The dictionary defines intentionality as “the fact of being deliberate or purposive.”
When we want to buy a house we are intentional about making our credit look good. When we want a job we are intentional about how our resume looks and how we prepare for the subsequent interview.
Almost everything we want in life we go about intentionally making sure we do everything in our power to get it. The same applies to our Christian walk. Nobody wakes up and is able to be like Christ no matter how many times they are dipped in the water(baptism)It takes a conscious effort in intentionality to get out there and be the light In The Dark
According to 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Obedience to Christ is to follow His commandments and believe in Him. No matter what comes your way, believe in Jesus.
This brings me to today’s post, The Intentionality of Journaling. As we discussed last week a journal helps you share your thoughts through written word, gives you a visual, can be used as testimony( when you see what God has done before).To intentionally capture our thoughts like the verse says, you have to train them.
That’s where the Confident Expectations Prayer Journal comes in handy. It is filled with intentional verses, songs and quotes that will help you train your thoughts on the promises of God. Specifically, it contains
🖊 40 days of praise/worship song suggestions and hopeful promises that will help you strategically defeat the enemy’s plan of sowing doubt in your dark place.
🖊 It also provide space for you to write personalized prayers.
🖊 Record your testimonies in accordance to the fulfillment of His promise.
The Confident Expectations Journal helps you tap into and memorize those promises of God in #confidentexpectation of good things to come. God’s Light Opens Windows In The Dark. Get Ready to G.L.O.WInTheDark
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I want to get the book done but just don’t feel like it. Sound familiar? Or are you at the point where you can’t stand the characters and wish magically the book would write itself already.
Here are 5 tips for when you don’t feel like it
🖊 Show up! Until you do nothing happens.
🖊 Reward yourself. I am an avid reader and a one click addict. So I have stacks of books but I set them down as rewards for getting some writing done. Then reward myself with a book and a mug of tea. #bliss
🖊 Change the scene. I write anywhere in my house… Kitchen waiting on the water to boil for my Poundo( A Nigerian delicacy) or Indomie(Noodles)…Dinning, couch, bed anywhere.
🖊 Set a hard word count goal. I only do this when I’m really not feeling it. That way I’m forced to do what needs to be done.
🖊 Dress up. Staying in your pjs May be cool and all but gets old. Take off the bonnet, fix your hair and hit those keys.
How do you get motivated to write even when you don’t feel like it?
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So I saw this quote by Tim Gordon a film critic and it resonated with me down to my marrow.
My tag line is #fusingfaithromanceandAfricanspice for a reason. It encompasses all that is in me… My personality. I love talking about my faith, I’m a sucker for a happily ever after and no matter where I live, I’m a #Naijachick through and through so when I decided to write that was the only thing that could come outta me. It’s my heart.
Are you feeling stuck? What stories are in your heart to write? There are only so many plots but what comes out of your heart makes it yours.
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Over the past ten years, we’ve been inundated with a number of talent and reality shows. While I don’t particularly indulge in any, (personal preference & time) one that has caught my attention over the years is NBC’s The Voice.
Now if you’re like me and is always late to the party, The Voice is a singing competition where the contestant sings to a group of 4 judges who while they are singing cant see them. Simply put, blind auditions. The only thing the judge has to go on is…The Voice( brilliant naming right?) any ways. What I’m trying to say is that they accept or decline a person based on what they hear ONLY.
When I first started writing, it was drummed into my by the internet and a host of my wonderful mentors that the first page, in fact the first sentence of your manuscript is EXTREMELY important. It is all you have to hook your reader. At first I was like huh? why? but then as I have come to understand that the competition for the attention span of readers is being stretched by so many other means of entertainment or other authors. A new reader only has so much time to give you to prove yourself.
Just like with THE VOICE, the reader is more than likely judging the rest of your book by those couple of pages. Will they stick around? While I don’t really stress about the first line, I should, but hey I am picking my battles…I try to do justice to the first chapter. Here are some tips that can help.
- Avoid too much detail: the setting and larger problem can be weaved into the story later but in those first couple of pages…less is more.
- Tension: The lack of tension is a fatal mistake. This is what will make the reader turn to the next page. If after 2 pages, they have no immediate question that they are just dying to find out the answer to, they will put the book down. Now here is where established authors have an advantage because readers already know to expect with their stories. But for fairly new( like me) or new authors there is no such luxury. The flip side of this is not to create mayhem that will more than likely confuse the reader.
- Boring characters: While we shouldn’t know the character’s life story just there and then but there has to be something that makes the reader want to know more about them. Some amount of their identity should be revealed.
- Core Plot: Okay, since I’m an avid reader this is so important for me to…I cannot stress how important it is for me to read the first chapter of a book and know what the core of the plot is trying to answer…Give me something…
- Where : Am I in the 21st Century or the 18th? Is it Winter or Spring? Am I in America, Europe or Africa…I gotta know where.
Now this is a freebie. There is some arguments on the importance of the prologue in a story. A lot of people claim it shows laziness in the author. I think not. 2 of my books have prologues and they were short but needed. So if it’s needed…knock yourself out but don’t make it too long.
Readers any advice to authors on crafting the perfect first chapter?
Writers add the tips you use below.
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