Monthly Archives: March 2014

WRitingintothelight

Thanks for the “Thanx”

Hi

HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS MORE COMMENTS OVERNIGHT ( many tens of thousands already on this blog)
so having to remove some to “make space in cyberspace”

Firstly, thanks for the feedback to you all, and this article and web site has really “seemed to have struck a chord” with so many of you “out there in cyberspace.”. However, it also means that I’m being swamped by masses of “spam mail” (most of the comments are great). For the +-.001% of negative comments about layout or spelling, that’s fine… and you’re perfectly entitled to your opinion.

So unfortunately, I can’t go through the hundreds and hundreds of messages (and many hundreds of thousands of comments on my various other WordPress web sites) that I get each day and have to “simply empty the “spam” box (not really spam) after quickly reading as many as I can and approving a few.
Still I’m pleased you readers are enjoying these thoughts (why I write) and I do APPRECIATE the feedback. Will try to read as many responses as I can and approve a few each day (seeing you’ve taken the “trouble” to write in and say ‘thanks’). I really DO appreciate the positive feedback – the reason I write my various articles and books (at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4) is to share

To answer a few questions (as mentioned) I’m “snowed under”, so sorry, don’t have resources as a “one man band” to answer you individually)

* I don’t do social media, like Twitter (I’ve never understood the attraction/fascination of exchanging mundane and “mindless” trivia of my “little” life with acquaintances in cyberspace). As my close friends say, if someone wants to follow me, they should do it with a camera!

* I don’t have time to look at other web sites or comment on design (I know nothing about that. To the few who are complaining about the occasional spelling mistake, Have your heard of British English! Also I “don’t major in minor details”.
”Man invented language in order to satisfy his need to complain.”
– Canadian linguist Steven Pinker

* All my articles may be freely reproduced (sorry don’t have time write for other websites), as I’m busy writing a few books at the moment
* If you clicked on contact and you keep on getting mail (or something like that) I know NOTHING, so contact WordPress admin (support@wordpress.com/and/or help@wordpress.com mailto:help@wordpress.com . I put most of my focus into my books, so have no idea how to add sound, video, etc to the blog.

* please feel free to link to the web site or my other wordpress blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com should you wish, but I have no time to do links

* You may not believe this, but I’m a “total non-techno”, so know, NOTHING about web site design, feeds, etc. And lay-out is not one of my strong points. I just write and post on the blog! How I got am where I am is a “miracle” . And no one would believe the story (only those who have true faith)! BELIEVE it (first) … then you’ll see it!
“Believing is seeing.”
(BEFORE the event)

* I don’t have a newsletter to subscribe to (as I simply don’t have the time).

* Will try to post articles from time to time, but all my writings are available at http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration. Please feel free to use

Thanks again for the understanding

craig

PS: I don’t have time to write new articles on writing, as I need to focus on my books (including my various books on “the writing journey”) and our brand new creative writing course at http://creativekiwis.com/index.php/creative-writing-course

…and try to earn a living.

http://creativekiwis.com/index.php/creative-writing-course

“It’s easy being a writer… the hardest part is figuring how to make a living whilst one does so.”

“It took me twenty long years of sweat and tears (no blood please, I’m very sqeamish) to become an overnight success.”

– “a nony mouse writer”

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 and http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

If the Lord makes you successful, I’ll keep you humble (…by shopping sprees?)!”
– a wife (I won’t say whose!)

PPS
thanks for the understanding and I DO really appreciate your “writing in”
“Thanks for the thanks”

“When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”
– as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
– craig

Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.
craig 11/11/11
from www.grandprixchampion.wordpress.com

craig 2am!

Time to sleep then back to my books at
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

PPS:
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
it’s already tomorrow in “little” scenic and tranquil New Zealand

“Life is God’s novel; so let Ultimate Source write it, as it unfolds…”

– me (as inspired by the words of Isaac Bashevis Singer)

“Here was a light behind the despair, beyond the darkness. At first a flicker of an ember, just a tiny pin-prick of dawning possibilities. Then burning slowly, brightly and bigger, a glimmer, a candle in the blackness of despair, which gave off just enough of a glow (luminescence?) to light a path. And so show the rest of us the way ahead… a path to endless possibilities…from the darkness into the eternal light.”

as adapted (slightly) from Rian Malan’s powerful words in ‘My Traitor’s Heart’

“I don’t want to live a balanced life, I just want to write.”

dark sky
Picture by my old friend John (whose “photographic talents” I definitely do not possess!)

web site http://jetpix.wordpress.com/

“I don’t want to live a balanced life, I just want to write.”
– craig (as inspired by the words of Mario Andretti, 1978 Formula One World Champion)

from www.raceinthezone.wordpress.com

from www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

MAKoriFIRST light

“Life is God’s novel; so let Ultimate Source write it, as it unfolds…”

http://craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/life-is-gods/

Picture: First Light Makorori, Gisborne in the scenic and tranquil little haven that is New Zealand (or Godzone, as it is often affectionately known) by Dawn Furmage
First Light Makorori, Gisborne by Dawn Furmage
(Credit: www.aa.co.nz)

Makorori sunrise

“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says, ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”

“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says, ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”

– Hunter S Thompson

from www.craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

Creative Kiwis An Amazing Journey

“Your Entry into the Word of Possibility”
www.creativekiwis.com

Writing and the Creative Imagination – How to Avoid Writer’s Block

http://craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/writing-and-the-creative-imagination-how-to-avoid-writers-block/
writers block

This short article was a reply to a question in a literary magazine on how I use my creative imagination (or subconscious mind) to help overcome writer’s block . Thought I’d share a few simple thoughts on how to use the amazing powers of your creative imagination to the fullest in overcoming “writer’s block”…

*

Just letting you know that I start all my novels with a basic plot and a central theme or message (a simple plan) and don’t have much idea how it’s all going to end up (“pan out”). I don’t consciously use techniques, like “mind-mapping” and have found that by writing one chapter at a time then simply “letting go”, the story simply flows onto the next naturally (at least I think it does!). It’s simply a matter of taking one step at a time, then waiting for “inspiration“*, which may take an hour, a day, a week, or perhaps even a month (if you are a very patient writer – definitely not one of my virtues!).

* By the way, the word “inspire” translated from the ancient Greek language, literally says, “God breathed life into”.

Not that it’s Greek to me – this “not classical language scholar”!

When I get “stuck” for a while, I take a break with a long walk along the stunningly beautiful beaches here, which really relaxes me and then the thoughts simply “flow into my head.”

This takes hold and I get a clear vision of the next small step ahead (always) – through the amazing powers of the
subconscious mind, which is where our INSPIRATION* comes from… and this leads, impels (nice word!) us into ACTION. Thought seeds energy, which results in the choice of action)

Its up to us to ACT on our “creative feelings”. I study and write quite a bit about the amazing powers of the human mind… and truly believe the ‘powers’ are available to ALL writers, when they simply relax and trust their intuition.
Imagination leads to intuition (“the way God communicates with us” via the antennae of the subconscious mind, I believe). So use the amazing and unlimited powers of your creative subconscious mind…

then

‘Let Go and Let God, the Universe reveal plot (or any idea to move forward) to you through your CREATIVE IMAGINATION…

and it never fails to work for me (in all areas of life, I believe)!

Sharing a Few Thoughts on Using the Immense Power of Words and Language

http://craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/sharing-a-few-thoughts-on-using-the-immense-power-of-words-and-language/

A powerful idea, well expressed can change the world… for the better!

I love the beauty, power and magic of the written and spoken word, so love “working and playing around” with words. (A passionate and “attention-grabbing” opening line for this article, Craig!). I am fascinated with the variety, flow, rhythm and cadence of words and using language as a tool of communication. Because the words we use have such power in them. Words can be powerful motivators or powerful demotivators. Used positively the right words can encourage, uplift, even inspire and create endless joy and love in our lives… as well as in the lives of people whose lives we may touch (because in many ways we are all connected as citizens of ‘planet earth’).

So let’s always use right positive words as a helpful instrument of encouragement to uplift others. Even in the “tiniest” way! Start planting the seeds of your encouraging words in the fertile soil of your mind. Change yourself first through your words (ie.”self-talk” and affirmations) and you may perhaps even start changing the world!.

How’s this for some beautiful and wise words?

“Lord
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.”

sunrise

“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”

http://beliefhope.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/the-world-woul/

eagle3
from
http://beliefhope.wordpress.com/2014/03/08/the-world-woul/ and http://craigswritingarticles.wordpress.com

Aah…The power of words (spoken and written) to encourage, uplift and even inspire!