Tag Archives: Meaning

Photo Friday: Holstee Manifesto.

20 Apr

So it’s Friday again, meaning that it’s also Photo Friday. However, instead of having the chance to get outside and take pictures during this beautiful warm spring day, I’m sitting in Atlanta Bread Co. about to continue working on the Humanities paper that I’ve been complaining about for days. Normally, I’m able to easily get into the paper writing zone and just go go go! However, this specific paper on top of all the other things I must focus on has placed me into a “I’m so stressed that I don’t even know where to begin” phase.

However, I’ve got the majority of the day to get this paper written, and I’m not leaving Atlanta Bread until I’ve reached the 6 page mark. Currently, I’m taking up 2 tables with the amount of stuff I have with me. My computer, obviously…along with piles of Humanities notes and 2 of my 3 sources that I’m using for the paper. Agh, I’m getting overwhelmed just looking at everything. But I’ve just got to keep on keepin’ on. A week from today, I’ll officially be done with the semester, and I’ll be enjoying my first day of summer. I’ve just got to keep that in mind.

Anyway, even though the photo I want to share for Photo Friday is not one that I have taken myself, I feel like it is the perfect thing to reflect on when in need of motivation or inspiration, and I’m definitely looking for inspiration right now.

This is known as the Holstee Manifesto poster, and it has had a huge impact on the world since its creation. According to Holstee.com, “A message that has since been shared over 500,000 times and viewed over 60 million times online. Years later it is encouraging and inspiring to see how many people the words of The Holstee Manifesto resonate with. Above all else, it has confirmed for us that with genuine positive intentions, anything is possible.”

When I first saw the Holstee Manifesto poster, I wasn’t sure what it was a part of, but I knew that it resonated with me. When I first read it, I cried because of how much the words truly spoke to me. It is a daily reminder than writing IS my passion, and I am eager to share every ounce of it with the world. Reading these words give me the motivation that I need to continue sharing my story, as well as recognizing that this is the only life we have, so we’ve got to make it count.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Do You Need A Beta Reader?

15 Mar

Over the last few days, I’ve been asked to be a Beta Reader for 2 of my fellow bloggers, Rmengena and Katrina. And wow, what an honor! From what I’ve heard, a Beta Reader is someone who reads another writer’s work before it is published and gives feedback like: Is it interesting? Does it pull you in and hold you? Does it make sense? Did the writer contradict the story line? All in all, it’s proofreading the story line and plot, rather than paying attention to spelling or grammar. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a Beta Reader for two great writers!

I’ve known what a “Beta Reader” is long before I knew the person was called a “Beta Reader.” Since beginning to write my current book (a memoir of what it’s been like growing up with Cerebral Palsy), I’ve had one Beta Reader, one of my best friends, Kayley. Though I technically just wanted her opinion on the first few pages that I had written, she gave me much more feedback considering she is a writer herself (which was very helpful). Also, she knows the basics of what I’ve been through, and so she was able to point out places that I needed to expound on something or try to be more clear. Also, she was able to point out all the really good parts of what I’ve written so far so that I know what types of things to add. Though she only read the first seven pages, her feedback was incredibly helpful. Also, it was a plus that she is a writer herself (even though she doesn’t do much writing these days), but it was nice to have a writer’s point of view.

I didn’t really understand the importance of a Beta Reader until I had Kayley read what I’ve written so far. She was able to bring to light some things that I hadn’t considered before, and she helped me think of the different directions I could go when mentioning certain memories. Over all, it was helpful to have fresh eyes, but it also was nice to have someone read the first few pages who wasn’t face to face with the information. See, that’s the tricky part about writing this memoir of sorts. I’ve been knee-deep in memories and emotions for the past few months. No matter how hard I try to look at it in a writer’s broader point of view, I just can’t at this point. I’m too close to the details, and so I’m unable to see the larger picture of my book as a whole. I have a feeling that the more I write, the less I’ll be glued to the words themselves and the strong pull of emotions that put me head first into my memories. Then again, maybe not. However, that’s why it’s really great to have a Beta Reader: someone to point out things that maybe you haven’t thought of or someone to suggest including certain things that you didn’t take into account. The beginning interpretation that I had of my own book is different from my interpretation after Kayley was my Beta Reader. Though it was emotionally hard for me to sit there and talk through memories with her, it got me out of the rut that I’ve been in for the last couple of weeks. Through her advice, I’m moving forward. I’m including certain experiences that I didn’t consider. I’m giving the world a deeper look into what it has been like for me to live with Cerebral Palsy. And I’m doing it all with words.