Hey there, have you been outside lately?

Writers are obsessed with … what else, but writing! Writing in your nook can sometimes turn into an all day sort of thing. You start off early, after your first cup of coffee, and then the next thing you know, it has turned dark outside. This is especially true during the winter months! It can make a person a little sad when it feels as if the entire day has gone by and they did not even have a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

Do you ever take your laptop outside? This sounds like a very ridiculous question, but in truth it was just brought to my attention today that my laptop has a battery! What?! Yes, I can take my old Gateway outdoors and type away while sitting on my deck or patio! There may be too many distractions, though. Being a plant lover I may find myself unable to concentrate!

So, what do you do to keep from missing out on all the outdoor fun in the sun and still keep your writing front and center?

And yes, I did say Gateway.

So, the most important rule is to not procrastinate when it comes to writing or getting outside. Remember to get your vitamin D! We all need about fifteen minutes of sunshine per day (between 11 am and 3 pm). Hope to see you outdoors!

Write On!

I’ve found my niche, now what?

So, you have settled on a niche and even filled a few pages of a note book with a stream of un-edited musings.

At this point, you should definitely keep writing and push yourself to write more today than you did yesterday.

Also, you should go back and read what you have written. You will begin to notice a gradual improvement in your style of writing and a lessening desire to edit what you have written.

Look for recurring themes in your writing. Is there a topic you are particularly fond of writing about?

Note the tone of your writing. Is it dark and sad, funny, or happy and upbeat? Are you writing prose or poetry?

Look at your choice of words. Are they appropriate? Do some words appear repeatedly? Open your Thesaurus and look for alternatives. Make a point of remembering to use these new words the next time the opportunity presents itself.

Your next step will be to narrow your focus on to a single theme or topic.

As you continue to explore your chosen subject, you should do some research. See what others have already written about it, then examine it from a new angle.

Write on!

Why everyone should be a writer!

There are billions of people on the face of our earth and each one is unique. With so much individualism in our world there is an endless opportunity to hear multiple perspectives and find solutions to common problems.

Additionally, writing is a way of communicating with other people. Sometimes it is easier to have your message heard clearly when it is written down in black and white. There is nothing to judge except for the words that you read. And, with today’s technological advancements your words can be translated into many other languages.

“Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” This famous and well known saying should be chiseled into marble or stone. For when a society forgets its roots, it is on the road to obscurity as a footnote to history.

For older people, writing is an opportunity to preserve their story and to ensure that the past is remembered accurately through the lens of someone that actually lived it. With so many lenses there are many angles and every person’s views need to be heard. So it is important to have many stories on the same topic.

Everyone knows the saying “use it or lose it” and this applies to the skills that we sometimes take for granted until we notice that they are diminished from lack of use. One of these skills is the ability to spell, another is the ability to formulate a thought and select expressive words that fit the message we are trying to convey.

So, today we challenge you to pick up a pen or pencil and begin your journey into the world of writing. You never know what will emerge from those hard working brain cells of your mind!