Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NaNoWriMo Recap 2016

Hello Poetteers,

During the month of November, I attempted at NaNoWriMo. I took a different approach. Instead of writing a fiction novel I decided on a non-fiction project. This project will be a nonfiction story of my journey as a writer. It is something that has been bugging me to be heard and I'm finally listening. It's what I've been leaning towards. Since I thought of it in the beginning of the year I keep getting new ideas for it. I got the final push I needed from #NaNoLounge.

Sneak Peek #1
From the beginning, I was already having an endless amount of spelling errors. I was a bit excited about finally working on this story idea. Another thing I kept doing as I write was ending it with referring to read more in a later chapter. For the first week and beginning of NaNo I wrote for 10 consecutive days.

After that, I felt the slump and unintentionally stalled the project. I didn't think about it, I almost forgot about it. I picked it back up on the 22nd and wrote for a couple more days. The word count that I needed to catch up on was overwhelming that I stopped again. A couple days after that I told myself I need to try and at least get a few sentences down but a few story ideas were already creeping in.
Sneak Peek #2 
I'm disappointed that I didn't continue to push myself to work on it. But I'm not mad about not reaching the 50k winning goal. I finally got the project started and that's all that matters. I'm opening myself so much, much more than I do on my blog and social media. Throughout the project, I made some discoveries about myself. I'm surprised and happy about the journey of writing about my journey. Some day it will be a publishable book.

stay inspired,
Fida Islaih 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reflection on Gratitude

Hello Poetteers,

Recently I took up an opportunity that was given to me. Last month I apply and got the internship from Dream On Youth. Remember the Monday Blessings series I did on the blog. I want to bring it back. I did it a bit differently today. I'm over on Dream on Youth sharing what I'm grateful for.

Stay inspired, 
Fida 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

How I Title My Poems

Hello Poetteers,

Don't have time to read right now? Download the PDF version.

I loved sharing with you ways to title your poems. I decided to give you my secret to titling poems.

1. Find an adjective that describes the emotion your poem is giving.

2. Find a repeated word.

3. Put the two together.

4. Does it reflect your poem?

Example:

Take a look at my poem, Weary Hope. I repeated the word hope, so i knew it needed to be in the title. The beginning of the poem talks about being weary, so that was the adjective I needed to add. Together I came up with a title that would make the reader wonder and pull them in to read it.


For more help on your poetry titles, I have a cheatsheet available! Also, in my editing services I help you with choosing a poetry title. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Poetry Collaboration: Flickering Light

Hello Poetteers, 

This past week I've been working on a collaborative piece. Here is the result of that collaboration. 

Flickering Light


Pain is my light getting tired
with the anticipation
a heaviness settles into my heart
Pain is the loss
of never seeing the good again
you feel helpless
like getting the news of death
and not knowing what to say
to yourself or others
you don’t want to hear anything
you stare into nothingness
and wonder if it will get better

accepting the pain, you can move forward
from deep sorrow
to the process of healing,
healing is the reversal
of a decomposed heart
a radiant light
replacing the darkness within
a soothing ointment to one’s soul
it gives hope to endure the circumstances,
strength for the journey,
courage to be bold,
to comfort others who are afflicted
but most all
to know you are not alone.

by Fida Islaih & Rebeca Perez

Check out more poetry by Rebeca at Blend My Love.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fight off the Lack of Motivation

Hello Poetteers,

Every once in awhile we get in writing slumps and feeling the lack of motivation. There are several ways to get ourselves out of it.

1. Take a break
Spend a day away from your writing and come back with a fresh look.

2. Read
The works of others will get you in a new headspace and may inspire some new ideas.

3. Do a poetry prompt
Forcing yourself may do the trick.

4. Change up your writing style. If you write free verse try a poetry form.
Sometimes you need a limit.

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Book Tour: Timeless by Crystal Collier


Hello Poetteers, 

Let's welcome Crystal Collier here today to share her brand new book!

Title: TIMELESS

Series: Maiden of Time, #3

Author: Crystal Collier

Pages: 253

Publication: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Raybourne Publishing

ISBN: 9781629830056



TIME IS THE ENEMY.

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?

Buy: Amazon | B&N

What reviewers are saying:

“A magical, fast-paced, romantic adventure…” --T. Drecker, Bookworm for Kids

“A story of love...true and forbidden love. There's mystery…tension, action...everything.” –Chrys Fey, author of Ghost of Death

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer


Alexia had assumed his home was a hut in some local village. “Where is it you came from?”

Deamus motioned upward. Alexia followed his aim to the warming sky, stars fading. “From the stars?”

Both hands disappeared behind his back as he considered her closely. Something in his stare solidified, and he leaned forward, lifting an arm and pointing. “There. Out beyond those lights
waits another earth, one where…where we live without fear. Only those with Passionate
blood dwell there.”


The idea whirled her head like a top he was spinning just to watch her grow dizzy. Amos stepped between them. “Tell me about this place.”

Deamus backed away, gaze shifting shyly to the ground. Alexia touched his arm. “Tell me.”

“The other land was created long ago by a powerful man. There has never been a man more powerful.”

To create an entire world… Alexia still couldn’t quite fathom it. Only God possessed that kind of power. “When humanity began destroying…the Passionate, he knew he had to stop them.” He brought his fists together and pulled them apart to illustrate. “It would mean separating two worlds. He studied and gathered and worked for decades to make his dream a reality, and at
last, he did it.”

Alexia gave him a skeptical frown. “Separated two worlds out of one?”

“I heard me somethin’ like this story before.” Regin scratched his chin. “Weren’t there two sons and some kind of battle?”

Deamus stilled and shifted away as if he’d forgotten about his larger audience.

“Do continue,” Alexia urged.

“A bridge was erected, a bridge of light that allowed our kind to pass over, but the cost of channeling so much power was the man’s life.” Deamus bit his lip. His chin shook and he looked
away. Quiet accosted them. Alexia wondered if he would continue when he straightened his shoulders, lips puckered in a frown. “He left two sons.” 


He gave a quick nod at Regin. “Both studied his arts and followed in his path, but
one was tempted and drawn into dark powers, the kind that consume the soul.” 


A line appeared between his eyebrows. “The other watched over and protected the
Passionate—mostly from his brother.”


Alexia glanced up at the disappearing stars and shivered, feeling suddenly very small. “And how do you know of this other world?”

Deamus’s head tilted, hope shimmering in his gaze. “It is my home.”


Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

Find her online HERE.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Find Time to Write

Hello Poetteers,

Life may get in the way and make it hard to find time to write. 

1. Wake up early
The silence, the fresh mind and clear head can get the gears going. 

2. Stay up late 
There is something about the night that puts your head in a different place. 

3. Tell people
When you tell someone you have this urge to do it. You have someone to hold you accountable.

4. Stay away from distractions
I've said this before, don't go on your phone or social media until after you start working. One thing that will make it easier to do this is turning off the notifications on your phone. 

5. Take advantage of your breaks
The words will eventually add up and seeing it will make you want to complete it.

6. Keep a notebook with you
Ideas have a way of creeping up on you and come at the most random times. You don't want to forget them. 

7. Schedule it into your already busy day
When you see it on your to do list you have a better chance of doing it.

8. Leave off on a cliffhanger 
When you leave off like that you look forward to the next time you get to sit down and figure out the rest. 

9. Braindump
Having all your ideas down or an outline gets you one step closer to writing the story. 

10. Meditation 
Sitting in silence, you get to reflect on your day. You get in touch with your intuition. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Add Your Book On Goodreads

Hello Poetteers,

Don't have time to read right now? Download the PDF version

Being an avid reader and writer I've seen both sides of how Goodreads can be beneficial. Sometimes you come across a book you can't find on Goodreads. Adding your book on there is easier than you think. The information is already there on the site but I'm here to make it even easier. 

1. Join the author program.

2. You will have an author dashboard to update. One thing to do is link your blog or website. 

3. Add your book


4. Fill in all the details

5. Save and it'll be a part of your dashboard

6. You can share the cover now or wait until after the reveal on your blog. When you have a decision, you are able to edit the book.

7. Share the link for others to mark it on their TBR list and later share their review.


8. Your dashboard is a place for readers to ask you questions. You can have giveaways. Lastly, you can add the option to preview your book. 

stay inspired,
Fida

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Poetry Prompts

Hello Poetteers!

I'm bringing in the new month with a new set of poetry prompts! It's a bit different. I gave you 15 prompts. You can do it all in the two weeks of taking the whole month to do them. I'll be participating along side you. The prompts are up to your interpretation and creativity.


You can repost my challenge graphic on your Instagram profile for reference, or download the PDF version.

Be sure to tag your poems on Instagram with #dailypoetrygram so we can all see it.Tag me (@poetfida) so I can leave some love.


Get help with your poetry prompts with these questions, get your copy when you sign up for my newsletter.

stay inspired,
Fida