Oracle of the Day: Stargazer

Photo Credits: Meli Halstead

Photo Credits: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

Find one star in the sky and focus on it.

Writing Focus:

It is so easy to get lost in the multitude of ideas that flow through our minds.  We get lost in the choices of life, that we sometimes forget to just focus on one thing and become good at it.

It is said that a person must spend 7 years working on a skill before they can become an “expert”.  Before college and trade school were ever around, people used to study for years via apprenticeship.  A teacher took a student under their wing and taught them the secrets and skills of their trade.   Now folks feel that if they read one or two books, or listen to the information on a talk show, they are now an expert.  In reality, they have just skimmed the surface of the topic.

Our society appears to be consumed with shifting focus in a rapid way as well as consuming and mastering a topic.  What’s the next hot fashion item?  Who is going to be the new “It” movie star? What is going to be the next best seller?  The constant revolving door of the next best thing can make a person dizzy.

There are places that promise to write a book in an hour.  Some colleges offer one month long courses, when in actuality it takes a few weeks to store the information into the long term section of the brain.  Get rich in 30 day.  Lose 50 pounds in two weeks.  The constant theme of getting somewhere quick results in scattered focus.

In the midst of this chaos, the Stargazer encourages you to stop the insanity and focus on one star.

Be unique and step away from this endless supply of misery and rapid consumption of half-caloric information.  Who really cares what the grass tastes or even looks like on the other side?  If you take care of your grass, it will be the best damn grass in the whole world.  The same goes for your book.  Feed and water your characters, your plot, your scene and everything on the pages on a regular basis.  Watch what happens.

Magic.  Magic will happen.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

Create a star.  Download your Star Statement right now.   Write the thing you will focus on until you have accomplished it.  Spend some time researching and refining the knowledge your learn until you have truly mastered it.  Attend workshops, read the trade magazines, talk with other writers, and become the expert you want to be.

Once you have created your star, take a picture of it and share it with me.  I would love to have a gallery of people with their Star Statements.

Here is the star I have created in which I will concentrate my focus on.

My star statement.   Photo credit: Meli Halstead

My star statement.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

 

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful White Eagle Medicine Wheel Deck by Wa Ne Nee Che with Eliana Harvey.  *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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