Friday, March 4, 2016

Day 4 (Fri, Mar 4)


Sad, but true, the time fairy will not appear and grant us scores of unfettered hours in which to pursue our amazing author-y dreams.

We must forge those golden nuggets of time for ourselves--and guard them like the crown jewels. If not, our dreams and hopes all too easily slip into the nether as missed writing days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, till all is forgotten.

A friend has a picture of a heart in flames she places on her door when she's writing. When her family sees it, they know she is not to be bothered -- except for ‘blood or fire.’
                 Where can I get one of those?
-Janet Clark

Creativity Kick-Starter

There is nothing like a good book.

We write not just because we have stories to tell but because we love to read. Everyone of us has had at least one transformative experience of diving into a book and never wanting to surface. Unfortunately, once we begin our creative journey our love of reading is often hindered by our newfound awareness. We are no longer able to sit with a book and let it transport us. Now we find ourselves dissecting it. 

We think things like:

“That is the weakest opening sentence I’ve ever seen.”

“You can’t switch point of view like that.”

“How did this get an agent, let alone published?”

or worse

“My writing will never be this good.”

Well, it’s time to let the Inner Critic have some time off.  Pick up a book. Maybe it’s one you loved as a kid or a new one you’ve been dying to read. Whatever the case may be open up the book and let go. Let yourself be a reader again and I promise you’ll be a better writer for it.
-PJ Switzer

Writing Sprint
(Use the image as inspiration for a story, poem, etc)

Let's get the mojo going. 
Set your timer for 15 minutes 
and write fast & furious.
-PJ Switzer

Ready. Set. Go!

Productivity Pointers

Eat the Frog

As LDS women we are all busy. Between our families, our callings, and our jobs we have a lot on our plates and that affects our writing. 
Here’s an idea to help:

Eat the Frog:
Do the thing you hate to do the most. Maybe it’s the dishes, or folding laundry or making a phone call to that awful person who always yells at you. Do it first thing in the morning and be done with it.
-PJ Switzer

For more information on Eat the Frog visit Brian Tracy's website:

Return & Report


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