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Calendar Choice Exudes Inspiration To Write Daily in 2016

Good afternoon! “If it’s not broken – don’t fix it!” My calendar choice last year worked PERFECTLY! I am sticking with it for 2016! I felt so inspired by last year’s post that I decided to share it again this year – I updated content for 2016…Enjoy! One of Webster’s definitions for inspiration is “any stimulus to creative thought or action.” Daily, I intentionally observe my surroundings and search for a spark of inspiration to ignite my daily writing episode. My calendar brings me a special dose of inspiration. Therefore, when I set out to choose which calendar I will select to track my year’s journey, I examine the external design for inspiration; sometimes just a beautiful color with simple text of “2016 Planner” inspires me. I open the cover and feel the texture of the pages, as quality paper inspire me to write. Page layout is key to my choice, a weekly format allows me to include daily writing activity in my schedule. Maps, factual data on information that is important to me, quotes, and fonts are the other key elements that lead to my final decision. I selected a deep red, “Barnes & Noble 2016 Desk Diary”, it is a “Literary Datebook” that will keep me inspired each day as I write; it is full of Illustrations of famous authors, short essays, full-color world maps, and a literary quiz all in beautiful fonts and designed in a well-executed layout on each page. Each day I write, I add my word count to my calendar. At the end of the week, I analyze my weekly writing productivity. (Sidebar: This is my personal motivation to work really hard every day to write as many words that will flow – to reward myself when I accomplish excellent results at the end of the week.) Thus, this is the reason that I invest an extensive amount of time into my calendar selection…because it serves as a key tool to inspire me to write daily. Please share with me how you made your final decision to purchase your 2016 calendar…and how it will inspire you to write daily in 2016?

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Writing Inspiration Abounds

Good evening! A visit to the market was rewarded with an observation of someone having an interesting conversation on their cell phone. We crossed paths multiple times in different aisles – it was too interesting, and public, to not observe. Here goes the side I could hear, “I am afraid they will say, “Yeah, they look good on paper!” But…” Upon passing them five minutes later in another aisle, “…let them know that I need a position that fits me and not just my resume’.” Isn’t this observation a great writing prompt! I love it when I stumble upon such observations! What’s even more beneficial to me, as a writer, is that this person displayed body language and tone that allowed me to imagine how the other side of the conversation may be displayed. Yes, this is how I spend my days – taking in every sight and sound – analyzing each for a dose of writing inspiration. Where do you find inspiration to write? Do you find it while reading a book? While listening to a certain genre of music? Outdoors? Indoors? I find it to be amazing – the amount of inspiration that surrounds us in a daily walk through life — observations just waiting for a writer to wander along and bring them to life in their pages.  

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Inspiration to Revisit Unfinished Stories

Good evening! How many unfinished writing pieces are pending in your file cabinet? Would you not agree that each piece you write teaches you something about yourself? Do you remember how much courage it took just to begin a story — you did it! Then you found yourself in the middle of your story, which, surely, felt gratifying….unfortunately, something kept you from moving forward and granted you permission to shelf your story. Today, I encourage you to pull any unfinished piece from your file cabinet to revisit this week. As a writer, you enjoy reading, right?  Perhaps you also enjoy talking about the books you read — let’s imagine the that you attended your book discussion club and learned something new from one of the members about the very book that you had just read to prepare for the discussion and thought you knew everything about the book from cover-to-cover. You find yourself stumped when one of the members shared a powerful point from the book,  which you, somehow, missed during your reading — this moves you to present a question to the group, “I don’t remember reading that part – are we talking about the same book?” The members respond in unison, “Yes, it is…turn to page 132.” Upon arriving at the printed proof you missed, you begin to question yourself, “I wonder what else I missed in this book?” When you return home, you re-read the book with a fresh lens and find all the hidden treasures that were revealed at your book club’s discussion. Allow yourself to experience this same scenario with your unfinished pages. Revisit your words — see them through a set of refreshed lens and observe how your own retired words can help you realize what stopped you from finishing and motivate you to cross the finish line with your polished story.  Do yourself a favor – just try it! The worst that can happen is that your story returns to the unfinished folder in your file cabinet. I am hopeful that you will, instead, be inspired to complete many of your stories.

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Writing Success Begins With a Winning Support Team

Good evening! I am a big football fan — so with a big game on tonight – my mind has been on football all day! There is so much inspiration in this sport.  I have many fun childhood memories about football. I really enjoy watching fans show team spirit by donning creative shirts, hats, and scarves. How does football connect to writing daily…you may be asking. The inspiration I am gleaning from football, is how members of a team support each other, and s-o-m-e-t-i-m–e-s, support the opposing side.  For instance, one of my favorite parts in a game, is when one of the members of either team takes a tough hit – the field is silent – the stands are silent — when the player rises UNINJURED the supportive roaring from both sides fills the stadium — the support extends on the field as the guys, on both sides, are bumping fists in support of the ‘sigh of relief’ that all are grateful that the player was NOT injured — an expression of true compassion! Here’s where we connect the dots – to writing — surround yourself with a team that will support your daily word count — a team that will  will encourage you to sit in that chair and get your words done every day and encourage you to increase your word count daily.  Keep in mind that a true friend (team) is one who wants you to succeed – just like fans want their team to win! So – go play ball!! — ooops, I meant — go write!!

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Blank Pages Inspire Individual Creativity to Write Daily

Good evening! Do you know how inspirational the ‘blank page’ can be? I view the ‘blank page’ as an open invitation to release my creativity.  When I see a blank page — my internal creative antenna goes on alert and kicks into high gear.  I see space that allows me to release ideas, and character profiles. I see a home for factual data that I have gleaned from extensive research. I see fonts dancing so graciously to form beautiful words.  I see sentences engaging in conversation, having intellectually stimulating conversations while forming great stories to be read – and re-read — through the years.  Surely, as a writer, you have experienced many days when you have ideas dancing around in your head, just waiting to leap out onto a blank page. You spend the day rubbing your temples because you know that if you do not find a blank page, you are going to “s-c-r-e-a-m” because all of your characters and facts are yelling – “Let me outta here!”  The moment you arrive at the blank page, your fingers are tingling with excitement the closer they get to the keyboard. When your body is sending these messages, you know, as a writer, it is going to be an excellent writing day – you smile and “let your fingers do the typing” rapidly across the pages — as you free the words that have been demanding to be released from your mind all day — and you reap the benefit with a high word count for the day which, no doubt, edges closer to the end of another fascinating story.  When I cannot get access to my writer’s notebook or laptop, I use sticky notes as ‘blank pages’…tell me what ‘blank pages’ inspire you?

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Journaling Resolves Character Conflict In Daily Writing

Good evening! Journaling is a great exercise for many writers. When I journal, I feel like I am entering the safety of an emotional cocoon, which allows me to shut off all my filters, and knock down all my defensive walls — leaving pure, honest, and raw words to flow across the pages of my journal. When I arrive at the end of my journal entry, I am always amazed at the results of allowing myself to be vulnerable to what my true emotions reveal to me through the journaling process. Have you ever had one of those writing days of attempting to complete a scene — and it feels as though you (author) and your character are in direct conflict — which results in your deleting and rewriting the scene’ over-and-over’ again, as you (author) face difficulty in identifying what the conflict is? This is a perfect time to take a ‘journal break’; if you are willing to allow yourself to be exposed emotionally, then you may be able to reveal what the conflict is by the end of your journal exercise. Identifying the conflict will bring you much inspiration and encouragement to revisit the scene, resolve the conflict and watch your character perform with excellence as the scene unfolds. I invite all of you amazing writers to challenge yourself to such a journal exercise on a regular basis and observe how much inspiration it brings to your daily writing. Tell me how you recently resolved a character conflict?

 

 

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Calendar Choice Exudes Inspiration To Write Daily

Good evening! One of Webster’s definitions for inspiration is “any stimulus to creative thought or action.” Daily, I intentionally observe my surroundings and search for a spark of inspiration to ignite my daily writing episode. My calendar brings me a special dose of inspiration. Therefore, when I set out to choose which calendar I will select to track my year’s journey, I examine the external design for inspiration; sometimes just a beautiful color with simple text of “2015 Planner” inspires me. I open the cover and feel the texture of the pages, as quality paper inspire me to write. Page layout is key to my choice, a weekly format allows me to include daily writing activity in my schedule. Maps, factual data on information that is important to me, quotes, and fonts are the other key elements that lead to my final decision. I selected a deep red, “Barnes & Noble 2015 Desk Diary”, it is a “Literary Datebook” that will keep me inspired each day as I write; it is full of Illustrations of famous authors, short essays, full-color world maps, and a literary quiz all in beautiful fonts and designed in a well-executed layout on each page. Each day I write, I add my word count to my calendar. At the end of the week, I analyze my weekly writing productivity. (Sidebar: This is my personal motivation to work really hard every day to write as many words that will flow – to reward myself when I accomplish excellent results at the end of the week.) Thus, this is the reason that I invest an extensive amount of time into my calendar selection…because it serves as a key tool to inspire me to write daily. Please share with me how you made your final decision to purchase your 2015 calendar…and how it will inspire you to write in 2015?

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