Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 17, 2015

Novel Update

After completing the latest draft of my YA novel, I read through the content with an objective perspective and asked myself the hard questions:

  • Do I want to keep reading?
  • Do any key elements get lost in the dialogue or subplots?
  • Are there any characters that don’t move the story forward?
  • Who is the story about and does the answer ever change?

I wrote copious notes in the margins and returned to the keyboard – with determination and motivation moving me forward.  In addition to self-editing the novel, I also create content for blogs of various topics (all of which connect back to the themes/topics in the novel). There many times over the last few months when I got discouraged about the work I still needed to tackle to make the finished novel publication-ready.  However, I still believe very strongly in the story, the characters, the themes, and the overall tone of the piece.  It’s worth the time I put into it.

I am thrilled with the progress made so far and can see the finish line not far in the distance.  Once I cross that mark, a new journey begins…and after some refreshment I’ll be ready to start the next leg!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 15, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Curtain Calls

Use the image below as inspiration for a story (fictional or non-fiction), and include all five senses (or more) when drafting your piece.

#WritingPromptWednesday

#WritingPromptWednesday

Imagine that a set of red velour curtains are blocking your view. As they part, what do you see?

  • Are you sitting in a theatre, clapping excitedly as the cast takes their final bows?
  • Are you part of the cast stepping on stage to thunderous applause?
  • Perhaps the red curtain is symbolic of a particular turning point in your life.
  • Are you sitting in a classic-style movie theatre, waiting for the curtains to part and the movie to start?
  • Do the curtains block the view from your bedroom window, giving you a glimpse into all you’ve missed?

No second-guessing yourself – just write as the ideas flow!!!!

Please use the hashtag #WritingPromptWednesday on social media sites to connect with others who are doing the prompts.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 13, 2015

Motivational Monday: Artist’s Tools

Artist's Tools

Via pencil or charcoal, draw your path

Does it wind like a river

Or split in differing directions

Is the road a straight line to your goal

Add vivid colors with your paintbrush or sponge

Bringing life to trees, fields, and creatures

Build the world around you

In rustic shades of brown, red, and orange

Or lovely hues of blue, yellow, and pink

Pick up that eraser and remove the rain

That threatens to wipe away your work

Reduce the hurdles that seem too high

And redesign the road as needed

Fill the setting with ambiance

Infusing alluring aromas

And stimulating sounds

Creating the soundtrack for your road trip

As you move forward, one step at a time

Pay attention to the world around you

Keep your artist’s tools at the ready

Just in case you need a blank canvas

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 8, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Dead or Alive

Let’s change it up a bit for this week’s writing prompt!

#WritingPromptWednesday

#WritingPromptWednesday

Use the image above as inspiration for a story (non-fiction or fictional), BUT take the following criteria into account when drafting your piece.

  • Include one protagonist and one antagonist.
  • One character is alive and one is dead.
  • Choose a setting that you have not yet visited or is completely made up.

Now, write…..

Please use the hashtag #WritingPromptWednesday on social media sites to connect with others who are doing the prompts.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 6, 2015

Motivational Monday: A Child in Bloom

Bloomin

A helping hand as I grow

Providing support and a gentle touch

Love flows through her cells to mine

Innocence and spirit keep me rooted

 

Sunshine from the sky warms

But not as much as the child’s smile

Her laughter shakes my petals

And twinkling eyes connect at my core

 

I bloom with aid from the earth and the sky

Yet the child’s love helps me grow

In beauty, vibrance, and energy!

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 2, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Challenge: To Be Continued…

I will post an entry in the Keep Moving Forward Challenge every Thursday from now through March 2015. To join in on the journey, use the comment section to tell us about how you “kept moving forward” that week. Write about it on your own blog site (and include the link in the comments), make a video, and/or use the hashtag #KeepMovingForwardChallenge on the social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). – KEEP MOVING FORWARD CHALLENGE: WEEK ONE

Though the Keep Moving Forward Challenge reached the finish line, my journey continues. I’ve learned that even the tiniest of movements matter, and that moving forward isn’t always dependent on physical movement. I am so glad to have completed the challenge as promised and hope that you found it helpful, motivating, and/or inspirational as well.

I’ll continue to post MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY and WRITING PROMPT WEDNESDAY entries each week, so “follow” the blog to make sure you know when a new entry posts!

#KeepMovingForwardChallenge

#KeepMovingForwardChallenge

Over the past 8 weeks, we’ve moved forward in many ways. Sometimes significant distances were achieved and other times the steps left only a vague imprint behind. Keep moving forward even when the rain pours down upon you or you reach a proverbial fork in the road.

As you journey on, here are a few reminders to carry with you.

  • Remember to rest when need, in order to replenish the mind, body, and spirit
  • Look to the sky and connect with the earth beneath you
  • Stay aware, alert, and awake to your surroundings
  • Have faith in your goals and your ability to reach them
  • Be forgiving, compassionate, and kind to yourself

KEEP MOVING FORWARD and know that we may not walk side by side, but we walk together!

Journey on!

KELLY

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 1, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Something’s Fishy

In need of a little creative inspiration?

Then, use the image below as a starting point for a story. It can be non-fiction or fictional, a play, a scene on a TV show, poem, or essay.  There are no correct answers or guidelines you must follow.

What story do you want to tell?

What story do you want to tell?

Don’t overthink it or edit as you go – let the story build and the words flow!

I’d love to read the finished works, so please comment below and share the link to your blog or website.  If you don’t have either of those, tell me about your experience.  What style of writing did you choose?  Did you start in one direction and the story end up somewhere completely different?

Please use the hashtag #WritingPromptWednesday on social media sites to connect with others who are doing the prompts.

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 30, 2015

Motivational Monday: Untie Your Wings

The Southern California coast!

The Southern California coast!

Moving forward while looking back

Dreaming big yet living small

Imposed will

Impossible decision

On still we journey

Towards an unknown land

Destinations clouded by a morning mist

 

Floating, falling

Screeching, halting

We falter and stumble along a pebbled path

Littered with our own baggage

We jump hurdles, crawl through, and keep going

 

The sky’s within reach

If only you untied your wings

To soar across the heavens above

And the Earth below

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 27, 2015

Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Eight

REST FROM THE ROAD

The greatest lesson I learned during week 7 of the Keep Moving Forward Challenge is that it’s okay to stop and refresh when moving along my path. It’s crucial, in fact, for the development of the mind, body, and spirit.

Get some rest!

Get some rest!

I’ve been so focused on achieving noticeable progress that I stopped reflecting on why I chose the path in the first place. What was my goal? What was I hoping to achieve? I’ve spent a lot of energy this past week focusing on those very questions not only in reference to this challenge but in my life journey overall.

MIND

I’m in the midst of another kind of challenge – a meditation one, to be more specific. When I decided to write about this in today’s entry, I initially thought it’d go in the ‘SPIRIT’ category. However, I’ve discovered it’s stimulated my mind more than I anticipated. I don’t do meditation well. I get distracted way too easily, letting my mind wander wherever it wants to go. In this instance, I’m quite pleased with my focus and determination. I’ve been able to relax, refocus, and keep my wandering mind from hindering my progress. Please visit www.chopracentermeditation.com to learn more about this meditation experience! *No endorsement from anyone associated with this meditation experience is implied.*

BODY

My body notified me in no uncertain terms to RELAX! I got a minor reoccurrence of a GI virus and then spent two days looking after my feverish toddler-age niece. I spent a lot of time resting, trying to calm an unsettled child, and away from my normal routine of blog post writing/social media updating/resume building. I realized that slowing down a bit helped put into perspective what’s important – taking care of the body that houses the mind and the spirit.

SPIRIT

As mentioned in last week’s entry (Keep Moving Forward Challenge: Week Seven), I am in the midst of a spiritual rejuvenation. I’ve distanced myself, both physically and emotionally, from the religion of my youth and focused on examining what I believe and how I want to live my life. A recent experience reignited my displeasure with my local church and the ones who make rules that seem to go against what I always believed God intended His church to represent. I won’t elaborate too much out of respect for the people involved, as the situation is still ongoing. However, the experience reaffirmed the importance of evaluating my spiritual needs and the path on which I continue my ever-changing journey.

I’m re-energized, refreshed, and rejuvenated from a week that superficially could be considered stressful, tiring, and reeking with maladies.  Upon closer introspection, I understand that taking the time to stop, reflect, and redirect my focus keeps me moving forward in ways that aren’t necessarily noticeable.

*REMINDER: Use #keepmovingforwardchallenge on social media to connect with others who have joined in this journey.*

Posted by: Kelly Deeny | March 25, 2015

Writing Prompt Wednesday: Snow, man!

In need of a little creative inspiration?

Then, use the image below as a starting point for a story. It can be non-fiction or fictional, a play, a scene on a TV show, poem, or essay.  There are no correct answers or guidelines you must follow.

WPW - Snow, man!

Don’t overthink it or edit as you go – let the story build and the words flow!

I’d love to read the finished works, so please comment below and share the link to your blog or website.  If you don’t have either of those, tell me about your experience.  What style of writing did you choose?  Did you start in one direction and the story end up somewhere completely different?

Please use the hashtag #WritingPromptWednesday on social media sites to connect with others who are doing the prompts.

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