Lightening Before the Thunder…

During a trip to my publishers, I had the opportunity of sharing my experiences with a group of authors, many of whom later talked with me in a private capacity. I learned that we all had one thing in common – OPPOSITION.. A certain person I spoke with was ready to quit. Coming from this particular individual, it was quite shocking to me. They hadn’t written in months because of the vast amount of negativity received from naysayers. I shared with them a quote from a famous author in response to the haters. “Your next book will be your first book, and I wouldn’t like your book either.” It’s a mouthful I know, but a lot of people who criticize merely want to reserve the right to do just that – because they’re too lazy and too fearful to walk the road you have. It’s easier for them to complain rather than put themselves out there because they’ll get back what they gave…
In retrospect for me, writing started with a dream, a desire… I was heavily chastised for daring to think outside of the box. Many of you have a dream… A wish… Whether it’s to be an author or something else, I’m here to tell you that you can have all the wishbone in the world, but without backbone you won’t ever see it come to volition. Without actually getting out there and putting your plan into action you will stay right where you’re at.

Yes, you will have obstacles and people come against you for no reason. DON’T QUIT! They’ll go to the extent of making things up about you, lie about you – because they are afraid you will succeed. DON’T QUIT! If I were to share what I wrote my first book through, it would literally drop your jaw! If I were to share with you the violence I grew up in once again, it would drop your jaw. I had a lot of excuses to not even start let alone continue. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not your start in life, it’s your finish, and that finish is up to you. The point is I never gave up. NEVER GIVE UP! When you’re tired, learn to rest – BUT DON’T GIVE UP!!!! If you’re feeling low about your situation, go out and do something nice for someone. Take your mind off of yourself for a change. If it’s not well received sew it as a seed – in laymen’s terms good karma will always come back to you but you must give out to get back.

The song Lightening Before the Thunder by Imagine Dragons – in the very last few minutes of this song you will hear almost inaudibly the words – “Never give up.” Some of you have those exact words whispering in the recesses of your mind. You need to turn them from a whisper into a shout, until it’s tattooed in your brain. I’m here to remind you not to give up on your dreams! Don’t let the haters have it their way!!!! Don’t let circumstances have their way!!! Who are they to decide your fate?

 

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The Freakin’ Frenemy

Writing for me is a passion. It’s opened up a world of opportunities beyond what I believed possible.

Because of writing, I’ve been able to travel and meet people from all over the world, many of whom share my enthusiasm for word-smything. I’ve been inspired and afforded the privilege of being an inspiration. However, I never would’ve even attempted writing books if I’d have listened to the chirping from the cheap seats.

Many of you know where I’m going here because you’ve experienced the same. Oh, certain frenemies of mine have said things like, “You’ll never make it!” “Impossible.” “You’re still writing?”

Believe it or not, they still pop in and out my life, bringing their negativity and doubt with them. They’ve even gone as far as to hound those around me. At that point, I only have one thing to stay to them, “[email protected]#! You’re a fan~”  …Now, will that ruffle a few feathers? Only of the people that know what they’ve been doing.

Besides, who cares? But it will be best remembered the next time you recognize ‘that special someone’ who continually inflicts their opinion on you and whatever it is you’re doing.

Definition of a Frenemy – Basically a cross between a friend and an enemy.

 

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So what’s my point?  I openly speak on my personal experiences with ‘frenemies’ because I don’t want someone taking away or deterring other people from doing what they enjoy!

Don’t listen to the individuals whose only purpose in life is to make sure you don’t do better than they do! You know, the ones who can’t say anything nice after you leave the room? Be aggressive with your goals! Stop wasting time caring what they think, and pursue whatever it is that inspires you!

Step out! Try something new! You never know where it will take you. And more importantly, you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t give it a solid try!

BTW; Don’t be afraid of failure. Not to say that you’ll fail! But if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying. Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s a part of success!

Sincerely,

C. L. Lewis

 

 

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

 

Try Something New – Change Your Point of View

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

For those creative minds out there that have somehow become stagnate, I pose this very question to. If you’re a writer, painter, dancer, musician, whatever the case – it’s important to get out of that rut and gain some new experiences.

Maybe you’ve gotten into a comfort zone, the same thing day in and day out and need a little change. Perhaps, jumping out of airplanes isn’t your thing, but you can find out what is by doing new things.

 

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
When was the last time you did something for the first time?

 

It can be as simple as taking a different way home or trying a new type of food…

You’d be surprised just how much trying something new can inspire both you and/or your artistic endeavors! Case and point: This is my very first blog on the new website platform! It wasn’t as hard or as rigorous as I thought it would be!

I might even be ready to master my new cell phone now!

Sincerely,

C. L. Lewis