WEDNESDAY WRITER WISDOM: Are you ever guilty of this? A major faux pas of writers who “know what they’re saying” but fail to tie pieces of info together. Think of this; when you read your in-process manuscript, consider why your details matter. Why are you telling me that? To you, there’s a significance in what you write. But until you make these details relevant to your story, the effect you want is lost on your reader. Make sure your “significance” is conjoined with its “relevance.”
Thank you for being a part of my inner circle here at Your Write Life. In keeping with the season that’s been set aside for gratitude, I’m SO grateful for YOU. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for entrusting me with your recorded special moments. Thank you for showing up and creating in the most beautiful ways. Let’s commit to making more, more, more in the coming months too. Sending you love and blessings.
Today’s journal prompt:
What would they say to you? Get busy? Start now? Finish something?
Inscribe what you hear in the pages of your journal.
What’s next for you this year?
Do you have a special holiday memory? People love shared memories.
What if you could write yours and tuck it into your holiday cards?
Or gift it to family and friends at your holiday gatherings? I show you how with Write Your Holiday Stories–Fast! and it’s free.
Tis the season and I’d love for you to join 100’s of others who have participated in writing their holiday stories too: http://www.writeyourholidaystories.com
Happy NaNoWriMo Monday to all writers who are participating in National Novel Writing Month.
What makes NaNoWriMo a huge success is the support and inspiration that comes with writing alongside 1000’s of others across all continents as people are putting pen to page, day by day, every day in November.
I believe in this process of writing every day. I support all those who sign up and do it. And even if you don’t sign up, you can commit to yourself (and to me) to become a steady writer during November too.
A few years ago, I participated in NaNoWriMo while co-writing a book for a client. Even though I wasn’t writing a novel, it was fun to check in on social media and post daily updates while hearing how others were doing too.
So you don’t have to be writing a novel. You can work on your memoir. Or write a few blog posts. Or create content for your next program, course or product. Or simply journal every day.
I enourage you to create a plan to write every day during November.
What if you wrote just 500 words every day (the length of a blog post, for instance). Imagine how great you’ll feel when December rolls around. Talk about a reason to celebrate!
I’d like to happy dance with you in celebration of your successes. Drop me a note now to let me know what you’re doing. I’d love to catch up.
What’s next for you? Have questions about where or how to begin? I’d love to help you.
Next online writing class includes a self-study option.
It’s said that it takes 21 days to break an old habit, or better yet, to break in a new one. How about making Contemplation and Creativity YOUR new habit?
The above is the inviting line that lured me into signing up for the “21-day Journaling with Collage Challenge” with author and collage artist Dante Jericho. I’ve been a student of Dante’s since 2010 and this particular event enticed me because it’s NEW.
The format is simple. Every morning beginning September 1st, we’ll receive an email with an image as well as a writing prompt to go deeper. Our task is to use the given prompt to do a journal entry or timed writing for that day in whatever format or structure works for you.
So here are a few personal thoughts about the 21-day Journaling with Collage Challenge:
1. Everyone needs a can opener to start new writing. I’m an experienced writer. And even so, I need prompts and visuals to get me going. Otherwise, my writing tends to be unfocused and without purpose.
2. Visuals provide excellent starting points to open both your heart and your voice to put doodles (and words and sentences and phrases and lists) on the page. When I trust my heart, and just write to visuals and prompts, I don’t have to worry about where things go. It’s freewriting, something I talk about ALL the time. Sometimes what turns up is useful for my creative process. Sometimes, it turns into product.
3. Reflections on a collage are personal. They’re part of our inner work and journaling process that may or may not lead to other writings we do.
4. The practice of freewriting increases your confidence as a writer. Opening up to write whatever comes builds your writing muscles. Every time you show up to the page and write, it becomes easier.
5. Practicing writing for 21 days in a non-judgmental way invites the muse in and creates a consistent habit. Sneaking into the flow of writing like this keeps that sweet muse alert to visit you more often too.
6. At the end of the 21 days, you’ll be a stronger writer. At least that’s been my experience. I want to keep on keeping on, and write, write, write some more. I notice that it gets easier, day by day, and at 21 days, I’m eager to put pen to page EVERY day.
So what do you think? I’d love to see your name in the classroom with me, where we can kibitz and share our writing experiences (not what we wrote, but about our experience of the highs and bumps, flaws and all, of having written). I’ve already attracted many writing friends and colleagues who’ve joined the challenge.
If any of the above resonates with you, then say YES to it. Take creative action and check out the fine points and deets here. Cost: $30
About our facilitator: Dante Jericho is a healer, teacher and artist. She has been teaching Contemplative Collage nationally and internationally for the past 15 years. She is the author of “Sacred Changes, Sacred Choices: Meditations from the I Ching.”
I believe the well of creativity is always full — there for your taking, waiting patiently for you to dip in. Using writing prompts as mini-assignments gives you the dipper to draw your personal connections from the deep recesses of the well. If you’re looking for writing inspiration, trust the prompts to trigger fresh possibilities.
1. Read the writing prompts.
2. Quickly, write down anything that comes to mind for each. First thoughts… uncensored. (My recommendation: a writer’s notebook or journal as a tool you use consistently for recording these first thoughts. The writer’s journal becomes your personal written archive for more material and personalized writing prompts.)
3. If one of the prompts spurs you to write more, go for it! Don’t stall. The Muse is speaking now! Don’t let her get away.
4. Over the next few hours or days, allow the prompts to germinate. Revisit them daily. New thoughts may come. Through your reticular activating system (RAS) the prompts will attract new material for you. Allow the prompts to inspire your daily writing practice in unforeseen ways.
5. Find a quiet place (or if you prefer raucous, then turn on the stereo, way up loud). Practice a combination of: Breathing – Stillness – Listening.
6. Move. Go for a walk. Practice yoga. Leave your desk. Sit in a comfy chair. Go out on the porch. Take a drive. It’s often here where you’ll “hear” fresh ideas too.
7. Write. Write. Write. Return to the prompts and to your initial thoughts. Set a mini-goal to write 500 words on a selected prompt. Then another… Keep writing as long as you are inspired.
8. Add to, refine and polish those that seem to have promise for “product pieces.”
9. Trust the process.
10. Make writing for practice, for process, or for product a priority for every day.
11. Enjoy the journey!