New Year’s Resolutions for the Writer

The universe has a funny way of blocking me from certain goals. If I’m at the gym and I want to run four miles, I’ll get a phone call from mom who wants to talk my ear off or I’ll get the workout poops in the middle of a run. It happens! The same thing happens when I want to write.

Right now, I’m experiencing a lot of writer’s block, but that’s only because I have so many projects in my head that my mind won’t allow me to focus on just one yet. It’s nothing some meditation and yoga can’t fix. But other things happen: Friends want to hangout, the boyfriend wants to see a movie, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Etc. Things get in the way, for sure.

But there are tasks you can work on that will help you with your writing goals.

  1. Write Every Day: Invest in a writing journal. Utilize it as a diary for daily use or dream journal. You can even purchase journals that give you a different writing assignment each day. There are some assignments you may not find too appealing and it will cause you to skip days, though.  Also, get out of the mindset of wanting to be in the mood for writing. Repetition is the key!
  2. Make Time: Your novel, screenplay, whatever is not going to write itself! READ THAT AGAIN! You have to make time to complete your writing projects. If Diablo Cody could write “Juno” during her lunch breaks at work, then you can find the time to write. Communicate with your partner/friends/family on how much time you need within a day or week to write and follow that goal. But follow through with it!
  3. Focus On One Project: Our minds are filled with numerous ideas. I’m guilty of wanting to complete a horror screenplay in October, but once that month ends I don’t want to be scared anymore, so I begin writing my next project. Make it a goal to finish one writing project at a time. Finding writing competitions will help determine the kind of project you need to complete first. There are screenplay competitions, short story competitions, and they  can be pretty thorough in what they ask for. If you’re just writing to submit to a publisher, give yourself a deadline for your first draft, then give yourself a deadline for edits, and so on.
  4. Read More: What I mean by this is to find the material that closely matches your project and see what others have done. Don’t copy, but learn. For instance, if you’re a screenwriter, read more screenplays but read the scripts that 1) have been awarded for its writing, and 2) match your genre (comedy, war, horror, etc.). There are many screenplays available for download online.
  5. Finish It: Writing becomes tedious at times. Sometimes, we stray away from our projects and abandon them all together. Honestly, this might mean that our projects suck. But it could also mean that we’ve been working on the same thing for awhile and we need to clear our head. Take a break, come back, and get back into it. Change a character, delete a chapter, add a chapter. What it comes down to is heart. If your heart isn’t into it, then you most likely won’t get it done so make it something you can love after it’s complete.

Good luck on your writing goals for 2017! You can accomplish so much in a year. Your biggest resolution should be to actually sit down and get it done. Get to it!

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On Turning 30

My name is Brian.

I turned 30 on July, 31, 2015. (Side note: I happen to share a birthday with author and fabulous person, J. K. Rowling, and her literary hero, Harry Potter. Harry turned 35 on the same date.) Externally, I was fine exiting my 20’s. I kept a smile on my face the whole day, but panic swelled internally. That was until I was surrounded by friends on the night of my birthday, full of alcohol, and content with my surroundings.

Still, the next morning I was filled with depression. (I was 60 in gay years. I could never show my face on dating apps again. Just kidding.) Now 30, I had a job as an Administrative Assistant for the San Antonio Aquarium, an interactive touch-tank aquarium that took over the abandoned location of a car lot. (After opening in December 2014, it received unsatisfactory reviews for opening unfinished.) I was also single, living with a roommate, overweight, and living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Well, I’m still single, living with a roommate, and overweight. BUT!

I was recently offered a better job; a career actually. I am now the Social Media Manager for an advertising agency. With a pay increase, that solved two of my post-30 problems. I handle multiple social media accounts and write blogs for our client’s websites. And that’s all I’ve really wanted in a career, to express myself creatively in writing.

I have bigger goals, of course, as everyone should. I would love to write for episodic television and sell screenplays, but baby-steps. If an Emmy and/or Oscar come along with that writing career, then great. It’s highly possible and I know it is because all I had to do to get my current career was change my attitude.

In 2014, I worked at a life insurance company and hated it so much! I sold life policies to older people, and occasionally, had to hear of their passing and get complaints that the insurance money was never received. Back then, I lived with two straight men, who were semi-dirty roomies and one owned a dog that was kennel training. The bitch escaped almost always, trashing everything, and making me regret my decision of moving out of my parent’s house.

So I decided to take a yoga class at the neighborhood Gold’s Gym. At the end of the class, we meditated for 15 minutes. IT CHANGED MY LIFE! I learned more about meditation, discovered the whole being-positive thing, realized my life wasn’t that awful, and finally my life began to change. It got better, as the gays say.

This is where this website comes in. My life isn’t perfect. Listen up, no one’s is. I decided to blog about my life in hopes of helping some other gay, fat, Hispanic, and poor soul. These blogs will be filled with stories, some with advice, and who knows what else. We’ll know when we get there. I hope you stick with me. Others won’t be this long, I promise.

Oh, I also review movies. You know, when I feel like it.

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