The Lonely Endeavor By E.M. Youman

This is so true. Until you begin the journey to write, you really have no idea what is involved to create the final product of a story. And each one of us needs to find what works best for our creative process. Someone else might need to write with music blaring in the background. What works best for you? Personally I do best with playing classical music while I write. It seems to keep my critical internal editor preoccupied.

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You’ve probably heard the saying that writing is a lonely endeavor. You put butt in chair and spend hours writing. At least that’s the way it is for me. Would you like to know what my writing environment is like? First off, the door has to be closed. Even if I’m at the house by myself. Don’t ask me why. A sliver of the window open, but if the wind or cars passing get too loud, shut that baby. My muse demands complete silence.

But another mantra that we always hear is that the art of writing is in the rewriting. After practicing for the last three years I can finally say I am beginning to understand what that entails. Rewriting is a combination of feedback and the dirty E for editing.


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Writing Motivation from the Seasons

Author: Judy Schattner

Every writer comes to a point where the experience writer’s block. Getting through writer’s block is a matter of finding something to motivate you. You also have to shrug off the conventional ideas of how to write so that you can let your creativity flow. With the right combination of motivation and creativity, you can breeze through your writer’s block and start creating amazing pieces.

The Seasons

The changing seasons have been drawn upon many times for motivation in writing all types of pieces, from songs to poems to novels. There is a lot you can draw upon when you use the seasons as your motivation. All you need to do is open your eyes and take in the changes around you.

Spring is a time of birth and rejuvenation. From Spring you can draw upon the colorful array of flowers blooming in your garden, the sounds of the newborn animals playing and the fresh smell after a rain fall. There is plenty of motivation that you can draw from the Spring.

Summer is all about fun and sun. This season brings to mind the smell of campfires, the taste of an ice cold beverage on a hot day and the sounds of children splashing in the pool. Summer is a great motivation to write something fun and exciting.

Fall is a time of change. It is characterized by beautiful colors and the slight turn in the weather to colder temperatures. Fall is full of tasty treats and stunning, bright colors. It is usually associated with Halloween and the scary atmosphere of the holiday. It is the perfect setting for stories of change and tails of a spooky nature.

Winter is seen as the ending of the seasons. It is highlighted by crisp, white snow fall, warm fires and cozy sweaters. Winter is also a time of fun in the snow with sledding and snowball fights. Winter sets a scene that can be anything from the cheer of Christmas to the confinement of a snow storm.

When using the seasons as motivation, you need to look at the season from multiple points of view. Take in all the ways the seasons effects your senses. Try to look beyond what you normally think about the season and let yourself get creative.

Letting Creativity Soar

Once you have found a season to motivate you, it is important to not get stuck again by writing rules. You should allow yourself to just be free. Write whatever you feel without editing. You need to just let your creative thoughts flow. Do not worry about style, spelling or any rules. This makes for a great starting point where you can just get your ideas on paper.

Once you are finished you can begin to work with the ideas and develop your piece from that. This will allow you to get the ideas out there and help you to overcome the writer’s block.

Using the seasons will allow you to draw upon familiar motivation. You can walk outside and take it all in, no matter what time of year it is. You always have this motivation at hand.

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About the Author

Judy Schattner has been working as a Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, and Relaxation Specialist for over 30 years. Judy Schattner provides Counseling Services,Hypnosis Treatment and also owns a Meditation Center in Raleigh NC.

Hello from Gianna

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Hello to everyone on the blogosphere! I’m new here and wanted to take a moment to greet you. *waves*

My name is Gianna Leighton. I’m a wife and mother who likes to explore fascinating worlds through stories. For the last two years I’ve been honing my writerly skills with the help of other writer friends. The writing journey has been frustrating at times, but also fun and exciting.

Just this year I was asked to join a group of ladies to write a short story for an anthology, Bowman’s Inn Book One Winter, that will be released December 21, 2014.

My story is Heels of Desire and is about Sam McCann who has an unusual obsession with shoes. In particular, heels and boots and how they’d look on women passing by. His passion for shoes has helped him build a thriving shoe shop, but it’s also why his love life is less than stellar.

The anthology is a mix of erotic to sweet stories. It’s been a great experience working with everyone and I’m excited to be able to join them for the Spring anthology.

Check out the rest of the stories and inspirational pictures at The Bowman’s Inn Facebook.

I’ve got to end this for now, but will be posting more at a later time.It’s been nice talking to you.

Enjoy your weekend!


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