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Airports Are For Writers

Good evening! Recently I took along a book, that I thought I would read, while visiting the airport – I never opened the book! I am not sure if any writer can ignore such an opportunity to be surrounded with ideas for stories in the continuous activity that abounds at the airport. The airport is a great place to build character profiles also. There are many people from multiple generations – children young enough to be strapped to their parents – to little toddlers – to elementary, middle school, high school, and college students – to brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, mothers, fathers, and grandparents. Some flying solo and some flying in groups. I drifted back to memories of a time when airports were a fun place to visit. I have fond memories of spending quality time with my grandfather at our local airport many Sundays –  sharing a meal in the restaurant and then standing close enough to the runway to watch the planes lift and land. If geography is an area that has you stuck in your story – why not try visiting an airport near your home – find a spot near the schedule board to open your writer’s book and spend a few hours observing the different locations appearing on the board. Notate any other observations that interest you. There is no doubt in my mind that you will leave with your geographic details resolved – along with a few other ideas to add to your story as your creativity gets stirred. When was the last time you visited your local airport with your writer’s book open?

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Writer Learns Process to Increase Word Count

Good evening! I am curious – what is your thought process before you begin a writing episode? I have learned that the answer to this question has a huge impact on word count results. When my thought process is an inspirational observation or memory – I produce a higher word count than when my thought process goes something like this – “I must write s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g today!” I use to have many days like that – they mostly resulted in low word count! After I began allowing observations to inspire my writing – I benefited with increased word count! I do not deny that I still have rare days that I default back to the above thought process – thankfully, very rare! This thought process can change many times throughout the day – have you ever reviewed a few pages and thought, “What was I thinking when I wrote that?” When I get sleepy and I, unwisely, finish a piece in progress – I get the pleasure of  humoring myself with the results – because the words that drift onto my pages during a sleepy phase is subconscious thoughts – producing similar results as those that attempt to read my thoughts when I write with my smartphone or word processing program on auto-type mode — I giggle and think, “That is not what I meant to say!” Lol. Of course, I spend more time editing those pieces than I do when I write clear pages from my inspirational observations.

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Writer Shares Exercise To Increase Authenticity

Good evening! Today I was inspired by an observation of a few people attempting to match themselves to a fictional character…some chose characters in a movie, others chose a cartoon character, one choose a picture of an item they enjoy. I found this to be very intriguing. The writer in me wanted to dig deeper and question each for more details that led to their choice. I label this observance as a lesson in self-efficacy (your perception of yourself). This always happens in my observation of people I happen to know — the person they see themselves to be does not match the person they are displaying to the world — they are experiencing dissonance (a deep disconnect) — the sad part of such  an observation is that they have not realized it yet – the reason this is sad is because realization precedes change – the type of realization that comes over your body when your internal light bulb shifts to “ON!” –  Such observations are great for my writing because I gain another great opportunity to discuss authenticity. I love this topic! Allow me to share another great lesson that my wise and wonderful grandmother taught me at a very young age about “being true to myself”. She encouraged me to carve time, at the end of each day, to stare at myself in the mirror (No, not for the sake of vanity.) to perform an exercise in silence and connection. The connection was to my soul – the test was, in my grandmother’s words, “If, when you look in the mirror at the end of the day, you can recognize yourself – you were true to yourself throughout the day! However, if you cannot recognize the person staring back at you – you ‘allowed’ someone or something to distract you from being true to yourself.” — I have practiced this exercise as far back as my memory will take me — my grandmother’s word have proven to be true for many years. Please feel free to utilize this wise lesson to connect with your own soul at the end of each day. I cannot say it enough….the better you know yourself — the more you practice being authentic – you will surely reap the benefit of becoming a stronger writer.

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Writer Inspired By Increased Communication Methods

Good evening! Today, my writing is inspired by my observation of how family communication has shifted from pre-internet era and how this shift has affected our current family dynamics in my writing content. Webster defines connect as – “1 to join, link, or fasten together, unite or bind. 2 to establish communication between”. I want to dissect this definition and focus on the verb – communicate – “1 to impart knowledge of; make known 2 to give to another.” Keeping these terms in mind, let us examine the communication methods we used prior to the onset of the social aspect of the internet. We used landline telephones and face-to-face visits. These methods of communication allowed us to use our sense of touch, sight, and sound when we engaged with each other, all of which lead to forming a special bond. Fast forward to the introduction of social media on the internet and smart phones – increasing our communication options tremendously.  I have noticed that the stronger bonds tend to still utilize the communication methods that incorporate the sense of touch – which the internet has yet to replace – while also utilizing all of these new tools. The discovery of this shift has allowed me to increase my dialogue skills.  I can assist my characters attempt to communicate with their family via many more channels now, which truly enriches their dialogue. This knowledge also lends weight to my writing ability to differentiate the depth of the connections. Yes, I do recognize that many people, including myself, since the growth of social networking, are in constant debate over the pros and cons of which form of communication is richer. It is clear that this heated debate will continue for many years to come. In the meantime, current issues are always great subject matter to weave into my stories – thus, enriching my writing content. Family dynamics is an issue that is important both on and off the pages. Most matters related to family inspire me – I dared not allow this observation to slip past my writer’s eye.

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Observation Improves Writer’s Skills

Good evening! I was reminded today of an observation I made in the fall. A few teenagers were talking and one of them shared with the group, “I really like my mom!” This was a wonderful observation, to me, because she was speaking compassionately about her relationship with her mother without any concerns of how her peers would react…she continued her conversation, elaborating on why she liked her mom and expressed many positive attributes she admired in her mom. I understand why someone might say, “What’s the big deal about a kid saying something nice about their parent?” But, I have had a great opportunity to spend many years with a lot of teenagers, thus, allowing me to observed many of their verbal exchanges – I was able to make a fair comparison — many teens try to avoid their parents at this stage of their life, especially when they are with peers– not her – she was unique and courageous in sharing her feelings. Any parent would have been proud to learn that their child, willingly, shared such positive comments with her friends about them.  I learned a great lesson from my observation that I was able to apply immediately to my writing. The lesson that was most beneficial – was how I learned a lot about her mother without needing to meet her because she described her so well in her expression. After this observation, I applied what I learned from this brave and compassionate child toward my character profiles. I added depth to my descriptions to help my readers get to know more about my characters. My goal is to increase the chance for my reader to bond with my characters.

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