Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Post Pandemic Writer's World

As a writer, how are you planning on entering the post-pandemic era? You're just going to continue writing? Really?  I think that you will find that you have changed - that your perspectives on life have changed. As your perspectives change, so will your character's perspectives, their needs, and their challenges. The world that you live in has changed drastically, and so will the world your characters live in.

It doesn't matter whether your characters are living in our current time, or if your story is placed several years back. As writers, we allow the story to flow through us. But we still have a basic way of looking at things that the current pandemic has altered. We are living in a world of face masks, isolating at home, restaurants that, when they open, will be only 50% capacity, with wait-staff wearing face masks. Schools are closed, with learning done on a digital basis. We may have a postal service that we cannot recognize. More people may be working from home, many people will remain out of work. There will be a mandatory six-foot social distancing, no handshaking, and massive use of hand sanitizer.

Travel may or may not be restricted, airlines will have a whole new set of rules, and hotels/motels may not offer the amenities that they now offer. Many businesses, both small and large, will be closing, This is the background against which we are writing our stories. Can we step away from that background and feel comfortable writing stories based in the past - even in the recent past?    

What I am doing is journaling - a little bit each day - to see where I am in life, and how I am handling all of these changes. This is how I stay grounded and centered, and get a better perspective on what I need to work on personally. As I grow as a person, my hope is that I will grow as a writer. 

It is hard for any of us to be creative in difficult times. When our creative efforts are focused on finding toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and face masks, writing takes a bit of a back seat. But we need to keep our lives as normal as possible, and for writers that means that we need to continue to write. Continue to write, continue to edit, continue to publish, continue to promote. This is who we are!

(c) May 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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Friday, April 24, 2020

Take Notes

I just read a very thought-provoking post from Amber Foxx on the blog "Ladies Of Mystery". This is spring 2020, and we are experiencing a pandemic. We are being asked to stay home, wear face masks, and practice safe distancing (amongst other things). These are difficult times, and we don't know what is coming up next.

Foxx gifts us with the concept of "neither holding on nor pushing away". We don't need to try and hold on to our old normal, nor do we need to push away the present. IMHO, if we try and hold onto the old normal, we will find ourselves denying the present.

When it comes to her characters, Foxx notes that current events exist in the background, and do have an impact on their lives. What was more important to me was that she places her characters several years in the past, because she wants to get the context right.

She talks about making notes on the present, with the thought of using these notes in future stories. We need to let the present gel in our minds so that we can make sense of it before we include it in our books. 

My current WIP takes me way back, to a time when remote viewing was just coming into its own. My characters work for a (white hat) clandestine group, dealing with global concepts that go back to the Knights Templar era. 

Can I make this work? I certainly hope so! One thing I do know is that I feel more comfortable working with the past than dealing with the present. Thank you Amber Foxx for helping me to understand why this is so!

(c) April 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Abundance Checks

We know that the energy of the new moon is that of expansion and growth. It is a good time to plant the seeds of whatever we want in our lives. One way to plant these seeds is to write out an abundance check to ourselves each month. The focus of each check is whatever we wish to manifest in our lives.

Abundance can manifest itself in our lives in many different ways. It can be monetary, it can be increased good health, it can be friendships made, it can be kind words, it can be job offers, it can be guidance/mentoring ... it can be whatever we are willing to accept. We put the thought out there, and watch how it manifests in our life.

How do we write these checks? And when do we write them? I write them the evening before a new moon. You want to write your checks within 24 hours of the beginning of each new moon. Here is how your check looks:

  • Under "date" put the date the check was written.
  • After "pay to the order of", write your name.
  • In the field for the written dollar amount write "paid in full".
  • In the field for the amount in numbers, write "paid in full".
  • At the bottom of the check, where it says "for", write whatever it is you wish to manifest (money, health, a new job. a healthy relationship, etc).
  • At the bottom of the check, where your signature goes, write "The Law Of Abundance".
Note: If you are looking to manifest money, you can write in a specific figure. I don't do this because I feel that by using "paid in full" I am opening up the abundance coming to me.

When you are done writing your check, put it in a place where you will see it on a daily basis. I keep mine in a small jewelry chest on my dresser. 

You can choose to keep your abundance checks, or you can choose to burn them at the Full Moon, giving thanks for what you have manifested. The safest place to burn a check is in your sink. (Only burn one check at a time.)

February 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

What Does The Year 2020 Hold For Us As Writers?

Before we look at what the year 2020 holds for us as writers, let's take a look at what it is from a numerological standpoint. It is a number four year (2+0+2+0=4), a foundation year. It is a year of effort, determination, and change, a year of reassessing who we are, and what we believe. It is a year of action, but also a very practical year. It is a time to reasses our goals, and to focus on long term goals. It is a year of "putting in the work", of living our beliefs and values. The structure of our world, and our lives, will change, and we need to be willing to change with it. 

With this information as a backdrop, let's take a look at what a number four year means to us as writers. We are looking at the foundation of our writing, and at our personal foundation - our values and beliefs. This is a year in which we have to take a "leadership" role in our writing. We have to make conscious decisions on what we want to write, and where we want to go with it. We need to let go of second guessing ourselves. It is time to look at where we want to be financially, and personally, and what is the best path to getting there.

What are some of the things that we can do to help ourselves take charge of our writing?
  • Define what areas we want to write in.
  • Define our audience.
  • Walk away from "trending topics", and write what we want to write. Our audience will be there.
  • Allow our work to flow. (My characters tend to write the story themselves!)
  • Consciously paint a picture with your words.
  • Write consistently.
  • Look at the best ways to edit our work - which include outside editing. 
Wishing you all much success with your writing in 2020!

(c) January 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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Monday, November 25, 2019

Endings and New Beginnings

I recently made a decision to put my newsletter on hiatus for 2020. Just this morning I decided to not publish any of my blogs on a set schedule (I have been doing them all once a week). I will publish when I have something to say, which saves me time looking for something to say! 

Wishing everyone here in the U.S. a very Happy Thanksgiving!

(c) November 2020 Bonnie Cehovet
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Monday, November 18, 2019

What To Look For When Following A Blog

Why should we want to follow someone else's blog? Perhaps they offer information that is pertinent to what we are doing. Perhaps they offer information that we are simply interested in. In the end, it should be information written in a style that we can connect with, and that enriches our life.

Some of the things I look for are: 
  • Is the blog focused on a defined audience?
  • Is the voice consistent from blog to blog?
  • Is the page that the blog is on organized in a logical manner? Does it present well? Do the links work? Is the color scheme a match for the material being presented?
  • Is the blog coming out on a consistent bases (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly).
  • Does the blogger sound like they know what they are talking about?  
As a writer, I follow a couple of blogs religiously. One of them is written by Nathan Bransford (an author and former literary agent), and the other is, a blog written by a group of female mystery writers.

What blogs do you follow, and why?

(c) November 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Monday, November 4, 2019

Season Based Writing Themes

As a writer, I am always looking for a theme for my stories and books. There is a natural cycle to the world, and addressing this cycle gives me natural themes - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Each season has perceptions that are attached to it - some are universal, some are personal. All can be the basis of a good story.

Each holiday out there - whether it is religious based, seasonal based, country or culture  based - has a deep level of stories/themes that we can base our work on.

If we are writing short stories, this is one thing. If we have an idea for an upcoming holiday, we can get the story written, and get it out there in time for the holiday.  If we are writing a book - that takes a little more planning. I had to change the focus of one of my books because I was going to use a Christmas theme, but the timing wasn't right for getting it written, edited, out there, and promoted.

Don't be afraid to use any theme that you want to - they all have something to say!

(c) November 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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The Post Pandemic Writer's World

As a writer, how are you planning on entering the post-pandemic era? You're just going to continue writing? Really?  I think that y...