Writer’s Notebook Revisited

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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.

 

Writer’s Notebook

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Today, I am pausing to reflect on my writing journey.  Perhaps it is the teacher in me that wants to share these thoughts.  I am definitely a “rookie” when it comes to writing, but I feel energized each day with my writing, which never seems to be a chore.

These points are written in no particular order.  Just call them ramblings of a curious writer, who is enjoying his retirement while finding a new passion to fill some of his time.

  • Find a way to discover your inspiration to write.  For me, my morning walks seem to create a whirl of new ideas and interesting thoughts.
  • Establish a habit of writing frequently.  Many accomplished writers have said this in what I have read.  From my days of teaching fundamentals as a basketball coach, I understand and appreciate the use of repetition, repetition, repetition. Now translated into write, write, write.
  • Don’t worry about perfection.  Your first draft is an excellent beginning, but you should never fuss about what an initial start looks like.
  • Appreciate any feedback that you receive about your writing.  Draw encouragement from others who may follow, comment, or like your creation.
  • Perhaps this point should be at the top of the list.  Enjoy what you do.  Have FUN!!