Good morning! “Beauty is as Beauty Does!” An amazing gift exists for writers – while many in the world search for beauty externally – a writer’s beauty is internal. Our beauty has sustenance. We are very much in love with WORDS! We research words and are very selective in the words we choose. We spend a lot of time with our chosen words – sometimes we get very attached to our chosen words, even to the point that we need consultants to force us to ‘let go’ – really, the bond with our words is ridiculously deep! LOL (Ask any writer!) Why are we so attached to these words – because words are beautiful! Writers can find beauty in any word – from “A”; “the”; “being”; “knowing”; “audacious”; “hurt”; “hate”; “lure”; “deny”; “inspire”; “imagine”, “observe”…..this is just a sample of an infinite list of beautiful words. Writers embrace this endless list of beautiful words and let their imagination create amazing stories. Here’s a little insight into a writer’s beautiful mind — We are protective of our thoughts because we want to mold them in a manner to show you, our readers, who we are individually. When you read one of our pieces, you have been connected to a very intimate piece of our soul. This is what makes writers beautiful – our beauty comes from within – not externally. Because within our hearts and souls is an unbreakable bond with beautiful words. SEE the beauty in every writer you have connected with. When you FEEL one of our pieces – you have experienced our beauty! Oh, how our beauty exudes – when we are willing to SHARE our relationship with beautiful words. This special bond with words exudes beauty onto the pages of the pieces we share with you, our lovely readers. Please share with us…what is your favorite beautiful word?
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Good morning! Believe in your ideas! Self-doubt is powerful! I attended a writing workshop in which responses from the audience of writers broke my heart. Time-after-time hands were raised – requesting validation on their ideas ending with, “Is this ok?” The ideas they were sharing were AMAZING! I wanted to answer them, “The fact that YOU created that idea – makes it ‘okay’!” The seed of doubt landed in the minds of these avid writers and stole their confidence. Self-doubt caused them to second-guess their ability as a writer. I strongly believe that the validation they were requesting would likely not have been needed if their confidence was strong. Why is this observation important to us? Because this can happen to any of us, at any given time, if we allow the seed of doubt into our mind. Low self-esteem opens the door to self-doubt. Increased self-esteem is necessary for writers! The first step to increase self-esteem is to believe in yourself – believe in your writing ability – believe in the ideas YOU create. Take a moment to analyze what you are seeking validation for – let’s imagine we were in the same position as the workshop writers – Each idea generated to form the foundation for our story is creativity at work – We need to give ourself credit for our hard work. Affirm ourself. Affirmations are a great tool to increase self-esteem. Increased self-esteem builds confidence. Confident writers protect their creativity by rejecting self-doubt. Confident writers believe in their ideas.
Good evening! I observed a child, about thirteen years old, having a conversation with their grandmother in a bookstore. Grandmother was reviewing a book on a chosen topic – grandson said, “Grandma, you can “GOOGLE” that, so you don’t have to buy a book about it!” Grandmother responded, “Yes, I know that I can “GOOGLE” anything, but I want to look it up myself!” As a writer – when you want to learn about something – do you (a) ask “GOOGLE” – or – (b) take yourself to a library or book store – walk the aisle – study the title on the shelves – retrieve several titles on your topic from the shelf – compare the data gleaned from each source – choose the content that persuaded you most – borrow or purchase your chosen research tool – return home to conclude your manual research? Writers usually spend a lot of time researching, even small pieces, because we want to verify facts before we publish. Do you engage the librarians at your local library who have a wealth of knowledge? Do you dig deeply into the databases available at the library? We are very fortunate to have so many choices available to help us, as writers, complete our research on any topic.
Good evening! Have you ever watched kids play with a set of “LEGOs”? I have observed this multiple times and noticed how similar it is to the way writer’s work. Notice how a child looks in amazement at the bundle of “LEGOs” when they pour them from the container. They move the many pieces around carefully as they are very selective in which one they will choose to begin to build their very own masterpiece. Notice how often they take a small step back from their project to observe their progress before they add the final piece. Notice that one-of-a-kind smile that follows achievement and admiration of “work well done.” Compare those same steps to how we (writers) complete our projects. We, likewise, pour tons of word from the dictionary and stare at them in amazement. We, likewise, are very selective in which of those words we choose to include in our breathtaking story. We, likewise, step away from our story (to journal or free-write) to observe our progress – such as, are the scenes cohesive to complete the story. The results, likewise, generate a one-of-a-kind smile that reflects “work well done”. Let us continue learning from the innocent behavior of children that reap amazing results.
Good evening! Have you ever thought about the affect your own self-esteem has on your writing? How often do you measure your self-esteem? Self-esteem is a key element for writers for many reasons. I want to touch on just one of the reasons today – whatever level our (writers) self-esteem equals at the time we are writing our story – our characters stand a high chance of mirroring that level. This is why it is a good idea to measure our own self-esteem level before we dive into a story. We cannot expect our characters to perform at a level that we are not able to, can we? Imagine that you have completed a self-evaluation and rated your self-esteem as ‘high’ — that would equate to your confidence in your story being high as well as your confidence in your characters ability to perform in your story. However, if your measurement equates to ‘low’ — chances are high that you will be throwing away a lot of paper or deleting and re-writing a lot of scenes because you will not have the confidence in yourself, your characters or your story. There is good news in such a realization, if your self-esteem measures ‘low’ — this will be great motivation to put methods in action to increase your self-esteem to boost your own confidence which will have a domino effect — your confidence will build in your characters and your story as well.