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It’s funny where ideas come from. As hard as we try, there are times when you can see the window is open, but the curtains have not been pulled. Try as we might, getting past those barricades to continue along a path of enjoyment is not always easy. And then, there is a moment, a vision, a conversation that ramps us up for the next leg of the journey.
Before I left on a recent trip to Hawaii, my plan was to enjoy my daughter’s wedding to the fullest and find places that would inspire my writing. Places that would encourage the imagination to the surface and let the pencil speed across the blank pages.
With multiple time changes throwing the body and mind into a state of, “Are we ever going to get there?” It wasn’t until the last half hour on the plane, when the land came into view, that the curtains finally flittered away.
The days ahead gifted me with many opportunities to look through the parted curtains and gather much to keep the gray matter charged and motivated.
The very fact that you buy local means you are supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses owned and operated by those in your community.
Have you ever considered what reading local means?
In every urban and rural centre there are people who write. Did you know that more than occasionally, these writers have had their prose and poetry published? But, unless you know the them personally or see an article in the local newspaper, you most likely will never know who they are.
Usually, their work is available through social media outlets like Amazon; however, by teaming up with independent book stores and other shops in the area, unknown authors are becoming noticed.
Often as not, these same literary artisans promote their books by making sure the local library has a copy, ensuring anyone who takes a mind to, can read the books.
Topics written about may vary in interest covering a wide selection of genres. These locally written books may not be on the New York Times Best Seller List, but through continued support of these writers by the public (you) and businesses, the budding authors will continue to be introduced to the world.
Whether you call them authors, writers, or wordsmiths, they too are entrepreneurs in your community. Find out who they are, purchase their books and send them your reviews. Reading local means you are supporting local businesses.
Do you read books by local authors? Share their names and book titles with us.
Do I write raw?
As much as I can. For me it’s just another word that says I write by the seat of my pants. No boundaries and rules holding me back. The grammar and spelling are overlooked, as is the structure. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again I am sure, editing is for later.
Unfortunately, (and they may think otherwise) there are those who write with as much ‘political correctness’ as possible in the first draft of anything they produce. Which, in my opinion, is too bad, because I think they lose out on so much.
My first drafts are a wreck. They are full of every mind blowing situation and scene I can conjure up in my mind. These thoughts don’t necessarily have a place in the final, refined version, but it is what breathes life into the story.
The first draft of anything we write should sting with every thought imaginable. The first draft needs to be raw.
Are your first drafts politically and grammatically correct, or are they raw?
February is InCoWriMo month. What the heck is InCoWriMo? It is something I have long been an advocate of; yet, I myself seem to have let the concept slip through the cracks of day to day life. It is something that is fading away thanks to modern technology like e-mails and texting. Heck, even telephones play a big part in the demise of the once popular hand written letter.
International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) is quite like NaNoWriMo in a writer’s world. In place of writing, writing, writing towards your end goal of 50,000 words and a book, the objective of InCoWriMo is to hand write a letter or notes. Sending them to someone, everyday, for the month of February.
What do you need to get started? - writing pad or paper, note cards, pen, envelope, stamps, names & addresses.
Download a FREE copy of your InCoWriMo Tracking Sheet.
Will you participate in InCoWriMo?
Writing classes help you learn:
I started writing by the seat of my pants in grade school. The teachers were not impressed with my lackadaisical efforts and boisterous imagination. I tended to surprise them with my end result of any given English project. It wasn’t until the teen years that I realized I should really keep this stuff known as stories and poetry that had been born through creativity and living.
Several moves, and life interruptions, I still have some of the stuff from the olden days. As a matter of fact, some of that stuff made its way into the pages of Moon Rising.
I continue to write by the seat of my pants until I feel the need to make something out of what I have penned. That is when the teacher’s rules start to apply themselves.
It works for me, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I like structure and I thrive on lists, but creating from within has to happen when I feel the urge, not at a designated time within the 24 hour clock.
I work on several projects at the same time. When I write, no matter where or on what, I start with the date, the main character’s name, and away I go. About every month or so, I take all my hand written notes from the last typed entry date and type them into the project’s file on the computer. Some are snippets, some are several chapters that flow together, others are chapters that will fit in later or earlier. This step is actually my first edit.
Inspired by life and all things that make me smile, the urge to write happens when I’m out for a walk, in bed and driving down the road. It happens anytime, but always from the heart.
Do you write with structure, or like me, by the seat of your pants?
Open your eyes and look around. The inspiration to write is there. Let your mind float to the clouds, read a book, watch people in a crowd.
For some, there is a need to be inspired by the thoughts of others. A sentence, a word, a conversation and writing prompts.
Where inspires your writing?
Superstition or truth?
The old timers, where I grew up, will swear by the knowledge moss grows predominantly on the north side of a tree. In other areas of the world, this theory can be argued. Either way, knowing the signs that Mother Nature imparts on all who want to pay attention, may be a clue to finding your way.
Do you have a superstition that just might be a truth?
Author, Photographer, Lover of Life
The gift of writing comes from deep within where the words tumble freely from the heart. Unfortunately, sometimes, a comfort zone of genre and words becomes a stumbling block knocking our creativity up against a wall.
Step outside the box. Embrace a newness of how you write. If only for a short time, any or all of these ten tips may improve your writing.
Are you up for the challenge of trying something new?
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