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Journey of the Author #5: I'm Torn

So it’s been a while since I have done one of these posts. The unfortunate part of this is that I really have nothing new to give to you. These past few weeks have been hectic and I really haven’t had the time to either write my book or even keep to my blogging schedule on a consistent basis. Life has a funny way of throwing a curve ball your way and messing up any set schedule. But I’m not writing this to discuss that. I want to give you an update on what’s going on with my book.

As you may or may not know part of the reason for me creating this blog is to hone in on my writing skills to help me with writing my book. The last time I gave an update I shared an excerpt from my work in progress. I hate to admit it but it’s been over a month since I’ve worked on Rock Bottom: Rise from the ashes. Rejuvenate your life. After I finished the fourth chapter I felt like this work wasn’t going to convey I message I want it to.

The reason that this post is titled “I’m torn” is because I thought of another idea for a book. If you have ever had the creative spark in your life you know the feeling. When an idea comes out of thin air and compels you to work on it. That is just what happened. I had an idea for an inspirational fiction story and wrote like hell to create characters and a plot for it.

Now most of this writing occurred in a notebook, brainstorming all the ideas that I had in my head. It can be truly amazing in the moment of writing where everything just flows and ideas come at a seemingly endless pace. I haven’t gotten to writing a rough draft for this story and that is why I am torn. I don’t know whether to continue with my first book or to start with this new idea.

Something inside of me is telling me to write this new work. It is an urge of a story that has to be told. I also know that if I continue to ponder over this for too much longer then neither story will be written. Time is something that cannot be wasted.

Hopefully in the next week I will be back on schedule with the blog and will be posting on a more regular basis. I also hope to start writing this book soon as well.

Scribing A Masterpiece

As writers we all want to create our own masterpiece. Something that we are proud of when it is completed. Words that flow harmoniously that form into pages that spark something in the reader’s soul. Something that is so beautiful in it’s own way that whomever reads that work is changed forever. A message that echoes throughout the ages.

What a breathtaking scene that creates for a writer. To have blood, sweat and tears shed for a single work. Putting every fiber of their being into words. Leaving part of their soul for the readers to gaze upon. Giving a work everything with the sole hope that it may have an impact upon others.

Writing is taking parts of life that derive from the deepest chambers of the soul. Practically indescribable emotions, thoughts and energies, with the painstaking process of putting it into words. A battle that has raged since humans began recording history. A noble cause that immortalizes authors for generations to know.

There is only one way and there will be only one way to create a masterpiece. It is to give it your all. To spill your heart and your guts into words and unto the page. To elevate your mind to a station in which it has never been before. To listen to your soul and allow it to be your guide. To make sure that a fire burns inside so bright that stopping your work would drive you to madness. Only then may a masterpiece may be scribed into humanity.

Finding Time to Write

Life can be busy. Between work, family, running errands, exercising, commuting and relaxation the day just seems to fly by. It’s hard to find any time to get in writing. Maybe you’ve been hoping to work on that book you’ve always wanted to publish. Or maybe you want to write more blog posts. But you never seem to have the time to get those things done.

Writing quality content takes time and finding time to write may seem impossible right now with your hectic schedule. The key is, if you truly want to right you have to schedule it onto your daily routine. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day that can go a long way in achieving your writing goals.

Take a few moments and look at your day. See if there is a small gap in which you can dedicate some writing time. It could be a lunch break, after the kids go to bed or first thing when you wake up in the morning. Trust me if you truly want to do it you’ll find the time. It could even be a day of the week where you have more free time. The key is to structure writing time into your routine. It’s about making it a habit. Now I know this is easier said than done, especially in the beginning.

It doesn’t matter how long you write or how many words are written in that span. It could be brainstorming a new character, coming up with topics for future posts or even writing a single paragraph. All these things are wins in my eyes. The reason is that you are making progress. Even if it is in small increments, you are still getting closer to the end result.

Progress keeps you moving in the right direction. It keeps you motivated to achieve more. Since you can actually see your progress with the words written, your results are more tangible.

Eventually you’ll want to write for longer and will find a way to make the time into your busy schedule. Over time your book will be written. You’ll be churning out blog posts on a more consistent basis. Whatever your goal, your efficiency will skyrocket.

For me my time to write is at night when things are quiet and I can focus solely on writing. Whether it be writing my book or creating blog posts for my amazing readers. I’ve made it a habit to write something every single day. Even if it is just one blog post or a couple paragraphs for the book. That progress keeps me motivated to continue writing.


When is your writing time? What makes it ideal for you? Do you set a time limit on your writing?

To Have Written

Bloodshot eyes in the gleam of light

Tears dancing in the dead of night


Cramped hands and a sore back

An obsession that doesn’t lack

A piece left of the soul

That is the end goal


O the madness of writing it knows no bounds

A piece of paper fed to the hounds

Writing is a madness

To keep away the sadness


O how we despise writing

Till the words come a biting

A masterpiece in the works

A voice inside that lurks


No stopping till we finish the story

In hopes that there will be glory

In exhaustion we do not stop

Till we rise to the top


O what a joy to have written

To have the readers be smitten

Till the time comes again

We must retire to our den

The Dreaded Writer’s Block

We’ve all had it at one point or another. It is the battle with a blank computer screen or a blank piece of paper. You sit down to write and your mind becomes a void. The words are not coming to you. No matter how hard you try nothing seems to get the process flowing.

It happens to the best of us. Whether you write for a living or write for leisure, writer’s block is the dreaded plague that let’s time tick away. Nothing to show for that lost time. Writing is inspiration and sometimes inspiration fades away in a flash.

Sometimes it strikes in the beginning, before a word is ever typed. Sometimes it happens after a few short sentences. When all those ideas have withered away to never return. Locked in purgatory to which you can’t get the key. Even worse it may come at the end. A message that starts with a roar and ends with a whimper.

That is the battle we face. A foe that we cannot see. One who will beat us more times than not. For this foe knows our very soul. You’ve met, every single day of your life, in every waking moment. Do you know who I am talking about? It is what gives you the creativity to inscribe symbolled masterpieces. To gain the imagination of the reader. It’s your mind.

Writer’s block is an occurrence within the mind. It is life’s test in the willpower of writer’s. As a painter stares at a blank canvas or a sculptor stares at a piece of stone. As the entrepreneur envisions a business or an architect the blueprints. All road blocks occur within the mind. No matter what endeavor, each has a curse.

For writer’s it is a lack of words. There is no cure. You may search for inspiration from literature, prompts, blogs, and previous works. Until your eyes are bloodshot from artificial light and your brain is turned mad from watching the hours tick by. All you can do is walk away.

Don’t dwell. Don’t curse. Don’t feel discouraged. Forget about it for a bit. Take a walk, exercise, run some errands. Whatever it takes to get away. Then come back and try again, and again and again.

The words will eventually come to you.


What do you do when you have writer’s block?

So You Want To Be A Writer?

If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything,

don’t do it.

Unless it comes unmasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit for hours staring at your computer screen or hunched over your typewriter searching for words,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it for money or fame,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit there and rewrite it again and again,

don’t do it.

If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,

don’t do it.

If you’re trying to write like somebody else,

forget about it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you,

then wait patiently

if it never does roar out of you,

do something else.


If you have to read it to your wife or your girlfriend or your boyfriend or your parents or to anybody at all,

you’re not ready.


Don’t be like so many writers,

don’t be like so many thousands of people who call themselves writers,

don’t be dull or boring and pretentious,

don’t be consumed with self-love.

The libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind.

Don’t add to that.

Don’t do it.

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder,

don’t do it.

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut,

don’t do it.


When it is truly time,

and you have been chosen,

you will do it by itself and keep on doing it until you die or it dies within you.


There is no other way


And there never was

Charles Bukowski

Isn’t this the truth when it comes to writing? It isn’t about the money or fame, it is about the small voice inside that is burning to have a story told to the world. It is about expression and finding our voice for the story to be told.

Do I agree with everything this poem has to say? No. But the essence of it resonates with me as a writer. Writing isn’t a simple task even though others might think that. It is just like any endeavor that one takes on. It is filled with good days and bad, obstacles that have to be overcome and a persistent drive to never surrender.

It is a battle with the greatest foe of all, the mind. Where creativity, knowledge and expression come into one place, through the written word. Through countless defeats and persistent effort one may find their voice, the most coveted aim of them all. For that voice will reverberate with the reader and imprint into the soul.