It's the Weekend ~ Time for Word Games

It's the weekend!

And I'm so bored!

No. That's a lie. We writers never get bored.

We may not feel like writing sometimes and that's when we occupy ourselves with word games. 

Yes, us writers never stop learning.

Here's some fun games to get that brain going ...

Try Online:
Text Twist!

Text Twist (It works best using Internet Explorer for some reason).

Free Rice (Here you can learn and donate to charity at the same time).

Scrabble (You will need Facebook for this game)

If you like Apps, try these:

Words With Friends

Whirly Wind

Hanging With Friends

There are hundred more so do a search and see what you can find. If you find some good ones please share.

A simple one I may have mentioned before is simply choosing three letters as the first three letters of any word you can think of ... 
for example AXE ... You can make up the words Axe Axed Axel. 

I only found eight words with these three letters. 

How many can you find? 

Try another TRE ... Tree, Tremble, Tremor, etc.
Note: You cannot name places or names of people only things.

Now, go have some fun!

Zak ~ Exercising the brain

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The Willpower of Writing ...

Writing every day (or getting a novel written) is a common subject on writing blogs and definitely throughout the history of this blog. 

It’s a regular topic not because it’s complicated. As writers we struggle with it every single day and yet still have this urge to write.
Either we are not writing often enough or we are not getting written what we really want to write about so we procrastinate or simply give it away or make excuses to do it later.

How do we develop the willpower to commit to writing every day? 

How do we keep that promise to ourselves (or someone else) that we will write every day?

Is it really about willpower? 
Is it simpler than that?

I like to refer to it as our want power because unless you really want to write every day nothing is going to happen. 

Thinking about what you want to write can lead you to look at what you don’t want to write. This is actually a very helpful exercise. Deciding what you don't want to write helps our minds rule out those things that we are not interested in and those things are simply distractions. Those thoughts that creep into our being and chomp away at our desires.

So, what is it you want to write about?

What is it that you don’t want to write about?

How often do you want to write?

Is writing a priority for you?

Is it important to you?

Once you decide what you want to and DO NOT want to write and HOW OFTEN then you need to focus your attention on the WAY you will achieve what you want.

Spend time this week thinking about what you want from your writing. 

Also think about what you don’t want and then we shall look at ways to achieve our desires.

Until next week, happy days!

Zak - Seeking to find the wants, not wants, and whys of a writers life.

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This post inspired by an interview conducted by Molly Meldrum (recovering from a near death accident) with Katy Perry (see the interview here and remember to come back) as she gives an entertaining interview about her experiences as a...

What? Exactly? Would you say, “Pop Star?” 

No, more than that?  

 AND, her new movie.

Katy mentions she has learned a lot of lessons and I can’t help but feel the lessons she’s learned so far are just the tip of the iceberg for her busy life. When you live such a BIG LIFE you can’t help but stumble upon even BIGGER LESSONS. I think she’s up for the task and only time will tell. 

As Katy says, she’s “achieving her dreams and living her dreams” and anyone who has ever really approached the fulfillment of their dreams knows along with dreams come barriers, life lessons, obstacles, struggles and of course moments of joy and exhilaration too.

How does a Katy Perry interview fit in with the life of a writer and the writing of stories? 

It actually fits perfectly.

The conflict, struggles, lessons of your characters make up the mix of a good story. 

When you have all these morsels in your stories you also have the potential to shift people from their ennui to suppurate or simply move your readers to emotions that draw them into your stories and keep them reading to the final bitter or happy end. 

AT that final end the reader is happy it’s all ended well or at least over but also somewhat sad to say goodbye to all the characters and the joy of the journey and that’s the trick to a really good novel or series of novels. Katy does this extremely well using her own life as the impetus for her continuing success. 

I loved Katy’s line when speaking to Molly, 

                      “So glad you’re back, and you’re well, and you’re alive”.

What a lovely statement so how honest and open. Katy glows. She really is sexy, sassy and those eyes! Wow.

As a writer you should naturally be asking questions:

How is her mother feeling?

What does her father think about all this? 

I wonder how her mother copes with her little girl’s life. I’m sure she has conflicted feelings over her daughters’ success and life choices.

Express how scared you are that she will eventually give too much of herself away or the hope that she doesn’t?

And for Katy Perry to be out there in the arena as it were. Her every move on display, every mistake or triumph - out there for all to judge or enjoy.

Capture these emotions into your novel and well ... the rest indeed will be history, as they say.

Get those emotions into your stories and squeeze a little more from your work as Katy Perry squeezed that cream from her titties on stage that night.

Keep 'em guessing,
keep writing!

 Zak - Taking some time out to enjoy a Katy Perry moment.
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Zakgirl on Writing: René Descartes: I think, therefore I am.


René Descartes ~ I think, therefore I am. 

This French philosopher, mathematician, and writer wrote Passions of the Soul and in this work he wrote this really cool line that he will write on this topic "as if no one had written on these matters before".

Now doesn’t that open you up to writing anything?

Doesn’t that inspire enthusiasm for writing in you?

So, as the last post discussed the problems of writing being hard it can also be very easy when the writing flows.

When you get into the zone as it were.

And Descartes was obviously one of those people who could start writing and become lost in time and thought.

How about YOU?

GO, do that!

Have a great day of writing

Zak ~ going all philosophical on you.

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