Become Creative in YOUR Writing Style…

Refuse to use the word “thing.”

Each thing can be described in more detail. When we don’t we’re just being lazy. Don’t drown the cake in frosting to avoid baking a new one.

Let a device be a device, a trait be a trait, a feeling be a feeling.

Before: “This is the greatest thing my parents taught me.”

After: “This is the greatest lesson my parents taught me.”


No brackets.

Like “thing,” parentheses only weaken what you actually want to say. If you want to say it, say it. If not, don’t.

Whether it’s the brackets that are unnecessary or what’s in them is for you to decide. But one of the two is. At least 99% of the time.

Probability is on your side when you ditch them.

Before: “You must pass a (ridiculously hard) course.”

After: “You must pass a ridiculouslyhard course.”


Fewer prepositions.

Many of us need to free up time these days. But time doesn’t go anywhere on its own. Not up. Not down. You don’t have to pull it. You take it. Or make it.

Don’t free up time. Make time. Don’t move out. Just move. You won’t miss out on the concert. You’ll miss it.

Sometimes we even add two unnecessary prepositions to one verb.

Before: “He wants to meet up with Sarah in the morning.”

After: “He wants to meet Sarah in the morning.”


Eliminate redundant references.

The reader arrived from your last sentence. She’ll remember it. Don’t begin the next one with a preposition or injection.

“So” doesn’t say so much, “as before” breaks my flow, “or” repeats the obvious alternative. “Well” means you’re not done thinking, well, take more time to write.

Never reference the end of your previous sentence at the beginning of the next one.

Before: “Writing improves your thinking. With this in mind, I suggest you write daily.”

After: “Writing improves your thinking. I suggest you write daily.”


We’ve known what makes good writing for just over 2,000 years. Often, it takes just a few seconds to improve a sentence. If you want to write a book, that’s still a lot of seconds.

This Year will be the Year of Writing!

Unleash Your Creativity!

This year is going to be a great year for writing! A time to create, a time to unleash the creative side of your heart, and mind. Love the different writing styles that is available for you to use.

  1. Descriptive Writing
  2. Narrative Writing
  3. Persuasive Writing
  4. Creative Writing
  5. Expository Writing

Discovering your writing style can be a great time of learning. The use of words to paint a picture.

Descriptive writing uses a lot of great visual words to help you see the person, place or thing they are writing about. The writing can be poetic at times, and explain things in great detail. When you are reading descriptive writing you feel as if you are there or can actually picture in your mind what they are describing. Metaphors, similes and symbols are often used in descriptive writing.

Narrative writing is very common in novels, poetry and biographies. The author puts themselves in their characters shoes and writes as if they were that person. They tell life stories and involve plots and storylines. Narrative is fun to read because you can replace the author with yourself and it will seem as if the story is happening to you.

Persuasive writing takes on the opinion of the writer or issue the writer is writing for. This is considered biased material and is most often found in advertising. You know all of those commercials you see on television? Behind all the talk and messages is a persuasive writer. Always make sure you do background research when reading this type of material, as every story has two sides!

Creative writing is perhaps the most fun type of writing. Anything you think up in your head can be turned into creative writing. Creative writing is often thought provoking, entertaining and more interesting to read than say persuasive writing is. Short stories, poetry, novels and plays often fall into the creative writing category. It doesn’t necessarily need to follow any line of facts, just as long as it’s interesting to read.

Expository writing is where the author intends to inform, explain, describe or define their subject to you. This is the most common type of writing you will find in text books and online. As the author is mostly trying to tell you all about the subject, their opinions are left out leaving you with facts and figures instead of trying to defend or support an opinion. An example of expository writing is “How-to” articles, where the author is explaining how to build or do something yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Get to writing! 🙂

Create a Habit of Writing on a Daily Basis

CREATE A HABIT OF WRITING ON A DAILY BASIS

One of the most important habits that I’ve formed in my life is daily writing.

Without question, writing every day has brought me many great things: A better career, fulfillment, self-improvement, and most importantly, the ability to share my ideas with you, the reader.

I wanted to be a writer for a decade before I became one. All it took was a decision. At some point, you have to look at yourself and say, “I’m a writer.” And then, start doing your job by writing every day.

I recommend that to everyone because of these 5 reasons:

  1. Better self-discipline
    Living a life of pleasure is simple. Everyone can “Netflix and chill.” It’s easy to “hang out” all the time. But those easy things will not give you inner satisfaction. The reason that we don’t do anything useful with our precious time is that we lack self-discipline. But when you write every day, you strengthen your discipline. You can use that better self-discipline to achieve virtually anything in life.
  2. Improving you persuasion skills
    Writing is nothing more than persuading the reader with words. But your tools are limited—you can only use words to tell a story. And when you write for yourself, you’re trying to convince yourself of your own thoughts. So the more you write, the better you become at persuasion.
  3. Cultivating self-awareness
    Nothing will help you to get to know yourself more than translating your thoughts into words. When you force yourself to write every day, you automatically become more aware of your thoughts. And self-awareness is one of the most important skills that predict career success.
  4. Better decision making
    Too often, we do something without fully understanding why we do it. Think about it. How often do you answer “I don’t know” when someone asks you “Why did you do that?” That’s the sign of weak thinking. Sure, we don’t know everything. But we must aware of that too. And when you write about your decision-making process, you will automatically become more aware of the “why.”
  5. Seeing the power of compounding in action
    When you do something every day, you don’t notice any difference at that moment. You think, “Where are the benefits?” But when you keep doing it for a long time, the positive effects compound. Writing every day will demonstrate the power of compounding like very few other things can.

To be honest, there are many other benefits to writing every day. It’s great for reflection, dealing with anxiety, coming up with new ideas. On top of that, you can use writing to inspire others or achieve your goals.

“That’s great and all. But how do you even form a daily writing habit?”

Here are 4 tips that can help you with that:

  1. Read & study
    Start by stealing other people’s writing styles. Stealing is an effective way to develop your own style. Plus, when you can steal ideas, you can never use the excuse of: “I don’t have any inspiration.” But take the craft of writing seriously. Study it as much as you can by reading books and taking courses/workshops.
  2. Set a daily reminder to write
    Nothing is more important to a writer than having a routine. First, think about what time is the best for you to write. In the morning or evening? Before/after the kids are awake? Then, set a daily reminder on your phone—when it goes off, sit down and write.
  3. Set the bar low
    Your goal is to write only one true sentence. Just one. The beauty of that goal is that the first sentence that comes up in your mind is always the truest of them all. So never say that your writing sucks. Avoid aiming for setting goals like, “I want to write 1000 words a day.” That’s too absolute. Instead, strive for writing one sentence. Then, keep going.
  4. Remove distractions
    Tell the people in your life about your daily writing habit. Ask them to not disturb you during the time you’re writing. I block 1 hour every morning (or sometime during the day). During that time, I put my phone in do not disturb mode, don’t take calls, and don’t answer to messages—I write. I’ve told my family and girl about this too so they don’t disturb me during that time.

Often, people give advice like, “just get started!” And there’s truth in that. Starting is important.

But here’s the thing: Everyone can write for a day—or two, or three. But there are very few people who write consistently for years. But you need to write for a long time to see the actual benefits.

So, I encourage you today, to pick up that pen, begin writing in your journal, or begin typing and creating your own writing style, have fun with it, create something that you feel in your heart and mind. Don’t let anything hold you back. Today is your day. Write, Write, Write!

5 Tips For Writing the First Draft

This is such a great read. I appreciate all this writer had to share with us.
Please enjoy.

Uninspired Writers

It’s been an exciting week for writing! Perhaps the most exciting one of all…

…a huge factor for this was that I finished the first draft of my second novel; Vanishing Act. It’s a VERY rough first draft, that needs not only editing but re-writing. But it’s a first draft none the less.

When I finished the first draft of The City Breathes With Us, I spoke about the Do’s and Don’ts of finishing a first draft…but I wanted to talk about something different this time. I spent about a year writing the first draft of novel one, and less than two months writing novel two. I did things differently, and I’d like to share the tips that helped me below:

1. Don’t expect perfection
No first draft is ever perfect. Hell, no ANYTHING is ever perfect. But the very first draft is so extremely far from perfect…

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The Miracle of Chaos

A weird topic, but a good one at that.

Change ahead sign

As we press forward on this, “Journey”, we call, “LIFE”, we discover that there is only one constant in this world, “Change!”.

If we can accept that fact, then the journey can be a little easier, if we fight against it, we create an avenue of, “Chaos!” in our hearts, emotions and minds.

Yes, change, can be a very unsettling thing, and chaos is never a fun thing to go through, however, if we keep pushing forward through the Chaos, we can actually learn the lesson that was needed, therefore creating a Miracle, as it were.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

The Meaning of the word Chaos from: The Merriam Webster Dictionary

Definition of chaos 

1aa state of utter confusion

Other good Synonyms for the word, “Chaos”,
 confusion, disarrangement, disarray , disorganized.

Yes, Chaos can literally wreak havoc and have a hay day in our hearts and our minds. Everyday, every situation, we are faced with a choice, do we chose to learn from the chaos, and change, or will we chose to learn from what is going on and turn it into an opportunity to learn from what is going on. Usually, when we chose the latter, we have an area of new knowledge and one day, we will have an opportunity to share your experience with someone who is faced with the same type of situation. Yes, that is where the miracle is located. Have the ability to help someone else on a similar journey as your own.

So, yes, we can find a, “Miracle”, from our Chaos.

Where are you on your journey today? Are you choosing to learn from your situation, or are you striving trying to figure it all out, therefore, many times, creating an area of chaos in your heart and mind?

Create a Great Day Everyone!

And:

Happy New Year!

MoTeck – the Neighborhood Cat

So, for the past couple of weeks, we have had a visiting cat, Siamese Cat, visiting us at the front door of our house. He is super friendly, super social, and loves the attention. His name, because of his name tag, is MoTeck. (Interesting name). Our son, thought maybe it was homeless, but you can tell by looking at him, he is well fed and well taken care of, AND he has a color, name tag and phone number.

Now, Moteck has been scratching at our door, to let us know he is here. I went out to shoo him away, and he was all, “Hey, let me in, it’s cold out here!” LOL.

Then I began to think he was a cat left behind or something like that, so I called the number on his collar. Spoke to the owner, who lives one block away from us, and she tells me he is an outdoor cat, and comes home in the evening, as he makes his rounds in our neighborhood.

She said he is super social and she had another person call her last week, worried about him. It was super funny. I am glad he has owners still here, that he is well fed, a warm bed and very well take care of.

Good to meet you MoTeck. Now Go Home! 🙂

Five Lessons I’ve Learned From Writing!

Five Lessons I’ve Learned From Writing!

There are a great many lessons I’ve learned from Journaling, writing to my blogs and just freeform writing.

You may know by now that writing IS hard.

1. Find Your Motivation

In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” — Stephen King

Motivation for anything is important. Finding out what your motivation is enables you define your goals and objectives. My first writing on Medium was to crush my pride and break through the inertia. It wasn’t to impact anyone or shape the world. For others it will be to improve the world or enrich the lives of others.

Only the writer determines what is valid.

Find your motivation at every step of the writing journey and refine it as you see fit.

2. Just Write

Overthinking often leads to inaction. In the area of writing, this is a common ailment whose only cure is to write. Like Louis L’Amour has said: “Start writing, no matter what”.

“No matter what” includes days when you have no inspiration. On such days write about “writing without inspiration”. Turn every situation into an opportunity to tell a story. You can only get better the more you write.

“The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

3. Allow Yourself To Suck

“The first draft of anything is sh**.” — Ernest Hemingway

This is one advice I’ve heard seen times without number. To truly learn and improve,one must put away their pride and need for perfection.

Writing is hard work and a well crafted and clear sentence takes effort. As William Zinsser articulates in his book “On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction”, good sentences often come through several iterations. Hardly the first, second or third time.

Giving yourself permission to suck will see you through times of despair and self-doubt.

4. Leverage Personal Experiences

The use of personal experiences in communication is a powerful tool. It enhances relateability and ushers the reader or listener into your world.

For a moment, they can feel you — touch you…become you. The next time you’re writing, ask yourself: “will the reader relate better by incorporating a personal experience”?

“…. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt — I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you.” —Cassandra Clare

5. Simplify (Keep It Simple)

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” — Jack Kerouac

A writer who is uneconomical with words creates a chore for the reader and as such is seen to lack empathy. The cardinal rule is: if you can’t explain something simply enough, you don’t understand it well enough.

Simplicity is recommended unless the intent of the writer is to be abstract.

For goodness sake, begin to write. Just let it flow. Now is the time to do it!

What I Learned Playing Halo…

Halo Reach

Not ago, I had a blast playing Halo 3 for the first time. It lead me to reflect on the countless hours I’ve poured into the Halo series over the past 6 years.

Sure, I might not have much to show for it, but that time was thoroughly enjoyed. In retrospect, I even learned some important life lessons that have helped me succeed.

1. Hesitation is death – In Halo, nothing will get you cracked on the back of the skull faster than hesitation. The same is true in real life. If you waste time worrying about what your competitors are doing, you’ll never succeed. Sure, if you take a chance you might get burned, but you need to accept that risk and make a move. If you fail, learn from the experience and try again. Success comes from being aggressive and actively seeking opportunities.

2. Success requires experience – Obviously natural skill contributes to Halo success, but what really makes a solid player is experience. If you jump into a game without understanding the geography of the map or the capabilities of the various weapons, you won’t stand a chance against an equally skilled player who does. The lesson here is that to acquire an expertise, you need to put in the time to learn the basics. If you don’t know the medium you’re working in, you’ll be strategically disadvantaged.

3. You can’t win without teamwork – In team Halo matches, the ability of players to work together is more important than individual skill. A group of solo artists working against a unified team will constantly be isolated and overwhelmed. To be successful you need to sacrifice personal glory to watch your buddy’s back. Once you can get past ego and start to cooperate with others there will be more success for everyone.

4. Anticipation is the key to victory – The key to making a sweet kill in Halo is knowing what your opponent is going to do before he does. This comes from experience and pattern recognition. When you can anticipate, you can place yourself in the ideal position to bury your competitors before they have the time to adjust.

5. Leverage your strengths – The world of Halo is extremely diverse. Between the numerous weapon strengths, ranges, and combinations, there is an infinite number of ways to make a kill. Different playing styles lend themselves to different strategies. You’ll be much more successful if you can recognize your personal strengths and put yourself in a position to capitalize on them while hiding your weaknesses. Winning comes in streaks – Anyone who’s played much Halo has experienced streaks. One day you’re dead on, killing everyone in sight. The next, you’re getting dominated and can’t seem to find a rhythm. Streaks are part of any high functioning activity.

6. Some days you just can’t concentrate a well as others. The lesson here is that you need to recognize your streaks so you can weather the bad ones and make the most of the good ones.

7. The Devil’s in the details – To the untrained eye, a Halo match looks like a bunch of maniacs running around shooting. In truth, it’s a precise ballet of intelligent players reacting to each other and the environment. The difference between life and death can be as small as the angle of a grenade toss or the decision to reload.

The same is true in real life. You need to pay attention to all the tiny details that contribute to success or failure.

XBOX 1 Gamertag: Alaskannoble

In The Still Of The Night

The stars are the street lights of eternity. ~Author Unknown

The Night Sky

The Night Season, a great time to stop, ponder and reflect.   To take an inward look at WHO you are, who you were and WHO you are becoming, or want to become.   

I enjoy the night season at times, especially when the kids are in bed and fast asleep.  Here is a perfect picture.

The boys, they are upstairs, in bed and asleep, my wife is alseep in our room, with our cat, also asleep at her feet.   The house is in complete silence and all that can be heard are the words flowing in your heart and mind.  Yes, the peace and quiet is a great sanctuary to stop and reflect and one of my favorites is to either journal, or write to my blog.

A time to write

The night season, can be a deep time to reflect on your own heart, silence your soul and listen to your Creator speak life back into your life and Destiny!   At times, which is what was experienced by my heart recently, while writing, came across a SERIES of emotions, most of which need to be attended to and taken care of, or gotten rid of, one of the many great lessons learned in life is that we are not designed to carry some things that we are trying so desperately to carry.   Well, light was being shed on such things in my heart and it was house cleaning time.

Like a spot light in the darkest place in the heart, being illuminated

And as this was happening, it was quite painful.   There were things that I just did not want to deal with, but know that it has to be done, the light was being shed on it all for a reason, and the reason is designed to bring me freedom and move me in the correct path to meet my destiny.  Easy project, no, painful, but in the end, good!  Am I there yet, not quite, but do know that the path and trail that is being taken is the correct one.   There is a whole new level of freedom for me to walk in.  

There is a passage that I like in the bible that relates to this part my night season:

Psalm 30:5

“Weeping may endure for a night, But JOY comes in the morning.”

And, yes, there is morning.   A new day.   Like Anne’s Teacher once told her on Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is a Brand New Day, with No Mistakes in it yet!”

Yes, I love the night season, the quiet, the peace, there really is nothing like it.  

What about you, is there a quiet time that you enjoy?  Is there a place you like to silence your soul and reflect?   If so, what does that look like?

**DISTRACTIONS!

Distraction(s)Sitting here pondering a great many things today.

There is something that has become abundantly clear.

We currently live in a Western Culture that is FULL of distraction(s).As we travel and move forward on this journey we call LIFE!

And we discover why we are here and why we were born, we begin to move towards that, only to discover there are forces and things in this world designed to keep you from achieving that dream and or that goal.

The dictionary says this of distraction(s):

1 : the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially : mental confusion <driven to distraction by their endless chatter>

2 : something that distracts : an object that directs one’s attention away from something else <turned off her phone to limit distractions>

<One created a distraction while the other grabbed the money.>; especially : amusement <a harmless distraction>

<a book of word puzzles and other distractions>Definition of distraction for English Language Learners

  • : something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention
  • : something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.
  • : a state in which you are very annoyed or upset

Have you discovered your purpose in life?

I really like this quote:I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us.

When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.

~Joel Osteen

As you continue to move forward on YOUR Journey, work to keep your focus and work to not get distracted by the noise of this world.

Rather, be a person that can be a change agent in this world, one who can be considered a light house in the storms of life, one that will be there to help guide his fellow man as they discover their purpose in life.

Just some points to ponder.