Poetry Friday ~ Follow & Lead

15 Mar

Hello, everyone! Welcome! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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Writing can be a daunting task, especially in the beginning of writing a novel. As some of you know, I’m working on the third installment of my Fantasy Angels Series. I’m the first to admit that I can be quite hard on myself. A perfectionist by nature I can be my worst critic and when your inner critic is a mean b!†c# it can be discouraging at times, because it creates doubts about my work. 


“Self-affirmation is also a great way to make friends with your inner critic. When that critic pops up, recognize it, and, with purpose, tell yourself about the things you are good at. This can also help you distance yourself from your inner critic.”

~Written Word Media (Clayton)


I know most writers go through this insecurity stage from time to time. That’s why I love this article from Written Word Media, Beat the Author Blues: How to Manage Writer’s Doubt. It’s a great article, very encouraging with lots of helpful information. 

We are not alone. Did you know that Stephen King threw the start of his novel Carrie in the trash out of frustration? His wife fished it out and convinced him to continue.


“Writers don’t write from experience… If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.”

~Nikki Giovanni


This article has great suggestions on how to overcome common issues that all authors face. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend you read this article and save it for future reference.

Writers chase your dreams

Don’t let them fade like the mist

in the morning sun

Don’t let fear direct your life

Never give up on writing

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Follow and Lead are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer.

*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

Have a wonderful day!

56 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Follow & Lead”

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben March 15, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

    Ya know… this is the 2nd time today, I have seen a message that specifically said don’t give up on writing. I GET IT! Thank you! ❤ ❤ ❤

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 1:47 am #

      Ha, ha! Is the universe trying to tell you something? Have a great weekend, my friend! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  2. olganm March 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm #

    Great advice and poem. All the best, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 1:48 am #

      Thank you, Olga. All the best to you too! ❤


  3. Priscilla Bettis March 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

    Thanks for the encouragement and the link.
    Your poem made me smile.:-)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 1:50 am #

      Aw, I’m so happy my poem made you smile. You’re welcome. The article is great. 🙂


  4. balroop2013 March 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    Inner critic is also our best friend Vashti, just tell her not to crack a whip! Listen to your inner critic because it has many moods… it can also inspire to write, write, write! 🙂 All the best and Happy Writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 1:53 am #

      That’s the problem––she doesn’t stop cracking that whip! Ha, ha. I do listen . . . most of the time. Thank you very much. Have a great weekend! 😀 xo

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  5. fantasynovel1 March 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

    Thank you for your inspiring words and your advice

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm #

      You’re very welcome. Read the article it is really helpful. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Soooz March 15, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

    My inner critic perches itself on my left shoulder and rudely interrupts constantly as I write. My new WIP has stalled at 70k as those doubts begin to take over the creative process. I’m heading over to read the ‘Beat the Author Blues’ article. Great post and another wonderful poem, Vashti.😊

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    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:08 am #

      I’m happy you enjoyed the post. It really is a great article. Just today I saw a meme that said, ‘This is my story in my head’ and following the words was a picture of a dragon in a beautiful, magical setting and then it said, “And this is me writing my story” followed by a picture of a million puzzle pieces scattered around. I can so relate to this meme. That’s what the first draft is a huge puzzle and I’m trying to fit those pieces together as best I can. Things always get easier after the first draft. Happy Writing! ❤ xo

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      • Soooz March 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

        The article was amazingly helpful. I love the meme.

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    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 7:56 pm #

      Yay! I’m glad it was helpful. 🙂


  7. Mae Clair March 15, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this Vashti. I remember hearing that about Carrie before. What a difference that single decision by King’s wife made for his career.

    Wishing you the best as you start the third book of your series. I’m starting book number one of (hopefully) a new series and feeling a bit stymied. Off to check out the article now!

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    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:15 am #

      Yes! I believe Carrie is one of his most successful books. Phew!

      Thank you very much. I always go into panic mode when I start a new book. I get overwhelmed but the article has a great solution for this. I’m glad I came across it. I think it will help you too. It gets so much easier after the first draft. At least that’s been my experience. Thank you! Happy Writing! 😀 xo

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  8. eloisedesousa March 15, 2019 at 5:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo.

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  9. Jacqui Murray March 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm #

    I am deep into editing today–and probably for a few months. I am most appreciative of this positive support. I was just about to take my tenth break of the day (or is it the twentieth?) and now think I’ll stick it out just a bit longer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:18 am #

      Aww, that’s wonderful Jacqui. I’m happy the post had a positive effect on you. That’s the idea. We can all use a little encouragement from time to time. Happy Writing! 😀 xo


  10. Jill Weatherholt March 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    I’ll definitely check out these articles, Vashti. I’ve been struggling with my inner critic this week. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your weekend. Let’s kick that critic to the curb. ❤

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    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:21 am #

      Ha, ha! That’s very tempting but the article says we should question our inner critic instead. Let me know how you liked the article and if it helped you. Have a great weekend and happy writing! ❤ xo


  11. D.L Finn, Author March 15, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

    Our inner critics must be good friends:) Sound very familar. I do think of Stephen King throwing Carrie away during those times. What a great poem that says it perfectly not to give up unless its an afternoon to go write/live poetry outside. Working on a new book and getting things to fall into place makes for some rough moments, but I’m excited for your book 3:) Have a great weekend and thanks for writing this post.

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    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:28 am #

      Hi Denise! I don’t think his career would have gone the way it did had he never written Carrie. Wow. It really makes you think. I’m so happy you enjoyed the poem. The first draft is always the hardest for me. It’s almost like all the thoughts in my head want to come out at the same time and I have to sort them out. I know after I finish the first draft it’ll get much easier. Thank you very much, my friend. You have a great weekend too! ❤ xo

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  12. Charles Ramos Jr March 15, 2019 at 9:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on B.B. Wolfe Publishing and commented:

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    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:28 am #

      Thanks for the reblog, Charles! 😀


  13. Jacquie Biggar March 16, 2019 at 12:37 am #

    I’ve been in a slump lately, so this came at a good time! Thanks, Vashti 🙂
    I hope your story picks up momentum with the spring sun!

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    • Vashti Q March 16, 2019 at 2:37 am #

      Hi Jacqui! I’m hope the post helped a little. I’ve been writing every day but I get so overwhelmed sometimes when writing the first draft. I know the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect but it is the foundation the story is built on, so I do need to get certain things right. It gets much easier after the first draft. At least for me. I live in Florida “The Sunshine State” and it seems that winter forgot to stop by this year. We had a couple of chilly days (48º F the lowest we got) but that’s about it. I do look forward to spring though. 😉 ❤ Have a great weekend and Happy Writing!

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  14. Elizabeth March 16, 2019 at 10:03 am #

    thanks for this post, Vashti! beautiful poem, really empowering, and i love the inner-critic affirmation part too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We can all use a little encouragement at times. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  15. robbiesinspiration March 16, 2019 at 11:15 am #

    This is a lovely poem, VAshti. It is always interesting to read about how other authors think and feel.

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  16. rijanjks March 16, 2019 at 4:17 pm #

    I absolutely love these quotes, Vashti! “Don’t let your dreams fade like the mist in the morning sun” speaks loudly to me! Fantastic! I also love the quote from Nikki Giovanni! Wow! So true!

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    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Jan! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Nikki’s quote made a lot of sense to me too. It is true. Thank you very much! Have a fantastic new week! ❤


  17. dgkaye March 16, 2019 at 10:59 pm #

    I just love your inspiration Vashti! Great quotes and poem. And wowww, you’re writing a 3rd book in the series? I was wondering about that when I finished reading Son of Serpent if that was indeed the end of Lilith or what new venture could Dracul take on. Good for you. I look forward to the next installment. ❤

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    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:10 pm #

      Aw, thank you, Debby! I’m happy you liked the post.
      Yes! I’m writing the third installment of my Fantasy Angels Series. Gadreel is the protagonist in the 3rd book and it’s set in the Middle Ages. Thanks for your encouragement, my friend! ❤ xo

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      • dgkaye March 18, 2019 at 10:02 am #

        Oooooohhhhhhhh thanks for the little tasting! I love Gadreel! I hope she finds happiness again with her family ❤

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    • Vashti Q March 21, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      ❤ xo

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  18. Miriam Hurdle March 16, 2019 at 11:57 pm #

    I agree with you, Vashti, even when I write my blog posts, I want to do my best. A lovely poem, and thank you for sharing your thought.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

      Hi Miriam! It’s fun to share with my online family. Thank you so much and have a wonderful new week! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle March 18, 2019 at 3:26 am #

        I know, Vashti. It seems like I spend more time with my online family then real people around me!! Wishing you a wonderful week also. ❤

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    • Vashti Q March 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

      Ha, ha. So true. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  19. coldhandboyack March 17, 2019 at 7:31 am #

    I’ve hit that middle slog on two different stories. This is where I wonder if I’m creative enough to finish. I always manage to, somehow. It sure slows down for a while though.

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    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      The funny thing is that I have a motion picture rolling in my head but something is lost in translation on its way to the paper. I’ll manage though. I always panic in the beginning of a project, but then I get through it. I’m glad I’m not the only one, Craig. 😉 Thank you!

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    • Vashti Q March 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

      I agree. 🙂

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  20. Marje @ Kyrosmagica March 17, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    Love this Vashti and it is just what I need at the moment as I am writing book 2!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm #

      Woo-who! Congrats, Marje! Yes, this article is just what I needed too. Happy Writing!


  21. Annika Perry March 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    Sage advice and great poem, Vashti! 😀 I love your imagery of the dreams disappearing like the morning mist … beautifully written. As for fear, that can stop us doing so much in our lives … if we give it that power. Thank you so much for sharing the article – I’ve bookmarked this and a lot of sense here. Bite-size targets makes a lot of sense and I apply this strategy to life!😀 I’d heard about Stephen King’s wife saving his manuscript of Carrie – imagine if she hadn’t?! His life as an author could have been so very different.

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    • Vashti Q March 17, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

      Hello, Annika! Aw, thank you. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the poem. I agree, this article makes a lot of sense. I saved it on my Pinterest Writing Board. I think I read that Carrie was the story that put Stephen King on the map. You’re right, his life as an author would not have been the same. Thank goodness for his supportive wife. ❤

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  22. Just the motivation I needed Vashti… terrific response to Colleen’s challenge.. ♥

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  23. memadtwo March 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

    Inspiring words! (K)


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