Waking up early
Thick darkness greets thee
Quiet time invites
Hearing rain’s cascade
Rhythm bringing ease
Daylight holding back
Morning’s bliss shall please
Steaming toward light
Music in background
Thoughts wander, carefree
Life’s train now homebound
Arriving on time
Harvest of warm hearts
Life’s journey achieved
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.