An Open Letter

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One voice

There is something to be said about being afraid to speak up. For many people, it is a matter of not rubbing certain folks the wrong way or looking bad in the eyes of people. For others, it is a matter of just not caring enough to say a word; saving their cares for their own lives.

As a writer, you have to find your voice.

For some writers it’s an easy task and for others it is quite difficult. Some mimic the voices of other writers in an effort to play it safe. And some carve their own path with the hopes that people will respect them for it.

In A Handbook for the Productive Writer, Bryan Collins writes, “When you write, take a stance. Have an opinion and pick a fight.”

“Be a heretic,” says Rob Booker, “The secret of heretic-ship is simple. Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.” (From Build a Tribe, Not a Business)

“Swing Your Slingshot”, Mary Fernandez states, “Creating an us versus them scenario builds solidarity and brings your tribe closer to you.” (From 9 Surefire Strategies for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness)

If we’re going to do great work, it means that some people aren’t going to like it. ~Seth Godin (From Is Everyone Entitled to Their Opinion)

Many writers will tell you that being yourself is the best type of writer you can be. Having the willingness to use your words in a way that will make people take notice is a gift.

Even if you are not a writer, being able to stand and say what others may be thinking takes strength and courage.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ~Paulo Coelho

These quotes and many others have inspired me in a way that I truly did not expect. There is always an apprehension when it comes to addressing particular subjects. I tend to rant and rave behind closed doors but never openly discuss what’s on my mind.

Then it happened.

I couldn’t sleep a little over a week ago, tossing and turning until my bed sheets were all over the place. Suddenly, I jumped up, grabbed my laptop and proceeded to type out what was keeping me awake.

The words flew out of me and onto the computer screen. Once done, I couldn’t have been more proud that I finally said some things I thought when no one was around.

For the next few days I took to editing and rewriting these strong feelings and emotions, molding them into just the right way. It took almost two weeks but ultimately it became the realest post I have ever written.

This post, which can be found on I Mean, Really Dude, is an open letter to many groups which have negative ideas. It is not with the intention to be malicious. It is, however, written with love and the hope that people will take heed.

One voice can change the world as long as it makes a sound. ~Trina Lynne

 

5 Things You May Not Know

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By Stuart Miles courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net
By Stuart Miles courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

The one thing that a writer needs to become successful is for their supporters to know a bit about them. Doing this gives readers a more in-depth view into the person whom is creating stories that engage them. The more fans know about a writer, the more confident they feel about the work that comes from them.

In celebration of the rapidly approaching 5 year anniversary of my writing career. Here are five things that you may not know.

  • MY NAME CAN BE CONFUSING: In most situations, a writer has one pseudonym in which they are known by. Due to the setup of most social networks, Trina Lynne is what people see. So, I have no say so on the space in my name for most social media, articles and blog posts. However, my pen name is actually TrinaLynne without a space in the middle. This can be seen on work I publish as well as interviews I’ve given. It can be a bit confusing for supporters and fans. Don’t be alarmed; I won’t get upset if you use either one, but I prefer TrinaLynne.

 

  • WRITING IS AWESOME BUT HELPING IS BETTER: Anyone who knows me is aware that I love to write. Truth be told, as much as I would like to be an accomplished writer, I would rather help others pursue their writing careers. Assisting others in their writing ventures is a passion of mine. I am able to see things that they don’t and give them another avenue they may not have considered traveling. I tend to spend the majority of my days assisting other writers. It may cut in to the time I spend writing my own works, but I truly don’t mind. If I can help mold a writer beyond what they expect, it is more satisfying than seeing my name in print.

 

  • WRITING IS NOT MY ONLY LOVE: Many think that writing is my first love and passion in this world. You wouldn’t be wrong for assuming so. In actuality, however, music shares the number one spot with writing. When I was younger, aside from being a prolific writer, I wanted to also be a composer of music. Growing up, I sung and played the flute, piccolo, and baritone saxophone. While being prolific is high on my bucket list, composing a symphony is on the list as well. Also, if you didn’t know, I write songs. It allows me to put the two loves together. Oftentimes, while writing, music is playing in the background with selections that compliment the genre in which I’m working on. Words drive me but music helps me feel the words that I write.

 

  • MANY HATS DON MY HEAD: I wear many hats. In my personal life, I am a teacher for my children in which I home school, an adviser for those younger than I, and a fighter for those who need to be protected from opposition(verbally, of course). In my professional life, I am an author, a poet, a journalist, a songwriter, a playwright, an editor, a proofreader, a consultant, a marketer, a debater, a speaker, an advocate, a comedian and all around businesswoman. There are so many ways to characterize myself and my abilities. The hats I wear day by day are a show of my many talents and the foundations on which I want to be remembered.

 

  • IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY: My career path has the capability of being quite lucrative if I put in the correct amount of work and effort. However, I could care less about money. I mean, of course I want to be able to financially take care of myself and my loved ones. Truth be told, it would mean so much more if I leave behind a positive memory rather than a pile of money. I strive to be remembered long after I perish and I want the future generations to know me as a positive voice in this world. Money runs out eventually but a prominent, positive legacy lives on forever.

 

That’s it for now. I hope you’ve learned some new things about me that give  you a better understanding of who I am and what I set to carry out.

If you feel that you want to know more about me from reading this list, no worries. I’ll be sure to do another ‘Things You May Not Know’ soon.

By the way, now that you know some things about me, what are some things you want me to know about you? You never know, I could aid you in accomplishing your goals. As I said in #2, I love to help.

Until next time.

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Mentor Wanted

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by nokhoog buchachon

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Over the past few years, I have gone at my writing career alone. This could be because of the self-consciousness of my work. It could also be because I can be a bit shy around those I am not well acquainted with.

In this business, however, no one prospers by being shy or keeping their work stored away on a flash drive for their eyes only. You must mingle with your international colleagues and show as much work as you can to gain validity.

Ever since my hospital scare, I have re-evaluated how I run my writing career. Many days, I sit and think of ways to make things bigger and better for myself and those around me.

I came to a stunning realization – I NEED A MENTOR. Seriously.

I mean, I know I have done my literary thing for a long time, but the best way to really understand what you are doing is to have someone hold your hand. Or at least put the boot to your tail when you’re too scared to be yourself.

Everyone that is anyone had someone who was willing to put their hand out and guide them, whether a little or a lot. I am not asking for much. Just someone I can bounce ideas off as well as a person I can learn from because I know I do not have all the answers.

So, this is my shameless plea to any writer who would be willing to help me continue to learn the ropes. The pay is horribly nothing and the client can be a bit of a pest. However, there is a possibility to be a part of something great and maybe make a lifelong friend.

You can find me across social media but your best bet is Facebook or Twitter.  Or you can just leave me a message in the comments section.

If you’re out there, and I hope you accept, I’m ready if you are. 😀

 

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Heads Cut Off of Chickens

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When people tend to be all over the place, they say, “…like a chicken with my head cut off.” Me, I cannot begin to use this cliché to describe the amount of work that goes into being TrinaLynne.

One thing I have realized is that I am not prioritizing the important things in life and in my career. I kind of just go with the flow of the day. However, in going with the flow of the day I do not get half of the things accomplished that I intend. This makes me seem like I am not being honest with my readers nor myself.

Being completely truthful, each day I set aside what needs to be done. I have post-it notes all over my computer as well as a white board; and I try to finish each task. Yet, as the day progresses and things in my personal life arise, I find my list getting longer instead of shorter.

Today, I decided that I would just spend time on my career. I locked the computer room door and commenced to doing things that benefited my career.

Most of the day consisted of research, considering I am behind on many articles that need to be written; not now but right now. The other part of my day has consisted of learning my craft and getting better acquainted with the programs and websites that I use regularly. You can never know too much – right?

Long story short, being a chicken with my head cut off is NOT ideal for me. It just means I’m running around with no direction. I mean, really. Who wants to do that?

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