Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Day 9: Wednesday, March 9th


 Clichés are not only a sign of unoriginality but lazy thinking in general–a truth that applies to speech as well as the printed word.
~ Richard Paul Evans

What exactly is a cliché, again?  It's a phrase, (usually a comparison) that’s been used and overused until it's become boring and trite. Cliches will pop up in our writing, like annoying mosquito bites, because they're such a part of our everyday speech. So let's take a fresh approach and go create that new cliché other people will overuse down the road.

Now, remember: avoid cliché’s like the plague; or your story will feel as dead as a doornail. Instead, think outside the box, take the tiger by the tail, and, at the end of the day there'll be plenty of fish in the sea, chomping at the bit to take a walk on the wild side with you. -Janet Clark

Creativity Kick-Starter
Laughing all the way to the bank
Recent research has found a correlation between laughter and creativity. A positive mood increases activity in the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), an area which is connected to creative insight. Humor heightens the effect even more.

You know what that means? That means more Young Frankenstein and Ghostbusters for me.

What gets you laughing?

- PJ Switzer

Writing Sprint
(Pick one)

Why are you still a frog?
I don't care what the dragon says, 
the unicorn was behind this all along.

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

Ready. Set. Go!

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Productivity Pointers

Bribery, or “a reward system” as I like to call it, is a great way of motivating yourself. In fact, sometimes it’s the only way of motivating yourself.

First rule of bribery, the task and reward need to be of equal value or you won’t stick with it. I mean, who would write a whole novel for a single Hershey’s kiss? Nobody. That’s who. However, you might be inclined to work for half an hour for that treat.

Second rule, you have to offer yourself more than food. A book or a night out at the movies offer a nice change of pace and are healthier.
- PJ Switzer

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Return & Report
Tell us what made you laugh today. 
Was it something you wrote or a silly cat video? 
Did you put on old movie like Cat Ballou or pick up a Dave Berry book?

Let us know!


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