that it is world refugee day.
This may not be the place for it but I having been reading so much lately and thought I knew enough but apparently not enough. I did learn though that the funds of the UNCHR have fallen and they are unable to provide enough food for the refugees (over 15 million) all over the world. I hope you all will lend a hand and go to the UNHCR and donate to help in this endeavour to take care of our fellowmen/women/children. I have donated my small amount and hope others will also.

I hope we will not just make it one day for the refugees but everyday until they have all the rights we do.

Thank You for taking the time to read this note.

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The 'write' energy - getting in the mood (and no you don't have to light candles for this...)

The 'write' energy is not about being in the zone, although that certainly makes things easier, but about getting your self writing. It's like exercise, and yes that's a dirty word in my book too, but in the case of writing it can be fun. Getting the 'write' energy is not always easy as you can have those lazy procrastinating days where you just can't find anything to make you even write one word much less a sentence. This is when you do something drastic. You get out your favorite book; read the synopsis to remind yourself what the story is about; pick a chapter you didn't particularly like and start to write it the way you would have wanted to see it. I usually start out by just typing out the words of the first paragraph, and as I get into the chapter, start changing the things I didn't like. Remember this is just an exercise to get your 'write' energy flowing, so don't worry about how it affects the story...blah blah blah. Once your writing seems to be going, switch to your own work in progress. Start by re-reading your own work and start writing.
This may not work for you but I suggest you try it out just for the heck of it. Let me know if it works for you or not. If you have suggestions that can help your fellow aspiring writers, post a comment or submit an article to me by e-mail and I'll be happy to post it here on my blog and on my Beez World website.
Alrighty then all you future bestsellers...I'll see you around.

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5 Steps for the Procrastinating Writer...(those of you like me....)

So you've played that game of solitaire, or your favorite computer game for the past half hour. Each time you finish one, you tell yourself it's the last one and then you'll finish writing that short story you've been meaning to write. You tell yourself you don't feel inspired; you're taking a break from the strain of the day before you start writing and a million other individual reasons to not write. If this sounds like you then the first step to writing is admitting you are a procrastinator.
That was the first hard part. Let's face it no one likes being told they are a procrastinator. I've been a procrastinating writer for the past 10 years, and am finally doing something about it. The second step is looking at the reasons you are procrastinating. This goes back to the old 'GI Joe' cartoon saying, 'knowing is half the battle'. If you know the reasons for your procrastination then you will find you can find solutions to overcoming your writers blocks and procrastinating habits. You can actually start the writing process now.. This leads us to the third step, writing.
Writing should be a joy for you. Start off by setting a time that is best for you to write. A time when you know that nothing is going to bother you, and when you get in the 'zone', you won't be pulled out. Write anything, from personal essays, poems to non-fiction pieces. Whatever you know you can write comfortably and work that will get you going. Even if all you do is write down your ideas and create worlds you want to write about, it's a start.
This brings us to the fourth step of setting goals to write actual polished pieces that you would want someone to read. Yes if you made it to this step then you are doing well. It's a struggle still but keep at it and it will pay off. Set small goals because they are a) easy to accomplish; b) won't seem as scary to you the first time you attempt to write a full piece; and finally c) because if it's good piece of work, there a lot of places that might take a small filler piece (those little 100 - 500 word blurb sections in a lot of magazines) or short story.
If you've made it to the final step, step five, then pat yourself on the shoulder and do the second hard part of this whole exercise, which is actually allowing someone to read your work and learning from any criticism of your work. I have a couple of people who do this for me and trust me it is not easy on the ego but it makes a difference because it allows you to see the readers opinion and improve your writing. You may not understand this right away but stay tuned for my next 'blog log article' on the importance of the 'reading critic'.
Recapping the five steps:

1) Admit you are a procrastinator (it's like going to an AAA meeting for writers in denial)
2) Discover the root of your procrastinating habits / writers block.
3) Start writing (anything..even if it's a grocery list of things you wish you had in the fridge...hey don't knock it till you've tried it)
4) Write an actual article you would want to show someone to read - this means it has to be checked for spelling, grammar and punctuation.
5) Allow someone you trust to read it and critique it, no matter how hard it is on your ego.
I hope this helps and if you have any tips for aspiring writers like myself or others, please leave your comments for all to see. Even if your opinion varies from mine, please let me know...I like to think we all have different approaches to things that may work for all of us in varying ways.
That's it for tonight folks. Enjoy what life has to offer and thank whatever god you believe in for all that you have and most importantly for those special people in your life. Bzzzzzzzzzzz

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To Write or Not to Write...(pardon me Shakespeare)

The great bard once wrote ' to be or not to be?, that is the question'...and so I ask you, do you want to be a writer or not? So you want to be a writer, somewhat like me, but not sure where to start? Well you've certainly come to the right place. I know something about wanting to be a writer, and doing everything but writing for the past 10-15 years. Yes it took me that long to realize that I craved being a writer, whether I ever get published or not is a question for a later time.
I decided that I wanted to write for money, but more importantly to write for the pure joy of telling stories the way I like. That reason in my limited experience, is the best reason to write.
My advice to anyone who thinks they want to be a writer or thinks they have a story to tell, WRITE IT. Yes, I screamed just now. Writing is truly a labor of love, it requires nothing more than a love of telling stories. You may or may not get published, but write because it means something to you. You can choose to share it or not, but whatever you do write.
Write about things you know but also write about things you want to know. Challenge yourself to write in different ways and take a class or two to learn new skills and improve old ones. We may all have stories to tell but sometimes we don't have the best techniques. I took a class in college and am presently enrolled in a course with the Institute of Children's Literature. It has so far proved to be the best experience. I have learnt my weaknesses and strengths and hopefully when I am done, I'll be a published author.
In the mean time check out my website for information for aspiring authors and view some of my work. I hope this helps to set you on your way to fun and profitable career as a writer.

Ok..So for the rest of my fans...I bid you adieu. I'll see you all back here at my hive tomorrow nite. Buh-Byezz

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Helping to spread the Blog...


Today was an interesting one, and here I sit at the end of my day to once again spill my guts to my non-existent public. I like this though and for now am enjoying this sort of online diary which really as a writer is a unique way of putting your thoughts out as they come to you. No editing out anything, (well nothing but the spelling anyway...and even that escapes me sometimes).
The day proved to be too eventful to relate, with airline cancellations, rain and a myriad of other obstacles. Needless to say I survived, and appreciated the fact that it could have been worse. Like I could have not been able to rebook the tickets; had thunderous rain instead of a gentle shower that cooled things down; or that I could be stuck somewhere boring with nothing to do. Instead I'm here to save the day...ok maybe not save the day but certainly to add a bit of perspective on your day. Think of it as a reminder of how much better your life is even on the worst of days. I know that in some parts of the world that may not be entirely true, and there are real survivors out there getting through their ordeal one day at a time. We have little to complain about compared to their plight.
So people take a break from your 'life' and appreciate the life you have and all that is around you. And with that final note , I'm buzzin' off to bed and getting a few zzzzzs....lol...:))

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Blog Much?

Hey so this is what it feels like to be talking to myself...interesting feeling...kinda like a big giant void echoing back...except for that 'all on the internet and everyone gets to see what I'm thinking' part. Well today proved to be another frustrating day of trying to make my website more interesting and get you (the internet viewing audience ;-) ) to visit. Now let me be crass and promote my websites. You can read my poetry and other pieces of work at Beez World . Also see my Beez Kidz World website which I did just becuase I like the little beings and wanted to see if I could do anything to help them with school in general. Anyhoo...all my blogs seem to be at night so again it's time for me to toddle off to bed, and have sweet dreams of hundreds of people blogging me tomorrow...maybe more...ok not gonna get greedy. Buh - byezzz.

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Welcome to Beez Wordz...yup that's me. I'm an aspiring writer who hopes one day to be famous but for now this is as good as it gets :) Until the publishing world recognizes my genius,(okay genius maybe a bit egotistical but it's my blog), I've decided to share my work on my own website. Mainly this is my way to vent as a writer and share my ideas with those of a like mind...hey at this point I'll talk to just about anyone who'll listen to me. So go ahead and buzz me.

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