Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Piece of My Mind

Hello Dear Reader,

I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read my words. Readers are one of the biggest reasons writers are able to do what they love and share their stories. Without readers our words, worlds, and characters may escape our minds and find their new homes on papers or screens, but they would still be stuck. Stories do not fully become alive until they are read.

Ok, this was not how I planned on starting this blog, but I just typed what came to mind. Writing has been on my mind more and more lately. I am not a regular blogger but I would like to try to post more updates. As I said in a previous blog, blogging gives me more practice writing. And, as the saying goes, "Practice makes perfect." But I know I will never be perfect. There was only one perfect person who walked this earth, Jesus. I do want to become more like him everyday that I live, though.

There is another saying that I like better, "Practice makes progress!" Progress is what I am aiming for. I want to be more dedicated in my writing. I want to make it my goal to write a little each day, and then write a little more the next day. I want to complete a story before editing it. And when I have done all I can do with my completed story, find people who will help me take the next step in sharing my story with others. I want to be published, no to be famous, but just to share the gift God gave me with others and hopefully brighten someone else's day. I will only accomplish my goal with practice, discipline, encouragement, and prayers.

So I invite you on this journey with me. I ask you to pray for and encourage me. I promise to do the same for you. Many people may not read this, but maybe more will join us as we go along. Even if they don't, I will write for God, hoping to bring Him and His Kingdom honor and glory.

I want to write my next blog about inspiration. What are your dreams and what inspires you to pursue them? I will be sharing what inspires me to write. I hope to hear from you. I'm excited for your response! I do not know when I will be posting my next blog because I will be very busy over the next few weeks, but I will do my best to post at least one blog a month. Hold me to that and remind me alright?

WRITING UPDATE!!!!!!! I just finished my first children's story for one of my best friend's childrens' birthday. It was a lot of fun to write! Now I am splitting my writing time between writing a story for another friend's daughter and my Nutcracker story. Yes I am stilling working on the same project! Exciting right?Well it is for me at least. Everytime I get an idea for a new story now, I force myself to make notes about it and not start working on it just yet. Not until I complete Return of The Nutcracker. <<<<<<-------- That's  the title of my story! ;) I have filled up one notebook writing the story and I'm halfway through another one! I'm not allowing myself to type it up yet because I know I will start editing it if I do. Fun Fact about my writing: I do most of it by hand in cursive, mostly because I don't always have access to a computer and if I get a new idea I want to write it down right away before I forget. I always try to keep paper and a pen or pencil with me at all times (I will tell a funny story about that another time.)

I would like to end this blog with a book series review. This review is only my opinion. Please feel free to share yours with me as well whether you agree with me or not. I recently read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. This is a Dystopian series that I learned about after reading The Hunger Games Series. I saw an advertisement that encouraged me to read the series if I enjoyed The Hunger Games. So I decided to give Divergent a try. I think the first book is AMAZING! The story was so captivating and fast-paced that I finished it in no time. I immediately went to the store and bought the next two books in the series, fully expecting them to be just as good. I am sad to say that I was disappointed. To me, the second and third books, Insurgent and Allegiant, were long a drawn-out reads. Many times the story became almost boring. There would be spurts of action throughout but then the story would become dull to me again with alot of fillers. Veronica Roth is a very talented author and I may even give the series another try in the future. I will definitely read the first book again! However, the second and third book in the series were not as good as I had hoped and I was not a huge fan of the ending!

I think the movie is pretty awesome though! I was disappointed with a few things, but I'm not reviewing the movie right now. Overall it was good and I plan to own it when it is released on Dvd. God's Not Dead is an even better movie if you are looking to see a good movie this week or weekend, I highly recommend both of these!

A new book series that I love is The Selection by Kiera Cass! I am super excited for the third and final book in this series to be released in May! I will review this series in my next blog.

Sorry for any and all mistakes. This was typed quickly. Thanks again for read-ing! Happy Spring and God bless! ~Virginia