Thursday, May 2, 2019

What My Westie Taught Me About Writing by Terri Weldon

While trying to decide what to write my blog post about I noticed my Westie stretched out on the floor enjoying a nap. It suddenly occurred to me that Crosby was quite the writing instructor. In fact, he has taught me several things.

1. NEVER Give Up. When Crosby wants something he never gives up. And guess what? The majority of the time he gets what he wants. I’ll give you an example. We purchased new living room furniture. No one stays in the living room. We spend all our time in the TV room. So, I decided Crosby could only get on the ottomans. That way my new accent pillows would look plump and attractive longer. He played along at first. Then one day I walked through the living room and he was on the love seat stretched out across my beautiful new pillows. Of course, I made him get down. Was that the end of it? No way. He kept going back to those pillows. And now there is one member of my family who ignores it when he’s on the pillows and my resolve is weakening. How does this relate to writing? Be persistent. Keep going after what you want. There are a lot of talented writers out there, but it’s the writer who refuses to toss away her keyboard that succeeds.

2. Know Your STRENGTHS. Crosby is cute and he knows it! I don’t know how, but from a young age he knew if he stood on his back feet, put his front paws on the arm of my chair, laid his little chin on his paws, and looked at me with those big dark eyes he could pretty much write his own ticket. CAUTION do not try this with editors and agents. That is absolutely not what I’m saying. But know what you’re good at and write that. Colleen Coble is a master with setting. Sharon Srock, Women’s Fiction Author, writes about friendships between ladies that will make you want to be a member of their clique. Find your strength in writing and work to master it.

3. ENJOY All Aspects of Your Life. Crosby loves to ride in the car, eat, be petted, play outside, and go walkies. Make sure you have balance in your life. Don’t let your writing take over your relationship with God or your family. Go on a date with your spouse, take the teenagers to the latest Avenger movie, or go shopping and have lunch with your sister.

Do let writing come before activities you don’t enjoy. When I first started writing I wrote fast and had a blast. I couldn’t wait to get those words on paper. There was no internal editor looking over my shoulder. Write your first draft with that abandon.

Create a writing schedule and do your best to follow it. Tailor the schedule to suit your life. If you work at a day job you aren’t going to have the hours to devote to writing that a fulltime author will. Don’t compare yourself to others. I can guarantee you Crosby never compares himself to another puppy on the street and finds himself lacking.

Do you have a pet? Have they taught you anything about the writing life? I’d love to hear your story and see a picture of your fur baby.

Terri Weldon feels blessed to be a full time writer. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in the Heartland of the United States. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA.

Readers can connect with Terri: Website: www.terriweldon.com or Blog: Seriously Write or Facebook

18 comments:

  1. Terri, Crosby is adorable! I have always loved Westies. I have a cocker spaniel and three cats. I agree. Our pets can teach us much about life. One of the things I try to remember when I look at my cats is to stay in the moment. You never see a cat sitting with an anxious look on his face, worrying about tomorrow, next week, or next year. I try to remember this as I write. Just live in the right now. It's really all we have.

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    1. Crosby thanks you for the compliment!

      I love what your cats have taught you. It’s so true, they don’t worry, they just enjoy life. I need to do that, let God handle my hurts and worries. Then enjoy the life He’s given me.

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  2. Hi Terri! Love these pictures of you and Crosby. We have two dogs and two cats (the cats belong to the kiddos, we wouldn't likely have them otherwise as I'm the only one who cleans out the litter boxes!) but animals can teach us a lot about unconditional love, can't they? They love us no matter what and they're always excited and happy to see us even if we've just been outside for twenty minutes. Their innocence and complete dependence on us remind me of how we *should* be with the Lord and yet so often we need to remember that is the relationship we need to have with Him. Our pets (and I'm speaking generically here) are family and God gave us animals as companions who'd truly understand and comfort us. To me, a family without a cat or dog is denying their children a truly wonderful relationship that helps them grow and develop empathy and compassion. I'm so thankful I married a man who loves animals and children. Well, those were my two highest criteria so it wasn't an accident, but still! :) A man who loves animals is close to God in my books.

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    1. Laurie, yes! Crosby loves to see me even if I’ve only been gone a few minutes. Everything you said is so true. I especially agree with, “A man who loves animals is close to God in my books.”
      You got a keeper, girl.

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  3. Love this! My dogs have a lot to teach me, too, if I take the time to notice. Our hound models persistence to perfection ;)

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    1. Persistence or never giving up is something they are a master at. I always say Crosby ends up getting what he wants because after the 99th time he keeps doing something I give up. He doesn't so on the 100th try he gets his way.

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  4. Oh my goodness, Crosby is adorable! I got a puppy right before Christmas and he has turned my life upside down. I've learned to adjust my schedule to fit around his nap time and I've learned that an exercised dog is a good dog. ;) I love the unconditional love a dog gives. I'm his favorite person no matter what drivel I produce on the page. lol

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    1. I love your baby and get such a kick out of seeing his pictures. Don't you just love their unconditional love? Crosby adores me and I their aren't many people I can say that about. 😂

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  5. Great post, Terri! I can see why Crosby gets whatever his adorable little heart desires!

    I don't have pets right now, but I borrow my granddogs at times. Sheltie Gumshoe is so outgoing, always with a happy attitude. Introverted me can learn from him and his positive way of greeting the world...with his tail wagging enthusiastically.

    Thanks for your cute post. I'll remember NEVER give up, STRENGTH, and ENJOY!

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    1. Sherida, I'm glad you have grand pups to borrow. I'm also glad you enjoyed the post. Crosby thinks we should write a book together. Of course he expects his name to be on the cover before mine and in a larger font. 😀

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  6. Terri, I now understand your email address! ;)

    What a great post! I have mostly learned unconditional love from my pets. And maybe a little bit about being stealthy (how many of my sandwiches have been snatched off the coffee table while I wasn't looking?!). :)

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    1. Oh, Missy! Your sandwich comment cracked me up. They do move with stealth. Yes, they are excellent at showing us unconditional love. They just make you feel good about yourself.

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  7. Great post, Terri! Oh, the tenacity of dogs!

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    1. Thanks, Annette, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I definitely need to be as tenacious as my terrier in my writing life and I'm other areas of life.

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  8. What a fun post with excellent advice, Terri (and Crosby)! We can learn a lot from observing our pets, and they sure know how to capture our hearts.

    My 6 cats keep me busy (they're all housecats) but I love being their servant, LOL. I am also caring for my son's Cockatiel, Pepper, while he's living in Pittsburgh. She has quite the personality and makes me smile with her cheerful tweets.

    Thank you for sharing this post and these cute photos - - Crosby is adorable! (But please don't tell my kitties I said so!) ;)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Patti Jo, Crosby thanks you for the compliment. I wish you could have seen him the first time he saw a cat. We were at a friend's house and when their cat came in the room he stopped dead in his tracks. Cracked me up.

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  9. I just love those doggies!!!! Westies are besties. Good wisdom, Terri!

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    1. Tina, thanks for stopping by. I totally agree, Westies are the besties!

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