Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!
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Welcome! This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!
Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!
If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…
SHOW US YOUR CREATIVITY!
This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!
Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.
You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!
In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.
Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)
You guys are simply the BEST!
This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “STRENGTH.” (…or any form of the word)
So what do you do?
HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!
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“James Anthony Froude FRSE (/ˈfruːd/ frood) (23 April 1818 – 20 October 1894) was an English historian, novelist, biographer, and editor of Fraser’s Magazine. From his upbringing amidst the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement, Froude intended to become a clergyman, but doubts about the doctrines of the Anglican church, published in his scandalous 1849 novel The Nemesis of Faith, drove him to abandon his religious career. Froude turned to writing history, becoming one of the best-known historians of his time for his History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada. Inspired by Thomas Carlyle, Froude’s historical writings were often fiercely polemical, earning him a number of outspoken opponents. Froude continued to be controversial up until his death for his Life of Carlyle, which he published along with personal writings of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. These publications illuminated Carlyle’s often selfish personality, and led to persistent gossip and discussion of the couple’s marital problems.”
When I first saw the quote from James Froude, above, I knew it was meant for me. I think of myself as a dream writer. Seriously, I dream about my characters and then I find I am able to write about them. That is how my Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, was created.
Yup, I thought I had my protagonist, Abby Forester all figured out. Then, I started writing and creating… Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about my character changed. She was transformed and molded by the events that occurred in the story. Her transformation was much like the journey many young people take in life. She had to grow and change from her experiences. Abby had to have the strength of character to move her character forward. Abby’s story is a hero’s journey. The same journey I had to take when writing the novel.
Do you ever think about how much strength it takes to write a novel? We writers have a certain fortitude that helps us complete our journey. It’s not really a question of stopping or starting over – it’s all about continuing. Writing becomes a compulsion and something we find we must do. It’s the simple act of writing down one’s thoughts on paper and telling a story. Simple, right?
Wrong. The second quote by William Zinsser is really about the editing process of a novel writing excursion. For me, the initial writing flowed easily. I was able to create an interesting plot with many twists and turns. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that my writing needed work. It made for some hard reading.
It was at the editing stage where I realized I had issues with grammar. Writing in the third person is hard for me.
“Writing in the third person is writing from the third person point of view and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.”
I really beat myself up over that for awhile. I could have given up, but I didn’t. I reached down deep into my gut and told myself that if I wanted to succeed there were only a couple of ways I could move forward. Get help, and go back and relearn some easy grammar basics.
Believe me – this took strength and fortitude. That is the way it is with writing. It is a gift that tests your strength of character. When your reader cannot connect to your words, you know there is an issue. We write to share a story, to make our reader think and engage with us. We allow them to see into our imagination and to walk with us in the world we have created. Writing is engaging with your readers.
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As my editing process comes closer to completion, I realize I have to let my “baby” out into the world. I have to let other people into the world I have created. I only hope I have the courage and strength to hear what others think!
Thanks for stopping by… Tell me what strength means to YOU!
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.