Laughter and Encouragement in the Midst of the #Writing Journey

They say laughter is the best medicine.  The image below is a realistic yet humorous spin on the writing journey.

No matter whether the peaks and valleys occur while writing your amazing piece, don’t let it discourage you.  Ride the wave.  It just might be material for your next work. 😉 Continue reading “Laughter and Encouragement in the Midst of the #Writing Journey”

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#MotivationMonday: Don’t Give Up on Your #Dreams (Writer’s Edition)

Finding time to write in the midst of work, family, and household chores can be like oil and water.  They just never seem to meld sometimes.  But no matter how taxing or overwhelming it may seem, keep the dream alive.  Writing a paragraph a day is still progress and a step in the right direction.

Even if work/life balance isn’t the issue, hope of publishing may dwindle with each rejection letter or mounting critiques.  Turn the negative into a positive.  Just because there’s a “no” now, doesn’t mean there will never be a “yes”.  Take the experience as a learning lesson – not about writing, about patience.  Sometimes we want what we want now, when the better option could be later down the road.

This week’s infographic covers 20 writers who worked in industries quite different than what we’d expect.  It’s a great example to keep following our dreams.  How we start may contrast how we finish.  Hang in there!

100 #Word Quips to Make You #Laugh and Brighten Your Day

Everybody needs a good laugh every now and then.  And life with my husband can certainly provide the best medicine.  Below are my humorous accounts of such events.  Enjoy!

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Usually when my husband and I run errands, he drives.  But on this particular warm Saturday, he asked me to take the wheel.

As we cruised along, he complained about everything – the route I took, how fast I Continue reading “100 #Word Quips to Make You #Laugh and Brighten Your Day”

In Sickness and In Health: Sticking to #Writing #Goals No Matter What

What do you get when you cross body aches, sniffles, and chills with writing goals?  A fever for progress.  Ha!

The last month and a half has been a total blur.  Between the flu (along with my husband), increased workload, and visiting relatives and friends, time (and energy) to write has been at a minimium.  But even at my lowest point, an old trusted friend

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A #Writers Prayer

Amen!

But I Smile Anyway...

Browsing through my reader, as I do every morning, I came across this post by Lucy Mitchell, aka. Blonde Write More. (Have you been to her blog? If you haven’t, get your ass over there, she is tooo funny!)

Well, today she was talking about the Writer’s Prayer, and what you could be saying to Him Up There in your nightly prayers.

Inspiration hit me and this was the prayer I left in her comments, inspired by the Lords Prayer . (It’s ingrained in my head, despite being Sikh, not Christian, as I went to a Heart of England Church school so we recited this every day in assembly…!)

The Writer’s Prayer

Our father, My art is writing
I want literary fame
Let inspiration come
And this first draft be done
In my head, as well as on paper
Let me reach, today, my daily word count
And forgive my…

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The Green-Eyed Monster: How to Squash Envy by Finding #Hope and #Happiness in Others’ #Success

As much as we hate to admit it, we’ve all been jealous a time or two when friends, relatives, or complete strangers acquire or achieve something we most desire. Envy can turn into disappointment or rage, especially if we’ve worked long and hard (with little or no results) while the other party triumphs quickly with little effort.  It can be difficult to smile and congratulate someone else knowing deep down we wish it was us.

But it can be us!

At the age of eighteen, I worked my first grown-up job. Among a group of ten or twelve office workers, one older lady stood out to me.   She didn’t say much.  But when she did, it was brief and profound.

One of my co-workers didn’t receive the promotion she’d hoped.  Disappointment is an understatement for her reaction to the news.  But, the older lady told her, Continue reading “The Green-Eyed Monster: How to Squash Envy by Finding #Hope and #Happiness in Others’ #Success”