Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beta

From the messy countertop of the Lazy Housewife...
 
Believe! Faith is the basis of our existence. We have faith the sun will rise in the morning. We have faith time will continue. We have faith our car will get us to where we need to go, usually, faith the bus will get our kids to school, and faith we will be paid for our job - and when something goes wrong, many of us pray for a happy outcome.

The Lazy Housewife has a purpose. Personally, I believe in God as our Father and Jesus His Son. I also believe that all people are inherently good-natured and want what's best all around, but we all have our faults. Without faith, life is random and pointless. I know I risk controversial comments talking about faith, but it's an important part of life - to me, THE most important part of life - so be it.

(Tomorrow I get down and dirty with Cleaning Tips!)

Some B TIPS: 
  • Breathe! When you are stressed, stop what you are doing and breathe deeply. It really calms you down.
  • Believe in yourself, too. You're stronger than you think you are! And pass it on!
  • Blessings - count them. There is always someone worse off than you.


Editing Tips
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Began to - another passive phrase. Don't use it. Have your character just do it!
Bold - do not use bold in your MS, period. Emphasize with ALL CAPS or italics.

commonly confused "B" words:
blond (male) / blonde (female)
baited (v. teased, lured) / bated (adj. restrained or held back)
born (v. to have a child) / borne (v. to carry)

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40 comments:

Rebecca Taylor said...

I happen to think you will never accomplish anything in this life without first believing you can do. Also, great reminders on the word confusions.

Nick Wilford said...

Great advice! Just breathing and looking at things rationally helps us achieve more.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Nice post, Tara.

Well said.

Good tips today. Just do it applies to characters and us!

Heather

Melanie Schulz said...

I BELIEVE you are right.

Morgan Katz said...

Breathing and Believing in Yourself are great tips! new follower.
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

I believe most people are good, too.

Dana said...

Yes, faith is so important!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amen! Life is pointless without faith, and so very empty.

Fida Islaih said...

Thanks for the editing tips and the 'B' tips! Also, it makes me happy to see people have such a strong faith (-:

J. A. Bennett said...

Beautiful post! Life is all about faith :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Lovely post. Great b words, both for writing and for living.

Julie Luek said...

Belief and faith are important to me too, even though they rock me something fierce sometimes. Great post.

Carrie-Anne said...

I rarely use bold in a book. When I do, I use bold italics for extra-emphasis, like bold italics when someone is extremely angry, or to indicate the name of a book or movie in another language. I think I read somewhere that you obviously need italics to indicate the name of a book or movie, and then bold additionally indicates that it's in a foreign language.

The spelling blond has always looks wrong and unfinished to me, even if I know it can technically be correct. It's sort of like the spelling Isabel vs. Isabelle; it just looks more complete with the extra letters on the end.

Megan said...

Those simple tips were just what I needed to hear today. Thanks for posting!

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Rena said...

Believing you can is actually harder than doing it. That's why the saying fake it till you make it is so true. I always worry. Do I have another story in me? Will this one really be a novel too?

And before I know it, the novels sitting there in a dicombobulated pile of first draft. so yeah, faith is hard.

michelle said...

I like those B tips - breathe, believe, blessings... like a mantra... repeat over... and over... when necessary, of course.

Laura said...

Great advice, and I think faith is very important in life. If we didn't have faith, life wouldn't be worth living.

Laura said...

Happy B - all good advice - I always forget the 'breathe' part!
Lx

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Thanks for the tips and advice. Believe it! *laughs* So Naruto.

ayjay said...

The best advice ever given to me was that when I am stressed I should take a deep breath and drink a glass of water.
Happy A-Z'ing :)

AJ Lauer
#atozchallenge helper minion
Twitter: @ayjaylauer

VikLit said...

Great post - I will try to believe in myself!

Barbara White Daille said...

Wonderful post, and I especially like the B tips. Such easy things to do. The trick is in remembering to do them.

Barbara

Mark Means said...

Great post Tara. It seems that, sometimes, I look around and all I see is people trashing beliefs and it's discouraging. That's why when I see something like this, it helps to restore my faith in people a bit more.

Thanks for sharing that :)

Gwen Gardner said...

I believe! In everything you said :)

Adriana Dascalu said...

yet another great, useful article!

Christine Rains said...

Great tips both for the housewife and writer. I need to remind myself to breathe several times, especially today.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

I agree that faith is essential. In my humble opinion, our faith guides us in good times and bad. Without it, we have no compass and wander around aimlessly.
Even the exuberant president Teddy Roosevelt said," Believe in yourself and you're half way there." That doesn't mean to be boastful, but I think a quiet confidence is necessary.
Today was my first visit to your blog and I'll be returning. Thank you for sharing.
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Brett Minor said...

I address my faith every now and then on my blog. I have yet to receive a negative response from it.

Dropping by from A to Z. First year participating.

Brett Minor
Transformed Nonconformist

Carol Kilgore said...

More great tips!

Damyanti said...

I use the "Breathe" advice. Often.

Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

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Carol Z said...

Great post. I'll be stopping back!

Connie B. Dowell said...

I agree about the bold. It's like something even louder than shouting on the page.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Those are some great tips! Believing is very important. It's our basis in life. We have to believe in ourselves to live our dreams. :)

Donna L Martin said...

I like your B tips! Good luck with the challenge! I participated last year and had a blast!

Donna L Martin
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

Jolene Perry said...

Yes. I use breathing a lot...

Jeff Hargett said...

Ah! The blond/blonde thing always gives me pause, leaving me certain that I've used the wrong one. I usually just end up finding a different term. LOL

Al Diaz said...

Faith is such a powerful force that can move mountains. I believe that. :D

Rhonda said...

My faith is different than yours, but I believe we all have the rights to our views and beliefs. Nice post.

Tara Tyler said...

bodacious comments, buddies!
off to a beautiful start!

Beverly Fox said...

Forget controversy: this is your blog, you say what you feel. And what you feel in this case is something everyone could use!