Monday Motivational: Frustration

Frustration has to be the single biggest reason many people turn away from writing. The root cause for our frustration can be as varied as the writers who experience it. Maybe we're frustrated because of a lack of sales, or an inability to garner reviews that would help propel our work into a more favorable position. It could be something as simple as a case of writers block, or an overflowing idea file with little time to write. They are situations every writer has faced at one time or another, and will continue to come up against throughout their career.

How we handle the frustration says a lot about who we are. For me personally my frustration stems from a lack of time to write. I have a To Be Written (TBW) list that's 11 novels long, that's eleven fully fleshed out ideas waiting for me to find the time to work on them. I also work a full time job to pay my bills and with no savings (I got wiped out in 08) to fall back on, it can be scary at times. Many times I find myself angry while I'm at work because I don't have the time to pursue my writing to the fullest.

The first step in correcting a problem is identifying what is wrong.

With this new insight I'm trying very hard to put a smile on my face and accept the way things are in my life. Giving up writing has never once crossed my mind. I have reached that point where being a writer is so ingrained in who I am, I'm willing to work my way through these distractions. And that's really all they are.

Distractions from the focus I need to bring to my writing.

What frustrates you the most in your writing life?

Fridays 5 with Sean Lehosit

Sean V. Lehosit is a freelance journalist and history writer living in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, he graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in English. Lehosit has about 10 years experience reporting on small government, education, business and entertainment.

Lehosit's latest work is Images of America: West Columbus. He has combed through the extensive historical records and photographs of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, and the nostalgic artifacts from residents to best capture the early lives of the region’s pocket neighborhoods.

1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) In middle school, my teacher passed out five stock photos and asked the class to write a short story to go along with each image. I found not only could I fabricate a life for each person in the photos, but greatly enjoyed the process. It was at that time I knew I wanted to become a storyteller.

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) I believe sometimes you have to step away from a project and come back to it. Many times you'll return to the work and discover the error that was causing a problem, or realize a better route to take the story. I think the hardest part about writing is knowing when to step away - likewise, knowing when to return.

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Synopsis: Present-day West Columbus is a collective of neighborhoods born from the western banks of the Scioto River in what became Franklin County on April 30, 1803. The first settlement, Franklinton, was founded by Lucas Sullivant in 1797, platted two years after he received 6,000 acres in payment for surveying the central Ohio portion of the Virginia Military District. Later expansions included the areas of Sullivant's Hill, Rome, and Camp Chase. While the first settlers were farmers and ex-soldiers, the land would also attract Quakers, rail men, real estate moguls, and manufacturers. The neighborhoods found success even though the Scioto River, which birthed the region, on multiple occasions threatened to wash them off the map during three great floods. Characterized by a hardworking and driven population, the community attracted major investments by the mid-1900s, including the expanded operations of the General Motors Fisher Body Plant.

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.) The first time I was ever published, I felt validated. I also felt terrified in anticipation for a very private process to suddenly become very public. However, I believe each time my work is published - whether a book, poem, short story, or an article - I evolve  as a writer, learning something different to do next time.

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.) I believe character is the most important element of a project. The characters are the vehicle, which readers are transported and relate to. If the characters fail, the reader cannot appropriately journey through the tale. Additionally, I think readers can forgive problems in a story, if they cherish or love the characters.

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.)  My typical day involves waking up around 8 a.m. to check for replies to messages I sent the night previously. As a freelance journalist, I then make a list of interviews and articles with deadlines approaching. I usually forget to each lunch, due to being so involved in my work. Once my journalistic duties are done, I pick up a pet project to get lost in until later that night - when I unwind with a good book, or smart television program.



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Throwback Thursday: One Adam 12

It was a year of wonder entwined with fear, 1968. the United States was embroiled in a conflict in Vietnam, the USS Pueblo and its 83 man crew are taken prisoner by the North Koreans for violating territorial waters. Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and Andy Warhol are shot and killed. The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia. The Summer Olympics are held in Mexico city. Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 are launched into space, serving as stepping stones to the moon.

On network television a new police drama premiered. Malloy, an experienced cop ready to retire after his partner's untimely death, is partnered with Reed, a rookie who proves himself worthy enough for Malloy to stay on. Thus One Adam 12 is born and would run for seven seasons, bringing a degree of sanity to a world that at times seemed like it was teetering on the brink.

I was only ten at the time and the show offered a respite from the terrors that lurked beyond my door. An avid reader I had taken to reading the daily paper, and watching the evening news with my dad. The biggest topic of course being the daily toll of killed and wounded from the war in Vietnam, along with combat footage from the field.

After a daily dose of a world gone mad was it any wonder that a show like One Adam 12, where it seemed the most complex issues were resolved in half an hour, would prove to be a safe haven from the insanity that is life.