Writing Exercise Prompt

minions-363019_640Dialogue a conversation you’ve been wanting to have with a fellow worker or person you’ve been needing to talk to.  Make it comedic.  Or, perhaps, dialogue a conversation you’ve had recently with someone that made your day or was just funny in general.

Yesterday, I forgot I was a writer…

…and it was good.  I sat back, watched a little t.v. (something I never really do), read, exercised a little and remembered that I’m more than just an introverted wordsmith.  I needed that day to reset my thesaurus…to venture into the world of laziness once more…and to remember why I write altogether.  I love what I do even if there are days I want to pull my hair out.

Writing is my sanctuary, the window to my soul.  It’s the one creative thing I do well and enjoy above all others.  Writing is important, but sometimes, you just need to get away from the usual.  When you’re able to get out and into the world, you have more experiences to write about, colors to describe, scenes to embellish and air to breathe.

Write on my friends…and write well.

Finding Your Writing Niche

So you want to write, but don’t know where to start. Getting started can be an intimidating venture and can discourage even the most ambitious writer. Here are a couple of things to get you started:

Write what you know. It’s easier to write about things you’re familiar with. For example, if you have knowledge and experience in writing white papers, it’s easier to write about and expand your knowledge in that area instead of writing in unfamiliar territory. Use the experience you have to start on your path. You can always expand later.

Reading. A writer’s best friend and an entrepreneur’s green flag. Reading about the field you’re about to embark in opens you to new experiences you didn’t know existed. Perhaps you never thought about writing press releases or engaging in ghostwriting until you read about it. It’s always important to educate yourself.

Remember to look around you. Potential areas exist everywhere you are. Potential areas exist everywhere you are. Before you realize it, you’ll find areas you didn’t realize you could write about. Yes, writing is an art, but it’s also a skill. The more you write, the better you become at it. This applies to all genres of writing. If you’re still unsure, start with the things you like the most…the things you’re passionate about. Before you know it, you’ll have a collection ready to share with the world.

Happy hunting!

What’s Your Inspiration?

Inspiration comes from a variety of places. Sometimes it’s a conversation you’ve had, a story you’ve read, or just something you’ve seen.  It’s what keeps you writing regardless of time, location or deadline.  It’s what drives you to seclude yourself from the world and away to a place where nothing else matters but the completion of your thoughts.

See if you can identify something that inspires your writing.  Pay attention to the moments that forces you to sit and write.  You’ll need to be able to reference these motivators when facing a potential writer’s block. Writer’s blocks are real and being able to draw from what gets your creative juices flowing is essential in the completion of a project.

So, what inspires you to write?  Is it random conversation?  Is it observering your surroundings and feeding off the energy?  Is it being secluded and away from the noise of a busy life?  When do you write most? On breaks at work? During vacation? Or whenever the mood hits you? 

I tend to write late nights for hours on end and am usually inspired by something I’ve seen, heard or experienced.  I remember writing an entire poem on napkins, while in between classes on my college campus based on a personal experience with a friend.  I learned over time that the majority of my writings are motivated by personal experiences and sometimes random moments.  I feed off the energy around me and use it in my writing.

If you pay close enough attention, you’ll find there’s more than one inspiration. Before long, you will have compiled a list of them and will be able to go to one or more to aid in your writing.

Setting Schedules: Another One??

If you’re like me…then you hate setting schedules.  It’s like you already have enough to do during the day and the last thing you want to do is set a schedule for another area of your life.  For me, I’ve always found time for writing…whether it was on paper napkins at restaurants or on the back of some piece of paper at work.  I satisfied my desire to write by writing in between the moments.  That’s just me though.

But for others, setting a writing schedule is a necessary part of their lives.  When you’re writing a novel or working on a project setting a schedule with deadlines is ideal.  Setting a specific time aside will force your brain into a writing mindset and can help you to focus more.

But I’m not talking about the writing you do when working on a novel or project.  I’m talking about the writing you do to find meaning to your chaos…the writing you do when you need to find clarity in your life…and even the writing you do to find clarity to your emotional.  It’s in these times that writing should be done when the feeling comes and when you have something to express.  Life doesn’t have schedules and I believe neither should your writing.

But in whatever you do, the most important thing is to write.

New Things Are Happening!!

Shout out to all of my Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and WordPress friends, followers, fans and family!! If you haven’t figured it out, I’ve decided to follow and develop my first love, writing. Those that know me are probably wondering what took me so long! But now, there are no more excuses! 2014 was a beautiful start, but I know 2015 will be even better. There are so many ideas and things I plan on doing that I can hear my mother in my head saying, “baby steps, Shakeena. It’ll all work out as it should.” I hope you’ll take this journey with me as I know this is just the beginning. So far, here’s what’s going on:

Live, Laugh & Rebel Blog: Live, Laugh & Rebel is about being better, doing better. It’s about standing as an individual and finding what’s unique about you and using it to live a better and fruitful life. It’s about personal growth, enterprise, self-education, entrepreneurship, conditioning and movement. It’s about all those things most people don’t want to hear, but need to in order to grow. You can view it at www.livelaughrebel.wordpress.com.

The Write Side of The Street Blog: This site about entrepreneurship will be consolidated with Live, Laugh & Rebel. All past and future site content will be posted there.

My Newsletter: A monthly newsletter. In every issue, you’ll find a Note to Self section, this is a short (sometimes longer) section about almost anything, it’s usually quotes or sayings I like (but you never know with me); a Main Character section, which is about developing and challenging yourself, like the main character in a story (after all, you are the main character in your story); and a Books section, which will show my latest books for sale. As things develop, you’ll see other sections which will include updates on events and showings, entrepreneurship, discounts, interviews and much, much more. If you prefer to up-to-date content, feel free to follow me on my blog, Live, Laugh & Rebel. You can subscribe to my newsletter at www.shakeenawheeler.com, on Facebook or you can send me your email and I’ll add you personally.

New Poetry E-book: Getting To You. A selection of poetry written by me for poetry lovers. You can purchase it at www.shakeenawheeler.com.

Writing Services: I offer a variety of writing services including web content, articles, blog posts, newsletters/e-newsletters, brochures, direct mail/e-mail marketing campaigns, white papers/how-to guides, ghostwriting, e-books, simple business, creative content and much more. You can find more information and my portfolio at http://www.shakeenawheeler.com. If you would like to discuss a project you have in mind, you can contact me at shakeena@shakeenawheeler.com or (484) 352-2147.

Well, that’s it so far, but there will be so much more coming up. Thanks again for everything you guys and I hope you have a peaceful and fulfilling year!

The “Basics” of Expressing Yourself

Earlier this week, a co-worker asked me about poetry.  He wanted to know the “basics” of writing it.  He wanted to know how it should be written, in what form and in what way it should be read.  I simply told him to write.  It wasn’t about form or how many meters it carried.  It was simply about writing what you wanted to express…about transferring your ideas, your thoughts into something that means something to you.  It doesn’t need anyone’s approval but your own.

It’s not always about form or structure.  Sometimes, it’s about taking the risk of expression and believing in yourself enough to simply be you.  We’ve grown accustomed to being constantly judged and reviewed that we’ve become self-conscious about our work, our manner, our dress, our speech and the way we express ourselves.  We’re not robots.  If you haven’t found a way to express yourself, haven’t found something that expresses a part of who you are, there will always be a void.

Expression is a form of freedom.  It will always be there subconsciously and once brought to the forefront of your mind, you will always seek it.  There’s no greater feeling in the world.