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M.T. Becker Writer's Block Advice

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 M.T. Becker Writer's Block Advice What is writer's block? Is it merely being stuck staring at a blank page with a blank mind, or is it more devious than that? Honestly, we don’t even know the answer to our own question because every writer's writing process is unique. But for us, M.T. Becker, writer’s block is something we accept and expect to happen during the writing process. It's not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when writer's block will rear its ugly head.  Therefore, we know when we commit to writing a sentence, a short story, or a book it is going to take time. Actually, It’s going to take us a long time to write because we are purposely trying to tell our readers EXACTLY what we want them to know. There is a well known story that goes something like this: A bricklayer and an author went to work for eight hours. When the eight hours was over, they told each other about their day. The bricklayer said he built a beautiful six feet brick wall. The author sai

Time to Reset-- Review

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  Time to Reset Reviewed by: Jill Sheets         I was so excited to finally get the book “Time to Rest: A 21 Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Sidelined, Disappointed or Knocked off Course” by Karen Brown Tyson. The book came at the right time in my life, and it was something I needed.   I had lost my job over a year ago, so I could not wait to start to read the book and see what she had to say.     This is one of the best devotional books that I have ever read.   I love it. It was like Ms. Tyson was directly talking to me. This book is well written and easy to understand. The devotional is perfectly laid out, and you will have no problem following the book as you read it.     I loved how she talks about her personal experiences in this book to help us see the bigger picture. Along with her experiences, she has excellent advice, prayers and picks the perfect verses to go along with each one of the 21 days.     This book is a quick read, and it

Save the Cat Course Review

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  Save the Cat Course Review by: Jill Sheets     When I found out that I was getting to review the Save the Cat! Online-Course Cracking the Beat Sheet, I could not wait. I was excited to start the course, so I jumped right in when I got the link.  I wondered if it would stand up to all the "hype" that I had heard.    To answer my question, yes, it did, more than I could have imagined. I love this course.  It is the best writing course that I have taken, and I have taken quite a few.    The class is from Blake Snyder's book "Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need!" Just a heads up, you will probably want to get this book before you start the course.  They do have reading assignments from the book.   This course will help you write your screenplays or novels with the 15 key "story beats," which will help you develop your story's roadmap. It will guide you step by step to accomplish that goal.   The t
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  2021 Goals List Written by Jill Sheets     Picture source: https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-dream-big-set-goals-take-action-written-notes-colorful-image76212798   I cannot remember when I started to make a Goals List for the year. I either started in 2019 or 2020. Either way, it is now a tradition. Looking over the list that I wrote out the year before and adding the ones that I wanted to continue or did not accomplish to my 2021 list.   I will get all the goals on my list done this year. It may not be easy, but I am determined. Is it better to start with the "easy" ones, the ones that could take time to accomplish or work on them all at the same time? I have not made that choice yet, but either way, I better start soon.   I will not post my whole goals list because some of them may be a surprise, but I will tell you a few of them.   -- Interview with Dominic Keating. Getting the interview is the hardest one on my list. I had it down last year bu

Hot Lava

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  Hot Lava Written by: Jill Sheets     Picture source: https://unsplash.com/photos/WQ5HOvrDZ6Y The games we use to play as a child.   Some we played with our siblings, friends, and even by ourselves. Some that are safe, and with one you can fall into "Hot Lava."   I cannot remember how many times my sister and I played this game when we were kids, but I can tell you that no one else was there when we did.   They would probably stop the game even before we started.   The only place we could play that had enough room was in the living room. We placed pillows on the floor.   We also took the cushions off of the couch and love seat and put them on the floor.   In this game, the whole goal was to get from Love Seat to the couch then back to the Love Seat without landing into the lava (the floor). Just the thought of that made me make sure I did not land in the hot lava.     That was the only time that I can remember my sister and me playing together. We eve

Julie and the Phantoms

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  Julie and the Phantoms Written by:  Jill Sheets   Picture source:   https://www.amazon.com/Julie-Phantoms-Season-Netflix-Original/dp/B08HDNZCZX/ref=sr_1_18?dchild=1&keywords=Julie+and+the+Phantoms&qid=1608309061&sr=8-18      There is a new show on Netflix that people are going crazy about. Not only are they binge-watching it, but then when the show is over, they will start all over again. This Family/comedy- musical is "Julie and the Phantoms."     When Julie lost her mom, she was really not that interested in it. That is until she met three ghosts that popped into her life and making it better. They all decided to make a band. With some hiccups, will the band be able to stay together?   Here are some of the people that are in the series:   Madison Reyes as Julie Molina, Charlie Gillespie as Luke. He is a singer and the lead guitarist of the Phantoms Owen Patrick Joyner as Alex. He is the drummer for the Phantoms Jeremy Shada as R