Writer’s Lift Wednesday #4

This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors.

Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing.

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Christina Schmidt, MA

#1. 3 Ways I’ve Changed as a Blogger, by New Lune

I’ve mentioned a number of times on how much I’ve changed as a person and the fact I do relate to the person I used to be to a certain extent but in other aspects, I definitely don’t see any resemblance at all. So I asked myself the same question but in terms of blogging. If I was the same blogger when I started my blog 5 years ago and the answer is pretty similar to what I said previously. I’m still the same blogger but over the years, I’ve definitely changed so much whether it’s my writing style, niche or even the way I view my blog.

I still value my integrity more than ever now and I definitely won’t compromise my morals and values for anything but at the same time, I’m not the same blogger I used to be. Even if I compare myself to the blogger I was a couple of days ago, I’ve changed. In today’s post, I wanted to share with you 3 ways I’ve changed as a blogger. As always, if you are interested keep on reading!

I always talk about planning and writing your blog posts ahead but would you believe if I said that when I started blogging, I was writing and publishing my blog posts on the same day. There wasn’t any organisation nor planning, I was posting randomly whenever I wanted which wasn’t that bad because it helped me find the best time and day to post on my blog. Plus, I really enjoyed writing my posts that way.

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#2. What Is Not Seen in the Mind, by Dawn Lhamo

“What is not seen in the mind, becomes an event in the world”

An eightfold stanza haiku for you~

Hiding and blaming
others for your dark past won’t
make yourself happy

His silence was a
daily act of violence on
her heart torn open

The help he needed
was not found in his doctrine
but to bravely love

She gave him six months
and he stoked only fear and
escape, so it ends

She can no longer
live to placate the damage
of his broken soul

That only he could
alone begin to absolve,
but where to confess?

Download this haiku
use it as you have before
to arm from the law

Problem is that there
is a higher god in you
that needs atonement.

I’m not mad
I’m not angry
I will now purge all dreams
of what could have been

even the colors and bliss of the
ones confirmed by
divination are now dispersed

I burn the paper
of our future
into the fire
and proclaim
I’m done.

#3. Separating Yourself from Your Characters, by Doug Lewars via A Writer’s Path

I expect most people, whether they agree with it or not, are familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality classification system which divides the population into 16 groups. Many psychologists complain this is over simplified, but although the system appears to consist of four binary couples, each pair is, in fact, a spectrum and the four letter classification merely a place to start. Be that as it may, the idea can be a pretty good place to start when developing characters. It also raises a yellow caution flag for writers.

One thing I find difficult is separating myself from my characters. So, for example, using Myers-Briggs, I am INTJ. An ESFP character would react differently in just about every situation. Consider a scene in which the main character, a marketing manager, is meeting with his team prior to a product launch. The first question I would ask in such a meeting would involve clarifying the timeline so I could plan an effective campaign, verifying my resources and evaluating demographic possibilities, but if this guy is ESFP, his chief concern would be how the customer might relate at an emotional level to the new product, how they might create a marketing campaign fully inclusive of women, indigenous people and minorities, and how the campaign might grab the buyers at a visceral level. However, before even getting to the question stage, this main character would likely lead off the meeting by displaying considerable excitement at the opportunity. He would be effusive in his praise for the product, how it would contribute to the company brand and how it would enhance the lives of customers. This might inspire his team; however, someone such as myself would find him lacking in substance.

In addition, should someone raise concerns with respect to the effectiveness of an idea, I would probe to find out the specifics of the concern and try to work out means to mitigate them. My ESFP character would become instantly defensive. He would likely accuse the person raising the objection of not being a team player and being a naysayer. In all probability he would override the concern and press on. Simply put, he would be someone I would find highly unpleasant and not presenting him as a villain would be challenging for me.

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