Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A to Z Challenge Day #3 (Pixar #8)

CARE and COMPLETE

What do you CARE about? Do you put enough CAREful thought in the words you say? The words you write?

I've found that the internet has mad it so easy to blurt out things. Why? I think it's because most of the time, you never have to worry about coming face to face with the general public. So who CARES if you say something that not really you.

The things you write may be easier because no one sees you, who you really are.

But, I have resigned myself to really CARE about the things I write. To be true to myself and write the things I believe in. I hope to awaken something fresh and new not only in my own heart, but in the hearts and minds of everyone who reads my books. my blog posts. My thoughts.

I'm tired of writing to fit in with the crowd, to gain more followers, to look "big."

I want to CARE about how and why I write and hope that i can make a difference in the life of those who read my words.

For Pixar #8, I'm choosing the word COMPLETE. Yikes, I preaching a choir here! Finish your story, even if it's not perfect. You've got to wrap it and get to a place where you can put a fork in me I'm done. Once it's COMPLETE, then you can go back and revise and edit.

There's nothing like finishing something, especially a book! The feeling is incomparable, really. I have so many started novels, and quite a few finished. But those inCOMPLETE ones stare at me like, "Hey you! I'm still laying here, needing the perfect ending."

So today, beautiful guys and dolls, I put out a plea, a call to action. CARE about what you write and COMPLETE the things you start.

Are you with me?

I have four fabulous friends who are also participating in the Pixar Challenge.  Don't forget to visit their blog and see what they have to say about #8:)

Kate
Regina
Alex
Mary

19 comments:

  1. Love this post! There is so much careless/reckless behavior online that it's nice to come across someone who will actively think about what they write and what impact it may have on others.

    I also know how great it feels to finish something. I too have several completed novels but just as many incomplete ones. They whisper in my ear while I'm sleeping and make me dream of them. Then I have to say, "I hear you! I remember you! Be patient!" lol Great post!

    Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen. I do the same thing. I have some many floating around my brain it's hard to keep them straight.

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  2. I think you're exactly right about how easy it is to write without thinking in these online intereactions. I got my first 'discussion' training on a carefully moderated site and I've never been sorry--people were allowed to disagree, but they had to be polite about it--make clear it was the POINT they disagreed with--no namecalling and saying it nicely. I think it taught me, but it also armed me to help divert the conversation--remind people as nicely as possible to be NICE. Also agree on finishing the thing!!!

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    1. I think people tend to get a little snarky when no one can look you in the eye. I wonder how people can be so mean or rude and that makes me wonder if they are really great people in person.

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  3. I do care what I write, because I know the words here will linger forever. And the person I am online is the same as the person in real life. I wouldn't be able to fake it anyway.

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    1. I kinda figured that. If we cant trust the Nija Captain, who can we trust?

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  4. Stopping by from the A to Z! Great advice. I can't imagine not caring about what I write.

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    1. It's one of the most vital pieces of info I've ever written.

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  5. How can I write without caring? How can I begin without a belief I will complete it? Great post! Keep caring.
    Kathy@ Swagger Writers

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    1. Thanks, anf thanks for visiting today:)

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  6. I have left some things incomplete, but I'm OK with those. They either were good practice, an idea that didn't need to be completed or I can get back to it later. Not caring, being sloppy or hasty, is another matter altogether. Good post.

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    1. Hey Julie. I just visited you blog and was reminded of Today's ISWG post. Yikes! I guess It will be late tonight, but I'll get it posted before I sleep.

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  7. What a great point. I am always paranoid about saying too much or saying too little. I hate being misunderstood, and I hate being unable to support what I say. It's taught me to be careful about what I say and, if I do say it, to know how I can back it up.

    I have a signature on my email in Latin, which basically says "The spoken word passes away, the written word remains." I keep this there so that I am reminded every time I write something that it can't be retracted, and someone can pull it out again and point to what I said. It's a great reminder to always be considerate and kind, even when saying something that might chastise.

    Thanks for your thoughts on this, they made me think, too!
    Ingrid @ tantusamorscribendi.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so nice to meet you, and thanks for the follow:)

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  8. I wish more people cared about what they said. It's true, a lot of writers on the web seem to hide behind the fact they don't actually have to face consequences in person.

    Thanks for the completion reminder!

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  9. This is really hard for me, because I'm a perfectionist, at least as far as my writing is concerned. I had to finally (after countless revisions and rewrites) admit it (my book) would never be perfect. If perfection was my goal, then it would never get finished.

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