Final Graphic Collage

Collage Final Pic

When creating a graphic collage that would relate to my topic it took some time before I realized what the perfect idea would be. When trying to become successful writer there is always one thing that seems to get in your way… distractions. After I had the idea I thought for nearly two days about how I would portray it. I had the initial idea of having a winding road with me traveling down it as the writer with all of the distractions that keep me from writing along the shoulder of the road. After hours of thought I decided that was less like the art I wanted and started thinking of a different route.

I decided to take all of the photos myself to avoid any copyright restraints and to increase my abilities with my camera. I had my girlfriend snap the picture of me thinking at my desk first and added that as my collage background. Next I added a photo of my work building, my puppy and my x-box. All things that at least in my life are distractions from writing.

After adding the pictures to the collage I made the background black and white in order to make the distractions really stand out. I also added a frame and shadow to the distractions pictures. With all of them I made small adjustments to the darks, lights, color and clarity of the picture. I also tried to position them as to be looking down upon me as I was trying to think of an idea to write about.

After reading the feedback from my peers I found that what the distractions were may have been causing some confusion so I went back and labeled the individual photos. To the labels I incorporated a inner and drop shadow so the words blended better inside the photo. I also made the distraction photos slightly lower in opacity to make them seem more like what was on mind. I think this was a great addition because it made the collage speak for itself in a sense.

Photoshop Collage

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You are a writer, aren’t you? Do you write? Well than you are a writer. Whether a person is a writer or not distractions are an ever-pressing issue that affects our ability to complete the things that we set to complete. So how do we, as writers avoid these distractions and continue to write? The first thing that needs to be done is identifying the distractions.

  1. Work
  2. Family
  3. Media
  4. Friends
  5. Half price martini’s on Tuesday nights

The unfortunate fact is that distractions are everywhere and there is no forecast to predict that they will disappear on there own. So a writer needs to learn how to work with them without letting them take all of their time. There are two very important factors that are needed in order to make this work: Time and efficiency.

Time

Oh how wonderful it would be to have the ability to control time, or stop time for that matter. However, since that is a impossibility in the realm of reality we simply have to find the time within our 24 hour day, 7 day week to complete all of the things that we need to. Set a time that you want to dedicate to writing and add it to your schedule. If you want an hour every Thursday night to write put that out there and stick to it. If you have a family, inform them of your decision and devise a plan to make it work.

“I just don’t have the time to write.” This is an excuse that will earn you the chance to remove the title “writer” from your reputation. It is 3:30 AM on a Wednesday morning as I write this post and I have a full-time job that I report to at 7:00 this morning. Waking up early is always an option, and for my fellow coffee addicts it is not all that bad to have time for an extra cup-a-joe to start the day. The bottom line is: You want to be a writer, make time to be a writer.

Efficiency

This part is not only more detailed but offers more benefits. How does one simply become more efficient in their writing? It is simple… you read and you write. What I mean by this is not just following that old cliché that states that the more you read the better your writing will be, casual reading does little to improve your writing ability despite its ability to spark imaginative possibilities, what I am referring to is critical reading. Critical reading involves reading a piece of work and understanding its structure, its verbiage, the author’s use of adjectives, character building and plat development. Learn from those that have succeeded and fine-tune your own writing abilities. Your ability to learn from what you read will cause your writing to not only improve but to be written more efficiently which in turn will save you some of that valuable time that we all have so little of.

One of my favorite quotes is from a rather unfiltered author by the name of Chuck Wendig. I was in a situation full of excuses as to why I wasn’t writing. I was blaming all of the distractions around me and not myself when I read this quote and it made me see how vital it was for me to actually make the time.

“You want to be a writer? Good for you. So does that guy. And that girl. And him. And her. And that old dude. And that young broad. And your neighbor. And your mailman. And that chihuahua. And that copy machine. Ahead of you is an ocean of wannabe ink slaves and word earners. I don’t say this to daunt you. Or to be dismissive. But you have to differentiate yourself, and the way you do that is by doing rather than pretending.” (Wendig, 2013).

Photoshop Tutorials

These are my Photoshop tutorial photos.

Let the Journey… Begin

writeabookDeciding to become a writer can be an intense and scary moment. Many people enjoy writing; many would consider it a hobby that they love, but what factors need to be thought about when considering to take this hobby and make it something that you can do full-time?

During the next few weeks I will be attending a communications course for my Masters program at Washington State University. The course will continually allow me to fine-tune this site and develop it through the beginning stages of my portfolio for my entire Masters program. Beyond that I want this site to become a reference tool for those writers out there that are looking for information on becoming a better writer, getting published or even just to witness my own writing adventures.

I have chosen the topic of becoming a writer because it is something that I am not only going through right now in my life but something I feel very passionate about. I think that one of the best ways to become successful at what you love is to share that with others that love the same things. I think that the first thing that should be established is whether or not you should become a writer. This question is obviously a state of mind mostly, however I was lucky enough to discover another author by the name of Chuck Wendig who’s crude yet straight forward intelligence on writing really put things into perspective for me. Click on the link below to understand what I mean. (Warning: Language may be considered extreme to those that are not willing to read the hard truths).

25 Things I Want To Say To “Aspiring” Writers

Together we will build a greater knowledge on the publishing process and watch our own adventures during the process. You will see the successes, challenges and processes in which I go through in my attempts to turn my creative writing from a hobby… to a career.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”

~ Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings: J.R.R. Tolkien)