Friday, October 23, 2009
A Few Shout-Outs
I’ve been reminded about the beauty of friendship
and how it can really encourage and motivate you. Excuse me a minute while I get a little personal:
· Stacy- It was great to catch up with you yesterday. I truly miss regular interaction
with you. Thanks for putting my name and Word’s Worth’s name out there for the masses to see.
Nicole- Lunch was truly motivating.
Thanks for sharing your NaNoWriMo spreadsheet and giving me the chance to do what I love in the middle of a hectic day.
Jey-Thanks for taking our idea and
running with it. Sorry I couldn’t finish the script, but I’m sure you did a great job with it. Can’t wait
to read it.
· Darrell-Thanks for spreading the word about the Writing and Food-Wine and Cheese event. I appreciate your
support of my efforts!
· Katrina-Thanks for sharing in the load of things to do. A simple thing like picking up cups was really a relief
to me. I look forward to continuing to work with you.
Sorry for the little personal aside from
me, but it had to be said. The point? Surround yourself with good people and when the week is rough, like mine has been, they
will keep you going. Whether it’s a small errand, a motivating talk, picking up some slack, or singing your praises,
you friends will always have your back and keep you going…and writing.
Phone a Friend,
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Short Term Memory Boost
I had the best idea for a story the other day, it happens
to me occasionally. Then, somehow in the hustle and bustle of the day, I let it get away. I find it quite frustrating when
There is an easy fix for this, steal a few minutes to write it down. If you're in a rush,
scribble it on a post-it note, receipt, or a napkin. Dedicate a page in your journal for an idea collection, for
those times when ideas are hard to come by.
Write it Down,
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Good, the Bad, and the Good
I was talking to a student of mine about a recent rejection
they received. I was as surprised as they were, it seemed like a winner to me as well. Bottom line: Rejection comes when we least expect it and it's always a little hard
to take no matter how good we think a piece is.
Whether you have aspirations of getting published
or just write for fun or are even just starting to explore writing, be prepared. There are bad writing days ahead.
Sometimes it's hard to get motivated, other days the words won't come, and then there are times when you won't like
anything you write.
As long as you know there are tough days ahead, you can take advantage
and make the most of the good days. Besides, the good days will always outnumber the bad.
Go for the Good!
It's the National Day on Writing! Been looking for a reason
to write, well you've got it. Find a few minutes today and put down on paper what you've been wanting to say: maybe it's a
letter to a friend, a recipe you've been wanting to pass on, or the start to a story that's been bouncing around in your
Need more inspiration? Click here to see what others say about the practice of writing.
C'mon...what are you waiting for?
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday State of Panic
It’s been a great weekend, so far, but now that it’s
nearing mid-day Sunday and I’m starting to panic a bit. It happens often in the teaching field. We’re so ready
to shed the responsibilities on Friday that when 4 o’clock Sunday rolls around we end up thinking…oh no…I
have school tomorrow!
It has been on my mind all day that I need to get this writing
prompt out to my subscribers and I definitely didn’t want to shirk this responsibility. While it all didn’t happen
at the time and the way I wanted it to, it’s still getting done and that’s the important part.
Simple lesson: Don’t let your writing goals go, even when you’re going. Remember what you want to do on a
daily basis and get it done. Now gotta go and get ready for tomorrow!