Breathe, Cry, Sing and Write…Is Your Heart In It?

Breathe, cry, sing and write…is your heart in your writing process?  When you write a great piece, all of this comes through in your writing…the emotion.

Have you ever read a great book and the words just bring all of these emotions together?  One minute your can’t breathe and the tears are falling, and the next you’re singing some great love song.  I love romances, and what better romance can you have in your stories than with your words, no matter what type of story it is.  When you’re in the element of writing, your heart and soul comes through, even in a scientific study.

You don’t believe this?  A great study will keep you tied to the page and you can’t look away.  It’s just so fascinating that you want to learn all you can about it.  This actually happened to me yesterday.  I was reading a study about polyphenols in foods, and the results they have on your overall health.  This doesn’t sound like much of a read, but I was glued to the page because of this doctor’s overall excitement about what he had discovered.  You could tell that he had put a lot of heart into his research, and his enthusiasm came through.  These are the types of things that keep readers coming back, your heart and emotion in the read.

Not everything is hearts and roses, and not everyone wants that.  However, whatever you’re writing, put some emotion into it, whether it’s a drama, romance, mystery or a scientific study.  We want to see you in it, as well as your perspective.

(Yes, this video is older, but it aligns with my point, and I like it.)

How do you get your heart into your writing?

  1.  Write about something your love.
  2.  Read something you love.
  3.  Learn about something you love.
  4.  Try reading some poetry (maybe this is only for me).
  5.  Listen to music as you write.
  6.  Doodle as you write.
  7.  Start writing and keep writing until you get into the flow. And if your topic is a report that you’re not really interested in, then find something in it that you love, and find a different way to look at it.  Then put your heart in it.

The quote in the picture above inspired today’s post.  I loved it, and then found the great picture.

We all love those heart felt moments.  No matter which form they come in.  Find yours.

Have a great day!

Sincerely, BG

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What Do Your Habits Say About You?

When looking at your daily habits, what do they say about you?  Are you hard-working and getting things accomplished?  Do your habits need some tweaking, or are you procrastinating too much?  There is usually a tell-tale sign.

I’ve had ups and downs with these “to do” lists myself.

In life lists are common. We make laundry lists, grocery lists, budgets, schedules, and we should also make lists for our goals.

When our children were small, we tried to implement this habit with them.  We gave them small notepads, and told them they could choose what they wanted, but they had to write and complete at least three goals a day.  They didn’t always like it, but they did do them.  The bad part is, we failed to keeping it going.

As you see in the picture above, the “make up, coffee, and the rest” list will likely guarantee your failure.  It is not specific enough.  Sit down and write out what you really need to do, and continue working on these daily habits to get them to stick.

Start with a few goals and then build upon them.  Three is a good amount to start with.  Other high-energy people will list ten or more goals to do each day.  But, start small and grow your habits.  Persistence is the key.  Make as many goals as you know you will stick with.  To get a clear vision, make a spread sheet of where you are, and where you want to go.  This is also helpful.  You can find more options here.

No matter where you start, write your goals out to develop your habits, and then readjust to fit your needs.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

—Zig Ziglar

Habits are important for success.  Let’s work on writing our goals today.

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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Are You a Caterpillar or Butterfly?

Are you a caterpillar who wants to fly?

Some days in life things go slow like we’re treading water, and other days we get to a place where we think we’re there.

We’ve arrived!  Yay…we’re here!

And then we realize we’re just looking at the other side of the cocoon we’re trapped in, with one wing out and our feet stuck to the bottom.

We haven’t arrived yet, and we fight against the odds to prove ourselves ready.  There’s nothing wrong with getting out there.  We have to learn the territory and the flight pattern.  And sometimes, we have to tweak our plans.

Some of us grow faster than others.  Some of us have more to learn than others.  Some of us need confidence to fly.  Some of us need pushed out of the cocoon, and some of us need to get above the clouds to get a clear view of what lies ahead.

However, while we’re growing, are we enjoying the journey?  Do we realize that growth is a necessary part to our dreams? Are we learning from our mistakes?

If you’re wondering where this came from today, I have a couple of things to throw out there.

  1.  I was looking at part of this children’s poem I wrote a few years ago.
  2. My daughter was telling me about a conversation she had with a girl in one of her groups.

My daughter posted that it took her six years to make director in her company when others made director sooner.  A girl in her group sent her a message stating that she was getting discouraged, and wanted to know how my daughter got her mindset.

The determining factor:

She decided that no matter how long it took her to make director, she was going to get there.  With the many ups and downs of team members joining, and leaving, over these six years, she is committed to her dream.  And now she is in the next stage of her journey.

Commitment is necessary!

One day you will fly, is you stay committed and keep pursuing your dream!

Have a good day!

Sincerely, BG

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Using Doodle Art for Writing Inspiration

Using doodle art for writing inspiration was something that I had to try today. Some days you want a little extra “oomph” to get the words flowing, so I decided to explore doodle art.  Now, let me confess to you that I am not an artist.  I’m telling the truth, as you will soon see.

Since about age ten I knew that I wanted to write, and I have written off and on for many years.  Art however, that’s another matter.  Being the kid in Art class whose friends would look at me and say, “Nice try; just keep at it,” was not always fun.  And no matter how hard it was, my attempts to transfer what was in front of me to paper, did not work.

My friend, Cathy, is so into her art passion that it’s great to see how she can take those abstract thoughts, and ideas, and create magic on paper.   Studies show that art, music, and exercise can clear your head and get the endorphin pumping, and inspiration flowing.

“We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe” -Ray Bradbury

This quote from Ray Bradbury is a great way to feel when reading poetry, listening to music, or looking at art.  You can see or hear something so beautiful that it takes your breath away.

That’s what I want…breath-taking work, and to give a little humor and insight.  (This is the humor part.)

It’s always worth it to work at art, listen to music, or even exercise, to get to that place where you want to go.

After watching a couple of videos on Doodle art and other art projects, I decided I would give it a try.  I own up to the fact that I still can’t draw, or doodle, a lick… but I’m not giving up.  These practices are now in my arsenal to inspire more words and more creativity.    You can try it to do the same.

Now that you see, how sad my ability is, I will confirm again, that I am not giving up.  Art, music, and exercise are inspirations that we don’t want to miss out on.

Click here on this Doodle art link  and explore 5 different ways to help you with your art.

Why don’t you give it a try, and let me know how you’ve done.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely, BG

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The Creative Arts- Healing Therapy

Guest Post by Monna Ellithorpe ©2017

It doesn’t matter what branch of the Creative Arts you’re interested in; what matters is that you use your chosen art form to improve your health, especially if you are suffering from grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks or even illnesses such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or other forms of illness that affect your body and your quality of life.

There are many times in life that each of us have to deal with events and situations and while I realize not everyone reacts to life events or illnesses in the same way or can be distracted in the same way; but there does come a time that you can take the controls and try on your own to create a “Happy Place” and a new mindset for yourself. (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and I don’t have any kind of degrees, I only share what works for me).

My chosen saving action for myself is writing. No matter what I’ve done or have tried to do, I’ve always come back to writing. This may also happen for you if painting, drawing, singing, dancing, photography, cooking, music, reading, puzzles, coloring or walking interests you. There are many other of the arts that I haven’t named but the suggestions I give you will be based on writing which is what I use to go to “My Happy Place.”

Use any of your interests to help heal what you are experiencing in life. Now, I’m not telling anyone to stop medications or anything else that a doctor has recommended to you. I’m merely suggesting other forms of distraction.

We are living in such stressful times right now and on the upside of this, we have never had the opportunities that we have now to be and do almost anything you want.

You want to learn to paint? Go to YouTube, Udemy or search Google for painting lessons or classes. You will find both free and courses to pay for but most are priced at reasonable amounts that almost anyone can afford.

Take this approach and search for any form of Creative Arts that you want to learn and work with. Don’t limit yourself to the small list that I gave you above. There are so many things you can learn.

You are welcome to join us in our Facebook Group Create Yourself Through Writing https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateYourselfThroughWriting

We are working to create more activity in the group, little by little. I know so many people are so very busy but think of our group as your “Happy Place” and share your dreams with us.

Monna Ellithorpe ©2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing Therapy: Methods to Knowing Who We Are and How to Live Well In Our Own Skin

Using words  in writing to entertain, tell narratives, uplift, educate, and delight are just one side of the silver coin; there is however another aspect of writing… “therapy.”  Writing to analyze thoughts, coordinate plans, and for thinking through deep concerns helps us to better know who we are and how to live well in our own skin.

This form of writing can help us process thoughts and find out “the who, what, when, where and how” of our concerns.

  1.  Who am I, and/or who do I aim to be?
  2.  What is the concern I’m dealing with?
  3.  When does/did this concern happen?
  4.  Where did I first notice it?
  5.  Why did it happen?
  6.  How am I going to work on the problem?

Asking ourselves these questions and then using writing therapy to work through our answers will help us to see any patterns that pop up.  At this point we can take measures to tweak or change those things needed for us to grow, and know ourselves better.  Read this article for more steps and practices: Psychology Today.

Most of us have a blind side.   And to our surprise when someone points it out to us, the options of changing this “something” through the writing therapy process are greater.  Using this practice gives us the ability to choose what to change, learn to accept who we are, and how to live well in our own skin.  Others may not like the changes they see, but it’s not about them.  This is our journey.  That’s not to say that we shouldn’t take wise council…but ultimately it is up to us.

Observing ourselves through practices in writing is good.

Introspection is good.  As William Godwin quotes:

“The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”

-William Godwin

Developing a sense of self-confidence in ourselves, and what we are about, will benefit us, as well as others.  We have a better sense of who we are, and the direction we want to take in life, and in our writing careers.  It also shines a spotlight on the paths we have to choose from.  Writing therapy may seem simple, but this method can help us.

As children we learned kindness and compassion for others.  We also need kindness and compassion for ourselves.  When we are our best selves, then we can give the best of ourselves to others, in writing and in life.  Writing therapy helps you carry this out.  Here’s to us all finding the skin we love and living well in it.

 

Sincerely, BG

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Word Appeal- What Do Your Words Say?


Writing is about putting your thoughts on paper, arranged in a way to create word appeal for readers. Not only do writers long to create beauty, open minds and eyes, but they also want to say, “I care.  How can I help?”  What do your words say?

Like a jig saw puzzle, we work to find ways to inspire, and persuade with word appeal to help better inform, or create a joyous read for the reader.  There are many ways to go about this depending on your style and what you love to write about.

Review what you have written to find your style.  Practice writing phrases or words that move you, so that you can learn to move the reader.  Read daily. Write daily.  Don’t hesitate to cut words. Concise is best. (Subscribe on the left and grab 7 Tips to Writing Your Story.)

My brother has this awesome quote that I love, and the brilliance of it is that it came out of a casual conversation.

He didn’t think much of it because that’s how he thinks and talks, but to me it was monumental.  This one conversation completely changed how I viewed words.

It was fine with him for me to use this quote because he cares and shares.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”  -Zig Ziglar

Now the issue is to figure out how to group these words together not only to make them coherent, but to make them appealing and helpful to others. That is the process, taking each piece of the word puzzle, turning them, putting one or two back in the box, and finding the perfect spot to place the perfect word.

Sometimes, I review old blog posts, and passages in books and think, Maybe I could have said this better this way.  It’s part of the  process of  writing and tweaking to get your word appeal right.  And even if it’s not quite right the first time… write it, leave it sit and come back to it.  You can always improve it later. Sitting on your hands waiting for perfection is not likely to happen soon. Developing writing skills takes time.  Every day you grow a little more, you know a little more, and doing your best is the final outcome.  So, with every drip, drip of your word paintbrush… start your masterpiece.  One word upon another is just a couple of drops…but eventually, it might become a field of flowers.  Find an effective way to create word appeal to show you care.

And, always be you.

Sincerely, BG

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