AUTHOR’S CORNER: How a Poem Speaks To My Creativity by author Ann-Harrison Barnes

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Author’s Corner.

This afternoon as promised earlier on Facebook I have for you a creative article  from author Ann-Harrison Barnes, who, I might add has recently released a new book.

When Ann hired me as her Promotional Assistant she and I had a lovely chat about how I could best help her in her work.

She expressed to me her concerns at being able to keep up with the demands on her time already in place as well as keeping up with what she knew would be a high demand for content so I could effectively promote her.

Then, realizing that my reading audience most likely hadn’t seen a lot of her work, we had a brainstorm.

We, or I should say, Ann decided that she would send me a huge bunch of articles and book excerpts she already had worked up, and allow me to choose when, where, and how to use them.

With that in mind and knowing this is Poetry Month, I’ve chosen this offering for your reading pleasure.

Please do let Ann know that you enjoy her work. You can do this many ways, but one of the best complements an author can receive is to have their work shared, so I hope you will consider doing so in some way.

Please also like or comment on the post to let Ann know what you think.

If you make a comment and you’re for whatever reason not able to receive replies or comment back to someone, please include how that person can best reach you.

Please make sure to continue reading once you’ve enjoyed Ann’s offering to find out about Ann’s new release as well as all her other fabulous work.

And now, today’s offering from Ann.

 

 

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Lewis Stevenson and “The Banker” by Dan Seals: how a poem speaks to my writing process, and a song adds fuel to my creative fire

 

Hello everyone,

 

Today I want to talk to you about a discovery I made about the creative process. Remember the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost? If not, you can read it or listen to it for yourself at the following link:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

 

The reason I bring this up to you my dear readers, is two-fold. First of all, it is one of my all-time favorite poems, and I’d like to encourage you to read it if you haven’t already. The second and most important reason I want to mention this poem is because it reminds me of the creative process. If you’re a writer, musician/song writer, artist etc., there is a distinct similarity to the traveler in this poem. Let me explain in the next paragraph.

 

So, let’s say you are inspired to write a story and the source of your inspiration is a song, story, painting, you name it, it ignites the creative spark in you. Your story has something very similar, yet the similarity is so miniscule that you don’t notice it at first. Once you find the one aspect of your inspirational source that bares the slightest resemblance to a scene in your story, the similarities end after that point. Let me speak creatively by using an example of how one of my favorite songs inspired part of a prequel to my self-published full-length novel, to make my point.

 

For me, the creative spark for a story I am writing entitled Jason’s Peril, was ignited by a song entitled “The Banker”, which was written and recorded by the late, great, Dan Seals, back in 1983. For those who aren’t familiar with his work, he was half of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, popular back in the 1970s. He became popular as a country artist back in the 1980s. Here’s a link to the song I mentioned above:

This song tells a story of its own. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there is a banker in both the song and in my story. After this point, the similarities end and the stories go in completely different directions.

 

After listening to the song by following the YouTube link above, take this into consideration. There is a scene in Jason’s Peril, where Jim is told by the banker that he has 60 days to pay the property taxes on his family’s farm or he will lose it. Dianna, his daughter goes out to try to find a way for her family to keep the land, and ends up taking on a much bigger project. Here’s the question I’d like to pose as food for thought: What are the similarities between the song and my story, and where do the stories venture away from each other? Before you read further, take a moment to guess which rode I took, the one laid out before me or the one not taken? If you’re still not sure, read on to see the answer to this question.

Once I figure out where the resemblance between the song and part of my work in progress lies, I then have to figure out where my story meanders away from the lyrics of the song. Here’s the question I must ask myself: Do I stay on the path that the song takes me down, or do I take the path less traveled by in order to follow where my own story leads?

 

My answer and the aha moment I came to are as follows:

 

I venture down the creative path not taken, for two reasons. One, the first path has heretofore been laid out long before I decided to become a writer. I can enjoy the story the song has to tell, but it has already been written and recorded, whereas my story has yet to be written. Number two, I love the art of self-discovery as part of my writing process, therefore I will let my characters take me away from the song which inspired me in the beginning. As a storyteller, standing at the fork in the creative path, I choose to follow the road not taken so I can let my characters lead me where they want me to go, thus telling my own story in the way I feel is important to me as an author and to you, my dear readers.

 

Which path will you choose, dear writers, the path of least resistance or the road not taken? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Also feel free to share the aha moments you’ve had as part of your creative lifestyle.

 

Before I go, I wanted to mention one more thing. If you’re interested to find out how and where the same banker from Jason’s peril has appeared in A Journey of Faith, check it out by visiting the following amazon links:

 

 

 

If you want to know what inspired me to write a scene where the banker appears in this novel, please let me know and I’ll write a post about it.

 

Until Next time, when I will give you a NaNoWriMo update, Happy writing and God bless.

 

 

More about Ann Harrison-Barnes

 

Welcome to my Media Kit. I am pleased to share the message of God’s love through compelling and entertaining stories.

outside the box.jpg

Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic Book

Written by Ann Harrison

a little book filled with magic, ferries, music, an angel or two, and even a bit of mystery.

Fly away on the wings of a simple drop of rain with Anna as she follows the music that fills her heart.

Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of the road and wondered how you’d get home? Read about the miraculous end to what could have been a perilous journey for Bill and his family.

Mystery buffs and techno geeks will love An Unusual Glitch, a story about a county wide technology glitch that threatens to ruin the county’s computer infrastructure, if the problem isn’t resolved before it’s too late.  Enjoy a couple of new mysteries along the way.

You may be enchanted by a Christmas miracle that starts with a child’s prayer and a tinkling bell.

Ride in a sleigh carried on the wings of a snowflake, ride  the wind on the wings of an autumn leaf or fly away on a swing!

There’s an adventure waiting for readers of all ages in each delightful little story.

 

Buy Link:

books2read.com/u/3Gad2O

 

Author Bio:

 

In the words of Ann Harrison-Barnes, January 2019

 

About me:

I am the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of my stories featuring children. I have three nieces and a nephew whom I love from the bottom of my heart.

I have found music to be a great source of healing throughout rough and painful times in my life. I also find it to be a great source of inspiration through traditional means and through the world around me.

About my blindness:

Although I was not born prematurely, I was placed in an incubator and given 24 hours of oxygen, when I should have only received eight. This excessive amount of oxygen caused my optic nerves not to develop properly, resulting in my blindness. I have light perception in my left eye, and none in my right. The right eye was removed when I was eighteen months old and I have worn prostheses since then, until recently. I have used a cane since I was about five years old, accept during the period from April 2006 to March 2009, when I worked my one and only guide dog named Star. She was a black lab Golden retriever mix from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Where I live and work: I currently live in Rochelle, Georgia near my parents and one of my two brothers, when he’s not working on the road. I have worked from home for various freelance clients, while writing my novels. These clients include Mia Bysinger from Rushcube, a web development company and Earnest Dempsey’s Word Matters Blog.

Why I write: First of all, I love creating stories that will entertain my readers. Through these entertaining stories, I also hope to either share the message of God’s love or bring back childhood memories, through my Children’s books. I journal for healing and brainstorming. I am writing non-fiction to help aspiring authors self-publish their own books through Amazon

Hobbies: My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting and sitting out on the front porch on a warm day.

Music I enjoy I love listening to classic country music, instrumental pieces such as classical, new age piano pieces and film scores. I also find that the environment is filled with natural music.

Podcasts I find educational and entertaining: I have a variety of podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Some of my favorites include: The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner, The Creative Penn, I Should be Writing, Ditch Diggers, Eyes On success, how do you Write and Writing Excuses.

My favorite authors and genres: I love to read books by Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Hope Callahan, and I love finding new authors. My favorite genres include: Christian fiction, cozy mystery, sweet romance, Romantic suspense and fantasy. I’ll also read the occasional memoire.

My Faith: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save my soul. In God’s word, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)

Book list:

Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic Book

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic Book

Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book

Links

 

Ann’s Interviews:

https://kirstennairn.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/spotlight-on-ann-harrison-barnes/

https://wp.me/p5QlYv-24Y

https://rainne15.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/58849/

https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/tuesdaytalk-with-ann-harrisonbarnes/

*Kindling Friendship* Ann Barnes

Author to Author Interview – Welcome to Ann Harrison-Barnes

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/featured-author-of-the-week-ann-harrison-barne/

Introduce Yourself: Introducing Guest Author Ann Harrison-Barnes

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/here-is-my-interview-with-ann-harrison-barnes/

https://booksandmotivation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/author-interview-ann-harrison-barnes/

https://www.brancoevents.com/perspective-3-2-2018/

 

Website:

https://annwritesinspiration.com

Electric Eclectic books website:

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ElectricEclecticBooks/

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

Twitter:

 

Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Harrison/e/B01H68QH5U

 

email group:

https://groups.io/g/annwritesinspiration

 

Anthologies

Awthology Light:

https://www.amazon.com/Awethology-Light-Awethors/dp/1518868843

 

the December Awthology light volume

 

Gems of Strength

 

 

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Author’s Corner.

This afternoon as promised earlier on Facebook I have for you a creative article for you from author Ann-Harrison Barnes, who, I might add has recently released a new book.

When Ann hired me as her Promotional Assistant she and I had a lovely chat about how I could best help her in her work.

She expressed to me her concerns at being able to keep up with the demands on her time already in place as well as keeping up with what she knew would be a high demand for content so I could affectively promote her.

Then, realizing that my reading audience most likely hadn’t seen a lot of her work, we had a brainstorm.

We, or I should say, Ann decided that she would send me a huge bunch of articles and book excerpts she already had worked up, and allow me to choose when, where, and how to use them.

With that in mind and knowing this is Poetry Month, I’ve chosen this offering for your reading pleasure.

Please do let Ann know that you enjoy her work. You can do this many ways, but one of the best complements an author can receive is to have their work shared, so I hope you will consider doing so in some way.

Please also like or comment on the post to let Ann know what you think.

If you make a comment and you’re for whatever reason not able to receive replies or comment back to someone, please include how that person can best reach you.

Please make sure to continue reading once you’ve enjoyed Ann’s offering to find out about Ann’s new release as well as all her other fabulous work.

And now, today’s offering from Ann.

 

 

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Lewis Stevenson and “The Banker” by Dan Seals: how a poem speaks to my writing process, and a song adds fuel to my creative fire

 

Hello everyone,

 

Today I want to talk to you about a discovery I made about the creative process. Remember the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost? If not, you can read it or listen to it for yourself at the following link:

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

 

The reason I bring this up to you my dear readers, is two-fold. First of all, it is one of my all-time favorite poems, and I’d like to encourage you to read it if you haven’t already. The second and most important reason I want to mention this poem is because it reminds me of the creative process. If you’re a writer, musician/song writer, artist etc., there is a distinct similarity to the traveler in this poem. Let me explain in the next paragraph.

 

So, let’s say you are inspired to write a story and the source of your inspiration is a song, story, painting, you name it, it ignites the creative spark in you. Your story has something very similar, yet the similarity is so miniscule that you don’t notice it at first. Once you find the one aspect of your inspirational source that bares the slightest resemblance to a scene in your story, the similarities end after that point. Let me speak creatively by using an example of how one of my favorite songs inspired part of a prequel to my self-published full-length novel, to make my point.

 

For me, the creative spark for a story I am writing entitled Jason’s Peril, was ignited by a song entitled “The Banker”, which was written and recorded by the late, great, Dan Seals, back in 1983. For those who aren’t familiar with his work, he was half of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, popular back in the 1970s. He became popular as a country artist back in the 1980s. Here’s a link to the song I mentioned above:

This song tells a story of its own. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there is a banker in both the song and in my story. After this point, the similarities end and the stories go in completely different directions.

 

After listening to the song by following the YouTube link above, take this into consideration. There is a scene in Jason’s Peril, where Jim is told by the banker that he has 60 days to pay the property taxes on his family’s farm or he will lose it. Dianna, his daughter goes out to try to find a way for her family to keep the land, and ends up taking on a much bigger project. Here’s the question I’d like to pose as food for thought: What are the similarities between the song and my story, and where do the stories venture away from each other? Before you read further, take a moment to guess which rode I took, the one laid out before me or the one not taken? If you’re still not sure, read on to see the answer to this question.

Once I figure out where the resemblance between the song and part of my work in progress lies, I then have to figure out where my story meanders away from the lyrics of the song. Here’s the question I must ask myself: Do I stay on the path that the song takes me down, or do I take the path less traveled by in order to follow where my own story leads?

 

My answer and the aha moment I came to are as follows:

 

I venture down the creative path not taken, for two reasons. One, the first path has heretofore been laid out long before I decided to become a writer. I can enjoy the story the song has to tell, but it has already been written and recorded, whereas my story has yet to be written. Number two, I love the art of self-discovery as part of my writing process, therefore I will let my characters take me away from the song which inspired me in the beginning. As a storyteller, standing at the fork in the creative path, I choose to follow the road not taken so I can let my characters lead me where they want me to go, thus telling my own story in the way I feel is important to me as an author and to you, my dear readers.

 

Which path will you choose, dear writers, the path of least resistance or the road not taken? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Also feel free to share the aha moments you’ve had as part of your creative lifestyle.

 

Before I go, I wanted to mention one more thing. If you’re interested to find out how and where the same banker from Jason’s peril has appeared in A Journey of Faith, check it out by visiting the following amazon links:

 

 

 

If you want to know what inspired me to write a scene where the banker appears in this novel, please let me know and I’ll write a post about it.

 

Until Next time, when I will give you a NaNoWriMo update, Happy writing and God bless.

 

 

More about Ann Harrison-Barnes

 

Welcome to my Media Kit. I am pleased to share the message of God’s love through compelling and entertaining stories.

 

Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic Book

Written by Ann Harrison

a little book filled with magic, ferries, music, an angel or two, and even a bit of mystery.

Fly away on the wings of a simple drop of rain with Anna as she follows the music that fills her heart.

Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of the road and wondered how you’d get home? Read about the miraculous end to what could have been a perilous journey for Bill and his family.

Mystery buffs and techno geeks will love An Unusual Glitch, a story about a county wide technology glitch that threatens to ruin the county’s computer infrastructure, if the problem isn’t resolved before it’s too late.  Enjoy a couple of new mysteries along the way.

You may be enchanted by a Christmas miracle that starts with a child’s prayer and a tinkling bell.

Ride in a sleigh carried on the wings of a snowflake, ride  the wind on the wings of an autumn leaf or fly away on a swing!

There’s an adventure waiting for readers of all ages in each delightful little story.

 

Buy Link:

books2read.com/u/3Gad2O

 

Author Bio:

 

In the words of Ann Harrison-Barnes, January 2019

 

About me:

I am the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of my stories featuring children. I have three nieces and a nephew whom I love from the bottom of my heart.

I have found music to be a great source of healing throughout rough and painful times in my life. I also find it to be a great source of inspiration through traditional means and through the world around me.

About my blindness:

Although I was not born prematurely, I was placed in an incubator and given 24 hours of oxygen, when I should have only received eight. This excessive amount of oxygen caused my optic nerves not to develop properly, resulting in my blindness. I have light perception in my left eye, and none in my right. The right eye was removed when I was eighteen months old and I have worn prostheses since then, until recently. I have used a cane since I was about five years old, accept during the period from April 2006 to March 2009, when I worked my one and only guide dog named Star. She was a black lab Golden retriever mix from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Where I live and work: I currently live in Rochelle, Georgia near my parents and one of my two brothers, when he’s not working on the road. I have worked from home for various freelance clients, while writing my novels. These clients include Mia Bysinger from Rushcube, a web development company and Earnest Dempsey’s Word Matters Blog.

Why I write: First of all, I love creating stories that will entertain my readers. Through these entertaining stories, I also hope to either share the message of God’s love or bring back childhood memories, through my Children’s books. I journal for healing and brainstorming. I am writing non-fiction to help aspiring authors self-publish their own books through Amazon

Hobbies: My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting and sitting out on the front porch on a warm day.

Music I enjoy I love listening to classic country music, instrumental pieces such as classical, new age piano pieces and film scores. I also find that the environment is filled with natural music.

Podcasts I find educational and entertaining: I have a variety of podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Some of my favorites include: The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner, The Creative Penn, I Should be Writing, Ditch Diggers, Eyes On success, how do you Write and Writing Excuses.

My favorite authors and genres: I love to read books by Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Hope Callahan, and I love finding new authors. My favorite genres include: Christian fiction, cozy mystery, sweet romance, Romantic suspense and fantasy. I’ll also read the occasional memoire.

My Faith: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save my soul. In God’s word, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)

Book list:

Stories Outside the Box: An Electric Eclectic Book

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic Book

Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book

Links

 

Ann’s Interviews:

https://kirstennairn.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/spotlight-on-ann-harrison-barnes/

https://wp.me/p5QlYv-24Y

https://rainne15.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/58849/

https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/tuesdaytalk-with-ann-harrisonbarnes/

*Kindling Friendship* Ann Barnes

Author to Author Interview – Welcome to Ann Harrison-Barnes

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/featured-author-of-the-week-ann-harrison-barne/

Introduce Yourself: Introducing Guest Author Ann Harrison-Barnes

https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2018/03/27/here-is-my-interview-with-ann-harrison-barnes/

https://booksandmotivation.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/author-interview-ann-harrison-barnes/

https://www.brancoevents.com/perspective-3-2-2018/

 

Website:

https://annwritesinspiration.com

Electric Eclectic books website:

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

 

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ElectricEclecticBooks/

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

Twitter:

 

Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Ann-Harrison/e/B01H68QH5U

 

email group:

https://groups.io/g/annwritesinspiration

 

Anthologies

Awthology Light:

https://www.amazon.com/Awethology-Light-Awethors/dp/1518868843

 

the December Awthology light volume

 

Gems of Strength

 

 

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4 Responses to AUTHOR’S CORNER: How a Poem Speaks To My Creativity by author Ann-Harrison Barnes

  1. Thanks for sharing this. what a perfect way to represent poetry month. I didn’t even think about this when I wrote it. Have you listened to the song I linked to?

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    • Patty says:

      Hi Ann.
      So glad you approved of my choice.
      You’re very welcome for the share.
      I was sitting here a bit ago going…
      “Hmmm? I’ve not posted anything for Ann in a bit, let’s see…”
      And, went rummaging round in your huge bunch of wonderfully prepared posts, and when I saw that, I said…
      “Poetry month! Perfect.”
      As for the song, no, I’ve not gotten to it yet.
      Everything takes so long, what with having to deal with my sick computer while waiting on my new one to be delivered, that I’m just trying to get through the day, but I will give a listen soon.
      Let me just add, that it’s a pleasure working with you.
      I love working with folks who are serious about what they do, who prepare their work to be posted, and who take the time to say thanks, and chat a bit so as to engage with the readers.
      We’re all hoppin busy all the time, so I know how hard that can be.

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      • Once you get a chance to listen to the song, tell me what you think as it is one of my favorites.
        BTW, if I don’t get the writing challenge back to you right away, I’m revising Journey to the Mountaintop, so please be patient.
        As for the author world, I’m learning so much and I have a new idea for promoting my brand. I eventually want to get t-shirts to sell at events.

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      • Patty says:

        Sounds awesome. You’re doing a good job. And there is no time limit on the riders challenge. You just do it when you are able.

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