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Lack of Motivation

30 Jan

Sometimes, it’s hard to make the time to sit down and write. Period.
I’ve had teachers say that you make time for something you love and that is the pure truth. I commend professional writers who are only at the mercy of their own will power. Apparently, my will power went out the window the moment I decided to give myself some a day or two off from blogging at the holidays. Well, those few days turned into weeks and now I need to get back to it.
So, here’s what I’m going to try to work on this coming year to make sure I’m meeting my dedication to this blog and my writing projects:

1) Find a cool topic twice per week to post here on the blog
2) Take a writing class (got a Gotham 1-day intensive for my b-day, just need to use it!)
3) Use my new digital recorder to record ideas and stories lines I come up with while commuting everyday to work.

If I can keep these 3 things up, then I think I’ll be setting myself up to getting the ball rolling this year on my creative writing. It’s a resolution with a plan so according to all the New Year’s Resolution articles, it has about a 120% chance of working. Ok, I just made that up, but let’s hope it’s at least pushing 90% so I have a chance šŸ™‚

What are your NY Resolutions? Do any of them have anything to do with your writing?

 

English: Two New Year's Resolutions postcards

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to make you feel my love…

26 Aug

one of my favorite songs, make you feel my love, by the amazing Adele…they aren’t her lyrics, but she sings them perfectly. her lyrics are also inspirational and great to look at and maybe derive a story from. heartache has happened to each of us in one way or another and pulling from that experience, rummaging through the highs and lows of that emotion can help inspire not only beautiful ballads like this one, but whole stories, poems and more…happy remembering & writing!

have a great weekend and fellow northeasterners good luck bracing & riding our hurricane irene!

Comic Relief

23 Aug

Today’s inspiration: Flight of the Conchords

Hilarious lyrics can’t be easy to conjure up. Listen and learn as New Zealand’s greatest try to seduce the ladies…oh how I love funny men šŸ™‚

News: Brick Wall

23 Aug

Sometimes a bit of news makes its way into your life that you wish you could erase from memory or reality as soon as you hear it. Throw it away. Act as though it hasn’t happened. You just want to never have to deal with the reality of that situation, but you know now and you can’t escape. You can’t un-hear or unread or un-know it willingly … as much as you might try.

Today’s writing journey: Take a moment and reflect on a piece of news you/your character has heard that they wish they could un-hearĀ or un-know. What was your initial reaction? How did they cope long-term with the reality of the news? When did the bit of news become a reality you ultimately faced? Were they successful in ignoringĀ the bad news?

Exploring your reaction or your character’s reaction to bad news can lead to a better understanding of the motives that drive us all in our relationships and life. As an individual, we can better understand sometimes the hidden, dormant feelings we may have that overcome us at times of bad news. As a writer exploring your characters this is a great exercise to elaborate on character sketches. Dig deeply into your character’s motives and hash out some of the lesser explored emotions they may have yet to face in the plot of your story.

Wishing you happy writing & happy living…

It’s a beautiful day…let your hair (if you’ve got it) flow in the wind & breathe deeply

17 Aug

Let the wind flow through your hair and fly...

This picture of Maggie the boxer helps remind me every time I look at it that bliss is just a head-out-the-window away. She’s got zen written all over her face! That’s what I want. Sometimes,Ā a midstĀ the hectic days, the stresses of life, it’s easy to forget to relax,Ā rejuvenateĀ and enjoy the ride.

My mantra today: Breathe deeply & Let the wind flow through my hair.

This was a very easy mantra to follow when I was practicing yoga, even just once a week. It centers and grounds you and forces you to focus on the here & now, as opposed to all the other mumbo-jumbo going on in your life outside of the yoga studio. Sometimes, sprawled across my mat in the final resting pose I decide I never want to leave. I want to stay in that steamy yoga room forever because the serenity that comes at that moment is blissful. The yoga for 90 minutes before that time is hard, which is why I’ve postponed going back for so many months…need to getĀ inspirationĀ from Maggie and get my Zen on. Maybe tonight’s the night.

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