Acknowledging A Crappy Year

 

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I wasn’t planning on acknowledging 2016 with a traditional goodbye post. 2016 has been a crap year all over, And I know it has been a terrible year for many. I simply cannot wait to see the tail-end of 2016, And welcome 2017 with open arms.

I wasn’t planning on acknowledging the bleak 2016, but I will, because I try to see the positive even in the darkness. It’s the only way to move forward sometimes, And I only wish to thank 2016 for reminding me of strength. Not only in myself, but of those dearest to me.

I saw strength in the people around me blossom, as they conquered through tough battles and landed safely on the ground. I lost myself while trying to fight hard to win my own battles, And crawled my way through darkness, I know now that I have more fight inside than I realized. I watched the person closest to me fall and break countless times, with no way to help them, but they are alive and well and happier.

I want to thank 2016 for reminding me of the importance of strength, And that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how long that tunnel may be.

In retrospect, 2016 also provided me with some excellent reading material, books which I have enjoyed, And wonderful characters to remember. I challenged myself to go for runs in the morning (screw anxiety!), And have seen a positive change in energy levels, happiness, and even writing outcomes.  I have discovered an overall desire to live more, meet new people, and get more from life (Again, screw anxiety!).  I found a new passion for photography, And developed the confidence to start writing this blog.

2016 has been a crap year indeed, but I acknowledge it for testing the rough waters, And I acknowledge it for bringing out a much better me.

So long 2016, bring on 2017.

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Music Resources for Writers

 

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Music has played a major role throughout my life. I listen to music so much, that headphones may as well be an extra body part. Music is brilliant for the ears, but it is also brilliant for developing creative juices.

Throughout my writing journey, I have discovered some valuable music resources which have come in handy, and have been put to good use.

Below are a few of those music resources I have discovered;

Spotify: The range of music playlists on Spotify varies from easy listening to focus playlists. Great for getting the creative juices flowing!
https://www.spotify.com/au/

8tracks: I found this website about a year ago and discovered many valuable tunes for writing. 8tracks has more than 1000 music playlists just for Writers/Writing.
http://8tracks.com/

Pandora Internet Radio: Great for personalizing your own playlists and you can find some pretty unique tunes too.
https://www.pandora.com/

Ambient-mixer.com: You can mix your own ambient sounds and atmospheres using Ambient-mixer. I love using this website to create haunting audio, specifically for writing horror or thriller stories.
http://www.ambient-mixer.com/

Moodil: Moodil allows you to listen to beautiful nature sounds. I find it particularly useful when writing night scenes or raining scenes. The sounds are also very relaxing to listen to.   http://www.moodil.com/

Post-rock: This is a form of experimental rock which mainly focuses on rhythm and instruments, very good for helping with atmosphere and setting. Some post-rock bands include; Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and Hammock.

Ambient music: Music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over rhythm or normal musical structure. Also good for atmosphere and for creating a visual like quality. Some ambient artists include; Aphex Twin, Solar Fields, and Brian Eno.

That’s all for now but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

🙂

Lyddie

Warning: Passionate babble below.

Writing is my number one passion. If I could, I would spend my time in a quiet cabin somewhere, And I would write to my hearts content all day (Not even joking)

Writing is a form of personal therapy. It is the best way to connect with thoughts and feelings, emotions and desires, even pain and personal demons, where some of the most beautiful and powerful writing comes from.

For three years and ongoing, I have been invested in writing, editing, and proof-reading my own novel. I have also written short stories, And the majority of my time is spent on either improving my writing or seeking out new ways and resources to help improve writing, which I want to pass on and share here with other people and writers alike.

If you’re a Writer, you know that writing can be highly frustrating at times (especially when your characters don’t cooperate) If you’re new to writing and just getting into it, Welcome to the ride!

Though my main focus for this blog is to offer tips and resources on writing, I will share a range of other content too, And anyone is welcome here at Lyddie’s Writing Space.

Below is a list of ten quick tips on writing:

  1. Always have a second pen handy.
  2. Keep a small notepad with you at all times, And keep this near your bed at night.
  3. Study the dictionary more.
  4. Observe people and details around you.
  5. Observe the way people talk and interact with you. (pick up key words, tone, and body language)
  6. Set a writing schedule to stick to.
  7. It is perfectly normal to have conversations with your characters. Dig deep, but be patient with them.
  8. Keep a list of your favorite words nearby during a writing session.
  9. Read, even if it’s just two short stories a day.
  10. Keep a list of names you like. (Additionally, if you’d like name inspiration for a villain/enemy, think of names of people you don’t like, or who you don’t get along well with)

That’s all for now, but if you have any responses, questions, or need advice, I welcome them.

Thanks for stopping by at Lyddie’s Writing Space!

Take care.

Lyddie