Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Yell and Celebrate the Small Things-April 29, 2016

This year for the A-Z Challenge, I'm attempting to act like I know what I'm talking about and offering advice about writing.  Let's see how I do!

Also, don't forget to stop by the Parallels blog to see more posts about the upcoming anthology, which will be available on May 3rd!

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There are times when we get so angry that we just need to vent.  We may feel like yelling or hitting something, as much as we know that such an action may only make circumstances worse.  Such physical expressions of anger tend to only alleviate the feeling long enough for us to see the consequences of them.

Listening to loud music may be an option, or it may simply annoy your neighbors.  Been there, done that.

Fortunately, there are other ways to express anger that don’t involve such backlash.  I suggest that you yell.  Yes, I already said you shouldn’t yell, but I only meant that you probably shouldn’t yell out loud.  Instead, you can yell on paper.

I’ve found that venting my feelings on the page can be therapeutic.  You can write in all capital letters.  You can use colorful language you may hesitate to say out loud.  You might write about the seething cauldron of bitterness inside you.  At the end of it all, this exercise may help you feel better, or it may not.  It surely won’t hurt to try.

You may even use what you’ve written to help enhance your writing.  It’s up to you!

It's Friday!  Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain!  Tonja Drecker and I are her co-hosts.

I finished the rough draft of a novella this week, which was a great feeling.  I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but feels amazing to get that part of it done.

I have a short story I'm also working on for submission somewhere, and it is nearing completion.  I'm hoping to get the majority of it finished over the weekend.

The April A to Z Challenge is wrapping up tomorrow, and I can hardly believe it.  Congratulations to everyone who joined in and made it through until the end!

The IWSG anthology Parallels: Felix Was Here comes out on Tuesday!  Is it really possible that release day is almost here? It feels surreal.  The Thunderclap campaign associated with it has surpassed its goal and is fully supported, so that's great!

I also have a lot of personal things going on right now, so life has been kind of crazy for the last week.  Don't worry, though. While I'm not ready to go into detail about it yet, it's good stuff.

What would you like to celebrate?


  1. I always yell on paper. Its really helps me sort out the feelings. Great post.
    #AtoZChallenge - Y is for Yoga

  2. Love the little quote/cartoon up top. You've given me an evil idea ;) Yeah to the anthology! And to getting that first draft done! Sounds like a great week all around.

  3. I like writing angry characters. They can say and do things we might restrain ourselves from doing.

  4. Glad you have good stuff going on and congrats on finishing the A-Z challenge!

  5. You can also pop in a video game and shoot things up. That's always a good way to vent. Unless you die a lot then you may just get more angry. =S

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  6. Look at your Thunderclap - 117%! Yay! Congrats on all the writing progress. I haven't made any this week because... Oh, look! Squirrel! LOL!