Today, I am pausing once again to reflect upon my writing journey. While I have developed a routine to my writing, I am still working to always refine my craft, just as I did when I was teaching in the classroom for 40 years.
- Create a writing atmosphere. Find a time to write that is “your” time. For me, my best creative moments are early in the morning (yes, I am a morning person). I feel comfortable and free to write with quietness and coffee before the sun comes up.
- There are times when we feel empty about what to write. Read, read, and read! My mind sometimes discovers a thought or an idea after reading from a newspaper, magazine, book, or something else. Even a film or television show may send you a thought to write about.
- Keep your batteries recharged. Do something that you truly enjoy—but away from writing. We all need a break in order to maintain some sort of balance in our lives.
- Sometimes, try new things in your writing. Tap into your inner self. I started out with basic poetry, which is still my favorite place to be, but I’ve challenged myself to write pieces outside of my comfort zone. Experiment, be a risk taker!
- You are unique. Develop and craft your individual style of writing.
To read the first installment of the “Writer’s Notebook,” go to Notebook.