Timothy P. Flynn

Evolution of the Horror Writer

Out of the Dark, Into the Light: Spring- The Season of Change…

 

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The coming of Spring signifies change. Out of the darkness of winter, the light and warmth of the new season stirs the soul into action. This is the time to get rid of unwanted items in your life, rearrange what you currently hoard, consider positive additions for your lifestyle, and remove/clean anything in range to prepare for Spring’s rebirth of life.

 

For me, Spring is the time for re-evaluation. An attempt at the changing of my mindset to a more positive level. This same feeling of despair to change and create aggressive, positive vibes also occurs to me after New Year’s Eve. ( see this blog’s creation for a prime example back in 2012) This season has this effect on me due to a few life changing events that rests in Spring’s embrace: April 22nd being my sobriety date( this year will be 6 years alcohol/drug free) and my birthday on May 29th. I do not know exactly why my birthday depresses me so much as of late, but my acting belief is that the stagnant feeling of not moving forward is the root cause. A side note example could also be the enormous buzz about the 39-year-old Boston Marathon winner, more specifically aiming at his age ( yes, I will be 39 this coming May). I realize now that passion alone cannot bring about change. It takes ambition, drive, and a shit load of persistence to keep that creative engine moving.

 

https://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/time-keeps-on-slippin-into-the-future-by-thomas-f-monteleone/

 

This article by Tom Monteleone, retrieved from the Cemetery Dance website, is a great read to inspire and evaluate your goals as a writer. His advice about really looking at your time management and how you spend your days struck me as a great way to breakdown my days to schedule  writing time and more of it.

 

https://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/theyre-all-writers-and-you-can-too-by-hank-wagner/

 

This article is from the CD website as well. A personal favorite of mine, I keep looking back at Wagner’s piece as there is so much information packed into it. I bought almost every recommended book he listed, and many I would never have even known existed. These are the types of inspirational articles and advice I crave so much in my life.

 

At present, I am in the last week of my Social Media class online at SNHU in which this blog is acting as a piece of the final assignment. I am glad that this class gave me the chance to redesign the blog, and to think about ways to stay more active for future posts. I appreciate all the views, feedback, and comments as always. A special thank you for Bracken MacLeod for guest blogging with an awesome post about social media and the writer( and for saying I’m talented too in the re-blog, LOL).

 

Look for some new posts soon, as I attempt to re-evaluate, attain a more structured schedule, and get back to every day reading to start back up the ‘On Writing Challenge’ to myself perhaps with a more strict deadline.

 

Best,

 

Tim

 

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That Ugly Bastard Inside: Self-Doubt (a.k.a Passion Killer…)

 

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Self-doubt.

That ugly bastard that creeps and lingers around the essence of the “creative’s” soul. It feeds by slowly killing the passion of individuals still willing to strive for their dreams. Author C.C. Hunter explains a few ways to overcome self-doubt, and give a breath of sanity between the attacks:

 

1) Be Aware of Peer Pressure.

We preach this to our kids but so often we forget that the bad habits of the people we hang out with are as contagious as a stomach virus. If you’re hanging out with negative people, people who have lost their ability to chase their dreams, you’re at risk of becoming just like them. Find positive people who validate your dreams and work ethics to share your life and support your journey.

2) Ward off the message that you don’t know what you’re doing by continually growing as a writer.

Read how-to books, take classes, attend those writer meetings and listen to what other writers offer as advice.

3) Mentor someone else.

Nothing can inspire you more than helping and encouraging another person. Telling others that they have to believe in themselves is a sure-fire way or rekindling your own self-confidence. It also creates karma.

4) Be leery of ruts.

If you’re not feeling the passion for your writing, try spicing things up by doing something different. Try writing something in a new genre, or try writing something in a different point of view. Nothing can get you out of a rut quicker than feeling challenged.

5) Accept that sometimes you are going to fail.

That you’re going to make mistakes. That you’re going to get rejections—that it might take you years to accomplish what you want to accomplish. Understand that you aren’t the first person to get fifty rejections, or a hundred, or even a thousand. The truth is, the number of rejections you receive doesn’t matter. You are not defeated until you let yourself be defeated.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-to-conquer-self-doubt-and-just-write)

Chasing the dream of the creative life has more than its share of hardships and difficulties. Majority of people work full-time, raise children, spend time with loved ones, support families, run hundreds of daily errands, and so much other stuff. Time management for a creative is practically non-existent, because each new day can have a varied outcome. Here are some great links of ways to support the writer in your life, and the latter is a fantastic blog post on writers and relationships:

http://litreactor.com/columns/8-ways-to-support-the-writers-in-your-life

http://warriorpoetblog.com/2012/05/03/a-survival-guide-for-writers-in-love-and-those-who-love-them/

For readers of this blog who are NOT creatives or writers, replace the term “writer” with whatever passion you need in your life (examples like playing music, scrap booking, carpentry, automotive, etc– you get the idea).

In closing, I would love some feedback from other writers/ creatives to post their own time management techniques, tips, or routines to give an overall impression of how the modern writer utilizes their time to pursue their dreams.

Together we can find some ways to make that ugly bastard self-doubt run back to its hole in the wall for a while enough to enjoy a day’s peace of mind.

Best,

Tim

 

 

 

 

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